Speaker Date Topic
Steve Wallace Oct 23, 2018
Pancho Mateo Community Centre Project

In 2005, Steve travelled to India to participate in a Polio national immunization project. He has also inspected District sponsored service projects in Haiti, the Philippines and Cambodia. Steve served as interim assistant governor for District 7010 Area 6 from May 2011 through to February 2012. Beginning in July 2012 he served a two-year term on the District 7010 Advisory Committee as Chairman of the District's Service Project Committee. Since 2011, Steve has organized and lead eleven international service missions, participated in three others, and inspired donations of well over $345,000 CAD to provide medical, dental and community development services to poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable people settled in north-west Dominican Republic. 

He is currently busily engaged as a champion for a Rotary Global Grant to fully equip a community centre in the poor village of Pancho Mateo in the Dominican Republic, and as leader of his Club's international service team, which is due to deploy on it's twelfth and thirteenth missions under his leadership in early 2019. 

Professionally, Steve is a commercial airline pilot with Air Canada. Before joining Air Canada in 1998, Steve spent 24 years in the Canadian Air Force, primarily as a fighter pilot. He is a decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, a former member of Canada’s favourite air demonstration team, the Snowbirds, and a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. During his military career, Steve worked underground for 3 years in Canada’s Air Defence Command Centre in North Bay.

Steve joined the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach in 2003. He is a past-president and recipient of his Club’s Paul Harris Service Award. Steve is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of The Rotary Foundation's Bequest Society, enjoys Major Donor status with The Rotary Foundation and is a graduate of District 7010’s Leadership Academy.

District Governor Jim Schlatmann from Hanover Oct 30, 2018
District Governor's Visit
Trish McGregor Nov 06, 2018
Library On Wheels
Heidi Culliton Nov 13, 2018
Stratford Perth Community Foundation


 August 29, 2018 Stratford, ON – The Board of Directors for the Stratford Perth Community Foundation (SPCF) is pleased to announce Heidi Culliton has been selected to lead the Community Foundation which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019.

Ms. Culliton is a dynamic leader and community champion with an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Culliton held leadership roles at the MLSE Foundation with Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, The Argos Foundation, Rose Cherry’s Hospice and Respite Home, and currently Ms. Culliton is the Vice President of Development and Marketing with The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, a national charitable organization headquartered in London, ON.  From 2012 to 2014 Ms. Culliton was the Executive Director of SPCF. During her tenure, Ms. Culliton advanced the organization’s fund development plan and secured a vital operational grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to resource its community investment strategy to establish six Smart & Caring Community Funds representing Stratford, St. Marys and each geographic region of Perth County. The Board of Directors and staff realized this important achievement in 2017 with close to $500,000 in endowed funds donated by generous citizens.

“Every day the Community Foundation movement improves our quality of life,” says Heidi Culliton. “Community Foundations bring together people who care about making a lasting difference with the charitable organizations addressing the most pressing needs. I am thrilled to be selected to lead the Stratford Perth Community Foundation and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, and supporters across the region to continue to build endowed legacies entrusted to the Foundation and, by doing so, expand community investment.”

Ms. Culliton lives in Stratford with her family. Ms. Culliton officially joins SPCF on October 9, 2018.


New Member: Bev Hepburn Nov 20, 2018

I am originally from Wiarton.  Small town boy – born and raised.

I have lived in Stratford for eighteen years now with my wife Lorrie and our twenty one year old son Danny.

Lorrie is a graphic artist and works in a sign shop in Stratford called Signs on Time – they are located on Lorne Ave.

Danny works in construction currently and sets up safety barriers on corners of highways across the province.

I am a Real Estate Broker/Manager for Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty in Kitchener.

I sold Real Estate for this Brokerage for six years before getting my Brokers licence and stepping into management four years ago.

I am a non-competing Broker/Manager which means I am not allowed to sell Real Estate under my contract.  My job is to hire, teach, train and support both our new and existing Realtors.

My goal with the Rotary Club is to become more engaged with the community that I live in, get a feeling of giving back and helping others, while at the same time fostering what I hope to be lifelong relationships with other like-minded people in our community.   The thoughts of eventually retiring in Stratford without knowing many people here is not one that I want to contemplate.  The best way I can think of to build relationships with the people of Stratford is to help them to achieve common goals. 

New Member: Nancy Totino Nov 27, 2018 7:00 AM

I was born and raised in the GTA and moved to Stratford in January 2011. When presented with the option to move back last year I realized that Stratford feels like home and is the place I want to be. I enjoy the artsiness, spirit, and vibrancy of this city and I have made amazing friends here. I share my home with my 2 fur babies; my dog Gazooo and my cat MeeShee. 

Singing is one of my passions. I take voice lessons at Laurier Conservatory, I am a member of an A Capella choir (we placed 2nd in Michigan this year), and I am very excited to be starting lessons with local artist Dayna Manning in September. For fun I also play in a local volleyball league, play squash, learn tennis, and I wander through the forest on hikes for hours. What I lack in physical coordination and athletic skill, I make up for in enthusiasm. ;)

I have an entrepreneurial spirit and I have a love for making things pretty. In a previous life I was a freelance graphic designer. I am now a real estate investor. I currently own 31 rental units in Stratford and surrounding cities. My passion is taking old buildings that are in disrepair and making them into warm and inviting places that people would be proud to live in. This was born out of my own frustration with finding a rental to suit my needs, coupled with my interest in interior design. My dream project is to complete a factory or school restoration and conversion.

I have never been part of an organization like Rotary so until now my giving and service has been in an informal capacity. My niece Kayla has severe autism and global developmental delay so in her honour I have raised several thousand dollars for Autism Speaks and National Service Dogs. I also spent some time volunteering at "band jams" where I would "rock out" with adults with developmental delays.

I have a desire to help people so I am looking to return to and amplify my volunteer work. I hope that joining Rotary will enable me to do so while also continuing to build meaningful relationships in Stratford and beyond.

Richard Cook Dec 04, 2018
Yardstick Guy
Sharen Weitzel Dec 11, 2018 7:00 AM
Dairy Industry Update
Meeting Cancelled Dec 18, 2018
Annual Christmas Party on Dec 17
Meeting Cancelled Dec 25, 2018
Christmas Day 2018
Meeting Cancelled Jan 01, 2019
New Year's Day 2019
Lisa Hyde Jan 15, 2019 7:00 AM
Hyde Construction