Purse Bingo Returns to Fonthill on Nov 9, 2022

Posted by Ann Harrison on Sep 11, 2022
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Purse Bingo Returns


Many thanks to all of our valuable sponsors and donors - Debbie Pine, Shelly Marr Mouck, Meridian, Cathy Berkhout Bosse, Diana Huson, Kane Cosmetics, Pauline Oliver, Dean Fluke, Darve Richardson, and Terry Lynn Adamson are all sponsoring purses for the regular draw.  We then have a luxury gift basket (valued over $800) with donations from Strut Shoes, Styles Boutique, Lynda Carr Jewellry and Accelerated Health.  
(watch for updates, there will be future events)
The Purse Bingo Team of the Rotary Club of Fonthill is excited to announce the return of purse bingo.  Our Purse Bingo will be held at the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill in the Accursi Room on Wednesday, November 9th
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the games will start at 7 p.m.  The Team is collecting sponsorships for 10 designer purses and is preparing for an exciting evening of fun for the community.  
All proceeds from our Purse Bingo evening will go towards the nutrition programs of public elementary schools in Pelham – namely St. Alexander’s, St Ann’s Fenwick, A.K. Wigg, Glynn A. Green and Wellington Heights.  Additional support for Rotary Scholarships at E.L. Crossley Secondary School will be supported.
    Purse Bingo Returns to Fonthill on Nov 9, 2022 Ann Harrison 2022-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Raise the Arches Construction Underway in Pelham Town Square

    Posted by Dave Schulz on Jul 30, 2022
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    Following Successful Fundraising Campaigns and Multiple Pandemic-related Delays, the Arches are Going Up!
    Photo Albums
    Raise the Arches Construction Underway in Pelham Town Square Dave Schulz 2022-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls and South Niagara

    Posted by Dave Schulz on Jul 27, 2022
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    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes $3,500 of Proceeds from Niagara Family Funfest 2022 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls and South Niagara
    The Rotary Club of Fonthill was pleased to present a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) at the Club’s meeting this morning.  The funds are being provided to assist with the ongoing operations of BBBS in the Niagara community.  The funds come from the proceeds of the hugely successful Niagara Family Funfest 2022.
    BBBS provides a number of programs providing both one-to-one mentoring and group mentoring to children and youth across Niagara Falls and South Niagara.  Programs include Big Brother/Big Sister, In-School Mentoring, Go Girls!, Game On!, After School Program.
    In 2021, BBBS of Niagara Falls/South Niagara was supported by 214 volunteers and provided 399 mentoring opportunities!  Programs were delivered serving the communities of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Pelham, Port Colborne, Welland, and Wainfleet.
    At our July 27, 2022 meeting Sarah Ludberg and Melissa Lodba from BBBS shared a compelling presentation with Fonthill Rotarians describing the spectrum of services provided, including measured outcomes provided by the work that they do.
    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls and South Niagara Dave Schulz 2022-07-27 04:00:00Z 0 Big Brothers Big Sisters,Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls and South Niagara,Niagara Family Funfest

    Rotary Club of Fonthill Kid's Zone Rocks Canada Day with More Summer Action to Come

    Posted by Dave Schulz on Jul 09, 2022
    Rotary Club of Fonthill Kid's Zone Rocks Canada Day with More Summer Action to Come Dave Schulz 2022-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Delivers Cheque to Support Lincoln Pelham Public Library Programs

    Posted by Ann Harrison on Jun 22, 2022
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    The Rotary Club of Fonthill was pleased to welcome Julie Andrews and Amy Guilmette to their weekly meeting on June 22nd.  Julie and Amy introduced the members to the new partnership between these libraries and shared all the new and exciting opportunities that exist for community members. 
    Amy brought a “show and tell” box displaying some of the great items that you can take home from the library to use.  Items such as lifejackets, park passes and programmable robots represent the new vision of community libraries.  Amy also shared the on-line resources which allow users to access books, movies, documentaries, research papers and magazines from the comfort of your home. 
    Throughout the entire Rotary year, numerous speakers have shared their expertise and experiences with the club and in recognition of all of the guest speakers throughout the 2021-2022 Rotary year the club presented a cheque to the Lincoln Pelham Public Library.  This cheque promotes the Rotary goal of improving literacy in our community.
      Rotary Delivers Cheque to Support Lincoln Pelham Public Library Programs Ann Harrison 2022-06-22 04:00:00Z 0 Library,Lincoln Pelham Public Library,Literacy,Pelham Library

      Niagara Family FunFest 2022 a Huge Success

      Posted on Jun 19, 2022
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      With Thanks for a Fantastic Funfest!

      A huge thank you goes to all of our Rotary Club of Fonthill and E.L. Crossley members, volunteers, friends and sponsors for a simply fantastic Family Funfest.
      The weather while brisk first thing and windy, was great and the crowds at Bissell's Hideaway had a great time participating in a wide variety of activities.  From Unicorns, to music to Tech skills - mad science, drones, and inflatables and so much more - there was truly something for everyone.   And EVERYONE showed up.  What a great turnout we had from places near and far.
      The day simply could not have happened without the incredible amount of time put in by Janet Cripps and Paul Snack.  There are simply not enough words to express the gratitude we owe to these two power houses. 
        Niagara Family FunFest 2022 a Huge Success Ann Harrison 2022-06-19 04:00:00Z 0 Bissell's Hideaway Resort,E.L.Crossley Secondary School,EL Crossley Interact,Fundraising,Niagara Family Funfest

        Rotary Club of Fonthill promotes Niagara Family Funfest at Bissell’s

        Posted by Dave Schulz on May 20, 2022
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        Event Photo Album - photos will be added to this album as the come in!  Have a photo you would like to share?  Send it to info@rotarycluboffonthill.ca!
        Sarah Rose and Jeff Saylor From the band Evermile kick off our live music event followed by Brookelynn Vandervelde, from Wainfleet. 
        Brookelynn has been enjoying her journey in theatre, and has recently starred in "The Sound Of Music" at Guido De Bres Christian High School In Hamilton Ontario and will be graduating this Month. She is excited to start her journey as a singer song writer and will be sharing some of her original music with us during her performance.

        Ashley Goedee, 18, of Fonthill has been Teaching Piano, Vocals, and Guitar at Fonthill Music Academy.  She has been writing with her band "No More New" over the past couple of years. They have just released their first album on youtube. She is excited to perform and share some of her original music with us.

        Wainfleet's Paul Wainwright and Luke Martindale of "Two Fields Over" will be wrapping up our music event. Paul and Luke play locally with other musicians and will have Jeff Saylor on drums with them as well as Sarah as they team up and play some classic covers to close the afternoon.
        Enjoy a fabulous day of fun-filled summer activities at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, while helping the Rotary Club of Fonthill and E.L. Crossley Secondary School raise important funds for worthy charities and important Rotary initiatives here in your community.
        Rotary Club of Fonthill promotes Niagara Family Funfest at Bissell’s Dave Schulz 2022-05-20 04:00:00Z 0 Bissell's Hideaway Resort,E.L.Crossley Secondary School,Family FunFest,Niagara Family Funfest,Rotary Family Funfest,Rotary Interact

        Rotary Club of Fonthill promotes Niagara Family Funfest at Bissell’s with Early Bird Family Ticket Price

        Posted by Dave Schulz on May 01, 2022
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        Until the end of May, Family passes are available at an Early Bird price of $30!
        Enjoy a fabulous day of fun-filled summer activities at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, while helping the Rotary Club of Fonthill and E.L. Crossley Secondary School raise important funds for worthy charities and important Rotary initiatives here in your community.
        Here are just some of the highlights: Your one-price admission gains you access to the gigantic one-acre pool, a thrilling waterslide, Pelham’s biggest kiddie splash pad, pedal boats in the lagoon, drone demos, live music, bouncy castles, kids’ games, prizes, and much more! Sign-up for The Amazing Race - Family Edition to win a $200 gift certificate to My Place Grill in Fonthill. Children can meet and ride our FunFest Unicorns (yes that’s right, we’ll have two Unicorns visiting that day).  Once again, the Niagara Shrine Club will be selling great food for lunch from their BBQ! Proceeds from the BBQ support the great work they do in our Niagara community!
        Rotary Club of Fonthill promotes Niagara Family Funfest at Bissell’s with Early Bird Family Ticket Price  Dave Schulz 2022-05-01 04:00:00Z 0 Bissell's Hideaway Resort,E.L.Crossley Secondary School,Niagara Family Funfest,Rotary Family Funfest,Rotary Interact

        Rotary Family FunFest Returns for 2022, Tickets Now Available

        Posted by Paul Snack on Apr 28, 2022
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        April 28, 2022 UPDATE:
        Rotary Family FunFest Returns Father's Day Weekend, Saturday June 18, 2022, 10am - 3pm!
        Enjoy a fabulous day of frivolous, fun-filled summer activities at this fantastic facility, while helping the Rotary Club of Fonthill and Crossley High School raise important funds for worthy charities and important Rotary initiatives here in your community.

        Here are just some of the highlights: Your one-price admission gains you access to the gigantic one acre pool, a thrilling waterslide, Pelham’s biggest kiddie splash pad, pedal boats in the lagoon, drone demos, live music, bouncy castles, kids games, prizes, a BBQ lunch and much more! Sign-up for The Amazing Race - Family Edition to win a $200 gift certificate to My Place Grill in Fonthill. Children can meet and ride our FunFest Unicorns (yes that’s right, we’ll have two Unicorns visiting that day).

        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.
        Buy a family/group pass for 4 people for just $40 (early bird price of $30 available until May 31), or single tickets for $15 each. Children 3 and younger are free admission.

        REFUND POLICY: Refund requests will be honoured only until a deadline of 10 days before the scheduled event.
        Rotary Family FunFest Returns for 2022, Tickets Now Available Paul Snack 2022-04-28 04:00:00Z 0 Family FunFest,Fathers Day,Rotary Club of Fonthill

        Rotary Club of Fonthill Joins Town Earth Day Event for Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

        Posted by Dave Schulz on Apr 26, 2022
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        On April 23 the Town of Pelham held it's Earth Day Eco-Fest Cleanup. The event was staged at the Meridian Community Centre with community groups displaying information on their environmental work and volunteers cleaning up the vacant lands surrounding the centre.  This included storm water ponds and related waterways which are part of the Great Lakes Watershed. 
        Other groups including Rotary cleaned up additional green space and walking trails around Pelham including Steve Bauer Trail system and park space in Fenwick. 
        Photos of the event can be found on the Rotary Club website, and the Town's social media. 
        The Rotary Club of Fonthill is the latest recipient of the Pelham Community Beautification Committee’s monthly “Thank-you Card.”
        Rotary Club of Fonthill Joins Town Earth Day Event for Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Dave Schulz 2022-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

        Youth Resources Niagara - Virtual Raffle for Ukraine Relief

        Posted by Michael Taylor on Mar 30, 2022
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        @youthresourcesniagara in partnership with @rotarycluboffonthill are hosting a raffle for 1 limited edition print of "Hearts for Uraine" by artist Adam Young (@Ayoungstudios).
        All funds raised will be directed and donated through Rotary International Foundation Ukraine disaster relief fund.
        The Rotary Club of Fonthill was chartered on June 11, 1991 under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Welland. Charter President Gayle Baltjes led a team of 25 people to join the service groups of Fonthill. Many people have come and gone through Rotary over the years, and current membership stands at 36. Proudly part of the 'Best of Friends' Rotary District 7090!
        Youth Resources Niagara, is a non-profit, multi-faceted agency consisting of three residential homes as well as a variety of community-based programs. Every year Youth Resources Niagara provides services for over 160 youths locally.
        Youth Resources Niagara - Virtual Raffle for Ukraine Relief Michael Taylor 2022-03-30 04:00:00Z 0 StandWithUkraine,Ukraine,Virtual Raffle,Youth Resources Niagara

        Rotary Club of Fonthill 2022 Campaigns

        Posted by Dave Schulz on Mar 25, 2022
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        The Rotary Club of Fonthill is Pleased to Share These Fundraising Campaigns for 2022

          By making a donation to our organization you help extend our ability to continue our mission into the future! 
          Rotary Club of Fonthill 2022 Campaigns Dave Schulz 2022-03-25 04:00:00Z 0 Fundraiser,Fundraising

          Rotary Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

          Posted on Mar 03, 2022
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          Rotary Club of Fonthill Action on Ukraine Update - March 12, 2022

          When crises occur globally you can count on Rotarians to jump in to assist.  The most recent crisis in Ukraine is no different.  As soon as word came out that the invasion was occurring, Rotarians started asking “How can I help?”.  

          Members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill have been answering the call for assistance throughout the past few weeks.  Many have made donations through the various channels – Rotary Foundation, Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Ukrainian Foundation.  They have also been donating much needed supplies to St John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Catharines who are operating locally as a central hub for collections.  

          Recently, Rotarian Mike Taylor, as well as President Ann Harrison, and her husband Michael Hrycusko, have been making trips to the Church Hall to deliver items collected.  Rotarian Janet Cripps is working with the E.L. Crossley school community to support a drive to collect items following the school break.  

          Thanks to all Rotarians and to members of the community who have so quickly stepped up to help.  For more information on how you can help, please refer to the Rotary Club of Fonthill website, the St John The Theologian Ukrainian Catholic Church, or The Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

          Rotary Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine 2022-03-03 05:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief,Rotary Responds,StandWithUkraine,Ukraine

          Rotary Club of Fonthill Announces FREE Family Day Skate

          Posted by Dave Schulz on Feb 10, 2022
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          The Rotary Club of Fonthill Annual Free Skate at the Meridian Community Centre will be held on Family Day Monday February 21, 2022 from 1:15pm to 3:00pm!
          This Rotary sponsored event is open to the public in conjunction with a full day of Family Day activities being held at the MCC, organized by the Town of Pelham.
          An information table will be set up to collect food items and donations as part of our Club drive in support of Food4Kids Niagara.  Receipts will be issued for monetary donations.  The fundraising campaign is being organized by the Niagara Rotaract Club, supported by the Rotary Club of Fonthill.
          Niagara Rotaract is also conducting a virtual Trivia Night in support of the Food4Kids fundraising effort.  Information and tickets are available at: Niagara Rotaract Trivia Event
          Rotary Club of Fonthill Announces FREE Family Day Skate Dave Schulz 2022-02-10 05:00:00Z 0 FamilyDay,Food4KidsNiagara,Niagara Rotaract,Rotaract,RotaryFreeSkate

          Rotary Club of Fonthill provides Grant to Women’s Place of South Niagara

          Posted by Mel Groom on Jan 20, 2022
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          Every year the Rotary Club of Fonthill supports a local project with a grant of up to $5000 CDN. This year the club purchased 20 desks and chairs for Women’s Place of South Niagara

          When the pandemic hit, women and their children were forced to isolate in their assigned rooms.  Imagine living in these tight quarters and trying to do schoolwork online.  There will be a brand-new desk and chair in every room to provide designated study space.  In the years to come this will give students a quiet space for their studies and homework.
          The grant includes funds in the amount of $1,984 USD provided by Rotary District 7090 through the Rotary Foundation District Grants program.
          Rotary Club of Fonthill provides Grant to Women’s Place of South Niagara Mel Groom 2022-01-20 05:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Community Service,Rotary District 7090,Womens Place of South Niagara

          Pelham Raise the Arches Construction Approved – Fundraising Campaign Continues

          Posted by Ann Harrison on Jan 06, 2022
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          The Rotary Club of Fonthill is excited to announce that with the recent approval of the Town of Pelham Council, the construction of the Pelham Arches is set to begin.  As many will recall, the Arches blew down several years ago.  The Raise the Arches committee then started the process of working to raise the funds needed to replace the temporary arches with permanent arches.  

          The Rotary Club of Fonthill worked collaboratively with the Summerfest Committee to support the Raise the Arches group.  Through a gala silent auction event and through the sponsorship of individual arches, over $48,000 was raised.  The Summerfest Committee set aside $36,000 and the Rotary Club of Fonthill has put forward $10,000 so far.  The building of the arches however stalled, as priorities of Covid took precedence. 

          Pelham Raise the Arches Construction Approved – Fundraising Campaign Continues Ann Harrison 2022-01-06 05:00:00Z 0 Canada Games 2022,Pelham Arches,Raise the Arches,Summerfest

          Rotary Club of Fonthill Supports Crossley Interact Holiday Cheer

          Posted by Ann Harrison on Dec 17, 2021
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          Thanks to the leadership of the Interact Club of E.L. Crossley and with support from the Rotary Club of Fonthill, nearly 20 families in Niagara will get to have a festive table of food and gifts to share.  

          The Interact Club with the Crossley Students’ Council, encouraged their home rooms classes to adopt families in need as identified by the Salvation Army.  Staff, students and Crossley families purchased gifts for the children and non-perishable food items for the family.  Many also included gifts and treats for the parents/grandparents.  Gift cards for local grocery stores will help families to purchase the remaining items needed for a festive dinner. 

          On Friday, December 17th, members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, who had adopted two of the families, came to the school and in short order all the boxes of items were loaded by the students into the cars for delivery to the collection site, Holy Trinity Church in Welland.  A collective spirit of giving was certainly felt by all.  

          Special thanks to students and to staff members Ms. Ranieri and Mrs. Varga as well as the whole Pelham community.

          Club President Ann Harrison: info@rotarycluboffonthill.ca
          Rotary Club of Fonthill Supports Crossley Interact Holiday Cheer Ann Harrison 2021-12-17 05:00:00Z 0 ELCrossley,Rotary Interact

          Niagara Rotaract Raising Funds for Food4Kids Niagara

          Posted by Michael Taylor on Dec 15, 2021
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          SKATING EVENT RESCHEDULED To FAMILY DAY Monday Feb 21 from 1:15pm to 3:00pm! .  Due to Ontario government measures announced on Jan 3rd planning for this free skate event is being postponed from the originally schedule date of Jan 7 to a NEW DATE of Feb 21.  The Food4Kids food drive and fundraising efforts will continueKwikfit Niagara will continue to accept food donations, and donors can bring food and monetary donations to the Skating Event.

          FOOD DROP-OFF

          Due to the postponement of the Family Skate Event at the Meridian Community Centre, this special food drop-off was arranged for members of the community to drop of food items.  The Food Drop-off was held on January 9th, 2022.

          Location: Kwikfit Niagara, 10 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0 - Thankyou to all who participated!

          Niagara Rotaract Raising Funds for Food4Kids Niagara Michael Taylor 2021-12-15 05:00:00Z 0 Food Drive,Food4KidsNiagara,Niagara Rotaract,Rotaract,RotaryFreeSkate

          Rotary Club of Fonthill Presents Paul Harris Fellow to Eight Pelham Citizens


          Posted by Ann Harrison on Nov 30, 2021
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          On Monday November 29, for the first time in over two years, the Rotary Club of Fonthill hosted an in-person Paul Harris celebration dinner.  Held at Lookout Point Country Club and attended by nearly 70 Rotarians, friends, family and community members, the event allowed the club to honour and recognize the community service and commitment of a number of individuals. 
          To begin the evening, the club presented three posthumous awards.  These recognitions went to three local politicians who died while the club was not holding awards dinners.  The late Gary Accursi, Mike Ciolfi and Ron Leavens all contributed greatly to the Town of Pelham through their political careers but also through their lifelong commitment to volunteering, coaching and supporting community events and activities.  In heartfelt tributes, each was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and had family, friends and former colleagues present to express their gratitude and appreciation.  Gary’s wife Mall and son Michael, Mike’s wife Michelle and Ron’s wife Karen accepted these awards.
          Rotary Club of Fonthill Presents Paul Harris Fellow to Eight Pelham Citizens  Ann Harrison 2021-11-30 05:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,Paul Harris Awards,ServeToChangeLives

          Scare Away Hunger!

          Posted by Ann Harrison on Nov 02, 2021
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          Thanks to the Students’ Council and Interact Club of E.L. Crossley who encouraged Cyclone families to donate non-perishable foods for Pelham Cares throughout the last week of October. 
          Staff and students brought in boxes of food that will help to restock the shelves at Pelham Cares. 
          Members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, who also collected food for this, were happy to swing by the school to safely collect the boxes and deliver them to the staff at Pelham Cares. 
          Watch for more information on how to contribute to the December food drive in the Voice of Pelham and myPelham.com.
          Scare Away Hunger! Ann Harrison 2021-11-02 04:00:00Z 0 EL Crossley Interact,Food Drive,Pelham Cares,Rotary Interact

          Rotary Day of Service

          Posted by Ann Harrison on Oct 25, 2021
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          The Rotary Club of Fonthill, along with other clubs in District 7090, participated in a Day of Service as part of the District Conference.   Members had multiple options to choose from, each of which connected with the Environmental Protection Avenue of Service.  

          Some of our members joined the local Rotaract Club to collaborate with a local Conservation Area to plant trees at Binbrook Conservation Area.  The group was extremely excited to have the Rotary International VP, Valarie Wafer, join the event.  While members were in Binbrook, some stayed closer to home and participated in a clean up around the Town of Pelham.  
          Rotary Day of Service Ann Harrison 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0 Day of Service,Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary District 7090

          Rotary Club of Fonthill Receives Three Prestigious Awards for 2020-21


          Posted by David Schulz on Oct 23, 2021
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          Rotary Citation recipient, the Rotary Club of Fonthill was presented with the Rotary District 7090 Lighthouse Award for the 2020-21 Rotary Year. Additionally, the club was awarded the Rotary District 7090 Governor's Trophy.
          The Rotary Club of Fonthill is the recipient of three prestigious awards for the Rotary Year that ended on June 30, 2021.  Club Past-President Hugh Graham was present at the conference today to receive the awards on behalf of the Club.  The awards were achieved by the Club while Hugh Graham was President and Past-President Frank Adamson was District Governor.
            Rotary Club of Fonthill Receives Three Prestigious Awards for 2020-21  David Schulz 2021-10-23 04:00:00Z 0 Governors Trophy,LighthouseAward,Rotary Citation,Rotary Club of Fonthill

            Fonthill Rotarians look to reward community builders

            Posted by Carolyn Mullin on Oct 07, 2021
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            After a bit of a forced break, due to the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Fonthill is once again ready to celebrate the humanitarian contributions of the Pelham community through the Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.

            The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary, which is “Services above Self.”

            Fonthill Rotarians look to reward community builders Carolyn Mullin 2021-10-07 04:00:00Z 0 Community Events,Paul Harris,Paul Harris Awards,Rotary Club of Fonthill

            MEGA Rotary TV Auction 2021!

            Posted by Annie Holtby on Oct 03, 2021
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            BIDDING OPENS WED NOV 24!
            The MEGA Rotary TV Auction is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Fonthill and 6 other Niagara Rotary Clubs, (Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Sunrise, St. Catharines & St. Catharines South). We are returning for our 13th year, partnered with Your TV. More than 1,800 items will be on the Auction Block from December 2 – 4, 2021!
            The Clubs receive donations from community restaurants, businesses and professional offices. All items can be viewed online as of November 17th and the online bidding begins on November 24th. If you are a business which hasn’t been approached by a Rotarian, and you would like to take part, please contact a participating Club. We appreciate your support, especially in these trying times.
            Each Rotary Club uses the money raised to support local and international communities in need. Bid high during the Auction, support your local participating businesses and the great work of Rotary.
            MEGA Rotary TV Auction 2021! Annie Holtby 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0 MEGA TV Auction,TV Auction,YourTV,megarotarytvauction

            Rotary Club of Fonthill to Pedal/Participate for Polio in Oct 2 Event

            Posted by Frank Adamson on Sep 06, 2021
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            The Rotary Club of Fonthill Announces Support for Second Annual Dr. Ron Mergl Memorial Pedal/Participate for Polio
            The event, being organized by Rotary District 7090, will run on both sides of the Niagara River on Saturday October 2, 2021.  Youth from Rotaract Clubs will be supporting the event.
            Learn More and Get Involved
            Rotary Club of Fonthill to Pedal/Participate for Polio in Oct 2 Event Frank Adamson 2021-09-06 04:00:00Z 0 DrRonMerglMemorial,EndPolioNow,ParticipateForPolio2021,PedalForPolioPlus

            Rotary Club of Fonthill Presents Donations to Wellspring Niagara and the Pelham Library

            Posted on Aug 18, 2021
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            Today, August 18, 2021, members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill were happy to make two separate cheque presentations to our local community. 

            The first donation was made to Wellspring Niagara.  For many years, the TD Bank branch located on South Pelham Street in Fonthill graciously housed the files and supplies for the Rotary Club of Fonthill.  With the closure of the branch, the Rotary Club of Fonthill sought a new location.  Ann Mantini-Celima from Wellspring Niagara offered storage space in her building.  In appreciation for TD providing storage over many years Rotary offered to make a donation of $500 to the charity of their choice.   The Rotary Club of Fonthill presented Wellspring, as TDs charity of choice, with a cheque for $500.  Ann mentioned that the money will be extremely helpful in supporting the youth programming which is starting up again.
            Rotary Club of Fonthill Presents Donations to Wellspring Niagara and the Pelham Library Ann Harrison 2021-08-18 04:00:00Z 0 Pelham Library,Wellspring Cancer Support Center

            A Rotary Celebration

            Posted by Ann Harrison on Jul 28, 2021
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            Hugh and Sandy Graham Social - Fonthill Bandshell - July 28, 2021
            At long last, the Rotary Club of Fonthill was able to meet in person to celebrate now past-president Hugh Graham’s year.  On Wednesday, July 28th, 19 club members and 23 Guests attended the first non zoom meeting since March of 2020.  As this was a closing for the 2020-2021 Rotary year, Hugh Graham resumed his duties as President and ran the meeting.

            Hugh called upon past District Governor, Frank Adamson to formally induct our newest members.  New members:  Michael Jacques, Keith McConkey, Kris McEvoy and Andy Glavac were able to attend while Jason Thompson, Kevin Vallier and Christian Baranowski  were not able to attend the event in person.  All new members received a package which included their Rotary pins with which they pinned themselves.
            A Rotary Celebration Ann Harrison 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0 #Community Events,Fonthill Bandshell,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Club of Welland,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServeToChangeLives

            Rotary Club of Welland Presents Special Service Award to Annie Holtby of Fonthill

            Posted by Don Thorpe - Secretary - Welland Rotary on Jul 27, 2021
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            On a warm July 21st evening, Rotary Club of Welland Past-President Sandy Graham hosted a year-end social fellowship. Located at the Club’s 100th Anniversary Legacy Project, the Rotary Club of Welland Park is on the west side of the Welland Recreational Waterway (former Welland Canal).
            Special Service Award recipient Annie Holtby
            Sandy presented a Special Service Award to Fonthill Rotarian Annie Holtby.
            What a wonderful Rotarian. Annie works behind the scenes, taking pictures, entering items for the annual TV Auction and Garage Sale - arranging the merchandise - moving the merchandise and getting rid of the merchandise.
            Rotary Club of Welland Presents Special Service Award to Annie Holtby of Fonthill Don Thorpe - Secretary - Welland Rotary 2021-07-27 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Club of Welland,ServeToChangeLives,ServiceAboveSelf,Special Service Award

            Combining Worthy Causes this Canada Day

            Posted on Jul 25, 2021
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            Some planned, some serendipitous. All relevant. The Rotary Club of Fonthill participated in a drive by parade this Canada Day!
            The floats were stationery and the usual sideline watchers drove by in their cars. Our Canada Day Chair had hours of Marching Band music downloaded from Spotify to replace the usual Canada Day's Marching Band. It kept 5 flag waving Rotarians dancing for three hours.
            Celebrating our 30th Anniversary, we bookended our display with an Environmental project from 1991 - the Steve Bauer Trail Cleanup - with another more far-ranging environmental project from THIS year, 2021, (and destined to become an annual event) - the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup. This latter cleanup was the brain child of our Immediate Past District Governor Frank who is also a member of our Fonthill Club.
            Combining Worthy Causes this Canada Day Annie Holtby 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

            Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates New Members and Begins New Rotary Year

            Posted by David Schulz on Jun 30, 2021
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            The Rotary Club of Fonthill is rolling out the New Year with a celebration of a record setting year for new members!  The Rotary year runs from July 1 through June 30.  During the year currently drawing to a close the Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomed seven new members: Brianna Willard, Keith McConkey, Andrew Glavac, Kevin Vallier, Jason Thompson, Kristopher McEvoy, and Michael Jacques.
            The year also saw corporate member PenFinancial Credit Union continue its membership with three new representatives: Mike Bertrand, Christian Baranowski, and Kerry Ould.
              Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates New Members and Begins New Rotary Year David Schulz 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

              The Rotary Club of Fonthill Awards Scholarships to Two E.L. Crossley Graduates

              Posted by Ann Harrison on Jun 09, 2021
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              The Rotary Club of Fonthill is pleased to congratulate E.L Crossley 2021 graduates Parker Triano and Isabel Song who are this year’s Rotary Scholarship recipients.  Through their years at E.L. Crossley, Parker and Isabel have both demonstrated through their actions their commitment to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.  At their graduation this year, Parker and Isabel will each be presented with a Rotary medallion and scholarship cheque to support their post-secondary education. 
              The Rotary Club of Fonthill Awards Scholarships to Two E.L. Crossley Graduates  Ann Harrison 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Medal,Rotary Scholarships,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServeToChangeLives,ServiceAboveSelf

              Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Join Together for Spring Online Garage Sale

              Posted by David Schulz on May 28, 2021
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              BIDDING OPENS 5pm on Sunday June 6th! 
              BIDDING CLOSES 7pm on June 16th

              Pickup Day Photo Album!

              MaxSold Online Auctions is providing zero-commission online auction services to the Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill for this Rotary Spring Online Garage Sale. The sale will help raise funds for community work during these difficult times.
              The online garage sale auction will run from June 6, 2021 through June 16, 2021.  Links to the auction website will be posted on wellandrotaryclub.com and rotarycluboffonthill.ca. Visit these websites to learn how the two Rotary clubs have been supporting their communities during the pandemic.
              Exclusive items of a limited number have been collected by Rotary Club members for this auction.

              UPDATE: May 29 CKTB Interview with Matt Holmes
              Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Join Together for Spring Online Garage Sale David Schulz 2021-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Fundraiser,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Club of Welland,RotaryOpensOpportunities

              Covid Vaccinations in Niagara

              Posted by Ann Harrison
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              Rotarians have long been involved in supporting the vaccinations of people against polio.  Now, many across Niagara are helping in the fight against Covid-19.  In March of 2021, when Niagara Region Public Health put out a call for volunteers to assist in supporting the Covid 19 mass immunization clinics, Rotarians were among the nearly 300 people who responded.  This large group of volunteers represents a diverse group of people in Niagara.  Many are retired health care professionals and educators.  Others are retired professionals from numerous fields.  Some work full time and still find time to volunteer  and many are young post-secondary students interested in public health.  All however, have a desire to be involved in supporting the push to get Niagara residents vaccinated. 
              Covid Vaccinations in Niagara  Ann Harrison 2021-05-16 04:00:00Z 0 COVID19,ClubService,PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServiceAboveSelf,Vaccines

              Rotary Clubs Support Call for Funds for Oxygen Concentrators for India

              Posted by David Schulz on May 05, 2021
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              Rotary Clubs Support Call for Funds to Purchase Oxygen Concentrators for Rotary Oxygen Banks in India
              In response to an appeal from Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer and District 6400 Governor Aruna Koushik, District 7090 Governor Frank Adamson has reached out with a challenge to Clubs in our district.
              Governor Frank Adamson has issued a challenge for 10 District 7090 Rotary Clubs to come forward with contributions of $1,000 USD each.
              The Rotary Club of Fonthill has committed $1,000 USD with matching funds of an additional $1,000 from a generous local 'Friend of Rotary'.  Governor Frank and his wife Judy are matching with another $1,000 bringing the Fonthill Club total to $3,000 USD.
                Rotary Clubs Support Call for Funds for Oxygen Concentrators for India David Schulz 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0 COVID19,India,IndiaCOVIDappeal,PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary District 7090,Rotary Oxygen Banks India,RotaryResponds

                Pelham Art Festival and Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrate the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

                Posted by Ann Harrison, Dave Schulz on Apr 30, 2021
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                This year’s Pelham Art Festival has gone on line with the theme “Our Planet, Our Future”.  As they shifted, the organizers heard about the Rotary Club of Fonthill’s plans to participate in the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup scheduled to run from April 24th through June 2021. 
                To promote the festival as well as the Rotary Club, festival organizer, Natalia Shields connected to Rotarian John Cappa to form a partnership.  Out of this first communication the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Poster Contest was formed. 
                Pelham Art Festival and Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrate the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup  Ann Harrison, Dave Schulz 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0 Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup,Pelham Art Festival,PelhamArtsFestival,PeopleOfAction,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServiceAboveSelf,TagtheSpirit

                The Butterflyway Project - Fonthill Rangers

                Posted on Apr 05, 2021
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                June 26, 2021 Update: The Killick family Fonthill Rangers gathered with volunteers to begin planting the Butterflyway at Wellspring!  More details to come!
                April 22 (Earth Day) Update: Ann Mantini-Celima, Executive Director at Wellspring Niagara has offered space in one of their gardens to establish a Pollinator Patch.  The Fonthill Rangers will establish one there for our the Rotary Club of Fonthill.
                On March 31, 2021 Fonthill Rotarian Troy Killick was joined by his family to share their exciting family project with the club! 
                Fonthill Butterflyway Rangers

                Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources.  Overall, invertebrate species have declined 45% over the past four decades. The 3 prime drivers of this insect loss are habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.  
                The Butterflyway Project - Fonthill Rangers David Schulz 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly,Butterflyway,EarthDay,PeopleOfAction,Pollinators,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Wellspring Cancer Support Center

                Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

                Posted on Mar 31, 2021
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                June 2, 2021 Update
                The Niagara Rotaract Club (which Fonthill Rotary is a co-sponsoring Club) and the Brock Rotaract Club are joining forces to establish three Great Lake's Watershed Clean-up activities
                In light of the pandemic, social distancing and limits to outdoor gatherings, they are looking to establish four teams of people (no more than five per team) to spend two hours of time collecting refuse. 
                They have selected the Locks 1,2 and 3 along the Welland Canal trail and Sunset Beach as their target sites, and the times are as follows;
                Saturday June 5th from 10 AM - Noon
                Saturday June 19th from 10 AM - Noon
                Saturday June 26th from 6 PM to 8 PM
                If you are interested in participating in any of these time slots, please send Mike Tayler an email so that he can coordinate with the Rotaract team.
                Contact: Mike Taylor

                Click "Read More" button for report on June 5th Cleanup!
                Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup David Schulz 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0 EarthDay,Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup,PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary District 7090,RotaryD7090Challenge,TagtheSpirit

                Ten Rotary Clubs Band Together to Fund Humanitarian Project in Malawi

                Posted by David Schulz on Mar 10, 2021
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                Media Release - Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake
                Under the leadership of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club a total of 10 Rotary Clubs from both sides of the Niagara River have joined together in providing funding for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Facilities (WASH) in Rumphi District, Malawi.

                A total of $8,000 USD has been raised for upgrading water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in Chisimuka Clinic.
                Ten Rotary Clubs Band Together to Fund Humanitarian Project in Malawi David Schulz 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

                Fonthill Rotarian Troy Killick Responds to District Little Lending Library Challenge

                Posted by David Schulz on Mar 10, 2021
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                The Rotary District 7090 Literacy Committee is promoting the Little Lending Library Challenge as part of it's Virtual Conference 2021.  Fonthill Rotarian Troy Killick has taken up the challenge on behalf of the Rotary Club of Fonthill!
                Basic Education and Literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.
                Fonthill Rotarian Troy Killick Responds to District Little Lending Library Challenge David Schulz 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

                John Van Vliet from Jackpot Flowers Delivers Cheque to Rotary Club of Fonthill

                Posted by David Schulz on Feb 16, 2021
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                John Van Vliet from Jackpot Flowers Delivers Cheque to Rotary Club of Fonthill
                Rotary Club of Fonthill President Hugh Graham received a $500 cheque from Jackpotflowers.ca owner John Van Vliet today.  The Rotary Club will #PayItForward by purchasing desks for Women's Place with the funds.
                Jackpot winner Molly Hawkins-Curtis has generously donated her $100 winnings to Rotary bringing the total to $600.
                The current Spotlight Charity is the Niagara Health Foundation and next up is Women's Place!  You can track progress on jackpotflowers.ca!
                John Van Vliet from Jackpot Flowers Delivers Cheque to Rotary Club of Fonthill David Schulz 2021-02-16 05:00:00Z 0 Grateful,JackpotFlowers,PayItForward,PeopleOfAction,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Join Together to Donate Blood

                Posted by David Schulz on Feb 12, 2021
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                This week two Niagara Rotary Clubs conducted a joint blood donation drive at the Canada Blood Services (CBS) clinic in Welland.  Five Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Welland joined with nine from the Rotary Club of Fonthill together with seven partners and friends.  A total of 21 blood donations were collected as a result of this combined effort. In addition, Welland Rotarian and community volunteer extraordinaire Freddie Farnum returned as a CBS volunteer manning the refreshment table. 
                Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Join Together to Donate Blood David Schulz 2021-02-12 05:00:00Z 0 ItsInYouToGive,PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Club of Welland,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                Rotary Club of Fonthill Joins Family Day Adventure in Pelham!

                Posted by David Schulz on Feb 06, 2021
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                Family Day Adventure in Pelham 
                February 12 -15, 2021
                Find the Rotary Wheel! 
                The Rotary Club has sponsored many projects in Town, find the wheel in town, take a picture and submit!  Download Goosechaseapp to join in!  Be sure to Register Your Team to receive a game code!
                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Joins Family Day Adventure in Pelham! David Schulz 2021-02-06 05:00:00Z 0 FamilyDay2021,FamilyDayAdventure,FindTheRotaryWheel,Goosechase,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,RotaryWheel,TagtheSpirit,TownOfPelham

                  Rotary Gifts $5,000 to I-CAN-T.E.R. for Horse Drawn Lawn Mower

                  Posted by Mel Groom on Dec 23, 2020
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                  The Rotary Club of Fonthill in partnership with Rotary International District 7090 has gifted $5000 to I-CAN-T.E.R. to purchase a horse drawn lawn mower.  

                  June 12, 2021 Update
                  A four person delegation of Fonthill Rotarians toured I-CAN-T.E.R. Farm today so see the new mower and learn more about the organization's activities and plans.  Representing the Club were District 7090 Governor Frank Adamson, President Hugh Graham and two former Presidents, Mel Groom and Annie Holtby.
                  Details of Equipment
                  Pioneer Horse Drawn Gang Rotary Mower
                  Pulled by Chester I CAN-T.E.R.’s  11yr Percheron Canadian Cross

                  I-CAN-T.E.R.  Farm is a therapeutic equestrian riding association and allows individuals with barriers to flourish through nature, gardens and horses.  They are in planning stage to create and maintain a vegetable garden on the property which will be used for individual training and required maintenance.  In concert with this new project, we are purchasing a horse drawn mower.  Delivery is expected this spring and we look forward to seeing this mower using true horse power in action!
                  Rotary Gifts $5,000 to I-CAN-T.E.R. for Horse Drawn Lawn Mower Mel Groom 2020-12-23 05:00:00Z 0 I CAN-T.E.R.
                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Achieves the Rotary District 7090 Lighthouse Award David Schulz 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0 LighthouseAward,PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Supports Socks for Change

                  Posted by David Schulz on Dec 10, 2020
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                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Sponsors Wellington Heights Public School Through Socks for Change 'Sponsor a School' Campaign
                  The Rotary Club of Fonthill is providing a $250 Elementary School Sponsorship providing 50 sets of hat/socks/gloves to Wellington Heights Public School in Fenwick.
                  About Socks for Change
                  Socks for Change is a registered charity that provides new warm wool socks and other winter wearables to Niagara’s most vulnerable. In three short years, we have distributed over 65,000 pairs of new wool socks and 100,000 pieces of new winter scarves, hats and gloves to over 60 shelters and charitable organizations, more than 150 schools, Niagara Regional Police and EMS services and anywhere else the organization finds a  person who needs a warm pair of socks.
                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Supports Socks for Change David Schulz 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0 PeopleOfAction,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,SocksForChange,TagtheSpirit

                  E.L. Crossley Interact Food Drive for Pelham Cares

                  Posted by Ann Harrison on Dec 05, 2020
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                  Members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill were happy to pick up food, personal care products and gift cards collected by staff and students at E.L.Crossley Secondary School today and deliver them to the Pelham Cares collection site at the Meridian Community Centre. The Crossley Interact club, led by staff member Carolyn Ranieri had encouraged the staff and students to support this great initiative as part of their Holiday Food Drive.
                  Check out more of how the Crossley students are supporting their community by checking in to the Toronto Santa Claus parade where the E.L Crossley marching band will be performing on CTV this Sunday December 6, 2020 at 7pm.
                  E.L. Crossley Interact Food Drive for Pelham Cares Ann Harrison 2020-12-05 05:00:00Z 0 EL Crossley Interact,Food Drive,Pelham Cares,Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Interact,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                  Rotary District 7090 Governor Frank Adamson Promotes Holiday Heroes Blood Drive

                  Posted by Frank Adamson on Nov 23, 2020
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                  Jan 29, 2021 Update: Message from DG Frank:
                  "I am seeking blood donor volunteers to join me on Thursday February 11 at the Welland Wellness Center with bookings from 5:00 p.m. to 5:50. 

                  First time donors are encouraged. It is my hope that most clubs in the District will join in. Takes about one hour of your time and a much needed service project, which requires no funds from you, just your time. 

                  Please let me know if you can come.  E-mail Frank.

                  We have 12 slots booked for Welland and Fonthill!"

                  Rotary District 7090 Governor Frank Adamson Promotes Holiday Heroes Blood Drive Frank Adamson 2020-11-23 05:00:00Z 0 ConnectLife,ConnectLifeGiveBlood,ItsInYouToGive,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                  Rotary Clubs of Niagara MEGA Rotary TV Auction 2020

                  Posted on Nov 18, 2020
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                  MEGA Rotary TV Auction is brought to you by the Rotary Clubs of Niagara (including the clubs of Fonthill, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Sunrise, St. Catharines, St Catharines South and Welland) and co-hosted by YOUR TV Niagara.  Online bidding starts on Wednesday November 25, 2020.  Learn more and register at megarotarytvauction.ca.
                  Rotary Clubs of Niagara MEGA Rotary TV Auction 2020 David Schulz 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit,megarotarytvauction

                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates Birth

                  Posted on Nov 14, 2020
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                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates Birth with Pre-Delivery Reno Project and Post-Delivery Drive-by Baby Shower
                  Rotarian Meghan and her husband Alex welcomed baby Declan into their family on October 7, 2020!  The Rotary Club of Fonthill organized two events to prepare for and to celebrate after the birth!
                  Starting on September 16 and running through September 20 the Club organized work teams to help with the renovation of Meghan and Alex's newly purchased home.  On November 14 the Club organized a Drive-by Baby Shower!
                  Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates Birth David Schulz 2020-11-14 05:00:00Z 1 Celebrate,ClubService,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                  International Pedal for Polio Event, A Grand Success!

                  Posted on Nov 13, 2020
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                  Cooler temperatures, occasional rain, and winds up to 25 MPH did not deter the over 80 cyclists and walkers who showed up in force throughout the morning of Saturday, September 24th, World Polio Day.  As American Rotarians unloaded bicycles in the parking lot of the Niagara Falls Aquarium, their Canadian friends gathered by the Rainbow Bridge at the Duty-Free Shop.  Several of the Rotarians from the “Best of Friends,” Rotary District 7090 tried waving to one another with their hand held Canadian, American, and Rotarian flags, flying proudly in the chilled breeze.  
                  International Pedal for Polio Event, A Grand Success! 2020-11-13 05:00:00Z 0 DrRonMerglMemorial,PedalForPolioPlus,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServiceAboveSelf,TagtheSpirit

                  Dr. Ron Mergl Memorial Participate for Polio2020

                  Posted on Oct 26, 2020
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                  Dr. Ron Mergl Memorial Ride/Walk/Run for Polio
                  Post Event Release Available!  International Pedal for Polio Event, A Grand Success! #EndPolioNow!
                    Dr. Ron Mergl Memorial Participate for Polio2020 David Schulz 2020-10-26 04:00:00Z 0 DrRonMerglMemorial,EndPolioNow,ParticipateForPolio,ParticipateForPolio2020,PedalForPolioPlus,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServiceAboveSelf,TagtheSpirit

                    New Rotary Meeting Strategy Begins

                    Posted by Paul Snack on Sep 04, 2020
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                    New Rotary Meeting Strategy Begins with September 12 Morning Walk at St. John's Conservation Park
                    In keeping with our new Rotary meeting strategy we will venture out into our community to explore an interesting part of town for some exercise and to commune with nature next week. This will be a great opportunity to re-connect with our fellow Rotarians as well.
                    New Rotary Meeting Strategy Begins Paul Snack 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0 RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,ServiceAboveSelf,TagtheSpirit

                    Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Welcome Sandy and Hugh Graham as Club Presidents

                    Posted by David Schulz on Jul 18, 2020
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                    What a fitting Rotary theme for 2020-2021 – “Rotary Opens Opportunities”. A new page is turned in Rotary District 7090 with a husband and wife ‘team’ of Hugh and Sandy Graham, each installed as President in their respective Clubs: Hugh for the second time in the Rotary Club of Fonthill and Sandy in the Rotary Club of Welland. 
                    Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill Welcome Sandy and Hugh Graham as Club Presidents David Schulz 2020-07-18 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Fonthill,Rotary Club of Welland,RotaryD7090Challenge,RotaryOpensOpportunities,TagtheSpirit

                    Niagara's 13 Rotary Clubs Announce the Rotary BIG Backyard Event

                    Posted on Jul 15, 2020
                    Niagara's 13 Rotary Clubs Announce the Rotary BIG Backyard Event
                    Event Dates: August 8 & 9, 2020 - 1:00 - 8:00 PM
                    The Rotary BIG Backyard Event brings together 14 Rotary Clubs across the Niagara Region to support local restaurants during these unprecedented times. 
                    We now have 13 participating restaurants in Pelham!

                    Learn more here:
                    Niagara's 13 Rotary Clubs Announce the Rotary BIG Backyard Event 2020-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Announces Rotarian of the Year 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates 16 Years of Support for Canada Day Committee

                    Posted by Lance Wiebe on Jun 23, 2020
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill participating in the Canada Day Festivities at Harold Black Park started as an experiment 16 years ago!

                    Since then the Rotary Club of Fonthill has been the proud Sponsor and organiser of all kids activities for Canada Day at Harold Black Park.

                    Many volunteers have been involved over the years to help make this a memorable occasion for all to enjoy.  The volunteers have included students  from our local schools and many Rotarians and their families who have helped.

                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill along with the Lions Club have worked together on the Canada Day Committee to make sure this event goes off without a hitch every year.
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Celebrates 16 Years of Support for Canada Day Committee Lance Wiebe 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0 CanadaDay,CanadaDay2020,Pelham,PelhamUNITES,Rotary Club of Fonthill,RotaryD7090Challenge,TagtheSpirit

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Fabric Mask Project Exceeds 3,000 Masks Delivered, Broadens Appeal for Donations to Support the Project

                    Posted by Ann Harrison
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Fabric Mask Project Exceeds 3,000 Masks Delivered, Broadens Appeal for Donations to Support the Project
                    When the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in March, local Rotarians immediately started to discuss how they could help support the Pelham community.  In mid March, they began a Mask Project.  Since then members and friends of the Rotary Club of Fonthill have sewn and donated over 3000 masks to the Pelham and Niagara community.  So far these fabric masks have been donated to not for profit organizations such as Youth Resources Niagara, RAFT, Hope Centre, Pelham Cares, and the March of Dimes.  In addition, masks have been donated to support youth in the care of Family and Children’s Services NIagara, to the Greater Niagara General Hospital and the Welland Hospital, to Wellspring Niagara and to seniors in most of the long term care facilities and homes in Pelham, Welland and farther afield.  
                    Rotarians Mel Groom, Angela Carter, Annie Holtby, Paul (and Jennifer) Allen and Ann Harrison along with Honorary Rotarian Tove Bowman have harnessed support from family, friends and neighbours to achieve this milestone in our service project.  The club thanks all those who have donated time prepping and sewing masks, and donating fabric and supplies.  
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Fabric Mask Project Exceeds 3,000 Masks Delivered, Broadens Appeal for Donations to Support the Project Ann Harrison 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0 COVID19,FlattenTheCurve,RotaryD7090Challenge,TagtheSpirit

                    Niagara Rotary Clubs Help Long-Term Care Residents Communicate with Loved Ones

                    St. Catharines May 25 2020 — Seven Rotary Clubs in Niagara (The Rotary Clubs of St. Catharines Lakeshore, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls Sunrise, Fonthill, Lincoln, Grimsby, and Welland) have joined forces to supply Samsung Tablets to each of the Long-Term Care Homes managed by the Regional Municipality of Niagara. 

                    As we are all too aware, the residents of these term care facilities are in "lock-down", unable to see or speak to their loved ones outside of the home other than waving at a window. COVID-19 has imprisoned the senior generation of families, especially at a time when they need their family’s words, smiles and love.   

                    Local Rotary Clubs across Niagara wanted to help. After contacting the Regions LTC coordinator, who canvassed all their facilities, it was agreed that on-line communication was a real need and that all 8 of their facilities wanted tablets for their residents use. 
                    Niagara Rotary Clubs Help Long-Term Care Residents Communicate with Loved Ones 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Donates Colouring Books to Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes Funds to Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal

                    Posted on May 05, 2020
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes Funds to Ronald McDonald House 'Meals that Heal'
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill is pleased to provide a contribution of $350 to Ronald McDonald House Charities' Meals That Heal.  The Club adopted RMHC's Meals that Heal dinner on April 30th.  As a result families were able to enjoy Chef Keith’s “famous Carnitas” along with a fresh salad for dinner.
                    From the Meals That Heal web page:
                    MEALS THAT HEAL
                    Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario (RMHC®SCO) need more than a place to lay their heads while supporting their sick children. Our families need the nourishment of a nutritiously prepared meal to give them the strength and energy they need to be strong for their children.
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                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Contributes Funds to Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal David Schulz 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

                    Niagara Family FunFest Cancelled, 2021 Date to be Announced

                    Posted by Paul Snack
                    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Rotary Club of Fonthill regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled for 2020.  
                    Recognizing the unprecedented economic hardships caused by the Pandemic and resulting Emergency Measures the Club has decided to refocus our efforts on supporting our community through these challenging times.
                    Niagara Family FunFest Cancelled, 2021 Date to be Announced Paul Snack 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Provides Supplies to Pelham Cares

                    Update: May 26, 2020: Totals are in for this #COVID19 District Grant for Pelham Cares!
                    Weekly perishable food deliveries over 7 weeks included 5 cases of butter, 10 cases of milk, 5 cases of eggs, 9 cases of bread and 1 case of lettuce. Total received from District Grant was $1400.
                    Thanks also to M. T. Bellies for sourcing these hard to find items from their food supplier.
                    Delivery being received by Pelham Cares staff member, Beth Cotter. 
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Provides Supplies to Pelham Cares Mel Groom 2020-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
                    Pelham Support Network Fenwick Lions Paul Allen 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill is Requesting Help with Sewn Fabric Masks Mel Groom 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

                    Club says Bon Voyage to Fanny

                    Posted on Mar 25, 2020
                    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"
                    Club says Bon Voyage to Fanny 2020-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

                    COVID-19 NOTICE

                    Updated September 9, 2020: As Stage 3 Reopening unfolds the Club is looking into options for hybrid meetings involving in-person and Zoom participants at the Meridian Community Centre (subject to room bookings reopening). 
                    COVID-19 NOTICE David Schulz 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

                    Back by Popular Demand - Rotary Club of Fonthill Purse Bingo

                    Posted on Mar 14, 2020

                    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! 
                    Back by Popular Demand - Rotary Club of Fonthill Purse Bingo Mel Groom 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

                    Socks for Change Cheque Presentation

                    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)
                    Socks for Change Cheque Presentation 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
                    Winter Walk for Wellspring 2020 David Schulz 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
                    Niagara Family FunFest 2020 Cancelled Paul Snack 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0 Family FunFest,Niagara Family Funfest,Rotary Family Funfest

                    Pen Financial Supports Family Funfest

                    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/

                    Pen Financial Supports Family Funfest 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes new member John Cappa Michael Taylor 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

                    Incoming Rotary International president announces 2020-21 presidential theme

                    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.
                    Incoming Rotary International president announces 2020-21 presidential theme 2020-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Offering Grants to Community Organizations

                    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 Club of Fonthill Offering Grants to Community Organizations Mel Groom 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

                    Community Paul Harris Award Presentation

                    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. 
                    Community Paul Harris Award Presentation 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

                    Our Club is Growing

                    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!
                    Our Club is Growing 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

                    Free New Year's Holiday Skate

                    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
                    Free New Year's Holiday Skate Carolyn Mullin 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Clubs of Niagara TV Auction is NOW OPEN for bidding

                    Posted on Nov 27, 2019
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                    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
                    Rotary Clubs of Niagara TV Auction is NOW OPEN for bidding 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

                    Raise the Arches Purse Bingo

                    Posted by Mel Groom on Nov 08, 2019
                    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.
                    Raise the Arches Purse Bingo Mel Groom 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0 Fonthill,Pelham,Purse Bingo,Raise the Arches,Rotary Club of Fonthill

                    Joe Eigner has passed away in Edmonton

                    Posted on Nov 07, 2019
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                    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.
                    Joe Eigner has passed away in Edmonton David Schulz 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
                    #EndPolioNow @FonthillRotary #Interact Bake Sale 2019 David Schulz 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

                    Funfest Cheque Presentation 2019

                    Posted on Aug 02, 2019
                    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.  
                    Funfest Cheque Presentation 2019 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
                    Club Says Goodbye to Greti 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

                    Fantastic Family FunFest

                    Posted on Jun 17, 2019

                    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.

                    Fantastic Family FunFest 2019-06-17 04:00:00Z 0 Family FunFest,Niagara Family Funfest,Rotary Family Funfest
                    Niagara Family Funfest coming June 15 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0 Family FunFest,Niagara Family Funfest,Rotary Family Funfest

                    Club Grows by 2!

                    Posted on Mar 27, 2019
                    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.  
                    Club Grows by 2! 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

                    Our Own DGE Frank Adamson is Citizen of the Year 2018

                    Posted on Mar 06, 2019
                    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.
                    Our Own DGE Frank Adamson is Citizen of the Year 2018 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

                    Socks For Change with Sam Baio

                    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.   
                    Socks For Change with Sam Baio 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

                    Mayor Junkin's Update

                    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.  
                    Mayor Junkin's Update 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

                    Beaver Harry Was Our Guest

                    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.
                    Beaver Harry Was Our Guest 2018-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
                    Paul Harris Fellows Nov 1, 2018 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

                    Arches Blue and Gold for World End Polio Day Oct 24

                    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.
                    Arches Blue and Gold for World End Polio Day Oct 24 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

                    Our Guest Speaker Oct 10 Michael Jacques

                    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.
                    Our Guest Speaker Oct 10 Michael Jacques 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

                    Board Meeting Sept 19

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill Board Meeting for All
                    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 730 PM at the MCC Snack Shack
                    Attending: Frank Solich, Roy Kirkup, Mel Groom, Carolyn Mullin, Paul Snack, Maria Suescun Pozas, Annie Holtby.
                    MOTION: To approve the minutes from August and to adopt today’s agenda. M/S/C Paul/Roy/All
                    District Conference, October 20.                                                                                                                                                     
                    9 am-5 pm - lots planned for NOTL location.                                                                                                                                              
                    Mel volunteered us to make No Sew Blankets via Melissa. Mel volunteered to head it up. All blankets will go to St Catharines Hospital Extended Care. Supplies are funded by Melissa’s budget.                                                         
                    We need records of deceased members – see Gail.                                                                                                                              
                    The conference is $100 and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at Lion’s Park.
                    Paul Harris Evening, November 1, 615 pm at Lookout Point Golf Club. The cost is $55 for dinner (choices are salmon, pork and chicken) and $45 for vegetarian.                                                                                                
                    We have two (2) community recipients, Larry Boggio and Cathy Berkhout-Bosse as well as two (2) Rotarian recipients, a surprise.                                                                                                                                     
                    There will also be the induction of Angela Carter if she is available that evening. We are also going to make Lyle walker an honorary member for his ongoing work and leadership this past decade on the technical part of the TV Auction.
                    Request from the Voice. Their new reporter, Jennifer Hormley, a previous Rotarian, would like to attend a meeting next week (26th). There was some discussion about purposely inviting the Press to attend a specific meeting where we wanted publicity versus the Press coming to any meeting without our agenda running the ‘why’ they were there. Carolyn reminded us that when you are there as press, you do not eat or drink. Since she’s a former Rotarian, we can allow her to be there next week but if she’s not there with interest to become a Rotarian, then any further visit is strictly as press and at our invitation.
                    Christmas Party is January 2 and it will be free skating for the kids. We need to think of after regarding refreshments, etc. We could contact Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have an agreement with town re use of rooms at MCC – free room rentals.
                    November has four (4) Wednesdays. 7th has a speaker, 14th has the Board Meeting for All, 21st has the Club Meeting, and 28th has a social.
                    Polio Day is October 24. Maybe get Jennifer, the reporter, to do something in The Voice for that week.
                    Fundraising Discussion. We took a look at Paul’s list and added a few things – Marathon Run (the Other Half of the Niagara Falls Half Marathon); Pancake Breakfast at other events; Bissell smaller event a possibility with Ed. We want to be able to use Mudfest sponsors/participant loyalty. We need to attach earnings to need. Mel would hate to lose the Mudfest momentum. Other possibilities include ‘crazy golf/ disc golf); Bob still looking at treasure box; Bob also looking at soap box; color run; guest speaker – UNESCO
                    MOTION: to Adjourn M/C Paul S/rest of us
                    Board Meeting Sept 19 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

                    Fonthill Participates in Global Cluster Grant

                    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.

                    Fonthill Participates in Global Cluster Grant 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Hosts Mayoral Debate

                    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.

                    Rotary Hosts Mayoral Debate 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

                    Club Supports Wellspring Capital Campaign  

                    Posted by Frank Adamson on Jul 23, 2018

                    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

                    Club Supports Wellspring Capital Campaign Frank Adamson 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
                    July 11 Meeting Minutes 2018-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

                    Mudfest Wrap Up

                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill  is excited to announce that we have presented a cheque for $8000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters South Niagara at our weekly morning meeting  from Niagara Mudfest Challenge proceeds.  We could not have done this without the very generous support of our sponsors, Bissell’s Hideaway, Pen Financial Fonthill Branch, RBC Dominion Securities, Welland Honda, Sobey's Fonthill, Zavcor Trucking, Boggio Family of Pharmacies, Tim Horton’s Fonthill, Contour Foot Care, Pelham Volunteer Firefighters, Station 3 and Kwik Fit Niagara.  The Club also presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Rotaract Club of Niagara in recognition of their volunteer labour.  After 6 years of dirty mud fun, this is the last Mudfest Challenge.  Major donations have also previously been made to Pelham Cares, Wellspring Niagara and End Polio Now Campaign.
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                    Mudfest Success!

                    Posted by Paul Allen on May 16, 2018
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                    The course was all set at Bissell's Hideaway, there was mud aplenty, the warm weather cooperated, coffee and Timbits had been delivered for the 320 Mudfest registrants!
                    Amazing support was secured from the corporate, community and public sector. Nearly 100 fantastic volunteers stepped forward to help us again making sure Mudfest was safe and FUN!
                    Proceeds will be presented to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Niagara and used to support our Club’s Youth programming.
                    Many thanks to everyone for again making Mudfest a HUGE community success! 
                    Mudfest Success! Paul Allen 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill donates tree in memory of long-time high school educator

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                    On April 23, members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill joined current and former staff, along with students and community members for a special tree planting at E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill.
                    Members of the school’s Interact Club and teaching staff spent time honouring the memory of Sharon Keller, a special science teacher who passed away suddenly last fall. A teacher at the school since the beginning of her career in the mid-1980s, Ms. Keller (as she was known to her students) was much more than an amazing educator; she was an environmental leader and tireless promoter of all things science and technology.
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill donates tree in memory of long-time high school educator Carolyn Mullin 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

                    Welland Honda and Carstar Welland become Gold Sponsors of the 2018 Mudfest Challenge


                    Thank you our new Gold Sponsors! The Welland Honda/Carstar team, led by Clint Bowman, Lori Zanth and Chris Merritt, are excited to partner with the Rotary Club of Fonthill at the Niagara Mudfest Challenge on May 5th this year. Numerous staff have said they are ready and raring to go at the annual Niagara Mudfest to be held at Bissell’s Hideaway in Fonthill. Mudfest is the most important Rotary event of the year helping to raise funds and awareness for Big Brother Big Sisters of South Niagara. Formerly known as the Pelham Mudfest, the Niagara Mudfest Challenge is less than three weeks away. Keen Mudfesters ages six and over are asked to go to our website at niagaramudfest.com and sign up on Eventbrite today. Don’t miss out.
                    Welland Honda and Carstar Welland become Gold Sponsors of the 2018 Mudfest Challenge  Paul Snack 2018-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill grant funds computers, skills program for Niagara Peninsula Homes

                    Posted by Barbara Bartholomew

                    Niagara Peninsula Homes, a non-profit social enterprise based in Welland, recently received eight laptops computers thanks to a District Matching Grant from the Rotary Club of Fonthill.
                    Both the Women Trade Centre and the Youth Centre will benefit from their usage, as office administration and related skills and programs will now be more accessible to those in these programs.
                    In particular, women returning to the workplace are taught how to complete their resume, do an online application for employment, as well as prepare for interviews. Rotarians Mel Groom and Barbara Bartholomew recently assisted new graduates with online applications, while mock interviews were held as well.

                    To learn more about Niagara Peninsula Homes and their work, visit http://www.nphcr.ca/

                    Women enrolled in the office administration program at Niagara Peninsula Homes take part in a seminar on creating online applications.

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill grant funds computers, skills program for Niagara Peninsula Homes Barbara Bartholomew 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotaract Niagara takes on Coldest Night of the Year

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                    The Rotaract Club of Niagara was pleased and honoured to be a part of 2018’s Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), which took place February 24 in communities around Niagara. 

                    CNOY is a nationwide event that raises awareness and funds for individuals and families experiencing hunger, homelessness, and hurt all across Canada. The walk began at 5:15 pm in 121 locations throughout the nation, and consisted of more than 19,000 participants.


                    Rotaract Niagara takes on Coldest Night of the Year Brianna Willard 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

                    Earlybird keeps the cash! 

                    Posted by Mel Groom
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                    Earlybird Savings at Mudfest 2018 
                    Wanna have fun, get fit and save cash all at the same time?
                    Pelham’s very own Mudfest challenge will be held at Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday, May 5th.
                    The mud and obstacle course is open once again to both children and adults. The supervised children’s course for those ages 6 to 12, is shorter in length
                    and obstacles (again this year with an awesome inflatable obstacle).

                    The adult course is open to anyone 13 or older, and is about 6 km in length,with various muddy obstacles to have fun climbing over, sliding down and crawling through or under. Start a team, bring your cheer leading friends, even the parking is free, the music is GREAT, lunch is available and delicious! The Niagarmudfest.com Eventbrite webpage is now live and accepting Earlybird DISCOUNTED registrations, until Friday,March 2nd at midnight. Children’s tickets are $25 each. All participants receive a T-shirt,lunch and a beverage with their registration fee. For more information, visit the website (niagaramudfest.com), or go straight to the registration page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/niagara-mudfest-challenge-2018-tickets-41926322760 Hope to see you there!
                    Earlybird keeps the cash! Mel Groom 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes first Corporate Member

                    Time is often a challenge with businesses such as PenFinancial. We recognize that and Rotary Club of Fonthill has responded, since this type of membership has been specifically tailored for busy individuals who find it difficult to commit to regular weekly attendance. Busy corporate members benefit greatly from accessing a Corporate Membership, enabling the team to share attendance, thus maintaining a regular presence at functions, breakfast meetings and volunteer events. 

                    If you like the idea of participating in a local vibrant charitable organization but don’t think you have enough hours in a day, this is an opportunity for you and your team to share the challenge. We invite you to join us for one of our 7:15 am breakfast meetings,
                    every Wednesday at Lookout Golf Course.               

                    PenFinancial Credit Union’s Fonthill PenFinancial Credit Union’s Fonthill branch recently held its grand opening.
                    Celebrating the occasion are, from left: Adam Rempel, Financial Advisor;
                    Jody Vizza, Director of
                    Brand; and Kelly Sauriol, Branch Manager.
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes first Corporate Member Mel Groom 2018-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

                    Fenwick Anthem

                    Posted by Bob Eamer
                    Rotary in Fenwick
                    It was a crisp -7 degrees January 24 th morning in downtown Fenwick when members of the
                    ROTARY CLUB OF FONTHILL gathered at the village’s most loved flag standard to sing a
                    lusty rendition of the Canadian National Anthem.
                    For the past two years during the months of January & February
                    the club has enjoyed the hospitality of the GRILL ON CANBORO
                    for their weekly meetings.
                    A wonderful way to start the day!
                    Fenwick Anthem Bob Eamer 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

                    Mudfest A Local Family Friendly Activity Right Here in Pelham

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                    The 2018 Niagara Mudfest Challenge, a premier get down and dirty challenge
                    will be held at Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday, May 5th. The mud and
                    obstacle course is open once again to both children and adults. The
                    supervised children’s course for those ages 6 to 12, is shorter in length
                    and obstacles (again this year with an awesome inflatable obstacle).The
                    adult course is open to anyone 13 or older, and is about 6 km in length,
                    with various muddy obstacles to have  fun climbing over, sliding down and
                    crawling through or under.

                    Businesses and families are encouraged to join as a team, as participation
                    is much more fun when you are helping each other along while helping the
                    community! Bring your cheer leading friends, parking is free, , the music is
                    GREAT, lunch is available and delicious!

                    As in past 5 years, this 6th event is being organized by the members of the
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill.  This is the Club's major fundraiser supporting
                    community projects focusing on our Youth projects. This year's main
                    recipient like last year will be Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara!
                    The Niagarmudfest.com Eventbrite webpage is now live and accepting Earlybird
                    DISCOUNTED registrations, until Friday, March 2nd at midnight. Children’s
                    tickets are $25 each.
                    All participants receive a T-shirt, lunch and a beverage with their
                    registration fee.

                    For more information, visit the website (niagaramudfest.com), or go straight
                    to the registration page

                    Hope to see you there!
                    Mudfest A Local Family Friendly Activity Right Here in Pelham Paul Allen 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

                    Rotaract Niagara induction - January 18th, 2018

                    Rotaract Niagara Induction - January 18th, 2018
                    We are excited to announce that the Rotaract
                    Club of Niagara became an official club this past
                    Thursday, pins and all. The induction meeting was
                    held at Rose City Kids in Welland, where club
                    executives and members received the honorary bell,
                    gavel, and banner. Rotaract exists under the umbrella
                    of the Rotary club, and consists of young professionals
                    and students that wish to make a difference both
                    locally and globally. There are currently over 9,500
                    Rotaract clubs in 177 countries worldwide, and
                    Rotaract Niagara is excited to become a part of this
                    growing number.
                    Rotaract Niagara induction - January 18th, 2018 Brianna Willard 2018-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin

                    RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
                    Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

                    Special thank you from Niagara Falls Shriners

                    President Paul Snack and Past President Frank Adamson received a special thank you from the George Biggars of the Shriners club of Niagara Falls for inviting them to provide lunch at last years Mudfest. This was presented at the Mudfest committee meeting Dec 11. The Shriners are looking forward to helping once again at Mudfest on May 5th 2018.

                    Special thank you from Niagara Falls Shriners 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

                    2018 Rotary Convention, Toronto ontario


                    Come together with thousands of Rotarians at the 2018 Rotary Convention, where you’ll hear insightful perspectives from world-renowned speakers and engage in stimulating breakout sessions. See what's in store in 2018 by visiting riconvention.org or the host organization committee's website, rotary2018.org 

                    While you're in Toronto, don't miss the remarkable views from the iconic CN Tower, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Whether you visit one of the tower’s three restaurants, test out the Glass Floor, or try the exhilarating EdgeWalk, you’re sure to have an experience to remember.

                    Check out the convention’s Facebook event page to receive the latest updates. Early-registration savings end 15 December, so register today!

                    2018 Rotary Convention, Toronto ontario Paul Snack 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

                    October 25th meeting

                    Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
                    Welcome and Introductions: 
                    President Paul Snack welcomed visiting Rotarian, and President of the Welland Club, Tim Proctor. Special guests Susan Burr and her daughters Stephanie McWilliams and Julianne Sviergula were given a warm welcome.

                    President’s Updates and other business:
                    This was a business meeting so there was no guest speaker.
                    On November 8th there will be a social meeting at Vineland Estates winery. Family and friends are welcome. There could be food provided for $10 but that has not been finalized. There will not be a breakfast meeting that day.
                    December 7th is the date for the Christmas Dinner, which will be at Lookout for a cost of $50 per person + drinks. Mel raised the possibility of going to other venues to try and reduce the price but after some discussion it was agreed to stay with Lookout. Frank A. did some quick mental math and determined that it would only cost $14 per member after deducting the $36 in saving from missing the Nov 8th and Dec 6th breakfasts.
                    World Polio Eradication Day – October 24th
                    Mayor Dave and about 12 members attended the lighting of the arches in Town in Rotary colours. Several members also attended the lighting of Niagara Falls later that same evening were there were over 200 people in attendance. Currently there have been 12 cases of polio in the world this year down from 37 last year.

                    President Paul reminded us again of the upcoming District Conference at White Oaks, NOTL, October 27-29th.  Please check the website http://www.districtconference7090.org/ for registration details.  
                    President Paul asked about the Temperanceville display and Gail provided us with some background information. The display started 27 years ago and the buildings are to 1/10th scale. Some are stored at the Juvenile detention home and Gail is restoring some of them that have lost pieces. The display it assembled in the Fonthill Peace Park and there is a need for a truck and pallets. The display will start on December 3rd and run through until the new year.
                    TV Auction – Annie
                    The goal of raising $30,000 in donations has been exceeded. To date $31065 has been donated. Best of the Bunch pod is in the lead followed by Ralph’s Raiders. Hugh and Tia brought in the highest number of donations. There was a draw based on each member receiving a ticket for each donation. Mel was the winner of a gift bag of goodies. Annie told us that 25 people had donated $250 each towards expenses for the TV auction so that we can get more of the proceeds.
                    Fireside chats – Andrew told the club that a fireside chat for new and newer members ( and for anyone wanting to learn more about Rotary) was being arranged for November 18th.
                    President Paul mentioned that we still require two host families for Fede.
                    Frank A. told us that a Rotaract Club is being formed by 15 students, some of them who attended RYLA. Six of them will be attending the District Conference. Their meetings will rotate between St. Catharines, Thorold and Niagara Falls.
                    When Randy went through the 2017-18 budget, concern was raised that nothing had been allocated to the Fonthill Bandshell Concert Series. Frank A. said that the rose sales for Father’s Day will most likely happen again next year and that would increase the funds available. The TV auction may also exceed predictions and Randy will continue to review the allocation of funds in the budget.
                    Stephanie talked about her relationship with her father – papa, Doug, dad. She presented Fede with a gift bag of Tim Horton winter items, such as mits to help him adjust to his time in Canada.
                    Lance give us a mini classification talk. He was born and raised in Toronto and followed in his father’s footsteps and became a mechanical engineer, worked in many locations and industries before deciding to become a financial planner. He met his wife when he was working for the Department of Defense and she got to drive a tank.
                    Please update your email address on Club Runner or send your new email to Ann Harrison at ann.harrison@dsbn.org
                    Please check the Fonthill Rotary website for upcoming events and activities.
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                    Fonthill Pennant exchange with Rotary Club of Barbados Paul Allen 2017-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
                    District 7090 Governor Reg Madison inducts four new members into the Fonthill Club on October 4 Paul Snack 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

                    One of the best, Doug Burr will be missed

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                    BURR, Douglas Paul. It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Doug on Thursday October 5th, 2017 at the age of 72. His love and passion for life began when he met Susan; his wife of 48 years. They enriched their lives with the blessing of Julianne (Tim) Sviergula and Stephanie (Bill) McWilliams. His unconditional love flourished with the birth of his grandchildren Madeleine, Jason, Aaron, Lauren, Ryan, and Ashley. Doug was a very proud owner of Tim Hortons Fonthill. He was an avid golfer, supporter of Pelham Minor Hockey and instrumental in the development of the new Community Centre. He was a proud Rotarian serving as Past President and Charter Member. He was given the distinguished honor of receiving the Paul Harris award. In keeping with Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family invites friends to St. Alexander Roman Catholic Church, Fonthill on Saturday October 14th where a Funeral Mass will take place at 11 am. Celebration to follow at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merrittville Highway (905 -892-1699), Reception Centre at 12 noon. In lieu of all flowers, donations to Wellspring Niagara or Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research would be appreciated. 
                    One of the best, Doug Burr will be missed Paul Snack 2017-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

                    District Grant to assist Niagara Peninsula Homes

                    Posted by Barbara Bartholomew
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill have received a matching grant from our District 7090 for the purchase of 8 new laptop computers for Niagara Peninsula Homes.The laptop computers are desperately needed to provide continuing education to women and youth in our community.

                    Brenda Martin at Niagara Women's Enterprise Centre is thrilled that Rotary is able to provide funding for their new computers. Brenda runs the computer based programs to offer continuing education to women throughout Niagara.
                    The Team Energi program for youth on construction trades is managed by David Young. It shall also benefit by the purchase of new computers. Both programs will also be assisted by Rotarians once the new computers are in use at their specific sites. Laptop computers can be taken to various locations as required by the Team Managers.
                    We look forward to volunteering with Niagara Peninsula Homes in regards to their District Grant #107. Much Gratitude to District 7090 Grants Committee!

                    The Rotary Foundation funds district grants and global grants. District grants are block grants to districts that
                    fund scholarships, projects, and travel that align with the mission of The Rotary Foundation, which is to enable
                    Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support
                    of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
                    District Grant to assist Niagara Peninsula Homes Barbara Bartholomew 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

                    Temperanceville Display

                    Celebrate the past history of Pelham through the vintage miniature Temperanceville village display on site at Peace Park in Fonthill from December 3rd 2017 until January 7th 2018.
                    Temperanceville Display Paul Snack 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary TV Auction 2017

                    Posted on Sep 04, 2017

                    Ninth Annual MEGA Rotary TV Auction

                    Once again the Rotary Clubs of St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Sunrise, Welland, Fonthill and Fort Erie are joining together with COGECO TV for ONE giant regional event. The auction will take place on Thursday November 30, and Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 - the start of the holiday shopping season. 
                    Donations with a value between $50 and $300 are auctioned off and the donated item receives a ten minute segment of airtime. Items over $300 are featured for longer periods, as major specials. Any business or individual wishing to participate can contact any of the Club Executives for more information.
                    Auction proceeds are used locally for projects such as Boys & Girls Club Niagara Falls, Pathstone Mental Health, V Elementary School Technology Program, Niagara Children's Centre, Pelham Cares Home for Good, Women's Wellness Groups in Niagara, Fort Erie Theatre, Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, Niagara Nutrition Partners, City of Niagara Falls Park, Community Care of St Catharines and Thorold, and Bethlehem Housing Projects, to name a few in each community.
                    Last year the MEGA Rotary TV Auction was among the most watched programs on COGECO TV, reaching about 100,000 homes from Fort Erie to Grimsby. Photos and descriptions are posted to our web site at http://www.rotarytvauction.ca  for more exposure for your business.
                    This year we’re going to an online bidding format that will open the week before the official dates. Watch for instructions in the Tabloid which comes out November 22. Get your bidding number on sign up and you’ll find it’s easy and fun. Cogeco is still broadcasting on the days of the auction.
                    Rotary TV Auction 2017 Kenneth Siggins 2017-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

                    Mudfest 2017 Cheque Presentation

                    Posted on Jul 09, 2017
                    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!!
                    Mudfest 2017 Cheque Presentation 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

                    Paul Harris Fellows Recognition

                    Posted by Paul Allen on Jun 22, 2017
                    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!
                    Paul Harris Fellows Recognition Paul Allen 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

                    Mudfest 2017

                    Posted by Paul Allen on May 07, 2017
                    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?  
                    Mudfest 2017 Paul Allen 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

                    Making every dollar count in our community

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 16, 2016
                    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.
                    Making every dollar count in our community Jayne Watson 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
                    Helping others that help others!! #WeareRotary Jayne Watson 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

                    Club has Double Donation Day at Pelham Cares

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 24, 2016
                    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
                    Club has Double Donation Day at Pelham Cares Jayne Watson 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotarian Frank Adamson has pedal power!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 10, 2016


                    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!

                    Rotarian Frank Adamson has pedal power!! Jayne Watson 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    Welcome to Fonthill ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 06, 2016
                    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.
                    Welcome to Fonthill ... Jayne Watson 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Club Welcomes Another Foreign Student

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Aug 24, 2016
                    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.
                    Club Welcomes Another Foreign Student Jayne Watson 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    Mrs Gina Di Lorenzo of Qulits of Valour stopped by today ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Aug 17, 2016
                    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
                    Mrs Gina Di Lorenzo of Qulits of Valour stopped by today ... Jayne Watson 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

                    Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Aug 11, 2016
                    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.
                    Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank Jayne Watson 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

                    Globe trotting Past President

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jul 17, 2016
                    Check out our Past President Frank Adamson exchanging banners during his visit to England, Frank was warmly welcomed by the Stratford Upon Avon Club!
                    Globe trotting Past President Jayne Watson 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

                    FOR ALL YOU GOLFERS!!!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jul 07, 2016
                    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!
                    FOR ALL YOU GOLFERS!!!! Jayne Watson 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

                    Welcome Doug Dobrocky ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jul 05, 2016
                    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 Doug Dobrocky ... Jayne Watson 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

                    Celebrating another great year!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 28, 2016

                    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!


                    Celebrating another great year! Jayne Watson 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

                    Handmade with love ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 15, 2016

                    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.





                    Handmade with love ... Jayne Watson 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

                    25 years of Service Above Self was celebrated by our club!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 15, 2016
                    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.
                    25 years of Service Above Self was celebrated by our club!! Jayne Watson 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
                    Another great event hosted by the Rotary Club of Fonthill! jayne watson 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
                    Register now!!! Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016 Jayne Watson 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotarians spreading the word ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 24, 2016
                    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?
                    Rotarians spreading the word ... Jayne Watson 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill supports Wellspring Niagara ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 13, 2016
                    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
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill supports Wellspring Niagara ... Jayne Watson 2016-02-14 00:00:00Z 0

                    Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack stopped by today ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jan 20, 2016

                    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.

                    Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack stopped by today ... Jayne Watson 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    New Year! New Members ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jan 06, 2016
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill kicked of the new year with inducting two new members ...  Our President Frank Adamson along with our Membership Chair Andrew Larmand were on hand to make the presentation.  We are so proud to have Mel Groom and Paul Snack join the Rotary family! 
                    New Year! New Members ... Jayne Watson 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Another successful auction has come to a close!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Dec 06, 2015
                    Another successful auction has come to a close, but the warehouse at the Pen Centre is open for the next two days, 12 to 8 Monday and 5 to 8 Tuesday, for those who need to pick up their items. Thank you to all who made it a great success!
                    Another successful auction has come to a close! Jayne Watson 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Support Rotary's Foundation on Giving Tuesday, December 1st

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 30, 2015

                    Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 1 December


                    Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. , 1 December, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world.

                    You can support the cause by going online on 1 December to to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month.

                    Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the district with the highest number of donors contributing to the Foundation on 1 December could receive a visit from Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith.


                    Support Rotary's Foundation on Giving Tuesday, December 1st Jayne Watson 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    Book that Party!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 18, 2015
                    Well, what are you waiting for? Book that party!!
                    Book that Party!! Jayne Watson 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

                    We will remember them

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 10, 2015
                    At the going down of the sun and in the morning ...  WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
                    We will remember them Jayne Watson 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    Lest We Forget

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 09, 2015
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill president Frank Adamson laying a wreath at the Peace Park cenotaph during ceremonies organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613. Lest We Forget.
                    Lest We Forget Jayne Watson 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Rotary Foundation District Celebration Dinner

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 07, 2015
                     "The Rotary Foundation - District Celebration Dinner took place November 6th, 2015.  Immediate Past District Governor, Jack Amico, was there to present our President Frank Adamson an award for "100% Sustaining Member Club" to name but a few ...  There were also several District Foundation Committee Chairs that were recognized for their continued fine accomplishments of their Rotary Foundation commitments. The evening will featured the recognition of our club membership for their ongoing generosity and support as Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Clubs, 100% Sustaining Member Clubs, as well as individual leadership support from our Paul Harris Society members.
                    The Rotary Foundation District Celebration Dinner Jayne Watson 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

                    Look who came to visit!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 07, 2015
                    District Governor, Kevin Crosby stopped by our weekly breakfast meeting today.  The Rotary Club of Fonthill was very happy to present to him some of the proceeds from the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015. We are so very proud to donate to End Polio Now, the campaign that is soooooo close to eradicating Polio from our world!  From left to right; our Treasurer Randy Momot, District Governor Kevin Crosby, and our very own President Frank Adamson.
                    Look who came to visit! Jayne Watson 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

                    We know how to have fun!!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 27, 2015
                    On September 26th, 2015 the Rotary Club of Fonthill joined forces with the Rotary Club of Welland for a social gathering full of fun and games!  Good time had by all.
                    We know how to have fun!!! Jayne Watson 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

                    September 21st, 2015 ... Peace Day!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 20, 2015
                    We have a history of supporting peace education and conflict resolution. Ninety-four years ago our founder Paul Harris shared his goal of creating peace.

                    “Rotary believes that the better the people of one nation understand the people of other nations, the less the likelihood of friction, and Rotary will therefore encourage acquaintance and friendships between individuals of different nations.”   —  Paul Harris, message to the 1921 convention
                    September 21st, 2015 ... Peace Day! Jayne Watson 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    Are you ready to count down to the LIVE event?!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 20, 2015
                    Are you ready to count down to the LIVE event?! While Christmas might be 13 Fridays away, there are just 10 until Rotary TV Mega Auction time on TVCogeco! Mark the dates: Thurs Dec 3, Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5.
                    Are you ready to count down to the LIVE event?! Jayne Watson 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    Oh what a view!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 01, 2015
                    Oh what a view !!! what a beautiful start to the day to have breakfast looking out over this great view.  The Rotary Club of Fonthill held it's first weekly breakfast meeting this morning at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club.  Great start to everyone's day
                    Oh what a view! Jayne Watson 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

                    We are Moving!!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Aug 26, 2015
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill has grown in numbers and had made the difficult decision to leave Cafe on Main in Fonthill after 5 years!  We would like to thank Patti Fagan, Cafe on Main for all of her hard work and dedication to the club. Thank you Patti!
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill will now be meeting at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club, 209 Tice Road in Fonthill.  Our meet day and time remain the same, Wednesday at 7:15am.  You are welcome to stop by, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and breakfast.
                    We are Moving!!! Jayne Watson 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Rotary International's 2015 - 2016 President, K.R. Ravindran

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Aug 10, 2015
                    Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.

                    Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.

                    “I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.

                    One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”

                    For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.

                    Meet Rotary International's 2015 - 2016 President, K.R. Ravindran Jayne Watson 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
                    We are getting closer to ending polio! Jayne Watson 2015-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham's 2015 Summerfest was a scorcher of a day!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jul 18, 2015
                    Pelham's 2015 Summerfest was a scorcher of a day!  The weather was great, the music was great as was the atomosphere ...  The Rotary Club of Fonthill  was there to support the Town and it's community, keeping them hydrated!
                    Pelham's 2015 Summerfest was a scorcher of a day! Jayne Watson 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

                    Frank Adamson kicks off the new year as our President

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jul 07, 2015
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill has a new President Frank Adamson who kicked off his first breakfast meeting today!  This year's 2015 - 2016 theme from RI President K.R. Ravindran is to Be a Gift to the World.  Frank also urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the world.
                    Frank Adamson kicks off the new year as our President Jayne Watson 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
                    Happy Canada Day Jayne Watson 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    Peeling & Chopping at the Ronald MacDonald House!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 28, 2015

                    Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton (RMHCH) is part of a network of 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. It provides a "home away from home" for families of children who are seriously ill and being treated at nearby hospitals. Built in 1993 and located next to McMaster Children’s Hospital, RMHH is independently owned and operated by Kid’s Care Oncology Central West Ontario and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, managed by a small staff team and supported by a full complement of dedicated volunteers.

                    RMHCH expanded from our original 15 bedroom home to a 40 bedroom house and reopened in the Spring of 2012 to serve more families in their time of need.

                    Try to imagine being a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness – frightened, hurting, questioning. Now try to imagine being a parent – short on answers, long on helplessness and scared beyond words. What both need most are each other. RMHCH provides families in crisis a home to everyday moments when life is far from ordinary.

                    On Monday June 29th, 2015 the Rotary Club of Fonthill was proud to not only help with a monetary donation but to participate along with Chef Sean in serving the families staying at RMHCH. 


                    Peeling & Chopping at the Ronald MacDonald House! Jayne Watson 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
                    We managed to surprise Charter Member Gail Levay Jayne Watson 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

                    A big Rotary welcome to our two new members

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 19, 2015
                    District Governor Jack Amico welcomes Rotary Club of Fonthill's newest two members, Barbara Bartholomew, and Ken Guetter. President Tia is ready with the pins!
                    A big Rotary welcome to our two new members Jayne Watson 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet our latest Paul Harris Fellows

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jun 19, 2015

                    We were pleased as punch to celebrate Service Above Self in many ways at our annual Paul Harris Fellows celebration June 16 at Sparrow Lakes Golf Club. In fact, not only did we hand out five Paul Harris Fellows,

                    Congratulations to Rotarian Andrew Larmand, Designer Todd Barber, Community Booster (and yes, a Lion!) Gerry Berkhout, and Octogenarian Dorothy Rungeling (represented by Mary Beattie at the awards) as the 2015 Paul Harris Fellows. ‪#‎WeAreRotary‬ and we are humbled and inspired by their achievements.

                    Meet our latest Paul Harris Fellows Jayne Watson 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

                    Down and dirty in Pelham's second annual Mudfest!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on May 25, 2015
                    Participants climbed, crawled, ran and slid through the obstacles at the second annual Pelham Mudfest Challenge held at Bissell's Hideaway Saturday!!!
                    Down and dirty in Pelham's second annual Mudfest! Jayne Watson 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
                    Are you registered ??? Jayne Watson 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Dr. Richard Taylor ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Apr 14, 2015
                    Dr Richard Taylor, Honorary Member of our club, is a chiropractor with a practice in Fonthill, Ontario. He was one of the founding directors of FogQuest in 2000. His initial involvement in FogQuest was as a tireless supporter and fund raiser for the fog collection projects in Nepal. In recent years he has visited Guatemala frequently and has contributed greatly to the fog collection projects there. His contributions extend far beyond board meetings and include a strong desire to develop technological innovations to improve the fog collectors and the water measurements. He keeps himself very busy with his family, his business, home construction projects and his dogs.  The Rotary Club of Fonthill were proud to be a part of this project.
                    FogQuest: sustainable water solutions, also referred to as FogQuest is a not-for-profit limited liability corporation that is incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is also a Registered Charity with the Government of Canada.

                    The frequent requests for projects to provide water in places where conventional sources such as wells, rivers and pipelines were not available, as well as the tremendous interest in the 1998 and 2001 International Conferences on Fog and Fog Collection, led to the formation of FogQuest. FogQuest was founded in the year 2000 by Sherry Bennett and Bob Schemenauer in response to these needs and has become actively engaged in projects and in fund raising since the completion of the second Fog Conference in July 2001.

                    FogQuest builds upon the experience gained in projects conducted since 1987, which, even with limited funding, had shown the viability and effectiveness of using fog collectors to produce clean water for people in the deserts of South America and Africa.

                    How FogQuest Operates

                    FogQuest is a small, all-volunteer organization. No salaries are paid. In addition, we make every attempt to minimize costs associated with the office, travel, publications, etc. In many cases, travel is paid or subsidized by the volunteers working on the project. This has allowed FogQuest to spend at least 90% of donations received directly on fog-water projects in developing countries. The Government of Canada requires charities to meet a disbursement quota for funds raised to show that they are spending funds on the core objectives of the charity. FogQuest has exceeded its mandated disbursement quota in each year of its operations.

                    For more information about this great project please visit www.fogquest.org

                    Meet Dr. Richard Taylor ... Jayne Watson 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Lynn Jerchel ... President of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Apr 08, 2015
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomed Lynn Jerchel, President of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara this morning ...
                    Lynn is a firm believer in supporting victimized children through volunteering efforts. Lynn is retired from the provincial government of Alberta as Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Branch. Lynn worked for the Alberta government for 24 years and has a background as a specialist in child care and working with children with special needs. This work included policy and program development for all legislation governing child care, supporting the service delivery of licensing, family day homes, child care subsidy and inclusive child care for children that have disabilities or special needs.
                    She also shared with the club some background and very informative information about the centre ...
                    The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a “safe place to help, heal and end child abuse” for children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring or were witness to violence.  A friendly, caring team of professionals work together in a private, safe, child-friendly place. Children are able to provide information that aids in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators. Follow-up counselling for children and non-offending family members is provided. Partners are Niagara Regional Police Service, Family and Children's Services Niagara, Family Counselling Centre Niagara and medical professionals. Kristen French CACN is the first dedicated facility of its kind in Canada and serves all of the twelve municipalities.

                    When a child arrives at the Centre, they are accompanied by non-offending family members or caregivers. They are able to provide the details of their abuse in a private, comfortable environment that respects their vulnerability and offers caring support. Interviews happen only when the child is ready. These interviews are videotaped and aid in the investigation.

                    Niagara's approach to child abuse investigation is recognized as an evidence based, best practice model. Niagara is an early adopter, a leader in Canada, providing the first dedicated, stand alone facility where multidisciplinary services are coordinated in the best interest of the child.

                    Child Advocacy Centres have a real impact that is measurable not just in terms of benefits to victims and their families, but also in dollars. Research by the National Children's Alliance in the United States confirms that an investigation into a child abuse case in a community with a CAC is 45% less expensive than in a community without one.

                    Meet Lynn Jerchel ... President of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Jayne Watson 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

                    Congratulations to our Early Act kids ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Mar 30, 2015

                    More than $900 raised in the first First (Annual?) AK Wigg Winter Classic! Congratulations to the EarlyAct Club at Wigg. ‪#‎WeAreRotary‬ and we are so super proud of your efforts to raise funds and awareness for those less fortunate in our community.

                    Congratulations to our Early Act kids ... Jayne Watson 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet new member to Fonthill

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Mar 30, 2015
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently welcomed a new member who is already familiar with Rotary’s objectives. John Julien joined the club as a transfer from the Niagara-on-the-Lake club, as a result of his family’s relocation to Fonthill. Andrew Larmand, left, Membership Chair, provides John with his certificate of membership. Welcome!
                    Meet new member to Fonthill Jayne Watson 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Niagara Connects Stopped by today ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Mar 03, 2015
                    Dr. Madelyn Law gave a great interactive talk on Niagara Connects and its role and purpose within the region.  She shared with us the “Living in Niagara 2014” report which has some really great information about our region.
                    Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.
                    The guiding Principles
                    • Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara.
                    • Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change.
                    • Research and activities are guided by communities.
                    Niagara Connects Stopped by today ... Jayne Watson 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

                    We give and we receive ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 26, 2015
                    We GIVE and we RECEIVE. So we can GIVE again. We recently made a donation of $500 to St. John Ambulance to help with programming, and District Grant rep Karen Oakes recently visited us to provide us with funds from the District Grant program, which we in turn have used to purchase a cooler and freezer for Pelham Cares. Goes around, comes around. Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy?
                    We give and we receive ... Jayne Watson 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

                    Regional Wellspring Niagara

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 24, 2015
                    Executive Director Ann Mantini-Celima stopped by Rotary today and gave a great presentation on Wellspring Niagara. 
                    Regional Wellspring Niagara Jayne Watson 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    Happy Birthday Rotary!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 23, 2015
                    Yesterday, February 23, marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary. Over our 110 years, Rotary members have created access to education, empowered communities, pushed polio to the brink of eradication and improved lives around the world. 
                    Happy Birthday Rotary! Jayne Watson 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

                    Eradicate Polio ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 22, 2015
                    Around the world, Rotary clubs are fighting disease by promoting prevention programs, improving sanitation, mobilizing communities, providing medical supplies and training heath care workers. We have reduced polio by 99% and are on the bring of eradicating this crippling disease. Get involved: http://ow.ly/Ji0Aj
                    Eradicate Polio ... Jayne Watson 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    The First, EarlyAct Club in Canada!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Feb 09, 2015
                    Our club has the distinct pleasure of being on record as sponsoring the first, THE FIRST, EarlyAct Club in Canada. Yes, a humanitarian service club for elementary school children! Our EarlyAct Club now has 40 dedicated youngsters at A.K. Wigg Elementary School in Fonthill. They are planning their first fundraiser, a ball hockey tournament, for March 12. Will you support their efforts? We sure will!! #WeAreRotary
                    The First, EarlyAct Club in Canada! Jayne Watson 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
                    World Cancer Day ... Jayne Watson 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Devon Van Hoffen ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jan 13, 2015
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed a great talk from a very inspiring young man …  Devon Van Hoffen.  Devon shared with the club his journey to  Africa and how he got involved with the "Hands at Work" organization.  Devon also shared stories of individual families that he met there and how they continue to inspire him to carry on.  Devon will be returning to Africa for a 3 year contract.  He shared with the club some of the ideals that the organization that he works with have and how they are similar to Rotary’s 4 way test.  The 4 pillars are … Poorest of the Poor, Relationships, local Community Ownership and the 3 Essential Services  if you would like to support Devon in his journey or the organization he is with you can reach him at devon@handsatwork.org or handsatwork.org. 
                    Meet Devon Van Hoffen ... Jayne Watson 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

                    Our club helps those in need through KIVA ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jan 12, 2015
                    Did you know there are millions of people who have never even heard of Kiva? We need your help to reach them and show them how easy it is to change a life with a loan.
                    We have decided as Rotarians and individuals to help those in need through Kiva. Please consider getting involved! Micro-loans to those trying to help themselves in developing countries. We have put our focus on Honduras:
                    Our club helps those in need through KIVA ... Jayne Watson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

                    Come play in the mud!!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Jan 04, 2015

                    Welcome to the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015

                    Pelham Mudfest Challenge will take place on May 23rd, 2015 at Bissell's Hideaway, in the heart of the Short Hills of Niagara, Ontario. Pelham Mudfest Challenge is being organized by the Rotary Club of Fonthill.  Mark your Calendar and get training for Pelham's big event!!!

                    Come play in the mud!!! Jayne Watson 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
                    Happy New Year to All ... Jayne Watson 2014-12-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill supports local literacy programs ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Dec 15, 2014
                    To thank our weekly guest speakers, we tell them that in honour of their visit, we will make a donation to the Pelham Public Library as a way to support literacy programs. Last week we lumped all those weekly donations together into a $500 cheque, presented to Amy Guilmette, Deputy CEO. #WeAreRotary and we support empowering people with literacy! President Tia Taylor and President Elect Frank Adamson also shown here.

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill supports local literacy programs ... Jayne Watson 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham Cares Home for Good gets a new freezer ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Dec 02, 2014
                    Frank Adamson, President Elect, and Tia Taylor, President of the Fonthill Rotary Club stopped by Pelham Cares Home for Good office recently to see the new commercial cooler and freezer. These items were purchased as a result of a donation of $4,000.00, 1/2 from ...the Rotary Club of Fonthill and 1/2 from a District Grant from Rotary International. This new equipment will help Pelham Cares to accept and store produce, eggs and other fresh foods for our clients. Tracy Holmwood, President of the Board of Directors at Pelham Cares thanked Frank and Tia for this generous donation!
                    Pelham Cares Home for Good gets a new freezer ... Jayne Watson 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

                    Moooove over ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 30, 2014
                    Moooove over, facial hair pretenders…. The Rotary Club of Fonthill has Movember covered, and how! Some of these guys sport the big mo all year round… can you guess who?!? Congrats on your great showing for a worthy cause.
                    Moooove over ... Jayne Watson 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham Volunteer Recognition Awards

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 30, 2014
                    We recently caught up with those in our ranks who received recognition at the town's annual Pelham Volunteer Recognition Awards. Among those we salute are our weekly host, Patti at Cafe on Main, for corporate citizenship; Rotarians Gail Levay, Art Veldhuizen, Tia Taylor, Frank Adamson and Diane Watter. Frank Adamson was also honoured with the Peer Award. Congrats to all. So well-deserved!
                    Pelham Volunteer Recognition Awards Jayne Watson 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    From Across the Miles ... Zoey Lowes

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 18, 2014
                    Update from our own Zoey Lowes ... Youth Exchange Student
                    I just wanted to let you know I have been having a great time. I recently had  my 2 week break in October.   I had the fabulous opportunity to travel to Paris and London with my host family. WHAT A REAT UNFORGETTABLE trip!! Not only was everything we did so great but also the weather was pretty good other then the couple days of rain. Both of these cities hold a special place in my heart now and I hope to return to them one day.   Sometimes it still doesn't feel real to me that I’ve been to these places and I thank rotary so much for making this possible. It's so amazing to see monuments that you've only seen in pictures  come to life right in front of your eyes. To say that I’ve actually seen the Effie Tower, experienced the Paris amazingly delicious French Cuisine, adventured though Le Chateau de Versailles, seen Harry Potters dining hall, tried butter beer, enjoyed a sunset cruse through London, It's just been a priceless vacation .
                    MY PARIS ITINERARY
                    • Day 1- Arc de triomphe, Av. Champs- Elysees, Luxor Obelisk, Tuileries Garden and Exterior of The Louver Museum
                    • Day 2- Le Chateau de Versailles
                    • Day 3- The Louver Museum and Eiffel Tower
                    • Day 4- Museum of Orasy, Paris Opera House  and Museum Gervin
                    • Day 5- Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, boat ride through Paris, Notre Dame and Love Bridge
                    MY LONDON ITINERARY
                    • Day 1- London Tower, Leadenhall Market, Kensington Palace and Harrods
                    • Day 2- Harry Potter Studios and Covent Garden market
                    • Day 3- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, St.Paul’s Cathedral, sun set boat ride, Big ben and Westminster Abby
                    • Day 4- Platform 9 3/4 , British Museum and Camden Market 
                    From Across the Miles ... Zoey Lowes Jayne Watson 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

                    Lest we Forget


                    The Ode of Remembrance is cited on Remembrance Day followed by the phrase "Lest we forget."

                    The Ode of Remembrance

                    They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
                    Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
                    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
                    They fell with their faces to the foe.
                    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
                    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
                    We will remember them.

                    Lest we forget.

                    In the First World War 61,000 Canadians died, in the Second World War 42,000 Canadians died. Many of these soldiers were dual citizens serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

                    Lest we Forget Jayne Watson 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

                    This Friday is Random Act of Kindness Day - Niagara

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Nov 03, 2014
                    On Friday, November 7th, 2014 our community will be celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day - Niagara This day has been earmarked by the Niagara Community Foundation as a day to recognize kindness and humanity in Niagara and surrounding areas.

                    Please join the Rotary Club of Fonthill and help us by promoting this special day in your workplace, school, home or neighbourhood. http://niagaracommunityfoundation.org/rak
                    This Friday is Random Act of Kindness Day - Niagara Jayne Watson 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

                    This week's Speaker ... Diane Watters

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 30, 2014
                    My name is Diane Watters and I am a Nutritionist, I have been in the weight loss industry for over 23 yrs.  I weighed 293 lbs.  After the loss of my mother to Ovarian Cancer it lead me down a dark road and I turned to food for comfort.  My sister KimLee introduced me to the process of weight Loss.  She helped me lose 150lbs.  My sister held the title of Miss Fitness of Ontario in 1993.  With my sisters coaching I was able to lose the weight in a little over a year.  It changed my life and I was hooked.  I decided this was my calling and wanted to help other people change their lives as my sister helped me. 

                    I opened up a Franchise called Roseglen Weight Loss and Wellness in Burlington.  One of my first clients Merry Hayward successfully lost over 100lbs. With me before my program Merry suffered from several ailments including heart problems.   Merry was seeing a cardiologist named Dr.Vakani.   Dr.Vakani was shocked that most of Merry's ailments went away with the weight.  Dr. Vakani and I developed a working relationship, he sent many clients to me with cardiac Issues.  After several years I met a man who lived here we had a child and so I relocated to Fonthill.

                    Here I met Jayne Watson who I worked alongside with. We worked in a large Weight Loss company where we both have passion for helping others.  We both had battled the scales.  We had many years of FUN.  We did theme days like Elvis, the 70's, and Lady Gaga just to name few.  We had a big part in the Town of Pelham’s heritage tea for the Queens 60th Jubilee.
                    Together Jayne and I opened up DJ Weight Management.  We wrote a weight loss program called The Smart Weigh.
                    The Smart Weigh is a unique program that is based on your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).  It will guide you on a journey to successful weight loss and a lifestyle change that will help you achieve the desired healthy new you.
                    The Smart Weigh program offers
                    · Accelerates your metabolism with real food!
                    · No diet pills, prepackaged foods, injections or counting points!
                    · Individualized Programs
                    · No hidden weekly costs
                    · One on one personal counseling
                    · Proven results!
                    · Just Weight Loss!  
                    Through my continued weight-loss success I was voted #1 Best Weight Loss Clinic.

                    Over several weeks Jayne and I hosted an Ovarian Walk of Hope event and raised over $14,000 for ovarian cancer research.
                    During my life I have always tried to pay it forward and apply the four way test and Service Above Self!   
                    This week's Speaker ... Diane Watters Jayne Watson 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Congratulations to Paul Winkler ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 30, 2014
                    Congratulations to Paul Winkler, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, for becoming a multiple Paul Harris Fellow recently.  We are finding ways to honour those with the means to support Rotary projects. Sincere congratulations and gratitude to Paul.
                    Congratulations to Paul Winkler ... Jayne Watson 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Global Update Coming ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 22, 2014

                    Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? Can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day this October 24th, 2014.

                    Global Update Coming ... Jayne Watson 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    Heads Up ... TV Auction Prebidding online!!!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 20, 2014
                    Did you know that you can prebid online?
                    This year, from November 12-20, the last date being the FIRST day of the Rotary Annual TV Mega Auction, there will be an opportunity to pre-bid online. Go to rotarytvauction.ca and check out the many items and gift certificates that go on auction LIVE with Cogeco Thursday and Friday evenings,   November 20 & 21, 6-midnight and all day Saturday , November 22, 10 am-midnight.
                    Lots of great Christmas and/or personal shopping opportunities with values from $50 - $3000+. Be the first on your block to try out our FIRST PRE-BIDDING Season!!!!! Bid high and bid often. All proceeds go to Rotary projects in our communities.
                    Heads Up ... TV Auction Prebidding online!!! Jayne Watson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Jim Inman ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 20, 2014

                    Our speaker for October 15th was Jim Inman. Jim has a diverse professional background in both the public sector and private sector.  He has been a business owner and entrepreneur. Jim was born and raised in Toronto until he attended the University of Windsor where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
                    Social Sciences. From there he worked for the federal government, Manpower and Immigration and then Chrysler Canada in Management Labor Relations. Jim moved to Niagara in 1980 to become Personnel Manager at the City of St. Catharines and onto the City of Niagara Falls as Director of Human Resources. He joined the Niagara Regional Police Service as the first Chief Administrative Officer to provide civilian leadership at the level of Deputy Chief and assist the police service to restructure, update and modernize administrative services. For the last 12 years of his career, Jim was employed by Sun Life Financial as a Senior Associate Manager and Advisor in the insurance and investment industry. He retired five years ago and has been travelling outside Canada about half the year. Jim says he wants to come out of retirement because he needs a challenge and he has found an opportunity to serve his community on the Niagara Region Council representing The Town of Pelham. Jim is a candidate in the upcoming Municipal election.

                    Jim's presentation was entitled "Volunteerism - Different Strokes for Different Folks"- How being a volunteer has enriched his life through gaining knowledge, experience, opportunity and friendships. Jim and his wife Randie have been married for so long, he can't remember his anniversary date but it feels like almost 30 years. His son Rob and wife Laura and two grandsons live in Connecticut. His daughter Terrie and husband Eric are both OPP officers, stationed in northern Ontario. Jim and his wife have been residents of Fonthill, in Pelham for the past 25 years.

                    Meet Jim Inman ... Jayne Watson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham's Amazing Car Rally ...

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 08, 2014
                    Enjoy an Autumn Drive with this challenging but fun route that takes you to all the communities within the municipality.
                    How much do you know about this Niagara gem ... 
                    Take the challenge and download your registration form from the events calendar today.
                    Pelham's Amazing Car Rally ... Jayne Watson 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham's Hottest topic ... Who will it be!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Oct 01, 2014

                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill will be hosting Pelham's Mayoral Debate on October 8th, 2014.  Have you got questions ... then mark your calendar and make sure you are there.

                    All The three contenders who are searching to lead Pelham into 2015 are set to debate on Oct. 8.

                    Mayoral candidate newcomers, Mark Bay and Zachary Junkin, will try to unseat Dave Augustyn, as they make their first public appearance since entering the election race.

                    Mayoral candidates will have the opportunity for timed opening and closing remarks. There will also be timed responses to three prepared questions for the mayoral candidates. An opportunity to answer questions from the floor will also be on the card.

                    The debate, sponsored once again by the Rotary Club, will be hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

                    A record crowd is expected to attend the event. The three candidates will spar and debate hot issues that have residents seeing red over such issues as the planned new arena, construction and development in the east end, and lack of municipal transparency. Issues on construction often seem to have residents attend and this debate will be no different. Plan to arrive early as this debate, around town is touted as the hottest ticket to deciding the winner and loser in this year’s election

                    Pelham's Hottest topic ... Who will it be! Jayne Watson 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

                    Dr. Tim Nohara from Accipiter shares 20 years ...

                    Posted on Oct 01, 2014
                    Dr. Tim Nohara from Accipiter Radar Solutions shared his journey of his 20 years in this industry, from its conception to where it is today and how he and his family have settled in Fonthill.  A very interesting and informative talk.
                    Accipiter Radar, a North American company, sells, operates and supports affordable radar systems and wide-area radar information networks for homeland security, bird strike prevention, and environmental protection and defense applications globally.  These high performance radars are designed and developed in-house and include sensors coupled with specialized target information systems that provide accurate situational awareness for professionals who keep us safe.  Accipiter's commercial approach to delivering its patented M3™ multi-radar, multi-mission, multi-user solutions represents a paradigm shift in radar design that is necessary for addressing surveillance problems in the 21st Century.
                    Accipiter's solutions are information-centric and user-centric, as opposed to the sensor-centric solutions of the past.  And the capabilities provided to operators are as different as their missions:  from surveillance-to-intelligence (S21).  Our Cloud Surveillance™ sensor networks provide real-time, wide-area situational awareness of targets of interest, including vessels, aircraft, vehicles, and even birds to users anywhere.  And our Cloud Intelligence™ networks help users understand target activity patterns and behavior, enabling them to make risk-management decisions and focus their resources on priority situations.
                    We are dedicated to being innovators, leaders and educators in the field of radar engineering with headquarters in Niagara, Ontario and Orchard Park, New York
                    Dr. Tim Nohara from Accipiter shares 20 years ... 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

                    Happy Birthday Charlotta!

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 23, 2014

                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill's Youth Exchange Student Charlotta Palm from Finland celebrated her birthday today! 
                    Charlotta comes from one of the bigger cities in Finland, but not big by North American standards.  She finds Finland’s way of life very similar to Canada’s.  Charlotta is from a family of five.  She loves to play soccer and is looking forward to playing in Canada.  Charlotta is very happy to just beginning her journey here and looks forward to sharing more with us later.  Delicious cake was enjoyed by all!  Have a great day Charlotta ...

                    Happy Birthday Charlotta! Jayne Watson 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

                    E.L. Crossely's Interact Club stopped by for a visit

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 23, 2014
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill received a visit today from E.L. Crossley's Interact Club ...  Future Rotarians in the making!
                    Founded in 1993, the Interact Club of E. L. Crossley Secondary School receives support from the Rotary Club of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, District 7090, and is essentially a Junior Rotary Club. While the contact with Rotarians provides an excellent opportunity for expanding an Interactor's horizons, it does not take away from the Interactor's sense of ownership of the club. The Interact Club is completely student run. Although we do have a staff advisor and a local Rotarian visits us at our meetings as well.
                    Past Activities:
                    • Christmas Cheer
                    • 30 Hour Famine
                    • Canvassing for Diabetes
                    • Canvassing for Heart and Stroke
                    • Food drives
                    • Terry Fox Run
                    • Running events for Cancer research
                    • Rotary Club events, such as the TV Auction, road cleanup, etc.
                    We also consider assisting any charities or fund raisers that we learn about. If you are interested in our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, at 905-892-2635. For more information on Interact Clubs, visit http://www.rotary.org/programs/interact/index.html
                    E.L. Crossely's Interact Club stopped by for a visit Jayne Watson 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet Zoey Lowes ... Our outbound youth exchange student

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 22, 2014
                    WOW!!!  I want to send out a huge thank to the rotary club, although I’ve only been here for 3 weeks I want to tell you I’m having the time of my life and I’m so happy and blessed to have this opportunity ...it truly is going to be a great year. I recently just had my first rotary weekend and can’t really express what a great experience it was. I had the chance to meet all the other students in my district ....there are 52 of us and only 3 from Canada. Just being around kids all going thought the same thing makes you feel at home. Only after knowing them for 2 days we are like a family and planning out the next time we can meet up. The opportune so far have been great too, Love my host family so much; I’m their first exchange student they have ever had, so that's very exciting. They have been taking me to do lots of stuff they've been making French meals and showing me different cities and village too. The past weekend with the distract we went to the biggest zoo in Europe which was really cool. Everything going really well, The language is difficult, especially not being able to speak well but I learning more and more everyday. I’m so excited for the year ahead and will send you more up dates as exciting things happen With much thanks, Zoey Lowes
                    Meet Zoey Lowes ... Our outbound youth exchange student Jayne Watson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    So proud to support women's wellness initiatives in Niagara

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 22, 2014
                    #WeAreRotary and we support women's wellness initiatives in Niagara. We recently donated $4,500 ($1,500 each to 3 groups) raised during the club's annual summer golf tournament.
                    Hugh Graham, golf tournament chairman, third from the right, recently made the donation on behalf of the club to, from left: Gail MacLaurin, executive director, Elisha House; Ruthann Brown, executive director, Women's Place of South Niagara; Bryce Barlow, Operation Waterwings; and Diane Doneff, addiction counsellor, and Ken McKenzie, executive director of ARID Group Homes.
                    Bryce recently completed a solo sail across Lake Ontario in a 12-foot boat, to raise awareness and funds for Women's Place. The Rotary donation was made in his honour.
                    So proud to support women's wellness initiatives in Niagara Jayne Watson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Ice Bucket Challenge

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 22, 2014
                    What have we been up to?! The Ice Bucket Challenge finally caught up with our club...
                    President Tia Taylor, Treasurer Randy Momot, President Elect Frank Adamson and Jeanette Lewis
                    The Ice Bucket Challenge Jayne Watson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    Meet new member Paul Allen

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 12, 2014
                    Paul Allen is one of Rotary’s newest members...   Now retired, he was with the Toronto Police Service for 29 years and then supervised an investigative team for Aviva Insurance for another 10 years.  Paul and his wife were inspired to move to Fonthill after their daughter met and married a local lad. 
                    He reflected on his career as a Police Officer, recalling a time that took him away not only from his family but country too.  It was important for Paul to “make a change”, in his life before he retired so he chose to embark on a journey, one for him that certainly resonates with Rotary’s four way test. 
                    Through a Canadian Government organization known as CIDA, participation in the United Nations  International Police Task Force (IPTF) was funded. The UN IPTF is a part of the civilian components that go on UN missions into war torn countries for the purpose of helping rebuild the post conflict institutions of criminal justice.  After much paperwork and organizing Paul left to embark on a UN mission to Bosnia shortly after right after the war, along with 15 other people, all mainly RCMP officers.  His research has shown since that there are now 13 clubs representing Rotary in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  During his nearly year-long mission, his role was to oversee local law enforcement training, mentoring, improve their accountabilities, relationship building and compliance.  During his time in Bosnia he was instrumental in bringing about necessary change to the Ministry of Public Security.  Paul also informed the club that during the conflict, Bosnia-Herzegovina thousands of land mines were placed. As in many post conflict zones, people were constantly getting hurt and/or killed . Even today they have not recovered the mine, even though they have de-mining continues  A highlight of  his mission,  was living amongst the local community. He had the pleasure to make friends with a local family, sharing some pictures of the family. He spoke of their struggles during and after the war. He offered to act as their immigration sponsor to Canada, as he felt that he they would be good immigrants and citizens for Canada. However, the family chose to remain in Bosnia-Herzegovina, so as to be close to family.  
                    Meet new member Paul Allen Jayne Watson 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

                    An amazing turn out for Pelham Mudfest 2

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 06, 2014
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill hosted at Bissell's Hideaway Pelham's Mudfest 2 this weekend.  Proceeds from this event will be benefiting Pelham Care's "Home for Good" campaign.  Check out the muddy action from this weekend!
                    An amazing turn out for Pelham Mudfest 2 Jayne Watson 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes a new member

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 04, 2014
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes our newest member to the club ...  Mrs Erin Dixon.  After several meetings as a guest to the club Erin decided to make it official.  Welcome Aboard Erin! 
                    Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomes a new member Jayne Watson 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

                    Liette Vasseur

                    Posted by Jayne Watson on Sep 02, 2014
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill was happy to have as a guest speaker this week Ms. Liette Vasseur, UNESCO Chair for Community Sustainability. 
                    She is a biologist and member of Brock's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.  Liette, a Biological  Sciences Professor, has a wonderful background that she brings to her position including Thematic Leader for the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientist; and President of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Sciences, Trade and Technology.  She is also a Minjiang Scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China.
                    Liette gave an informative talk on Community Sustainability, local to Global.  She shared many topics from Ecosystems degradation and the solutions, Climate Control to Sustainable Development in many countries, such as China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Ecuador. 
                    Liette Vasseur Jayne Watson 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

                    Healthy Horizons for Children and Families.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 05, 2013

                    Steve Malone, Paramedic, and CEO of HHCF gave a slide presentation and update on his November 2012 mision to Honduras.   Our local resident, Graham Pett, who with his wife, Edie, attended that mission, added his input about the wonderful job Steve is accomplishing, helping the poor in Honduras. 

                    Rotary Club of Fonthill proudly presented Steve Malone with a cheque for $2,600, enough to build a little house for a poor family.   Steve was very happy and thankful for that financial help.   The houses are built about three feet above ground in order to keep the families dry during the rainy season.   Local hands will have the foundations ready when Steve's group arrives.   Steve holds health clinics the first few days, and then builds the house(s) with the help of group and local hands.   For the next trip, (Steve's 31st. in a little over ten years), he has raised funding for three houses.  

                    Our very own Rotarian, Frank Adamson, also a paramedic, owner of Kvik fit will be joining Steve on the April mission.  Frank already has his air ticket and is very much looking forward to the mission.   Have a wonderful trip, Frank and Steve.   We are looking forward to Frank's return and further update on the mission.

                    Healthy Horizons for Children and Families. Tove Bowman 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Niagara Gatekeepers.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 29, 2013

                    Jenny Shickluna, Community Service Support Supervisor with the Niagara Region's Gatekeeper Program, did a presentation this morning.

                    'The Gatekeepers' was originally started in the US, by a group of concerned citizens.  In Niagara, the 'Gatekeepers' also started out as a volunter group, run by neighbours concerned about their elderly neighbour's wellbeing.   Today, Niagara Gatekeepers is funded by LIN.   Niagara Gatekeepers is a silent partner of CCAC.   CCAC has a call centre, and anyone can call and express their concern about someone in need .  The program is free and the callers remains annonomous.

                    Staff will determine which service is required and make the connection.  The call centre is open 12 hours a day, from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.   They often provide same day service.  Niagara Gatekeepers also have screened volunteers who will visit the elderly in their homes.

                    Thank you, Jenny, for enlightening us about the service Niagara Gatekeepers provide.   It is comforting to know  that there is some help available for the elderly who struggle to end their days in their own home.  


                    The Niagara Gatekeepers. Tove Bowman 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

                    Hemingway's Island.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 15, 2013

                    Dr. Eleanor Johnston and Rev. Dr. W. Wayne Fraser gave a reading of their lastest book, 'Hemingways' Island.'    The book is a novel about E. Hemingway's last days in Cuba.

                    The novel is full of suspence and humourous incidents, and also appears to be very well researched.   Looking at the line-up to purchase the book after the reading, it appears others share my view.   I look forward to reading it.

                    Thanks for your presentation, and best of luck with Hemingway's Island. 

                    Hemingway's Island. Tove Bowman 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

                    Who is Ralph Winslade.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 08, 2013
                    Ralph Winslade is one of our newer members.   Ralph joined us last summer, and today we finally got to find out a bit more about Ralph.   Ralph was born and raised on a farm in southern Ontario, and therefore it was no surprise to hear he grew up to be an Agronomist.   He attended agricultural college in Guelph back in the days when the degree was granted out of University of Toronto.   After a long career with the government, Ralph eventually ended up working out of Vineland, chasing grandchildren and retiring in Fonthill.  Ralph has a wonderful sense of humour, and those of you who missed his life's story missed out on some hearthy laughter.   Keep up your good humour, Ralph - we are so glad to have you.
                    Who is Ralph Winslade. Tove Bowman 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

                    'Your Life Counts.'

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Dec 04, 2012

                    Rory Butler, Founder and CEO of 'Your Life Counts,' spoke about suicide prevention Wednesday Morning.   Rory speaks with experience and understanding about suicide prevention - and the lack thereof in Canada.

                    Canada leads worldwide with 4000 plus suicides annually.   Many factors lead to depression, which can lead to suicidal tendencies - even drugs meant to alleviate depression can be the culprit.   Teenagers being bullied are high risk subjects.   Lack of self esteem, unemployment, and societal stigmas add to depression/suicide risks.   Rory is making a most precious contribution with his insight and dedication, guiding people at risk towards a better goal.   He is working with government agencies trying to set up a government Suicide Prevention Agency, under the Ministry of Health -  something all other G7 countries have, but Canada lacks.

                    Canada has a 5% Native population, some of which live in harsh climate, with lack of sunshine, high unemployment, substance abuse, non of which leads to healthy happy living.   In 2004, our government set aside 50 million dollars to help our native population with this endemic - the money disappeared, and the situation is worse than ever. Why? 

                    Now, dedicating his life to saving the lives of others, young and old, Rory can be reached at his office at the Seaway Mall, or by Googleing YLC (Your Life Counts).

                    Rory, you are an inspiration to us all... Thank you for everything you do? 


                    'Your Life Counts.' Tove Bowman 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

                    Music Therapy.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Nov 27, 2012

                    Kristin Baker from Pathstone NCC gave a presentation of 'Music Therapy' last Wednesday.   To some of us, her presentation of the healing power in music, was an eye opener.  

                    Music therapy is the skillful use of music by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.   Music has nonverbal emotional values.   Kristin Baker uses music to to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal develpment.   Thank you very much for your presentation!

                    Music Therapy. Tove Bowman 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

                    Annual DG's visit to Rotary of Fonthill

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Oct 09, 2012
                    DG Rick Sterne, accompanied by ADG Dr. Rick Beifuss, visited our Rotary Club - a very special morning.  
                    DG Rick Sterne did a slide presentation of what Rotary is all about - helping people around the world, where help is most needed.  
                    After this presentation, Rotary of Fonthill presented DG Rick Sterne with a cheque for $2,200 for the Foundation, a cheque for $3,000 for eradication of polio (proceeds from our Golf Tournament), and yet another cheque for $370.00 towards eradication of polio (proceeds from sale of dolls made and sold by a club member).

                    DG Rick Sterne then had the special honour of installing three new Rotary Members to Rotary of Fonthill, and presenting a third Paul Harris Award to one of our members.   The new members are, Frank Adamson, Kevin Bolibruck and Ralph Winslade.   Our very own Annie Holtby is the recipient of her third PH award.    We are very proud of you, Annie.  
                    Congratulations to all!
                    Annual DG's visit to Rotary of Fonthill Tove Bowman 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

                    Local Health Integration Network

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 18, 2012
                    Donna Cripps, CEO of the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network, presented to us Sept. 19th, 2012.   Donna leads the organization that plans, funds, and integrates our local health care system, which goal is to provide the best possible care for the 1.4 million residents across Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and Norfolk counties.

                    Donna comes with a very impressive work experience background and leadership in Health Sciences through the regions.   She has clinical background in physiotherapy, and has been President of St. Peter's Hospital, and Executive Lead Rehabilitation and Senior's Health.
                    It is Donna's belief that decisions are better made locally than in Toronto, and LHIN is allowed to have money at hand to make decisions happen.  Her district covers 6.500 Sq. Km., has a higher rate of seniors, higher unemployment rate, higher smoking/drinking problems, and preventive deaths.   There are over 200 LHIN health care workers in the Niagara Area.   Their Wellness Supportive Living Program helps keep seniors out of hospitals.

                    Niagara College has a wing with several healthcare programs for seniors.   Dementia is the key reason seniors enter institutions.   Special training is offered, and mobile caretakers go out into the community.   They offer foot care to diabetics and dialysis patient.
                    Now, we have a better understanding of where our 2.6 billion dollars are spent.

                    This was a very informative presentation, and very much appreciated.

                    Local Health Integration Network Tove Bowman 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 11, 2012
                    September 12th, young Madeleine Wallace, accompanied by Mayor Dave, spoke about the Mayor's Youth Council.   Madeleine spoke eloquently about MYAC and its objectives - identifying Pelham Youth issues and bringing them to council's attention for action on important issues.   This is a great leadership experience for youth.
                    Ideally, there is one representative from each class at each school in Pelham.   They hold road clean-up days, an annual skate and pumpkin carving contest at the arena.   They brought in bands for Canada Day celebrated at Harold Black Park.   They also displayed art work during Summerfest, and held movie nights at Peace Park during the summer.
                    This great bunch of kids raised $300.00 for the United Way, during the year, while having fun. 
                    It was a pleasure to hear Madeleine speaking about MYAC with such enthusiasm.
                    Thank you very much Madeleine - Keep up your good work.
                    The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Tove Bowman 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

                    Reaching Out To Poor Families in Honduras.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 04, 2012
                    This morning, Steve Malone, President of Healthy Horizons For Children And Families, a Registered Charity reaching out to the poor in Honduras, gave a presentation of their past and ongoing work in rural Honduras.
                    After being involved with the organization for ten years, Steve is now getting ready for his 30th trip.  He will be leading a group of volunteers, including Graham and Edie Pett from Fonthill, this November, and setting up medical brigades in rural areas.   They will also build two 20' by 20' homes on stilts, each sheltering one family, with a pricetag of $2,500 each.   Volunteers pay their own way...

                    On the last trip, the group saw 1200 rural patients, mostly children and women, in six days.  One very sick youngster required heart surgery - surgery was arranged by Steve, as was funding for the surgery.  
                    The organization also provide mainstay food and vitamins for 400 children under the age of five.  Each visit, the orphanage/daycare centre is given a six month supply of rice, beans, powdered milk etc.  Some of the children belong to poor working mothers, but other children must fend for themselves when the orphanage closes up at night -for lack of funding for staff.   This is difficult for both young and old Canadians to fathom - kids as young as five with no bed or home to go to...

                    Steve Malone was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006 for his good deeds.   I wish you and your team a very successful working visit in November, and may you raise the funding needed for your endeavour.
                    Many thanks for this interesting presentation, and thanks to Graham Pett for arranging it.

                    Reaching Out To Poor Families in Honduras. Tove Bowman 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

                    Cultural Master Plan for Pelham.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 14, 2012
                    Vickie VanRavenswaay, Manager of Community Services, Pelham, spoke to us about the proposed Cultural Master Plan for Pelham.   An application to the Ministry for financial assistance was made in the fall of 2011, and a grant of $15K has been received towards this project.  
                    The town is presently reaching out into the community for input, and Sierra Planning and Management has been asked to oversee the project.   Information gathered will be kept and used for future multicultural facilitites.  Notice of open house meetings with regard to the Cultural Master Plan will be forthcoming, soon.
                    Thanks, Vickie.   We had better put on our thinking caps!
                    Cultural Master Plan for Pelham. Tove Bowman 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary of Fonthill Donates $500 to In The Orchard.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jul 31, 2012
                    August 1/12, Angie Geiss, of In The Orchard, Fonthill, received another $500 towards her good work with kids in our community.   She showed pictures of two huge masks of migrant workers, made by her students.  They looked well done.  
                    Angie has recently received charity status for ITO, which means using a whole new reporting code.   ITO has also expanded into four new sites in the  the community.
                    A new 'Summer Heat Program' was started for eight schools in designated impoverished areas.   Angie strongly believes teaching art helps kids get along socially.
                    Thanks for sharing your work with us.   Good luck - and keep up your good work.
                    Rotary of Fonthill Donates $500 to In The Orchard. Tove Bowman 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    'The Underground Railroad.'

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jul 17, 2012
                    Lezlie Harper Wells, from Niagara Bound Tours, St. Catharines, gave a presentation of the 'Underground Railroad, ' and it's many local monuments and historical places.   The Underground Railroad is a reference to the secret paths used to smuggle run away slaves from the U.S. into Canada.    The Niagara region is dotted with history pertaining to that sad era.
                    Lezlie herself is a descendant of run away slaves, and lectures with pride of her past history.  Even Canada permitted slavery up until 1792, when it was abandoned by John Simcoe.
                    We look forward to have back in the future, Lezlie, as you have much more to tell us.
                    Thank you for your presentation.
                    'The Underground Railroad.' Tove Bowman 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

                    Chair Yogo Demonstration.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jul 10, 2012
                    Chair Yoga - a new experience for most of our club members.   
                    On July 11/12,  Elaine Beane, who teaches Yoga in St. Catharines, visited our club and gave us a presentation in Yoga, performed while sitting comfortably on a chair instead of the usual floor mat.  
                    Speaking for myself - it was a comfortable way of doing stretch and relax exercises, without having to struggle getting back up from the floor.
                    Thank you very much for the demonstration, Elaine,  and for your time with us.   I found the demonstration interesting and think others did too.   Now, let's do the exercises faithfully at home and stay fit.
                    Chair Yogo Demonstration. Tove Bowman 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
                    PAST PRESIDENTS Tove Bowman 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary of Fonthill Donate $500 for Potable Water.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jul 03, 2012
                    July 4th, 2012, Barb Babij from the Rotary of Buffalo Sunrise Club visited us , with an update on the Musoma Clean Water project , which their club is undertaking in Tanzania, Africa, in partnership with 11 other Rotary clubs..  
                    Barb informed us that the well has been dug, using a local contrator, to the cost of $8,500.   Two large (5,000 gal.) holding tanks are also in place.   Installation of a solar pump is the next step.  Estimated cost for holding tanks and solar pum is $12,700.
                    Phase three, which includes latrines and health/sanitation education is also est. at $8,500.  
                    With todays donation of $500 from Rotary of Fonthill Club, the Rotary clubs have raised $25,133 towards this valuable project.   Another $4,567 is still required.  The Buffalo Sunrise Club maintains communication with the ground crews to make sure the project proceeds on shedule. 
                    For those of us who are lucky enough to live with built-in potable water and sanitation, it is difficult to imagine the hardship women and children endure in many third world countries.   I mention women and children, as they are most often the bearers of water. 
                    Rotary of Fonthill Donate $500 for Potable Water. Tove Bowman 2012-07-04 00:00:00Z 0

                    Children and Youth in Distress...

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jun 12, 2012
                    Where can Ontario's children and youth in distress turn for help?   They can turn to the Child Advocacy Centre Niagara for help.   Cindy Paskey, Executive Director for the CACN shared information about the centre at our breakfast meeting, Wednesday.
                    The CACN, located in St. Catharines, is the first recognized community funded Child Advocacy Centre in Canada.   Here, children and youth who have been physically or sexually abused,  become targets of the internet, or become unwilling witness of violence, can seek help in a safe, pleasant atmosphere among people they can trust - along with their family.
                    After the infamous 'Bernado' affair, local individuals came together and raised funds to establish  the centre.   Counseling is free, and there is no waiting time here.
                    Only 15 % of their funding come from Regional partners like the Police, Families and Children's Services Niagara, Family Counseling Centre Niagara, and medical professionals.   The remaining 85% comes from Fundraising Events.
                    The goal of CACN is to make the tragic incident as easy as possible for the child or youth, and they attempt to do that by putting the child through only ONE videotaped interview with trained staff.  Cindy mentioned that teens are least likely to tell about sexual abuse.   Such abuse can cause severe depression, often lifelong, without councelling.  Talk about it - and it helps.
                    Cindy Paskey has presented to national sessions hosted by Justice Canada and is consulted by other CAC organaizations from across Canada.  Manitoba apparently is in the process of setting up a similar centre, and is seeking advice from Cindy and her team.
                    I am very pleased that there is a place for our kids to seek help, because some of this is too heavy stuff for a child, or youth, to bear.   Thanks to all, staff and volunteers, who work to make this a better world for the next generation.
                    Children and Youth in Distress... Tove Bowman 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

                    Med Outreach

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on May 22, 2012
                    Julia Smallman, third year nursing student at U. of Western Ontario, presented  an outline of her up-coming trip to Tanzania, Africa.  Julia will be leaving in June and returning in August after a nine week tour to Tanzania with four dental students, two medical students, and one other nursing student.   The team of eight has worked hard during the past year to get themselves ready for this fantastic educational experience.  They have also raised $55,200. so far.  They will need $60,000 for the trip.   A dental chair has been asked for and acquired for the cause.   It is a 100% student run charitable organization. They have also collected medicine and clothing, socks in particular, because many children there can't afford to go to school as they have to wear socks, and schooling is not free either.   

                    The group appears to be well prepared for the stint, as they have also spent six weeks learning Swahili.  Julia,  thanks for sharing your enthusiasm about MedOutreach with us.   We wish you and your team all the best, and do enjoy your climb to Kilimanjaro.  Have a little fun along with your hard work.  We hope to hear from you again when you return. 
                    Thanks for your presentation.

                    At the May 28th, 2012 Board Meeting,  $500.00 was allocated for Julia's Tanzania Venture.
                    Med Outreach Tove Bowman 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

                    Pelham Update...

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on May 15, 2012
                    Wednesday May 16th, 2012, Mayor Dave Augustyn gave a brief update on Pelham's achievements over the last year.   After all the major road work that took place last year, there still remains a few 'quirks' to be straightened out.
                    Presently, 20K is being spent on fixing the intersection at #20 Highway and Rice Road.   There will be a median installed to 'calm' traffic, not to slow it down.  Effingham Road, near Killman Road will see some straightening out.  Some significant heritage features might be introduced in our community.   Harold Black Park will get new bleaches.   And 35K will be spent on a Dog Park, pending an appropriate designated location, possibly from the Region.   Peace Park will be levelled out a bit to prevent concert patrons from tipping over in their lawn chairs.   Mayor 'Dave' hopes all this will be done by Labour Day.
                    Pelham has received 50K from the province for cultural use, and 500K for breathing equipment for Pelham's Fire Department.
                    Staffing changes have taken place, but hopes are still high for a decision for 'Recreation Facilities' to be made by the end of this year.
                    New subdivision land has been added, and a new official plan has been approved.
                    Most recently, a new hospital serving the region has been put on the planning table.   Mayor Dave, along with all the other Mayors in the Niagara Region are presently putting their heads together looking for an appropriate location.   
                    It sounds like our city fathers have a busy year ahead of them.   Thank you very much Mayor Dave for taking time from your busy schedule to share some of your insight with us.
                    Pelham Update... Tove Bowman 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

                    Family Violence is Everyone's Business.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on May 08, 2012
                    Haley, from Women's Shelter painted a sad picture of the domestic violence taking place in the Niagara Region.   We have a problem.
                    Family violence, which shatters lives and cost money is rampant.   Women's Place had to redirect close to 200 women and children in 2008 due to lack of space.   Since 1977, 18,000 women and children have lived at Women's Shelters.   The phone line is open 24/7 and received 4,500 crisis calls in 2008.   We have had 17 domestic related homicides since 1997.   Four children have been left motherless as result of domestic violence.
                    Women's Shelters are the only safe emergency shelters for abused women and children in Niagara Region.   The annual cost to operate the three shelters and support programs runs at 3.2 million dollars annually.   Family violence eats up 10% of the Niagara Regional Police's 115 million budget. 
                    Family violence costs an earth shattering 71 million dollars annually in the Niagara Region alone, through social services, education, criminal justice, lost labour, and medical expenses.
                    Abuse is about power and control, to isolate the victim from family and friends.   The victim is often hostage in her own home.   Abuse can be physical, psychological, spiritual, financial and sexual.  Women and children make up 95% of the domestic violence.
                    It is everyone's business to break this cycle, as 75% of abused children have a tendency to become abusers or to be abused as adults.   This cycle can only be broken via awareness and education - therefore it is EVERYONES' BUSINESS.
                    Haley, I thank you for this heart rendering presentation. It certainly was an eye opener for me.
                    Thank you very much for this presentation.
                    Family Violence is Everyone's Business. Tove Bowman 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

                    More Efficient Regional Council

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on May 01, 2012
                    Wednesday, May 2nd, Regional Councillor, Bruce Timms spoke about a greater and more efficient Regional Council for Greater Niagara.   He presented an outline of the current structure and a visional future structure, where local councillors would be full time councillors and also sit on Regional Council.   The idea of an expanded Regional Council, and eventually getting rid of the small local councils appears to growing. 
                    Last night I spoke with one of the first regional councillors, when Regional Council was first introduced, the then Mayor of Thorold, Dr. D. A. Mc Millan, who spoke very favourable of one greater Regional Council governing Greater Niagara.  Councillor Timms is convinced it will be more efficient, have less duplication, and be better for all residents. 
                    It was an interesting presentation, particularly for me, because I was around when Regional Council was first introduced and heard the public complain about 'duplication.'   I see it as having gone full circle, and I hope it is for the better of the residents in the Greater Niagara.
                    Thank you very much for the presentation. 
                    More Efficient Regional Council Tove Bowman 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

                    Visiting Nyinyikay, N.E. Arnhem Land, Australia.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Apr 24, 2012
                    Rev. Dr. Paul Owen spoke about the unforgettable experiences he encountered visiting the Australian Aboriginees in Nyinyikay, N.E. Arnhem Land, in Australia.
                    Paul went on a 'World Experiences' Arnhem Land Marine Rescue Project.   Ocean currents between N. E. Australia and Indonesia send trash, thrown overboard from fishing vessels and cruise ships, onto the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, endangering marine life, turtles in particular.  

                    Having made a generous donation towards this project, Paul was invited to stay as guest with a family at Nyinyikay where he learned about the Yolngu culture.   Here he spent two unforgettable days with the women and children learning about women's business; stories and history; plants used for bush medicine and food; weaving; painting and other handcraft.   The men shared their history and took him on a spear fishing trip and dug for turtle eggs.  Paul got to taste his first raw turtle egg, (and probably the last).  The fishing took place in shallow water.  Men walked in water up to their knees, only, because of the presence of salt water crocodiles.   Paul was not successful playing the digareedo - but had more luck swimming.   He swam in 'crock' infested water, totally unaware of the warning sign.  He brought home a souvenir sign...  

                    After witnessing the Yolngu people's deep spiritual connection with all living things, the cleaning up of marine debris started.   Over three days, 1.5 tons of rubbish was collected.  Drift nets were dug and pulled out of the sand with the help of a truck.
                    Paul was 'gobsmacked' (amazed) by the complexity of the Yolngu culture, and highly recommends this adventure.

                    I thank you for this most interesting presentation, and for sharing your insight of the Australian Aboriginees with us.   THANKS.
                    Visiting Nyinyikay, N.E. Arnhem Land, Australia. Tove Bowman 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    'Pelham Cares' Receives $500.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Apr 10, 2012
                         This morning, Andrew Larmand, President of Rotary of Fonthill, presented Jane Gilmour, President of Pelham Cares, with a cheque for $500.   Carol Petrie, Manager of the Canada Trust, Fonhill Branch, was present, representing her staff, whose wishes it were to make Pelham Cares the recipient of this good-will gesture.

                         Earlier in the year, our Rotary Club had offered a small gesture of appreciation to the staff at Canada Trust for storing 'stuff' etc. for us during the year(s).   Instead, Canada Trust Staff suggested Pelham Cares as beneficiary.  What a heart-warming suggestion!   Kindness goes a long way - staff was pleased - we were pleased - Pelham Cares was pleased - and someone at the receiving end will be pleased.

                         Thanks, to Canada Trust Staff, for helping us helping others.
                    'Pelham Cares' Receives $500. Tove Bowman 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    Habitat for Humanity, NiagaraRegion.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Mar 27, 2012
                    Alastair Davis, CEO for Habitat for Humanity, Niagara Region, presented a interesting overview of his organization.   Alastair has seen some disgusting living situations in the Niagara Region, where 14% of our residents live in poverty.   In our region, poverty affects one child in six.   Presently, 5,578 families are on the waiting list for a decent roof over their heads.
                    Habitat for Humanity has built 35 homes in the Niagara Region, and over 500 thousands around the world.   Finished homes are sold to the new owners at fair market value, with NO down payment, but new owners must spend 500 hours of labour on the house.   Habitat for Humanity holds the interest free mortgage.  Payments are geared to income.  Payments, (including taxes and utilities) are calculated at 30% of income.
                    All cash donations to Habitat for Humanity go directly to Habitat for Humanity, and that money never leaves the Fund.
                    To demonstrate the positive facts of a family having a decent place to live, statistics show that: 36% less social assistance is required; 24% of parents go back to school; 33% move on to better jobs; 39% of the kids get better grades at school; and 53% of the kids become better behaved.
                    Habitat for Humanity hopes to build 15 new homes in the Niagara Region in the next three years.   For every home built here they build another outside the region.   Presently, Habitat for Humanity has 11 lots available in Welland - but none in Fonthill.   Tax receipts are issued for donated lots at appraised value.  Habitat for Humanity  focus on children and youth. 
                    The average cost for material to build a lovely three bedroom house is $85,000.  A new owner is required to spend 500 hours of labour on the construction of the house. 
                    The recycling depot in St. Catharines accepts used kitchen cupboards, and all sorts of computers and electronic equipment. (They receive $250.00 per ton of recycled el. waste).   It all adds up.
                    Habitat for Humanity has a very positive impact on the community.
                    We, at Fonthill Rotary are thankful for this informative presentation. 
                    Habitat for Humanity, NiagaraRegion. Tove Bowman 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Walker Family Cancer Centre.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Mar 13, 2012
                    Dr. Janice Geisbrecht, Director of Oncology at the Niagara Health System's Oncology Program, spoke favourably of the new Radiation Centre under construction, at fourth Ave. St. Catharines.  The centre will be up and running fully within the year, and will serve most of the needs of the residents in the Niagara Horseshoe by then.  Only a few specialized procedures will need referral to Hamilton for radiation treatment after opening of the Centre..Dr. Geisbrecht appeared pleased with the fundraising process.  The sum of $40 million dollars is required for the finished project, which will bring almost all the cancer procedures under one roof.
                    Emphasizing lung cancer prevention, Dr. Geisbrecht advocated a healthy lifestyle - no smoking, healthy eating, weight control, and a physically active life.
                    Fonthill Rotary donated $1,000 towards the Walker Family Cancer Centre.   Currently 15,000  Chemotherapy patients a year are treated in various regional hospitals.
                    Dr. Geisbrecht and Wendy Duek, Development Liaison for the Centre were most pleased to receive the cheque for $1,000.
                    The Walker Family Cancer Centre. Tove Bowman 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

                    Frank Tells All...

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 21, 2012
                     Today it was was Frank Solich's chance to tell it all, but I suspect he still has a few secrets up his sleeve.   Frank is our newest member to  Fonthill Rotary, and we are glad to have him and his smiling face among us.
                    Frank was born towards the end of WW II in a tiny place called Priesen, in East Germany.  (I tried to locate Priesen on the Goggle Map, and the arrow stopped in the middle of a field- so it really must be a small place).   Anyway, Frank's parents were able to get out ahead of the Russians, and made it to West Germany,  when he was just nine months old.  Frank and his father immigrated to Canada in 1952.   His mother followed a year later, and in 1954 his sister and grandparent arrived. 
                    The first six years were difficult, and they moved just about every year, looking for work where they could find it, and at one time the family worked in the tobacco region (Western Ontario) picking tobacco.
                    The family eventually settled in Richmond Hill, where Frank graduated from High School.  His first job was with Boyle-Midway Canada Ltd., as a merchandiser.  After a transfer to Halifax, where he found his wife, Frank returned to Ontario and the Kitchener region as a top salesman.   Frank does not strike me as a 'salesman' at all - it must be his pleasant smile that does it!
                    In 1982, Frank joined the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, where he served as President 1989 -1990.  Frank has later started his own consulting and sales agency.   He finally moved to Fonthill in 2007, to be nearer his son and grand daughters in Cleveland.
                     Frank has volunteered for Salvation Army in Welland, where he managed their food bank, and did some counseling.  He still does some volunteer work for the Salvation Army.
                    We are glad to have you among us, Frank, and we hope you will enjoy our little group.

                    Frank Tells All... Tove Bowman 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

                    Rotary at Work .

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 14, 2012
                    Kerry Thomas and Mike Knapp presented 'Rotary at Work' for our group Wednesday, Feb. 15th.  Kerry, who is president elect for Rotary of Welland, has worked with people  with disabilities since 1997, where he was employed by the Community Living, Welland/Pelham for ten years.  He visited Serbia in 2010, where he took part in a Rotary International project bringing awareness to the plight of the disabled.  Mike Knapp, owner of Mike Knapp Ford, Welland, has experience with hiring a person with a disability, and emphazised his pleasure of being able to provide a job for a disabled person.  

                    The main goal for 'Rotary at Work' is to help find jobs for Ontarians with a disability. The statistics are astounding... In Ontario, 16% of the population are on disability pensions, costing the province 3.2 billion annually, because 49 % of the disabled are unemployed.
                    A study done by Dupont showed that over 50% of disabled people performed above average, when given a chance to work.   When hired, they are 2-5 times more likely to stay at their job.   Giving a disabled person a job has many benefits beyond income and independence - it gives them self respect, and a chance to make friends.  
                    Kerry would be happy to  partner any prospective employer with a person with a disability.  Kerry can be reached at kerrythomas@rogers.blackberry.net 

                    Thank you for the presentation and for the heartwarming  work you do, helping the less fortunate among us. 
                    Rotary at Work . Tove Bowman 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

                    Charitable Givings

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 07, 2012

                    This morning, Lance Wiebe, Financial Planner and member of Rotary of Fonthill, gave an interesting lecture on how to multiply  your money, when considering Charitable Givings.  

                    Without magic, but by making use of improved government regulations,  he demonstrated how one dollar can be turned into $5.60, when it comes to charitable givings, via tax credits.   Tax credits on charitable givings can be claimed five years into the future. 

                    Lance went into details on how this can be done, but I won't even attempt to explain it here.    That explanation is best left for Lance - he is the expert.   I might mention though, that Lance promoted the importance of having a will.   Everyone should have one...

                    Great presentation, Lance.   I hope people with a little extra cash on hand will seek your advice.   It is a win, win situation for both donor and charitable organization.  

                    Charitable Givings Tove Bowman 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Foundation.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 31, 2012

                    Brian Kon, Executive Director of the HDSF gave us an insight of the fundraising needed to carry on the good work the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health Centre provides for our region.  Government funding only covers the daily run of the centre, staffing etc.   Funding of equipment and updating of services etc. is paid for by the community via fundraising.   Each year, the Foundation receives a 'Wish List,' and that is when Brian Kon puts his gears in full swing.

                    Originally, the old Hotel Dieu Hospital on Ontario Street in St. Catharines was built as a 29 bed Maternity Hospital (I believe that was the old building now torn down directly opposite to what most of us remember as the Hotel Dieu Hospital).  Then there was the Shaver Hospital on top of the 'San Hill,' on Glenridge Ave., opposite Brock University.   It was first built as a TB Sanitorium, which later specialized in other lung diseases, Stroke and several other debilitating diseases.  The twain have now combined to The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre.   Both group therapy, as well as one on one therapy is offered.   There are 134 beds for in-patients, five of which are for palliative care.   As many as 100 out-patients are served daily.   It is the Regional Centre for Speech Therapy, and they also have an Audiology Department. 

                    There is a staff of 400 and several hundred volunteers.   Patients are urged to encourage each other, and children and pets are welcome.   Every effort is made to rehabilitate patients to resume as normal a life as possible.  A woodworking shop and a patient kitchen serves that purpose.   This years wish list will require $650.000 to fullfill. 

                    Best of luck Brian!   You have your work cut out for you.   Thanks for sharing this information with us.   

                    The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Foundation. Tove Bowman 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    'Meal 53'

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 17, 2012

                    Paul Morgan, a Niagara Business Consultant, presented a new product called'Meal 53.'   Meal 53 is  a raw, dried food supplement.  It is food in living form, because the enzymes are still intact, (not killed by heating), therefore supposed to be 'blood cleansing.'

                    Mr. Morgan is looking for sales agents willing to sell this product, produced in South Korea, and has put together a half an hour handbook on the product.   The product comes in powder form and consists of 14 grains, 22 vegetables, 11 fruits, five sea plants and salt.   A box with a three month supply (90 pouches) costs $230.00, with a profit of $90.00 .  Morgan claims taking this product will cure type 2 diabetes in just six weeks.   He demonstrated adding contents of a pouch to his favourite juice, gave it a shake , or two, and drank it.  He uses it as a lunch substitute, and claims to feel vigourated since starting it.  I can't help feeling there must be some like me, who would rather sit down to a 'Danish Smørgås Bord,' candle lights, aches and pains, and cholesterol worries.

                    Mr. Morgan told an interesting story about science having established that Neanderthal Man suffered from arthritis, but Inuit didn't.  Neanderthal cooked his meat over open  fires -  Inuit ate their meat raw.   Inuit were formerly referred to as 'Eskimos,' a derogatory name given to them by North Western Indian Tribes, and also used to scare their kids off the sea ice.  "Don't go too far out on the ice, kids, or you will meet the 'Eskimos,' meaning, 'the eaters of raw meat.'


                    'Meal 53' Tove Bowman 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

                    Decision-Making for Sustainablity

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 10, 2012

                    During a 20 minute presentation, Architect, Dr. Ian Ellingham gave us some insight into his latest book, "Decision-Making for Sustainability."

                    After decades of designing and building, Dr. Ellingham has decided to spend more time teaching and writing.   As partner-owner of Cambridge Architecture Research (CAR), closely connected with Cambridge University, he was contacted by the Royal Institute of  British Architects to write a guide on 'Decision-Making,' focusing on project analysis.   Since he and a co-writer had already published a book on project analysis in 2006, and since  the word sustainability sells books, it was decided to write a book about, 'Decision-Making for Sustainability.'    But what is sustainability?

                    Sustainability is most often linked with environmental issues.   Many other definitions are in the eye of the beholder... But that is not what CAR has in mind.   They think of human beings, their needs and how to improve their wellbeing.   Different people have different needs.   Locations, available resources etc. are important.   Most importantly, it is not what you have, but what you do with what you have, that counts.   Sustainability depends on present and future needs, as well as a mixture of economic, environmental and social issues.   One of the most important aspects of sustainability is that we do not compromise our ability to invent, think, evolve and prosper.

                    Change comes about  because  of innovations, and innovations come about with education and free thinking.   Dr. Ellingham warned about taking innovations for granted, and used the rise and fall of France, Italy and China, as reference.   Global warming, for instance, has stunted innovations, by concentrating on GW, rather than alternate energy innovations.

                    How to make better decision, is not an easy matter, but that is the subject of this book. 

                     A great  presentation, as well as post-presentation chat.   I can't wait to read the book.   Thanks 

                    Decision-Making for Sustainablity Tove Bowman 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    Vocational Services.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 03, 2012

                    Franco Olivieri, Vocational Chair, from the Rotary Club of NOTL , started off 2012 with information on Vocational Services.   As Rotarians, we are supposed to reach out to people, including the physically and mentally challenged.   He gave examples of professional people , who had become physically challenged through disease, or accident, but who with help from Rotarians, were able to enter the workforce anew.

                    "The goals are simple' said Franco, "give  a professional who has lost his eye sight a job, and that job gives value to his life."   Likewise, mentally challenged persons make good and cheerful employees.   Franco suggested clubs contact their local Chamber of Commerce, and work through them.   In Canada alone, 16 % of the work force live with a disability, costing Canada 3 1/2 billion dollars annually.

                    Thank you very much, Frank, for your  time to present to us, this challenging,  worthwhile cause.

                    Vocational Services. Tove Bowman 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Needle Knockers.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Dec 20, 2011

                    Seven years ago, Jo Stewart, Administration Officer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock U., started a knitting club, which she called 'The Needle Knockers.'   This group of knitters get together twice a month over lunch at Brock, knit, laugh and have fun  -  all for a good cause.   Jo has since started another group, 'Sticks, Strings and Stewardship,' which meet weekly at Morgan's Point United Church in Wainfleet.   They create knitted or crochet crafts for both fundraising and charities within local communities and beyond.

                    Jo presented a short, but interesting, history of knitting and its arabic roots.  By the 1600, the art of knitting had spread all over Europe.  Jo brought a large bag full of knitted items for 'show and tell.'   She also tried her darndest to recruit new knitters from our male Rotary members,  offering to teach them knitting from scratch.

                    When a third world family needed a house, the group got together and knitted items for sale, and thus raised the $1,400 required for the shelter.   Nursing students from Brock took knitted toys and dolls to HIV orphans in Africa, and discovered that the grandmothers looking after these children were in need of shawls.  Now shawls are knitted and sent over.   Shawls are also sent to Native Reserves, or wherever there is need.   Recently, a lovely blanket was created and raffled off for the benefit of United Way.

                    An ardent knitter, myself,  I found the presentation very interesting, and hope to contribute to the group in the future.   Thanks you very much for enlightening us about the history of knitting , as well as your group(s) hard work and achievements.

                    The Needle Knockers. Tove Bowman 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

                    Sing Along with Family Members and St. Catharines Sunrise Club.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Dec 13, 2011

                    Our Club celebrated the upcoming Christmas Season with family and Rotarian Friends from the St. Catharines Sunrise Club.   It was great to see many kids, both young and old, out at that hour of the morning.  A warm 'thanks' goes out to the  fellow Rotarian from the St. Catharines Club, who were able to join us.   There were prizes for the kids, and  trivia winners, all taken care off by our our generous members.  The happy fellowship hour ended with a sing-along of Christmas Carols/Songs, led by Carolyn, with Randy plucking his guitar.   It was a wonderful fellowship hour... Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special thanks to those who donated prizes, as well as gifts for our Sally Anne undertaking. 

                    I also wish to thank all the members who bought some of my little knitted dolls and wine cork Christmas ornaments (donkeys).  I am pleased to announce that your generosity helped raise $87.00 for Pelham Cares, which I hand delivered this morning.  THANKS! 

                    Sing Along with Family Members and St. Catharines Sunrise Club. Tove Bowman 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

                    Eliminate Powerty via Education.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Dec 06, 2011

                    Today, Sabih Uddin, a semi retired pharmacist, and fellow Rotarian from Brantford, presented an interesting brief about his club's involvement with literacy in India and Pakistan.  

                     Children from slum areas in India and Pakistan are deprived of schooling.  Parents can't afford to send their kids to school.   Through connections in Pakistan, Sabih has been able to partner with schools in Pakistan.   They teach slum  kids from age six - fourteen, to read and write, five days a week, for four months.   Since parents can't afford to put them into regular schools, a special curriculum is set up by the local school board.   Classes are taught with the children sitting on the floor, or on rugs (Non Formal Education).   Hygiene is being taught along with reading and writing.   Rotary of Brantford has teamed up with Rotary of Karachi South, and the local school board assists with guidance.    Five thousand kids from the slums of Karachi have become literate since 2007, for just $22.00 per child via this worthwhile program.   Clubs assisting with this project can apply for matching grants from the Rotary Foundation..

                    Sabih is proud to be part of this project, and I certainly understand why.   Teaching a child to read, opens a door, hopefully the door leading that child out of poverty.  A very enjoyable presentation - Thanks! 

                    Eliminate Powerty via Education. Tove Bowman 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Our District Governor's Annual Visit

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Nov 29, 2011

                    DG John Heise honoured us with his visit November 30.  After being introduced by AG Vic Kerschl, DG John Heise proceeded to talk about Rotary's main goal, eradication of polio, and stressed just how close we are to fulfilling that goal.  He gave us lots of encouragement, and praise, and appeared very pleased with our club's accomplishments, and goals.  I am sure none of us minded that little pat on the shoulder, which also came from Vic, who stated that,  "for a small club, you are one of the best." 

                    DG John Heise usually travels with his wife, but as a proud grandparent, 'Grandma' had to stay behind and baby-sit.  We thank you for your visit, kinds words, and your effort, getting up before the birds at 5 am, to get to get here in time for our meeting.


                    Our District Governor's Annual Visit Tove Bowman 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0

                    How Rotary Foundation Works

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Nov 15, 2011

                    Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Arthur Wing, Rotary Foundation Chair of District 7090, came and spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation, how it works, how we can tap into the funds, when asked to help out in desperate situations around the world.  He stressed the need for assistance, and suggested small gestures like giving up 'a cup of coffee' and donating it to the fund, all adds up.  He also suggested remembering the Foundation by leaving something for it in our Wills.

                    Our club was happy to present Art with a cheque for $1,000, which he gracefully accepted.

                    How Rotary Foundation Works Tove Bowman 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

                    'Five' for Water. (Coffee Fundraiser).

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Nov 08, 2011

                    Rotarian, Annie Holtby, presented a slide show and talk about 'Five for Water.'  Five for Water, is a Rotary Fundraising project started by five anonymous Rotarians, selling Fair Trade Coffee,  using the profits to provide clean drinking water for third world families .   These five  have already provided several drinking wells around the world, with profits earned from the sale of Fair Trade Coffee.

                    The Fair Trade itself helps small coffee farmers in third world regions getting a fair price for the coffee they produce.  Secondly, a percentage of the sale  from each bag of coffee sold goes towards potable drinking water, again for third world regions.   Thirdly, another portion of the sale can be used as a fundraiser by the club selling the coffee.   Since most people drink coffee, this sounds like a win, win, fundraiser - increasing poor people's wages, providing clean drinking water to poor people and raising funds to help, where ever assistance is needed around the world.

                     Annie came armed with a box full of coffee bags, so let's bring granny a bag of coffee for christmas instead  of a box of chocolate!

                    Thank, you, Annie,   It was an interesting presentation.

                    'Five' for Water. (Coffee Fundraiser). Tove Bowman 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

                    Salvation Army's Many Community Projects.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Oct 26, 2011

                    Greg Warkentin, Salvation Army's Executive Director for the Niagara Region, and Rev. Cheryl More, presented to us, Wednesday October 26,2011.

                    Mr. Warkentin oversees four Niagara Communities in the Region, their Thrift Stores, and works with our local 'In the Orchard.' He sits on the board of the 'In the Orchard.'  Mr Warkentin is also in charge of Fair Trade, and has  traveled to Pakistan on Fair Trade business. The Salvation Army receives a 40 K grant, annually, to assist them with their good work.   An emergency truck  is sent out  one night a week to a town looking for homeless people.   When disaster recently struck Goderich - Salvation Army was there.   Training takes place, groups are organized to work in tandem, when disaster strikes.  This training was put in place after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina,  in the U.S.

                    A program called  the ' Red Cap Program' evolved out of the Salvation Army's Headquarter.  The Red Cap Program is an Anger Management Program developed to stop bullying.   The Rev. Cheryl Moore teaches children to  confront bullies.   Out of 36 countries, Canada ranks close to the bottom of the totem pole, when it comes to countering bullying.   Rev. Moore stated that there is a lot of bullying going on among kids.

                    Rev. Moore teaches an eight  - 10 week course, geared to kids from eight  - 12 years of age, via games and role playing, during a 90 min. extended lunch hour at schools with problems.  Teacher's recommend who could benefit from the course.  This course is not just for low income areas.  

                    The program requires a facilitator and two volunteers.  They use the colours of a STOP light, (Red, Yellow, and Green) to teach STOP, THINK, and PROBLEM SOLVE.  This teaches kids to be less impulsive...   An after school program is also offered in Welland.   Students are provided with free binders, a snack (usually pizza), and a RED HAT (cap), if they pass.   The cost of running a 10 week course is $1,400.

                    I would like to extend thanks to both Mr. Warkentin, and Rev. Moore for enlightening us a little about some of the good work Salvation Army is involved with.  I personally did not know about your 'Anger Management Program.'  Thank you very much for presenting to us.




                    Salvation Army's Many Community Projects. Tove Bowman 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

                    The Value of Volunteers.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Oct 12, 2011

                    Richard Rybiak, our town's newest councillor, spoke about the value of  volunteers, and gave us a little insight into the Community in Bloom Committee.   The Community in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation, and the challenge of national competition.   Our local group was formed in 2000, as a volunteer committee under the auspices of the Town of Pelham.

                    The volunteers fund raise and work hard  planting and weeding around town.  Most of the funding for the new clock on Pelham Street S., was raised by the Community in Bloom Committee.   It is the recipient of the Trillium Award.  It holds Garden Tours, Community clean-up days, etc.   This year it is challenging business owners to get employees involved in the clean-up, starting October 20th.   Vickie Van Ravensway is busy making up maps and hand-outs.   Vests and garbage bags will be handed out to volunteers.   Most schools are registered for clean -up October 21st, and Fonthill Rotary is registered to help with the clean-up October 22nd.   There will be a luncheon barbecue at Centennial Park ,  following the morning clean-up on the 22nd.  

                    Mr Rybiak, a former Rotarian, from Peace River, started with a heart warming rendition of the the destruction caused in Peace River by a massive flood some years ago.  Homes and businesses were destroyed, but within hours, volunteers, lead by 12 Rotarians, had started a fundraising campaign to rebuild their town.   Funds were released almost immediately in the form of loans, which were forgiven in five years time, if the business rebuilt and stayed.  Mr. Rybiak's story was followed by applause,  and the value of volunteerism reinforced.  

                    Thank you for this presentation. Mr. Rybiak. 

                    The Value of Volunteers. Tove Bowman 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

                    Magician, Anthony Lindan

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Oct 04, 2011

                    Our October 5th meeting was a morning filled with laughter.  We were treated to a great performance of Magic by Magician, Anthony Lindan, who does presentations to corporate institutions, using his talent as a fun teaching  tool.   He made money appear out of nowhere, but later, when showing us how to do the trick, he explained that you can't make money appear, without having money first.   I am sure somebody in the crowd will attempt that trick...

                    Mr. Lindan did card tricks,and number tricks.   He also made a $5.00 bill disappear, only to have it re-appear out of the centre of a freshly cut lime moments later.  To a corporation having lost a lot of assets, Lindan will suggest that with a bit of ingenuity it is possible to get their lost assets back.

                    It was a fun filled presentation, which created lots of eye-openers and heartfelt laughter.  What a great way to start a day.  Thanks, Mr Lindan.

                    Magician, Anthony Lindan Tove Bowman 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

                    Climate Change In Relation To Viticulture.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 28, 2011

                    September 28th, 2011, Dr. Anthony Shaw, Brock University, honoured us with a knowledgeable presentation of Climate change.  He spoke about climate change versus global warming, and the difference between long term and short term climate changes.   Dr. Shaw  referred to the Medieval Warm period, when the Vikings arrived in Greenland around the year 1000 - 1200, as well as the Little Ice Age a few hundred years later.  Both of these were long term changes, created by solar forcing or lack thereof.

                    Although our earth has been gradually warming since the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago, what we are presently experiencing is a more rapid warming, globally.   Weather changes from year to year, therefore no vintage is ever the same.  Climate is calculated over 30 years, and in this region, warming has increased by  .6 Centigrade degrees .  Along with the increase in temperature, so has CO2 increased from 280ppm  to 385ppm since 1880.  Groving grapes depends very much on the amount of heat and the length of the growing season, more so, than on the actual soil.  We had a short warming spell in the 1930's and 1940's, but by the late 50's and into the 60's temperature was dropping.  With the local mean temperature at 8.5 C. degrees, we have seen the temperature rising .5 - .6 C. degrees since 1970.  This has extended the growing season, and made the adaption time shorter, and more dramatic locally.  In the Arctic, the temperature has increased by 10 C.degrees over the same period.  With the increase in the temperature, growers rely very much on finding the right kind of grapes to plant, as what they plant now, will depend on their harvest forty years from now. This of course is where Dr. Shaw's expertise comes in. 

                    Locally, the Wine Industry depends on cool climate grapes, tolerating -20 C. degrees.   Colder than that, frost damage occurs.  Fluctuations in temperature, are not good for the grapes, especially when they are coming out of dormancy.  For Canada, GW is  good - not so for Texas and Sub Sahara.  Water, carbon dioxide, methane gas and nitrous oxide are the main components of greenhouse gases, and in that order.  CO2 is not only contributed by burning of fossil fuels, but by warming oceans, volcanoes and arctic melts among others.  

                    Individually, we can't change things around, but with government legislations we can make a change.  It will be costly and create loss of jobs, so it is not an easy thing to change.  Programs have to be in place.

                    Dr. Shaw could have kept on talking endlessly, but time ran out, and some of our members had to go to  work.   I have received wonderful feed back about this presentation.  Thank you very much, Dr. Shaw. 







                    Climate Change In Relation To Viticulture. Tove Bowman 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

                    Interact Club Presentation

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 13, 2011

                    If I ever heard of a group of busy 'Beavers,' the Interact Club at E. L. Crosley tops them all.  The Past President, Charlotte Butko; and President, Erin Prysiazny; along with Brianne Morgen, Treasurer, presented a splendid review of their past year's performance.

                    They held so many activities, that I might not remember them all.   They started out with a 'Terry Fox Run' and raised $350.00.  Then came Halloween - and 130 kids were activated, going door to door collecting food for Pelham Cares.   Imagine the surprize when the kids called for help picking up all the 'loot' -  three SUV loads and then some...   

                    At Christmas, the Interact group made up baskets for 30 families for Sally Ann.   In the spring they held a Barbecue, raising $400.00 for 'End Polio Now.'   During May and June,  they collected good used clothing for RAFT.   And then comes the best part - they loved every minute of it and claim they had an 'AMAZING YEAR.' 

                    Well, kids, here is what I think of you.   You guys are AMAZING.   I can assure you that everyone in the  room listening to you this morning are very proud of all of you.   Your experience will always be with you -  don't ever change.   You are future Rotarians,  and you truly are AMAZING.

                    Interact Club Presentation Tove Bowman 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

                    Value of Exchange Students.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Sep 06, 2011

                    Jean Bancroft of Fonthill, an exchange student to Sweden, 35 years ago, shared her experience with us this morning. Jean ended up staying in Nykjøping, near Stockholm,  when at the age of 16.   Noone spoke English in her exchange family home, so Jean had to struggle with both language and homesickness problems.  She arrived at a home that was not used to having a girl, and the regulations in those days were such that you were not allowed contact with your parents for the first three months. This meant you had to grow up fast, and overcome any problems you might have

                    The host was an Olympian, so it helped that Jean had a keen interest in canoeing and biking.   Being an Olympian, the host was known to the King of Sweden...

                     As usual, exchange students had contacts with other exchange students, and at one point Jean held a gathering in her room, where they put together a list of things they would like to do and see before leaving Sweden.   One of those items was: they would like to meet the King of Sweden.   The rest of the list didn't appear to be a problem to arrange, but to meet with the King of Sweden was another matter.  Never mind, a letter was sent to his Majesty, and lo and behold, the King and his young wife Silvia, (newly married) invited them all for a visit to the Castle. 

                    Jean was in Interact in her high school days, and later joined Ryla.   She has nothing but praise for the Youth Exchange Program.  It helps young people mature with a healthy interest in humanity.  Jean has since hosted a girl from Tailand, and states it was a wonderful experience, giving back.   Jean keeps in contact with this girl, who now has become a lawyer, working with a Not For Profit organization, and setting up 'fundraising programs' which does not appear to exist in Tailand.

                    Youth Exchange can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be a total failure, ending with a student being sent home.   In Jean's case, it was a fantastic experience, both as an outgoing student, and hosting.


                    Value of Exchange Students. Tove Bowman 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

                    Niagara Symphony's Youth Program.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 30, 2011

                    B. J. Armstrong, Educational Co-ordinator of Niagara Symphony's Youth Prgram spoke about their Classroom and Summer Camp Programs, which have been in place for 50 years.  

                    In the classroom, they hold one hour work shops, believing strongly that music helps guide a child develop intellectually.   They hold two classes per school and have four professional musicians who come into the classroom, where they teach students to read and compose music.  The final piece is then played.

                    To get students interested, they are invited to three free concerts at Brock.   Before a concert, they are taught 'Concert Manners.'    During concerts, ensemble students showcase in the lobby at Brock.  Armstrong revealed that we have phenomenal music students under the age of 18 in Niagara.

                    Niagara Symphony also offers students two week summer camps, and at the end of the two weeks the students play in a concert.  Bursary funds are available for kids who can't afford camp, otherwise.   Music builds up comradery for students who are not athletic.  Kids as young as 18 months are taught rythm, and kids can read music by age six.

                    Even if the students don't progress to become professional musicians, the Symphony hopes to inspire a lifelong interest in music.  An excellent program - always looking for sponsors.

                    Niagara Symphony's Youth Program. Tove Bowman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

                    Migrant Workers Children's Scholarship Project.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 16, 2011

                    Dr. Richard Mitchell , Sociology Professor, from Brock University spoke about Migrant Workers Children's Scholarship Program.  Dr. Mitchell had noticed migrant workers bicycling around in our communities, and became curious about  these people.   He discovered that the migrant workers are all fathers, some of them away from their families eight to ten months of the year, while working the farm fields of Niagara, creating prosperity for our communities.    He then wondered if there was something he could do for them.

                    At a Social Justice Forum held at Brock, he invited a group of migrant workers, and 'Yes,' there was 'something' he could do for them.  First they had a request for some sort of protective clothing to wear, when biking after dark.   Mayor Brian Mc Mullen of St. Catharines was contacted, and he willingly provided some reflective  clothing for them.  Secondly, they  asked to be part of some cultural activities, and that was also arranged.   Thirdly, when the Migrant Worker's Program was set up by our government, back in the 1960-70, the program required the workers to be fathers.  Since they earn low wages, there isn't much money left for education for their children, after food expenditures etc. are met back home.    Therefore, the Niagara Community Foundation set up the Niagara Migrant Children's Award Program, November  2010.  The Niagara Region receive about 7,000 migrant workers annually.

                    Dr. Michell saw a perfect opportunity to give something back to these workers via  scholarships for their children.  He is presently working on raising two million dollars towards this goal, and hoping the region's wine industry will be financially supportive towards this worthwhile project.  The cost per student will be about 50 K.

                     Educating the migrant workers' children will lead their family's way out of powerty.   What a wonderful project. 

                    Migrant Workers Children's Scholarship Project. Tove Bowman 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

                    Youth Computer Recycling Project

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 09, 2011

                    Ron Dubciak, Executive Director of the Niagara Citizen's Advisory Committee, a non-profit organization, helping youths at risk, shared some of his visdom with us today.   The organization was created by caring, willing people, with expertise in usefull skills, who saw the need for behavioral modification training, via  teaching work skills to youths.   It runs a 14 - 16 week training program for youths ages 16 - 18, dismantling and recycling old computers and other electronic equipment, except monitors.   Up to 60 tons of discarded electronic equipment are processed weekly, earning them three quarter of a million annually.   However, this training is expensive, and they do rely on some government assistance.

                    A very high percentage of the students have been removed from school, are active criminals, are without work experience, and without any support system ,or home address.   Teaching these youngsters a skill gives them a chance in life that they otherwise would never have had.   Many have returned to school.

                    The students get training in supervisory skills, group, as well as individual counselling, and first aid training.   A 'Senior Mentoring Program' has been develloped, and the students respect seniors and perform well with them.   Helping, and working in the community gives the students confidence to move forward.   These students worked long hours, cleaning up after the Rotary Rib Fest.

                     The students have restored 15,000 computers and have sent them to Haiti, Nicaragua, and other third world countries.   A bottle recycling undertaking went so well that they ran out of bottles.   Recently, the Catholic School Board offered them acreage, on which to grow corn for bio-fuel.  Proceeds from this project will go to a trust fund for some future endeavour.

                    What a delightful, positive rendition of how dedicated and caring people/teachers can turn our lost youth into good, productive citizens.

                    Youth Computer Recycling Project Tove Bowman 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

                    Interesting OPP Career.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 02, 2011

                    Robert Eamer, one of our newest members, and former Rotarian, has had an interesting career with the OPP over 36 years, and today he shared some tidbits with us.   Robert retired as Chief Supt., Regional Commander for Eastern Ontario.   During his career he met interesting (sometimes dangerous) challenges, as Forensic Officer, setting up Automated Fingerprinting, Planning of Police Training etc.   As an Explosive Disposal Technician, Robert learned how to build bombs, before he could learn how to safely dismantle them. 

                    As a former Rotarian, Robert has served in several Eastern Clubs.   While at the Cataraqui - Kingston Club, he was awarded the Rotarian of the Year Award for initiating the Rotary Christmas Auction.  He also served as President of the club from 2001-2002, and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2004.

                     In his retirement days, Robert is still active in many organizations, both inside and outside policing.   Robert is also a Founding Director of the OPP Youth Foundation,  for which he clearly displayed much love and enthusiasm.

                     Thanks to his wife, Rose, who has given Robert three daughters and several grand children,(some of whom live in this area) Robert was drawn to Fonthill and our Rotary Club.   We are happy and thankful to have you among us, Robert!

                    Interesting OPP Career. Tove Bowman 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
                    ROTARY YEAR Tove Bowman 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

                    FOUR-WAY TEST

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on May 25, 2011

                    The Four-Way Test

                     The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics was adopted by Rotary in 1943. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

                    Of the things we think, say or do

                    1. Is it the TRUTH?
                    2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
                    3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
                    4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
                    FOUR-WAY TEST Tove Bowman 2011-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

                    Fonthill Meeting Place

                    Posted by P. Duncan on May 24, 2011
                    The Rotary Club of Fonthill's weekly 7.15 Wednesday morning meeting is held at the Cafe on Main - 1455 Pelham Street, Fonthill.
                    Fonthill Meeting Place P. Duncan 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

                    A 'FAIR TRADE' Love Story.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Oct 12, 2010
                    When Carol Lloyd of Pelham visited El Salvador for three days, last January, little did she know that she would be introduced to poverty, first hand. A guided tour to a coffee plantation opened her eyes to 'Fair Trade,' and poverty. Carol, who owns and operates her own Coffee House in Pelham, could see a way of supporting 'Fair Trade,' and has now made other valuable connections with a group of Fair Trade supporters from Vermont. Through her tour guide, Carol was introduced to a nearby orphanage, with 75 small children, and another with older children. She found the conditions at the orphanages deplorable - only 15 bed for 75 kids. Kitchen, and laundry facilies were inadequate etc. Carol has since returned with suitcases full of medicine, via help from her doctor, and has also managed to bring 500 pounds of food to the orphanages. It shows what good will and action can do to help the poor and innocent. Great work ,Carol! I hope you will return and tell us more about your endeavour. Thanks for sharing it with us.
                    A 'FAIR TRADE' Love Story. Tove Bowman 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

                    Creating Age Friendly Communities.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Aug 10, 2010
                    Deb Rollo, Coordinator of the Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative, presented an interesting talk and slide show this morning. Deb works with community leaders and retailers, to make our communities more accessable and senior friendly. Deb's educational background is in social services and business, so she has a superb grasp of what we older folk need, and who can provide it for our aging community. I discovered one amusing fact, that seniors are divided into three categories for needs - and that I am over the 'hill.' Thanks, Deb, for an interesting presentation. I am sure we shall all hear more about your good work, as we age in this beautiful community.
                    Creating Age Friendly Communities. Tove Bowman 2010-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

                    'THE MARTIANS ARE COMING' In Reverse.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Mar 09, 2010
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                    March 10,2010, our club was honoured to have Robert Morrow, Consultant with The Canadian Space Agency, as guest speaker. Robert is Project Manager for 'Tomatosphere' - a science project involving seeds sent into space. Along with interesting space pictures, we were treated to some information on the work involved sending man to Mars. Because of the time span involved, fresh food must be grown, both in transit, and upon arrival. Water was discovered on Mars, thanks to a broken front wheel on one of the landing vehicles. Because of the broken front wheel, the vehicle can only drive in reverse, but the groove the broken wheel made on the surface of Mars revealed water under the surface. Without the knowledge of water on Mars, man has no chance of surviving there. We were given control/test packages of tomato seeds,some of which had been subjected to radiation, and we were also treated to 'touch' a package of seeds that had travelled over nine million miles to outer space and back. For anyone interested in science, this presentation was a thrill. Thanks a million.
                    'THE MARTIANS ARE COMING' In Reverse. Tove Bowman 2010-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

                    Fonthill's 'Happy Place' - The Orchard Grove.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 16, 2010
                    February 17, 2010, Angie Geiss, from THE ORCHARD GROVE, Fonthill's HAPPY PLACE, showed slides from her studio. Angie, an artist, and a native of Pelham, moved to B.C. after graduating, and started a clothing business. She returned to Pelham in 2003 and opened the art studio on Pelham South, in Fonthill. Two years ago, Angie turned her studio into a non profit organization, with the help of grants from Trilium and Many Hands. She also partners with Sally Ann, and the local School Board. Adults, teenagers and little kids come through her doors. She runs an after school program for kids, and a 'Youth At Risk' program, as well as art classes for adults. Angie is also connected with the John Howard Society, and enjoys getting teenagers involved with art and away from substance abuse. Her 'Earth Art Program' visits a re-cycling plant, with magnets and sifts out useful items for their art programs. The ORCHARD GROVE is presently under renovation, but normally has open nights every Thursday night. According to Angie, there are many troubled kids in our town, who need all the help they can get. She has a wonderful volunteer staff consisting of highly skilled professionals - but gets NO financial support from our town council. Hopefully , our town council will reconsider supporting Fonthill's Happy Place, when they see the fruit of this much needed program.
                    Fonthill's 'Happy Place' - The Orchard Grove. Tove Bowman 2010-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

                    Community Care Access Centre

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Feb 02, 2010
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                    February 3, 2010, Julie and Stacey, both RNs with the Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Counties, working out of the St. Catharines Office, presented a slide brief, about the work CCAC does in the community. It serves 70 thousand people in our region. The care is free of charge. All you need is a valid Health Card. All their work is geared to assist in keeping the sick and needy out of institutions, and keep them in their own homes, if at all possible. Their task is multifaceted - and you no longer require a referral by a physician. CCAC is hard pressed financially, because people are living longer, and with age comes more health issues. Many questions were directed at Julie and Stacey. Guess we all have loved ones to worry about. Thanks for all you do, and for sharing your work experience with us.
                    Community Care Access Centre Tove Bowman 2010-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

                    Fewer Cavities in Guatemala .

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 26, 2010
                    January 27, 2010, Dr. Matt Taylor, who is a semi retired dentist, from St. Catharines, presented a slide show from his most recent (work) trip to Guatemala. This was his sixth trip doing volunter work among the poor in villages around beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Dr. Taylor finances his own trips, and travels with a generator and dental chair. He stated that the children drink a lot of coke in the region, and it is playing havoc with the kids teeth. He worked 10 hours a day for 20 days, filling huge cavities in the children's permanent teeth, and also extracted bad teeth on the adults. I can't begin to imagine the pain the children must suffer from the huge cavities shown. Another wonderful example of good work carried out by a Rotarian. Thank you for sharing your work with us. It was a most interesting presentation.
                    Fewer Cavities in Guatemala . Tove Bowman 2010-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

                    Child Advocacy for Niagara Region.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman on Jan 12, 2010
                    January 13, 2010, Cindy, from the Niagara Region's Child Advocacy Head Office in St. Catharines, gave a video presentation of their operations. Abused children are referred and arrive accompanied by siblings and/or adults. They are interviewed and videotaped in two small rooms, and those tapes are used for later court situations. Children up to the age of 16 are filtered through there. The building is a small renovated church, made very comfortable and friendly, with donated furniture, books, and toys. Rather than having the abused child repeat his or her story other places, plainclothes police and child care workers come to them, in order to minimize their trauma. Since 2008, 374 children have been interviewed there. It was a sad, but interesting presentation. Thank you very much, Cindy.
                    Child Advocacy for Niagara Region. Tove Bowman 2010-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
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                    Halloween Fun!

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    Jennifer Bennet from our local library came armed with story books and carrots, and entertained us with some Halloween fun.  By the sound of the laughter, I can say that grown-up can also have fun with kid's stories.   Thanks for the entertainment, Jennifer.   Much appreciated.   Laughter is good medicine!
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                    The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    September 16, 2009, Mayor Dave Augustyn spoke about the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, which fit right in with September being Rotary's 'Youth Awareness Month.' Mayor Dave has personally visited all the grade 7-8 classes in Pelham, stirring up interest for the program. The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) was established in 2004, and consists of students from grade seven through twelve, who attend monthly meetings during the school year. The objective of MYAC is to keep our Town Council informed of matters affecting our youth, leading to the creation of meaningful activities for the youth, while also teaching the youth servitude. Sitting on the MYAC provides an excellent leadership experience for kids, which in later years can be a valuable asset, when applying for either a job or a schoolarship. Employers and government agencies look favourable at youth programs. These kids wash cars to raise funds for The United Way. They help with parades, pumpkin carving contests, the Band Shell, Canada Day activities, etc. They also have a 'Reach-Out' program for seniors. Mayor Dave mentioned so many thing these kids were involved with, that I was truly amazed. What a wonderful way to keep our youth involved in our community. Thank you kids for all that you do, and thank you very much Mayor Dave for sharing this information with us during our 'Youth Awareness' month.
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                    Challenges In Our Education System.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    September 9, 2009, Ann Harrison, Principal of E. L. Crossley High School, presented a very interesting update on the challenges both she and her staff face daily. Great changes in our educational system have taken place over the years, and the challenges our young students face are also growing. Our youngsters can no longer drop out of the educational system until they have reached the age of eighteen, or earned a high school diploma. Ms. Harrison's goal is to get every kid past grade ten. After that, she believes a student can more easily be directed towards one of the many avenues open to him or her. They monitor kids who are at risk of dropping out. Today, a kid can't get expelled. Niagara College, for example, runs a 'Second Chance' program for troubled kids, and a 'Rise Program' is offered at the 'Y' in St. Catharines. Some co-op programs are available at E. L. Crossley, but they do encounter transportation problems. Some of their rural co-op students work in local greenhouses or on dairy farms. Tech Trade Programs are offered, and building skills have been put to good use helping 'Habitat for Humanity.' Eleven students recently went to El Salvador, C. A. (What an experience for kids - Great). E. L. Crossley also offers a program for the hearing impaired. Ms. Harrison stated that it is most often the school that has to seek out the business community for input on needed skills. She would like to see the business community coming to the school with new carreer suggestions. It was a most enlightening presentation, and I see a lot of opportunities for our youngsters. Grab all the education you can, kids! You will need it in the future! Thank you very much, Ann Harrison. Have a wonderful school year!
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                    SAFE STOR

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    September 2/09, Anna Balla from SAFE STOR, Records Management, 2704 Hwy 20, presented an interesting overview on her Record Storing Facility, and how she changed her profession from a totally different profession - Dentistry. Today, she helps busy professionals, from all over the Niagara Peninsula, storing their records at her state-of-the-art business in Fonthill. Let's hope professionals in the area, who stack away documents in musty corners of their basements, will take advantage of Anna Balla's establishment. Good luck with your endeavour. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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                    First Donation For Auction Received.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    August 26, Tom Carter presented our club with a $1,000.00 gift for our up-coming Fundraiser Auction. Tom had won a lovely set of golf clubs, valued at $500.00, plus foursome tickets for Grand Niagara, valued at $400.00, which he kindly donated to us. To round off his gift, Tom donated $100.00 out of his own pocket for the 19th hole. What a lovely gift, Tom. Our club sends you a big, THANK YOU!
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                    Our Brazilian Exchange Student's Update

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                    Our exchange student , Colin, who recently left for Brazil for a year, has reported home. Colin's mother, who joined us all this morning ,reported that Colin was with a wonderful family outside of Sao Paulo, and that the host family have both horses and 'chicks.' Now, I didn't get a chance to ask his mother if Colin meant 'feathered' chicks, or... ?
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                    RYLA Student's Update.

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    Stephanie Hall, this years successful RYLA applicant, reported that she really enjoyed the leadership seminar in Fredonia immensely. About 60 students took part in the leadership seminar teaching self awareness, public speaking etc. Stephanie holds a degree in biology from Guelph University, and is presently enrolled in her third year of Veterinary School. All the best to you, Stephanie!
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                    Swedish Exchange Student

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                    Linn - our Swedish exchange student has arrived with a big smile on her face. She and the host family, the Lowes family, all joined us for breakfast this morning. By the looks of all the kids faces, it spells for a happy and exiting year for Linn. Linn arrived on August 13, and has already made new friends in both the Lowes family, and in the Lowes' neighbourhood. Linn will be attending E.L. Crossley in September. We wish her all the best. May your learning experience be full of fun and wonderful memories of Canada. A big THANKS goes to the Lowes family.
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                    Kurdistan Beyond Baghdad

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    Aug.5/09 - Amy Ball, President of Outfront Communication, presented a most interesting slide show and talk about her (courageous in my view) trip to Kurdistan. Amy holds a degree in political science, and went to Kurdistan on the invitation of the Iraqi Ambassador to Canada. This, her first trip to Kurdistan, was financed by Iraq. Her next planned trip in April 2010 will be self sponsored. Amy has started a 'NOT FOR PROFIT' Foundation, and will be bringing 20 doctors, medical supplies, and some sewing machines, with her on her next trip. She reported the area fairly stable - people tired of war - people only want peace. Orphaned children are integrated in private homes, as there are no orphanages. Xray Machines exists, but no protective Vests, therefore a high rate of cancer among health care workers using these machines. Kurdistan holds the largest Turkish population without a homeland. Thank you very much for your most informative presentation. Good luck with your next trip. Safe journey!
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                    New Zealand Slide Show

                    Posted by Tove Bowman
                    July 29/09, Barb Babij from The Sunrise Club, in Port Colborne, spoke about her (and other club menbers) recent trip to New Zealand. The pictures were lovely. It sounded like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing them with us.
                    New Zealand Slide Show Tove Bowman