RECENT CLUB NEWS
Did you know that we have several of our club members who have been recognized in the 2021 winners grouping of Norfolk County's "Women of Influence"??
Read all about them and their community accomplishments by clicking on this LINK.
Congratulations to all - they are all making our Norfolk County a better place to be and we are particularly proud of our own RCNS members; Gail and Stella!
Did you know that everything you need to know about our Club is posted at our web-site - www.norfolksunrise.org  .... and that all of that content is readily and easily available to you on your cell phone.
If you've already downloaded the Club Runner App - congratulations and thank you for staying so-connected. If you have an interest in this easy way of keeping informed, the embedded you-tube video will be of some interest.
After many years in the making, our idea to add some mural artwork to the downtown community is finally taking form.
Last year, we came to an agreement with the group that is transforming the old LCBO building into a new community support centre. It turned out that our desire for artwork merged perfectly with the need that Church Out Serving (CoS) had for the rebranding of the facility into their new Riversyde 83 centre. With RCNS encouragement and funding, CoS proceeded with their art plan, acquiring additional partners along the way.  They developed a jointly-agreed-upon theme (food and good nutrition) and then acquired a great, young street artist - meet Meaghan Kehoe - more of her work at this link.
The RCNS/CoS connection was great and is now bearing fruit - the work on the south face of the building started on 12 July. Next time you're in the Simcoe city centre area, drop around to see the progress; perhaps to meet and chat with Meaghan.
Our most recent donation in support of the Waterford Heritage Trail has now been spent - the work is complete and yet more trail has been opened up for the enjoyment of the Norfolk community and its neighbours.
Andy Kooistra provides us with some photos and writes - 'The trail upgrade work has been completed. Thank you Rotary!!
In response, Past-President Steve Malo writes - 'Great photos. The transformation is incredible.  We as well as your trail association are so very fortunate having you as the front man. Great work.'
The original story (as posted on 11 June) as well as some general information about the Waterford Trails is given below at the 'Read more ...' tab.
Ross & Joyce Gowan and Jim & Lynda Simpson (and Andy Kooistra since January) have been delivering Emergency Meals for Church Out Serving since last summer.  Over the year they have put in 540 hours of sweat equity for this pandemic response program.  
Moreover, construction has continued when possible at Riversyde 83.   Ross Gowan and Jim Simpson have been regulars, with Andy Kooistra and Keith Jones adding to the labour force when available.  Together these Sunrisers put in 478 hours of sweat equity.  This is on top of 581 hours that 12 volunteers put in during 2019-20.  If you do the math, that's 1059 hours provided to Riversyde 83 construction.  Well done!
When you include all the hard work done for our fall Day of Action and our fundraisers this past year, the Club has put in 1553 hours of volunteer work this year.  Pat yourselves on the back!
One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for an individual to make a substantial personal financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
As a result, in 2021 the Rotary Foundation has recognized Marjorie Dawson, Jim Dawson, Nancy Sherwin, and Rudi Atkinson with Paul Harris Fellows for their ongoing donations to the Foundation. Earlier in the year Keith Flexman had been so-recognized and soon, Don Emerson will be publicly honoured.
Donations to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians such as these Norfolk Sunrise members are the lifeblood of our body, supporting projects around the world such as polio eradication, clean water and providing grant money back to Clubs for their local projects.
We are so proud of these selfless RCNS leaders.
One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for the parent club to use its Foundation contribution points to nominate a particular member of its own club or the community at large.
At our 'zoom' changeover, the Chair of our Presidents Advisory Committee, Rudi Atkinson announced two RCNS members recognized as PHFs for their ongoing contributions;
Mary Mercato has been a Club member since 2017 and a leader on our Board since 2019. She has lead the PR&C function and currently chairs the Community Service committee. If there is a fundraiser such as Take a Bite out of Norfolk or Bargains, Bling and Blarney on the go, you are certain to find Mary in the heat of the action. Mary is active in many volunteer activities in the community including St Vincent DePaul food basket delivery, a member of various community boards and a church volunteer. Mary’s generosity with her time to help others is admirable and works within the ideals of Rotary.
Jim Simpson has been a Club member since 2015 and a leader on our Board since 2016. He has lead the Community Service Committee and currently looks after the PR&C function.  Jim Simpson has been a powerhouse in redesigning the clubs website and overseeing everything public relations. Volunteering his time in the community has included the ongoing renovations within Riversyde 83, as a church volunteer, as a Community Volunteer Income Tax team member as well as at support groups such as Habitat for Humanity. Jim is our club rep for the RI Can-Scot Curling Exchange program.
Well done, Mary and Jim. You both exemplify what it means to be a Rotarian. As a Club, we are all proud of what you bring to our community presence.
On Tuesday, 22 June, the RCNS gathered by zoom to have en evening of fun, to present several Paul Harris awards and to effect the changeover in our leadership positions before our summer break. Hosted by our Club Service chair, Gail Bouw and MC'd by Ross Gowan, 28 club members enjoyed a great night.
The meeting started with a primer on the Paul Harris Fellowship followed by the awarding of PH pins to Rudi Atkinson, Nancy Sherwin, Jim Dawson and Marjorie Dawson for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation. After those awards, Mary Mercato and Jim Simpson were surprised with PH pins resulting from our own Club considerations. There will be more information on these awards as time unfolds.
We then went about passing the gavel from our outgoing President Steve Malo to our incoming President Louise Schebesch. A leading tribute by John Wallace was followed by several comments about outgoing Steve, who then reflected on our very unusual year and the way in which we met our challenge(s) in such a typically 'Sunriser' fashion. We were lucky to have Steve steer us through such a curious and unique year. Steve then passed the gavel to incoming Louise who promptly explained certain environmentally-focused changes in our club structure and announced the new Board; acknowledging those who had agreed to stay on, thanking those who were moving on, welcoming those moving in ... (see the Leadership tab at the top of the www.norfolksunrise.org page). Louise stressed how much she was looking forward to working with the new team. After a short run-down on several of the initiatives Louise was planning for our next Rotary Sunrise year, she returned the meeting to the host who closed out the meeting with a number of randomly chosen 'zoom' break-out sessions to allow for some much needed social interaction between our 'cabin-fevered' club members!
 
Licence #4 is a wrap!
Weekly prizes have been awarded. The Grand Prize winner has been announced and the scene is set for another Licence #5.
A significant amount of the cash raised goes right back into the local community in accordance with AGCO and County policies and guidelines.
The enclosed poster gives a reflection on the causes that our Club has supported with Licence #4 proceeds.
We are proud to support this selection of community groups - they make us proud to be members of Norfolk County.
Well done to the Community Service Committee for the work that goes into managing these donations. BZ. 
Mark your calendars for our next Rotary Wheel Road Rally followed by a genuine face-to-face, social BBQ; all this fun being planned by our hardworking ways and means group, for Sunday 19 September 2021 (assuming we are suitably clear of the current pandemic restrictions).
Stay tuned to this site or our FaceBook page for developing information and details.
It'll be .. zoom-zoom .. in a very different way than we've been used to!
The fourth approved licencing of our ever-popular community fundraiser concluded on Friday 04 June 2021 - what an adventure that series of draws proved to be - congratulations to all winners but in particular to Bev Wood our $30K Grand Prize Winner!
As a result of the continuing interest in this draw, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, with the support of the Port Dover Legion Branch 158, will secure a fifth AGCO/County license and intends to recommence the game on Friday 10 September - stay tuned over the summer for additional details.
See our Fundraiser Tab at the top of this website home page to see the details concerning this very popular game of chance.
On Tuesday morning, 31 currently active members 'zoomed' in to celebrate our 25th Anniversary as a Club and to recognize our founding members, in particular, those who remain as active members.
Originating from the very active days of the Rotary Club of Simcoe in the 1990's, we split away and were founded on 16 May 1996. Planned by a recognized Steering Committee and set out with the blessings of Rotary International and our parent Simcoe Club, our first group of 52 held their Assemblies at Mindon Manor under the leadership of our founding President, Keith Flexman (very recently departed - may he RIP in Rotary heaven!). In the photo, see Pres Keith being so-pinned at the first club assembly by first Club Secretary Terry Kristman.
If you go to the 'Read more ...' tab, you will find recognition of the Steering Committee, the first leadership team and the full list of our 52 founding members.
During our anniversary meeting, the remaining, active members of the founding group, each provided us with one or more memories/reflections related to the inauguration and/or history of our club. Go to the 'Read more ...' tab to see a summary of their ideas. How grateful we are for the work this group has done over the years as well as the example they continue to contribute as we look forward to our bright future as a service club.
The RCNS has jumped in to help with the Rotary effort to supply urgent health supplies to India.
Kathryn Vance drew our International Service Cttee's attention to the initiative (see the "Read more ..." tab below). Due to the immediacy of the situation our Club decided to act quickly. A discussion was held and a motion was agreed upon by email. The RCNS contribution of US$1000 will purchase one concentrator. The money will be going to the Rotary Leadership in India, where the concentrators will be purchased; they will ensure that they are delivered appropriately. These machines produce oxygen from the air and never go empty. At the time of this writing,  about 10 District 7090 clubs had already joined the effort.
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!
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.
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