May 2019
New Members.
May 22, 2019
Introduction Presentations.
Lyndon George.
Jun 12, 2019
Indigenous Awareness Month.
No speaker.
Jun 19, 2019
Jun 26, 2019
Outgoing President's Address.
Eric Jones.
Jul 10, 2019
Incoming President's Address.
Al Scales.
Jul 24, 2019
Rotary Award Winning Students.
Jeremiah Brown.
Aug 14, 2019
Keynote Speaker, Author and Olympian.
James Symons.
Sep 11, 2019
Founder - Men's Shoebox Program.
Sep 25, 2019
"Literacy Lottery Draw"
Upcoming Events
School to Home Reading Program
The Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore “School to Home Reading Program”
The old story book ending  “  and they all lived happily after”… began with a child learning to read!
PURPOSE:  “The School to Home Reading Program” was initiated in 2011 in memory of Gary Landry, a founding members, to help increase literacy levels; build confidence; encourage family involvement and instill the joy of reading at an early age.
PROGRAM:  Our Club maintains this Program by funding the purchase of “leveled” reading books; recruit, train & schedules volunteers from Niagara College & Brock University…. a win-win as mature students mentor young ones, as well as receiving community hours and references.  Community members are always welcome! Students from grades 2 to 5 read to the volunteer who encourages & critiques, then takes a book home to read to their family and the process repeats weekly from October to April.  Each step is designed to elevate the Students’ reading level and confidence.  In June, we honour a girl & boy in each School with either the E.P.Flegg or the Vic Kovacevich Most Improved Reader Award, presenting a Rotary medallion, their name engraved on a Rotary School plaque & a $50.00 gift certificate courtesy of Book Outlet.
Participating St. Catharines Schools
·         Port Weller (English) 2011 – 201
·         Assumption English) 2011  - 2018
·         Our Lady of Fatima (English & French)  2013 – 2019
·         Prince of Wales (English) 2014 – 2019
·         Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoys (French) 2015 – 2019
·         Harriet Tubman (English) – 2018 – 2019
To date, our Club has donated over $62,000.00 for the purchase of leveled reading books!
Become a Reading Mentor and make a difference in a Child’s life.  Volunteer at a school of your choice weekly or monthly.
CONTACT:  Linda, Co-chair of Literacy at:
Club Information

The fun and friendly dinner club!

Service Above Self

2nd and 4th Wednesday of Month at 6:15p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St Catharines Conference Centre
327 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, ON  L2R 5L3
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1. SAM BAIO - Socks for Change, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide warm wool socks and other warm winter gear to those less fortunate in our community.
2. Our very own GARY CHARD for his personal donation to the Rotary Foundation
Leo Nupolu Johnson, founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Squared spoke to the club about his organization.
Leo spent 8 years in refugee camps in the Ivory Coast and Ghana having fled from civil war. He settled in Canada in 2006 as a government assisted refugee. In 2007, Leo founded CURE (Care for Underprivileged and Refugee Empowerment) a charitable organization committed to education and overcoming conflict, particularly within immigrant, refugee and similar underprivileged communities. Under Leo's leadership, the organization has assisted over 1500 newcomer youth and families with settling in Canada. The organization has made significant progress towards opening the groundbreaking Liberian Learning Center which will house the first and only public library in the West African Nation of Liberia.
Member, Emilio Raimondo thanked our speaker.
Over 100 Niagara Rotarians gathered today from 13 Clubs in fellowship, and to hear St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik speak about the overall global efforts made by Rotary, but in particular the passion behind St. Catharines efforts to give compassion to ALL it's residents.SOCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY AND CULTURALLY. For more info on what it's all about, go to
Darcy Boulanger is Anishinaabe / Ojibwe and a proud member of Little Black River Reserve Southeast Manitoba, he is a graduate of Brock University and has his Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal Adult Education. Approximately13 years ago, Darcy was homeless, struggled with addictions and was an irregular resident at the Southridge shelter.Southridge's programs and leadership opportunities helped Darcy find a new purpose in life.As a result, he has become a strong mentor, leader and teacher for several programs at the shelter and got inspired to pursue his high school equivalency followed by a bachelorsdegree from Brock University. Through his work at the Native Centre in NOTL as a Board Member and later as a Vice President, Darcy participated in developing several programs to assist disadvantaged indigenous youth, and single mothers and their children facing housing and education challenges. Darcy played a significant role in helping to organize the annual Celebration of Nations at the Performing Arts Centre.He was also a key player, after 30 years, in bringing the annual NCC Pow Wow to Montebello Park.Darcy volunteered his time to work with City of St. Catharines on experiential learning through the Mayor’s Compassionate City initiative.He is now focused on building an Indigenous Men’s Healing Centre for men battling trauma, substance abuse and mental health issues with indigenous cultural awareness as the basis on which individuals to rebuild their lives.In 2017, Darcy received the Aboriginal Achievement Award from the Student Success Centre and Aboriginal Student Services at the Brock University.Darcy is one with a modest personality, a key to his success.He is a true leader, assisting and educating many about indigenous culture while overcoming his own challenges
Another fun filled and friendly competition was had at the 21st annual Trivia Night. All profits in support of Rotary projects in our community and more! Thanks to our volunteers, students, and of course those that attended. Save the date for fall Trivia Night- Nov. 9/19.
Another great event celebrated by 42 members and guests. Following dinner, Co chairs Linda Landry and Milica Kovacevich began the annual Season's Cheer Draw in support of the Literacy School to Home Reading Program. Patricia Boyko was just one of the lucky winners. Joy Flegg, MC, thanked our waitress, Briar, for her great service throughout the year. A special thank-you to all members who contributed to a cash collection for her.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Brad, owner of the B B Blooms shop in St. Catharines. His generosity made for a remarkable evening. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
Meet the Usborne/Davidson family, Courtney Usborne was inducted as our latest new member. Along with her, came her husband and daughter as well as her parents, Tony and Susan Davidson. Her mother, Susan, is currently serving as District Governor of District 7010 Lakefield ON and area.
CONGRATULATIONS to three new members inducted at last week's meeting. The club welcomes Susan Knighton, Courtney Usborne and Carol Ann Shaw.
Cudos to our Literacy Team. Their efforts over the past 9 years have earned them an International Award in Literacy. The program placed in the top 12 and then was chosen as the Winner. Congratulations for your sustained efforts.
Oscar Salim, member of Ongata Rongai Club from District 9212, exchanged banners with President Ellen Wodchis. We hope to see Oscar more often at our club as he settles into our community.
Foundation Chair, Sandi Chard, presented a banner to the club recognizing our members generous contribution to Polio +. During National Polio + day, last month, the club collected an additional donation at the Registration Desk plus a $400. anonymous donation following the meeting. Our efforts netted over $3,000.
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St. Catharines, Ontario
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Sunday May 12 -Gary and Sandi Chard
Thursday May 16th - Patricia Boyko and Marlene Mader (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Thursday May 23rd - Linda Landry and Joy Flegg (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Sunday June 9th - Mary Howard and ????(9:30 - 11:30pm)
Thursday June 13th - Marlene Mader and ????(5:30 - 7:30pm)
Thursday June 20th - ????? and ????? (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Sundays are 9:30 to 11:30 pm
Thursdays are 5:30 to 7:30pm. 
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