Dr. Barry Wright, Kelly Vlaar
Jan 29, 2020
Canada Games
Josie Faccini
Feb 05, 2020
Niagara Workforce Planning
Sam Baio
Feb 19, 2020
Socks for Change and Grant Presentation
Rotarian Heather Scott
Feb 26, 2020
Classification Presentation
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           Rotary Club of Fonthill


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Meridian Community Centre 2ND Floor
100 Wellspring Way
Fonthill, ON L0S 1E6
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Please note deadline for submissions is February 15, 2020
Every year the Rotary Club of Fonthill offers grants to community minded organizations for various projects. Some of these have included purchasing tablets for Rose City Kids, a freezer for Pelham Cares, 2 defibrillators for St John Ambulance, 3000 pairs for socks for Socks for Change to name a few of the more recent recipients.
This year the club has $5000 available and is asking not for profit organizations for application submissions. The service project must be new and not started. Funds would be available in the fall of 2020.
The project must align with the mission of The Rotary Foundation, which is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
If your group is interested, please contact Mel at info@rotarycluboffonthill.ca for information and application document. Deadline for submissions will be February 15, 2020.
We honoured community member, Dr. Jeannette Lewis with a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her many years of ongoing support to EL Crossley Interact Club.  A Paul Harris Fellow Award is Rotary's highest recognition to acknowledge individuals who contribute to the betterment of our community.  We appreciate all that Jeannette does for Crossley.  Picture includes Pat Duncan, Jeannette and President Mike Taylor. 
Our Rotary Club of Fonthill is growing again!  Welcome to Heather Scott, our newest member!  Heather is a long-time resident of Niagara and believes in our motto of "Service Above Self".   We look forward to her friendship and support in the coming years!
Mark your calendar and make your way to the Meridian Community Centre on Fri., Jan. 3, 2020! Free community skate. Donations to Pelham Cares Inc greatly appreciated. To make the most impact with your donation, visit https://pelhamcares.org/how-to-help/#items-most-needed
Rotary Holiday Skate
This combined online and YourTV auction is brought to you by the Rotary Clubs of Niagara, including the Rotary Clubs of Fonthill, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Sunrise, St. Catharines and Welland.
You can register and start bidding at rotarytvauction.ca.
Learn more about the Rotary Clubs of Niagara and this event HERE.
The Live TV Auction will be held on December 5 through 7, 2019.
Contact number: 289-479-5548 or e-mail auction@rotarytvauction.ca
We are a small and mighty club who do great things!  Our first attempt at hosting a Purse Bingo was a winning success. We raised over $5500 towards cost of Raising The Arches campaign. The proceeds will be donated to Niagara Foundation For Catholic Education in support of the Catholic Education Centre at Seaway Mall.  The students with teacher supervision are planning to construct the arches for downtown Fonthill.
Long term Rotary Member Joe Eigner has passed away in Edmonton.  He was a Rotary Club member for over 50 years and remained an Honourary Member of the Rotary Club of Fonthill since moving to Edmonton.
His Obituary can be viewed here:
and on the Edmonton Journal site here:
Tributes can be posted on the Edmonton Journal site.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Rotary Club of Fonthill Funfest 2019 committee and event Corporate sponsors in attendance (FM105.1 The River; Pen Financial Credit Union and Boggios Pharmacy Group) presented Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Niagara a cheque for $8000. Again, we have just provided program funding for 8 children in need. 
Again it shows the spirit of Rotary and the adage that many hands make light work!
Notwithstanding less than perfect weather the inaugural Funfest event was well supported by the Community, Corporately and our membership.
Planning already in place for 2020! Save the date at Bissell's Hideaway on Saturday, June 20th, 2020.  

The skies looked iffy at times, but the hundreds who came out to Bissell’s Hideaway this past Saturday were treated to the sights, sounds, and actions of old-fashioned family fun by attending our first annual Niagara Family Fun Fest. The day featured more than 30 community based activities, presentations, games and full access to the amazing onsite Bissell's activities!  

Volunteer and community based organizations provided everything from learning to fly a drone, to ride a unicorn, have a wagon therapy pony ride, burn off energy at the obstacle bouncey castle, listen to great live bands, enjoy tasty snacks and have a delicious barbecue lunch served by the Niagara Shriners. There was information for healthy living, bee sustainability, yoga demos, massage therapy, tractor wagon rides, paddle boarding, mini putt challenges, carnival-type games in the Kids Zone, a reptile display and even face painting.

Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara, Notre Dame Secondary, EL Crossley High School and Interact. 

Event feedback has been INCREDIBLE, we are already planning next years Family Fun Fest!

Proceeds from the special low admission price will go towards funding youth activities supported by the Rotary Club of Fonthill and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara.

Our club is so pleased to have 2 new members joining us.  Pictured are Sponsor Angela Carter with Rotarian Meghan McNaughton ND and Sponsor Frank Adamson with Rotarian Dave Schulz. We look forward to their energy and fresh ideas.  
Last night, we celebrated our very own DGE Frank Adamson being recognized for the much deserved award of Kinsmen Pelham Citizen of the Year 2018.  Frank lives by our Rotary motto "Service Above Self" every day.  Our club and Rotary International are so fortunate to have him leading by example.
End Poverty Feet First is the message Sam Baio brought to our club.  Sam is retired owner of West 49 and philanthropist that discovered a need and then a solution to help keep those less fortunate warm in the winter.  As we all know, feet are the first body part to get cold and stay cold.  Three years ago, Sam set out to source warm wool socks and other warm winter gear.  He found a textile company in Jordan that would knit German wool socks, similar to what our military wears, for a cost of $2 a pair.  That is 8 quarters, hence "Socks for Change" was born.  In the first year, Sam ordered and delivered 2500 pairs in New York and across Niagara.  The following year he ordered 4000 pairs and this is just the tip of the ice berg for need.  Sam is making great connections through schools, homeless shelters and community outreach programs.  Hats and head gear have also been added to his distributable inventory.  All funds raised through donations go directly to cost of sock production.  Sam is someone who lives our Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" and we are proud to assist his work any way we can.
Donation boxes are located in local businesses such as Pen Financial, Starbucks, Boggio Family Pharmacy and The Post Office.   
Our Club was honoured to have Mayor Junkin, early in his new role,  provide an update on Town affairs at a recent morning meeting.  We were also joined by Acting CEO Teresa Quinlin and Director of Recreation, Culture and Wellness Vickie vanRavenswaay.  It is exciting to hear what our staff and council have planned for the coming year.  Topics touched on were the upcoming budget, potential sale of land, MCC programs, snow removal and use of farm land. Pelham has a beautiful new community centre that we need to embrace and enjoy as it is intended.   And most importantly, we all love our community and need to work together now and in the future.  
A local Beaver is working to reach Scout's highest honour, the North Star Beaver Award.  Harry Seppala, 7, is raising funds to support the Annual Christmas Hamper Campaign for Pelham Cares.  He and his Dad, David were our guests on Wednesday morning.  Harry shared his passion and fundraising story with our Club.  Shown standing on a chair is Beaver Harry Seppala and Club Past President Paul Allen.
The town lit Pelham Arches blue and gold on Oct 24 in honour of World End Polio Day. Polio may seem to be a disease of yesteryear to North Americans, but in truth, around the globe, it is not. Rotary International’s efforts have come so far in the past few decades to completely eradicate polio from the world, yet a few countries still report a handful of new cases each year.
Hi, I’m Michael Jacques. 
With these four words our guest speaker this morning (along with dad Marcel) blew us away with his story of overcoming adversity to become a community leader.
Have you read his book yet? If not, you should! “Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book” available now at Fonthill Sobeys and online through Apple books.
Rotary Club of Fonthill was proud to participate with 11 local Rotary Clubs to create an inaugural global cluster grant.  Each club agreed to provide $1000US to the cluster pool that would extrapolate to over $80000US with multiplier effects from Rotary International and Federal Government. 
Four clubs presented worthy projects for the group’s consideration.  After much consideration, a vote was taken and our first global grant will work towards eliminating Preventable Maternal and Child Mortality in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  The goal is that mothers and babies survive childbirth and thrive for a lifetime.  The Rotary Club of Lincoln will be the International Partner and the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur will be the Host Partner.  All the local clubs involved in the cluster grant will be available to offer assistance throughout the project.

Rotary Club of Fonthill in partnership with the Welland Pelham Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet and Greet for all candidates running for Council,  Regional Council, School Boards and Mayor on Tuesday night at the Fonthill Legion followed by an informative debate with the three Mayoral Candidates. Dr. David Siegel of Brock University moderated the debate with fair and thoughtful questions from the public.  Three questions were provided to the candidates one week prior to debate and included asking what the biggest issue is facing the Municipality, how to restore integrity at the Region and what personal and professional experiences would make them an effective Mayor.  These were followed by eight questions from the floor covering topical municipal issues such AirBNBs, marijuana farms, town debt, downtown revitalization and the Fonthill Bandshell.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of all avenues available to get to know the candidates running for municipal election and equally importantly, get out and vote on Oct 22.
Thank you to Your TV/Cogeco, who were on hand to record the evening and have it posted on their website (https//www.yourtv.tv/niagara).  It will also air on Cogeco on Wednesday, Sept 26 at 9:30pm.

Welcome Home and Well Done Tour du Lac Cyclists!

Yesterday, 16 tired, but enthusiastic cyclists and 4 support drivers crossed the finish line at the new home of Wellspring Niagara after circumventing Lake Ontario in the second annual Tour du Lac ride to raise funds for a great program. We were met by family, friends, donors, Rotarians and Fonthill Lions Club members who co-hosted a BBQ for us. Mayor Dave, Executive Director Ann Mantini, Chair Joe Matthews and District 7090 Rotary Governor Melisa Shrock were there to congratulate us on another successful ride. Three Wellspring “Warriors”, people living with cancer with the support of Wellspring were present at the start and the finish of the ride to cheer us on and to give us the inspiration to carry on around the lake. This ride is supported by a number of Rotary Clubs in Niagara as well as Kingston, Webster, N.Y. and Lockport N.Y. who have hosted dinners for the team every year. Last year we raised $90,000 and we are close to our goal of $80,000 this year. We are still accepting donations. http://ow.ly/wxhg30l4GUC Our goal is to raise $250,000 for the naming of the Rotary Tour du Lac Room at the new centre. So we will be back next year. A big shout out to our sponsors who underwrite all of our costs: Lucchetta Homes, Boggio Pharmacy, Root Bissonnette Walker LLP, Rotary Club of Fonthill, Stolk Construction, Kwik Fit Niagara, Safestor and Willowbrook Nursery. And thanks to the cyclists, support drivers and their families for supporting us and those that made donations to them. Frank Adamson, Chair, TDL

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