Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair celebrated a year of outstanding successes, honoured last year’s President and the club’s Rotarians of the Year for the 2011/2012 Rotary Year at the Past President’s event this weekend.  Pictured above are Rotarians of the Year (Left to Right) Hardy Wheeler and Terry Cloutier with 2022-2012 President Paul Charbonneau.


“Last year was a tremendous year for our club, culminating in winning the Hedke Award as the top performer of District 6400’s 50 clubs in the areas of leadership, administration, public relations, membership, service projects and the Rotary Foundation,” said Past President Paul Charbonneau. “We held the club’s first open house which attracted more than 100 guests to learn about Windsor-St. Clair’s service priorities and achievements. As a result, we recruited about eight potential new members, which is an impressive ratio. We also strived to improve our public relations and social media usage. Most importantly, we implemented new service projects for the benefit of our local and worldwide communities.” The club also won Club Service Award for Best Social Event for the Open House, and placed in the top three in the competition for exemplary public relations and new community service projects.

Charbonneau took the opportunity to recognize Ms. Terry Cloutier and Mr. Hardy Wheeler as ‘Rotarians of the Year’, which is a longstanding a club tradition. Terry has been with the club since 2008 and has quickly become an integral and important part of the club’s projects and fund raising activities. She is the Manager of Employment Services at Community Living Windsor, and has recently taken on leadership of the club’s Community Services committee. Terry has also been the motivating force behind the local Rotary at Work initiative.

Hardy Wheeler has been at Windsor St. Clair since 1990 and has served the club and its Board of Directors in many ways.  Recently, he was secretary from 2006 through 2008, Assistant District Governor from 2004 to 2006 and President in 2001-2002.  For the past decade, Hardy has also assumed leadership for Nevada Ticket sales and this year chaired our annual golf tournament.  Hardy is a retired officer of the Canadian Army, and in 2009 was appointed Honorary Colonel of The Essex and Kent Scottish.  He was previously named the Rotarian of the Year in 2002/2003 Rotary year.

“In an extremely exciting year, these two individuals really stood out for their extraordinary dedication in living the Rotary motto of Service above Self, and I am so pleased to have the opportunity to honour them in this way,” Charbonneau went on to say.