Join Us to Celebrate Our 100th Anniversary of Service

Club Updates
On Friday, June 23, 2017 the “Rotary and All That Jazz” 18 hole “best ball” golf tournament was held at Emerald Links Golf & Country Club. Highlights included:
  • 18 Holes of some of the best Golf in the Ottawa Valley
  • Prizes for men’s & ladies’ closest to the hole and longest drives
  • Door prizes
  • A feast of BBQ chicken and ribs
  • Guest Auctioneer Mark Papousek, for an exciting evening’s Live and Silent Auction
Weather was forecasted to rain the full day, but golfers were blessed with dry conditions. Following golf, participants and dinner guests enjoyed fellowship, a wonderful meal and an active session of bidding on silent and live auction items. The tournament raised close to $20,000 for community and international club service projects.
Thank you to everyone involved in organizing, sponsoring and participating!!! See you next year on Friday, September 22, 2018!
The Rotary Club of Ottawa is seeking your support for the annual All That Jazz Golf Tournament, BBQ and Auction. This event is the club’s most important fundraiser and we need it to grow.
Jennifer Williams and Rick Evans are the co-chairs for this year's event. They have introduced some changes including a move in date from mid September to Friday, June 23. In addition, the full tournament registration fee has been lowered to $125 per person (includes golf, shared power cart, BBQ dinner and auction).
All members are asked to contribute. The most obvious way is to recruit a foursome of golfers. Each member of your group may register online, or you can enter their names. Payment can be made later. If you can't make it to golf, register for the dinner and auction. 
Click here for for more information about the tournament, corporate sponsorship and how to donate auction items. Online registration by credit card is available
MARK YOUR CALENDER for Friday, June 23 and invite your friends, family and work colleagues to participate in the tournament.
We’ll see you at Emerald Links Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 23, 2017!!
Come Celebrate the Taste! 
The Rotary Club of South Nepean invites you to the 11th Annual Taste of Barrhaven, on Monday May 29th, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Barrhaven. 
Guests will move from table to table freely sampling the offerings of over 20 participating restaurants, wineries and we’re working to bring in some local breweries as well.  Nobody goes home hungry! The event has been extended to 3 hours to give you more time to enjoy the treats and a little time to browse the Silent Auction tables.
Tickets are available at Ross’ Independent, Barrkhaven or on our website at for $45 per person.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the full ticket price and more will be passed along to our beneficiaries.
This event will benefit important child and youth programs in our community: Dreams Take Flight, Rotary Youth Leadership Programs.
Please come out to join us for this wonderful evening and renew old acquaintances. 
For further information see the attached PDF flyer, visit our website or contact us at  Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.
a community service project of the 
Rotary Club of South Nepean
Dr. Carolina Ilkow, Cancer Therapeutics Program, Ottawa Hospital presented to our club on April 24, 2017. Dr. Ilkow spoke about research of novel cancer killing therapeutic viruses that selectively infect and kill cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissues unharmed. She was joined by Mr. John Oulette, VP, Philanthropy, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation John Oullette. President John Lark gave thanks on behalf of the club for an exceptional and hopeful presentation.

Ottawa Area Friends - Help! Beds for young Canadian leaders!…/welcome-to-the-rotary-adventure-…/

Please consider being a host family for four days from April 29 to May 3. Contact Rotary at


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MGen Denis Thompson, Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers - is our guest speaker on Monday, April 3, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for the club to meet with MGen Denis Thompson,who oversees 1600 personnel and supervises security provisions of the 1979 Egypt-Israel Treaty for Peace. He will speak to his experiences while deployed to Egypt over the past three years. See link below:
Dr. Lukasz Bartosik, an anaestheologist at the Montfort Hospital, was our guest speaker on March 20, 2017. Dr. Bartosik’s topic was ‘Leaner Local Health Care’, with the Montfort Hospital as the working example. Such changes have become necessary in the face of inadequate provincial funding coupled with rising demand for hospital services.
The Rotaract Club of Ottawa invites all Rotarians and friends to join them on Thursday, March 23 to celebrate their Anniversary Gala for Polio Plus! This year marks the Rotaract Club of Ottawa's 15th year of service, and they are celebrating at the Canadian Museum of Nature with an incredible keynote speaker, Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Rotary International! For more details and to purchase tickets, please go to: We hope to see you there!"

If you would like any further information about this event or have any questions, please feel free to contact myself (at this address) or the principal organizer Mark Donoghue at
Thank you very much for your support, we hope you will share this with your Club!
Tom Wilkinson, Rotary Club, PEI, updated members about Rotary's work in support of people in North Korea. This effort was initiated by the Eva Hammond and Randall Eastman, Rotary Club of Ottawa who in 2005, coordinated a delegation from North Korea to Canada. This work continues today. Randall Eastman is also instrumental in the growth of Rotary in China.  
Jennifer Mallard, Lead Architect, NAC Rejuvenation Project
Banner Exchange - Kokoro Nakayama, our club's inbound exchange student from Japan and President John Lark
On Sunday, February 12 in the middle of what would turn out to be the heaviest snowfall of the season (27 cm), the annual Rotary Club of Ottawa Chilly Chili Sunday event took place.  Rotarian, Robert Therrien, a member of the New Generations committee, “catered” the evening Rotaractor meeting, along with a group of Rotarians.
The Rotaractors showed their spunk, wading through unplowed sidewalks for several kilometers in a few instances, to make it to their evening meeting at Ottawa City Hall.  Some really intrepid skaters took to the ice beforehand on the Rink of Dreams in front of City Hall.
Rotaractors had a choice of several home made chilis, salads and desserts before starting their meeting.  Rotarians were impressed with the very sizeable turnout, with about twenty Rotaractors showing up.  They would have liked to think it was because of the reputation of their chilis but this year’s Rotaractor group has a large and active membership, gearing up to celebrate its 15th year of service with a gala at the Museum of Nature on March 23.

Rotarian Rich Fisher reports that our Rotary Club's day at the Foodbank was fun! Sorting and packing boxes for distribution to the Foodbank's many Ottawa area centres. The 2 hour shift went very quickly, then out for some socializing. Thank you to all who organized and participated!!


In this annual, unique opportunity, 200 young Canadians from across the nation -- from every province and territory -- come together in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program. Meetings with political leaders, discussions among themselves -- they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. Click on the logo below to see AIC youtube video.
This year's Christmas luncheon was enjoyed by club members and guests alike. The program included a reading by Rotarian Rich Fisher (a Ukrainian Christmas story), the turkey raffle drawn by Colin Rousseaux and President John Lark and a thank you and rotary calendar presentation to serving staff at the facility. Guests included some spouses, 2 Rotaractors and Robin Rousham, retired member. Kokoro, our exchange student from Japan and Mohamad and Shoq Othman, from Syria,  each addressed the attendees expressing thanks and season's greetings. Mohamad treated guests to a performance on his oud. The luncheon ended with Christmas carols including a Canadian version of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Angela Kelly served as choirmaster. The fellowship was wonderful, the meal delightful and the event wrapped up the year in a most festive way. Members are reminded that the next club meeting is Monday, January 16, 2017.
On November 28, 2016 Margot Nicholls presented the 100th year history of the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The video may also be viewed at the following link:
A print copy of her presentation has also been posted on the club's website

In recognition of our 100th Anniversary, Margot Nicholls presents a history of the club and its activities 1916 – 2016.

Posted by Rotary Club of Ottawa on Monday, November 28, 2016
An informative and enjoyable lunch meeting today. District Governor, Nabil Oudeh, met with his home club's Board of Directors and was the guest speaker at lunch. The BOD appreciated learning more about activities and goals at the  District and how to benefit from even greater involvement. DG Nabil also spoke about the importance of keeping club's energized, enhancing youth programs, including Interact and the need for diversity and inclusiveness.
Sunday November 13
th 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Richmond Room. Ottawa City Hall
Presentation by three members of the Ottawa Rotaract Club who were Rotary International Youth Exchange participants themselves. They will talk about their experience and answer any questions potential student candidates may have for them.
Any Ottawa high school student that may be interested in participating in these International Youth Exchange Programs.  They can come with their parents if they wish to do so.  The Long-Term Exchange Program (full year) is limited to Grade 10 or 11 students.
Rotary celebrates 100 years of service in Ottawa!  In recognition of "Rotary Day" the official Rotary International Flag will fly over the City of Ottawa from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, October 29th . District Governor, Nabil Oudeh, and Rotarians attend the flag raising.

Francis Gary Powers Jr. was our guest speaker on October 24, 2026. Mr. Powers is the founder of the Cold War Museum in Midlothian, VA and is the son of U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Given his background and expertise, he was hired as a consultant for the making of the blockbuster movie Bridge of Spies and has contributed to books published about the U2 incident. His website is at
The weather cooperated and we saw a good turnout to this year's Fly Day event. Over $10,000 was raised in support of the Ottawa Rotary Home!! Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered! See photos on this site and more on


"Come Fly With Us"

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Ottawa Flying Club and the Ottawa Rotary Club are holding the 58th Annual Fly Day, a unique event that provides the public an opportunity to see Ottawa from above, in support of a local charitable organization.

The Fly Day event raises funds for the Ottawa Rotary Home, which provides respite care to families of children with physical disabilities. This year 's Fly Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, weather permitting. The event is held at the Ottawa Flying Club, 20 Lindbergh Private (off Hunt Club just east of Riverside Drive).

At Fly Day, people can take 20-minute sightseeing flights over the city. The cost is $40 per person, and the flights are provided by Ottawa Flying Club pilots. Fly Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the nation's capital from the air and is a popular event for families. Fly Day is timed to view the fall foliage at its peak.

The Rotary Club of Ottawa's "All That Jazz" golf tournament at Emerald Links was held on Friday, September 9th. A warm sunny day and Rotary fellowship contributed to an enjoyable experience for all. Thank you very much to all participants, sponsors and the organizing committee! Monies raised will go to the Club's international and community service projects. See the photo album on this site.

Rotarian Shireen Begum - her speech focused on the international aspect of Rotary and her visit to a Rotary Club in Bangladesh. She received a beautiful plaque from them and had the honour of presenting one of their members with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Shireen also spoke about the state of maternal & child health and the need for more care.




Rotarian Gib Patterson - gave us an update on his classification in Rotary. Gib’s Rotary name tag would have to be a full body billboard to fit in all the different areas he has worked in: farmer, teacher, real estate developer, golf club(s) owner and plowing match coordinator. Everyone had lots of questions. I think we all know his classification could be shortened to “Community Builder”.




The Rotary Club of Ottawa welcomed its International Exchange student for 2016-2017 at the Ottawa International Airport on August 19th. Kokoro Nakayama, from Nishinomiya, Japan was met by members of the Club's New Generation Committee, her host family, Ed Coderre and Kristie Kelly and the Benhocine family. Celia Benhocine was the club's outbound exchange student in 2015-2016, spending the year in Japan. Kokoro will take the next week to settle in and register for school before enjoying a wilderness canoe trip with two of her host families. Welcome to Ottawa and Canada Kokoro!!
Fundraising Projects
"All That Jazz"
Golf Tournament, BBQ
& Auction
Friday, June 23, 2017
2017 Fly Day
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Click Here to visit Fly Day website
Guest Speakers
Paul Gubb
Jun 26, 2017
Experiences flying with the RAF and RCAF
Jul 03, 2017
Statutory Holiday - Canada Day
Eugen Wolifarth
Jul 10, 2017
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
John Lark/ Charles Melchers
Jul 17, 2017
Changeover Meeting - Club President
Adventure in Citizenship
April 29 – May 02, 2018
District Conference
September 29 & 30
2017 District 7040 Conference
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, NY
DG Nabil's Message:
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
International Service
Vice President
Club Administration
New Generations