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 20th, 2021 6:00 pm Social (Crystal Room) – 7:00 pm Dinner (Main Dining Room)

QuickStrike Niagara is a high school level robotics team that is run by the Niagara Robotics Association. 
This team competes in robotics competitions run by the FIRST Robotics organization. 
The lead programming mentor Matt Sergenese and one or two students will attend the meeting
to give a short presentation and to show our most recent robot.


A resounding success.  This was the only in-person, live Convention held in all of Gyro this year. 
It was a tremendous achievement
that the Gyro Club of St. Catharines can be very proud of.
“I believe we presented a true Gyro Convention full of fun and fellowship.”
Alex Hastie, Convention Committee Chair
To See additional photographs of District III Gyro Convention Click on the  DISTRICT III CONVENTION Tab at the top of this page
Photographs provided thanks to Phil O’Reilly, Bev Cooper & Ed Telenko

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 

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

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Gyro Oktoberfest ’21 Dinner meeting,
October 6 at the St. Catharines Club.

Reported  by Mike Hanson

Members started gathering in the Club’s Chrystal Room about 6:30. 23 (of 46 on the roster) attended and were treated to a special pre-dinner Oktoberfest “beer-a-tron” arranged by Jack Wallace.

Selkirk, the Club’s unofficial Cicerone (Beer equivalent of a Sommelier)—presented three different beer tastings to us FREE! Two from across the pond. One from close to home:

·       Innis & Gunn Lager – big seller from Scotland.

·       Innis & Gunn Original – an ale from the same brewery.

·       Dragan Garnet – a pale ale from right here in St. Catharines.

About 7 we moved (with surprising orderliness) to the main dining room for dinner: Weiner Schnitzel  & Red Cabbage Sauerkraut. Chef Haley did it again! Delicious! All served charmingly by Tracey and Rachel.

As members arrived at the |Club they were asked to sign a fantastic caricature of Bob Bell, long time St. Catharines Gyro Club member, who turns 100 Saturday, October 9, 2021.

President Ed Telenko created a marvelous piece adorned with logos of institutions positively impacted by Bob Bell over his life:
– Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation – Region of Niagara – Cityof St. Catharines
… to memtion just afew

To say the least, the man is respected by countless citizens of this area and has been for virtually all his 100 years. Ed and Peter Partington will present the caricature to Bob later this week on his birthday.

Many members who know him say Bob Bell is a fountain of historical knowledge about Niagara. Hey, he’s lived through a big chunk of the area’s history.

Bob is also (mainly?) well remembered for his joke-telling skill. One favourite recalled by Alex Hastie summed it up. It’s lesson? You may enjoy yourself more if you forget the words to Auld Ang Syne.

(You had to be at the meeting to get it.)

So attend the NEXT MEETING: St. Catharine Club, OCTOBER 20, 2021.

You’ll want to be there.  Otherwise you might miss something memorable. You could suffer what the kids today call FOMO: Fear of missing out.

Gyro meetings are fun gatherings. And everyone gets home safely and on time. (So their wives tell me.

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.
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