Welcome To The St. Catharines Gyro Club

Where members and guests experience a variety of pleasant events and regular meetings
featuring enjoyable  camaraderie
excellent programs and fine meals well served.

Next Meeting,  Wednesday October 6th 2021 “Octoberfest” 6:30pn Social – 7:00 Dinner 

Our Latest Event  – Gyro Wine Pairing Dinner
Sept 22, 2021
First Course
Halloumi & Peach Salad

Roasted Niagara Peaches, Crispy Halloumi, Spiced Pepitas, Honey Lemon Dressing
2020 Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone Blanc
Second Course
Beef & Mushroom Gnocchi

Braised Beef Shortrib, Sauteed Mushrooms, Crispy Onions, Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce
2016 Fontanafredda Barolo
Third Course
Blackberry CheesecakeFresh Cheesecake, Buttery Graham, Blackberry Compote & Vanilla Chantilly
2019 Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Franc Icewine

Photos available thanks to Dan Plunkett 

“Wine & Fun In 2021” Convention Registration Information
$380/Couple – $190/Single
Includes 2 Breakfasts, Lunch with Wine Tasting & 2 Dinners
Mail information with Cheque to: Gyro Club of St.Catharines,
c/o Ron Oliver, 70 Ziraldo Dr., St. Catharines, ON L2N 6T1
Inquiries to  Alex Hastie Ph 905 646-5180 or 
Hotel Information
Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway,
327 Ontario St. , St.Catharines ON L2R 5L3
905-688-2324 or Tool Free 1-877-688-2324 ext 2
Book directly with hotel, prior to Sept 10th, ’21 Quoting Gyro III
Room Rate $125. + Tax & Fees – Single or Double Occupancy.
A credit card is required for booking
Rooms not booked by Sept 10 ’21 will be at regular rate.

1. Canadian Members Online Registration
(Not Available to U.S. Members)
Fill in Form And
Click Send Bar and
funds to Convention Account:
use as the recipient  
(Requires the member
to connect with his/her bank)

2. Canadian & U.S Members
Electronic with Manuel Mailing
(A) Fill in Form And Click Send Bar and
(B) Mail Cheque manually to
c/o Ron Oliver, 70 Ziraldo Dr.,
St. Catharines, ON L2N 6T12. Canadian

3. To Register Manually
Canadian & U.S Members
Provide Information as listed on form and Mail with Cheque to:
c/o Ron Oliver, 70 Ziraldo Dr.,
St. Catharines, ON L2N 6T1

 “Wine & Fun In 2021”  Convention Registration Form

For Preliminary Schedule of events Click,  DISTRICT III CONVENTION  Tab at the top of the Page

Meeting: Wednesday May 26th
Featured  Special Guest
Dr. Mariek Schmidt      Brock University
Currently Working WithN.A.S.A.  on the Mars Expedition
For more information regarding Dr. Schmidt’s participation in the Mars’ expedition  see: https://brocku.ca/brock-news/tag/mariek-schmidt/

April 21st Meeting

Bryan MacCulloch 

Chief of Police


At our most recent zoom meeting on April 21st the Chief of the Niagara Regional Police Service, Bryan MacCulloch provided a very comprehensive overview of the broad range of services that the force is responsible for implementing in the 12 local municipalities covering an area of 1,863 square kilometres as well as 160 kilometres of shoreline (1500 sq kilometres of water area) making it one of Ontario’s largest geographic policing regions.
Prior to his appointment, Chief MacCulloch served as the Deputy Chief of Operational Services, where he provided oversight and leadership to over 700 frontline Uniform Officers and Detectives assigned to District Operations and Emergency & Investigative Services and over 300 civilians.  Chief MacCulloch has dedicated over 35 years to the policing profession.

Above: New Head Quarters St. Catharines

Following his power point presentation Bryan presided over a very robust question and answer secession.

Below: New Regional Head Quarters Niagara Falls.

Current Executive

President – Ed Telenko
Past Pres. – Phil O’Reilly
Vice- Pres. – Rob Peters
Treasurers – Tony Flus- Doug McNaughton 
Secretary – Ron Oliver

Special Assignments – Alex Hastie
Program, Food & Beverage –  Tim Rigby

Mike Hanson
Jim Blake
Peter Partington
Geoffrey Kendrick 

Mailing Address
St. Catharines Gyro  
c/o  St. Catharines Club,
77 Ontario St.,
St. Catharines, L2N 5J5

Previous Programs:          February 17, 2021
Paula Racher,  Manager,  Events & Community Relations – Delivered a comprehensive  presentation  complete with visuals describing the current progress as well as the expected benefits of hosting Niagara 2022 Canadian Summer Games in St. Catharines in 2022. 

March 17th  St. Patrick’s Day and our president and chief leprechaun chaired a full program including a some Irish folklore, fellowship and music and many, many laughs.         Selected Music   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaLi7pN0Y2E

Bryan Rose, executive director of the Niagara Community, Foundation provided a comprehensive presentation outlining the history and objectives of the local organization and drew attention to its many accomplishments. Additional information Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRqx1GDSNeA&t=2s

To complete the program a very humorous Irish comedian Brendan Grace provided a hilarious video in true irish fashion. To view the act click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cNXtVt0GI4

May need to click “Skip ads”

Videos that were shown at the inaugural meeting, click on the photo. You may want to ignore or even skip any ads that may appear.
Tips: When video appears check that sound is on, (tiny speaker has line removed.) To get full screen picture, click small square in lower right of video screen. 

 New “Social Scene Standard” set by Gyro/Gyrette
“New Year” Dinner meeting?
  Reported by Mike Hanson

Maybe, if the “enjoyment quotient” was measurable. It looked and sounded to be “off the charts!” From the din of delighted conversation and laughter, clearly a good time was had by all. For those poor souls who were invited but weren’t there will never know but this reporter speculates they will always wonder “What did we miss ? To celebrate the start of the new Gyro Year and inaugurate the new presidents and boards of the St. Catharines Gyro and Gyrette Clubs, 27 of the “cool kids” did enjoy a memorable evening September 8th. Relaxing over a delicious dinner, ample libation and charming company, not to mention attentive service from The Catharines Club staff, the new Gyro year got off to an impressive start. The Gyrette’s added the beauty and grace usually missing from Gyro meetings. So the entire event was guaranteed to be superior from its first moment. Retiring President Phil O’Reilly reviewed his two adventurous years as President courageously “sharing the gavel” with COVID-19 which was always frustrating plans. The Gyros, he reminded us, did hold 13 of 20 meetings originally planned over his tenure, including 4 by ZOOM. His administration triumphed despite the challenges and those gathered also enthusiastically celebrated the outcome. Following the inauguration process of Ed Telenko and Claire Gregory in their respective presidencies led by 2-time Past President Alex Hastie, Telenko displayed his inspiring showmanship by replacing his “tone-setting” acceptance speech with 3 super entertaining videos. The first presented a special concert “Music for Montserrat” headlined by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Sting along with an all-star cast including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark Knofler. Spell binding! All attending the dinner wished we could have been in the Royal Albert Hall in London September 15, 1997 to absorb it live. Then came a remarkable art show starring work by Vincent Van Gogh over the classic song “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night), written and sung by Don McClean of “The Day the Music Died” fame. Stunning! And the climax was another memorable live performance by Belgian singer, Dana Winner singing “One Moment in Time”. What more could we ask for? Inspirational! She was a winner! By 9pm the 4 hour event was over leaving the satiated attendees wondering, “Where did the time go?” Suffice to say the next joint occasion will be challenged to beat.