Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Niagara Falls Sunrise

Local Friends - Global Reach

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Betty's Restaurant (Chippawa)
8921 Sodom Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON  L2G 7W5
District Site
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Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 142; Niagara Falls ON; L2E 6S8
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Club No. 27545
Pod Assignments
Month:   Oct 2019      Pod # ... Harry Walker
Task Member
Set-up David Berry and TBA
Reception Scott Wright
Record fines Scott Wright
Introduce / Thanks Speaker Harry Walker
Tear-down David Berry and TBA
Next Month October ....  Pod 1 Harry Walker
Home Page Stories
Scott and Karen Wright generously offered their beautiful home for our annual President's "Picnic". 
The ceremony included the award of a Paul Harris to our wonderful Past President BJ Romans. So important did we all feel that this award as deserving; that we invited the District Governor to present it. Thank you BJ for your great service to this Club.
above: BJ, Harry and DG Bob Artis
Our second ceremony was to present a very deserving "Hero Award" to Nancy and Scott.  These two have steered our annual Ribfest through rain and shine for the last 15 years.  Over $500,000 has been  raised because of their "Service Above Self" attitude.    Thank you Scott and Nancy for your contribution to our community.
Scott and Nancy......   Super Heros
See Photo Album for more pictures
What a fascinating speaker.   Elisa Blowe grew up in a horse racing family and has continue the legacy having moved to Fort Erie to help run the Race Track there.  Every member listened intensely as she explained the behind the scenes details of the industry.   Thank you Elisa, your excitement and lovefor this industry was obvious.   We all learned so much. 
President Nancy T with Elisa Blowe
Bob Artis, District 7090's Governor, visited our club this week. Prior to his inspiring speech, he presented to Michael Brown and Carrie Zaffiro recognition  that their service to the club and District has been true "Service Above Self".   Congratulations; and well deserved!
Scott Wright receives a cheque from "birthday boy" Chuck Hodgson for $900 made out to the Rotary Foundation.  That's $10 for every year.....  Chuck said he was taken to Las Vegas by his family.  He said he enjoyed himself but we all know, "What Happens in Las Vegas; Stays in Las Vegas!"
Thank you Chuck.  Your contribution to the foundation will make a difference to your community.
Congratulations to our 2019 Rotary Medallists.
  From Left to right
  • Riley Manels - Stamford Collegiate
  • Daniel Kesseler – St. Michael Catholic HS
  • Julia DeLuca – St. Michael Catholic HS
  • Chole Morgan Van Hemmen – Stamford Collegiate

We wish them well in their future studies and careers.
From "My City" publication by City of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Rotary Clubs, Foundation and Sunrise, presented Council with two cheques totaling $75,000 in contribution to section five of the Millennium Recreational Trail, which will now be known as the Rotary StoryWalk® Pathway. Sixteen StoryWalk® boards will be constructed along the trail to help promote the Niagara Falls Public Library's literacy initiatives. 
City Proclamation of Pathway Naming
Sponsor Dale Hall and President BJ Romans welcome 3 new members to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.  Sang Nyugen, Taylor Wright and Josh Rabe.  The meeting was a great opportunity for members to really meet our new members.  Follow the induction Josh gave a tremendous "Who's Who"!  The test will be next week when he asks random members to pronounce his last name...  (Hint:  It's German not Italian)
Alois, 2018-19 Exchange Student from France, was proud to introduce his Parents.  Next to Mom and Dad is Mary Margaret Murphy of Baby's Breath Canada, and of course our President BJ Romans. 
Baby's Breath Canada has for over 40 years, been Canada’s only national foundation focused on SIDS, and more recently also dedicated to supporting families and encouraging research aimed at reducing all sudden and unexpected infant deaths including stillbirths.
Joe Millage and Jeff Tieseen of the ParaSport of Ontario are welcomed by President BJ to our morning meeting.  Both gentlemen spoke about a tremendous organization of ParaSport Ontario.   Their mission is to provide support to all members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life. see  for details.
ParaSport Ontario is presenting the ParaSport Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Center this April 11th and 12th.  They need volunteers so please contact Nancy T for details.
Kevin Gibson (center) of ReMax Reality presented an excellent review of where house sale and prices are in the Niagara Falls Market.  All members showed a selfish interest.  "What will my place sell for?"
Jim Sissons and Dennis Gilmore kept Keven after the meeting to get more particular information.
Thank you Kevin. Well presented!  (Of course he was invited to join Rotary! laugh)
At our Oct 25th meeting, our Exchange student Alois Coupry presented some details about his life back in Bordeaux France. School in France is not the same as it is here, with classes from 8 am to 9 pm.  But Alois makes up for this with an active interest is rugby, fishing and time at the beach. He has 1 sister and 2 brothers.   His dad is a banker and mom teaches little ones.   When asked he said that after high school he might go to college for Business.  We were all so pleased to to have Alosi join us.  He is a wonderful young man. 
Dave Weeks, the speaker we have at a meeting several weeks ago, was granted a small amount of money from our International Budget for two scholarships in the Guatemala town that assists him during his rescue efforts earlier this year.  Wearing our Rotary Shirt he presented the scholarship to two children and reports the following:.....................
Hello Don and club,
That is overwhelming news. I expect to see Yasmin Albano Garcia and Ariel Lazaro Martinez tomorrow, we are going back to the community tomorrow for a free medical clinic in the school, this will be a first time collaboration between HeliSOS the Air Ambulance/Search and Rescue company, and Power at Work.  Both kids should be there and I may meet their parents and many siblings.
I have met Elsa and hope to get a picture with her. Elsa is third year high school and in bilingual secretary program.
Both Yasmin and Ariel have been high performing students, Yasmin top of her class since kindergarten. She wants to be a teacher and he wants to be a lawyer. Ariel a very good student and best goalkeeper for many miles around.
Thank you again, this has been very exciting.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Club Liaison Officer
Executive Secretary/Director (non Voting)
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