17th Annual Colt for the Day

An opportunity to play hockey alongside the players from the Barrie Colts.
Charity Hockey Game in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District, and community projects of the Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt.
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Kirk Evans - Club President

President's Welcome Message
Thank you for visiting the Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary club's website.  My name is Kirk Evans and I am the president for 2019-2020.  The Kempenfelt club meets every Wednesday at the Barrie golf and country club at 7am.  We are a very fun club, that enjoys working hard and playing hard.  Yearly we support approximately 40 different local charities through our events.  We are also the club that brings you Rotary Local Lager beer to our area.
By living up to Rotary's motto of "service above self," we demonstrate as a club why it is so important to support your community, whether that be through hands-on projects or financially supporting requests.  When you see a Rotarian raising money, just remember that 100% of the proceeds of what we generate goes to support local and some international charities.  We would love to have you join us for a breakfast meeting, feel free to reach out to myself or the membership committee to set up a morning that works for you. 
Thanks for visiting our site, and remember to come see us at our events in the community.
Kirk Evans – Club President 2019/2020
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Terry Steine - Past President 2018-2019

Welcome to the Kempenfelt Rotary club, where we are celebrating our 20th year of “service above self” We are a volunteer service organization made up of women and men from the Barrie community who come together to make a positive and lasting impact locally and internationally. Each week we present insightful program speakers and share in fellowship over breakfast at the Barrie Country club. We are tremendously grateful to all our sponsors, friends and families who help us to truly make a difference in peoples lives every day. If you’d like to learn more about our joining us, volunteering or donating to Rotary, please browse our site, visit us at any of our events or drop me a note and I would be happy to share with you why we all are so passionate about what we do. We meet every Wednesday at 7:15 am at Barrie Country Club – 635 St Vincent Street in Barrie. To learn more about Rotary, our causes and the great work that we 1.2 million members do globally, visit www.Rotary.org.  Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon.
President 2018-2019
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Kids Fishing Day

The 15th annual Kids Fishing Day was held on Sunday, June 23 at Heritage Park.  Over 1,000 kids received a fishing rod, bait, a snack and a Subway Sub.  The weather was perfect and families enjoyed fishing and activities at Barrie's beautiful waterfront.  Thank you to everyone that supports this fun, family event. 
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Battle of the Bands

The Ranch was rockin' and rollin' February 22 with the 15th annual Battle of the Bands.  The Bailouts, Bunker, Code Blue, Sonic Coalition, Steve's Garage, and Table Nine, put on a great show to earn bragging rights. Proceeds from the evening will go to support KICX 106 & 104.1 The DOCK's Radio for Cardiology, Kempenfelt Rotary Club and, event organizer, the MacLaren Art Centre. Thanks go to TD Wealth, Scotia Wealth Management, Grant Thornton, J.P. Wiser's, 104.1 The DOCK and The Ranch for their generous sponsorship. 
What a night, full of fellowship, fun and great music.  Thanks to everyone who made it out!
Congratulations to Steve’s Garage, this year's Battle winner!  
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16th Annual Colt For The Day

Thank You Barrie Colts!


On Sunday January 20th, the Rotary Club of Barrie Kempenfelt, with our partners The Barrie Colts and our generous sponsors, held the 16th Annual Colt For The Day.  It was a fantastic day that raised $6,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Simcoe County and gave a lot of kids (age 6-11) the chance to skate with their hockey heroes!

We are extremely fortunate to have the tremendous support of the entire Barrie Colts organization.  Their unwavering commitment has made a significant impact on the young children who attend and made a difference in our community.


 Since its inception, Colt for the Day has allowed more than 1,200 children the opportunity to meet their favorite Barrie Colt player while raising over $100,000 for Big Brother and Big Sisters and other local charities.







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Giving Back Internationally

Kempenfelt Rotary donated to the Dekpor School Development Organisation which allowed six children to participate in their food programme for the
2018-2019 school year.  Families in Dekpor, Ghana are faced with the impossible decision of having to try to provide enough food for their children or giving them an education. The truth is, without the food programme, the neediest wouldn’t attend school. Some days kids are sent to school with a handful of peanuts, and other days with nothing at all.
When extreme hunger is constantly present, it’s impossible to concentrate on lessons. Dekpor School Development Organisation has been able to put these students on the food programme for the rest of this school year, which means they will receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Not only that, but they will also receive any required medical attention and also have their summer school fees covered.
You can follow them on Facebook and check out their website.
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Christmas Kettle

Every year, the Kempenfelt Rotary Club volunteers to staff a Salvation Army Kettle for a day. This year, we covered Kettle duty on Dec. 8 at the Beer Store on Bayfield Street, just north of the Georgian Mall. Volunteers  spread good cheer, jingled their bells and collected donations from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Feele good to support the Salvation Army and help raise funds that go to helping folks in the heart Barrie community during the Holiday Season.
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New Rotarians Giving Back

New Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Barrie Kempenfelt made a donation, on behalf of the club, to the Youth Holiday Dinner at the Horsepower Grill put on by Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.  The dinner provides a holiday meal, gifts, fellowship and festivity for young people in need over the holiday season.  Thanks go to the new Rotarians for choosing this event to support and experiencing the best thing about Rotary -- giving back!
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Food Drive

The Kempenfelt Rotary Club, the Rotaract Club of Barrie, the Barrie Food Bank and the Barrie Police Club raised $14,000 in donations through the Lunchbox Fundraiser on September 8th.  The Kempenfelt Rotary Club presented a cheque to the Barrie Food Bank at our meeting on November 21st.  Thanks to everyone  who was involved in promoting the drive and collecting the food and donations at the 7 locations throughout Barrie.
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Remembrance Day 2018

Lest We Forget

The Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt participated in the  Remembrance Day ceremonies and wreath laying  at the Cenotaph in Barrie on November 11th.   A moment of silence
 was observed at 11 o’clock Sunday morning to honour the courage and sacrifice of those heroes. This year marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.  In 1918 on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m., an agreement was signed between the Allies of WWI and Germany to end hostilities. 


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World Polio Day  October 24, 2018

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. In Barrie the day started with members of Barrie's three Rotary Clubs, Mayor Jeff Lehman, and local dignitary representatives gathered at City Hall for the Polio Day Flag raising and ended with  a Tri Club Polio Walk from Centennial Beach ending at Hooligans for some fellowship.  Even the newest members of our Rotary family attended to help raise awareness.  Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979 and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
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We Are Growing Again

Welcome to our newest member, Sheri Patfield of Kempenfelt Imaging Systems. Past President Monique presided over the induction with President Terry and Rotarian Sponsor Mike. Another contributor to the heart Barrie Community
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Kempenfelt Rotary Donates to Simcoe Community Services

In this picture Michael Smiley from Kempenfelt Rotary is presenting a $1,000 donation to Jamie Hall for the Simcoe Community Services.
Jamie Hall was our guest speaker giving more information about Simcoe Community Services. Founded in1953 and supports people with intellectual disabilities. The alternative at this time was institutionalization. It is all about inclusion in society. They provide services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.  They have over 550 employees in the Barrie and Orillia area.
For more details go to www.simcoecommunityservices.ca
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Feeding 10 Children Breakfast & Lunch For A  School Year

Our recent donation of $1,650 to the Dekpor School Development Organization (Ghana) will feed 10 children a healthy breakfast and lunch for a whole school year.
In this picture is Michael Smiley presenting our cheque to Carol Sheardown from DSDO.
Proud to be Rotarians making a difference!
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Hope in the city - Salvation Army Leadership Breakfast & Christmas Kettle Campaign Kickoff

A Leadership breakfast with The Salvation Army.

Annual Fundraiser and Launch of the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Guest Speaker:
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Voice for the Homeless | Speaker
Advocate for the Poor | Writer

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

There are also various sponsorship packages available.
Please contact me for further information.

Jill Tibbenham
Kempenfelt Rotary
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Two New Members Join Our Club

Welcome to our two newest members Jane DeCola & Steve Lee-Young
In picture from left to right: President Monique Vaillancourt, Bill Fligg, Steve Lee-Young, Jane Decola,Michael Smiley. At very right, Past President George Dangerfield.
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Helping The Hospice's Hummingbird Campaign

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.
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$1,000 Donated To Barrie Film Festival's 2017 Education Program

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.
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Indigenous People In Canada Resolving Issues

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.

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Rotary in Barrie Helping the RVH

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.
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Kempenfelt Rotary Proudly Sponsors Camp 

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!
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Kempenfelt Rotary Follow Up From "Colt For The Day"

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.
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Kempenfelt Rotary Donates to Barrie Food Bank

Posted on Dec 29, 2016

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!


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Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign Kick Off Breakfast - Look For The Kettles!

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!
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Hope In The City - Salvation Army Breakfast


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



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World Polio Day - End Polio Now Campaign

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

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The Neema Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa visit and sing for Breakfast

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.
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Kempenfelt Rotary Sends Help To Fort McMurray

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.
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Rotary 1st Annual Awards Night in Barrie

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.

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Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt Support New Path

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.
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Team Broken Earth Mission


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.

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Kempenfelt Rotary Raises 11,143 lbs For The Barrie Food Bank

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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Kermpenfelt Rotary Helps Robbie's Rainbow

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.
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John Grinton is pleased to present a cheque on behalf of Kempenfelt Rotary in the amount of $1,000 to Frank Nelson and his Paying It Back campaign. 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Assistant District Governor 7010, George Dangerfield for presenting to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club Jan 20th!

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.
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Mayor Jeff Lehman - Was Our Guest Speaker Jan 6


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!

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Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program - Press Release


KEMPENFELT ROTARY CLUB ▪ P.O. Box 402 ▪ Barrie, ON ▪ Canada ▪ L4M 5T5



                                                       Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program


BARRIE, ON (Tuesday, January 19, 2016) – 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. 


The selected student will meet 199 other students sponsored by Rotary Clubs in all ten provinces and three territories, and their travel costs are borne by the sponsoring clubs.  High school students between sixteen and eighteen years of age with above-average marks will be selected based on an application which is reviewed by a panel consisting usually of teachers and Rotarians. 


“It is very exciting that our Club’s application to sponsor a young student from Barrie has been selected” - said Michael Graham, Chair of the New Generations Committee for the Kempenfelt Rotary Club.  “It is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet their peers from across Canada, to learn about our democracy and to discover common interests.”


The deadline for application is February 15, 2016.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Graham – Chair of New Generations of Kempenfelt Rotary Club | Email: kempenfeltrotaryclub@gmail.com 

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Candlelighers Simcoe Donation

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.

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Recipient Of This Years Kempenfelt Rotary Club Award

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.”
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Seasons Centre - Cheque Presentation

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
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24,000 Donated to Hospice Simcoe

With more than $900,000 in their pockets to kick-start the dig through their recent Hummingbird Campaign, a new parking lot will help alleviate the need for visitors to park on the busy Penetanguishene Road, as well allow ambulances and other service vehicles ample parking room.  Kempenfelt Rotary was pleased to support this campaign and help them reach their goal!


Hospice Simcoe has provided end-of-life services to approximately 1,250 Simcoe County residents during the past six years. The money raised by the campaign was used to purchase the nearby land to build the second lot, handle storm water works for the property and add a new garden next year.  Please visit www.hospicesimcoe.ca to learn more about this organization.


Campaign co-chairs from left are, Kevin Harradine, Lisa Whalen, Marta Duivenvoorden and Scott Harradine and Kempenfelt Rotary President, Steve Gage.



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Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Kickoff with Kempenfelt Rotary


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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Polio Awareness Month

October is Polio Awareness month globally. Rotary International along with the local clubs raise approximately $35 million every year to help eradicate Polio by giving much needed vaccine to countries still afflicted with this debilitating disease. It has been eradicated from all but two countries.
Bill Gates has also pledged to double the donations raised by Rotary International up to $35 million which makes his donation approximately $70 million every year until 2018.
If you would like to help us raise our share of the pledge locally, we have a website PocketChangeForPolio.com where you can donate online. We also list locations were our "Pocket Change for Polio" jars are so you can empty your pockets once to help vaccinate people in the countries still effected.
We will be running our campaign until November 14th.
Thanks for your help!
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Stephen Gage - Club President

The Kempenfelt Rotary Club, chartered in 1999, is one of the best service clubs in Barrie and has now grown to over 60 members. The hard work and commitment of our members has helped the lives of many in our local community and around the world. Much of this success is attributed to the amazing leaders who have served before me and have set the high standard of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”.
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs with over 1.2 million members, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
This year Rotary International’s theme is “Be a Gift to the World”.
Here is a quote from K.R. Ravindran, Rotary International President,
Every one of us has something to give — whoever
we are, whatever our place in life. We can give
our talent, our knowledge, our abilities, and our
effort; we can give our dedication and our devotion.
Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make
a genuine difference in the lives of others and in
our world.
It is an honour for me to be given the opportunity to be this year’s President of the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. I look forward to working with our members to continue our service of doing good things for others and being a gift to the world.
Are you a leader in our local business community? 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 helping others is the best reward of all.
Sound interesting? It is! Let's get together and talk.
Stephen Gage - Club President 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Helping Support "Children's Mental Health Week" May 7 Bill Fligg 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

Helping Georgian College With Health Care Education

Posted on Feb 02, 2015

Kempenfelt Rotary donates $7,250 as an on going pledge to help raise money for the Georgian College health care studies.

Thank you Georgian College for the tour of the new Health & Wellness Centre Feb 18.

We are proud to have our club name on the wall on the Rotary Community Clinic with the other Barrie clubs.

Keep up the good work!

Helping Georgian College With Health Care Education Bill Fligg 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

17,823 LB's of Food Collected to Help Food Bank

Posted on Dec 02, 2014
Kempenfelt Rotary with the help of others in the community raised 17,823lbs of food for the Barrie Food Bank
From the left: President Scott Brumwell, Kirk Evans, Nick L'Ecuyer, Jon Doyle and Peter Sundborg of the Barrie Food Bank. Delivering our donation after the results of our Food Bank Challenge. Thanks to everyone that contributed their time, money and food to make this challenge a great success!
17,823 LB's of Food Collected to Help Food Bank Bill Fligg 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Kempenfelt Rotary Celebrates 15th Year Anniversay August 4 2014 Bill Fligg 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

Kempenfelt Rotary donates $3,000 to the Essa Township Tornado Relief Fund

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

On June 17th of this year the community of Angus experienced a devastating tornado which caused serious damage to approximately 100 homes. Hundreds of people were left homeless and they now struggle to rebuilt their lives and their homes.

The Township of Essa setup a relief fund for people who wanted to donate to help assist the residents financially.

The Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary Club jumped in right away and donated $3,000 from proceeds of our various fund raisers.

In this picture you can see Kempenfelt Rotary Club President Scott Brumwell handing over the $3,000 cheque to Mayor Terry Dowdall at the July 9th council meeting.

This is just another example of how your contributions to our events and fund raisers is given back to help others in need.

If you would like to assist with the relief fund, click here to go to their website for more details.



Kempenfelt Rotary donates $3,000 to the Essa Township Tornado Relief Fund Bill Fligg 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0