Kitchener Rotary


January 24, 2022

Meeting Recording

A recording of Today’s Meeting can be found here

President's Comments

President Adrian welcomed all to this our meeting of the 29th week of our 100th anniversary year!

Visiting Rotarians

Elena Shpinel, Rotary Club of Moscow International

Club Announcements

Catch The Ace
Week 10 of Catch the Ace saw James D. as our lucky winner.  He picked card #44, revealing the 4 of Hearts and won the weekly prize of $278.  James D. lives near Ottawa and he heard about Catch the Ace when he was online and looking for interesting games in the Home Lottery News. He saw our recent ad and was also interested in supporting KidsAbility.
Still no Ace of Spades so there is still time to get your tickets for the next weekly draw on Thursday January 27th. 
Coldest Night of Year
Members are encourage to donate and or sign up for this community support event.  Announcements and links to participate have been sent to all members by Louise Gardiner and Kelly MillerPaul Rostrup, Hubert Singh and Madu Kingsley will be doing a walk in Victoria Park on February 4 at 2:00 p.m. and all members are welcome to join them.  Contact Paul for more information.
Car Lottery
Full details are not yet available but Dave Chatson provided a preliminary report on our recent Car Lottery.
  • Over all it was successful and positions us well to move ahead next year.
  • Our proceeds won’t be as high as targeted but we should clear at least $10,000
  • WE now have a significant data base of individuals interested in participating in this kind of fundraiser.
  • We have learned a lot about how best to use social media.
  • We also have a better idea on how to contact our traditional Car Draw supporters, i.e., those who purchase in support of KidsAbility.
Indigenous Relations
Lew Ford reported on the recent Indigenous training program provided by Family and Children Services.  The program involved viewing of three videos followed by a full day of discussions and presentations.  It was extremely informative and worthwhile.  About 20 Rotarians participated.  The information provided and issues raised will assist the committee in moving ahead with our three-year plan.
A Celebration of Women In Rotary
All members will have received an invitation to this event from Louise Gardiner.  This will be a joint event with the Rotary Club of Grand River on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:45 AM in place of our regular Monday meeting.

Program Highlights

Our program today was Who AM I presentations by two of our recent inductees – Boyd Pendleton and Marissa Watkins.
First up was Marissa:
Marrisa-WWhere I’m From
  • Born in Mount Forest, ON to high school sweethearts
  • Raised in Waterloo, my true home
  • I attended Bluevale Collegiate Institute
  • Family is very important to me!
Where I’ve Been
  • Travel has been a huge part of my life and has included Taiwan, New York, Cuba, Costa Rica and Budapest
  • My next destination goal is Greece!
  • Sauble Beach is my home away from home
  • I began learning Mandarin while I was in Taiwan
What I’ve Done
  • Graduated with Honours from the Bachelor of Public Relations program at Conestoga College
  • Was awarded with an Emerge Media Award for my capstone project
  • Began working towards my current career goals
  • Completed my investment courses and insurance courses over the pandemic
Where I’m Going
  • Taking on a larger role in my career after nine years in the industry
  • Working towards my Certified Financial Planner professional designation
  • Excited for what the future has in store!
Facts About Me
  • My eyes are two different colours
  • If there’s sunshine and water, I’m a happy lady
  • I’m a dog person!
  • I love all things food-related and you’ll often see me doing the “happy dance” when food arrives
  • I was a Bridesmaid for the first time on Friday!
Why Rotary?
  • Fellowship and Friendship
  • Making a difference in the community
  • Having an opportunity to use some of my “fun” skills outside of the workplace
Next Up was Boyd:
A little about me
  • Born in Huntington Beach California
  • Attended the University of Arizona (Tucson AZ) 1992-1995 Studied Hydrogeology and Engineering
  • Met my wife Colleen in Arizona when she was working at Conestoga Rovers in Phoenix 1996 while  was working for CH2MHill in Phoenix (formerly Gore and Storie)
  • Transferred to Waterloo office for work opportunities and be with my wife's family in 2000
  • We liked it and stayed
  • Passions outside of work and family include Outdoor Activities, Cycling and Adventure Travel
My Family
  • My wife is Colleen Dietrich P. Eng.
  • She was born and raised in Waterloo and is a UofW Graduate
  • She is an Engineer with GHD (formerly Conestoga Rovers) and has been with GHD for over 25 years
  • My daughter is Sydney Pendleton (19)
    • Born and raised in Waterloo
    • Currently at Queens University (Life Sciences)
    • Student Athlete (Fast pitch)
  • My son is Ben Pendleton (16)
    • Attends St David’s high school (like his sister and mom did!)
    • Plays on the Waterloo Wolves Major Midget AAA hockey team
  • My Mom Dad and Brother (Nat, Suise & Nat) live in Huntington Beach CA
  • Colleens Mom and dad live in Waterloo (Frank & Virginia Dietrich)
My Business
  • Lotowater is located in Paris Ontario and I have been there since 2003
  • Lotowater specializes in the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Municipal & Industrial Water Well Systems
  • Our biggest client is the Region of Waterloo
Why Rotary?
  • I’ve always enjoyed volunteering in kids sports and I am looking for other ways to give back and make Waterloo a better place to live and work
  • How can I contribute?
  • Still learning about Rotary and what it does.  Thanks Louise, Adrian and others!
  • I hope to be able to support existing initiatives and projects where I can best
  • My areas of particular Interest include Youth Exchange, Kids Ability, Environment & Water and Nogales & Caborca
  • I am very interested in the possibility of working on some Cycling based initiatives

Closing Remarks & Reminders

President Adrian reminded everyone abou the next meeting on Jan 31 when Martin Jones will be hosting a live event from Kenya, with our RAWEF students who will update us on their educational progress. 
Jan 31, 2022 12:00 PM
ZOOM NOON - Update direct from Kenya
Feb 08, 2022 7:45 AM
ZOOM BREAKFAST - Celebrating Women in Rotary
Feb 14, 2022 12:00 PM
ZOOM NOON - Youth & Club Exchange History
Feb 21, 2022
Committee Meetings to be Scheduled by Committee Chairs
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Bullas
January 2
Karen Redman
January 8
Paul Rostrup
January 8
Bill Proctor
January 9
Erin Way
January 20
John English
January 26
Kelly Miller
January 26
Join Date
Al Way
January 1, 1991
31 years
Cameron Yule
January 1, 1992
30 years
Carl Zehr
January 1, 1975
47 years
Carol Wiebe
January 1, 1995
27 years
Dave Smith
January 1, 1977
45 years
Ed Fowler
January 1, 1996
26 years
Jack Ball
January 1, 1962
60 years
Karen Redman
January 1, 1999
23 years
Pete Gray
January 1, 1997
25 years
Ross Newkirk
January 1, 1990
32 years
Shawky Fahel
January 1, 1987
35 years
Wayne Boehler
January 1, 1993
29 years
John English
January 31, 2002
20 years