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Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Youth are one of our club's main focus. Once again this year, members of our club turned out to partner with the Kemptville Youth Centre in preparation for its annual book fair. Members, as pictured below helped with categorizing, sorting and preparing sale tables.
Posted on Aug 09, 2016
We are a small club in a small community and you would think everyone would know what's going on. We had a unique meeting tonight in which members shared the ways in which they serve the community. There were programmes that members didn't know existed and ways of sharing that we hadn't considered before. It restored why we do what we do.
Posted on Jul 26, 2016
Last week, members of the club joined the campers and staff of Easter seals Camp Merrywood for our annual pizza party. The weather was great and we were able to enjoy our meal in the sun. The camp is designed for children with disabilities and the staffing ratio is one to one.
Below members of the camp staff get ready to get pizza from our enthusiastic Rotarians for their campers
Once everyone had their food, there was some serious "chowing down"
At the end of it all, President Cora was thanked by Camp Director Beth and site manager Jacques who presented a plaque of appreciation.
Posted on Jul 06, 2016
Our club celebrated its changeover of club officers at the Smokey Ridge Winery http://www.smokiesgrapes.com/ in North Dundas on July 5th. Our hosts Smokey and Debbie took members on a tour of the facility as well as to the vineyards. They explained they type of grape they use, the products they make and went through the process.
Following the tour, a chicken and steak dinner was served with buffet salads and deserts. Grill master Donovan did another great job this year and the meal was enjoyed by all. Following dinner, President-elect Cora thanked Smokey and Debbie for the tour and hosting us.
Then it was time to get down to business with Past-president John presenting now President Cora with the President's pin of office.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the new board.
Front Row L-R John, Cora, Dave, Jenn, Mike B
Back Row L-R Jeff, Nancy, Ben, Bob
After a great deal of planning, members and participants assembled at the college for the beginning of the 2016 Canada Day Parade. Floats and groups were assembled and ready to go. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided she would delay things a bit and sent a 20 minute Hollywood Rain Storm through the area. A lot of people got wet but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the participants and after a brief delay the parade got underway.
Participants of ages took part in the festivities
The end of the 2015-2016 Rotary Year was a hectic one. In addition the tidying up all of the loose ends, we were also involved with Canada Day preparations and the presentation of bursaries at the local high schools. Pictured below is President-elect Cora presenting a bursary to the deserving student at St. Mike's.
ShelterBox and Rotary clubs take action following earthquake in Italy
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 120 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs. Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia,...
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...