About Us


Chartered in 1978, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar (RCOT) is one of the more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs world-wide. It carries out projects locally and internationally to help realize Rotary’s humanitarian goals. The club meets Thursdays at noon at Le Dome Banquet Hall, 1173 North Service Road, Oakville, ON. Rotary’s Motto is ‘Service Above Self’. Fundraising activities like Ribfest support our club’s many charitable activities, such as the Annual Strawberry Social (for elderly shut-ins and their caregivers), Kerr Street Ministries Food Bank, Oakville Fare Share Food Bank, Oakville high school student bursaries, Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, and international projects such as Sleeping Children around the World, Haiti Containers for Hope Fund, Stephen Lewis Foundation for Aids, Polio Plus to eradicate polio in the world, and much more. Ribfest is a major fundraiser for our club. Others include an Online Auction, Wines and Lines, and various smaller activities throughout each year.


Plan to make this great event part of your kick-off to summer in the Town of Oakville. Our Club is proud to be organizing Oakville Family Ribfest for the eight consecutive year. This spectacular event brings families and individuals together to celebrate and to have fun. There is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. We are so grateful for the support we have received from our sponsors, elected officials, and our community partners during the planning stages of this year’s Ribfest. A very special thanks goes to our Host Sponsor, Sheridan College. Watch for updates on this site, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as we post more information about our entertainment, ribbers, food vendors, artisans and sponsors, as well as new surprises for this year!

Ken Coulter & Bent Fink-Jensen, Co-Chairs Oakville Family Ribfest


Steering Committee

Barb Ferrone – Logistics

Ken Auden – Ribbers & Food Vendors

Trish Peden, Sheridan/Town Liaison

Jim Wilson, Beer Tent

Raj Phalpher, Parking

Bill Kerr, Legal

Cathy Whittaker, Kids PlayZone

Where do your donations go?

When you drop some money in the giant pink piggy banks around Ribfest, you may wonder what happens to it. Well, you can be sure it will go to help those in need, as that’s where Rotary’s expertise lies. With Rotary, your change can create change.

The Oakville Trafalgar Rotary Club, which organizes Ribfest, has been active for more than 35 years, and has raised and given away millions of dollars for many initiatives. Any donations you make at Ribfest go to our various projects. And with Rotary, there are no administration fees, so 100% of the net proceeds are put to work.

Our community projects have included:

Acclaim Health
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Camp Enterprise for young entrepreneurs
Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton
Compassion Society
Fareshare Food Bank
Halton Women’s Place
High School Student Scholarships
Hope Place Centres
Humane Societies of Oakville & Milton
Ian Anderson House
Kerr Street Ministries
Lighthouse Shelter
Magical Children’s Christmas Party
Oakville Hospital
Oakville Literacy Council
Oakville Parent-Child Centre
Oakville Distress Centre
Public School Dictionary Program
Sheridan College
St. John Ambulance
Strawberry Social for elderly shut-ins
The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children
Youth leadership

Our international projects have included:

AIDS Hospices in South Africa
Badilisha EcoVillage Foundation Trust, Kenya
Canadian Network for International Surgery
Operation Eyesight Universal
Parwanoo Pain Clinic, India
Peace Scholarships
Pueblito, Latin America
Shelterbox Canada
Sleeping Children Around the World
Stephen Lewis Foundation
Streetkeepers International for Children
Varanasi Library, India
Water of Humanity
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project, Northern Uganda

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Ribfest truly apprciates

the support of our volunteers