PEACE IN THE STREETS Mary Lou Decou 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Starting at 4:00 pm on August 16th and going for the next 24 hours, the 11 Rotary Clubs in Essex County and Windsor will take turns supporting food rescue and food security at Gleaners in Leamington.  We are looking forward to processing the fresh produce generously donated by farmers and food producers. 
Southwestern Ontario Gleaners is a group of dedicated people who ship surplus dehydrated vegetables, in the form of soup mixes, to vulnerable communities around the world.  They have been in operation since 2014.  It is an interdenominational organization that provides free dehydrated vegetable mix and dehydrated fruit for distribution to local community partners and reputable relief agencies around the world. 
Gleaners 24 Hour Rotary Event Mary Lou Decou 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepted Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award at the Rotary Convention in Toronto earlier this summer.

“Let there be no doubt we are winning the battle against polio,” Trudeau said. “I want my children to grow up in a world without polio. Together I know we will make that happen.”

Canada has been a strong contributor to polio eradication efforts for decades. 

In 2017, Canada pledged US$75 million to help eradicate polio, bringing its total contributions to roughly $640 million. 

“Prime Minister Trudeau has committed Canada to remain a strong partner until polio is completely eradicated,” said RI President Ian H.S. Riseley. “With the unwavering support of the Prime Minister and the Canadian government and their strong assistance with continued vaccination efforts, I’m confident we will rid the world of polio.”

Canadian Rotary members have also contributed more than US$38 million.

CANADA A STRONG CONTRIBUTOR 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary announced in August that nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.
“The fact that no new cases of wild poliovirus have been detected in Nigeria points to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have established, particularly in insecure and inaccessible areas,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “While this progress is promising, it’s time to redouble our efforts so we can continue to maintain the political and financial support necessary to end polio for good.”
Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polio 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

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Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.


Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

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ABOUT ROTARY Debra Harshaw 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2018

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president Chris Woodrow 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

Our Causes debra harshaw 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.


Rotary Fighting Disease debra harshaw 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

In 2009, Salvador Rico stood in the waters of the Russian River in Northern California with other members of the Rotary Club of South Ukiah. They were there for a river cleanup, during which they removed toilets, refrigerators, car parts, and garbage. That event led to an ambitious initiative called Cleaning the Rivers of the World.

After participating in the Russian River cleanup, Rico’s thoughts turned to the Ameca River, which flows past his father’s farm in western Mexico. That was where, he believed, his oldest sister contracted the poliovirus that killed her in the 1960s.

A challenge to clean the world's rivers 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Bike Lights in Leamington 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Governor Rick's Golf Tournament 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Pietro Diponio and Nick Dwyer Speak at Club 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Windsor and Essex County met at the Ciaciaro Club to hear the CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital David Musyj, CEO of Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Janice Kaffer and Dave Cooke, Co-chair, Program and Services Steering Committee update us on the progress of the mega-hospital.
They provided us with a history of the idea of a single regional hospital and the many reasons this area needs a new hospital, not the least of which is the age of the buildings; some of the oldest in the province. They took us through the stages of the process and where it currently stands.
David Musyj encouraged us to keep advocating for the new hospital with our MPPs, because this project is in competition for other hospitals in the province. Our advantage to getting a new hospital is the widespread community support.
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Bob Morand was named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017.
Bob was Debra's "wing man" as she put it; available to help out whenever she needed help.
Rotarian of the Year 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Past President Debra Harshaw and club members enjoyed a sunny Sunday afternoon at Muscedere Winery drinking wine and eating pizza. Debra received a caricature portrait signed by club members.  In addition, she received red tape, scissors and a stack of papers to read for her next project with the City of Windsor.
Assistant Governor Aruna Koushik and her spouse, Shiva also shared in our fellowship.
Bob Morand was named  "Rotarian of the Year" for assisting Debra throughout the year in all the activities and being there when she needed him.
In keeping with our green theme as a club,  P.P. Deb gave her board members an environmentally friendly gift of honey and solitary bee's home.
Past President Debra Harshaw's Event 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
DG Rick Caron 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rick Caron's Talk Sept 7 District Governor Rick Caron visited our Club this week, accompanied by Assistant Governor Aruna Koushik. He talked about what Rotary is doing internationally and at the district level. He praised our Club for all the good works we are engaged in and said that engagement is more important in Rotary than meeting attendance. With the new RI guidelines regarding attendance we are free to choose how we run our Club and our level of comfort with this.
Dr. Caron, a mathematics professor at the University of Windsor has an impressive background both professionally and in Rotary. He was the Group Study Exchange Leader to Hungary and has been on many Rotary trips to Tanzania. He is married to Wendy and has two adult children. His theme this year, "To Boldly Go" is represented in his Star War theme and is consistent with RI President Ian Riseley's theme to "Make a Difference".
DG Rick encouraged us to attend the District Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and explained the "first time" attendee's discount. He talked about the International Conference in Toronto next year and joked that if we were going to attend one of them, it should be his conference. After the formal meeting, the Board met with DG Rick and ADG Aruna to inform him of our goals and plans and what we have already accomplished.
DG Rick Caron visits our Club 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Bursaries Awarded 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Presentation of 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Windsor-St.Clair Rotarians at Work at Essex Rotary Fish Fry
Essex Fish Fry 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Windsor-St.Clair partnered with the Rotary Club of Leamington to provide and install bicycle lights for migrant workers in the Leamington area.
Bicycle Lights for Migrant Workers 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Windsor-St.Clair has partnered with Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare by pledging $150,000 for the building and development of a greenhouse for the use of the Regional Children's Centre.
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TRIVIA NIGHT 2017-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow
When the 2014 Rotary Auction on TV COGECO concluded early this morning, $53,207 was raised by the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair to undertake important service work in our community.
"Without the generosity of local business donating the gifts, we wouldn't have an auction.  I would like to thank them all for their community-minded spirit.  This year we received more than 400 items.  More than 50 volunteers, both Rotarians and others, who staffed the telephones and worked behind the scenes, deserve to be congratulated for a fine job. And the Windsor and Essex County community deserves a pat on the back for coming through for us in these difficult economic times.  Volunteers were instrumental in promoting the auction and also deserves a vote of thanks," says 2014 Auction Chair, John Weese.
The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair uses the money raised to benefit the community, and beyond.  In the past, monies raised at the auction have benefited projects like the Ganatchio Trail, Shanfield Shores, the Rotary  Roundabout and the Rotary boundary-free playground in the Town of Tecumseh.
This was the 28th year that the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair has partnered with TV Cogeco to present a television auction and plans will soon be underway for the event next year.  "The staff at Cogeco does a fabulous job for us," says Weese, "and as soon as we close the books on 2014, planning will begin for next year."   
ROTARY AUCTION ON TV COGECO RAISES OVER $53,000 Chris Woodrow 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
As celebrity auctioneer John Fairley signed off from 30th Annual Rotary TV Auction on Cogeco TV in the early hours of Sunday morning, the final tally of this year’s event flashed boldly across the screen.
GRAND TOTAL: $56,294.
 “We did it again!” said an exhausted Club President Debra Harshaw, while members of the crew and the many volunteers celebrated with high-fives and hugs.  Harshaw was quick to credit Rotary Auction Chair Deb Moore and her committee, and the small army of volunteers she claimed were “totally responsible” for this iconic event. “This event and the charitable giving from our community continues to grow every year,” said Harshaw.   “We’re already brainstorming plans for next year’s auction.”
 Over 400 items were donated by local business and individuals for the auction.  Items were available to preview online, while the excitement of live-broadcast bidding took place on Cogeco TV Friday and Saturday evening.  In addition, many local businesses were significant sponsors of the annual fundraiser.
ROTARY TV AUCTION 2016 A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS Chris Woodrow 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair has honoured Amy Johnson, founder of Cuddles Clothing for Kids, with a Humanitarian Award.  “This award recognizes a person or business in Windsor or Tecumseh for exceptional humanitarian work either locally or globally,” explained Mary Lou Decou, Club President.  “Amy’s commitment to reducing the impacts of poverty on children  in Windsor-Essex County is remarkable and inspiring.”  In the photo, she is presented the award by Carlo Abati.
“Having accepted help from others during a difficult period in my life, I wanted to pay it forward, but had difficulty finding an organization that would accept clothing donations,” Johnson, a full time law student and single mother of six, revealed when she was the Club’s guest speaker last year.  “We aim to help bridge the gap when parents are struggling to manage covering the basics.”
Mary Lou Decou has been inducted as the President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair for the 2014/2015 Rotary year.  A Rotarian since 1996 in three different Rotary districts, Mary Lou has been an active and contributing member of Rotary Windsor-St. Clair since 2010.  She previously served as the President of the Rotary Club of St. Catharine’s Lakeshore in 2004/2005.  Mary Lou, an epidemiologist, was named Rotarian of the Year in 2012/2013, chaired the Rotary TV Auction in 2012, and is a multiple recipient of the Paul Harris fellow.
Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.  Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."   Mary Lou has taken this theme and established a number of goals. 
“I hope that members will not only reflect on the history and successes of our great club, but look ahead to see where we can build on these successes,” she says.  “We want a healthy club that focuses on new opportunities for fellowship, fun, service and fundraising.  This year, I want our membership to celebrate Rotary.   We believe in what Rotary stands for and value what we can contribute.”
MARY LOU DECOU INDUCTED AS PRESIDENT FOR 2014-2015 Chris Woodrow 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
On Friday, June 6, a number of club members joined with others from the community to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Manning Road Pump Station / WFCU Square / Rotary Wheel project at the intersection of Riverside East and Manning Road.
Posted by Chris Woodrow

This past weekend friends and family gathered to provide the Ganatchio Trail with some TLC - something we do every year and something the community really appreciates. Following the cleanup, later in the day, participants and others gathered at CHEZ WEESTER to celebrate the cleanup but also to celebrate the 29th birthday of Club President Nominee John Weese.  A good time was had by all...judging by these pictures.

Thanks Ken Lepain for the images.
















































































BBQ AT CHEZ WEESTER Chris Woodrow 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
If you think a mud run is fun, then get ready, because in 2014, the Essex Region Conservation Authority and the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair will team up to launch the region’s first multi-sport adventure race – The SCAR (South Coast Adventure Race).
 “The South Coast Adventure Race promises to be nothing short of spectacular,” enthuses Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services.  “The 70 kilometre course will take you through beautiful conservation areas, along rural roads and down gorgeous creeks – expect the unexpected during this 5 – 8 hour race course.”
ERCA & ROTARY LAUNCH THE SCAR 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on Oct 21, 2013

Check out the deals on hockey tickets, jewellery, children's toys, delicious dining  experiences, electronic equipment, travel deals and much more as the 27th  annual Rotary Auction on TV COGECO is set to begin.  Scheduled for November 8 and 9, on TV Cogeco, cable 11 or 700 HD.
Many plan on using the auction to purchase great gifts at great prices and many others use the opportunity to gather together with friends for auction parties to bid on the many items available.  And it's all done to raise money for the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair.




ROTARY AUCTION ON TVCOGECO 2013 Chris Woodrow 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Mary Lou Decou has been honoured as Rotarian of the Year for 2012-2013 by the Windsor-St. Clair Rotary Club. A member since 2009, she presently serves as President-Elect and will assume leadership of the club July 1, 2014.  Before joining the Windsor St. Clair Club, she was a member for many years of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines-Lakeshore where she served as President and before that a member of Rotary in Timmins, Ontario.
Since arriving in Windsor, Mary Lou has epitomized the values of Rotary International and service to the community through her involvement with club activities on all levels.  She has participated in committee work, played a key role in major club projects and can always be depended on when something needs to be done.  Most notably, she headed the 2013 Rotary Auction on TV Cogeco, the club major fundraiser, where she exhibited a dedication and commitment to success which is unparalleled.
PHOTO:  Mary Lou Decou accepts the Rotarian of the Year Award from Past President Chris Woodrow. 
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2012-2013 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2012

With the  Rotary Auction on TV COGECO scheduled for November 9 and 10, the 2012 campaign has already succeeded in attracting a number of Major Sponsors – the latest being The Windsor Star.  As a major sponsor, they have pledged close to $25,000 of advertising and promotional services toward the 2012 auction campaign.

Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 15, 2011
At the D6400 Conference in Chicago, Windsor St.Clair members can be proud of the club – and all  we do in the community. We received the Presidential Citation with Distinction for 2010-2011 and also District Recognition for the "Most Innovative Club  Social Event" .

Additionally, we were awarded second place in The  Frank Devlyn Exemplary Public Relations award; we made it on the Dick Hedke  Honor Roll; we received the Dick Hedke Public Relations Avenue of Service award; and we received THE HUGH ARCHER AWARD for the best new club project - Birthday in a Bag!

Pictured here are club president, Phyllis Charbonneau (right), accepting the Hugh Archer Award from District President Kim Towar.

For more  information on these awards, please click here.

Club honoured at Rotary Conference Chris Woodrow 2011-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 07, 2011
Thanks to all club members and friends who came out to the Ganatchio Trail on May 7 for the annual clean-up. The weather was perfect and everyone went about the task of picking up garbage with much enthusiasm. The club organizes a clean-up and facelift to ensure the trail remains enjoyable to the tremendous amount of people who have come to depend on it for recreation and exercise. Following the clean-up, a BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all participants.
Spring Cleaning for the Ganatchio Trail Chris Woodrow 2011-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 01, 2011

Please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues - and make sure they tune in to Cable 11on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 from 7 p.m. through midnight, for the the 24th Annual Rotary Auction on TVCogeco.  Bidding is by telephone only by calling 519.250.1100 Let's aim to beat the $54,000 we raised last year.

Auction items can be found here. Click here for featured items.

BID OFTEN AND BID HIGH... Chris Woodrow 2011-05-01 14:40:59Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 01, 2011
Check out the deals on hockey tickets, jewellery, children's toys, delicious dining experiences, electronic equipment, travel deals and much more as the 24th annual Rotary Auction on TV COGECO is set to begin.  Beginning November 1, click herefor a comprehensive list of the 2010 items!
2010 Rotary Auction on TV Cogeco Chris Woodrow 2011-05-01 14:39:33Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 01, 2011
Planning is well underway for the 24th annual Rotary Auction on TV COGECO which is scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2010.  Before the telephones begin ringing and volunteers start taking bids – the 2010 campaign has already succeeded in attracting a Major Sponsor – International Power Canada.  As a major sponsor, they have pledged $10,000 to the 2010 auction campaign.
ROTARY AUCTION ON TV COGECO 2010 BEGINS IN POWERFU Chris Woodrow 2011-05-01 14:39:21Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on May 01, 2011
This morning, at a ceremony in the Rotary Gazebo overlooking the Detroit River at Shanfield Shores Park, Phyllis Charbonneau was inducted as the 2010-2011 president of the Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club.

Phyllis Charbonneau becomes President Chris Woodrow 2011-05-01 14:39:09Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on Apr 29, 2011
The world's first civic service organization, Rotary International, is expanding into one of the oldest communities in the Windsor Area – Walkerville.  Local members will receive a charter on April 27 to join RI's global association of 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Windsor St.Clair sponsors new Rotary Club Chris Woodrow 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow on Feb 12, 2009
Alan Drouillard is organizing a group to attend the Leadership Windsor breakfast to honour John.
Let's honour John Ferguson Chris Woodrow 2009-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow
The GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) at General Amherst H.S. is the 2014-2015 recipient of the WINDSOR ST. CLAIR COMMUNITY AWARD FOR PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING.  The club has been an active force for change in the school and the local community.  The group is committed to being open-minded, accepting others, celebrating diversity, and treating others equally.  The Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair Community Award for Peace and Understanding is awarded annually to an organization that has made an outstanding to peace and conflict resolution.   Receiving the $500  award on behalf of the school was TREVOR KLUNDERT who provided an overview of the group and their activities and what they have been involved in both within the school and in the community.
Posted by Chris Woodrow

Vicki Houston has been named President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair for the 2013/2014 Rotary year.  A Rotarian since 2010, Vicki has been actively involved in many facets of club operations, notably the New Generations committee and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Image“This year I am looking forward to continuing the work of Windsor-St. Clair Rotary both in the community and through our international projects,” she says.   Vicki is presently the Principal of Walkerville Collegiate Institute, and will be moving on to a position with the Greater Essex County District School Board in the fall as the Supervising Principal of Special Education.

The International Rotary Theme for this coming year is Engage Rotary, Change Lives.  Vicki intends to build upon this theme throughout the year.  “The focus for our club will be “Participate”,” she adds.  “When we have club members participate in our in wonderful projects, we change lives for people in Windsor and Essex County and other countries in the world.”

Vicki lives with her husband Peter of 23 years and her 19 year old son Jeremy in Windsor.

Posted by Chris Woodrow

ImageThe prestigious ‘Service Above Self’ award was bestowed upon Shelly Duben this past weekend at Rotary’s District Conference in Lafayette County, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes Rotarians who have rendered exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts, and of 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, a maximum of only 150 Rotarians receive this honour each year.

“We are extremely proud of Shelly and her many accomplishments,” explains Chris Woodrow, President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair. “She is a most deserving recipient of this award.”

A Rotarian since 2004, she served as the club’s President in 2007 through to 2009. A teacher by vocation, Shelly has taught a broad range of subjects including math, physics, science, art, English and history. She served as the Head of Guidance at Forster Secondary School for several years, and is now a Teacher Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Posted by Chris Woodrow

Nearlyhalf of the residences in the Windsor community are not equipped with working smoke detectors and the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair will be teaming up with Windsor Fire and Rescue to do something about it.

Firefighters and Rotarians will blitz the city with the Wake Up, Get a Working Smoke Alarm program and work together to conduct an increased number of home fire safety inspections, provide educational materials on fire safety, encourage homeowners to have an escape plan in case of fire, and to provide and install a smoke detector. As well, Rotarians will have the chance to let the community know more about Rotary and our commitment to community service.


Posted by Chris Woodrow

Thanks to all Rotarians, family, friends and others who came out to the Applebee's Neighbourhood Grill and Bar Pancake Fund Raiser in support of the LUKE NEEDS WHEELS campaign.  The Marchant Family attended our February 7 meeting at which we presented them with a cheque for over $1,800 - representing the monies raised from the breakfast.

Posted by Chris Woodrow

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair celebrated a year of outstanding successes, honoured last year’s President and the club’s Rotarians of the Year for the 2011/2012 Rotary Year at the Past President’s event this weekend.  Pictured above are Rotarians of the Year (Left to Right) Hardy Wheeler and Terry Cloutier with 2022-2012 President Paul Charbonneau.

Posted by Chris Woodrow

Rotarians are getting ready to launch events linked to World Polio Day, 24 October, in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 

Led by RI President Sakuji Tanaka, International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert Scott, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephanie Urchick, delegates to the Rotary institute for zones 24-32 in Vancouver, British Columbia will take part in a downtown walk and rally on 19 October. One hundred of the participants will carry signs bearing the End Polio Now message. 


The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair is excited to initiate three local major service projects in partnership with several organizations.


“Last February, our club held an open house to celebrate our past achievements and to identify new potential partners and projects,” explains Chris Woodrow, Club President.  “As a result, we generated nearly twenty new opportunities for service.  These ideas were evaluated based on our mission to ensure a balanced suite of programming with emphasis on helping the less fortunate of all ages whose needs are not met through government programs or other charities.”

Posted by Danielle Stuebing
The financial burden of post secondary education will be lightener for eleven students to whom the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair will award bursaries.  Students exhibiting outstanding academic achievement, diverse volunteer activities, and financial need were selected as recipients of this bursary.  Further consideration was given to those students who demonstrated a commitment to the Rotary International motto of Service above Self.


Posted by Chris Woodrow

The D6400 Conference concluded at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio earlier today with those members attending (SEE ABOVE) returning with the number one prize in the district - the 2011-2012 DICK HEDKE AWARD.  The prestigious award is recognition of our club success across all walks of the Rotary world: five areas are evaluated and include Club Administration, Membership, Public Relations, Club Projects and The Rotary Foundation.  The award is an appropriate and fitting end to the 2011-2012 Rotary Year.

Additionally, Windsor St. Clair won first runner up for the Hugh Archer Award for Project Excellence; third place in the Frank Devlyn Award for Public Relations; and first place for our February Open House in the Club Service Award for a Social Event.

Congratulations to all. 

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Posted by Danielle Stuebing

Chris Woodrow has been named President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair for the 2012/2012 Rotary year.  A Rotarian since 2007, Chris has been actively involved in many facets of club operations, notably the TV Auction Committee where he served as chair for two successful years, the club public relations committee, RELAY and many other club activities. He was honored as Rotarian of the year in 2009. 

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Posted by Chris Woodrow

Rotary Windsor- St. Clair, in partnership with other Rotary clubs across the Windsor-Essex region, will welcome Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to Windsor on Wednesday, April 18.  This celebration, which will be hosted at the Giovanni Caboto Club, includes a kick off for the Rotary at Work initiative. The Lieutenant Governor will deliver the event’s keynote address.


Posted by Chris Woodrow

The Rotary Club of Windsor St.-Clair took the occasion of Rotary’s 107th birthday to host an open house to generate ideas for new projects to help the Windsor-Essex community.  On Thursday, February 23, close to 100 people gathered at the Windsor Yacht Club to learn more about the club’s many projects and successes to date.  Below, members gather to celebrate the tremendous work which has been done and to recognize the $2.5 million contribution by the club to community and global projects.


Posted by Chris Woodrow
Rotary Clubs across Windsor and  Essex County are looking for volunteers to head to South Africa in July 2012 to  work with English teachers.

The District 6400 Vocational  Training Team will help English as a Second Language teachers in South Africa  who are preparing their students to write post-secondary entrance exams.  The District needs four to six volunteers who  have a background in education, particularly in working with ESL students.    Individuals who are not members of a Rotary Club are urged to apply.

For more information about the  opportunity, click here.  The application  can be downloaded here.

Posted by Chris Woodrow
When the 26th annual Rotary Auction on TV Cogeco  concluded earlier this month, $47,500 was raised by the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Windsor-Essex County Chapter) to undertake important service work in our community.

Thanks to all those who volunteered time to make it such a success.

2012 AUCTION RAISES $47,500 Chris Woodrow 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow

The  gavel changed hands but not households today as Paul Charbonneau took over from his wife Phyllis as President of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair for the 2011/2012 Rotary Year.  Paul, a Rotarian since 2005, along with Phyllis, who served as club President for the 2010/2011 Rotary Year, have been extremely involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program both at the club and district levels, as well as chairing many of the club’s fundraising initiatives.

Paul, a resident of the Essex region since 1982, is owner of HCA Mindbox, an award winning marketing communicationsfirm.  Over the past 24 years, Paul and his firm have donated in excess of $250,000 of cash and in-kind marketing services to Not for Profit causes in the Windsor-Essex Region.  

Paul Charbonneau to Head Club for 2011-2012 Chris Woodrow 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Windsor-Essex County Chapter) received close to $29,000 at the Thursday, March 24, 2011 meeting of the Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club. The monies were raised at the 2010 Rotary Auction on TV COGECO, a partnership between the Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Heart and Stroke receives Auction proceeds Chris Woodrow 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow
 Thanks to everyone who participated in the  2011 Nijola Golf Tournament - more than $10,600 was rasied for club projects and activities

 Although conditions were a 'little' wet, the tournament was bigger and better than than ever, and provided us all with a tremendous opportunity to raise additional funds for club projects and initiatives - and at the same time remember a Rotarian - Nijola Giedriunas - who's dedication to her community exemplified the Rotary International motto of Service Above Self.  At the end of the day approximately $10,600 was raised - and tremendous efforts by all concerned particularly the Golf Committee and also Todd and Michelle Grondin who roganized the event.

Nijola raises more than $10,600 Chris Woodrow 0
Posted by Chris Woodrow

Michael Duben from the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair is the 2011-2012 Governor for Rotary International District 6400 which encompasses 50 clubs - in Essex County in Ontario and Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan.  As Governor, he will lead more than 1,650 women and men who comprise District 6400, providing vision and leadership and confirming the District as one of the very best across the globe. 

Michael Duben installed as Governor Chris Woodrow 0
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The bidding has ended for this year at the 2010 Rotary Auction on TV COGECO.  The telephones are silent and the many volunteers who made the event successful are getting a much deserved rest.  When the auction concluded at midnight on Saturday, over $68,612 was raised by the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Windsor-Essex County Chapter) to undertake important service work in our community.
TV AUCTION RAISES CLOSE TO $69,000 Chris Woodrow 0
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As Rotarians, we want to provide assistance to Haiti just as we did for the Tsunami, Katrina and numerous other natural disasters. Disaster relief teams are arriving daily, including many Rotarians.  Search and Rescue teams with rescue dogs from Canada and the United States are already hard at work searching for victims. 
Club raises dollars for Haiti and ShelterBox Chris Woodrow 0
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Tad Venkateswarlu is the recipient of the Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club Humanitarian Award for 2009-2010 .   Dr. Venkateswarlu has a long list of academic achievements, retiring as Librarian Emeritus from the Univer sit y of Windsor in 2006.   He was recognized in 2007 with an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor. 

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It's was "Game On Everyone!" earlier this week, as members of the Windsor-St. Clair Rotary Club challenged residents of Banwell Gardens to rounds of boxing, bowling and golf courtesy of the Nintendo Wii Game System the Club donated to the facility. This is one of five Wii Systems members of Windsor-St. Clair Rotary Club presented to local seniors residences this month.

Local Seniors say Wii® would like to play Chris Woodrow 0
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Congratulations to Windsor St. Clair Rotarians Michael and Shelly Duben who last week were awarded YMCA Peace Medals.  They were recognized by the YMCA for their RELAY work in Africa and the many 'peace-building' activities associated with this volunteer work.

YMCA honours Michael and Shelly Duben Chris Woodrow 0
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At a recent celebration, the Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair announced that two members have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to the community and Rotary projects and initiatives.

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In a year of economic havoc that rocked global markets and shook consumer confidence, Rotary International's most important asset – its members – steadily grew. As of 30 June, the end of the 2008-09 RI year, there were 1,234,527 members in 33,790 Rotary clubs. That's an increase of 3,044 members and 520 clubs from the previous year.

Rotary grows membership Chris Woodrow 0
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In recognition of World Polio Day, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone reached in the humanitarian service organization's global fundraising campaign to eradicate polio – with nearly US$100 million raised.     

World Polio Day October 24 Chris Woodrow 0
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Tune in to the ROTARY AUCTION ON TV COGECO at 7 pm on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.  Preview the items by checking them out online at and watch for a complete list of items in the Thursday, November 12 Windsor Star. 

Rotary Auction on TVCogeco ready to roll! Chris Woodrow 0
Dolly Parton to speak at RI Conference in Montreal Chris Woodrow 0
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At a morning ceremony in the gazebo overlooking the DetroitRiver at Shanfield Shores Park, Alan Drouillard was inducted as the 2009-2010 president of the Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club.

Alan Drouillard takes helm of club Chris Woodrow 0
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Rotary International has officially announced the 100 districts selected for the Future Vision Plan pilot, which will test a new, streamlined Rotary Foundation grant structure – and our district is on the list.
Future Vision Plan pilot select D6400 Chris Woodrow 0
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Sunday, March 22 is World Water Day.  Rotary International and USAID are embarking on a new effort, the International H2O Collaboration, to implement water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in the developing world. In celebration of World Water Day, read more at about the alliance and Rotary's year-round commitment to clean water.
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Thanks to all members and friends who came out to the Ganatchio Trail May 23.  The weather was perfect and members and friends went about the task of picking up garbage and other 'foreign' objects with gusto.

Ganatchio Trail clean up a success Chris Woodrow 0
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The 2009 Pluck-a-Duck came to a close last Saturday at Devonshire Mall at 3 p.m. when the ticket desk closed and the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Windsor St.Clair drew the lucky winning tickets.  Pluck-a-Duck participants with winning tickets will be contacted today. A complete list of winners can be found below.

Pluck-a-Duck 2009 ends Chris Woodrow 0
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During the first Rotary club meeting on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele met to talk about their personal experiences. Harris then unfolded his general plan for their club meetings.
Rotary celebrates 104 years Chris Woodrow 0
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Congratulation to Windsor St. Clair club member and Treasurer John Ferguson!  Leadership Windsor/Essex recently announced that John is the recipient of the 2009 Community Impact Award. 

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The old adage, 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going' capsulates the 2008 WE CARE.WE CAN Food Drive, a partnership between local rotary clubs, The Greater Essex County DSB, the Windsor Spitfires Junior Hockey club, local food bank associations and Mayflower/ Rose City Moving Company.

Volunteers put a lid on the food drive canpaign Chris Woodrow 0
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Congratulations to our own Michael Duben who was selected as District Governor Nominee Candidate for 2011-2012. Way to go, Mike!


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When the bidding concluded at the 2008 Rotary Auction on TV COGECO and when the telephones were finally silent and all of the volunteers had gone home - $50,145 had been raised by the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Windsor-Essex County Chapter) for important service work in our community.
Over $50,000 raised in TV auction Chris Woodrow 0
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