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Rotary Club of Fonthill
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Fonthill, ON  L0S 1E0
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Fonthill, ON  L0S 1E0
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Mudfest 2017 

Congratulations to all motivated run Participants, dedicated Volunteers, supportive Sponsors and helping Rotarians for their amazing efforts in making Mudfest 2017 the BEST EVER! Those efforts and support culminated in a $5000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters last week! 

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of South Niagara Executive Director Barb Van der Heyden said the funds will help them to continue matching 'Littles" with volunteer "Bigs', who act as role models helping kids in need realize their full potential. 

Now that the mud, rain and cold are a distant memory, we hope that you will be part of Mudfest 2018 again at Bissell's Hideaway.  The date is set for Saturday, May 5 so mark your calendars!
Weather forecast is predicting sun, 15 degrees with a STRONG likelihood of MUD!!
On Tuesday evening the Club gathered to formally honour, express our deep appreciation and induct 4 members of the community as our 2017 Paul Harris Fellows. They are  truly leaders in making a difference in the lives of many locally and internationally!
The passion, vision and commitment of the honourees was inspirational to all who heard of their unselfish, substantial accomplishments while serving  people across all ages, genders and communities.
Pictured here (L to R) are Karen CHCOSKI (teacher EL Crossley Secondary School & leader of the school's Interact Club); Ann Mantini-Celima (Founder and Executive Director Wellspring Cancer Support); Tim Droppert (Teacher/Librarian AK Wigg Public School and Leader of Canada's first Rotary Earlyact Club);
Fonthill Rotarian Jayne Watson (Entrepreneur whose profits support Pelham Cares, past Club Secretary and Club Board Member).
Once again we thank the recipients for their Service Above Self!
The torrential rains this week made Mudfest 2017 fundraiser held at Bissell's Hideaway muddier than ever! Nearly 300 runners braved the courses (Youth and Adult) course enhancements included inflatable obstacles. The Club with the help of the Shriners of Niagara, community volunteers and the Pelham Fire Department pulled out all the stops making this a great success for a GREAT cause, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Niagara. We couldn't have succeeded without the incredible support of the Miklavcic family and the staff of Bissell's Hideaway. Recognize our very own AG Frank Adamson and some of  our fantastic District 7090 Youth Exchange students?  
While recently vacationing in Panama, Rotarian Mel Groom came across Ralph Day,President Elect of the Boquete, Panama Rotary Club.  The Club has an active fundraiser where they sell great coffee grown, roasted, packed and donated by another Rotarian at her farm. The proceeds from sales of the coffee go to support the educational scholarships sponsored by their Club.! Mel supported their fundraiser and upon her return told us about the great program.She presented a package of really fresh coffee to our Assistant Governor/Past President Frank Adamson upon her return. Many thanks Mel!
Recently, for another year the Club donated $400 to Ronald Macdonald House Hamilton (RMHH) as part of the Meals That Heal program. Ralph Winslade, Art Veldhuizen, Mel Groom and Jane Watson volunteered for the field trip. While there they met the staff and volunteers, took a tour of the facility, then prepared a delicious meal for the overnight guests. Guests stay at RMHH while supporting their loved ones (mostly children and youth) who are  undergoing treatment at MacMaster Hospital. After a long day and night at the Hospital, the comfort of staying and having a hot meal at RMHH, is just what is needed to offset some of the stress. A BIG shout out again to Ralph, Art, Mel and Jayne for acting as our Club Chef Ambassadors! Fantastic Community Outreach by you all!
Super proud of what we accomplished working with the Rotary District 7090 on a matching grant program! We were able to supply Rose City Kids with four Apple iPads for use in their programming and administrative duties. #WeAreRotary making every dollar count in our community.
The Club presented Lori Grande of Pelham Cares with two donations at the same time earlier today!
We have again supported the Pelham Cares fall food drive financially and to their programming by donating macaroni and cheese meal packs for their client use.
The meal packs were prepared during the weekend's District 7090 District Conference held in Batavia, New York. Attendees (including from our Club) worked frantically to create 5000 individual meal packages, which is enough for 30,000 individual meal servings!   
The meal packaging program was coordinated for the conference by the Iowa based charitable organization "The Outreach Program". To date they and their food program supporters have prepared over 400 Million meal servings! To see what amazing work this organization performs please view their website, www.theoutreachprogram.org .  
Another GREAT example of our Club and Rotarians working with others to Serve Humanity!
Authored & posted Club Secretary - Jayne Watson


One of Fonthill's finest, Rotarian Frank Adamson, Assistant Governor participated in this epic 7 day, 24 hour bike ride from Oakville, ON to Miami, FL covering almost 3000km to raise funds.  There were 28 cyclists and 23 volunteers completed the Wellspring Peloton Challenge and by the time the riders crossed the finish line in Miami on September 30, they had each pedaled an average of 120 km a day, and climbed a total of 14,443 meters.

Greeting the team of riders and volunteers in Miami were a group of Wellspring Warriors – individuals who are facing cancer or who are cancer survivors, along with a large group of cheering family members and friends of the ride team.

Each rider committed to fundraising $10,000 and many have exceed this goal.

Since inception the Wellspring Peloton Challenge has raised over $2 million to help Wellspring continue to provide vital cancer support programs, at no cost, to people living with cancer and those who care for them.

Also, for the second time this year, 38 cyclists participated in the Wellspring Peloton Experience, a 1-day cycling event through Southern Ontario that launched the same day as the Wellspring Peloton Challenge. Participants had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to partake in the Wellspring Peloton Challenge without going the full distance. Cyclists completed either The Classic (60km) or The Turnaround (110 km) and collectively raised over $26,000 for Wellspring.

See highlights from the 2016 Peloton Challenge!

Welcome to Fonthill! A lucky 13 years after unveiling the first entry sign on Hwy 20 at Hurricane Road, we joined DG Marlee Diehl and members of Town of Pelham staff and council to unveil the new and improved version. Thank you all who supported this project.
Leon Von Ruden the German exchange student nominated by the Paderborn-Kaiserpfalz Rotary club arrived on Monday for his year-long Canadian adventure with our club! Once getting settled he was anxious to see his new school, E.L. Crossley ! The school also hosts a very active student Interact Club. Leon attended our Club’s meeting on today and was formally introduced as our guest of honour to the membership and received a gift of our club baseball hat from Assistant Governor Frank Adamson and Club President Paul Allen.
Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank
Frank Adamson (now our AG) of the Rotary Club of Fonthill had the vision to support the local food bank and he went right to work putting all the pieces together to make it happen. Needs were assessed, plans were developed and with the financial support of RBC Wealth Management and Rotarian Mel Groom the vision became a reality. In the sweltering heat of July, Rotarian Mike Taylor and the other strong backs at Youth Resources Niagara completed the garden framing and soil installation.
The gardens have already supplied tasty, nutritious, fresh produce to food bank patrons and some of the local critters!
Photos show – Garden being tended by Club President Paul Allen  and cheque presentation by Rotarians Mel Groom, Paul Allen, Mike Taylor and the volunteers of Pelham Cares.
The Positive Impact of Club Meetings and Guest Speakers
What started out in  May as a great human interest presentation by guest speaker Mrs. Gina Di Lorenzo of the Quilts of Valour- Niagara Canada Chapter (QOV) quickly offered an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Fonthill to get involved !
QOV is a registered charity, non profit, volunteer based national program that started in 2006. Since then, in honour of their service and dedication to our country, QOV has provided comfort to Canada’s veterans in their time of need by having donated over 5000 quilts!
Club member, President Elect Paul Snack was present during Gina’s club presentation and immediately identified a disabled veteran now living in a Long Term care facility who would be a worthy recipient of QOV’s generosity.
Wheels were put in motion by the club, to coordinate between the Niagara and Eastern Ontario QOV chapters. On Canada Day 2016, Major (Army) Jeff WILLIS was the surprise recipient of a gifted QOV quilt.
Jeff and his family were very touched and deeply grateful of the organization’s generosity and to Rotary for making this event happen!  He wrapped himself in the quilt clearly feeling the love honouring a very dedicated man.  His family also feels comfort that although Jeff is living in silence he isn’t living alone.
For more information about QOV please go to www.quiltsofvalour.ca
Just another example of Rotary Serving Humanity!
Photo taken during presentation left to right -
Mrs. Vicky WILLIS, Major Jeff WILLIS, Mrs. Jan EASTON, VP Quilts of Valour – Eastern Ontario, Zachary SNACK & President Elect Paul SNACK
Check out our Past President Frank Adamson exchanging banners during his visit to England, Frank was warmly welcomed by the Stratford Upon Avon Club!
Breakfast view for Rotary meeting this morning. Join us here for our 25th anniversary golf tournament on Monday July 25. Email Hugh Graham at rotary@ubkool.com for details!
New President Paul Allen's first order of business was to welcome new member Doug Dobrocky to the club!!  A big welcome from all the club!
Picture:  Left to right President Paul Allen, new member Doug Dobrocky and Club Administrator and sponsor Robert Eamer.

Welcome to our newest member, Bruce Elliott (welcome back, for some of us!)


The Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed an end of year celebration of Frank Adamson's presidential year of the Fonthill Rotary Club and a kick off for Paul Allen's start as the new President. ...And a coming together of truly outstanding members that make it all happen!



WELLAND, ON – With tears in their eyes, José and Claudia, alongside their three young children, entered their newly constructed house as homeowners for the first time today. Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the first Habitat home in Ontario to be built in a modular style on a college campus, in this case in the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.

This past spring, the house was trucked to and assembled on its permanent site on Martin Street, with the final stages of construction completed at that time by “volunteer” builders from local companies and community groups (Rotary Club of Fonthill), with support from Habitat’s volunteer Site Hosts and Build volunteers. The house was built through financial and gift-in-kind support from across Niagara.

As part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the Niagara College Construction Techniques program, seventy students constructed this home over the past school year. The students learned highly sought after skills in today’s job market and have the satisfaction of helping build a home – and hope – for people living right in their own community.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill also presented to the Palma Family a beautiful quilt that was made and donated by two very talented women ...  Jennifer Allen, wife of our President Elect Paul Allen & Maureen Larivee.





The Rotary Club of Fonthill celebrated its 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 11th, 2016 at Lookout Point Golf Club.  Pictured are from left-right:
Gail Levay, Sgt. at Arms, and Charter Member, Joe Eigner, PAG, PP Rotary Club of Welland, Gail Baltjes-Bazinet, Charter President, Doug Burr, PP &  Charter Member and DG Kevin Crosby.
Joe was the President of the Welland Club, who was the sponsor of the Club 25 years ago.  Joe and his wife flew in from Edmonton for the celebration and was awarded another Paul Haris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Welland and made an honorary member of the Fonthill Club.  Eighteen past presidents were in attendance and 6 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.  A very special night for all in attendance.
Sarah Semerjian and Roy Kirkup from the Rotary Club of Fonthill promoting Pelham Mudfest Challenge May 2016.  Did you know this year the Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary?
The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently donated $3,000 from the Pelham Mudfest 2015! This donation will go towards Wellspring Niagara's FUTURE home in Pelham!

We are hoping this year's event will be even MUDDIER and even more successful!   Come Play In The Mud on Saturday May 14 at the Pelham Mudfest Challenge!...

Run by the Rotary Club of Fonthill in support of Rotary International and local projects (including Wellspring Niagara’s Future Home in Pelham), the 6km mud-run obstacle course takes place at Bissell’s Hideaway in the heart of Short Hills!

Early registrants pay $65 to participate (before February 29th) while anyone who joins after pays $75. Participants receive admission to the Filthy Fun Obstacle Course, a T-Shirt, a Race Finisher Dog Tag, Beer or Wine, Lunch, Live Entertainment and a Chance to win some Fun Prizes!

For more information about the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016 – please visit www.pelhammudfest.ca
From Left to Right:  Deputy Police Chief Joe Matthews, R.R.P.S., Ann Mantini-Celima and our President Frank Adamson

We were privaliged to have Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack.  Karen shared the following with us and we would like to share it with you ...

Can you imagine what it is like to be a hungry child?

Think how hard it is to concentrate or function. You feel tired and lethargic. Your head may hurt. If you’re having a difficult time generally, being hungry makes everything worse. Now imagine you are sitting in a classroom struggling to make sense of your teachers’ instructions as you battle hunger pangs and fatigue.

Every day in cities across Canada, elementary school children arrive at school with empty stomachs, trying to learn without the benefit of proper nourishment.

Blessings in a Backpack is a unique program designed to support schoolchildren who simply do not have enough to eat on weekends. Families who struggle with hunger or who are ‘food insecure’ rely on food banks and other resources during the week, but many cannot satisfy weekend needs. This is where we step in.

The program works like this: kids take home a backpack filled with food every Friday and return the backpack empty on Monday, ready to start their week. How does this simple act help? The benefits and impact are immediate: attendance and productivity soar; students report greater attentiveness and improved energy; teachers see improvements in study habits and demeanour; parents feel relief and support for their own family. Above all, communities grow – and lives are changed.

And the best part? Because Blessings in a Backpack receives discounted food from sponsors, feeding a single child on weekends throughout the school year only costs $100! And 100% of every donation is directed towards the program.

Hunger doesn’t take weekends off. Blessings in a Backpack is a simple, effective way to ensure kids come to school on Monday ready for the week ahead. Every child in Canada deserves that support.

Please support Blessings in a Backpack and make a difference to a child today. On behalf of every hungry child we feed, thank you.

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