Rotary Club
of Niagara On the Lake

Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and upcoming events and announcements.
Happy Birthday NoTL Rotary Club
We hope that all of our Members can join us via Zoom, on Tuesday January 18th at noon to celebrate the many accomplishments of our Club.
Wear a party hat! Blow a noisemaker! Come and celebrate us!
On January 20th 1994, The Rotary Club of Niagara-On- the-Lake was officially chartered. A testament to the commitment and foundation established in 1994 is the fact that we still have two of the Chartered members in this club.
We will initiate our newest member!
And we will commence our Membership Challenge. Through Breakout rooms you will get to know your fellow Club members. You will have until February 15th to complete the Membership Challenge, consisting of finding and naming 45 Club members' background and interests. (These Membership Challenge Questions will be sent to all Club Members through a separate ClubRunner email).
Prizes for completion will include:
2 Icewine Event tickets
2 Rotary Holiday House tour tickets
A FREE Canada Day meal
First person in the meal line for in person club meetings until December 2022.
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
We are one of 66 Rotary Clubs that make up District 7090, ‘The Best Friends District,’ and the first, truly International Rotary District in the World.

Dates to Remember and Announcements


January 17, 2022 - 6PM Board meeting on Zoom
January 18, 2022 - Noon for Club Assembly. Happy 28th Birthday, Club Assembly and launch of Membership Challenge.
January 19, 2022 - 11AM New Generations Committee meeting
January 25, 2022 - 6PM – Colleen Smith CEO of the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre will address the Club on everything you need to know about what is happening at the PAC in 2022, while also providing insight into what is takes to manage a major arts organization through Covid-19 Pandemic times.
February 1, 2022 - Noon - Mallory Daymon 1st Tee Canada
February 8, 2022 - 6PM - Owen Bjorgen -A Walk Along the Bruce Trail
February 9, 2022 - 10AM - International Service Committee meeting
February 24 - 5:30 - 6:30PM Rotary 101-District Program welcoming newer Rotarians via Zoom
Community Service Committee:
8 volunteers braved minus 14 degrees to serve breakfast to approximately 40 people this past Tuesday. Why were the numbers so much lower than previously? Because it was so cold.
Covid protocol prohibits the program from offering a warm shelter as well as breakfast. Where have the homeless gone? That is the fearful question.
The Good Food Box Program is running on the 18, 19 & 20 of January.
We still need volunteers for Wednesday January 19th. Please contact Jeannie.
The Community Service Committee met on January 11. Next meeting is February 8.
District 7090 Leadership Training Opportunities - Centre for Coaching Leadership Course -3 Sessions Jan 22/Feb 26/Mar 26 2022
Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary continuum starts at the club level and grows. There is a much larger Rotary world that is just waiting for you to embrace it once you understand what it is all about. Come and join us at the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) sessions being offered via ZOOM in February (Part 1), March (Part 2) and April (Part 3), 2022.  RLI is open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7090. It is an excellent opportunity to meet new Rotary friends (albeit virtually) and expand your Rotary experience.

RLI is made up of three parts (covering six topics per part – the topics range from My Leadership in Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, Attracting Members, to Effective Leadership Strategies… plus many more). A more detailed outline of the topics is attached to this e-mail.

To graduate from RLI you will need to attend all three parts and you MUST take them in sequential order (Part 1, then Part 2, then Part 3). While it is a commitment, it is well worth it. You will grow in Rotary and the fellowship is one of the best parts of all Rotary events.
Also attached is an agenda, which outlines when and what sessions are being held in February, March and April, 2022
Details of the upcoming RLI ZOOM Sessions are as follows:
PART 1 – February 2, 9, 16: 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm
                Registration cost $20 US (for all three days).
Registration closes January 31, 2022 @ 12 noon
Registration is limited to a Maximum of 20 participants – so register early!
You must register for each day separately and you MUST register for all three sessions!!
PART 2 – March 9, 16, 23: 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm
                Registration cost $20 US (for all three days).
Registration closes March 7, 2022 @ 12 noon
Registration is limited to a Maximum of 20 participants – so register early!
You must register for each day separately and you MUST register for all three sessions!!
PART 3 – April 13, 20, 27: 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm
                Registration cost $20 US (for all three days).
Registration closes April 11,2022 @ 12 noon
Registration is limited to a Maximum of 20 participants – so register early!
You must register for each day separately and you MUST register for all three sessions!!
(A note about the registration fees: The registration fee is your commitment to attend.  As the cost to the District for the RLI session via ZOOM is minimal, the net revenue of these RLI sessions will be forwarded to The Rotary Foundation in the name of the district for credit to the Annual Fund.)
You MUST register online for this event at  Log in to the District Website click on District Events find respective RLI session you wish to register for (open the event) and then click on “Member”.
IMPORTANT – IF YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR ANY OF THE THREE PARTS YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ALL THREE NIGHTS!  You CANNOT register for only one night of one of the PARTS – if you do your registration will be cancelled. 
Click “here” to read the brochure, which outlines RLI in greater detail.
Bikes for Farmworkers is seeking used bicycle donations. Please call 289 783 1684 or 905 321 8638 for pick-up of a bicycle.
New E-Transfer Accounts for NOTL Rotary Club
Please note that e-transfers can now be accepted to the Club account. Any questions contact Steve at
Club side - - please use this for all non-charity transactions (i.e. membership dues, in-person meal purchases, ticket purchases - Paul Harris dinner, Burgers and Bingo, Niagara Power Station etc.)
Charity side - - please use this for all charity transactions (i.e. donations, fundraising ticket purchases etc.) 
Websites to Remember
January 11, 2022 Rotary Meeting
Our Club’s first weekly meeting of 2022 took place on Jan 11.  It was great seeing everyone again, even if only by zoom due to Covid.
Joe Will introduced the evening’s guest speakers, Arnie Lepp, owner of the Spirit in Niagara Distillery(SiN), and his master distiller Josh Beach.
Arnie and Josh gave a fascinating presentation of the Spirit in Niagara Distillery.  Arnie had the original foresight to notice how good Niagara fruit is, but also observed that 10% of it goes to waste (3,000 tonnes/year).  So, during Jan/Feb of 2020, Arnie and his team built the distillery to produce fruit-based spirits.  Arnie drew upon his cabinet making skills, and used wood from an old fruit packaging farm for the interior of the new distillery. 
Josh explained how he developed his skills as a master distiller from his time in Scotland and from working at the Gretzky Estate.  It was Arnie’s dream of producing high quality spirits from fruit, and the unique pieces of equipment that drew Josh to SiN.  Josh explained the workings of the 3 main pieces of equipment.  He produces many unique spirits such as peach-based vodka and peach-based gin.  Arnie reminded members the Distillery has an Italian chef that makes wonderful creations for the Distillery’s restaurant that members may wish to try.
At the end of the presentation, members had a chance to ask interesting questions including: “Can you use cherries to make alcohol” (Not really, they’re relatively fragile once ripe.), “Would you consider making available the recipes for your great cocktails?” (Yes, good idea.) “What is the biggest challenge to your business” (Fruit flies and taxes. One needs economies of scale to do well in this business.)
President Patricia thanked Arnie and Josh for their interesting presentation on the history and creation of the Spirit in Niagara Distillery. 
President Patricia concluded the meeting with the following thought for the week: “Service is the rent we pay to walk this earth.”
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