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Welcome to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club
The Kempenfelt Rotary Club meets every week on Wednesday mornings at 7:15am until 8:30am.
 
We meet at the Barrie Country Club located at 635 St Vincent St, Barrie.
 
If you are a visiting Rotarian or guest of a member, we look forward to seeing you!
 
 
Welcome to the Kempenfelt Rotary homepage! 
If you are reading this, it’s either because you’re bored or you’ve run out of stuff to read online (highly unlikely) or, one of our Rotarians has spoken to you about our service club and you are looking us up.  Hopefully the latter is the reason for this read.   
So here is the usual stuff.  There are 4 Rotary groups in our area but Kempenfelt is known for how much fun we have!  The Kempenfelt Rotary is a group of about 65 people who, yes, know how to have fun, but are dedicated to enhancing our community and making a difference in other people’s lives.  We do this through our six major fundraisers, Taste the World, a food and wine experience is our largest fundraiser and Kids’ Fishing Day is a total give back to the community event.   Every year, over 40 organizations receive funding through our events from large to small organizations including RVH, Georgian College, Hospice, Season’s Centre, Gilda’s, just to name a few.   Our basic principles are based on truth and working for what is fair and beneficial to create good relationships.
If you want to know more about this awesome service club please explore our website and calendar or, contact the Rotarian you met or email me directly.  I would be glad to buy you a coffee and tell you all about what we do and who we are. 
Cheers
Monique Vaillancourt
President 2017-2018
 
A plaque was recently placed in the new garden at Official Hospice Simcoeto thank the three Rotary District 7010 Clubs for their commitment of $24,000 each towards Hospice's Hummingbird Campaign. The funds were utilized to purchased land for the creation of a new parking lot and garden space for Hospice Simcoe.
 
From left are Alf Dyck from the Rotary Club of Barrie Huronia; Monique Vaillancourt, president of Rotary Club of Barrie Kempenfelt; Joe Beleskey, president of the Rotary Club of Barrie Huronia; Kelly Hubbard, executive director at Official Hospice Simcoe; and David McCullough, president ofRotary Club of Barrie.
 
Our International Exchange Student, Jasmijn attended her first meeting with the Kempenfelt Rotary Club on August 30th. She is currently being hosted by Club Members Ronda and Mike. Jasmijn enjoys horseback riding, has two brothers back home in The Netherlands and is enjoying her visit so far.
 
 
Michael Smiley from the Kempenfelt Rotary Club presenting a cheque for $1,000 to Claudine Benoit for the Barrie Film Festival's 2017 Education Program.
The program will benefit Elementary and Secondary school students throughout Simcoe County as well as aspiring students from the Georgian College Digital Video Program.
 

Past President Ross Watt (Right), Eric Dionne (Centre) and his sponsor Past President Greg Ferguson (Left) at the podium for Eric's induction in to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. Eric is a financial adviser with BMO Nesbitt Burns, graduated from Queens PEng and MBA from Concordia. He has two kids Max and Pierre with his wife residing in Barrie.

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the former VP at Lakehead University (Right) and Monique Vaillancourt President this year of Kempenfelt Rotary.

Effective September 16th she is serving as the 1st indigenous Chair on the Truth and Reconciliation on behalf of
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Orillia. She also serves as an adjunct asst Prof for the Faculty of Anthropology and Research and Affiliate of the Centre for Health Care Ethics.

She is a Board Member for Healthy Minds Canada and the newly formed Teach for Canada Non Profit. She is a member of the Governing Circle of the National Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and inducted as a “Honorary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Cynthia outlined the issues and challenges that the indigenous communities are still having across Canada which are very concerning and they need more awareness so things can change. Change is happening slowly but not fast enough and they need Rotarians as well as Canadians in general to learn more and help wherever possible.

 
Guest Speakers on July 26th were Janice Skot, CEO RVH (above left with Kempenfelt Rotary President Monique Vaillancourt) and Dave McCullough, Chair of the RVH Hearts and Minds Campaign
 
Dave is President of the Barrie Club and is very proud of the commitments that the three Clubs in Barrie have made to RVH over
the years which are as follows:
  • In 2006 the 3 clubs commitment $1,250,000 to the campaign to build a Cancer Centre.
  • $200,000 of that was committed by our Kempenfelt Rotary Club.
  • The Cancer Centre opened in 2012 and had 116,000 visits last year.
  • The current Hearts and Minds Campaign began in 2015 and our Kempenfelt Rotary Club was the first to make a commitment of $100,000. By the time that commitment is complete our club will have contributed $300,000 to RVH.
"Quite an accomplishment for a young club" Dave said.

Monique Vaillancourt, Kempenfelt Rotary President attended 1 of 4 Barrie Police Junior Constable Camp graduations at City Hall on Friday July 21st.   The Kempenfelt Rotary proudly sponsors the Camp to provide children with the opportunity to learn about a variety of safety procedures and have fun!
 
Thank you to everyone who supported the 15th Annual Tee It Up for Rotary Golf Tournament yesterday! 

The Winning Team this year is ... Matt Mitchell, Greg Ferguson, Todd Guergis and Al Weddel. Congratulations gentlemen! 

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor Zenetec Collision Centre, Auto Glass and Detailing

Silver Sponsors - United Lumber, CRS, Skelton, Brumwell & Associates Inc. and Western Mechanical

Bronze Sponsors - Elmvale Home Hardware – Mike Campbell
Rockbrune Movers, RBC Dominion Securities – Mary Poeta,
Mortgage Sense and Wilsons, The Law Practice

As well as hole in one opportunities from Action Tire & Automotive Centre and Tangle Creek.
 
As follow up to our “Colt For The Day” event in February, Kempenfelt Rotary donated $5,000 to Big Brothers & Big Sisters as well as gave $1,000 to the Barrie Colt Foundation.
 
Howie Campbell who is President of the Barrie Colts was our guest speaker on July 5th which was the same day as our cheque presentation and gave us more information about what the Barrie Colt Foundation does to help others.
 

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.

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!
 

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