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Fly Day 2015 was a great success! Perfect weather and a good turnout in support of the Ottawa Rotary Home. Thanks to all from the Ottawa Flying Club and Rotary Club of Ottawa for a job well done!
See the photo album Fly Day 2015. More photos to be added. 

The 57th Annual Fly Day is this Saturday, September 26. The Ottawa Flying Club and the Rotary Club of Ottawa host the Fly Day charity event in support the Ottawa Rotary Home, long known for offering short-term respite care to families who have children with disabilities.

Tour tickets are $40 per person. The gates open at 8:30 a.m., and the first flight is at 9:00 a.m.

At Fly Day, members of the public have an opportunity to take a 20-minute tour of the city in a small airplane.

Your pilot will be a volunteer from the Ottawa Flying Club or other airports in the region.

It is a perfect opportunity to see your home from above, view the autumn colours and to learn about the Ottawa Flying Club while doing something great for your local community in supporting the groundbreaking Ottawa Rotary Home.

Sorry, there are no time slot reservations. See www.flyday.ca for more information.

Ground Displays and Demonstrations
Activities for young children
Breakfast and Barbecue, as well as full food services from our Excellent Lunch Pad Café
Information about Learning to Fly

Full washroom facilities
Wheelchair access
Lunch Pad Café, with a fantastic view of the airport

Come fly with us!

Russ Hammond Award Presentation – Eva Hammond presented a plaque to Lhori Webster, Rotaractor of the Year.  The Award in the name of Russ Hammond is presented annually to a Rotaractor chosen by her/his peers for exceptional service. Lhori was highly regarded for her work, especially with the International Service Committee.  
Introduce New Member – Margaret des Groseilliers introduced Sally Burks, new member. Sally is a lawyer who graduated from the U of O in 1990 and called to the bar in 1992. She was a sole practioner from 1992-2000 and then joined Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall in 2000. She is now semi retired. Margaret also highlighted Ruth's considerable volunteer experience in working with her profession and in the community. 
Andre Bourdon, Chair, New Generations Committee introduced Anna Kyeweski, the Club’s inbound exchange student. Anna is from Leipzig, Germany.  She gave a presentation highlighting facts about German culture/geography, her home and family. 
Andre introduced Kieran Hauser, the Club’s rebound exchange student. Kieran spent a year in Brazil. He presented a variety of slides showing various parts of Brazil. He spoke about the challenges of learning Portuguese, especially with regional differences. Two memorable experiences was a trip through NE Brazil with 57 other exchange students and attending the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo. Kieran thanked the club for the once in a lifetime opportunity. Kieran’s father, Thomas, also expressed thanks to the club.
Several weeks ago, Rotarian John McCalla was proud to sponsor his daughter, Carol McCalla, as a new member of our club. 
We also welcomed two members of the  Rotary Club of Stittsville as they presented their club’s plan for the Peace Park in Stittsville and encouraged our members to sponsor a brick for the maze at the park’s centre.
August 24, we had a great presentation by guest speaker, Jeanine Parker, who talked about our club’s International Centennial project:   five year scholarships for the high school education of two female students in Kichwamba, perched high on a hill in Uganda.
The club welcomed our new inbound exchange student, Anna Kyewski, from Leipzig, Germany.  Anna exchanged club banners with President Julie.
Ruedi Mueller brought his daughter, Sofia, to the meeting.  She is visiting from Geneva, Switzerland, where she is pursuing her university studies.

Club President Julie Cugalj was pleased to welcome short term exchange students Celine Boulard (inbound) and Margot Vandesande (outbound) to our meeting on July 27. Margot recently returned from District 1620 (northern France/ Belgium) where she was hosted by the Chimay Couvin Rotary club. Coline will be hosted by Margot and her family for the next month. Margot thanked the Rotary Club of Ottawa for sponsoring her short term exchange and highlighted some of her activities visiting France and Belguim. 


The Rotary Club of Ottawa welcomes new District Governor Claude LaLibertè, District Governor Elect Nabil Oudeh and District Governor Nominiee Susan Bellor. We also wish to express a big thank you to Immediate Past District Governor Ariane Carriere.


We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Shireen Begum as a new member of our club. 


We congratulate our new incoming Community Service Chair, Don Rogers to receive the Provincial award for Noteworthy Volunteers. Don was nominated by the Rotary Home for his many years of dedicated service on the Home's Board-well earned.



A steady stream of people from the neighborhood in Stittsville visited Bell Park, the site of the future Rotary Peace Park which the Rotary Club of Stittsville is sponsoring. Many neighborhood groups came together to offer their baked goods in a giant bake sale while Rotarians were offering the opportunity to buy a brick for the Peace Maze which will be located in the centre of the park.



Members of the Rotary Club of Ottawa gathered for this auspicious occasion to induct 6 new members into the Paul Harris Fellowship.
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is the highest honour available to the Club to recognize the dedication in life, vocation and Rotary of individuals in our community and in our Rotary Club.  

This year, we welcomed 6 new inductees. Rotarian Alan Acton, Rotarian Brian Barr, Rotarian Julie Cugalj, Rotarian Peter Houliston, Rotarian Nabil Oudeh, Rotarian Angela Wellman.


This year the 65th Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program held May 3rd to May 6th in Ottawa, Ontario. 201 young Canadians across the nation were sponsored by Canadian Rotary Clubs. High school students between the ages of 16 and 18 years had the opportunity to appreciate Canada's diversity and explore the Canadian identity. The participants were phenomenal and appreciative of the experience. Our Adventure team, headed up by Charles Melchers, did an absolutely wonderful job on all segments of the program. Enjoy a few quotes pulled from our AIC 2015 Facebook page;


We are very pleased to have Bekir Akca, a staff member of Turkish Embassy in Ottawa and a student at the Carleton University, join us as a member of our club. 

On this day, we also warmly welcomed Marcus Hewitt who is with CMA, a finance firm for Canadian physicians, as a member of our club.

Both young men have been connected with Rotary for a long time and we welcome them as full fledged Rotarians of our club.

On the exact same day, our numbers grew even more with the induction of all the new members of the Rotary Metro Club of Ottawa, a satellite club of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.

Glenn and Eloise were the winners of the annual draw for the International Dinner prepared by the present exchange students and several of the rebound students, supervised by Rotarian Francine Allard.

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