Posted on Mar 06, 2018
(L-R) WernerRitgen (club President), Ben Lobb MP, Huron Bruce, Ben Vandiepenbeek (Reeve ACW)
At our regular meeting, to a packed room of guests and Rotary members, our guest speaker was Ben Lobb, conservative MP who represents the federal riding of Huron-Bruce in the House of Commons.  Mr Lobb currently is a member of the standing committee on industry, science and technology .  Since first elected in 2008  and re-elected in 2011 and 2015 he has sat on or chaired several standing committees.
Mr Lobb presented commentary on Canada's economy touching on where we have been, where we are today, the current bright spots and headwinds and where the economy is likely to be headed given the world situation.  The floor was opened for a Q&A.
Reeve Ben Vandiepenbeek ACW and Deputy Mayor Jim Donnelly brought greetings from their respective municipalities.
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Posted on Feb 13, 2018
(L-R) Shannon Lahay ( Foundation Coordinator), Werner Ritgen, (Club President) Branda Teichert (Foundation Vice Chair)
We were pleased to have as our guest speakers Shannon Lahay the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Foundation Coordinator and Brenda Teichert, the Foundation Vice chair as well as an AMGH Board Committee member.  In the summer members of the club attended interviews held by the consulting firm Ketchum Canada Inc who are working on a proposed plan to look at the future needs of the communities across Huron County served by AMGH and how the hospital can best meet those needs as they strive to provide the highest quality of health care.   As the plan comes together the Foundation is at the ready to support the work that will be needed to ensure the continued excellent care we receive. 
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Posted on Feb 06, 2018
(L-R) Jim Mulhern (Little Theatre director), Werner Ritgen (Rotary club president), Jenna Ujiyue (Little Theatre president), John Lodge (Little Theatre treasurer)
We welcomed representatives of the Goderich Little Theatre at the Livery to our meeting. Jenna Ujiye, the president, shared with us details of the successful 2016-17 season and introduced the 2017-18 performance season. The Livery had activities happening on 180+ days of last year.  She expressed sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that make it possible to bring this venue to the Goderich community.  John Lodge, treasurer, provided a summary of the successful HVAC project that was undertaken in 2017 and talked about what lies ahead for the capital projects still desired to make further improvements to the facility. An acknowledgment was made of the municipal and community support in helping to make this a reality.   visit  www.the
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Posted on Feb 03, 2018
     Congratulations to all the participating teams.  Some pretty fine chili was enjoyed by all the tasters.
And the winning teams are:
First Place
  101.7 The One Radio
Second Place
  Cowbell Brewing
Third Place
   Country 104.9 Radio
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Rotary Club.
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Posted on Jan 30, 2018
(L-R, Back) Allan Studd, Joann Willis, Bonnie Borchardt, Cheryl, Ross Barnett, Lianti Muller
(L-R, Front) Allison Stoecker, Sylvia Bate, Rosanne Field
Ross & Rosanne provided the club with a presentation on their trip to Zambia  last July 2017. Pictured is the Zambia Team. Impact Zambia has been a multi year program. It’s first project in 2012 was to build a facility that doubled up as an office and school on the site of the Itezhi-tezhi church, and to build new church buildings in Mumbwa and Namwala. Through partnerships with Canadian and South African churches, International Teams Canada, the Share Your Knowledge group, and Rotary International, they have since expanded their programs to include community development initiatives designed to break the cycle of poverty by limiting isolation and providing education and vocational training. While there this year Rosanne taught sewing classes during the day and met with health care professionals in the evenings to help deal with health issues of the surrounding communities.   Ross was the "do what ever needed to be done" guy. for more information visit -   and go to "visit our website"
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Posted on Jan 23, 2018
(L-R) - Dianne Yundt, Roland Archer, Werner Ritgen
We were pleased to welcome the newest member to the club on January 23rd. Roland Archer was formally inducted as a member by ADG Dianne Yundt . Werner Ritgen who sponsored Roland and is the  club president presented the Rotary pin and new member kit to Roland.  Members welcomed Roland with greetings and warm hand shakes.  ADG Dianne in her induction comments recapped the  purpose of Rotary and the opportunities it provides for service, professional development, networking and fellowship.
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Posted on Dec 19, 2017
Emma Bartz and Jordan Nairn attended the Rotary Club of Goderich meeting today to make a presentation to the club, canvassing for support in starting a Rotaract Club in Goderich. Rotaract is a club for individuals ages 18-30, with an interest in community service and professional development. The Rotary Club of Goderich is proud to support the development of a Rotaract Club in our Goderich community.
(L-R) Ross Barnett (Past President), Jordan Nairn, Werner Ritgen (President), Emma Bartz.
If you missed the information meeting on January 18th but are still interested please contact Emma Bartz @ 519-955-6563

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Posted on Nov 29, 2017
(L-R) Mike Henry,  Lieutenant Laura Hickman, Werner Ritgen (president) at The Salvation Army Citadel on Suncoast Drive, Goderich.
(L-R) Mike Henry, Mrs Pat Clifford, Werner Ritgen at St Vincent de Paul Society - MacEwan St location, Goderich
Rotarians Mike Henry and Werner Ritgen (club president) delivered  donations to the local  Food Bank/Christmas Hamper Programs from the Rotary Club of Goderich.  We know families feel added pressure at this time of year to provide a special Christmas.  By providing funding we're hoping to lighten the load helping them to enjoy the holiday season.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2017
Our newest exchange student Doubleu Patranit Chanjaraspong is settling right in to life in Canada. Doubleu arrived here in September from Bangkok Thailand  He is taking drum lessons from Stefanie McFarlane and marched with the Celtic Blue Highlanders in the Christmas parade.
Photo by Kathleen Smith/Goderich Signal Star
(L-R) Maurice Wilkinson (Piper), Matt Hoy (Pipe Major), Stefanie McFarlane (Drum Sergeant), Doubleu , Rosanne Field (Rotarian/ billet mother), Ray Elgie (Piper), Ross Barnett (Rotarian, billet father), and Don Arscott (Bass Drummer).
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Posted on Nov 18, 2017
The Weather Man was a little confused for the Goderich Santa Claus Parade on Saturday night and brought rain instead of snow but that did not dampen the Christmas cheer in the air. The parade route was lined with happy children and their parents all bundled against the weather.  Rotarians  together with Frosty the Snowman waded into the festivities.
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Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Jenn Evans and Anne Marie Thomson of the Goderich Huron YMCA were presented with a cheque for $2959.52 by Rotarian Gary Gravett. Rotary and the YMCA partnered for the Swing for Kids Charity Golf Tournament last August 18, 2017.
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Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Pictured: Glen Steinson, Mike Dixon, Rotary Club president Werner Ritgen.
Guest speaker at our Tuesday meeting was Mike Dixon of the Bayfield Optimist Club. Mike was introduced by the Optimist Club president Glen Steinson.   Mr Dixon outlined a new tutoring program for local students established by the Optimist Club to meet a need in the community. The hope is to expand the service into other communities in the area.
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Posted on Oct 31, 2017
We were pleased and honored to welcome our District Governor, Martin Ward and his wife Mary Ruston  to our October 31st meeting. District governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs.Governors act as officers of RI, fostering achievement in their district at the club level. DG Ward was introduced by our Assistant District Governor Dianne Yundt  a member of the Festival City club Stratford. His message was the evolution of Rotary in a changing world, the importance of remaining relevant into the future. Rotarys' eradication of polio is so close with only 12 cases identified this year along with the importance of immunizations for the next 3 years to ensure it does not return.
DG Ward bestowed 8 Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to - left to right - Tom Jasper, Dean Whalen, Lynn Ferguson, Mike Henry  (Club Foundation Chair), Werner Ritgen, Gary Gravett, Scott Tousaw,  also pictured is ADG Dianne Yundt and DG Martin Ward. Absent Rosanne Field.
Receipants have made donations to the Rotary Foundations Annual program Fund of $1000 or more.
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Posted on Oct 17, 2017
Merna Bahaa Eldin pictured with Werner Ritgen, club president, is our newest New Generations Service Exchange young professional.  Merna is visiting Canada from Egypt in order to further her professional development as a dentist at Van Beek Family Dentistry in Goderich.  She has completed 5 years of dentistry training in Egypt.  The New Generations Service Exchange is Rotary's short term exchange program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.
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Posted on Oct 17, 2017
Our guest Marianne Hogan seen here with club President Werner Ritgen attended our meeting to receive and thank the club for the donation made to the St Joseph's Kingsbridge Community Centre in support of their event on November 4, 2017. Canadian tenor John McDermott and the Waterloo Regional Male Police Chorus are providing A Musical Celebration and Salute to our Veterans. The community purchased the previous church, are completing restoration work, and use the facility as a community centre.
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Posted on Oct 03, 2017
We were pleased to have the Past President, Paul Thorne, of the Goderich Legion as our guest speaker.  Paul gave an overview of the history of the Goderich Soldier's Memorial and the Legion’s involvement as caretakers of the monument since 1927. He indicated following the 2011 tornado the Legion as a proprietary stakeholder and care taker of the cenotaph for the Town of Goderich participated in community consultation forums. With the development of the Downtown Master Plan the cenotaph area was expanded to include the Veteran's Reflection Garden funded in part by the Legion and Veteran's Affairs Canada Community Monument Restoration Program. The garden was designed to be a place of quiet reflection to be enjoyed by the general public at large while maintaining the decorum and respect to be afforded our War Dead.  Due to an oversight in 2014 the Town inadvertently allowed vendors to utilize the Veteran's Refection Garden for Festivals and Special Events. In September the Legion made a request of Council to protect this space from commercial activities, and to apply the policy adopted by Council for the Cenotaph as intended and approved by the Downtown Master Plan. He indicated the outcome had been decided by council and an appropriate bylaw was approved and has been passed.
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Posted on Sep 08, 2017

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, exchange program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.  Candidates make connections in their host countries, build their professional skills and gain international experience through travel and exploring a new culture while giving back through service.


Isela Dominguez is visiting the Goderich Rotary Club as a New Generations Service Exchange candidate.  She is in Canada furthering her professional development as a clinical psychologist. She has completed her psychology degree from Claustro University. She lives in Chihuahua, Mexico with her family. Her father is a member of Chihuahua San Felipe Rotary Club. Isela is hoping to see her first snow fall before she goes home in December.
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Posted on Sep 05, 2017
The Rotary Club is pleased to support the Goderich Recreation Park project. A long-time supporter of the skate park project, Rotary has pledged an additional $75,000 towards the Recreation Park Project bringing our total donation to $82,000.
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Containers Unloaded in Sierra Leone 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2017
A great way to get outdoors and have fun. 
Ladies early morning fitness group work out.
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Posted on Jul 11, 2017
We said goodbye to our exchange student, Adele Manise, as she headed back home to Belgium.
We wish her many happy memories of her time here, her host families, new friends, new experiences. We will miss her genteel presence.
The year just flew by. 
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Rotary Book Sale 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2017
Thank you to all the participants for making Canada's Prettiest Town, Canada's most decorated and patriotic town.
The 50 certificates of excellence are on their way.
1st Prize
Roelie Leggatt - 124 Lighthouse St.
2nd Prize
Bruce Carrick - 197 Bayfield Rd
3rd Prize
Joan Guikema - 124 Cambria Rd N.
Vals Beauty Salon - 108 Lighthouse St
Winners of the Decorate Your Home or Business Competition 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
At or meeting on Tuesday the new executive of the club were installed for the 2017-18 year.
From Left to right - Wilfred Higgins (President Elect) Werner Ritgen (President) Ross Barnett (Past President)
Left to right - Aurelio Henriques, Mike Henry, Lynn Ferguson, Rosemary Davis, Colleen McGregor Wilfred Higgins, Ross Barnett, Werner Ritgen.   Absent Karri Sonke and Betty Southgate
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Posted on Jun 27, 2017


                                                                                                                                                         The Goderich Rotary Club, in the spirit of supporting new entrepreneurial businesses and mindful of keeping our community fit and active, donated a large exercise mat to Ashley Kappas owner and head coach of Goderich Gymnastics. Ashley's business provides gymnastics training.


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Posted on Jun 25, 2017
Rotary at its best. The Rotary Club of London sponsored the latest container shipment of school and medical supplies this time going to Haiti.
The Rotary Club of Grand Bend organized the packing of the container and the Rotary Club of Goderich contributed a truck load of tables, chairs, books and sewing machines to the overall shipment. Members from all the clubs supplied the people power to get the container loaded.
Great team work everyone.
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Posted on Jun 06, 2017
The new Fitness Trail equipment was installed this past Monday.  The Rotary Club investment for the community was made possible through the endorsement of our town and the expertise and skill of our municipal staff and crews who provided much of the labor. Partnerships like this drive our community forward.  First impressions suggest the equipment is being well received.
Rotary Cove Fitness Trail Installed 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 06, 2017
At our meeting on Tuesday we were pleased to welcome our guest speaker Retired Lt Col Bill Anderson. A local WWII veteran who gave a poignant presentation about his experiences in the war including D Day.  Also recognized by Mr Anderson was a guest attendee Peter Vancook whose contributions to the war effort included  his involvement in the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Guest Speaker Lt Col Bill Anderson (retired) 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
We were privileged and honored to have as our guest speaker at our recent Rotary meeting, Stephen deBoer, Canada'a Ambassador to the Republic of Poland and Republic of Belarus.
Among the many guests attending the meeting was Kathleen Smith, a journalist for the Goderich Signal Star who published this excellent article about the Ambassador's visit.
Presentation by Stephen deBoer - Ambassador to Poland 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted on May 09, 2017


Rotary International has a unique way of recognizing contributions to the organization in the name of Rotary’s Founder, Paul Harris. People who make a contribution of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International — or have one made in their name – can become Paul Harris Fellows.
Today at our regular meeting we invited our District Governor - Diane Chantler - to present 11 Paul Harris Fellows. Present to receive their award are from left to right Mel Farnsworth, Wilf Higgins, Michael Strickland, Irene Gordon, Elizabeth Lotz, Doug Norsworthy, Ross Barnett with DG Diane Chantler.
All recipients are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.

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Posted on May 09, 2017
At our Rotary meeting today the club presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Irene Gordon, spouse of the late John Gordon, as an expression of our appreciation and to say thank you to Irene for the  many years of support she has provided to the club.  
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The new machines are in place. One priority is a new version of a recumbent bike because it is easier to get on/off as you can step through to get on the seat.  If anyone has hip or knee issues it is hard to swing their leg over the center console of older styles.  A second treadmill will also be added to the program giving people an increased option for fitness and relief of joint issues as back, hip or knee pain sometimes does not agree with sitting on a bike. Additionally some members like to use the treadmill before they have their stress test to get used to walking on it.
Healthy Hearts equipment arrives 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The Goderich Rotary Club has donated $6300 to the Healthy Hearts Program at the Maitland Recreation Center in memory of Malcolm Harrison, a long time Rotarian and Healthy Heart program advocate. In receiving the cheque, Healthy Hearts board chair Dr. Kent Gillin celebrated this support of their members in pursuit of health after suffering the challenges that participants face as a consequent of a significant cardiac event.  The funds will be used for equipment purchases, permitting the most challenged participants to engage in the first stages of health after their cardiac event
Healthy Hearts Program Donation 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2017
Out with the old, in with the new. the new playground equipment installed last summer is ready and waiting for this summer's season.
A Rotary project in partnership with the Town of Goderich. 
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New Dialysis Unit Opens - April 7, 2017 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0