Guest Speakers

Guest speakers are truly a highlight of our Thursday morning Rotary meetings. Each week, community leaders, activists and local business owners join us to give an informal presentation on their projects and initiatives. If you wish to become a guest speaker, you’re welcome to apply by contacting us.

November 2021

November 4th

Louisa Horne 

Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside

Members watched segments from the Grow Your Rotary workshop held Saturday, October 16, 2021.

November 11th

Steve Rutledge

Rotary Club of Whitby-Sunrise


Steve will update members on his water project: Adopt a Village in Laos. He will also present the results of a Global Grant to assist in reestablishing the children’s wing of the Karantina Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon.

November 18th

Caitlin Arlene

Author and professional writer


Caitlin will speakabout her experience in Malawi  with Emmanuel International  and her book, True Stories of Maternal Health in Malawi.

November 25th

Ian Newton

Specialist in botany and zoology


Working with Ceres Consulting, which has an international focus on business and product development in the health and nutrition sector, Ian will speak about ‘Food as Medicine’.

October 2021

October 7th

Tish MacDonald 

Retired USS teacher and Uxbridge resident

Remembrance Day and the Honour Our Veterans Banner Program.

October 14th

Carolyn King and Ron Williamson

Carolyn is the first woman to have been elected as Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and was recently appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her support for First Nations and the advancement of Aboriginal Peoples.
Ron is an archaeologist and Vice-Chair of the Shared Path Consultation Initiative, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting reconciliation in land-use planning.


Why Land Acknowledgments Are So Complex: 13,000 years of Indigenous History in South-central Ontario.

October 21st

No morning meeting today. Instead, an evening meeting to celebrate World Polio Day. 

October 28th

Zed Pickering and Megan Pickering

Zed, of the Uxbridge Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and Megan, one of the founders of These Stories Matter.

Zed will speak about bringing awareness to racial injustices and Megan will speak about the Uxbridge community reading initiative.

September 2021

September 2nd

Kerin Lloyd 

Member, Rotary Club of Uxbridge

Presentation on Climate Change.

September 9th

Tracy Mogk 

Getaway Travel, Uxbridge

The travel industry and travelling this Fall and Winter.

September 16th

No speaker this week 

Club Forum

September 23rd

Brigette Tschinkel 

Executive Director of Development, Grandview Children’s Centre

Update on programs and activities at Grandview

September 30th

Rotary Club of Uxbridge and RC Uxbridge Charitable Foundation

Annual General Meeting

August 2021

August 5th

June Davies 

Member, Rotary Club of Uxbridge

Creating Community Voice: Better ways to build community and become more of a collective when dealing with government systems.

August 12th

Amy Snow

Coordinator of Food Rescue South Muskoka and volunteer coordinator of The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation

Food recovery programs: Food waste and food insecurity must be tackled together.

August 19th

Patricia Cherrie

Owner of Greenmantle Pottery and one of the organizers of the Leaskdale Loop

Explore the Leaskdale Loop – 16 stops on the 20 km route in and around Leaskdale.

August 26th

Ginny Slike, Caitlin Brandon, Bev Northeast

Leads for a few Rotary Christmas Projects,

Local residents describe the Basketeers, Operation Warm Hearts and Christmas Families with the Salvation Army.

July 2021

July 8th

Michael Banh 

President, Rotary Club of Uxbridge

President Mike will present his vision for the new Rotary year.

July 15th

Peter Hernandez

President, Rotary Club of Oshawa and VP (Public Relations) Toastmasters International (Durham Region).

Making the most of the affiliation between Rotary and Toastmasters to improve oneself and the Club.

July 22nd

Eva Reti

Chair, Durham Region Hospice

Eva will speak about the hospice being planned for Whitby.

July 29th

Renee Bos

Beekeeper and member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville.

The importance of bees as pollinators.

June 2021

June 3rd

John Currie and Nicole Van Stone 

John, Executive Director of Honouring Indigenous Peoples and President of RC of Pickering and Nicole, President of BEL (Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield) Rotary

An overview of the new Youth 2 Youth Initiative, which pairs Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from Grades 9-11.

June 10th

Günther Schubert

Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha

Ultra Monarch Marathon in September 2021

June 17th

Our newest member – June Davies

Classification Talk

June 24th

President Fran Taylor

President Fran will present some highlights of her year as President – a year like no other. She will make a few presentations and hand over the gavel to incoming President Dr. Michael Banh.

May 2021

May 6th

Deborah Dee

Youth & Vocational Committee

Overview of organizations we have supported during the pandemic

May 13th

Lisa Cooper

Cooper’s CSA Farm

Update on the award-winning Uxbridge Farmers’ Market

May 20th

Matthew Santoro

Vice-President, Sales, NEI Inc

Socially Responsible Investing

May 27th

Dr. Ruth Mathieson

Rotary Club of Belleville

The purchase of 3 portable anaesthesia machines through Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide (SAWW).

April 2021

April 1st

Nilam Bedi

Chair, District 7070 Environmental Action Committee

Activities of and plans for the District Committee – Online Meeting

April 8th

Chuck Taylor

United Nations Gapminder program

April 15th

We will not have a regular Thursday morning meeting. Instead, we will meet virtually on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Club.

April 22nd

Terry Baskin

President-elect for 2021-2022

Why Accessibility Matters

April 29th

Gord Hicks

Founder of Cam’s Kids, CEO of BGIS & recent recipient of the Order of Canada

Journey to a Sustainable Future

March 2021

March 4th

Conrad Richter

President of Richter Herbs

All about herbs – Online Meeting

March 11th

Mary Lou Harrison

Past District Governor

Youth Service – Online Meeting

March 18th

Ginny Slike

Classification Talk – Online Meeting

March 25th

Marcus Rochefort

Building Engineering Technologist

Climate Reality Project – Online Meeting

February 2021

February 4th

Fallon Hayes


Educational Urban Garden Network – Online Meeting

February 11th

Julie Weiss

Classification Talk – Online Meeting

February 18th

Justyne Edgell

Local Initiative Reporter for the Cosmos

Online Meeting

February 25th

Jane Kiyonaga, PattyEwaschuk and Mona Hamdi

North Durham Refugee Reunification — Online Meeting

January 2021

January 7th

Kalpana Rathakrishnan

Classification Talk — Online Meeting

January 14th

Leo Taillon and Caitlin Christoff Taillon

Enhancing your online shopping experience and buying local | Online Meeting

January 21st

Dale McKnight

Program Facilitator, Uxbridge Youth Centre

Update on the UYC move to online programming | Online Meeting

February 28th

Bob Armitage

Secretary of the Uxbridge Lions Club

Elgin Park’s Accessible Playground – Online Meeting