Kitchener Rotary


June 13, 2022

Meeting Recording

A recording of Today’s Meeting can be found here.

President's Comments

President Adrian welcomed every to the meeting in this the 49th week of our 100th year.  He also reminded all that in two weeks, on June 27, we will be celebrating our anniversary with our Official 100th Anniversary Club Meeting.  Any member able to attend but not registered is asked to do so at their earliest convenience. The link to register is on the main page of our website.

Happy Jar

Neil Swayze is happy to have celebrated his and Donna’s 50th wedding anniversary with a stay at a very nice B&B in Midland.  He is also delighted that his new deck is now completely finished.
Lew Ford was happy that his four daughters and families helped him celebrate an early Father’s Day this past weekend (with 28 people in the extended family they often need to shift dates for special events such as this!)
Robert Shipley is very pleased that his son has recently received a promotion at work.
President Adrian was happy to have spent four days in Niagara-On-The-Lake celebrating Cathie’s birthday.  It was their first trip in two years, they enjoyed great weather and a play at the Shaw Festival.
Paul Rostrup was pleased to let us know that Paula will showing many pieces of her art work at a show at the Button Factory, June 30 to July 23.  Paul was particularly happy, though, that his job of getting all items framed has been completed.
Hubert Singh is very happy that he will be taking his 18 year old daughter on a twelve-day, five-country European trip beginning this Thursday.
Ailton Santana was pleased to have been on holiday in Costa Rica with his wife  recently but is really glad to now be over COVID they caught while on the trip!

Club Announcements

Catch The Ace
Once again, Bill A. of St. Catharines wins the weekly prize!
The Jackpot is over $13,100 and growing.
How do they do it?  Our weekly winner of Catch the Ace was once again, Bill A. of St. Catharines.  After winning in week 18, 22 and 29, Bill has continued to be a regular player and has seen the results in winning again this week.  His choice this week was card #5, revealing the 7 of Hearts.  He won the weekly prize of $334.
When you buy tickets you have a chance to win the weekly prize and if your card is the Ace of Spades you will also win the Progressive Prize which is now over $13,100 and growing.  The next weekly draw is on Thursday June 16th.  The deadline to get your tickets as always is Wednesday at Midnight.
Don't forget that you have to purchase a ticket the week of the draw to qualify for both the weekly and progressive jackpot!
When you play Catch the Ace not only do you have a chance to win great prizes but you also win by knowing that the net proceeds will all be going to KidsAbility.
KidsAbility Sensory Garden Maintenance Project
Our next hands-on, community event, an initiative of all 5 KW Rotary clubs, is our ongoing maintenance of the Sensory Garden at KidsAbility, is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  A couple of extra hands are still needed and if you are available and interested please contact Paul Rostrup.
A Better Tent City Project
Our association with the Better Tent City is continuing to develop.  In addition to the club assisting with the purchase of appliances for the new common area there will be opportunities for hands-on volunteering work.  These will include:
  • General Maintenance work on Tuesday afternoons
  • Large, special maintenance work on Saturday mornings
  • Cooking of meals (once a month)
  • Supplying baked items on an occasional basis
Volunteers can help out on a regular basis or just once or anything in between.  Additional details will be sent to members in an email by committee chair, Neil Swayze.
Calling All Golfers
A golf outing is being planned for July 28 with Rotarians from all of the clubs in our cluster invited to participate.  Additonal details and link to sign up will be provided later but here are the basics:
  • Conestoga Golf Club
  • Thursday July 28. 2022
  • Time: Tee off times begin at 2pm and foursomes go out every 8 minutes 
  • Register no later than July 22, 2022
  • Cost - Walking $27.75
  • Golfers must pay in the pro shop at the golf course when they arrive to play.
  • Participants are invited to stay after their round for socializing and fellowship on the patio.

Program Highlights

Our program today was the Kick Off to our Annual Car Lottery Fundraiser led by Dave Chatson.
He began with a bit of history and some highlights from last year’s campaign:
  • Our first Car Draw was in 1930 and we believe our 91 years of the fundraiser represents the longest running Car Draw in Canada
  • Traditionally we have sold physical tickets but last year we tried an online lottery and with the lessons learned we planned to continue with this format
  • Last year the fundraiser ran for 12 weeks from September 7 to November 27
  • We grossed just over $113,000 and were able to donate $15,000 to KidsAbility
  • The Prize was a 2022 Audi Q5 Quattro Luxury SUV
  • The winner was James Whitehead from London Ontario
For this year planning includes:
  • Investigating a different vehicle model.  An electric or hybrid is being considered but delivery can be an issue as it can take over 18 months to have one delivered
  • Determining the online start Date, July 1 no longer possible but a summer strat is hoped for
  • Run the Lottery 16-20 weeks
  • Continue existing partnerships
  • Engage Club Members, by providing clea,r easy to use resources.
  • Leverage existing database and expand
  • Increase local marketing footprint - newer member Josh Graham to take the lead on this
  • Grow our dynamic committee!
Dave highlight the individuals and organizations with whom we have partnered.
Unfortunately Michael Crosby from the Crosby Auto Group could not be with us today due to a sudden death in his family.
Michael CrosbyWhen Gordon Crosby opened Crosby Volkswagen in April of 1966, he started a deep tradition of Customer Service, believing and acting on the principle that the happiness and satisfaction of the customer is more important than any profit made on a single transaction.
Their core values include treating the customer with respect, honesty and integrity; to treat clients in a way that those at the dealership would wish to be treated themselves.
Deon Van Der WattCrosby Auto Group, encompassing Listowel Honda, Crosby Volkswagen,  nd Audi Kitchener-Waterloo is led by their Dealer Principle , Michael Crosby.   About 10 years ago they invested in their Vision, Mission and Value Statements that have been instrumental in creating the culture they have today.   These statements are the fundamentals that support their internal culture, as well as their customer-centric focus.  They represent who they are.   Deon  Van Der Watt, the General Manager has been most supportive and helpful with the project as well.
Kitchener Rotary is privileged and proud to partner with Audi – Kitchener Waterloo for our 2nd annual online car Lottery.
Our committee is also benefiting greatly from working with:
Jim Lowe from Assisting You Social.
Henning Geiler, Owner of Pinpoint Media Design
Henning Geiler, Principal and Chief Developer of PinPoint Media Designj
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Steve Wallace - Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach with a wealth of knowledge in running online Rotary Car Lotteries.

Closing Remarks & Reminders

President Adrian reminded all to register for the June 27th 100th Anniversary Luncheon at Golf's Steak House. The registration link is on the Kitchener Rotary website - click here for details
Jun 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Kick off with Dave Chatson & Mike Crosby of Audi Kitchener-Waterloo
Jun 18, 2022 9:00 AM
IN PERSON 9AM-12NOON - 5 Club Event - meet at the front entrance and bring your gardening gloves
Jun 20, 2022
Committee Meetings to be Scheduled by Committee Chairs
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Candi Harrington
June 1
Bill Krohn
June 10
Louise Gardiner
June 17
Cheryl Ewing
June 18
Betty Bax
June 24
Darren Sweeney
June 26
Ray Taylor
June 30
Join Date
Bill Proctor
June 1, 2002
20 years
Gary Parker
June 1, 1994
28 years
Martin Jones
June 1, 2009
13 years
Rohit Kumar
June 13, 2016
6 years
Neil Swayze
June 22, 2015
7 years
Ernie Ginsler
June 30, 2002
20 years
Ray Taylor
June 30, 2002
20 years