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June 2023
The House of Lazarus recently suffered a devastating fire at it's food bank in South Mountain. With the exception of one freezer of meat, everything else in the food bank was lost. Our club has donated $1000 to help them rebuild and replenish their supplies. Pictured below, club treasurer Dave Pelletier presents our cheque to House of Lazarus executive director Cathy Ashby.
We would challenge other service clubs and businesses to match our donation to this valued organization that assists so many in this area.
With the arrival of spring, the sap in our maple trees starts to run and the process of turning it into liquid gold begins. The first weekend of April marked the return of Maplefest at the Round The Bend Sugarbush on the college campus.
Again this year, members of our Rotary Club partnered with the Kemptville Youth Centre to provide a delicious pancake breakfast.While Saturday's weather wasn't great, a good number of people came out to enjoy the meal and golden product. The weather on Sunday was spectacular and so were the crowds. below, members of both organizations prepare for the door's opening to serve their hungry patrons.
The speaker at our March 28th meeting was Angie Brown. Angie has lived in Kemptville most of her life. She currently works for Victim Services (Leeds & Grenville) as a crisis response team leader and as a homeless outreach coordinator. At various times she has managed our local food bank, volunteered with the Fill-A-Bag food drive, kettles, been a coordinator of a teen moms program, coordinator of the community Christmas dinner, friendship lunch board and local volunteer. 
In her presentation, Angie provided some insight into the hidden poverty in our community. We tend to think of homelessness and individuals sleeping on the streets which we really don't see here. What we don't see is the number of people "couch surfing", that is sleeping on a friend's couch for a couple of days or in their car if they can afford one. The lack of affordable housing in this area makes a difficult for people to get by. Without adequate housing, it is impossible for most to maintain any sort of employment, which also has an adverse effect on a person's mental health. This is just one example of the need.
Angie's presentation was an eye opener for many of us as to just how great the need in our community is.
The Rotary Science Fair was recently held at North Grenville District High School. This year marked the return of the fair for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our club not only sponsors the fair, but we also provide judges for the event as well as a light breakfast and a hot lunch to the several members of the community who served in the judging of the various categories.
There were winners in each of the categories but the winners of the Best of Fair award were: 1st) Liam Gibson - General Chemistry 2nd) Layla McEvoy - Plant Biology and 3rd) Tommu Crus - Human Studies
Congratulations to them and all who participated.
Rotarians Cora and John Beking recently returned from working on a project in El Salvador. The project involved the purchase and distribution of smokeless stoves to the needy population. The stoves which are brick and mortar with a flat metal surface burn at a high temperature with a minimum of wood needed to fuel them. The stoves, which cost US$100 each are donated by contributions from area Rotary Clubs and are provided to underprivileged families. It should be noted that the stoves aren't free and that each family pays a small amount (to us) to receive one. Being smokeless, the stoves greatly improve the air quality in the homes where they are used. For more information, please contact our Rotary Club.
Pictured above, Rotarians John and Cora serve a traditional El Salvadorian meal to members and guests for the evening.
The Rotary Club of Kemptville is a group of like-minded people working to improve our community and have fun doing it. Ninety percent (90%) of our funds and actions are dedicated to local projects. Local projects we support include the Youth Centre, Camp Merrywood, House of Lazarus, and the high school science fair. We also promote local events like the annual Canada Day parade and duck race. We are part of a 1.2 million member global organization, and we do support some international work.  For more information, visit

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Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Grenville Mutual Insurance Building (Community Room)
380 Colonnade Drive
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Meetings are held on the 1st, 2nd, & 4th Tues of the month at 1830 (6:30 PM) ET. If required, we will provide a virtual link.
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