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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SLAPSHOT student Katelyn Abbey.
A.N. Myers grade 11 student, Katelyn sporting this year's Slapshot T-shirt.
Katelyn attended this year's Slapshot event. She spoke to our club about her experience while there. She arrived at the weekend extremely nervous and came away with nothing but rave reviews. She continues to communicate with new friends. She intends on joining her school's Interact club next year.
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
We host two trivia nights each year
November 9, 2019-2nd annual Fun Fall Trivia-Tickets now available
February 2020- 22nd annual trivia night
21st Annual Trivia Winners
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.
August 2019
Communications Committee
Aug 28, 2019
Marketing Action Plan moving forward.
James Symons.
Sep 11, 2019
Founder - Men's Shoebox Program.
Sep 25, 2019
"Literacy Lottery Draw"
Courtney Usborne.
Oct 09, 2019
Her trip to Nepal.
Tom Gerbasi.
Oct 23, 2019
Vocational Training Team to Brazil.
Nov 13, 2019
Strategic Plan Update. Janet will present 2019/20 Budget.
Nov 27, 2019
Rotary Foundation.
Karen Marazzo.
Dec 11, 2019
With Gino Marchionda. Walker Family Cancer Centre.
Performing Arts' Centre Christmas Play.
Dec 18, 2019
Aunt Agnes for Christmas - followed by tea, coffee and dessert in the lounge.
Dec 25, 2019
Amber Hughes.
Feb 12, 2020
Executive Director of Food4kids.
Mailing Address
191 Lockhart Drive
St. Catharines, ON L2T 1W8
Phone: (905) 684-2771
Fax: (905) 684-4601
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate past president
Thursday, July 11th - Marlene Mader and Elaine Richard
Thursday, July 18th - Patricia Boyko and Bob Morningstar
Sunday, Aug 4th - Janet Allan and Gillian Reed
Thursday, August 8th - Marlene Mader and Elaine Richard
Thursday, Aug 15th - Ellen Wodchis and ???
Sunday, Sept 1st - Bob Miller and Silvia Dimitros
Thursday, Sept 5th - Bob Birrell and ???
Thursday, Sept 12th - Marlene Mader and Annette Marchionda
Thursday, Oct 3rd -??? And ???
Thursday, Oct 10th - Ellen Wodchis and???
Sunday, Oct 27th - Bruce Timms and Coral Cutler
Sundays are 9:30 to 11:30 pm
Thursdays are 5:30 to 7:30pm. 
Reminder you must come in your blue rotary shirt and black pants









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:
Free Reading Program
District 7090
District Conference 2018 Sign up