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Guelph

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:30 PM
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson Street
Guelph, ON N1E 1L4
Canada
Phone:
(519) 821-3863
Currently, our club is meeting virtually on Zoom - and it's great!. Everyone welcome. If you would like to join us, email info@rotaryguelph.ca and we will send you the link.
Home Page Stories
November 20, 2020
 
In this strange COVID year, with so many of Rotary's normal fundraising activities restricted, our intrepid members are being creative in finding new opportunities and adaptations to old ones. For example, our 40th annual Lobsterfest dinner-dance-auction fundraiser in September became a dinner take-out with our silent auction successfully conducted online. While less funds were raised than in a 'normal' year, the committee still surpassed its goal of raising $15,000 for charity. And now those net proceeds are being disbursed to worthy causes.
 
Read on to see how HOPE House and Shelldale are amongst the latest programs receiving special support from our Rotary funding. And a big thank you to all our hard-working Rotary fund raisers!
In the Fall 2020 newsletter of Hospice Wellington, Executive Director Pat Stuart wrote this:
 
"Our 40th anniversary was not about a big celebration but rather a tribute to what we accomplish together. Thanks to people like Judith Tresidder who sat at community tables so long ago, daring to dream of this facility. I also thank Tracey Curtis, President of the Rotary Club of Guelph. This year marks her club’s 100 years of service in Guelph, one of their projects being the deep support of Hospice Wellington. This Rotary Club and all the Rotary Clubs in Guelph and Wellington have been steadfast friends to Hospice Wellington. We are so proud to have your motto of 'Service Above Self' at work here."
 
The photo shows Pat and Tracey outside the building on Scottsdale Drive.
 
November 20, 2020 
 
What started out as a one-time webinar to bring together physical and mental health experts for a community conversation about FINDING THE BALANCE IN COVID-19 has become a well-attended SERIES of talks, clearly demonstrating their value in both information and inspiration. Attendance is free and donations are welcomed by Bracelet of Hope, the charity started by Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik and currently chaired by Tracey Curtis. Be sure to tune in for the next webinar on December 14, 2020. Sign up here
 
Here is the recording of the webinar held on Thursday, November 19 with special guest, Dr. Nicola Mercer. It was excellent and attended by over a thousand viewers. Read about it on Guelph Today here. Shown in the screenshot, L to R, are:
 
Our regular awesome panel:
  • Marva Wisdom (Rotary Club of Guelph) - Webinar Moderator
  • Tracey Curtis (Rotary Club of Guelph) - Webinar Host
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik (Rotary Club of Guelph) - Family Doctor, Bracelet of Hope Founder, Covid Warrior on Facebook
  • Helen Fishburn - Executive Director, CMHA Waterloo Wellington, Mental Health Expert
Special guest on November 19 was:
SEE DR. MERCER'S LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY, BELOW.
 
November 14, 2020
 
At this time of year, there are many appeals for wonderful events and fundraisers. In good community spirit, here's a shout-out to some of them, with links where you can get more details. Support where you can, but mostly, help by 'spreading the word'. Details are below about:
 
  • Christmas Bags from ourselves, the Rotary Club of Guelph
  • The annual Christmas Joy Home Tour fundraiser for HOPE House.
  • The annual Guelph Toy Drive for kids in need.
  • The annual Cheese Gift Bags from our friends at the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.
 
 

Each November, leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, red poppies are worn in honour of those who have sacrificed so that we can be free, and to raise funds in support of veterans from all wars and defence forces. 

Poppies were highlighted in the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, written on the 3rd of May 1915, by John McCrae, a soldier-poet-physician who came from Guelph. The City of Guelph feels a particular attachment to the poem and to the commemorative red poppies worn each November.  

November 5, 2020
 
We’ve got both SPARKLES and CHRISTMAS IN THE BAG
 
Great news from the Rotary Club of Guelph. The COVID Grinch is NOT stealing our Christmas 2020! 
 
In fact, we are DOUBLING our Christmas celebrations this year to bring enjoyment to the community and support for local charities with both Rotary Sparkles in the Park and Rotary Has Christmas In The Bag.
 
[Read more]
 
UPDATE:  THIS EVENT WAS QUICKLY "SOLD OUT" ON EVENTBRITE BUT A RECORDING IS AVAILABLE HERE ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE ESTABLISHED FOR THIS SERIES
 
November 3, 2020
 
Coping with the ongoing COVID pandemic is proving to be quite a challenge for many of us.
 
To help us find a balance, a monthly series of talks has been scheduled to take place this winter, hosted by Dr. Anne Marie Zajdlik and Helen Fishburn of the Canadian Mental Health Association-Waterloo Wellington, with sessions facilitated by Marva Wisdom. Both Anne Marie and Marva are members of the Rotary Club of Guelph.
 
Each session will have a community leader as guest speaker. The next session on November 9 will feature Dr. Doug Friars, Guelph Family Health Team and Guelph COVID-19 Clinic Lead. 
 
To participate, you need to sign up in advance, here: findingthebalanceduringcovid19.eventbrite.ca
 
Attending is free but donations will be gratefully received and shared with Bracelet of Hope and HOPE House.
 
 
November 2, 2020
 
A grassroots community initiative is well underway, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph, to bring an integrated youth services model to Wellington County and the city of Guelph. Where youth (age 12 – 26) are at the centre of services that are available in our community, and youth have equal access to a continuum of services from employment to mental health and addiction services. 
 
Our vision includes service providers working together to enhance the integration of services and build a system to better meet the needs of youth in our community. 
 
October 23, 2020
 
Carolyn Weatherson, club past president 2019-2020, and Jim MacKenzie, chair of our club's centennial committee, provided the following  update on our club's Centennial Legacy Projects with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and the City of Guelph.  
  • The Rotary Forest
  • The new Nature Centre
  • The Observatory and Planetarium
  • The Rotary Forest Trail
  • The Link Trail
 

November is Rotary Foundation Month.

The Rotary International Foundation transforms donations into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into Rotary priorities such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that The Rotary Foundations makes the very most of all contributions. Donations to the End Polio Now campaign are matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
 
Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!
 
October 19, 2020
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph has a long history of supporting children with special needs. In fact, one of the very earliest press clippings we found in our archives, while researching our hundred year history since 1920, was about this very topic. (Also well documented in our club's wonderful centennial book.) 
 
Today, the amazing KidsAbility organization serves thousands of children with special needs at locations in Guelph, Fergus, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Our Rotary Club has been a supporter of KidsAbility for many years.
 
On October 19, 2020 we presented KidsAbility with a cheque for $2,000 as well as a plaque made to commemorate our long shared history in Guelph as part of our club's centennial.  The plaque will be proudly displayed in the Guelph location. 
 
Pictured from left to right are:  
Elspeth Singh - daughter of Betty Raffan who is mentioned in the plaque; 
Tracey Curtis - president of the Rotary Club of Guelph 2019-2020;
Linda Kenny - CEO of KidsAbility;
Lisa Talbot - Executive Director of the KidsAbility Foundation. 
 
 
 
October 16, 2020
 
Our Rotary Club was honoured to host Dr. Sylvia Whitlock as guest speaker, via Zoom from her home in California. What an entertaining and informative story she told about how women members were finally admitted to Rotary only after it actually became a 'civil rights issue' that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. The court ruled that Rotary did not meet the definition of a 'private club' and therefore could not exclude female members. While Rotary International lost its legal battle to remain a 'men's club' it proved fortuitous, as history shows. That same year, Sylvia became Rotary's first ever female president of a Rotary Club, thus breaking the glass ceiling for hundreds of thousands of women who have served in Rotary ever since. 
 
Sylvia also described how she is still a "Rotary Geek" serving humanitarian causes and encouraging absolutely everyone she meets to become Rotarian - as should we all. 
 
Sylvia's personal and engaging story is on this video (36 minutes) where she is introduced by Jennifer Jones. Jennifer (a Canadian!) will become Rotary International's first ever female president in 2022-2023.
 
Rotary has come a long way since its founding in 1905.  
 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HuYE6IbE4g&feature=youtu.be
 
October 17, 2020
 
Rotary's involvement with the End Polio campaign began in 1979 with a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Since then, along with our global partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
 
In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus to bring many added benefits to the polio eradication efforts. The “plus” could be providing a hand-operated tricycle for a polio survivor, or providing access to clean water in a community. It might be additional medical treatment, bed nets, or soap. A 2010 study estimates that vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine have prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.
 
October 16, 2020
 
Our virtual paint night last August was so much fun, we’re doing it again on Sunday, October 25 from 6-8pm.
 
We hope you'll join us with friends to enjoy two hours of stress-free, creative fun … a relaxing and rewarding break in these COVID-secluded times. And each $20 donation will help support Rotary projects, so you'll be doing good while having fun. Charitable tax receipts will be provided. 
 
 
 
 
 
October 12, 2020
 
Many thanks to everyone who purchased ducks to support this Rotary fundraiser.
 
October 7, 2020
 
Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Guelph will “Adopt-A-Family” for Christmas, and is asking for the usual generosity of club members and friends to become the Secret Santa for families in need.
 
Liz Sandals, the club's campaign coordinator, says, "In 2019, our club supported five families, an increase over previous years (two families in 2017, three in 2018). How many families can we support this year? Let's make it a bumper year, because so many families are in need."
 
Adopt-A-Family is a bit different for 2020, 
because of COVID
September 27, 2020
 
 
With so much attention paid to COVID since March this year, this exciting announcement made on June 25, 2020 has received little recognition, but it's a big deal. Huge, in fact.
 
"The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus:  supporting the environment."  
 
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins:
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy; and
  • Community economic development.
Global grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. 
 
September 30th is Canada's annual "Orange Shirt Day" in recognition of the harms done by the residential school system. It's a day when all Canadians should tune in and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. It's a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, as well as the many others who suffered effects. It's a day about self-esteem and well being. WEAR ORANGE on September 30 to show your support.
 
The date, September 30, was chosen because that was the time of year the trucks and buses would enter Indigenous communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, abuse, shame and deprivation.
 
A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Many Canadians remain poorly informed about the history of residential schools and the generational after-effects, so here is a great chance to learn by attending a 1.5 hour webinar presented by the Rotary Club of Pickering and the Rotary-inspired HIP organization (Honouring Indigenous People). It's on September 30, 2020  from 4pm to 5.30pm. Details and pre-registration are here
 
ABOUT ORANGE SHIRT DAY...
September 11, 2020
 
A Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a tradition that has dated back centuries for Indigenous people, but for many non-Indigenous Canadians, officially recognizing the territory or lands we stand on is a fairly new concept. Many Indigenous people say it marks a small but essential step toward reconciliation. 
 
Starting today, our Rotary club meetings will include this Land Acknowledgement statement, the same one used by our Indigenous Awareness Committee and similar to the one read before Guelph City Council meetings. 
 
As we gather, we are reminded that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and has been home to a variety of peoples over the millennia. Today, this area has become home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. As a community, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. Today, we acknowledge the historic Mississaugas of the Credit, the First Nation people who were the treaty signatories of the territory on which we are meeting.
 
September 10, 2020
 
For many years, our club has supported Rotary Global Grants in Cameroon, working in close contact with the Rotary Club of Kumbo. We have formed a strong bond with past president Ibrahim Yaouba of RC Kumbo, who oversees our Rotary projects there and who visited us in Guelph about 15 months ago.
 
Ibrahim has updated us regarding the desperate humanitarian tragedy in Cameroon's NorthWest region where our projects are located. Local lives continue to be impacted by the effects of continuous displacement, confrontations between the military and non-state armed groups, as well as the threats posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Rural hospitals and clinics in Cameroon are bare, dilapidated and totally rundown. Rotary is stepping up to send shipments of medical supplies but help is needed to cover the cost of shipping.
Hectorine Villanovich, wife of our former club member Aldo, passed away on July 22, 2020 after a long illness. Her memory will live on through this couple's tireless Rotarian work in supporting poor communities in Guatemala. In fact, a school will be named after Hectorine.
 
After relocating from Guelph to Burlington, Aldo joined the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, and that club is spearheading the next improvements to Hectorine's special school in Guatemala.
 
Donations are welcomed. 

September 2, 2020

When Rotary reached its centennial in Guelph this year, the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium decided to celebrate 100 years of Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways. 

RECOGNIZING VOLUNTEERS x 100

The call went out to nominate local non-Rotarian volunteers who make or have made a difference by helping others with their Service Above Self. 100 volunteers will be selected and recognized over the coming weeks, each one is being thanked during a weekly meetings of the Guelph-Trillium club. Each volunteer will also receive a letter of thanks, a certificate and $100 towards their chosen cause. Nominations are still being accepted. Email info@trilliumrotary.org for more information.

EGGS AND CHEESE x 100

A goal was set to collect and donate 100 dozen eggs and 100 blocks of cheese for the Food Pantry at Chalmers Community Services. Since June, over 249 dozen eggs and 102 blocks of cheese have been collected for the Pantry!   

100 cheers for the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium. We are so proud of you! 

August 25, 2020
 
The World Health Organization has officially certified the Africa region to be free of wild poliovirus.  

This milestone comes four years after Nigeria — the last polio-endemic country in Africa — recorded its final case of wild polio. It’s a significant step forward in the fight to eradicate polio and protect the world’s children from this paralyzing disease.

Steve Dyck was our guest speaker this week with his Classification Talk which is now known in our club as an Up Close & Personal presentation. Our club loves these opportunities to get to know more about newer members!

Steve joined Rotary in October 2019 with the classification “Solar Energy.”  He is the owner of Guelph Solar, a rapidly growing company headquartered in Guelph.  Steve was the Green Party candidate in the last Federal Election.

Steve's life story is fascinating, especially as he marvels at the changes that have occurred. What hasn't ever changed is his constant love of people, starting with his family, and living up to his lifelong value for decision-making: Will it be beneficial to all?
Watch the video recording here
 
"This is why I come to Rotary," commented one member during this presentation
 
This week's well-advertised meeting was attended by over 70 individuals, including many prominent guests. The very high expectations regarding our speaker were easily exceeded by his authentic presence and compelling story. He told about a little boy called Devon Clunis suddenly transplanted from Jamaica to Winnipeg at age 11, with the cultural shock and difficulties that ensued but overcome with help from special individuals in his life. All of which led him to a life of service helping others, and becoming the first Black Police Chief in Canada.
 
What an uplifting story, and what a message of hope and inspiration about the POWER OF ONE that each of us can be if we just treat others with dignity and simply ask, "HOW CAN I HELP YOU?"
 
Special tribute this week:
Two of our longstanding members had anniversaries of note:  Ron Newton, a Rotarian for 67 years, and Joe Valeriote, a Rotarian for 53 years! Congratulations, and thank you for your lifetime of Service Above Self. 
August 7, 2020
 
When Covid-19 struck in March 2020, and shutdowns suddenly occurred everywhere, even the university closed down, and most students returned home.
 
However, about 60 international students were stranded at the University of Guelph and could not get home for various reasons. Since then, life has been been difficult for these young students, isolated on campus in Guelph with little to do and far from home.
 
So how did a bunch of them end up participating in a Rotary Online Painting Class, led by Ben McCarl from the Rotary Club of Guelph, learning to paint this Night Sky scene?
August 13, 2020
 
 
A Rotary District Matching Grant of US$8,000 is going to help Food4Kids Guelph with the purchase of grocery gift cards being mailed to families needing help during these Covid times.
 
All four Rotary Clubs in Guelph are chipping in $1,000 each that will be matched by a Grant from our Rotary District 7080.
Watch the video recording here.
 
Today, the Rotary Club of Guelph welcomed as our guest speaker The Honourable Bob Rae, Order of Canada, former Premier of Ontario, professor, lawyer, international mediator, author and the newly-appointed Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations.  What a tremendous opportunity to interact with one of Canada’s most outstanding political and intellectual leaders. 
 
Despite his well-earned fame, Bob seemed just like one of us, with warm chit-chat and appreciative humility. He spoke of his great admiration for Rotary, what it stands for, and for Rotarians being action-oriented people that get things done for the greater good. This matched Bob's theme throughout his presentation:  that what we SAY is not enough; it's more important what we DO and HOW we do it. 
 
He went on to address the global challenge of Covid-19, giving us an insight into one his top priorities representing Canada at the UN. As a lifelong activist in Human Rights, we could not have a better Canadian representing all of us in his new role. 
This week's program featured a panel discussion by four esteemed educators, all members of our Rotary Club, discussing plans for BACK TO SCHOOL. We heard from Martha Rogers, Bonnie Evans, Barb Holmes and Marguerite Campbell. 
 
This topic is on everyone's minds these days, being mindful about the pandemic whilst balancing the urgent need for schooling. The timing of today's discussion today was perfect, coming right after yesterday's announcement of the Back To School guidelines announced by the Government of Ontario.
 
For such a contentious topic, the presentation ended on a positive note of optimism, with deep appreciation for the commitment of our educators in helping to steer along this difficult path. 
 
 
 
July 28, 2020
 
NEWSFLASH:
ROTARY'S CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION WILL REMAIN ON DISPLAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 2020
 
The first thing you see in the foyer.On July 24, the Guelph Civic Museum finally re-opened to visitors after a long closure due to Covid-19, but you can't just drop in. You have to book a "timed admission ticket" online through their website. No worries - their booking system is pretty easy.   
 
Terrie Jarvis said, "I was very keen to visit the museum to see the Rotary Guelph Centennial exhibit created by our talented Rotarian, Ben McCarl." As a member of the Centennial Committee, Ben had brought both his creative and engineering skills to this wonderful Rotary display at the museum.  
 
Here are some pictures of our exhibit ... but seeing it in real-life is even better.
July 31, 2020
 
Today our club paid warm tribute to Jean Truex, wife of our club member Paul Truex, for her 18 years of dedicated service in creating and running the Rotary-supported pre-school and early literacy program in Guelph called 1*2*3 GO! 
 
Brian Martin, chair of our club's Literacy & Numeracy Committee for two years, reported that the 1*2*3 GO! program would not be resuming when schools reopen next September because the program's operating space at the Tytler Public School is no longer available due to renovations. 

THANK YOU, Jean, on behalf of the hundreds of children whose lives you have improved. 
July 27, 2020
 
Here is news we have all been waiting for.
 
Our club’s Centennial Book (1920-2020) is finally available in print, and it is fantastic.
 
Congratulations to Tom Funk and Justin Funk for producing this incredible record of Rotary's remarkable history in Guelph. It’s beautifully assembled, very informative and totally inspiring. 
 
This is a great opportunity to relive many great Rotary memories. Every Rotarian should have a copy on his/her coffee table.
 

July 17, 2020

This week, our Rotary Club gained another awesome member, Dr. Lucy Mutharia, who was warmly introduced by Noma Vales.

Lucy, we are all looking forward to getting to know you.

 

Another week, and another wonderful Rotary meeting with plenty of information for club members, including: 
  • Centennial book
  • New member induction - Lucy Mutharia
  • Rotaract Club presentation
  • Fellowship activities - Call A Rotarian, and Bread Bar Socials
  • Fundraising
  • Rotary Local Lager
  • ZOOM tips from our Marketing Team
July 3, 2020

Tom Funk introduced new member Felix Arndt who came to Guelph from Berlin, Germany and is the John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management, in the Gordon S. Lang, School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Felix also holds positions as a Research Fellow at the Center for Business and Sports of the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Agder, Norway. He has purchased a home in Guelph and plans to be getting married soon. Felix is active in sports and gymnastics, and has been a coach and international judge for Dragon Boat racing. 

Welcome, Felix, as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Guelph. 
NEW ROTARY PRESIDENT TRACEY CURTIS

New Rotary President Tracey Curtis welcomed Rotarians to her inaugural meeting of the Club on July 3, 2020. She reminded everyone that she was wearing the 1957 vintage Rotary medal. Donated by member Ab Moore to Past President Carolyn Weatherson (2019-2020), it is worn as a symbol of office for the new president each year. To open the meeting, Tracey chose the beautiful trumpet music of Oh Canada by William Leathers of Mississauga, a 2020 graduate of the Juilliard School (of music) in New York City. (see You Tube for more details).
 
On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Rotary Club of Guelph's outgoing president, Carolyn Weatherson, summarised our club's amazing 2019-2020 year. It's a must-read!
 
"Fellow Rotarians, this year you put your heart and soul into incredible projects that are uplifting our community, our country, and vulnerable people far beyond our borders. What all of you have accomplished this year is nothing short of inspiring. It has been such an honour and a privilege to serve you during this historic year.

Please raise your glasses for a toast: TO TEAMWORK!"
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph has a presidential tradition, based on a 1950s Paul Harris Fellow medallion in our club archives.
 
Watch this short video as outgoing president Carolyn Weatherson speaks of handing over this medallion to incoming president Tracey Curtis. 
 
 
This medallion's history is worth reading.
 
June 2020
 
Our club extends warm congratulations to the following 2020 winners of the Gary Tatum Rotary Achievement Award:
  • Myles Ansley, representing St. John Bosco Catholic High School
  • George Sun, representing Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School 
  • Tiara Russell, representing Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School
  • Jessica McCabe and Derek Whalen, sharing and representing St. James Catholic High School
The Public school award winners will be announced at their fall commencement ceremonies.
 
 
 

We were pleased to welcome  Guelph Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shakiba Shayani to our Club Zoom meeting. Shakiba shared her insights as her team and its members work to support our community during this pandemic, and beyond.

 

 
 
 
 
 
March 29, 2020
 
President Carolyn Weatherson announces postponement of our Rotary Forest Day and Rotary Centennial Gala (April 25) and cancellation of Rotary Canada Day in the Park 2020 (June 30 / July 1), due to Covid-19.  Link
  
 
 
 
March 20, 2020
 
While our weekly club meetings are suspended due to COVID-19 closures, President Carolyn has a great idea: let's stay in touch by sharing our HAPPY BUCKS here.  In true Rotary style, many of us are finding things to be grateful for in these trying times!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, The Rotary Forest Tree-Planting Event is being postponed to a date yet to be determined.
We look forward to planting with you when it is safe to do so. 
Thank you all for your years of support and dedication to the environment.

 
 
Join us on April 25th for our final planting to complete the Rotary Forest.  The Rotary Forest project began in 2007, thanks to the vision of a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Guelph in partnership with a team from the GRCA.  The project's ultimate goal is to increase the canopy cover in the City of Guelph and surrounding area by planting 60,000 trees by 2020 and create an exciting hub for the community. 
 
Park at Lakeside Church  - 7654 Conservation Road, Guelph. A shuttle will take you to the site!
Rain or shine!  Come for one hour, or stay for five!
Wear your boots and learn how to plant a tree while having fun with your neighbours, family and friends.  Shovels provided!

 
Each year, we call on hundreds of environmentally-minded citizens to help us transform a 40-hectare area, across from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, into a wonderful new resource for our community, with trees that will clean our air, our water, and link nearby forest habitat to create a corridor for wildlife. This vision of a healthy community for generations to come is celebrating its 13th and final year in 2020 

Each year we plant a wide variety of trees with a special grove or area.  One year we planted a white pine grove, another a walnut grove, we created a beautiful wildflower meadow for pollinators, for Canada's sesquicentennial we even planted a sugar maple grove in the shape of a giant maple leaf! Last year we planted a birch grove. We plant evergreens as well as a variety of deciduous trees each year like oaks, maples, and hickories as well as shrub species like chokeberry, ninebark and serviceberry which increase diversity and provide additional food sources for birds and wildlife.

Each tree can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.  The Rotary Forest's 60,000 trees over their lifespan will be equivalent to taking 201,120 cars off the road.

This incredible project has been recognized by Rotary International as an exceptional community project.  We were honoured to have Elizabeth May, Mike Schreiner and David Suzuki join us in 2018 to plant special disease-resistant elm trees grown by the University of Guelph.  
 
While celebrating our past, we look to the future and look to the sky.
 
Our centennial project has four components and will leave a lasting legacy in Guelph.
 
 
 
Planetarium
Learn about the sky in the inflatable Planetarium at the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre. An awe-inspiring education tool for all ages!
 
Observatory
Look to the sky from a new observatory at Guelph Lake. With a retractable roof and three powerful telescopes, it is an ideal location for stargazing, where everyone can broaden their minds and be inspired by the wonder of the universe.
 
Year Round Trails
Access the Observatory and Nature Centre using the new, fully accessible, year round Trails that link to Guelph’s trail network, running from Victoria Road around Guelph Lake and through the Rotary Forest.
 
Nature Centre
Rotary also contributed toward the Grand River Conservation authority’s new Nature Centre, a gathering place for park visitors to access information and experience the Planetarium. The Centre will have modern learning spaces for over 20,000 young people who will benefit each year from hands on programs.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph's Centennial Project is delivered with the support of:
 
 
 
 
February 7, 2020
 
Yesterday, we received the sad news that Ken Hammill has passed away. He was 91. His legacy and impact on our Guelph community is immeasurable, with widespread agreement that "Ken Hammill made Guelph a better place." He was also a longstanding Rotarian at our club, leaving his valued imprint on our organization, too.
 
Amongst his many, many achievements, Ken was a founding member of The Guelph Community Foundation so it was fitting for Chris Willard, our fellow Rotarian and current Executive Director of The Foundation, to provide a moving, personal tribute to the memory of Ken at our Rotary Club meeting. 
 
Click below to read Chris Willard's tribute.  Also see the wonderful tributes to Ken in Guelph Today, the Guelph Mercury Tribune, and the Mayor's Statement
 
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Dec 04, 2020 12:15 PM
AGM, Happy Bucks Catch-up, and GiveSome
Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik 12:30PM
Dec 11, 2020 12:30 PM
Coping with COVID, Vaccines, and Christmas
Past Speakers
Marguerite Campbell
Nov 20, 2020
Up Close and Personal
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