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4H Canada hopes to grow youth membership using 'experiential learning’ as its focus

Posted by John Borst on Jan 26, 2023
With notes by Don Heath
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4H Canada is one of the 80 countries in the world with a 4H program. Now with over 4 million members, the program, whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development” began in 1901 when President Orwell of the Farmer’s Institute of Macoupin County, Missouri, USA offered local boys a bag of corn seed to grow and show at the St. Louis Fair.

 
4H Canada hopes to grow youth membership using 'experiential learning’ as its focus John Borst 2023-01-26 05:00:00Z 0 4H,4H Canada,DEI,Learn to do by Doing,experiential learning
DG Michel Wong Kee Song shares personal stories about Rotary John Borst 2023-01-19 05:00:00Z 0 Africa,Avenues of Service,District 7040,District Governor,Mauritius,Rotary Club of Old Montreal
Special Event 2023-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Cole describes how Toastmasters help him become a leader in his Rotary Club

 
Do you fear the task of speaking to a group of people? Sweaty palms, upset stomach, and nervousness  are symptoms of the fear associated with having to speak before a public gathering. They are also what club Rotarian Garrett Cole once experienced before he joined the Rotary Club of Kingston.
 
Rotarian Cole describes how Toastmasters help him become a leader in his Rotary Club John Borst 2023-01-12 05:00:00Z 0 Garrett Cole,Kingston Ontario,Rotary International,Toastmasters International,fear of public speaking,leadership skills

Kingston's Mayor welcomes the new 'Challenge of a rapidly Growing City' during his 2022-26 term

Posted by John Borst on Jan 05, 2023
 
Kingston’s Mayor, Bryan Patterson, elected in November to his third consecutive term in office spoke for the ninth consecutive year to the Rotary Club of Kingston as their first guest of the new year.
 
Kingston's Mayor welcomes the new 'Challenge of a rapidly Growing City' during his 2022-26 term John Borst 2023-01-05 05:00:00Z 0 2022-2026 term of City Council,Business expansion,City of Kingston,Downtown core enhancements,Green space,Housing,Kingston Airport,Long term care,Mayor Bryan Paterson,Physcian shortage,Portsmouth harbour,Regional collaboration,Waaban Crossing
Kingston Rotarians use their network to help local church complete holiday season International project Paul Van Nest 2023-01-05 05:00:00Z 0 Church of Iglesia Bautista Emanuel,Rotary International,The Rotary Club of Kingston-Cataraqui

Rotary Hall in Colborne, shelters over 500 stranded travellers on the 24th of December

Posted by John Borst on Dec 26, 2022
Photo of conditions in Cramahe Township evening of December 23, 2022 by Mark Richardson Globe and Mail
 
When the 10:30 am Canada Coach by Megabus arrived on time in Kingston, Ontario, at 1:30 pm on December 23rd, little did the passengers know it was the last time that bus would be on time for the next 30 plus hours. 
 
Rotary Hall in Colborne, shelters over 500 stranded travellers on the 24th of December John Borst 2022-12-26 05:00:00Z 0 Blizzard,Canada Coach,Christmas 2022,Highway 401,OPP,Rotary Club of Colborne,Rotary Hall,Township of Cramahe
Rotary Club of Kingston celebrates Christmas luncheon for first time since COVID hit John Borst 2022-12-15 05:00:00Z 0 2022,COVID 19,Christams luncheon,Rotary Club of Kingston

We are 'This Close' to eradicating polio. Help us finish the job. Join the Polio Plus Society 

Posted by Don Heath on Dec 09, 2022
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With the FIFA "World Cup" centre stage, I thought this Rotary International's "This Close" promotional picture of Nwankwo Kanu, Africa's best ever football player and a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward and was a member of the Nigerian national team, and played for Nigerian team Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Dutch side Ajax, Inter Milan of Italy, and English clubs Arsenal, West Bromwich, Albion, and Portsmouth would be a good introduction to a request to join RI's Polio Plus Society.
We are 'This Close' to eradicating polio. Help us finish the job. Join the Polio Plus Society Don Heath 2022-12-09 05:00:00Z 0 District 7040,Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Plus Society,Rotary International Polio Fund,poliovirus

The Invasive Dog-strangling Vine: How is it strangling our beloved Monarch Butterfly?

Posted by Elsabe Falkson on Dec 06, 2022
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EnviroClub Chatter #3:
Previously we looked at garlic mustard and the danger it poses to Ontario’s trilliums.  Now, the spotlight is on the Dog-strangling vine. I am sure Adrienne is worried but, to the best of my knowledge, Dog-strangling vine does not actually strangle dogs but definitely, literally strangles native plants and small trees.  Unlike garlic mustard, we cannot eat this killer!
The Invasive Dog-strangling Vine: How is it strangling our beloved Monarch Butterfly? Elsabe Falkson 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0 Dog-strangling vine,Invasive species,Monarch Butterfly Garden,Rotary Park,milkweed family – Asclepias
bgc Southeast offers surprisingly diverse program for children and seniors John Borst 2022-12-01 05:00:00Z 0 Big Brothers,Big Sisters,Boys and Girls Club,Colbourne-Quenneville Trust,Empire Life Insurance,bgc Southeast

Rotarians from Scotland and Canada renew COVID delayed friendly rivalry in Curling

Posted on Dec 01, 2022
Since 1956 Rotarian curlers from clubs in Scotland and Canada (this year all from Southern Ontario) have enjoyed the fellowship of competition every two years, until in 2020 COVID put an end to the visits. In 2022, however, 16 Scots once again visited 13 Ontario hosts and played 13 games between November 6th and 26th. The first game was a "friendly" in Burlington.
Rotarians from Scotland and Canada renew COVID delayed friendly rivalry in Curling John Borst 2022-12-01 05:00:00Z 0 Bob Mackintosh Quaich Trophy,COVID 19,Corn Broom,Duddingston Trophy,Rotarian curlers,Scotland to Canada Curling Tour 2022

Kingston's Dawn House expands to accommodate 30 more homeless and vulnerable women

Posted by John Borst on Nov 24, 2022
 
Currently, Dawn House, a crisis centre supporting vulnerable women who are homeless or marginalized in Kingston, is facing unprecedented levels of demand. That’s the message left with the Rotary Club of Kingston by Maggie McLaren, its Executive Director when she addressed the club on Wednesday November 24th.
 
Kingston's Dawn House expands to accommodate 30 more homeless and vulnerable women John Borst 2022-11-24 05:00:00Z 0 City of Kingston,Dawn House,funding needs,homeless and vulnerable women,wish list
Enviro Club Chatter #2 - The invasive Garlic Mustard plant Elsabe Falkson 2022-11-24 05:00:00Z 0 Enviroclub Chatter,Garlic Mustard,Invasive plants,Sauce Alone,hedge garlic
Kingston’s Loving Spoonful changes focus from Food Security to Food Sovereignty John Borst 2022-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 City of Kingston,Grow-a-Row,community kitchens,farm training program,food insecurity,food sovereigntry,urban gardens

What made it so difficult to verify names for Kingston's Memorial Wall?

 
In 2005 the City of Kingston decided to create a memorial garden and wall to commemorate the city and area’s war dead. Our Remembrance week speaker, Peter Gower, a local historian who had been studying the issue for 10 years, was commissioned to create to list of names for the wall.
 
What made it so difficult to verify names for Kingston's Memorial Wall? Paul Van Nest 2022-11-10 05:00:00Z 0 American Civil War,Battle of Waterllo,Cenotaph,City Park,City of Kingston,Commonwealth War Graves Commission,Library and Archives of Canada,Memorial Park Wall,Red Cross,Remembrance Day

How can instituting a Basic Income solve the issue of poverty in Canada?

Posted by John Borst on Nov 03, 2022
Elaine Power, a professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies at Queen’s University and a co-founder of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee, spoke on the need to create a “Basic Income” program for Canada to alleviate poverty in Canada.
 
 
How can instituting a Basic Income solve the issue of poverty in Canada? John Borst 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0 Basic Income,Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee,Queen's University,food insecurity,poverty
Enviro Club Chatter #1 How Every Rotarian Can Make a Huge Difference in saving our Trilliums. Elsabe Falkson 2022-11-02 04:00:00Z 0 Environment,Invasive species,Trillium,ecosystem
Purchase a Calendar Online 2022-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Extend-a-Family using leading edge technology to assist learners with developmental limitations

Posted by John Borst on Oct 27, 2022
 
A visit to Kingston’s Extend-a-Family facility was a little like going down the rabbit hole in the Wizard of Oz, you suddenly found yourself in a new world you knew nothing about, and it had been in your backyard all along.
 
Extend-a-Family using leading edge technology to assist learners with developmental limitations John Borst 2022-10-27 04:00:00Z 0 Adaptive Technology,Assistive Techology,DTEN,Developmental Disability,Diversity Garden,Dunya Habitat,EAFK,Extend-a-Family Kingston,Grants,OrCam,Virtual reality,XBox,Zoom

Kingston Rotary Oktoberfest, a family affair, raises $20 grand for community endeavours

Posted by John Borst on Oct 22, 2022
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Starting with a horse drawn wagon ride from the parking lot, to facepainting, games, crafts, free popcorn and apples, Sparky, a climb aboard a 1926 fire truck for kids and the usual food and drink for both adults and children the first annual Oktoberfest was a fun filled giant success raising about $20,000 for future community causes.  
Kingston Rotary Oktoberfest, a family affair, raises $20 grand for community endeavours John Borst 2022-10-22 04:00:00Z 0 Oktoberfest event,Robinson Community Garden,Rotary Club of Kingston,Sugar Shack,The Abrams

Pandemics their nature and history: but why do intelligent people reject their reality?

Posted by John Borst on Oct 20, 2022
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According to Dr. Gerald Evans, Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and Pathology & Molecular Medicine at Queen's University, a pandemic is a global infection outbreak caused by a novel microbe to which most of the population is susceptible, is transmissible person to person, and has affected more than three of WHO’s six world regions. 
 
Pandemics their nature and history: but why do intelligent people reject their reality? John Borst 2022-10-20 04:00:00Z 0 Bubonic plague,Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases,Pandemic,Queen's University,Social Media,influenza
Viral pandemics and the growth of polio: is there a connection? John Borst 2022-10-20 04:00:00Z 0 Anti-vaxers,COVID-19,Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Vaccinations,poliovirus
Queen's student survey says 100 percent will volunteer to support the UN's sustainable development goals John Borst 2022-10-13 04:00:00Z 0 Queen's Enviromental Coalition,Queen's University,UN sustainable development goals,students,volunteerism
'The Spell of the Yukon' gold rush holds sway over Kingston Rotarians Paul Van Nest 2022-10-06 04:00:00Z 0 Belinda Mulrooney,Dawson City,Dyea,George Carmack,Jack London,Robert Service,Sam Steele (Northwest Mounted Police),Skagway,William Ogilvie,Yukon Gold Rush
2022-23 Rotary Exchange Student shares her story with the club John Borst 2022-09-29 04:00:00Z 0 COVID,Chaumont France,Rotary Exchange,Sacred Heart High School
Kingston Rotary's 2022 Gala a smashing success, joyfully, exceeds financial goal! John Borst 2022-09-26 04:00:00Z 0 Centennial,Fundraising campaign,Gala,Rotary Club of Kingston,Sponsors

Kingston Rotarians active, with harvesting now underway at the Robinson Community Garden

Posted by John Borst on Sep 19, 2022
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This spring The Rotary Club of Kingston took on the challenge of planting and maintaining the Robinson Community Garden.   (See To grow food for people in need Kingston Rotarians enjoy planting Robinson’s community garden)
 
The harvest is now underway, so I thought it time to bring an update to the year’s growing pains both for us as gardeners and the state of the produce.
 
Kingston Rotarians active, with harvesting now underway at the Robinson Community Garden John Borst 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Easter Seals Society,Lionhearts Inc.,Martha's Table,Robinson Community Garden,Rotary Club of Kingston,volunteering
70 Rotarians and friends work ticket booths at this year's Kingston Fall Fair John Borst 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Kingston and District Agricultural Society,Rotary Club of Kingston,volunteering
What can we do to save our bee population in the Kingston area? Garrett Cole 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0 Climate Change,Drone bees,Limestone Beekeepers' Guild,mite infestations,pesticies
Kingston Rotary Clubs Labour Day Nut Drive a fun event and a marvel in logistical planning John Borst 2022-09-05 04:00:00Z 0 Fundraising campaign,Go Nuts,Rotary Club of Gananoque,Rotary Club of Kingston,Rotary Club of Napanee,logistics
Why is Bitcoin not only a risky investment, but an environmental disaster too? John Borst 2022-08-25 04:00:00Z 0 Argentina,Bitcoin,Bitcoin mining,Block chain,Carbon emissions,Government regulation,Hashing,Proof of Stake,Proof of Work,climate change,data centres,investing,profit,risk,trust
Kingston Rotary’s Inaugural Pickleball Tournament attracts 90 participants Peter Burrell 2022-08-22 04:00:00Z 0 Bath,Inaugural,Pickleball,Rotary Club of Kingston,tournament
How love, empathy, and compassion impact the work of Bethany Kids in Africa? Linda Clouthier 2022-08-18 04:00:00Z 0 Africa,Bethany Kids,children,love heals,pediatric surgeons,surgery,wheel chairs
Like golf? Join or sponsor Easter Seals 2nd annual Grayson Cup on Sept 12, 2022 Linda Clouthier 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 Cataraqui Golf Club,Easter Seals,Golf Tournament,Grayson Cup,Linda Clouthier
Six Actions of Federal Liberals are focus of MP Gerretsen's straight talk to Club John Borst 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0 Canada Pension Plan,Electorial reform,Electric vehicles,Fraud,Housing in Canada,Li-Cycle,Liberal party of Canada,Mark Garretsen,Net Zero emissions,Old Age Security,Seniors,Ukraine
How can 'little forests' make our city a better place to live? Paul Van Nest 2022-08-04 04:00:00Z 0 3-30-300 model,City-in-a-Forest,Ecotistical worldview,Egostistical worldview,Forest Stewardship Network,Little Forests
To rejuvenate party, Hsu weighs run for Provincial Liberal leadership John 2022-07-28 04:00:00Z 0 Cost of living,Liberal Party,MPP,Ted Hsu,health care,housing,leadership,senior care
How did manager's refugee experience help build success at ‘Pathways for Education’ program? John Borst 2022-07-21 04:00:00Z 0 El Salvador,Kingston,Mexico,North Kingston,Pathways to Education,Rio Grand River,USA,discrimination,diversity,micro-agressions,refugee
Club gets overview of 2022-23 budget, at July 14th meeting by Treasurer John Borst 2022-07-14 04:00:00Z 0 Budget,Overview,Rotary Club of Kingston,Rotary year 2022-2023

June 30, 2022: A historic 'New Years Eve' for Rotary International

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Jennifer Jones breaks Rotary’s glass ceiling with a District 7040 celebration in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

Throughout the world the evening before a new calendar year begins is termed “New Year’s Eve” and we collectively celebrate the event with a party or party atmosphere.
 
June 30, 2022: A historic 'New Years Eve' for Rotary International John Borst 2022-07-08 04:00:00Z 0 Awards,Celebration,District 7040,Historic Event,Imagine Rotary Canada Tour,RIP President Jennifer Jones,Rotary Club of Kingston,Rotary International

Indigenous contributions to the Arts in North America, can you pass this quiz?

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June 30th, 2022 was the final day of the National Indigenous Month in Canada. It was also the final meeting of the 2021-22 Rotary year. To close out our tribute to honouring our Indigenous heritage, our fines master put together these questions on recognizing just a few ways Indigenous North Americans have influenced our culture and the arts. We thought others in the community might like to try their hand at answering the questions.
Indigenous contributions to the Arts in North America, can you pass this quiz? John Borst 2022-07-03 04:00:00Z 0 Arts and Culture,Canada,National Indigenous Month,North Amnerica,Quiz,Rotary year 2021-22
Master Gardener, member Ann Levison, shares garden and hosts club social Carol Cartier 2022-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Garden tour,Master Gardener,Rotary Club of Kingston,club social
President Elsabé’s 'Swan Song' sets out big challenge for 2022-23 President Alicia Carol Cartier 2022-06-30 04:00:00Z 0 2021-22 Rotary Year,Acheivements,Awards,Choppy waters,Highlights,President Elsabé,Swan song
On National Indigenous Day a slow stroll in the woods, brings peace to Rotarians John Borst 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0 Cataraqui Creek Conservation Authority,June 21 2022,National Indigenous Day,Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac,Therapy walk

How did children with mental health issues or autism survive the pandemic?

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How the KFLA Maltby Centre helped such children in the Kingston area.

 
Founded in 1996 as Pathways for Children and Youth, for the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) area, The Maltby Centre employees 130 staff spread over five communities in the region: Kingston, Napanee, Sydenham, Sharbot Lake and Northbrook.
 
How did children with mental health issues or autism survive the pandemic? John Borst 2022-06-16 04:00:00Z 0 Autism,COVID,Child and Youth mental health,KFLA,Kingston Frontenac,Lennox & Addington,The Maltby Centre
To grow food for people in need, Kingston Rotarians enjoy planting Robinson's Community Garden John Borst 2022-06-16 04:00:00Z 0 Robinson Community Garden,Rotary Club of Kingston,volunteering
Advanced Leadership in Social Impact Program to launch in fall of 2022, at Queen's University John Borst 2022-06-13 04:00:00Z 0 ALSI,Advanced Leadership in Social Impact,Change,Fellowship,Paul Harris Fellowship Awards,Queen's University
Click on ad to place order 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Fundraising campaign,Rotary Club of Kingston,Tulip Sale
Click ad to register for this event 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Advertisement,Pickleball tournament,Rotary Club of Kingston,fundraiser
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy meeting in-person has D7040 clubs overjoyed John Borst 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 District 7040,RKY Camp,RYLA,Rotary Club of Kingston,Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

Rotary International Encourages Clubs to Celebrate World Environment Day: June 5th

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Editor's Note: The following notice is from the Rotary Service newsletter of June 3, 2022
On 5 June, join us in celebrating World Environment Day. With the environment as one of our areas of focus, Rotary is committed to facing some of our greatest planetary challenges: the quickening pace of biodiversity loss and climate change, and the need for sustainable, equitable environmental solutions.
Rotary International Encourages Clubs to Celebrate World Environment Day: June 5th 2022-06-03 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary International,Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment,United Nations,World Environment Day,celebration
'Service Day' is a chance for Club members to enjoy fellowship Carol Cartier 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Monarch Butterfly Garden,Rotary Club of Kingston,environment,volunteering

Street kids in Tanzania have beds, thanks to Kingston Rotary club, now need mattresses

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The overwhelming reason, a community citizen is motivated to join a Rotary club is because they want to support and improve the city in which they live.  However, it doesn’t take long for them to learn that there are many communities throughout the world who also need help much more desperately than we do in our affluent country and community.
 
Street kids in Tanzania have beds, thanks to Kingston Rotary club, now need mattresses John Borst 2022-05-31 04:00:00Z 0 Lake Victoria,Mwamzia city,Rotary Club of Kingston,Street kids,Swahili,Tanzania,Upendo Daima,bed frames

Three Kingston Interact Clubs share good news stories with Club

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Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.  They are Rotary-sponsored service clubs that give young people an opportunity to participate in fun and meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. 
 
 
Three Kingston Interact Clubs share good news stories with Club Don Heath 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0 4H,Interact,Kingston,LaSalle High School,Leahurst Academy

Rebuilding Dominica's Bee Colonies: a story of a Global Grant's success

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In September of 2017, the Caribbean Island of Dominica (population 71,000) was hit by a category 5, hurricane, called Maria. It is considered the 10th ranked storm in North America. The total estimated damage, including the addition of the islands of  St. Croix and Puerto Rico are valued at $91.6 billion. Among the Dominica's most serious losses were its bees. Farmers even have had to hand pollinate their own crops.
 
Rebuilding Dominica's Bee Colonies: a story of a Global Grant's success John Borst 2022-05-19 04:00:00Z 0 Bee keeping,Dominica,Global Grant,Hurricane Maria,ISRAAID,International Services Committee,Rotary Club of Bracebridge
Tru Earth Sale a Win-Win: You save $: We help the Environment; & the Club raises funds to enhance Environmental Sustainability John Borst 2022-05-17 04:00:00Z 0 Environment,Fundraising campaign,Laundry EcoStrips,Tru Earth

Oasis: a simple idea which saves money and improves the health of seniors!

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Continuing to build Long Term Care facilities for seniors is economically unsustainable, especially when one in four does not need to be there. Those 90 or over are the fastest growing cohort in Ontario. To stay healthy such seniors need to maintain good relationships with friends and relatives, always feel useful and do things for other people. 
 
Oasis: a simple idea which saves money and improves the health of seniors! Paul Van Nest 2022-05-12 04:00:00Z 0 Helen Cooper,Homestead Land Holdings,Innovation,Kingston,Long Term Care Institutions,Oasis,Queen's University,Seniors over 90

Long, hot summers we love, but do they endanger a lake’s health?

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How Climate change and the reappearance of algae blooms are linked.

Editor's Note: This presentation took place in September 2021. I just found the video of the talk and felt it important enough to publish it at this time as part of our focus on the environment.
 
As northerners we Canadians love the extra month of summer and the milder winter weather we have had over the past few years. But for those of us who like to visit our many lakes for swimming and fishing each summer we are seeing more algae blooms, that blue green stuff floating on the water, at the same time?

 
Long, hot summers we love, but do they endanger a lake’s health? John Borst 2022-05-12 04:00:00Z 0 Algonquin Park,Dickson Lake,Eutrophication,John Smol,Lake of the Woods,algae blooms,blue green algae,climate change,longer summers,thermal stratification,threat multiplier
With Incentives Available, Sustainable Kingston's Services are in High Demand John Borst 2022-05-05 04:00:00Z 0 Enbridge/Union Gas,Incentives Available,Mobilize for Climate Change,Partnerships,Services in High Demand,Sustainability

Club Awards Six Paul Harris Fellows for Community Service in 2022

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To close out the month of April, the Rotary Club of Kingston held a special evening hybrid meeting combining Online attendees and live attendees at a wine and cheese social. The reason was the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships to four members and two citizens from the community. Each in a special way went over and above the norm in personifying Rotary's motto "Service Above Self". 
 
Club Awards Six Paul Harris Fellows for Community Service in 2022 John Borst 2022-05-05 04:00:00Z 0 Easter Seals Society,International Service,One Thousand dollars USD,Paul Harris Fellowship Awards,Smitty's Pancake House Kingston,The Rotary Foundation

Kingston Rotary Club Awarded Bronze Level Enviroclub Status by District 7040 for 2022-23

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During the 2019-20 Rotary year, Rotary International's Board of Directors added a seventh area of focus "Supporting the Environment." Shortly after the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group was formed, called ESRAG for short. To encourage clubs, ESRAG through the Districts created a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Status system award levels. For their efforts in 2021-22, under the leadership of club president Elsabe Falkson, the Kingston Rotary Club has been designated an Eviroclub at the Bronze level for 2022-23 which begins on July 1, 2022.
 
 
Kingston Rotary Club Awarded Bronze Level Enviroclub Status by District 7040 for 2022-23 John Borst 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Enviroclub designation,Environment,Sustainability

Canada's majestic Caribou herds are in significant decline in its far north, why?

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Dr Ryan Danby, Director, and Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University has discovered that the Bathurst caribou herd, one of Canada’s 21 major migrating tundra herds, has declined from a past high of 500,000 to around 10,000 today.
 
Canada's majestic Caribou herds are in significant decline in its far north, why? John Borst 2022-04-25 04:00:00Z 0 Boreal Caribou,Climate change,Dr Ryan Danby,Migratory Tundra Caribou,Mountain Caribou,Queen's University,caribou herd numbers decline
Kingston's Sun Harvest Greenhouses, leaders in structural design and modern growing John Borst 2022-04-14 04:00:00Z 0 Kingston,Sun Harvest Greenhouses,bedding plants,hydroponics,lettuce,tomatoes
Can Queen’s biomechanical engineers find a better way to relieve Osteoarthritis pain? John Borst 2022-04-07 04:00:00Z 0 Human Mobility Research Labratory,Queen's University,artifical intelligence,gait analysis,osteoarthritis
How can being a mentor help build 'inclusion and a sense of belonging'? John Borst 2022-03-31 04:00:00Z 0 Change,Culture,DEI,Diversity Equality and Inclusion Committee,Emotions,Groups,Perceptions,Queen's University,ancestral memory,biases,interculturalist
Limestone Board hopes to please parents who fear and welcome the end of COVID mask mandate? John Borst 2022-03-25 04:00:00Z 0 COVID,Limstone District School Board,Mask mandate,fear,parents,welcome

Why would you want to help 'African Women in Science' learn in North America?

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If you are a Rotarian and you have a focus on preserving our environment, ensuring everyone has clean, safe, fresh water, and want to support the 2021-22 Presidential goal of empowering girls and young women then African Women in Science who are young with a specialist in aquatic research, each of whom lives on one of the 7 Great Lakes of Africa (GLA) then you might want to help them to learn from the organizations and research institutes we have on the Great Lakes of North America (GLNA).
Why would you want to help 'African Women in Science' learn in North America? John Borst 2022-03-18 04:00:00Z 0 ACARE,AWIS,African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education,African Women in Science,Empower Girls and Young Women,Experimental Lakes Area,Fundraising,IISD,International Institute for Sustainable Development
How can 'Two Eyed Seeing' help us solve our Climate problem? Lori Sweet 2022-03-13 05:00:00Z 0 Climate change,Etuaptmumk,Globalisation,Indigenous knowledge,Two-eyed seeing,reconciliation

11 Community Outreach Grants Announced on Kingston Rotary’s ‘Annual Day of Giving’

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Since the institution of Community Outreach Grants in 2015 The Rotary Club of Kingston has given out $129,000 to small charitable foundations. This week, another $22,445 was given to 12 organizations.
 
 
11 Community Outreach Grants Announced on Kingston Rotary’s ‘Annual Day of Giving’ Paul Van Nest 2022-03-05 05:00:00Z 0 Almost Home,BGC South East,Big Brothers Big Sisters,Camp Outlook,Community Outreach Grants,Go with the Flow,Kingston Youth Shelter,Lionhearts Inc.,Loving Spoonful,RKY Camp,Rotary Club of Kingston,South Frontenace Community Services,Youth,charitable foundations
HOW TO USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS AND COMMENTS BOX AT THE END OF A ‘NEWS STORY’ John Borst 2022-03-02 05:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Comments,Google analytics,Likes,News Story,Page views,Social Media,Statcounter
Southeastern Ontario Rotary Clubs', Easter Seals Big Target for 2022 is $65,000 John Borst 2022-03-01 05:00:00Z 0 Easter Seals,Easter Seals 100th Anniversary,Fundraising campaign,Northeastern Ontario Rotary Clubs,Rotary Club of Kingston
Five Stories to Help Celebrate 100 years of Easter Seals in Canada John Borst 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0 An Easter Seals Mother's Story,Easter Seals,Easter Seals 100th Anniversary,Easter Seals Ambassador Program,March Easter Seals Month
LEARN HOW TO SEND EMAILS USING CLUBRUNNER John Borst 2022-02-22 05:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Email,Video instruction
How did poor Tanzanian coffee farmers gain 'financial traction' through an affordable Rotary opportunity? John Borst 2022-02-18 05:00:00Z 0 Bukoba,Global Grant,Kolcafe,Kopling Society of Tanzania,Lake Victoria,Sustainability,coffee farmers,manure,subsistence
When one obstinate farmer wants a Water Buffalo over money, what does it teach a Rotarian? John Borst 2022-02-11 05:00:00Z 0 Dignity,Dr Marilyn Fitzgerald,If I Had a Water Buffalo,Sustainability,microfinance
HOW TO ACCESS THE DOCUMENTS ARCHIVE IN CLURUNNER John Borst 2022-02-11 05:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,In Transition Newsletter,Instruction,Training
How does jack.org help destigmatize mental heath and prevent student suicides? John Borst 2022-02-06 05:00:00Z 0 BeThere.org,Queen's University,Youth Suicide,jack.org,mental health
LEARN HOW TO ACCESS YOUR PROFILE AND INSERT YOUR PHOTO John Borst 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Edit Profile,In Transition Newsletter,Instruction,Login,Self Photo
Web-based Learning Aims to Help Kingston's Indigenous Save their Language and Culture John Borst 2022-01-31 05:00:00Z 0 Digital Stories,KILN,Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest,Language and Culture,Truth and Reconciliation Commission

How Can We Help Complex Seniors Age at Home Safely?

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If two 10-year-olds and two 80-year-olds walks into the doctor’s office with a cold there will not be much difference in what the doctor considers before recommending a medicine for the 10-year-olds. Those two 80-year-olds, however, may have two profoundly different and complex health and social histories to consider before the doctor can recommend a medicine.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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