TOWARDS TRUTH - Indigenous Awareness events in Guelph

TOWARDS TRUTH - free events commemorating Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
 
The City of Guelph and the Rotary Club of Guelph’s Indigenous Awareness Committee have put together a number of FREE events for the local community to learn more about Residential Schools and their impact. 
 
These events are happening close to September 30th to mark Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal holiday.
 
 
Read on for program details below, or download the program details here.  
Free tickets can be reserved here
    TOWARDS TRUTH - Indigenous Awareness events in Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2021-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Join the next "Finding the Balance during Covid-19" session 

     
     
    Here's a shortcut to the registration page:   CLICK HERE
     
    By the way, did you see this wonderful news? Congratulations, Helen!
     
    Helen Fishburn, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Waterloo Wellington received the 2021 Champions of Mental Health: Community Individual Award.  
     
    Read about it on Guelph Today by clicking here.
     
    Join the next "Finding the Balance during Covid-19" session  Terrie Jarvis 2021-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Mystery Car Rally in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Centre

     
    Our friends at the Rotary Club of Guelph South encourage you to join this event - a wonderful fall activity to have fun while doing good and helping the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre in Puslinch, Ontario.
     
    It's a Mystery Car Rally, limited to 40 cars ($50 per car).
     
    The Rally is on Sunday, October 3, 2021
    Last date for registering is Tuesday, September 21, 2021
     
    A picnic on the Sunrise grounds offers boxed refreshments and opportunities to see and be photographed with the horses. To add to the fun, there is even a competition for the best decorated car or best individual dressup costume. Download the registration and pledge form here
     
    To register, email fiona@sunrise-therapuetic.ca or call 519-837-0558 x35.
     
    Mystery Car Rally in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Centre Terrie Jarvis 2021-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Lobsterfest Guelph is on September 25, 2021

    Hey #Guelph! Rotary’s annual LOBSTERFEST has been an annual highlight on the Guelph calendar since 1980. Still operating under Covid rules, we’re once again inviting you to treat yourself to a delicious take home meal for a great cause! Book your meal tickets here for Saturday, September 25, 2021, with pick-up at the ICC.  Click here to watch our cool video
     
    ON THE MENU THIS YEAR:
     
    A whole, freshly-cooked 1 1/4 pound lobster OR 
    A full rack of savory barbeque ribs 
    along with potato salad, creamy cabbage salad, dill spear, baked beans and
    Tiramisu for dessert
     
    EVENT DETAILS 
    Date:            Saturday, September 25, 2021
    Time:           Pick up between 5pm and 6pm
    Location:     Italian Canadian Club (ICC), 135 Ferguson Street, Guelph
    Meal price:  $90 each which includes a donation to Rotary (tax receipt for $40)
    Order by:    Monday, September 20, 2021 … this is the last possible date to place orders
     
    BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
     
    Lobsterfest Guelph is on September 25, 2021 Terrie Jarvis 2021-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Duck Race 2021 donates $26,300 to Food4Kids Guelph!

    August 9, 2021
     
    For over 30 years, the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington ('the Monday night club') has entertained Guelphites and generously fundraised for the community with their annual Duck Race, traditionally held on Canada Day at Riverside Park and dropping almost 4,000 numbered yellow duckies into the Speed River, with great cheers and prizes. It's a sight to see!
     
    This Covid year, for the second in a row, the Duck Race organizers ran a 'virtual' Duck Race. It ended up being a huge success.
     
    The astonished and grateful volunteers from Food4Kids Guelph (a Rotary-inspired charity) were thrilled to receive $26,300 from the 2021 Duck Race to help feed local children. 
     
    In thanking the Guelph Wellington Rotarians, Terrie Jarvis explained how Food4Kids is now supporting 360 Guelph children each and every week, as their families struggle to make ends meet and they often lack sufficient food at home. Each child is supported to the tune of $15 per week, so the program now costs the charity about $26,000 a month - a huge undertaking for its volunteers and fundraising. The welcome contribution from the Duck Race will support the program for an entire month - a very big deal and relief for this charity.
     
    Thank you, Duck Race Team and members of the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, and all their Duck Race sponsors and supporters! 
     
    Service Above Self is the Rotary motto, well delivered here!
     
    Rotary Duck Race 2021 donates $26,300 to Food4Kids Guelph! 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Ribfest on August 27-29 will be a drive-through event

    The count down is on for the 2021 Guelph Drive Thru Ribfest on Aug 27-29. Are you coming? 
     
    Popular annual ribbers Billy Bones BBQ CanadaSilver Bullet BBQ, and Boss Hogs BBQ will serve up mouth watering BBQ.
     
    Enjoy their delicious BBQ and help Rotary raise money for some incredibly hard-working charities.
     
    Details, menus, and directions are all online at
     
    It starts Friday Aug 27th at 4pm through the weekend to finish at 7pm Sunday Aug 29th - Centennial High School Parking Lot, 289 College Ave. W., Guelph Parking lot. Cars only, no foot traffic to ensure everyone’s safety. See the hours below.
     
    Help spread the word!
     
    Rotary Ribfest on August 27-29 will be a drive-through event 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

    IYSN is now THE GROVE HUBS, and more great news!

    July 22, 2021
     
    The IYSN (Integrated Youth Services Network) finally has its proper name and will henceforth be known as THE GROVE Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario. See their new website here
     
    The creation of these new youth hubs in Guelph Wellington has miraculously occurred in less than two years. Without the Rotary Club of Guelph's initiative in acting as a neutral facilitator, this incredible development would likely not have happened at all. Our club will forever link the names of our members Cyndy Forsyth and Paul Dredge to this endeavour, with deep gratitude for their tireless efforts and vision in pulling together existing community resources to support our youth in a new way.
     
    July 22, 2021 was a very special milestone. There was an official ground-breaking ceremony for the future home on Woolwich Street of CMHA-WW's 60,000 square foot Centre for Children's Mental Health and Development Services where The Grove will occupy 8,000 square feet. 
     
    Along with this groundbreaking came news of the incredible $50 million donation to CMHA-WW by Rotarian Robert Eiler's property development company, Vesperra. The full story in Guelph Today is a must-read. Robert has been a Rotarian for 19 years, the last 5 of which have been with the Rotary Club of Guelph.
    https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/local-developer-gives-50-million-donation-to-community-mental-health-project-3977889
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph's charitable foundation, RGC Fund, will provide funding of $250,000 towards The Grove hub on Woolwich Street to be distributed as follows: $200,000 plus up to an additional $50,000 in the matching of other donations dollar for dollar, by the time the facility opens in 2023. Donation details can be found here.
    https://www.rgcfund.ca/info/ways-to-give
     
    Of the seven planned youth hubs, the three in Wellington are already up and running, in Fergus, Erin and Palmerston. The four youth hubs planned for the city of Guelph (Woolwich Street, UoG, Shelldale and The Y) all require construction and will open at various times, in 2022 and 2023. 
     
    IYSN is now THE GROVE HUBS, and more great news! 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Duck Race 2021 Winners

    July 5, 2021
     
    GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2021 DUCK RACE
    The Grand Prize Draw for the 2021 Rotary Guelph Duck Race took place at 2pm on July 1st, and the winner of $500 worth of groceries per month for one year from Zehrs is Tricia Taylor – Winning Ticket # 101668. Congratulations, Tricia!
     
    Tricia's winning ticket was sold to her by one of the Beyond Borders students who helped promote this year's Duck Race as one of their group assignments. Several of the students attended the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington's celebratory club meeting on Monday, July 5, 2021.
     
    This year's Duck Race, with excellent marketing support from The Letter M, ended up with fabulous results. The final tally is still being made to let the Rotary-inspired Food4Kids Guelph program know what donation is coming their way as beneficiary of this year's Duck Race.
     
     
    EARLY BIRD DUCK RACE 2021 PRIZE WINNERS shown below
     
    Duck Race 2021 Winners Terrie Jarvis 2021-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

    July 1 and the start of a new Rotary year

     
    On July 1, the Rotary Club of Guelph is normally busy hosting Canada Day In The Park  for the Guelph community, an event it has taken full responsibility for organizing in the city for almost three decades, raising over $1 million to support good causes locally and abroad.  But for the second year in a row, Guelph's Canada Day will be different this year.  Read more here.
     
       
     
    July 1 is a very special day for Rotary in another way, too. It marks the start of a new Rotary year, with every Rotary Club in the world welcoming a new club president beginning their one-year term of office. 
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph warmly and proudly welcomes Mahmud Hassain as its new club president for 2021-2022.
     
    In this fun photo, he shows off the traditional Paul Harris Fellow medallion that is ceremoniously passed from one club president to the next. Read the lovely story behind this medallion here
     
     
    July 1 and the start of a new Rotary year Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Ending Rotary year 2020-21 on a high note

    June 25, 2021
     
    It's hard to believe that Tracey's year as club president for 2020-2021 ends in a few days' time ... with every single club meeting conducted online this whole year!  And what a year it has been with all the Covid-19 restrictions. Never to be forgotten.
     
    Despite the many challenges, our club pulled through in fine style and good shape, adding new members, conducting some brand new fundraisers, and managing to conduct old fundraisers in new ways. In the worst of times, we experienced the best of Rotary.
     
    Assistant District Governor Darlene Carpenter attended Tracey's "swan song" meeting to personally thank her and also the Rotary Club of Guelph.
     
    Plus ... Darlene is now handing over the role of Assistant District Governor to Tracey for the next three years.  Read Darlene's beautiful speech below.
     
     
    Ending Rotary year 2020-21 on a high note Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

    14 new Paul Harris Fellows, in memory of Charlie Whittaker

    June 25, 2021
     
    Today, our Rotary Club surprised 14 members by recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows, primarily made possible through the legacy of our late club member, Charlie Whittaker, and his wife Maggie who gladly supported the suggestion of using Charlie's accumulated Rotary Foundation Points for this purpose.
     
     
    Ab Moore explained how this came about, based on one of the Rotary Foundation's best kept secrets.
     
     
     
    14 new Paul Harris Fellows, in memory of Charlie Whittaker Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Charlie Whittaker's Rotary Legacy Lives On

    June 25, 2021
     
    Any of our club members who joined before March 2017 will fondly remember our one and only fellow Rotarian, Charlie Whittaker, an active club member for 43 years and a highly memorable influence in and around the Guelph area. He passed away unexpectedly on March 28, 2017 at the age of 84. 
     
    Charlie's memory lives on through several legacies, with another significant one added today:  14 Paul Harris Fellowships awarded to club members in his name. Read more in the separate story on our website here
     
    Charlie's daughter, Michele Richardson, a member of our club since 2011, today paid tribute to her late and great dad.
     

     
    Charlie Whittaker's Rotary Legacy Lives On Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Canada Day 2021 in Guelph

    June 22, 2021
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph has hosted Canada Day In The Park for almost three decades and through this initiative has raised over $1 Million to support good causes locally and abroad.  For the second straight year, we are unable to host Canada Day In The Park, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate being Canadian.  Here are a few things you can do:
     
    • VISIT A LOCAL NURSERY, plant a new flower and watch it grow all summer.
    • SUPPORT THE ROTARY DUCK RACE  with a chance to win $6,000 in food from Zehrs – lucky draw is at 2pm on July 1st. All proceeds go towards Food4Kids Guelph. https://www.gotduck.ca
    • VISIT THE GUELPH FARMERS' MARKET and thank a farmer! 
    • COLOUR A PICTURE OF WHAT CANADA MEANS TO YOU.
     
    We can’t wait to join our fellow citizens next year as we look to resume Canada Day In The Park and continue the good work of Rotary.
     
    Canada Day 2021 in Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

    National Indigenous Peoples Day

    With thanks to Crista Renner for sharing this information

    Today, June 21st, 2021 is the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day. It was a day created to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

    Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. 

    • There are more than 630 First Nation communities in Canada, which represent more than 50 Nations and 50 Indigenous languages.
    • Many Inuit in Canada live in about 51 communities across the northern regions, in Inuit Nunangat, which means "the place where Inuit live."
    • Métis are a culturally distinct nation of people of mixed European and Indigenous ancestry. Almost 600,000 people in Canada identify as Métis, and they represent approximately 35 percent of the total Indigenous population and 1.5% of the Canadian population. 

    After the discovery of 215 children in unmarked graves in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation (and numerous sites since then), the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Terry Teegee, is calling for a day of mourning and quiet contemplation. 

    Please consider exploring these child-friendly resources with your family, check out Moccasin Identifier or support the Save the Evidence Campaign with a virtual tour of a residential school. 

    National Indigenous Peoples Day Crista Renner 2021-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Duck Race 2021 - still time to win

    Help make this a fabulous fundraiser for a good cause! Get your tickets now.  
    Guelph's famous annual Rotary Duck Race is virtual again in 2021 due to COVID-19. Tickets are still on sale HERE at GotDuck.ca
     
    • The GRAND PRIZE DRAW on July 1 is $500 per month for a year in food from Zehr's! (Worth $6,000!)
    • Net proceeds from the Duck Race will support the Rotary-inspired FOOD4KIDS GUELPH charity to help feed local children in severely food-insecure families. 
    Watch this SHORT VIDEO about this year's Duck Race and how it will help Food4Kids. 
     
    And read here about how three generations of the Van Dam family from the Rotary Guelph Wellington Club are supporting the Duck Race. It's a great story reported by Guelph Today.
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington has organized the Guelph Duck Race since 1988, making it a fixture on the Speed River every Canada Day. Since 2007, it has been supported by Guelph's The Letter M Marketing and Rotary is grateful for their fantastic community support!  
     
    Rotary Duck Race 2021 - still time to win Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Celebration of Life - Jean Truex

    June 18, 2021
     
    Jean Truex passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. A Celebration of Life was held online on June 17, 2021, with Jean fondly remembered by family, friends and colleagues. It was utterly inspiring to hear about her remarkable life and contributions that made the world a better place. Here is a recording from the wonderful  program. https://youtu.be/9OOes4TIX6o
     
    Also read about Jean in this previous article here. 18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program
     
    Celebration of Life - Jean Truex Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Supporting Shelldale's Family Fun-Raiser

    June 15, 2021
     
    Our club is delighted to be a Gold Sponsor of this month-long Family Fun-Raiser to engage family and friends.
     
    The Shelldale Family Gateway community is challenging neighbouring communities right across Guelph to get involved and make it a fun, unique, exciting and physically active time for all!
     
    Go to shelldale.ca for details and to register.
     
    Supporting Shelldale's Family Fun-Raiser Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations to this great Rotarian

    June 14, 2021
     
    As reported in Guelph Today.
    Upper Grand School Board's Martha Rogers receives provincial award
    Award honours an active or retired member of the teaching profession for outstanding contribution to education in Ontario
     
    Read the article here
     
    We could not be prouder of Martha who has been a member of our Rotary Club for 32 years. 
     
    Congratulations to this great Rotarian Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Remembering Jim Stevens (1930-2021)

    June 14, 2021
     
    Jim Stevens quietly passed away at home on Friday, June 11, 2021 in his 91st year. We are remembering what a great person, great scientist, great educator, great friend and great Rotarian Jim was; 43 years in Rotary, including serving as president of our Rotary club in 1998-99.
     
    For those who don't know Jim from earlier years, read about him here. He made  the world a better place. We send our heartfelt condolences to Jim's wife Karin and their extended families.
     
    If you would like to attend the virtual service for Jim, it will held on June 25th at 2pm. Go to gilchristchapel.com, click on obituaries, then on Jim’s name and then click on https://www.oneroomstreaming@com/login
     
    Jim's detailed obituary follows below.
     
    Remembering Jim Stevens (1930-2021) Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary grieves with Muslims

    June 8, 2021
     
    Rotary expresses its heartfelt condolences to Muslim communities everywhere in the wake of the deadly attack hit-and-run attack on an innocent family, in London Ontario on Sunday evening, June 6, 2021. Words fail us.
     
    Our friends at the Muslim Society of Guelph are planting a memorial garden to remember the London family, and also in support of all other victims of Islamaphobia. They welcome the donation of plants. Donations are also welcome for the MSOG's Antiracism Resource Fund to help combat racism and Islamophobia and maintain the memorial garden. 
     
    Speaking on behalf of our Rotary Club's Peace Building Committee, our member Nisha Chandran said this:
     
    Rotary grieves with Muslims Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Another successful  Virtual Paint Night

    June 8, 2021
     
    Rotary organizer Gisella Gazzola and artist Ben McCarl ran their sixth Virtual Paint Night session on Sunday, June 6. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants, who collectively donated $350 to Food4Kids Guelph, helping to feed a child for almost half a year through this Rotary-inspired charity.
     
     
    Another successful  Virtual Paint Night Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-08 04:00:00Z 0


    $1 million in funding to support youth mental health

    June 1, 2021
    Reporting from Kitchener CTV News
     

    The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington has received more than $1 million in funding from the provincial government and Wellington County to support youth mental health.

    The funding will go toward strengthening the Integrated Youth Services Network (IYSN) and allow the network to expand its operating capabilities.

    The IYSN is a collaborative project with the aim of providing youth aged 12 to 26 with the support they need. More than 30 different organizations are part of the network, which is aiming to expand to have seven sites across Wellington County, Erin, Palmerston, Fergus and Guelph.

    $1 million in funding to support youth mental health Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Guelph's Rotary Forest Video a Global Winner

    June 5, 2021  -  World Environment Day
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph is proud to be recognized as "a top seven global winner" in Rotary International's video challenge #IFixThePlanet, a contest organized by #ESRAG ... the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group. The contest was organized to promote Rotary International's adoption of its seventh Area of Focus for international work, Supporting the Environment. 
     
    The announcement of contest winners came on World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. 
     
    Our 70-second video entry about the Rotary Forest project at Guelph Lake was created and submitted by our talented past-president, Carolyn Weatherson, back in February 2021. The video is titled “Trees, Trails, a Nature Centre, Observatory and Planetarium!” and can be watched here Worldwide voting was invited on the many video entries submitted from all over the world. Each top seven prize includes a certificate plus a special congratulation from Rotary International's president, Holger Knaack.  
     
    Many Rotarians have supported this project over the years, together with the Grand River Conservation Authority. The project to return a former 100-acre farm back into a forest near Guelph Lake was originally envisioned by our late club member, Dr. Clare Rennie, whose memory is still near and dear. 
    Guelph's Rotary Forest Video a Global Winner Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

    In Memory of the 215 Lost Children

    June 4, 2021
     
    We would like to extend deep condolences and sympathies to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on the discovery of 215 children on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia.

    The discovery of these children is a powerful yet painful reminder of our history. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission research indicates that at least 3,213 children are reported to have died over 140 years of operation at over 150 Residential School locations.
     
    No words can describe the scale of pain and trauma that Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) have suffered as a result of Canada’s Residential School system and continue to suffer from systemic racism.
     
    May we all keep this part of our history as a reminder and a beacon in front of us as we work with our Rotary ideals to bring peace and equality to all.
     
    June is National Indigenous History Month, we ask that you support this national time of mourning to honour these children. HIP (Honouring Indigenous People) is asking everyone to wear orange. Let’s walk together and show our support. 
     
     
     
    PLEASE READ THIS BOOKLET ABOUT THE INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM.
    In Memory of the 215 Lost Children Terrie Jarvis 2021-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

    New Member: Welcome Jacqueline Gray

    May 28, 2021
     
    Jacqueline's smiling face has become familiar to us as a guest in recent weeks, and we couldn't be more delighted that she has decided to join our club as a member.
     
    Introduced today by Tim Mau, he said, "Jacqueline is a longstanding Guelph resident, having moved here from Toronto in 1977. She worked for ten years as a legal researcher for a corporate law firm in Toronto, has worked as a school librarian and occasional teacher in our school district, and is particularly drawn to support students who are medically fragile or challenged by disabilities. When she's not teaching or working at Shopper's Drugmart, she enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with her adult daughter, Samantha."
     
    Jacqueline, we are really looking forward to getting to know you better. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Guelph!
     
    New Member: Welcome Jacqueline Gray Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

    New Member: Welcome Chidi Nwene

    May 28, 2021
     
    We are absolutely delighted to welcome Chidi as a new member of our club. He is president at the African Canadian Initiative, and also volunteers in a wide range of activities. He is best described as a Social Justice Advocate and Community Organizer.
     
    Chidi's extensive on-the-ground experience has developed a strong sense of justice for both local and global communities, and will enrich our club and our ability to deliver Service Above Self, something that is already exemplified in Chidi's life.  
     
    In his own words, "Rotary Club is where great people do greater things, in order to achieve the greatest impact in our communities."
     
    Welcome, Chidi!
     
    New Member: Welcome Chidi Nwene Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Mystery Car Rally in support of "Sunrise"  - NEW DATE

    May 27, 2021
     
    NEWS FLASH!  THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021 
     
    Here's a wonderful fall activity to have fun while doing good and helping the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre in Puslinch, Ontario. This "Mystery Car Rally" has been postponed to Sunday, October 3, 2021 - details to follow.  Email fiona@sunrise-therapeutic.ca or call 519-837-0558 ext 35. 
     
     
    Mystery Car Rally in support of "Sunrise"  - NEW DATE Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Another Rotary Paint Night "Summer Sunrise"

    May 21, 2021
     
    Back by popular demand is our seventh virtual Rotary Paint Night, on Sunday evening, June 6, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm on zoom.  
     
    Join Rotarian and artist Ben McCarl as he guides online participants step by step to paint this Summer Sunrise. Rotary’s virtual paint nights are open to everyone, all skill levels are welcome and free to attend. 
     
    This month's paint night is in support of Food4Kids Guelph, a charity dedicated to closing the gap for families experiencing food insecurity.  With your help, Food4Kids can continue providing grocery gift cards to families in need. 
     
    This is a "pay what you can" event. Participants can register and/or donate by following the link below.  A charitable receipt will be issued to those who donate.
     
     
    Another Rotary Paint Night "Summer Sunrise" Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

    New member: Welcome Dave Iacocca

    May 19, 2021
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph welcomes Dave Iacocca as its newest member.
     
    Dave says, "Throughout my career, I have had a passion for helping people, organizations and communities understand the benefits of using sustainable and innovative technology solutions. I believe strongly that you can do good and do well. As an experienced business development professional I have worked to deliver products and services to the B2B North American marketplace."
     
    Currently, Dave is Director Of Sales, Parcel Services at Metroland Media Group (TorStar).
     
    New member: Welcome Dave Iacocca Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

    India and COVID ... Rotary Oxygen Concentrator Initiative

     
     
    After consultation with the Chair of the India Rotary COVID Task Force, the most urgent need is for portable Oxygen Concentrators. Rotary is uniquely positioned to help through its strong presence and vast network of Rotary clubs across India.

    Rotary Districts and Clubs in Zone 28 and 32 are joining together for an urgent initiative to establish ROTARY OXYGEN BANKS.
     
    The Rotary Oxygen Bank would loan an Oxygen Concentrator to a patient in need, with the provision that after the immediate crisis is over, the concerned person would return the concentrator to the Oxygen Bank. Such a bank would be of help to a large number of people over a period of time. These units are portable and will save many lives in the coming weeks and months.
     
    Donations are urgently needed by May 24, 2021. Any amount is welcome: Time is of the essence.
     
    This is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis in India in modern times and our fellow Rotarians need our help in action and in spirit.
     
    India and COVID ... Rotary Oxygen Concentrator Initiative Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Duck Race 2021 - tickets on sale now!

    Guelph's famous annual Rotary Duck Race is virtual again in 2021 due to COVID-19, but it's happening!  Tickets are on sale HERE at GotDuck.ca
     
    This year's Duck Race is themed around food, with fabulous prizes:
     
    • Three EARLY BIRD DRAWS each offer valuable vouchers to local restaurants.
    • May 18 Draw:  $250 for Artisanale, and $250 for La Cucina
    • June 1 Draw: $250 for Manhattans, and $250 for The Fat Duck Gastro Pub
    • June 15 Draw: $250 for Jesse's on the Green, and $250 for Charcoal Group
    • The GRAND PRIZE DRAW on Canada Day is $500 per month for a year in food from Zehr's!
    • Net proceeds from the Duck Race will support the Rotary-inspired FOOD4KIDS GUELPH charity to help feed local children in severely food-insecure families. 
    Watch this SHORT VIDEO about this year's Duck Race and how it will help Food4Kids!
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington has organized the Guelph Duck Race since 1988, making it a fixture on the Speed River every Canada Day. Since 2007, it has been supported by Guelph's The Letter M Marketing and Rotary is grateful for their fantastic community support!  
     
    Help make this a fabulous fundraiser for a good cause! Get your tickets now.  
     
    Rotary Duck Race 2021 - tickets on sale now! Terrie Jarvis 2021-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
    Next session of "Finding the balance during Covid-19" Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0


    Prima Festa Reimagined

    April 8, 2021
     
     
    Hey #Guelph! Rotary is bringing back an oldie but a goodie from the 70s while supporting our friends from @ICCGuelph and supporting local community groups. #supportlocal
     
    Back after a 30-year hiatus is a re-imagined version of Prima Festa May 1, 2021 as it returns to Rotary’s list of special events with COVID-19 style.  Guests are requested to pick up their delicious Italian meals at the Italian Canadian Club in a “take out - eat in” at home mode.  Pickup instructions will be sent to registrants several days prior to the event. Each Prima Festa Dinner ticket is $75 with a tax receipt in the amount of $40. 
     
    DRIVE-BY DINNER IN A BAG - MAY 1, 2021
     
     
     
    Prima Festa Reimagined Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0


    Rotary Forest Tree Planting 

    Posted by Carolyn Weatherson on Apr 21, 2021
    Watch this SHORT VIDEO about the Rotary Forest at Guelph Lake
     
    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the final Rotary Forest Tree-Planting Event is being postponed until spring 2022.
    We look forward to planting again with you when it is safe to do so. 
    Thank you all for your years of support and dedication to the environment.


    Click Here to Donate to the Rotary Forest Project and Help us Plant Trees 
    (Under "Fund" Click on arrow and scroll down until you see 2021 Rotary Forest)
     
    For 14 years, the Rotary Club of Guelph, in partnership with the GRCA, have been organizing an Earth Day event to plant trees in the Rotary Forest.
    Along with hundreds of environmentally conscious volunteers from the Guelph community, we have almost completed planting 60,000 trees in this magnificent 100-acre forest to clean our air and water.
    The Rotary Forest now has a trail running through it for all to enjoy.
    We can't get together this year to plant, but we have hired contractors to do a non-linear planting of red pine and red oak this year.
    Each year we have planted a variety of indigenous species with special groves, lookout points and sitting areas.
    Get out and enjoy it.
    A walk in nature is not only good for your physical health, but it's excellent for your mental health as well.
    We look forward to our final planting and celebration next year in 2022 with all of you!

    Photo of the Rotary Forest by Greg Meridith
     
     
    Rotary Forest Tree Planting  Carolyn Weatherson 2021-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Hike for Hospice Wellington

    April 17, 2021

    Our wonderful Hospice Wellington invites the community to participate in their 17th Annual Hike for Hospice. Although virtual again this year, Hospice Wellington is committed to making this campaign as much fun as possible for family and friends, many of whom join to celebrate a loved one. This year's event will conclude on June 6, 2021.

    Our Rotary Club of Guelph president Tracey Curtis is forming a Rotary team to participate. Email Tracey here to join the team.

     
    Hike for Hospice Wellington Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

    The Seed - Grocery shopping with a purpose

    April 17, 2021
     
    The Seed is a Do-It-Together Food Movement in Guelph-Wellington, working towards a connected community where everyone has access to healthy food.  The Seed is a proud project of the Guelph Community Health Centre. Read more about the many remarkable programs offered by The Seed here
     

     

    The Seed - Grocery shopping with a purpose Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Special Edition of Finding the Balance During #COVID19

    With dire Covid-19 warnings and community anxiety running at a high level, the team has urgently scheduled a 10th webinar for next week, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7pm.
     
    Helen Fishburn Huck and Anne-Marie Zajdlik will be joined by Dr. Nicola Mercer, our district medical officer of public health, to answer your questions about what the third wave of the pandemic means for our communities. As before, the session will be moderated by Marva Wisdom.
     
    Special Edition of Finding the Balance During #COVID19 Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Environment Clean Up 

    April 13, 2021
     
    Every year on April 22, "Earth Day" brings a special focus to environmental concerns. Many local events usually take place around the time of Earth Day, but this year's Covid-19 lockdown is either postponing or modifying things. Read more details below.
     
    • Rotary Forest Final Planting Day with public help - postponed to April 2022. Read about Guelph's amazing Rotary Forest project here.
    • The City of Guelph's Clean and Green Cleanup is STILL HAPPENING this year, but is modified. Check details here.
    • The Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup is postponed from April 17-24 to June 2021. Details to come.
    Environment Clean Up  Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Remembering Jean Truex

    April 11, 2021
     
    With profound sadness, we learned that Jean Truex passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The entire Rotary family sends its deepest condolences to Paul and the Truex family. A Celebration of Life service will be held on June 17, 2021. 
     
     
    July 31, 2020
     
    18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program
     
    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 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. 
    Remembering Jean Truex Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference

    April 12, 2021
     
    Calling all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from around the District! 
     
    On Saturday, May 29th, 2021, the Rotary District 7080 Conference is going virtual. We welcome you to join us for a packed morning of guest speakers, breakout sessions, and fellowship, surrounded by this year’s theme of “Take care of self, each other, and the planet”.
     
    Tune in from 9am - 12:30pm for fascinating and inspiring discussions about our theme with:
    • District Governor Dr. Michael Lawrie
    • Guest speakers Valarie Wafer (RI Vice President 2021-2022)
    • Ian Riseley (Rotary International Past President 2017-2018),
    • Entertaining keynote speaker Boris Cherniak  (motivational hypnotist, comedian, speaker, and author)
    Registration is now open and will remain open until May 26th. REGISTER HERE.  
     
    Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

    New member: Welcome Raechelle Devereaux

    The Rotary Club of Guelph is delighted to welcome Raechelle Devereaux as its newest member.
     
    Raechelle is the CEO of the Guelph Community Health Centre where she has worked for the past 12 years, following several years working in child welfare.
     
    The Guelph CHC is an extraordinary asset in our community. It is committed to working with and meeting the needs of people who may find it hard to access health care. 
     
    Through Raechelle, we look forward to learning more about community needs and solutions, and how Rotary can help. 
     
    Raechelle's Twitter account  @RaechelleDev describes her in a nutshell: Executive Director at the Guelph CHC. Health-barrier-buster. Believer that there is always a better way. Like us, Raechelle believes in the power of the collective, and she looks forward to working more closely with Rotary.
     
    Welcome, Raechelle!
    New member: Welcome Raechelle Devereaux Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

    A Virtual Culinary Evening in support of KidsAbility

    April 10, 2021
     
    Our friends at KidsAbility invite you to join a fun and interactive three course gourmet cooking class in the comfort of your own home on Wednesday, April 21 from 5pm to 7:30pm.  Any ability can join, no cook is left behind! Registration includes a donation to KidsAbility, plus receiving all the cooking ingredients and online instruction from experts.
     
    ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MONDAY, APRIL 12 AT 12 NOON! DETAILS BELOW
     
    Well-known chefs Jody and Kirstie from The Culinary Studio in Waterloo Create will guide participants to create this delicious meal from scratch.
     
    A Virtual Culinary Evening in support of KidsAbility Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Mother's Day Fundraiser helping Food4Kids Guelph

    April 8, 2021
     
     
    Food4Kids Guelph is excited that Royal City Nursery is offering a generous donation to the charity from the sale of beautiful hanging baskets in time for Mother's Day on May 9, 2021. 
     
    What a great way to recognize and thank the Moms in your family, while also helping local children in need, and supporting a precious local business!
     
    Quantities are limited so order soon. Orders can be picked up from the Royal City Nursery parking lot on May 6th and 7th, in a safe COVID-19 style with Food4Kids volunteers bringing items right to your car. 
     
    Mother's Day Fundraiser helping Food4Kids Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2021-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Next webinar "Finding the balance during Covid-19"

    On April 6, 2021 at 7pm, join
    • Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik, primary care physician and
    • Helen Fishburn, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington, with
    • special guest Dr. Nicola Mercer, the GWD public health unit's medical officer of health, 
    as they talk about finding the physical and mental health balance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised support Bracelet of Hope and other local charities.
     
    Next webinar "Finding the balance during Covid-19" Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Foundation (TRF), your donations and your PHF points Terrie 2021-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

    New member:  Welcome Dave Menegotto

    March 26, 2021
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph welcomes Dave Menegotto as its newest club member.
     
    Professionally, Dave has worked at Sutherland Insurance for the past 18 years where he is an accounts manager. In the community, Dave is a fan of the Guelph Storm, the Blue Jays, and he is a volunteer with the Stanley Stick Hockey Association in Guelph, an organization for youth that allows everyone to play and encourages a lifelong love for sports.
     
    We warmly welcome you and your family to our club, Dave!
     
    New member:  Welcome Dave Menegotto Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Another Rotary Paint Night Success

    March 21, 2021
     
    Once again, a happy crew of artists followed Ben McCarl's step-by-step instructions for another virtual paint night on Sunday evening on March 21. The subject this time was a sweet giraffe dreaming of spring. And what beautiful creations were produced! Well done, everyone. And thank you, Ben.
     
     
    Another Rotary Paint Night Success Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Mystery Car Rally in support of "Sunrise" 

    March 20, 2021
     
    Here's a wonderful spring activity for your Covid "bubble" to have fun while doing good and helping the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre in Puslinch, Ontario. This "Mystery Car Rally" on Sunday, May 16 is limited to 40 cars, so be quick to register if you'd like to participate!  Email fiona@sunrise-therapeutic.ca or call 519-837-0558 ext 35.
     
     
    Mystery Car Rally in support of "Sunrise"  Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Have some laughs, and do some good

    March 19, 2021
     
    This hour-long online fundraiser is taking place on Saturday, April 10, 8.00 pm and tickets are $50 per household, including a $25 tax receipt. The funds raised will be used to support local charities and projects in the Guelph Wellington community through the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium Foundation.
     
    You can purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/3vrlNo7
     
    Have some laughs, and do some good Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

    International Women's Day 2021

    March 8, 2021 - UPDATE
     
    To women everywhere - our thoughts are with you today on International Women's Day, March 8.  IWD is an annual event recognized by the United Nations, for the 110th year in 2021. Here's a good summary to learn more (including an answer to the question - is there an International Men's Day?)
     
    Join us at Guelph Wellington's event today honouring four additional Women of Distinction in our community. 
     
    February 27, 2021
     

    This year's Guelph Y "Women of Distinction" recognition is a scaled back event but going ahead for the 25th year, in a new partnership with Innovation Guelph for a fabulous International Women's Day celebration on March 8, 2021.

    We could not be more proud of these Rotarians from our club who will be honoured during the virtual celebration.

    • Cyndy Moffat Forsyth (Member RCOG)
    • Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik (Member RCOG)
    • Charlotte A.B. Yates (Hon. Member RCOG)

    Get your tickets here  for $29 and receive access to the online marketplace of female entrepreneurs and a fabulous celebration of women in our community!

     

    International Women's Day 2021 Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Another Rotary Paint Night 'Dreaming of Spring'

    March 5, 2021
     
    Join Rotarian Ben McCarl for another virtual paint night on Sunday evening, March 21, 2021 at 6pm.
     
    It's open to all, free to attend, and we suggest saying thank you to Paint Night volunteers by donating to the Integrated Youth Services Network (IYSN) to help local youth cope with tough times. Donate any amount through our Rotary Club of Guelph site on Canada Helps and designate "2021 Paint Night". 
     
    Participants will supply their own materials (see list below) to paint this charming giraffe which is 'Dreaming Of Spring'. 
     
    Space is limited, so register early.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register at bit.ly/3qmWbF9.
     
    Another Rotary Paint Night 'Dreaming of Spring' Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
    Next webinar "Finding the balance during Covid-19" Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Shelldale Winter Warmup fundraiser - March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)

    March 4, 2021
     
    Shelldale's 8th Winter Warm Up Fundraiserthis year will be St. Patrick's Day style! What a great way to support one of our favourite charities.
     
    DINNER:  For $30 per person you can enjoy an authentic three course Irish meal with your choice of Shepherd’s Pie or Corned Beef & Cabbage, ready for contactless pick-up at Shelldale Family Gateway.  Order here by March 7th as dinner tickets are limited.  
     
    SILENT AUCTION:  It will run online from March 7 to March 17, but you can already preview the items here
     
    ENTERTAINMENT:  At 6pm on March 17, you can join the Shelldale Zoom Room to mix and mingle with special guests, and enjoy live music by guitarist and folk singer Bob MacLean.
     
    Shelldale Winter Warmup fundraiser - March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) Terrie Jarvis 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

    New Member: Welcome Sue Wigston

    February 26, 2021
     
    When our club president Tracey Curtis finally got to meet Sue Wigston, the CEO of GIVESOME, they became 'best buds' within minutes. Very shortly, Tracey was saying, "Sue, you simply have to join Rotary." And here she was, happily being inducted as our newest member.
     
    Welcome to our club, Sue! 
     
    Before introducing Sue, here's a little reminder that our club encourages donations and the paying of "Happy Bucks" to any of the four projects we have listed on the terrific Givesome app.  Go here
     
    New Member: Welcome Sue Wigston Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary remains committed to fighting polio and responding to COVID-19

    February 27, 2021
     
    This is amazing news.
     
    As Rotary members continue the fight against polio, they’re also responding to the COVID-19 health crisis by addressing the urgent needs of the communities it’s affecting worldwide. And now with the development of COVID-19 vaccines, Rotary is ready to use its expertise in distributing polio vaccine and communicating about vaccine efficacy to assist local health authorities in promoting and delivering COVID-19 vaccinations. 
     
    Rotary remains committed to fighting polio and responding to COVID-19 Terr 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0


    Rotaract Gala on March 5, 2021 - UPDATE

     
    February 24, 2021 - UPDATE
     
    The Rotaract Club of Guelph's 7th Annual Spring Gala is all set for Friday, March 5th at 7pm, and just needing our support! This year, their chosen beneficiary is the Integrated Youth Network Services (IYSN). 
     
    Rotaract Gala on March 5, 2021 - UPDATE Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Happy Birthday, Rotary!

    February 23, 2021
     
    Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Guelph share a birthday, with different ages. Both were founded on February 23rd.
    • Rotary International in 1905, celebrating 116 years in 2021
    • Rotary Club of Guelph in 1920, celebrating 101 years in 2021
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
     
    Take a 5-minute virtual tour of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.
     
    Happy Birthday, Rotary! Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Spring "PICK ME UP" bags from Centre Wellington Rotary

    February 23, 2021
     
    We're delighted to give a shout-out to our sister club in Centre Wellington for their Spring "PICK ME UP" Bags Fundraiser.
     
    For just $25, each bag includes $38 worth of products from local vendors, including handmade soap, handmade scented candle, chocolates and a spring flower. What a treat to give a "pick me up" to someone special, or even yourself! 
     
    To order and pre-pay: either e-transfer $25 to cwrotary05@gmail.com with name and email address, or drop off cash or cheque to Wilmot Financial Services (181 St. Andrew St. E., Unit 6 between 9am and 5pm Mon-Fr). Susanne@WilmotFinancial.ca
     
    Pick up the gift bags on Saturday, March 13 between 1pm and 4pm at the Fergus Community Centre (550 Belsyde Ave. E. Fergus). 
     
     
    Spring "PICK ME UP" bags from Centre Wellington Rotary Terrie 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Paint Night Success

    February 15, 2021
     
    A happy group of around 50 participants joined Ben McCarl at his fourth Paint Night and created individual masterpieces in about an hour a half. The next Paint Night will take place on March 21 - registration details to follow soon.
    Paint Night Success Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Grove at Guelph's Arboretum

    February 14, 2021
     
    Our wonderful Guelph Arboretum is open year-round, from dawn till dusk for walks and exercise ... even during Covid-19 lockdowns.
     
    The Arboretum's January 2021 newsletter had this eye-catching photo (by Justine Richardson) of their intriguing "Octopus Tree". It is a hackberry that was split apart by the 2013 ice storm but left in place, and now sprouts branches growing straight up that look like mini-hackberry trees.
     
    It is located in The Rotary Grove, a collection of over 130 trees comprising 33 varieties, chosen primarily for aesthetic reasons. This grove was established in 1980 to commemorate Rotary International’s 75th Anniversary and the Rotary Club of Guelph’s 60th Anniversary. The inaugural planting took place May 31, 1980 during a visit from Guelph's sister Rotary Club, Japan's Zushi District 259. Four trees were ceremoniously planted: Canada's national tree, the Sugar Maple and three Japanese Maples.
     
    Several years later, in May 1999, the Rotary Club of Guelph dedicated the Rotary Tree Grove to Roy Hammond, a long-time Rotary member and one of The Arboretum’s most dedicated supporters.
     
    It used to be an annual event for RCOG club members to visit the grove and provide maintenence by cutting grass, removing weeds and debris. Jim Anderson was the lead and funds were budgeted in the Environment Committee each year. Funds were paid to the University of Guelph for annual maintenance.
     
    The Rotary Grove at Guelph's Arboretum Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Guelph's Rotary Forest video - view and vote!

    February 13, 2021
     
    A short video about Guelph's Rotary Forest project has been entered in a Rotary International contest. Please watch our video and vote for it!  A cash prize would help us plant more trees, and the seven best videos in the contest (i.e. most votes) will be rewarded with a local zoom conference with Rotary International's president, Holger Knaack.  
     
    It's an easy two-step process:
    Please share our Guelph pride story and invite others to watch and vote too!
    @RotaryGuelph
    #Guelph
    #IFixThePlanet
    #ESRAG
     
    Kudos to Carolyn Weatherson (past president, Rotary Club of Guelph, 2019-2020) for cleverly creating this video. 
     
    Guelph's Rotary Forest video - view and vote! Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Bottle drive to support Guatemala projects

    February 12, 2021
     
    Our Rotary club member, Domingo Bernal, grew up in Guatemala and a piece of heart will always belong there. Last November, when his birthland experienced devastating damage caused by back-to-back hurricanes Iota and Eta, just two weeks apart, it severely compounded local hardships already made harder by COVID-19. 
     
    Now a businessman living in Guelph with his family, Domingo was heartbroken to hear from Guatemala contacts just how bad the situation and suffering was. So he decided to act. He jumped into fundraising mode and then travelled to Guatemala, spending four weeks helping to organize practical relief and connecting with aid agencies. His contribution and self-sacrifice was an exemplary example of Service Above Self. This has also laid the groundwork for future projects to help with the start-up of small enterprises in Guatemala to generate family income and improve quality of life for participants. 
     
    Domingo is now chair of our club's World Service sub-committee for Latin America, and he has specific ideas on how Rotary can make a difference, in both Guatemala and Honduras, short term and long term. Domingo is our favourite kind of Rotarian ... a "make it happen" kind of person with vision, passion and huge empathy, so this story is likely to have many follow-up chapters!
     
    Meanwhile, Domingo's fundraising for Guatemala continues through an ongoing Bottle Drive collecting beer, wine and liquor bottles: http://www.videsa.org/bottle-drive/  and donations through www.videsa.org/donate. You can contact Domingo (through the Videsa website) to arrange pick up, or you can drop them off at location, or even return your bottles to stores to redeem the deposits and then make a donation to Videsa. 
     
    Bottle drive to support Guatemala projects Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

    National Flag of Canada Day - February 15th

    February 15, 2021

    Most of us know that the third Monday of February is a public holiday called FAMILY DAY in Ontario and four other provinces. This year, it falls on Monday, February 15. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. Family Day is a public holiday where it is a day off for the general population, with schools and most businesses closed.

    But do you know that February 15 is also the NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA DAY? At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time on Parliament Hill. On the same date in 1996, National Flag of Canada Day was declared. Our national flag is a symbol that unites Canadians and reflects the common values we hold dear — equality, diversity and inclusion. You can read more interesting history about our flag on the government's website here

    On February 15, 2021, let’s celebrate the #CanadianFlag!

    National Flag of Canada Day - February 15th Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Club of All Nations

    February 6, 2021
     
    Today, some of our club members attended a 30-minute, Saturday morning Rotary meeting to hear Doug Vincent, former District Governor of our club's District 7080 and a Rotary representative at the United Nations, speak about Rotary's involvement with the UN. A fascinating story of how Rotary was a charter member of forming the United Nations, and is still a key player. (Read more herehttps://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations)
     
    Attending this online meeting also introduced us to a very interesting group - a Rotary e-club that claims to be one of the newest, fastest- growing and most diverse Rotary clubs in the world:  The Rotary Club of All Nations. (https://www.facebook.com/RotaryCAN/)
     
    This online club is not bound by the geographic location that usually determines club members, since the e-club members can connect from anywhere in the world, and they do. In fact, they meet on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, for a short, sharp 30 minutes with a guest speaker of note, and they livestream their meetings on Facebook. All are welcome to attend meetings and/or join their e-club.
     
    E-clubs are an interesting development as Rotary continues to evolve and find news ways of bringing people together. 
    The Rotary Club of All Nations Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Valentine Silent Auction 

    February 2, 2021
     
    Here in Guelph, we are lucky have quite a number of Rotarians wanting to volunteer their time and service to help others - too many Rotarians for just one club, so the city of Guelph has FOUR Rotary Clubs, each meeting in a different part of the city and at different times. We also have Rotary clubs in nearby Fergus and Elora, as well as a Rotaract club (for younger people) at the University of Guelph. It's very easy for new members to find a local Rotary Club whose weekly meetings can fit into their schedule. http://rotaryofgw.ca
     
    The local Rotary clubs are best of friends, stay in close touch and support each others' activities.
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph South has just launched this wonderful fundraiser. Take a look at the great items on their silent auction running from February 1-12, 2021 and know that ALL funds raised will support good causes that help make the world a better place.  
     
    ROTARY VALENTINE AUCTION 2021 
     
    Valentine Silent Auction  Terrie Jarvis 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Black Heritage Month 2021 in Guelph and #ChangeStartsNow

    February 1, 2021
     
    This February, the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) calls on the community to help honour the past, celebrate today, and look toward the future, building goodwill and better friendships.
     
    Since 1995, February has been celebrated as Black History Month in Canada. In Guelph, the month of February has mostly highlighted past contributions by Black historical figures. 
     
    From 2021, the Guelph Black Heritage Society and its partners (the University of Guelph’s Cultural Diversity Office and the Guelph Black Student’s Association) have decided to do things a little differently, by celebrating Black Heritage Month.
     
    “This month will commemorate past and present accomplishments within the Black community and set sights on our bright future ahead,” reads a press release from the GBHS. “While we will continue to acknowledge the resilience and bravery of those who came before us, we must recognize that Black history and experiences are much more than the narrative of slavery.”
     
    Several events in February will take place in support of the #ChangeStartsNow education initiative.  
    Black Heritage Month 2021 in Guelph and #ChangeStartsNow Terrie Jarvis 2021-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

    Annual Green Square Campaign in Canada

    January 29, 2021
     
    This week, you might have noticed people on TV and elsewhere wearing a green square. The annual "Green Square Campaign" was launched in 2020 as a reminder against the terrorist attack at a Quebec City mosque on January 29, 2017, when an Islamophobic white supremacist shot dead six Muslim men as they prayed. 
     
    The Green Square Campaign now takes place in the week leading up to January 29 each year to remember  the victims and survivors of this attack, and all who were devastated by this hateful act. 
     
    The "Green Square" represents a symbol of solidarity and hope towards building goodwill and better friendships.
    Annual Green Square Campaign in Canada Terrie Jarvis 2021-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Paint Night Winter Session - February 15, 2021

    Our Rotary Paint Nights, led by Ben McCarl, have become so popular that we've offered to run one in conjunction with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington, giving more people the chance to have some creative fun.
     
    The next Paint Night will be on Monday evening of Family Day, February 15, 2021 starting online at 6pm. It's open to all, free to attend, with donations welcomed by the Integrated Youth Services Network. Participants will paint the pretty winter scene shown below, supplying their own materials (see below).
     
    The zoom link will be emailed to registered participants on the morning of February 15th.
     
    Paint Night Winter Session - February 15, 2021 Terrie Jarvis 2021-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

    ART FOR AID PROJECT - a huge success

    January 2021
     
    In August 2020, our club helped seek art supplies and board games to send to elementary schools in remote Northern Indigenous communities, for ART FOR AID projects. 
     
    The project was a huge success! Organized by the Rotary Clubs of Oakville and Oakville-Trafalgar, they received welcome support and donations from Rotary Clubs in Mississauga, Burlington, Kitchener, Milton and Guelph, as well as Art Societies, community individual donors and volunteers. The organizing committee is shown in this photo.
     
    When we all work together, amazing things can happen. In October 2020, art supplies were shipped to 19 northern communities across Canada, boxes of wool to Iqaluit, books to Six Nations, paper to the Mississaugas of the New Credit, board games to Nibinamik and novels to Tyendinaga.
     
     Chi miigwetch! 
    ART FOR AID PROJECT - a huge success Terrie Jarvis 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Land Acknowledgement 

    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. Indigenous people say it marks a small but essential step toward reconciliation. 
     
    Our Rotary Club of Guelph often uses the following Land Acknowledgement statement, developed 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.
     
    To learn more on this topic, see the background document prepared by our club's Indigenous Awareness Committee. Scroll down on Home Page to Download Files (on right hand side) and click on "Land and Territorial Acknowledgements." 
     
    Also take a few minutes to watch this video.  https://vimeo.com/517181293  (5:40)
     
    This video started out as a University of Guelph student project interviewing a local elder, Jan Sherman, about Land Acknowledgements. It was later developed into a script with animation and music being added by Indigenous artists, and narrated by a local Indigenous leader, Bruce Weaver.
     
    Land Acknowledgement  Terrie Jarvis 2021-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Global Grant for a Water Project in Ontario

    January 9, 2021
     
    Read the fascinating story of how a Rotary Global Grant was awarded for a water project in Ontario.
     
    This information is available as a PDF download. Scroll down on Home Page to Download Files (on right hand side) and click on "WATER FIRST Global Grant Project."
    Rotary Global Grant for a Water Project in Ontario Dianne Dance 2021-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Sparkles in the Park 2020 version

    December 20, 2020
     
    This year marks the 22nd year of Rotary bringing Sparkles in the Park to the Guelph community, and the first year in association with Downtown Guelph Business Association. Sparkles runs from December 19 to December 31, 2020 each evening at Riverside Park. 
     
    When Covid-19 presented challenges about holding this annual event, the Rotary Club of Guelph couldn't bear the thought of disappointing our community, at a time when we all NEED some good cheer! So thinking caps went on, we conferred with our city officials, and a drive-through, socially distanced plan was devised. It needed some compromises. We had to forego fireworks on New Year's eve, and also cancel the free carousel rides for children, but what is left is still glorious ... with a couple of new twists such as Santa waving at passersby from a large bubble.
     
    When you visit, remember that it's also a fundraiser for charity. Please donate what you can. This QR code links to our fundraising page for tax receiptable online donations here, but you can also donate with cash at the park, or by card with with tap-and-go near the park entrance.
     
    Our MPP Mike Schreiner and his wife Sandy volunteered at the very first shift of Sparkles, and posted these photos.
     
    Sparkles in the Park 2020 version Terrie Jarvis 2020-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
    'Twas the night before Christmas 2020 version Terrie Jarvis 2020-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Young Rotary volunteers honoured by Guelph mayor

    December 11, 2020
     
    After volunteering at Rotary's Sparkles in the Park for the past three years by helping take down lights on New Year's Day to earn high school volunteer hours, teenagers Kaylyn and Amber Proudfoot became Friends of Rotary because they were so impressed by the many charitable causes that Rotary supports.
     
    Now 19 years old, the girls were diagnosed with autism and anxiety at a very young age. Through ongoing communications with Rotary member Terrie Jarvis, it became evident that the girls are passionate about many different causes, that they are driven by their heartfelt desire to make the world a better place, and that their fundraising abilities are astonishing. In the past 10 years, they've raised and donated some $30,000, with $3,000 of that being within this difficult Covid year.
     
    On Friday, December 11, 2020, Mayor Cam Guthrie presented Kaylyn and Amber with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Guelph for their extraordinary community service, coinciding with their latest charitable donation to Rotary of $300.45 which was designated by them for specific programs and accepted on behalf of Rotary by Terrie.
     
    Kaylyn and Amber, we are so proud to have you as Friends of Rotary!
     
     
     
    Young Rotary volunteers honoured by Guelph mayor Terrie Jarvis 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    John Valeriote: A retired Rotarian and his good deeds

    December 7, 2020
     
    One of our club's former Rotarians, John Valeriote, was highlighted in this wonderful article in Guelph Today. The article is reproduced here in its entirety, with thanks to Guelph Today.
     
    Firstly, we join the community in congratulating John on receiving the prestigious Alexander Lincoln Award - richly deserved! Secondly, the article shares fascinating insights about some of the projects that John supported in Guelph during his amazing 45 years as a Rotarian. 
     
    GUELPH TODAY ARTICLE - DECEMBER 3, 2020
     
    John Valeriote recognized for his years of community service
    ‘I have been very fortunate,’ says John Valeriote about his community efforts and the people he's worked with
     
    Dec 3, 2020 10:00 AM By:  Ariel Deutschmann
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    John Valeriote. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday file photo
     
    John Valeriote: A retired Rotarian and his good deeds Terrie Jarvis 2020-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Paint Night - Christmas Edition

    November 24, 2020
     
    Join us for Rotary's Christmas Paint Night with Ben McCarl and create your own acrylic painting of this adorable Santa.
     
    This free virtual event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on December 13 on Zoom. All you need is a canvas, paints (red, blue, yellow, black and white), brushes and a festive attitude.
     
    Let Ben know if you and your kids would like to join this fun session online. Click here for our registration page.  
     
     
    Rotary Paint Night - Christmas Edition Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Our latest Rotary donations helping worthy programs

    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!
    Our latest Rotary donations helping worthy programs Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Finding the balance during COVID-19: Special Guest - Dr. Nicola Mercer *UPDATE*

    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.
     
    Finding the balance during COVID-19: Special Guest - Dr. Nicola Mercer *UPDATE* Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Hospice Wellington's 40th anniversary and Rotary Guelph's 100th

    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.
     
    Hospice Wellington's 40th anniversary and Rotary Guelph's 100th Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    A Christmas shout-out for good causes

    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.
     
     
    A Christmas shout-out for good causes Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Remembrance Day and red poppies

    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.  

    Remembrance Day and red poppies Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Guelph's 2020 Christmas will be TWICE as good as usual!

    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]
     
    Rotary Guelph's 2020 Christmas will be TWICE as good as usual! Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Finding the balance during COVID-19: Free monthly talks

    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.
     
     
    Finding the balance during COVID-19: Free monthly talks Terrie Jarvis 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Integrated Youth Services Network Wellington/ Guelph

    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. 
     
    Integrated Youth Services Network Wellington/ Guelph Cyndy Forsyth 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Paint Night - Halloween SUCCESS! Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

    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!
     
    The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Terrie 2020-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Update on our club's Centennial Legacy Projects

    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
     
    Update on our club's Centennial Legacy Projects Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary donates cheque and plaque to KidsAbility Guelph

    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. 
     
     
     
    Rotary donates cheque and plaque to KidsAbility Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

    The plus in PolioPlus

    WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO recognizing and thanking Rotary for its pioneering role in eradicating polio by uniting leaders and health organizations around the world, including UNICEF, the WHO and the GATES FOUNDATION.
     
     
    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.
     
    The plus in PolioPlus Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Dr. Sylvia Whitlock: Rotary's first female president of a Rotary Club

    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
     
    Dr. Sylvia Whitlock: Rotary's first female president of a Rotary Club Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Paint Night - Halloween Edition

    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. 
     
     
     
     
     
    Rotary Paint Night - Halloween Edition Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Duck Race Winners!

    October 12, 2020
     
    Many thanks to everyone who purchased ducks to support this Rotary fundraiser.
     
    Duck Race Winners! Terrie 2020-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Adopt-A-Family 2020 Campaign

    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
    Adopt-A-Family 2020 Campaign Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Supporting the environment becomes a new area of Rotary International focus

    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. 
     
    Supporting the environment becomes a new area of Rotary International focus 2020-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Orange Shirt Day, September 30

    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...
    Orange Shirt Day, September 30 Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians supporting Cameroon

    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.
    Rotarians supporting Cameroon Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

    A school named Hectorine

    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. 
    A school named Hectorine Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Celebrating Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways

    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! 

    Celebrating Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

    We are "This Close" to ending polio in the world!

    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.
    We are "This Close" to ending polio in the world! Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Up close and personal with Steve Dyck

    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?
    Up close and personal with Steve Dyck Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

    DEVON CLUNIS, WINNIPEG POLICE CHIEF (Retired) 

    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. 
    DEVON CLUNIS, WINNIPEG POLICE CHIEF (Retired)  Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary District Grant to help Food4Kids Guelph

    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.
    Rotary District Grant to help Food4Kids Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary online painting class a great success

    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?
    Rotary online painting class a great success Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International Grant for Indigenous youth "Water First" internships in Ontario Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Weekly meeting August 7, 2020 Program:
    THE HONOURABLE BOB RAE

    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. 
    Weekly meeting August 7, 2020 Program:THE HONOURABLE BOB RAE Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International will get its first woman President in 2022-23 Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

    18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program

    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. 
    18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Weekly meeting July 31, 2020 Program:
    BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUES & PLANS

    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. 
     
     
     
    Weekly meeting July 31, 2020 Program:BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUES & PLANS Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Our centennial exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum

    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.
    Our centennial exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
    Weekly meeting July 24, 2020Program: STAYING TRUE TO YOUR BRAND IN TIMES OF CHANGE Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Centennial Book - now available

    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.
     
    Rotary Centennial Book - now available Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Club updates from our weekly meeting July 17, 2020

    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
    Club updates from our weekly meeting July 17, 2020 Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

    New Member: Welcome Lucy Mutharia

    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.

     

    New Member: Welcome Lucy Mutharia Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Snippets Friday July 3rd 2020

    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).
     
    Snippets Friday July 3rd 2020 Rosemary Clark 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Handing over the club president medallion
     

    July 5, 2020
     
    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.
     
    Handing over the club president medallion  Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

    New Member: Welcome Felix Arndt

    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 Member: Welcome Felix Arndt Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Our amazing 2019-2020 Rotary year

    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!"
     
    Our amazing 2019-2020 Rotary year Carolyn Weatherson 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Gary Tatum Youth Awards 2020

    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.
     
    Gary Tatum Youth Awards 2020 Randy Seager 2020-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Program: David Akin - Chief Political Correspondent for Global News Randy Seager 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
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    Rotary Program: Shakiba Shayani - Guelph Chamber of Commerce

     
     

    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.

     

     
     
     
     
     
    Rotary Program: Shakiba Shayani - Guelph Chamber of Commerce Randy Seager 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Covid-19 closures impact on Rotary events

    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
      
     
     
     
    Covid-19 closures impact on Rotary events Randy Seager 2020-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Club Members - Share your HAPPY BUCKS here

    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!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Club Members - Share your HAPPY BUCKS here 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Guelph's Centennial Project

    Posted on Feb 10, 2020
     
    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:
     
     
     
     
    Rotary Guelph's Centennial Project Terrie Jarvis 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Ken Hammill, Guelph Icon and Rotarian

    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
     
    Ken Hammill, Guelph Icon and Rotarian Terrie Jarvis 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Guelph's 100 year history, in 30 minutes

    January 31, 2020
     
    Our fellow Rotarian, Tom Funk, has spent the past two years scouring our club archives and gathering information on various topics to produce a book about our club's first 100 years in Guelph. The book will be available for purchase in the next few months.
     
    This week at Rotary, Tom provided a fantastic 30-minute overview about our club's long history and amazing contributions. You could have heard a pin drop, and everyone left the meeting with smiles and a warm sense of Rotary pride.  
     
    Tom's presentation was inspiring, prompting comments such as "If I wasn't already a Rotarian, I would definitely want to become one after hearing all that!" 
     
    Rotary Club of Guelph's 100 year history, in 30 minutes Terrie Jarvis 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Lucky Iron Fish

    January 24, 2020
     
    One of the great things about our Club is the incredible quality of the inspiring speakers each week!

    University of Guelph alumni, Gavin Armstrong, developed a product for malnourished people in developing nations that is helping 100's of thousands here at home too: The Lucky Iron Fish. I use it! You can get it at Danby here in Guelph. When you buy one they automatically give one to someone in need somewhere in the world.

     
    Lucky Iron Fish Randy Seager 2020-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
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    Rotary Guelph supports Beyond Borders Charity Gala 2020

    January 18, 2020
     
    The four Rotary Clubs of Guelph proudly came together as a Diamond Sponsor of the Beyond Borders Charity Gala for 2020. With Rotary celebrating 100 years in Guelph, it was a great opportunity to showcase Rotary in the Guelph community. 
     
     
    Beyond Borders is a unique one-semester program offered to Grade 12 students in Guelph. The program focuses on leadership development, business, math, and global development and  sustainability. There is  a strong emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning. This inspiring program is led each year by teacher Mike Parsons, in the Upper Grand District School Board. 
     
     
    This year, around 50 students participated in the Beyond Borders program, culminating with their Charity Gala at the River Run Centre on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020. All 750 show tickets were sold out, and they also had a wonderful silent auction with over 100 items, plus exceptional food treats for guests in the lobby.
     
    The students are only given about 6 weeks to prepare this huge Charity Gala event, and each year, the students do an amazing job. It's hard to imagine how each gala could possibly be better than the one before, but somehow they continue to raise the bar with their amazing effort and talent. The 2020 gala was called "Illuminate: Be The Light".  And wow - these students shone in a big way, raising $114,500 for charity!  
     
     
    Rotary Guelph supports Beyond Borders Charity Gala 2020 Terrie Jarvis 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
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    Centennial Pins now available

    Celebrate 100 years of Service above Self by wearing the new Centennial Anniversary Pin.
    Lapel pins will be available to purchase ($10 per pin) at the club meeting January 3 and subsequent meetings. 
    Wear the Centennial Pin and show the community you are a proud member of Rotary in Guelph.
    Centennial Pins now available Randy Seager 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Yes! There is a Santa Claus

    Five local families will wake up Christmas morning and know for a fact that the spirit of Santa Claus is alive and well, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Guelph members. Our club members donated $3,000 and with a corporate donation from Walmart of $1,000, 8 adults and 11 children will have presents under the tree for Christmas morning. These families are referred to the Adopt-A-Family program by social workers and community agencies who will also deliver the presents to the families.

    The gifts we purchased for these families were largely items they NEED such as food gift cards, winter clothing, diapers, car seats, boots, bedding, etc.  However we were able to    also buy gifts on their WANT list, like lego, chromebooks, wagons, LOL dolls, electronic games, learning toys, jewellery kits, markers and art supplies. 

    A sincere Thanks and WAY TO GO from the Children and Youth Committee

    Pictured above are Courtney McGillivray, Store Manager, Walmart, Guelph Stone Road store and on right is Rotarian Dianne Dance.

     

     

    Yes! There is a Santa Claus Randy Seager 2019-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Doc Doc

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    October 22, 2019
     
    No one is going to win a prize for identifying the licence plates on a vehicle that is parked near 135 Ferguson Street in Guelph most Fridays.  These special plates read DOC DOC and belong to non-other than Rotarian Dr. C. Harold “Hal” Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph who holds two PhD degrees (Doc Doc) from the University of Western Ontario, now corporately branded as Western University since 2012.
     
     
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    May 24, 2019 Rotary Meeting - KidsAbility

    Rotary Club of Guelph offsite meeting at KidsAbility
     
    On Friday, May 24, 2019, our Rotary Club held its weekly meeting offsite at the new KidsAbility Guelph hub on Imperial Road. The purpose was to provide our members with an update on KidsAbility, and the opportunity to tour their new hub which was opened in 2018, allowing KidsAbility to bring their various services under one roof, in a space designed for their specific needs.  It was a fabulous visit for us!  Read more about their Guelph hub here
     
    After brief welcomes by Linda Kenny, CEO of KidsAbility, and Lisa Talbot, Executive Director of the KidsAbility Foundation, the key presentation was by Erin, mother of six year old Walter, this year's KidsAbility Ambassador.
     
    Erin explained how KidsAbility had come into her family's life around the time Walter turned one and was failing to reach normal milestones in his development.  She gives credit to KidsAbility for helping Walter to reach his sixth birthday. He has Leigh's Syndrome, a severe and fatal neurological disorder. Walter stood by patiently while his mum spoke, sporting a fancy hairstyle for Crazy Hair Day at school!
     
    Read more about Walter's story here.
     
    President Paul Dredge presented our Rotary Club's cheque for $4,000 to KidsAbility. Young Walter seems a bit unsure about the big guy standing alongside his mum! Also in the picture are Lisa Talbot, Linda Kenny, and Walter's sisters.
     
    Rotary has supported KidsAbility from its very start back in 1957, and continues to be a major supporter throughout Waterloo Region and Wellington County. KidsAbility extends their huge thanks to Rotary in this short video which can be viewed here. Please watch it!
     
    We are very grateful to KidsAbility for their remarkable help given to children and families needing specialized support in our communities. We also thank them for hosting our club's offsite meeting.  It was great! 
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    May 24, 2019 Rotary Meeting - KidsAbility Terrie Jarvis 2019-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

    May 17, 2019 Rotary meeting - Induction & Classification 
     

    New member inducted - IRENE SZABO
    May 17, 2019
     
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph is delighted to welcome Irene Szabo to its membership, introduced by Tracey McGrath. 
     
    Before pursuing her passion to help people through real estate, Irene promoted real estate training and personal development seminars and provided one-on-one life coaching. After owning and managing rental properties, Irene dedicated herself to the real estate industry, starting as a realtor assistant and, in 2008, becoming a fully licensed agent.
     

    Born and raised in Winnipeg, Irene spent several years in Toronto and now calls downtown Guelph her home. She invests her time and energy into building a strong community of friends, families, and businesses through volunteer initiatives. Irene is a voracious book reader, enjoys interior decorating, and loves to travel.

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    May 17, 2019 Rotary meeting - Induction & Classification   2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

    A NEW INITIATIVE: Integrated Youth Services Network Model

    May 1, 2019
     
    An Integrated Youth Services Network Model for Guelph and Wellington County
     
    Rotary has a long and proud history of helping to make good things happen in communities. The Rotary Club of Guelph is now facilitating a significant local project - to make youth services more accessible by providing youth with a centralized system to gain access to everything from employment counselling to mental health and addiction help.
     
     
    The Challenge
    We are fortunate to have many wonderful health and wellbeing services in our area, but they are spread out and independent from each other, making it difficult (often impossible) for individuals to find and access the right resources in a timely way when needed. This challenge is especially true for young people needing help, with mental health and related concerns topping the list. 
     
    So … what if we could change this situation, and somehow make it easier for young people and their supporters to “navigate the system” and get friendly, knowledgeable, speedy help through a one-stop shop? A place that is attractive, warm and welcoming so youth want to be there?
     
    A grassroots community initiative towards this aim is well underway in Guelph-Wellington, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph 
     
    The Vision 
    To establish an Integrated Youth Services Network for 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. 
     
    A NEW INITIATIVE: Integrated Youth Services Network Model Terrie Jarvis 2019-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Indigenous Awareness Committee

    2019 Indigenous Youth Award presented by the Rotary Club of Guelph
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph has great pleasure in announcing Alexis Hamilton as the winner of the 2019 Youth Award at the annual “Turtle Island Heritage Festival” in Wellington County. The Award Certificate was accompanied by a $500 cheque from Rotary to help Alexis further her education.
     
    The annual Turtle Island Heritage Festival celebrates Indigenous history and culture. The event is hosted by the Wellington County Museum and Archives in coordination with the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), the Grand River Métis Council, and other representatives from the community. 
     
    Each April, the museum invites both high school and elementary school groups to spend a day at the museum participating in interesting and informative workshops. With about 300 students attending per day, this year’s festival was attended by some 1,200 local students over a four-day period. 
     
     
    Alexis Hamilton receives her award from Rick Le Feuvre,
    Chair of the Indigenous Awareness Committee at the Rotary Club of Guelph
     
    Each year, the organizing committee of the Turtle Island Heritage Festival selects a student of Indigenous ancestry to receive Rotary’s annual Indigenous Youth Award for demonstrating leadership qualities in the community and in the promotion of Indigenous culture. 
     
    Alexis Hamilton, this year’s Award Winner is 16 years old and a grade 11 student attending College Heights Secondary School (CHSS).  
     
    Alexis is the daughter of a 60's Scoop survivor, and has become a key member of her Anishinaabe Community.  She is a part of the Community Health Centre Indigenous Healing Advisory, the UGDSB First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Council, and has attended many ceremonies with Nancy Rowe at the Kinomaagaye Learning Lodge. Last year she also helped orchestrate the Guelph Walkout in protest of Doug Ford's curriculum changes to Indigenous Curriculum.  During this protest, Alexis made an impassioned speech addressing identity problems concerning Indigenous Youth.  Alexis has also created presentations on the Indigenous Water Crisis, and Social Justice Issues in Indigenous Communities, and has presented to many different classes at CHSS.
     
    Alexis has participated in three Sweat Lodge ceremonies as well as the 13 Moon Teachings Ceremonies at the Kinomaagaye Learning Lodge.  She attended the Pow Wow at Conestoga College.  She has also attended many Indigenous Workshops at the Guelph Community Health centre, e.g. beading, moccasin making, and shaker making.
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph is proud to honour exceptional students such as Alexis, and sincerely hopes she will one day become a Rotarian as she continues to live up to Rotary’s global motto of“Service Above Self”. 
     
     
    Indigenous Awareness Committee Dianne Dance 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Forest 2019

    UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE:
    Despite the weather turning out to be freezing cold with high winds on our Rotary Forest Day, about 400 volunteers still showed up and planted a whole bunch of trees! 
     
    12th annual tree planting at Guelph's Rotary Forest on Saturday, April 27, 2019
    This year, a total of 6,800 trees will be planted by volunteers in the Rotary Forest at Guelph Lake Conservation Area
     
    April 22, 2019 by:  GuelphToday Staff
     
    Several Girl Guides and Sparks groups came out to plant during the 2018 tree-planting event at Rotary Forest at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo
     
    Rain or shine, a total of 6,800 new trees will be planted this spring as part of the Rotary Club of Guelph’s legacy project that seeks to plant a total of 60,000 trees by 2020.
     
    The Rotary Club of Guelph is partnering with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Grand River Conservation Foundation for its Rotary Forest tree-planting event on April 27.
     
    “We are calling on environmentally-minded citizens to help 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 and link nearby forest habitat to create a corridor for wildlife,” said the Rotary Club of Guelph in a press release.
     
    Now in its 12th year, the Rotary Forest tree-planting began as a legacy project to celebrate the Rotary Club of Guelph’s one-hundredth anniversary, which will occur in 2020.
     
    This year, participants will create a ‘pioneer species’ grove, which will include the planting of species that are traditionally first to populate abandoned fields or previously-forested areas destroyed by fire. The 28 species being planted this year will include white birch, trembling and largetooth aspen, eastern cottonwood and balsam poplar.
     
    A ceremonial white birch will be planted during the event. Rotary Club of Guelph notes the white birch is an iconic northern tree, used by Indigenous groups in the building of birch bark canoes, as well as a wide variety of other uses.
     
    The Rotary Forest is in the process of transforming a 40-hectare area across from the soon-to-be-built Guelph Lake Nature Centre into a new resource for the community. When it is completed in 2020, a total of 60,000 trees will have been planted.
     
    Participants are encouraged to wear boots and learn how to plant trees between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. while having fun with friends, family and neighbours. 
     
    Parking is available at Lakeside Church on Conservation Drive, with a shuttle bus to drive participants to and from the planting site. 
     
    A shuttle bus will also leave Guelph Central Station every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from platform 15. The downtown shuttle will make one stop at the corner of Woodlawn Road West and Victoria Road at 15 minutes past the hour.
     
    Refreshments and food will be available to purchase. Participants are asked to bring their own containers.
     
    Wild Ontario will be on site with demonstrations of birds of prey and musical entertainment will be provided by Terry Van Dreumel.
     
    Rotary Forest 2019 Terrie Jarvis 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

    What it means to be a Rotarian

    Our member, Ruth Thatcher, shares these wonderful reminders that were sent to her by a Rotarian friend in Scotland.  
     
    A ROTARIAN IS SOMEONE WHO, THROUGH THEIR EFFORTS:
        Digs wells from which they will never drink
        Restores eyesight for those they will never see
        Builds houses they will never live in
        Vaccinates children they will never meet
        Plants trees they will never sit under
        Educates children they will never know
        Feeds hungry people, regardless of colour, race, or politics
        Knows real Happiness
     
    Thanks for sharing, Ruth!
    What it means to be a Rotarian Ruth Thatcher 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

    Remembering Bill Winegard

    Our beloved Rotarian friend and highly esteemed Guelphite, Dr. Bill Winegard, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019 at the age of 94. 
    Our club dedicated the following Friday's weekly meeting to Remembering Bill, with many touching tributes from far and wide.
     
    Videos
    This video featuring Bill, made in 2017 as part of Guelph's Canada150 stories, is well worth watchng.   
    https://youtu.be/Sj_Y88ER2pY
     
    This 90-second video shows our MPP, Mike Schreiner, paying tribute to Bill in the Ontario Legislature, a few weeks after Bill's passing.
    https://youtu.be/YNX64T_ws8I
     
    Memory Basket 
    Many Rotarians shared their special memories of Bill Winegard and placed them in our “Memory Basket” as we celebrated his life at our special meeting on February  8th. Some of the common themes were:
     
    • His love of Canada and meaningful /thoughtful reflections he shared at Remembrance Day Services
    • Wisdom, strength, compassion
    • Always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need
    • His passion for teaching 
    • Reading to elementary school children at the Tytler and Winegard schools for many years
    • Advice shared with others in public service to always cherish their families and loved ones
    • Service to the federal government in many capacities always carried out with class and dignity
    • Amazing sense of humour
    • Generous, peaceful, a willing mentor 
    • His favourite quote: “As one person I cannot change the world but I can change the world of one person”
    • His frequent words of wisdom to other Rotarians starting up new projects : “Keep Going!”
    Special thanks to all who shared memories. May all these memories be held tenderly in our hearts.
     
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    Camp Enterprise 2018 Report

    Another successful year for Rotary Camp Enterprise
     
    From May 1-3, 2018, 46 lucky high school students, from grades 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 3-day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo focused on business and entrepreneurship.  Rotary Camp Enterprise is a unique cooperative effort of Rotary Clubs in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus in Rotary District 7080.  The program, sponsored by 11 Rotary Clubs across the region, costs approximately $15,000 and is paid fully by Rotary.
     
    Camp Enterprise 2018 Report Terrie Jarvis 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

    World Water Day is Almost Here!

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    A WASRAG SPECIAL BULLETIN
    World Water Day Competition - Your club could win $500!
     
     
     
     
     
    What is World Water Day? 
    World Water is fast approaching!  Your club and district can help celebrate World Water Day. It focuses on the approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide who must rely on water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and other waterborne diseases.
    The UN's Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.  In 1993, the UN General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Water Day.  It is now a globally recognized event.
     
     
    $$$$$ - What can you win? 
    Two prizes will be awarded: 
    $500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact)
    $500 US for the most innovative project
     
     
    What must you do?
     
    Whatever works best for your community!  In some areas March 22nd is in the middle of a dry season - or a monsoon.  In the north, rivers may be frozen until Spring.  The choice is yours!  All we ask is that the project improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness of it in YOUR community. You could, for example:
    • Clean up debris along a waterway, lake, creek, pond, stream, or other water source.
    • Prevent erosion by planting trees and native plants along a water source.
    • Build awareness in your community - encourage students to write essays on the importance of water and what THEY can do to protect it.
    • Encourage farmers in your area to use eco-friendly chemicals that will not damage fragile water systems.
    • If your community's water source is safe, eliminate plastic water bottles.  If they are a necessity ensure they are collected and recycled appropriately.
    Use your imagination!  The bottom line is to educate your community on the importance of protecting its water sources.  Get them involved! 
    Whenever possible, please consult with your local water or conservation authority to ensure that your efforts are compatible with conditions in your area!  For example, cleaning a watercourse during spawning season could have a negative impact. 
     
     
    Need Ideas? 
    A good place to look is the World Water Day website.  You will find a wealth of ideas to kick-start your project.   
     
     
    Share your story  
    Please use your project to celebrate World Water Day.  You can promote it at your regular club meeting closest to March 22nd, 2018.  WASRAG will share some of them in its monthly newsletter.  And - why not tell your story to the Rotary world yourself?  Go to the RI website and post it on Rotary Club Central and/or Rotary Showcase! 
     
     
    Who will judge the entries? 
    The members of WASRAG's Membership Satisfaction Team, including Chris Etienne - USA (Chair) and Tom Bos - USA, Ada Cheng - Hong Kong, Rich Churchman - USA, Toro de Silva - Brazil, V.N. Singh - India, Ndukwe Chukwu - Nigeria and Rob Crabtree - New Zealand will review all applications and submit a short-list of finalists to WASRAG's Operations Team.
     
     
    How do you enter the competition? 
    Submit a brief description of your project, including what you have done, the target audience and the expected impact of the project.  Remember to tell us your Club name and District number and give us a contact name, email address and phone number.  Some projects will be showcased on the WASRAG website.   
    DEADLINE:  Please submit all entries by May 1st, 2018.  
    AWARDS:  Winners will be notified by May 31st, 2018.  The awards will be presented at WASRAG's Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 23rd, 2018.
    Please send all entries to WorldWaterDayChallenge
     
     
    How it all started! 
    Many of you will have read the fantastic story of the Rotary Club of South Ukiah (California) District 5130's "Cleaning the Rivers of the World" program in WASRAG's October 2017 Newsletter.
    Spearheaded by passionate water champion, Salvador Rico, the South Ukiah club challenged Rotary clubs around the world to clean up rivers in their communities.
    Inspired by Salvador and his club's efforts - WASRAG now invites you and your club to get involved in water - and maybe win some funding for your water projects!
     
     
    DON'T FORGET ABOUT WASRAG's WORLD WATER SUMMIT 10! 
     
    Have you registered for WWS-10?  Stay tuned for more news on the exciting speakers and events we have planned for June 22, 2018 at Toronto's Delta Hotel, right next to the Convention Centre, the day before the Rotary International Annual Convention.  Go to REGISTER NOW......
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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