Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise President John Wallace was pleased to be able to present a Paul Harris Fellow award to our long time friend and major contributor to Operation Eyesight projects in India, Vinod Ghai.   Vin has been supporting Operation Eyesight projects for many years.   Rotarians Jim Dawson and John Wallace travelled to the Toronto home of Vin's son Sasha who had invited many relatives and long term friends to celebrate with Vin on receiving this award.  The award is the highest honour that Rotary gives to people who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”. Vin certainly demonstrated this throughout his career by supporting many philanthropic projects including school upgrades and eye projects through Rotary as well as scholarships and major donations to universities.
On Tuesday morning, 07 May 2024, we welcomed Tyler Arsenault as our Guest Speaker. Tyler is co-chair of Student Nutrition Ontario, a network of 14 lead agencies across the province, including Haldimand-Norfolk REACH (sponsor agency of the Child Nutrition Network (CNN)).  
Tyler provided background on the CNN.  In Norfolk, 25 schools are part of the program, with a total of 32 food programs.  In 2023-24 almost 580,000 meals were served in Norfolk at a cost of $0.90 to $2.50 per meal.  Several of our RCNS members are volunteers for CNN, helping with food distribution.  They are always looking for more volunteers, so let CNN know if you're interested in helping out.
More information about the Child Nutrition Network may be found by clicking Read More.
A spectacular evening was made even more special when Iris Smith, Honorary Chair of the inaugural Norfolk General Hospital Foundation
Fundraiser Gala was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise during the evening’s events. A Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honour a Rotary Club bestows to those in our community who have volunteered their time to make a difference. When one looks at the list of organizations Iris has volunteered with one is left to wonder how she raised a family and worked outside the home as a young mother.The following list provides you with a snippet only of the work Iris has been up to in the community. She belonged to the IODE (Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire), served as a Director at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, volunteered at St. Josephs School, and more recently has been a volunteer for the Norfolk General Hospital for over 20 years holding various positions.
A group of Rotarians who attended the inaugural Norfolk General Hospital Foundation Fundraising Gala were able to present Emma Rogers, CEO of the Foundation, (pictured fifth from the right) with a $2000 cheque in support of the event. On many occasions the club has spoken about how some of our members have been able to take dollars and magically make them grow with grants etc. Well we managed  once again to make our money grow. The $2000 was put toward a five day Ireland tour with Marlin Travel providing the remaining costs. The tour was a prize package on tickets sold that evening only.  One hundred tickets were sold at $100 dollars each clearing the Foundation a profit of $10000. The Gala was raising money for a state of the art mammography machine which has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of many in our community. A great investment by the club to a wonderful cause. Way to go RCNS.
On Tuesday morning, 16 April 2024, we welcomed RCNS members Lisa Bishop and Ross Gowan as our Guest Speakers.  They spoke to us about Mental Health services in Norfolk County and led us in a discussion about how RCNS and we individually could support Mental Wellbeing in the community.
Their presentation including links to some powerful messages may be found at this link:
Thank you Lisa and Ross for sharing your expertise and thoughts with us - you started a vibrant discussion.
On a not so warm morning the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise set out to plant approximately 170 trees along the Norfolk Sunrise Trail on April 13. Approximately 30 people showed up with spades in hand prepared to plant. We had club members, family and friends and one previous member made an appearance to the delight of everyone (thanks Yuliia!!) After the 2 ½ hours of digging holes, planting trees, and laying down mulch the group found time to chat, eat cookies (thanks as always to Gail Catherwood) and admire not only the new plantings but the previous plantings as well as the daffodils.  These have come on early this year so don’t miss out, be sure to get down there to check it all out. Prior to the day of planting we had a crew who dug out approximately 70 trees from President John Wallace’s property. Another 100 trees were sold to us by Norfolk County at an approximate cost of $10/tree and the mulch and flags were supplied by the County. Kudos go out to Paul Zorad on the smaller auger and Andy Kooistra on the larger one. Great work by both of them. We had a front end loader and bucket from Malo farms as well as Abe Klassen helping out on the loader. There were a lot of wheels in motion that day and everyone worked great together ensuring all the tasks were covered. Thanks to Steve Malo for orchestrating the day.  You can see more pictures by clicking on Read More.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is thrilled to announce that they have been successful in receiving a US$77,000 = CA$103,000 grant for their project Prevention of Retinopathy in Premature Babies from Rotary International.  The project is part of the Club’s long affiliation with Operation Eyesight in India and will fund the purchase of a vehicle and the specialized equipment needed to diagnose and treat retinopathy in newborn babies.  The club has raised over CA$60,000 for Operation Eyesight over the last few years and the rest is provided by Rotary District and Rotary International funds.  
Rotary project leader Jim Dawson commented that; "premature babies must be diagnosed and treated within two weeks of birth so the vehicle will allow specialists to travelling to four hospitals in the Moradabad, India area” (why India, you ask? our logic is at this link)
An article about a family in India that was able to benefit from this preventative work is given at this link. This same story is shown at the 'Read more ...' tab, in a pictorial story-board format.
BZ to the RCNS International Service Committee!
Recognizing the Rotary International focus of mental health and wellness, our Club has tried to inform itself concerning related issues and has further contributed to causes that are seen to be helpful.
Recently, the Community Service Committee has made a donation to one of the key mental health leaders in our area; CAMHS-Wellness & Recovery. With our donation, they have been able to purchase a new stove for their lunch program. As a result, each week The Wellness & Recovery Centre is able to host a free lunch from 12-1pm on Fridays for individuals in the community living with mental illness and/or addiction. The meals are hosted/served at their location at 50 Orchard Ave in Simcoe.
As an aside, CAMHS wants the public to know that in the event anyone; anyone at all, might benefit from this program; they are warmly invited to just drop-in.
In the photo, we see Community Service Chair Scott Williams delivering the donation to CAMHS Wellness & Recovery Centre Program Assistants, Trisha Schotsch & Trish Hyde.
Following seven, successfully-concluded licences of our ever-popular Catch the Ace (CTA) fundraiser, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, with the support of the Port Dover Legion Branch 158,  plans to restart the contest on 02 February 2024; this to be our eighth licence - it will conclude once the Ace of Spade is finally drawn.
Once a licence is concluded, a summary of the results is generated. This summary information is then shared with the local print media and can also be found on this web-site - ie see our FUNdraiser Tab at the top of this website to see the results  from our seventh completed licence.
For those who follow the CTA game on a more regular basis, the best way to stay abreast of the current results is to visit our FaceBook site. You may find an image of our FB Page as a panel on this web-page or you may wish to visit our FB Page by clicking on this link. Alternatively, the results are also posted to our weekly RCNS Bulletin (the 'Sunriser'). Normally, it is released to our members and friends on a weekly basis. If you are not a subscriber and you might wish to join the mailing list, please see the 'RCNS Bulletin Subscribe' panel as given at this website.
'How are you?...REALLY'!?
In a recent webinar to the Rotary community, RI President Gordon McInally, expressed his lead perspective on the need to address mental health issues in our communities. As a result, it is not a surprise that our current-year, Rotary theme of "Create Hope in the World" has a clear focus on mental health issues. The webinar sought to provide early information on the proposed Rotary approach to this objective and may be accessed by clicking here.
An early initiative to advance this priority was to create a focal point at the RI level to co-ordinate information and/or action - the 'Mental Health Initiatives; Rotary Action Group'  was born. The work of this group can be found by clicking on this link - it is a trove of great ideas.
At our own District 7090 level, District Governor Scott Marcin has communicated his views on this topic; a summary of which may be found at this link.
Clearly, there is a lot of work to accomplish but if you're looking for a very simple thing to do, the next time you meet someone in need, try opening the conversation with; 'How are you? ... REALLY'.
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