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Welcome to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club
Established in 1999, the Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club is celebrating it’s 17th anniversary. We continue to grow with over 65 active members who are dedicated to improving our community and the lives of it’s residents. In the past year, more than 40 Organizations received funding from this Club. In addition we are very proud of our “giving back” events – Kids Fishing Day, Barrie Food Bank Drive, Blood Bank Drive (Canadian Blood Services), Colt for a Day (Big Brothers/Sisters), Battle of the Bands (Maclaren Art Centre), Taste the World (Grove Park Seniors Residence).
Local institutions have also benefitted from our fund raising with significant contributions being provided to Georgian College, RVH, Gilda’s Club and Hospice Simcoe to name a few. The Club also has an international outlook as well. We currently sponsor a Micro-business incubator in Haiti and we provide ongoing operational funding for a school we built in Cambodia. Our commitment to Rotary’s International Foundation giving is strong as well. Rotary is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation this year. A proud heritage of world giving.
This year’s Rotary International theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity”. Our Rotary International President, John Germ from Tennessee, is passionate about the power of Rotary. He explains: 
“Service to humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since it’s earliest days, and has been its main purpose ever since. I believe that there is no better path to meaningful service today than Rotary membership; and no organization is better placed to make a real and positive difference to our world. No other organization so effectively brings together committed, capable professionals in a wide variety of fields, and enables them to achieve ambitious goals. Through Rotary, we have the capacity, the network and the knowledge to change the world: the only limits are the ones we place on ourselves”. 
And change it we have! Rotary throughout the world is ready to celebrate the eradication of polio – a worldwide mission taken on by Rotary alone. So what’s next? The future is to be determined but you can bet the Rotary will continue to be a leader in world change.
I look forward to my term as President of the Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club for the 2016-17 year. We are a motivated group of professionals who are dedicated to giving back to the community that has been so good to us. Rotary Serving Humanity, one community at a time.

Do you want to give back to your community and make the world a better place? Then why not join Rotary, the largest service organization in the world. Rotarians always combine fun and fellowship in everything we do, and the satisfaction of serving others is the finest reward of all.

Sound interesting? It is. Let’s get together and talk.

Ross Watt 
President 2016-17

What a great day for the kids! Some great hockey and a $5000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District to top it off! Thanks to everyone who came out and played and also to all who contributed sponsor dollars of their time to the 14th Annual Colt for the Day!

Last week when the Kempenfelt Rotary Club helped Christmas Cheer Barrie by sorting toys and donating money.

It is sad to know that about 2000 receive from Christmas Cheer every year but this organization does a wonderful job of organizing everyone's donations and it provides community groups such as ours the opportunity to participate in some small way. The Kempenfelt Rotary also gave $1500 to Christmas Cheer this evening bringing them closer to their financial goal.

About 30 Rotarians and family members put together over 50 children's gift bags this evening! Job well done!


On Saturday November 12th the Kempenfelt Rotary spread out around the city in busy locations to raise money to help the Food Bank. We were told it was the most successful one day fund raising event ever in Barrie for the Food Bank.
In some locations near grocery stores people donated food as well. Look at the van full of food. It was truly amazing to see such great results from our club's efforts. 
Thank you so much to the City of Barrie residents for reaching into their pockets to help others! 
To those who joined us for the Hope in the City Breakfast on November 16th, thank you. What a wonderful morning we had, with much thanks to our incredible and inspirational speaker Major Danielle Strickland with the Salvation Army Barrie.
Mayor Jeff Lehman was was there to support the "Kettle Campaign" fund raising kick off for 2016 called "Hope In The City".
Please look for the Kettles and help the Salvation Army, to help others!

Hope in the City Leadership Breakfast with the Salvation Army -- annual fundraiser and launch of the Christmas Kettle Campaign -- is coming up on Wednesday November 16th. Please contact Jill Tibbenham by email or text as soon as possible to reserve your seat or table. Space is limited and tickets do sell out!!

This Year’s Speaker: Major Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland, a Salvation Army Officer, is passionate about caring for fragile communities around the world. This appetite for social justice has led her to back alleys and late night street corners to partner with Jesus in rescuing those struggling with drugs, homelessness, prostitution and despair.

Her aggressive compassion has been a force for change in the halls of government and the corridors of commercial power. She is committed to seeing laws changed and practices transformed so that women and children are no longer trafficked or enslaved. As detailed in her book ‘A Beautiful Mess’ Danielle has experienced redemption first hand. Her own story of recovery from addiction and transformation after time in prison is an inspiration. (www.daniellestrickland.com)

Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Time: 7:30am – 9:00am
Location: Liberty North, 100 Caplan Ave, Barrie

Individual Tickets = $40 | Table of 10 = $375

Contact Information:
Email: jilltibbenham@rogers.com
Text: 705-627-5610

Contact Jill for sponsorship opportunities



Thanks to everyone who came out on Monday October 24th which was World Polio Day for the End Polio Flag raising at the City of Barrie City Hall with Mayor Jeff Lehman!

We are trying to do our part this year as we always do and are currently asking for donations to help with this important global cause.

Polio is still only a plane ride away yet almost eradicated. We can't stop until it is eradicated.

Please donate today in honour of World Polio Day: http://pocketchangeforpolio.com

The Neema Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa paid a visit to the our Club this morning.  The youth choir is raising money for the Neema Child Project, that provides Ugandan children with food, water, clothing, housing, health care and education - helping to build leaders who will lead their country out of poverty. For more information see neemachildproject.org Pictured are President Ross Watt and Pastor Daniel Mutibwa with members of the Uganda Children's Choir.
Kempenfelt Rotary is proud to assist with the efforts in Fort McMurray with a gift of $5,000 designated to the "Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund."  Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has established the fund to assist in the rebuilding of that city following this tragic fire. The Charitable Foundation is now ready to accept donations, for which tax receipts will be issued. Please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-district-5370-charitable-fou
ndation/ to give.
Kempenfelt Rotary is pleased to welcome our newest members Jill Tibbenham and Jason Evans

The three Rotary Clubs of Barrie decided to have a night each year to present awards to members of the community and the Rotary clubs that have gone above and beyond to help others. This picture is from our 1st annual awards night this year.


Pictured are: Rotaract President, Stephanie Dunn,; Kempenfelt Rotary President, Steven Gage; District Governor Lise Dutrisac, Vice President Innisfil Rotary, Barb Baguley; guest speaker Dr. Bob Scott; Barrie Rotary Club, President Bas Asselbergs; Wendy Miller, President Barrie-Huronia Rotary and RI Board of Director, Bryn Styles.

New Path Foundation, on behalf of New Path Youth and Family Services, received a cheque in the amount of $1,000.00 today from the Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt.  Funds donated will support events and activities occurring in Barrie during the 2016 Children’s Mental Health Week. Each year one week in May is designated as Children’s Mental Health Week across the Province of Ontario.  This week provides local children’s mental health organizations such as New Path, along with their partners, the opportunity to highlight the work they are collectively doing in their communities.  For 2016, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada will be held May 2 – 8.  Pictured below are James Thomson from New Path and Steve Thompson from the Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt.

Kempenfelt Rotary was pleased to learn more about Team Broken Earth and their upcoming medical mission.  Dr. Tina Whitty will be leading the first ever team from Central Ontario – Team Barrie. Dr. Whitty, an anesthesiologist, originates from Newfoundland and volunteered on a mission trip in October 2015 with several old friends and colleagues on Team Newfoundland. Within weeks of her return from Haiti, Tina was already planning to lead a team in the spring. Joining forces with her husband, military officer Major Ray Ryan, they have recruited a significant local medical team and will arrive in Port au Prince on May 7, 2016. 


To learn more about this initiative and ways that you can offer support please visit brokenearth.ca or email Dr. Whitty at tina.whitty@sympatico.ca


Pictured are President Steve Gage, Dr. Tina Whitty and Major Ray Ryan.

Nick L'Ecuyer, Kempenfelt Team Lead for our Food Drive Campaign, Peter Sundborg, Barrie Food Bank Executive Director and President Steve Gage were happy to unveil the final numbers for this year's food drive - an outstanding 11,143 pounds! Thank you to everyone that made this campaign a huge success!
Battle Of The Bands - this Friday!! 

Please contact Kempenfelt Rotarians to get your tickets today or by following the link in the poster at www.maclarenart.com
Steve Thompson, Community & International Director is proud to present Nancy Marcello of Robbie's Rainbow with a gift of $500 from Kempenfelt Rotary Club.  The need for assistance is ongoing, please visit robbiesrainbow.ca to learn about how you can help them to continue to improve the lives of children living with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Frank has been battling cancer for more than five years. During that time the doctors felt there was a possibility of a cure. They tell him that is no longer the case. Paying It Back is a group that helps Frank complete his bucket list of initiatives focused on helping others in need.

George Dangerfield has been a valuable Rotarian, a Charter member of the Huronia and Kempenfelt Clubs, Past President, and Assistant District Governor. George was instrumental in the Kempenfelt Rotary Club’s participation in foundation donations. Since 1999 Kempenfelt Rotary has had 100% participation among members in donating to the Rotary Foundation. Steve Gage presented George with a Paul Harris award, George’s 5th.  Congratulations George! Pictured are President Steve Gage presenting George with his Award.
The Kempenfelt Rotary Club is proud to announce that it is taking another step in support of youth in our community.
The Club has just learned that it was successful in its application to sponsor a senior high school student from the Barrie area to participate in the 2016 Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, May 1 to May 4, 2016 in Ottawa.
The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, now in its 66th year, is an annual event that provides a unique opportunity for a select group of talented young Canadians to come together and gain a better understanding of our country.  Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, students learn about the workings of our democratic institutions. 

Kempenfelt Rotary was fortunate to have Mayor Jeff Lehman join us this morning to provide members with a look back on 2015 and share some of the exciting things happening within the City of Barrie for 2016.  Pictured are Rotarian Gerry Pilon and Mayor Jeff Lehman – these gentlemen are also band mates in Sonic Coalition – updates to follow about this year’s Battle of the Bands – mark your calendars for Friday, February 26th and please note the change in venue to The Ranch!

Past President, Scott Brumwell with Georgian College student Elizabeth Jarniki this year’s recipient of the Kempenfelt Rotary Club Award. 
Elizabeth writes “What a true honour it is to receive help from a group that has helped New Path Family Services, another group that helps make our community strong. This award feels like a circle of helping your neighbour as New Path has been the focus of my volunteering over the past year and a half.  With this award, I can breathe a little easier and focus a little better on my studies in order to excel. Not only are you helping me, you are also helping two young adults continue with their educational journeys. They will carry with them the idea to help when they can and will pay it forward, as will I.”

Proceeds from a recent Kempenfelt Rotary fundraiser were directed to Candlelighters Simcoe.  Their mission is to empower families on their childhood cancer journey lighting the way by providing hope, support and education.  To learn more about this organization and how you can help, please visit candlelighterssimcoe.  Presenting the cheque to Cheryl Gotthelf, Resource Development is Rotarian, Michael Smiley.

Kempenfelt Rotary President Steve Gage recently presented Seasons Centre for Grieving Children with a gift of $25,000.  This gift will allow the Centre to continue to provide no cost, peer to peer support groups for caregivers and children ages 5 - 24 grieving the death, or life threatening illness of an immediate family member. 
Pictured are President Steve Gage, representing Seasons Centre are Marcy Baldry, Development Director and Rowley Ramey, Managing Director.  For more information on this organization please visit www.grievingchildren.com


President Steve Gage enjoyed breakfast this week at Liberty North celebrating the Salvation Army’s “Hope In the City Breakfast”.  This is the organization’s annual event for the kettle campaign kick off! 

Pictured above are: President Steve Gage, Kempenfelt Rotary; Andrew Burditt, Divisional Secretary; Major Sandi Foster, Executive Director of the Bayside Mission; Guest Speaker, Peter Legge; Simcoe County Warden, Gerry Marshall, Mayor Jeff Lehman; Advisory Board Chair, Ted Handy and Captain Deana Zelinsky.


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