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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess North Door, 4th Floor
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2H9
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President Julie's Message:
Well...a crazy, busy 5 days with 200 of the most energetic and engaged teenagers in the nation. Our country is in good hands - these youth are unstoppable! Another Adventure program down in history...class of ‪#‎AIC2016‬ rocks!

Gem Munro, Amarok Society spoke to our club on April 25, 2016. It was incredibly inspiring and hopeful. Did you know there are 70 million primary school aged children who are too poor to afford an education? The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing results. To find out more about the Society, visit

President Julie Cuglj (centre) was pleased to welcome 2 new members to our club at our lunch meeting on April 18. Blair Davidson introduced Rick Evans (2nd from right) and John Lark introduced Rong Chuan Wu (2nd from left). Rick is a chartered accountant, specializing in business evaluation. Rong is the Taipei Ambassador to Canada. Congratulations to both!

Our Syrian refugee family has been settling in Ottawa. This past week, the three eldest children started school, allowing Mohamed and Shooga to start their English language classes. Earlier today, the family came to Christchurch Cathedral to meet their Rotary and church sponsors. It was a wonderful event. A highlight was a heartfelt thank you from the family read by Mohamed and translated by Rotarian Rouba Al-Fattal.

The Rotary reception succeeded beyond our expectations!
Besides having a distinguished keynote speaker, the Assistant Deputy Foreign Minister, Ms. Alexandra Bugailiskis, and a Syrian refugee family Al-Dakhil share their inspirational story, we were humbled that Mayor Jim Watson joined us, and that Minister John McCallum paid us a surprise visit to show his support for the work of the Rotary Club and the Syrian refugees!
Our thanks to all the diplomats, guests, musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who made this an amazing event!
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Nepean-Kanata Rotary Club President Eddie Villarta presented a cheque for $7,500 toward the Syrian Refugee Initiative-a truly wonderful contribution! (This was included in our 33,000 total). Congratulations to all those involved, Rotarians and friends!



We are currently in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.  Twelve million people have been displaced as a result of the civil war, many of them children.  Rotary has an opportunity to play a part in assisting some of these unfortunate refugees in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral. Our objective is to bring a Syrian refugee family to Ottawa as quickly as possible.  Please help by making a donation. You may send a cheque to the Rotary Club of Ottawa (see contact info). If you prefer to pay by credit card, click the donate link below. You will automatically be issued a charitable tax receipt

Gary Pluim from the Rotary Club Ottawa South presented President Julie Cuglj with a cheque for $7500 in support of the Syrian Refugee project. Colin Rousseaux, Ways and Means Committee, and Peter Houliston, Chair, International Committee were on hand to thank the Ottawa South club for its commitment to this project. Thank you!!

Jen des Groseilliers was the lucky winner of the club's turkey raffle in support of our Syrian Refugee project. Thank you to everyone who participated by selling and buying tickets. It is projected that we raised almost $3,000!

The annual New Members Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to get to know new members who joined our club the past year. New members were introduced individually to Rotarians and guests and given an opportunity to talk about how they were introduced to Rotary and their interests in service in the club. The event was held at the elegant Royal Ottawa Golf and Country Club.
New members in attendance:
Mr. Bekir Akca
Ms. Rouba Al-Fattal
Ms. Shireen Begum
Ms. Sally Burks
Mr. Marcus Hewitt
Ms. Susan Hwang
Ms. Carol McCalla
Mr. Colin Rousseaux
Ms. Joyce Silver

A highlight of today’s meeting was the induction of two new members. 
It was Glenn Campbell’s pleasure to introduce Susan Hwang. Once again, and most agreeably, Susan is a graduate Rotaractor, having been Club Services Director, Secretary, VP, President and Immediate Past President at the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto before joining the Rotaract Club of Ottawa. Susan has an Honours BA with distinction from the University of Toronto in International Relations, Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and Sociology. Susan is now in her final year of an MA at Carleton University. Away from academia, Susan had an internship with an NGO in South Korea implementing a refugee health program (this experience could be very timely). Susan is currently a policy analyst at Health Canada.
Already Susan has contributed to the club by helping format our E-News for Club Runner compatibility. 
It was club president Julie Cugalj’s pleasure to introduce Joyce Silver. Joyce grew up in the Maritimes and holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from Acadia and Dalhousie universities respectively.  She moved to Ottawa six years ago when she began her career in the federal public service as a co-op student working with the National Research Council of Canada and with Public Works and Government Services Canada in the Office of Greening Government Operations.  Since then, she has further obtained a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University. Joyce is a former Rotary Youth Exchange student. She is enthusiastic about effecting change in the community but also has the vision and determination to accomplish it. (Joyce is in the right organization!)
Photo shows new members Susan Hwang (left) and Joyce Silver (right) with club President Julie Cugalj.
Guest Speaker
After serving in the RCN Reserve for over 25 years LCdr Stephan King  joined the full time RCN in 2011. He is now on the RCNs HQ staff (of approx. 250 souls) in the Directorate of Maritime Strategy (i.e. looking ahead towards the future composition of the RCN fleet). (LCdr King is married to LCdr Cheryl King.)
Red Stripe Removed Bekir Akca
President Julie Cugalj was pleased to remove the new member red stripe from the name badge of Bekir Akca who has met the requirements involved in club orientation. Congratulations!!

Monday, November 1, 2015 - Chloe Hillier, Director of Development at Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation spoke to the club and used the occasion to recognize the annual Fly Day event organized with the kind support of the Ottawa Flying Club. This year's event, held on September 26, raised $10,000 for the Home. On hand to present a cheque was Marc Desjardins, Past President, OFC. Colin Rousseaux, club Chair, Fly Day Committee and John Lark, President Elect, Rotary Club of Ottawa. 

The Rotary Club of Ottawa held a successful Youth Exchange information session on November 1, 2015. Several families attended to learn about the Long Term and Short Term programs and the application process (deadlines pending). 
Thanks to the Rotaract Club of Ottawa for their participation and support. Andre Bourdon, Chair, New Generations Committee, Rotary Club of Ottawa and Ryan Fedurco, President, Rotaract Club of Ottawa pose in front of the Club's new banner. For information about our Youth Exchange program, visit:

The Rotary Club of Ottawa is looking for high school students 15-18 who might be interested in participating in Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program. There will be an information session for students and their parents on November 1st at 6 p.m., Richmond Room, Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West).
Past Exchange Program Participants will be on hand to speak about their life-changing experiences !
Fly Day 2015 was a great success! Perfect weather and a good turnout raised $10,000 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. 

- RC member Eva Hammond presented Russ Hammond Award Presentation plaque to Lhori Webster, Rotaractor of the Year.  
- RC member Margaret des Groseilliers is introduced Sally Burks to the club. 
- Andre Bourdon, Chair, New Generations Committee introduced Anna Kyeweski, the Club’s inbound exchange student from Germany. Andre also introduced Kieran Hauser, the Club’s rebound exchange student. Kieran spent a year in Brazil.
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- 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. 
- We had a great presentation by guest speaker, Jeanine Parker, who talked about our club’s International Centennial project. 
- The club welcomed our new inbound exchange student, Anna Kyewski, from Leipzig, Germany.
Club President Julie Cugalj was pleased to welcome short term exchange students Celine Boulard (inbound) and Margot Vandesande (outbound) to our meeting. 
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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.



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;

Guest Speakers
Jul 25, 2016
Rich Fisher
Work and Retirement (Classification Talk)
Aug 22, 2016
John Archer
The Art World - Mine or Yours?
Oct 31, 2016
Frenja Brodo, President, OFNC
Ottawa Field Naturalist Club
Club's Facebook Page
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
International Service
Club Administration
New Generations