Robert Morrow
Apr 08, 2020 5:00 PM
Canada’s Role in the Global Space Program
Shauna MacLeod - to be rescheduled
Apr 15, 2020 7:15 AM
The Willow Arts Community
Heather Scott - Cancer Society
Apr 15, 2020 5:00 PM
April - Cancer Awareness Month
Trevor Van Nest - Rotarian - to be rescheduled
Apr 22, 2020 7:15 AM
Niagara Region Money Coaches
Marcia Young - to be rescheduled
Apr 29, 2020
St John Ambulance - cheque 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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All Meetings and Events Postponed Until Further Notice

Please note that all regular meetings and scheduled Rotary Club of Fonthill events are postponed until further notice.  Please email info@rotarycluboffonthill.ca if you have questions.
Update: We are in the process of rescheduling meetings online by Zoom.  Please stand by and follow list of Speakers on this home page.
Niagara Family FunFest 2020: We have consulted with Bissell's Hideaway about this and have established a new date on Saturday, September 12th
Thank you for your support, patience and understanding.
Please watch this space for further updates.
We are asking for your help to start producing home sewn fabric masks.  
What do we need?
  • We are looking for quilting cotton ( larger squares), tightly woven cotton, cotton/poly blends.  Donations of old cotton or cotton/poly sheets or clean pillow cases would work.   Tightly woven tea towels could help if they are not stained.  Apparently men's dress shirts are often good options.  
  • We are looking for 1/8 inch elastic or 1/4 inch twill cotton ribbon.
  • We also invite any members or their family to participate in this project.
Ann H has contacted "Sewing Army" in Niagara Falls for advice and Allison Kares from Movement Unlimited who is putting sewing mask kits together.  
Our committee believes that there is going to be an exponential need for these masks in the weeks to come.  We all know that the medical masks should be dedicated to our health care workers.
If you have fabric or would like to participate let us know and we will put a group together.  
Yours In Rotary,
Mel, Ann, Annie and Angela
Due to the current global Covid-19 pandemic, our Club's 2019-2020 Exchange Student, Fanny returned home to Namur, Belgium. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to say Thank You/Merci to everyone before leaving, but is hoping that she will be able to return with her family for a proper Club sendoff soon! 
Under very tight timelines prior to her flight, she was able to complete her beautiful Canada quilt, which she is proudly displaying!
Fanny posted on Facebook a moving message reflecting on her magical and life changing 220 day exchange to Canada. Fanny closed her post, "This isn't a goodbye, but a see you later. It's just another page I'm having to turn in my book, but it's not the end of my story. I love you all and will miss you lots..see you guys laterheartheart"

March 14, 2020 UpdatePlease Note that due to COVID-19 this event is being postponed until Fall 2020.  All tickets and sponsorships will be refunded unless otherwise requested.  If you would like to hold your tickets and/or sponsorship for the fall event please email: info@rotarycluboffonthill.ca.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Please note that this event is SOLD OUTThanks so much for your support!

The Rotary Club of Fonthill is pleased to announced that Purse Bingo is back by popular demand on April 3, 2020! 

Please note that due to COVID-19 this event has been rescheduled to Saturday September 12, 2020

Purchase your tickets early!

Please note that due to COVID-19 this event has been rescheduled to Saturday September 12, 2020
Enjoy a fabulous day of frivolous, fun-filled summer activities at this fantastic facility, while helping the Rotary Club of Fonthill raise important funds for worthy charities here in your community.
Here are just some of the highlights:Your one-price admission gains you access to a gigantic one acre pool, a thrilling waterslide, Pelham’s biggest kiddie splash pad, pedal boats in the lagoon, picnic games and prizes, local bands will be performing, a Shriners BBQ lunch, face painting, mini golf, clowns, learn to fly a drone and maybe even get to ride a UNICORN!

Oh. And we’re still planning! You can expect many more interesting and interactive activities to come! We plan to have something of interest for everyone in the whole family.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill and PenFinancial were pleased to present matching contributions to Sam Baio for Socks for Change.
Socks for Change charity provides warm, quality wool socks and winter accessories to charities, shelters and schools in every community across Niagara.  
Mel Groom (Past-President), Mike Taylor (President), Sam Baio (Socks for Change) and Kelly Sauriol (PenFinancial)

Pen Financial Family Funfest Platinum Sponsor

Pen Financial’s CEO Ken Janzen and Fonthill Branch Manager Kelly Sauriol announced that Pen will be the Family Funfest Platinum Sponsor at today’s meeting. Showing off the newly printed “Save the date cards” are Paul Allen; Paul Snack (Event Co Chairs); Ms Kelly Sauriol; Club President Mike Taylor and Mr Ken Janzen. Family Funfest will be held at Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday June 20, 2020 from 11am to 3pm. Proceeds will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Niagara and our Club’s other youth activities. Discounted tickets on sale online at:https://niagarafamilyfunfest2020.eventbrite.ca/

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.
Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaak anounced the new theme to incoming District Governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA today.
Rotary District 7090 Governor Elect Frank Adamson shared news of the new theme with the Rotary Club of Fonthill from the Assembly.
Read more on this exciting event and the new theme here: Rotary Opens Opportunities
RI President Elect Holger Knaak and Suzanne with DGE Frank and Judy Adamson at the International Assembly in San Diego.
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.   
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