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(updated July 3, 2013)
Opening Day, April 8, 1997 - Rotary donates boat, boat is Christened       The Stratford Dragon Boat Club was founded on April 8, 1997 by local paddlers with the help of the Rotary Club of Stratford. To start the club, The Rotary Club of Stratford "donated" a dragon boat. On a cold windy April day in 1997, then Rotary President Steve Monteith christened the "Rotary I" boat and the club was born. The inaugural year saw the Stratford Women's Dragon Boat Team make a strong impact on the Ontario Dragon Boat racing circuit. Teams of the Stratford Dragon Boat Club have attended Canadian club crew qualifying races, North American Club Crew Championships and World Club Crew Championships.

      Through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, the Stratford Dragon Boat Club received a grant of $19,600 to purchase two brand new boats. The boat arrived in the fall of 2004 and have been used for the club practices. As well the two new Pel fiberglass boats have been used for the new Rotary Race League and for community practices leading up the Stratford Dragon Boat Festival in September.

      On January 12, 1999 the Bylaws of the Stratford Dragon Boat Club was enacted with the approval of its membership. On November 23, 2000, the Stratford Dragon Boat Club became incorporated non-profit corporation. The club has an executive that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The current 2013-2014 SDBC Executive includes Ken Gene (president), Lynn Schellenberg (treasurer) and Bonnie Bonn and Pati Fader.





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