RECENT CLUB NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
We're almost there - our cut-off date is near.
Early this year and in the midst of the pandemic, the RCNS initiated a virtual FUNd-raiser to support our community, to promote local businesses and to offer a variety of local produce within Norfolk.
This project was so popular, we had to establish limits on the orders!! As a result, we're doing it again and we are now set up to let everyone know the details and consider purchasing our uniquely curated bags of local Norfolk goodies!!
Everything you need to know, as well as the procedures for purchasing a bag are given at this link. Click on it and proceed!
It would be great if you could share the information on this website (www.norfolksunrise.org) with your friends - ultimately, the community will be grateful for that.
Our summer has passed - fall weather is upon us - so, once again, we have begun to think about keeping our kids warm for the upcoming winter months.
Please look into your closets and storage space and try to find some of your surplus winter coats that could be donated and would be so welcomed by our less fortunate community kids.
Thanks to Peerless Cleaners for their continuing support of this great Rotary community service work.
On Wednesday, 10 November, at 7pm, we will welcome Elder Renee Thomas-Hill as the fourth and last of our Guest Speakers in the Indigenous Voices Speaker Series. Via Zoom, she will help us to learn more about Living in Two Worlds - go to the 'Read more...' tab at the bottom to learn a little more about Renee.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, it will be necessary to pre-register and pre-pay in order to receive the needed Zoom link. More details can be found by clicking on this link.
Mark your calendars for a unique series of presentations set out to inform and educate all of us in respect of a variety of First Nation issues we are confronted with.
Jim & Marjorie Dawson (Co-Chairs of the District 7090 HIP Cttee) are co-ordinating a joint initiative between Grace United Church in Port Dover and our own Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, to bring us four informed speakers who will add some objectivity to four special topics. For information about pre-registering and pre-paying for this Zoom on-line, speaker series, please follow this link
Click on the 'Read more...' tab to see the speakers as currently scheduled.
Additional details are at this link but you may wish to set aside some Zoom-time at 7-8 pm on 29 Sept, 13 Oct, 27 Oct and 10 Nov.
The event will be widely opened to the public - all are welcomed.
To celebrate the onset of the annual District 7090 Conference, several local Area 1 members assembled to get ready.
Mary Mercato writes-in that; Following the Day of Action on September 25, when the Rotary Clubs of Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe and Delhi planted 6,000 daffodil bulbs along the Trail, a social was held on October 22 at the Erie Beach. Attending were AG Bob Stevenson and DG Elect Lisa Bishop who welcomed everyone and took a moment to toast and acknowledge Karen Oakes.  Karen’s passing is felt  throughout the District and our Rotary family. Those in attendance enjoyed a fabulous meal and much needed comradery.   
Owing to the pandemic, we are 'in-between' our exchange students at the moment. Nonetheless, we remember our great connections from the past and look forward to the program restarting as soon as it is safe to do so.
Yvonne Plater writes-in about our most recent student; "As many of you will know, Minori returned to Japan in July 2020.  She completed her high school courses and was later accepted into a university three hours north of her home.  She mentioned that when she was interviewed by the university they were very interested in her knowledge of English and that she had been an exchange student in Canada.  She has just started her second year in a nursing program.  Her warmth, compassion and caring nature will make her an amazing nurse.  Though her 20th birthday was in May 2021, because of covid, the traditional celebration of this coming of age occurred last weekend.  Her parents gave her the gift of this beautiful kimono. We miss her and she says she misses everyone at our Rotary club too."
Are we busy enough yet??  
The pandemic may have slowed us down a bit, but we now have a full wind in our sails and have returned to our passion for supporting our community.  Just to keep up:
 
Over the past several weeks, we have completed;
  • four Little Lending Libraries
  • the first of four special speakers in a series highlighting Indigenous Voices; 
  • a Road Rally in honour of our founding President Keith Flexman;
  • a bicycle road tour intended to raise funds to help with the Rotary International aim to eradicate polio;
  • the planting of an additional 6,000 daffodil bulbs along our Sunrise Trail;
  • the restart of Licence#5 of our ever-popular Catch the Ace fundraising event;
  • the planting of a commemorative copper beech tree in Simcoe to celebrate our 25th anniversary;
  • volunteer hours at the Norfolk County Fair and the Riversyde 83 development.
On our immediate horizon, we are planning;
  • an on-line fundraiser to sell and promote Norfolk County products;
  • our annual program to provide warm clothing for local children as winter approaches;
  • participation in our Annual District 7090 Conference;
  • the planting of additional redbud trees along our Sunrise Trail;
  • an on-line auction to raise funds for our community;
  • an event to promote the distribution of women's hygiene products to those in need.
Phew! It’s keeping us busy and we are definitely happier with that situation than beforehand.  All of this activity is detailed on our Club web-page – www.norfolksunrise.org 
You are all encouraged to use it to keep abreast of our work and play; indeed, it would be great if you might share it with at least one member of your family and/or friends who might have an interest or might indeed pass it along themselves. If we don’t promote ourselves, it’s hard to expect others to do so – who knows; it might even perk someone’s deeper interest in our Club.
On 16 May '96. we were chartered as the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise; a new Club within District 7090 of Rotary International.
On 18 May '21, with the restrictions of a pandemic upon us, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a special 'zoom' gathering of our members, all being entertained with stories and anecdotes about the club and its beginnings, as told by the founding members still with us.
On 09 Oct '21, we concluded our anniversary celebrations with the planting of a copper beech tree at the Rotary Sunrise parkette along our Sunrise Trail at Argyle St. A special stone was dragged into place and a suitable commemorative plaque was positioned to mark the occasion.
We continue to be proud of our contributions to our community; it is great to give back especially when it can be done having fun and making new friends; all at the same time.
Shown are Past Pres Steve Malo, Jim Peters and RCNS Pres Louise Schebesch. See the 'Read more...' tab below for additional pictures and a short description of the Copper Beech tree.
Yours in Rotary ...
 
Last year, we planted 4,200 ... this year, we added another 6,000 daffodil bulbs to further enhance our Rotary Sunrise Trail for those who enjoy its beauty.
Rudi Atkinson sent us this report on a fantastic fall day spent on the Sunrise Trail.
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for perfect weather, a great team of volunteers, new recruits from the playground, and for the bulbs to arrive in the nick of time. Whew!! April, 2022 will be offering a gorgeous display of three flower colors on our Sunrise Trail thanks to the efforts of Area 1 Rotary Clubs from District 7090 who banded together on a Day of Action to plant 6K daffodil bulbs the morning of 9.25.21. 
Some of our trail users passing by were really excited to see what we were doing in anticipation of the beautiful display we will be seeing next spring. Daffodils represent new beginnings and rebirth and are a welcome site in the spring each year. #rotaryatwork #rotarynorfolksunrise #peopleofaction #rotarydistrict7090 #LoveRotary"
Go to the 'Read more ....' tab to see extra picture from the day.
Earlier, the RCNS installed the first three of our Little Lending Libraries in Port Dover and Waterford.
Following the positive reviews received and with the encouragement of the Church Out Serving leaders (Eric Haverkamp & Virginia Lucas), we have now added our newest LLL at Riversyde 83 in Simcoe.
Thanks to Abel Enterprizes (Scott Williams et al) for constructing the units and congratulations to the Community Service Committee (Mary Mercato as Chair) for coordinating this great community literacy-support program
On Saturday, 02 Oct '21, Rotary District 7090 organized a 'Pedal for Polio' bicycle tour in support of our common Rotary aim to eradicate polio. Blessed with great weather, RCNS embraced the chance to support this Rotary fundraiser and to help draw attention to this great cause.
One of our participants, Dave Nicolle, writes in that - "Here are some pictures from today's great Pedal for Polio bicycle ride around Niagara-on-the-Lake hosted by that town's Rotary Club. Participants from RCNS were: Al & Yvonne Plater with daughter Emma, Steve & Jane Malo, Pete Wheatley and Dave Nicolle. The final # for funds raised are still being counted but many thanks to ALL who contributed to this great cause to help eradicate polio!"
Go to the 'Read more...' tab to see a selection of other pictures of our RCNS participants.
It was a wonderful day - Rotary 'work' seems like so much 'fun'.
Upcoming Events
SPEAKERS
Jim Dover
Nov 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Port Dover Waterfront Development; Environmental Project
Renee Thomas-Hill; Six Nations Elder
Nov 10, 2021 7:00 PM
Indigenous Voices Speaker Series - Living in Two Worlds
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Nov 16, 2021 7:00 AM
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Nov 23, 2021 7:00 AM
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Nov 30, 2021 7:00 AM
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