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Gary Landry Home Reading Program
Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore
The old story book saying:  "and they all lived happily ever after" began with a child learning to read.
To increase literacy in elementary schools through the use of "leveled books" selected by the teachers and by encouraging family involvement at home, together with extra one-on-one attention during school.
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327 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, ON  L2R 5L3
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At our last meeting, Member Al Scales, Director of New Generations, was on hand to greet 3 of this year's high school graduates having been selected as Rotary Medalists.
Another Paul Harris Recognition Award was received by club member, Dave Wilkinson. Congratualtions Dave for your continued support and dedication.
Member, Bob Miller was awarded the Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarian. Our club has never given out this most prestigious award and fewer than 100 of this same award has been given at the District level. Congratulations Bob from DG Marlee and all Club Members.
The last week of June is award time for our Gary Landry Home Reading Program, in memory of Gary Landry, Vic Kovacevich and E.P. Flegg for participating students from Grades 1 to 4.
The following students received the award for the 'Most Improved Reader' as follows: Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys French School Samuel Tindall and Lola Leahey; Port Weller Penny McCafferty and Josh Winkler; Prince of Wales Lily Van Dyk and Meleak Johnson; Assumption Gabby Potts and Denis Hoti.Our Lady of Fatima Alyssa Steward and Cody Nguen and French Immersion Program Evelyn Fijavz and Camilo Pena.
Our heartfelt thanks to all volunteers, principals and staff.
At the changeover meeting for the District Governor held at the Brantford Golf and Country Club, awards and citations were given out to the 69 clubs in District 7090.  I am proud to announce the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore received the District Governor Award along with 100% member retention, pending presidential citation and the Lighthouse Award.  Only one other club, the Rotary Club of Welland, received the Lighthouse award in past years. 
The awards are a combined effort of all club members.  Thanks for a successful rotary year.
From left to right are DG Marlee, Club President Sandi Chard, Member Gary Chard and Assistant Governor Kathy Henry
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellow, John Ellison.  John works tirelessly for our club's Gary Landry Home Reading Program.  He also assists the club whenever asked. 
Another successful event enjoyed by 26 members and guests. Thanks go out to all who attended, to Federico and his mom plus another staff member for hosting such a well presented wine pairing event and to Eric Jones for his recommendation.
Excited to announce our new Paul Harris Fellow for community Debbie Burch and Richard Lafontaine presented by ADG Cathy Henry
Without our volunteers in the Gary Landry Reading Program our commitment to 5 St Catharines Elementary Schools would not exist.  Linda does a great job of coordinating 20 volunteers in the schools.  At the recent meeting 4 of the students were on hand to inform us how important the program is to them as well.  Thank you to our volunteers and Linda for their on going support.  Remember we are looking for volunteers for the program.
Rotarian Ed Telenko updated the club on the activities and success stories of the Boys & Girls Club.
Member Janet Allan thanked Ed for how he uses his artistic talent to enrich the lives of so many children.
CLASSIFICATION: Gary Snider, Real Estate Agent & Broker with Sotheby's Int'l Realty, spoke about his personal background as well as his professional life. Gary's life was hugely impacted by the death of his father, Jack Snider, WWII Bomber pilot and Captain of TCA Flight # 831 that crashed leaving Montreal en route to Toronto on November 29th, 1963. It was the worst aviation disaster in North America at the time. As a result of that crash, the 'Black Box' became a permanent fixture on all flights. Gary has 2 daughters, lives in Fonthill and has been working in real estate for almost 20 years. He received a warm welcome from the club.
NEWS FROM REGIONAL COUNCILLOR, Bruce Timms. Bruce spoke on the topic of 'Where do your taxes go' as well as how is the City portion used as well as that of the Region.
50/50 DRAW: Emilio Raimondo is captured trying to explain why he left behind the Ace of Spades (when there were only 2 cards to choose from).
A flags raising ceremony was held at City Hall today, March 16th. The Rotary flag was raised in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. The second flag raised was to salute Rotary for it's past and continued efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.
President Sandi Chard was on hand to speak of the background and current mission of the Foundation.
Some photos to follow. Attendees Alan Caslin, Regional Chair of Niagara, George Darte, St. Catharines Club, District Governor and Incoming DG, 3 St. Catharines Club Presidents, a couple of city councilors and fellow Rotarians.
Guest speaker, Bill McPhee, spoke to us about his journey of hope and recovery with schizophrenia. He is also the author of 'To Cry a Dry Tear.
His son, one of his 3 children, lent a hand with the electronics.
Eric Jones thanked the speaker.
Club Members Sapphire
Dr Al Scales and Dr Emilo Raimondo both achieved a new level of Paul Harris.  Thank you both for your continued support of the Paul Harris Foundation
Jim Cunningham receiving the much deserved honour member by fellow Rotarian Janet.  We are sorry to report on December 24th Jim passed away. He will be missed by all his humour, devotion to our club and rotary foundation.   For more information please see obit
Linda Landry with the help of elves, Mary and Susan, drew the Season Cheers winning tickets at the annual Rotary Christmas Party. A heartfelft thank you goes out to all members who sold or bought tickets in support of the Gary Landry Home Reading Program, that supports 6 reading programs in 5 of our local elementary schools. A special thank you to member Mary and friend Susan who single handedly knitted up a storm of drinking mitts, sold them at club events and privately and presented the committee with a cheque for over a $1,000.00
What a success!
Marlene Madder, Chair of Membership, presided over the induction ceremony of new member Beth Freelton.
President Sandi pinned our newest member and very first outbound exchange student from District 7090 almost 30 years ago.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Beth to the club.New members are our club's greatest asset. We know Beth will enjoy the fellowship and service to the community that our club is all about.
A good time was had by all who attended the December 14th meeting. It was well attended by Rotarians sporting their favorite 'Ugly Christmas Sweater'. Tracey won first prize as not only was her sweater ugly, she said it was also smelly.
From left to right are:.... I'll never tell !
Tom and his golden retriever, Stanley, visited the club and Tom spoke of the positive effects that Stanley's presence has on people who are suffering or lonely. Tom is a volunteer at the St. John's Ambulance. He is Stanley's trainer and master for the past 8 years or so. They often visit, senior residences, the hospital as well as Hospice Niagara where he met member, Jim Cunningham. Mary Howard introduced Tom. Her father was also very involved with St. John's ambulance. Tracey, a St. Catharines veterinarian, thanked the speaker.
One of the great things of being a Rotarian is exchanging flags from other Rotarians around the world when we travel.  Patricia recently did an exchange in Europe and presented back to our club
December is our annual Fundraiser "Season's Cheer to Literacy" to support our Literacy Program in 5 St. Catharines Schools with 4 English and 1 French speaking programs. To date, we have purchased $50,000 of "leveled" reading books. Students from Grades 1 to 4 read to  Brock University and Niagara College students, then read to their families at home and the process repeats from October until May. December 21st, 8 tickets will be drawn from our annual sale of Season's Cheer tickets. Prizes are as follows: gift cards to LCBO, Winemaker's Vintage, Mansion House, Niagara College winery, The Ice House, Holiday Inn stay, Professional Cleaning Services, tickets to the Ice Dogs. The comittee thanks everyone for their support.
To purchase tickets in support of our reading program, please contanct Linda:  - Tickets are $10. each or 3 tickets for $25.
A wonderful evening, celebrating the outgoing President's Bash/30th Club Anniversary, was held at Club Roma's outdoor gazebo surrounded by the most beautiful gardens on Wednesday, June 22nd. District Governor Cathy and her husband Dr. were in attendance to honor and award 3 of our remaining charter members, Jon Asplin,Bruce Timms and Bob Miller.
The social committee (Bob Miller, Joy Flegg, Randy Dyck, Milica Kovacevich) was on hand ensuring that all went smoothly.
An open microphone was kept very busy as several members shared many club memories be it of an exchange student, a District Conference, Fireworks, Charles Ansell Park and more.
Outgoing President, Linda Landry, received the warmest applause and best wishes from the membership. She was a good sport wearing her retirement hat from last week's President's party. She received that traditional clock and past president's pin before Phil took to the podium for yet another award winning recap poem of the presidential year.
A Mexican fiesta was on tap with all proceeds going to an International Literacy Program.
A good time was had by all.
Many, many thanks to the hostess and host.
The fundraising committee led the club assembly highlighting the pros and cons of our major fundraiser, i.e. Lobsterfest and of its future.
Committee Chair, Willy Heibuechel, is stepping down after several years of leading and organizing this major event. He will be available to assist and  mentor a replacement. The club is seeking a suitable candidate to take on this job with the assistance of the entire club. Please give this position your utmost consideration in order to ensure future, successful Lobsterfests. Thanks go out to Willy, Marc and Phil for leading this club assembly. Many questions and ideas flowed from the members.
President Linda, with Co-Chair Milica Kovacevich, honoured 19 volunteers from the Gary Landry Home Reading Program. Only 5 students were available to receive their well deserved awards. A special mention went out to John Ellison for his dedication to this program as well as to the Committee Co-chair, Milica Kovacevich. Principal, Rosemarie Ayotte, was invited to represent the 5 principals involved in the reading program to deliver a heartfelt message of the impact this levelled reading program has had on her students struggling with literacy issues. She gave thanks to the attending volunteers for the part that they played in assisting students in need. She praised the club for all they do to make the community a wonderful place to live. Willy thanked the speaker.
MAY 4TH, 2016
Our annual plant sale and recycling event is fast approaching. Milica Kovacevich and Linda Jones were on hand to explain how to go about splitting and potting plants for the plant sale. Plant ID kits were handed out to help with identifying varieties, color, shapes and sizes. Melle Belle was on hand as well to answer any horticultural questions.
A kindly reminder to go through your closets and put together bags of used clothing, belts, hats, as well as any electronics you wish to dispose of.
Elaine Richard and Bob Birrell were officially welcomed back to the club.
Bob Morningstar is our latest recipient for his support of the Foundation.
Time to gather up electronics, used clothing and split your plants for the annual sale
see flyer for more information
GUEST SPEAKER : Melisa Schrock is a Rotarian from the Akron Newstead Rotary Club. She joined Rotary in 2003. She currently holds the position of Director of Service Projects. She is the 2016 District Conference Chair as well as District Governor Nominee Designate for 2018.
Melisa spoke pationately about the wealth of information and opportunity that exists in the many Fellowships Committees world wide. There is something for everyone. She strongly encouraged all members to have a look at to learn about the more than 60 Fellowship Committees in existence.
In order to form such a committee you need to be a minimum of 8 members spanning at least 3 countries.
Member, Sandi Chard, thanked the speaker.
APRIL 14TH.  NIAGARA ROTARY CLUBS JOINT LUNCHEON attended by 10 clubs and hosted by the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore.
President, Linda Landry, presided over the luncheon at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines. The guest speaker Steve Ludzik, was introduced by member Bob Miller. 
Steve was a player, a coach, an author, an analyst and a philanthropist.  Ludzy as he’s affectionately known, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2000. He founded the Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson's Rehabilitation at the Hotel Dieu Shaver in St. Catharines. The center opened in 2003 and is supported by funding from his annual Celebrity Roast & Charity Golf Tournament. Steve is hopeful that there will be a cure within the next 5 years.
In appreciation and recognition of his humanitarian efforts, Steve was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow, the highest recognition given by Rotary International. This award was presented by our District Governor, Kevin Crosby.   Designate District Governor Marlee Diehl, drew the 50/50 Ticket presenting the St. Catharines Club’s Exchange Student and Steve Ludzik with the proceeds.
Thanks to Mishka Balsom from the GNCC -thanking the speaker was Bob Miller
March 9th, 2016
Rotary member Cathy Henry spoke to the club about her project in Jamaica, 'Trees that Feed'.
She oversees the planting and manufacturing of Bread Fruit Trees which provide food for local school children.
Rotary member Milica Kovacevich thanked the speaker and a cheque was presented by member, Eric Jones, on behalf of Community & World Services Committee.
March 16th, 2016
Federico Holten-Anderson, Owner - Winemaker of Winemaker's Vintage, premium winemaking boutique delivered an enthusiastic speech on how to create your very own world class wine.
Rotary Member Willy Heibuechel thanked Federico for sharing with us the complexities of the world of wine. His boutique is located in Port Dalhousie. For more information go to
DART NIGHT SOCIAL - Wednesday, March 2nd
Many thanks to Gary Chard for organizing another great dart social.
There were plenty of members and a few spouses on hand raising a glass and a few darts.
The photos do not capture the whole story!!!
President Linda Landry was presented with a cheque from Jon Asplin and family in memory of his wife, Cathy. Proceeds are to be donated to the new hospital's equipment fund.
Treasurer, Sue Kelcey, and Jon's son, Philip Asplin on the right.
TRIVIA FEBRUARY 20TH, 2016-Merritton Community Centre-next Trivia Feb 18, 2017-Save the Date


An exciting night for the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore when the board of directors announced that they have bestowed an Honorary member on Jim Cunningham.  A formal thank you for Jim's service will be held with our 30th Anniversary celebration of the club in June

Member, Gino Marchionda, promoting his coupon booklet to raise funds for the St. Catharines Cancer Centre.
Gino has lost several loved ones to this disease. He works tirelessly at raising money
January 28th, 2016
Sam Graves speaking on Youth Gambling Awareness
Member, Clarice West-Hobbs thanked our speaker
January 20th, 2016
Peter Robinson, Classification Speech, Mediation Lawyer
Member Jim Cunningham thanked Peter for his presentation.
Another sapphire sparkles on a Paul Harris Award Recipient, Linda Landry.
A heartfelt congratulations from your fellow rotarians.
August 2017
Owen Bjorgan
Aug 23, 2017
Biolithic World Hiking Tours
Alana Robert.
Sep 13, 2017
RYLA Student.
District Governor Reg Madison
Oct 11, 2017
The District and Our Club.
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Bingo volunteers-please contact Mary to fill in the blanks-two needed for each bingo


Thursday, Aug. 10th - Beth Fleeton
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Friday, Aug 25th - Mary Howard
Sunday,Sept 3rd - Janet Allen
Thursday, Sept 7th - Annette Marchionda
                                               Ellen Wodchis
Saturday, Sept. 30th - Bruce Timms
Sunday, Oct 1st - Bob Miller
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Fri. Dec 15th - Sandi and Gary







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