RCNS News
Very recently, we lost an outstanding member of our Norfolk community and a truly amazing Rotarian.
Don, a member of our Club since 2002, lived a life that was the definition of 'Service before Self' and we will truly miss him - our hearts go out to Gwen and the Emerson family.
Soon there will be more information forthcoming on our memories of, and a celebration of Don's Rotary life.
Don's Obituary may be read by Clicking Here.
Rest In Peace - you made a difference, Don.
This Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, we welcome our Guest Speaker, Lucy Bonanno, President and CEO of the Norfolk General Hospital. Lucy will be discussing her experiences in running a critical health care facility in a difficult time. More details on our guest speaker (as taken from a 2020 edition of the Simcoe Reformer) may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
If you, or any of your family & friends, wish to join into this event, please contact our Club Services chair by clicking HERE.
Why not join in? - it will be a great session.
With the coming of spring there are a lot of Sunrise Trail activities planned.  
First up is the continuing tree planting on the “John Wallace” Rotary Grove on the RC Norfolk Sunrise trail North of Davis Drive.  The plan is to continue the planting of redbuds on both sides of the trail on the straight section going north from Davis St.  We have a skeleton crew signed up to plant on Apr16 (9-12am); with COVID restrictions we are limited to 5 people.  In preparation for the tree planting we will clear some brush so will have a crew on Apr 9 (9am) to do this work - this is a bit heavier work with loppers, saws and brush hogs are needed to take out heavier brush.
Along with the Redbud planting this spring, the RCNS is working with Norfolk County on continuing the tree planting effort. Going north of the Rotary grove, we will be planting a mix of trees on the east side of the trail with the goal of reaching the 14th Concession.  It is expected that this planting project will be scheduled for the Fall '21.  
Speaking of the Fall, rumour has it that past president Rudi is hatching a plan to continue the planting of daffodils in the Rotary grove - stay tuned for further developments!
More fun from our Membership Cttee - spend your 'stay at home' time knowing just how much you actually know about our Club!!
Save a day for us - help cleanup our lakefront shoreline - mark your calendars for Saturday, 15 May 2021 (tentative).
Distr Gov Frank Adamson initiated this fabulous Service Project, and there are over 14 Districts (about 20,000 Rotarians, their families, community members) committed now to participate (From Provinces: Quebec to Manitoba border, and States: New York, To Minnesota).
Go to the "Read more..." tab to learn more about this initiative to support our environment.
On Easter Sunday afternoon, 04 April, a member of our club arrived at Meika Matthews home in Port Dover with a secret surprise; a Paul Harris Fellowship!
Performing the honour on behalf of the Club was Rudi Atkinson who backed up the award with remarks that may be read by clicking on the 'Read more ...' tab just below.
Thank you for your tireless service Meika..
We have approval to recommence our favourite card draw - get your tickets for the 09 April return of Catch the Ace sponsored by our club and hosted by the Port Dover Legion.
See our Fundraiser Tab at the top of the website home page to see the previous winners from this, our fourth approved licence to conduct this very popular game of chance.
OUR QUIZZER REPORTS FOR APRIL 8 :
In first place : Keepin’ It Klassy=free entry to next week’s game
Second : Sexy Simconians
Third: The Jones Boys (and guest)
And in fourth place this week: The Mongrels (where, oh where was ARP?)
 
Only 3 more weeks of trivia before the summer hiatus.  Come out and give it a try.  We will find you a team!
 
Sign up by e-mailing RCNSevents@gmail.com.  Tell your family and friends about this FUNdraiser and get them playing this month - lots of room for more teams. 
See the "Read more ..." section for more details 
The planning has begun ...
The Little Lending Library (LLL) is a free book sharing/lending tool, increasing access to books for readers of all ages.  Currently over 100 countries around the world have established over 100,000 LLL, exchanging millions of books.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is in the process of establishing its first free Little Lending Library in Simcoe and is planning on establishing additional sites within Norfolk County.  
Lead for this District 7090 conceived initiative is with Mary Mercato with support form Alan/Yvonne Plater ... all in support of literacy and promoting the love of reading.
The Norfolk Sunrise fundraising initiative to sell bags of goodies as provided from our local Norfolk vendors has been concluded with great success. After a huge effort on the part of our organizing team and wonderful support from our participating vendors, we distributed 195 bags to those who supported the cause. There are so many to thank ....
- first of all to everyone who purchased a bag and created the funding we will use to support our community next year;
- next to the vendors who provided such a creative trove of appealing county items;
- next to our sponsor, who generously offered up a special prize for a special supporter; and finally
- to our RCNS organizing team whose creativity and hard work brought this to fruition. 
The pandemic may be changing the way we do things but it's definitely not stopping us from giving back!
Go to the 'Read more ...' section for details about those who we appreciate so much.
The pandemic has certainly caused us to be creative in the ways we are staying connected. It's also providing us with some very useful ideas from sources that we are so thankful for .... enter Spicy Jan from Tasty Road Trip Tours.
As conceived by our fundraising chair, Tracy Winkworth, and coordinated by Cathy Harrop, the idea was to have gourmet food and drink brought to our homes (our computers!). We would then 'zoom' together whilst experts walked us through an entertaining night of gasto-delights. Following the dishes as provided by three participating, local entrepreneurs, we were offered a virtual tour of a new, on-line art gallery in Paris (Ontario)!
What a blast!
Thanks to Tracy, Cathy and Jan (see the Read more ... section for details) for providing this special way for our Club to stay connected.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Lucy Bonanno
Apr 20, 2021
CEO Norfolk General Hospital
Edith Gelbard
Apr 27, 2021
Surviving the Holocaust
Dawn Lavell-Harvard
May 04, 2021 7:00 AM
Director First People's House of Learning
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