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    We recently lost an outstanding member of our Norfolk community and an amazing Rotarian.   Keith Flexman was known and loved by a great many people from all walks of life. 
    Keith came to Norfolk as a pharmacist over 40 years ago, and immediately rolled up his sleeves and became highly involved in community, providing leadership to move the community forward.  He was one of the instigators to establish a Fanshawe College campus in Norfolk.  Keith was a leader within the Rotary Club of Simcoe, and in 1996 became the inaugural President of the exciting new Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.  
    Keith provided leadership in many ways through Rotary, both within our community and at the broader District level where he was active with Membership and Youth programming. In recent years he served as a key member of the Finance Committee with the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.  Keith was the kind of person who could always be counted upon to get a job done, and done well.  Whether the Soapbox Derby, Spelling Bee, Car Rally, or other project, Keith took the reins and pulled it off with precision.  He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow on more than one occasion.   
    Keith exemplifies in spades the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self;” continuously looking for ways to lend his leadership and helping hands to assist other people in our community. One of Keith’s passions was promoting healthy lifestyles in community, demonstrated by his involvement with Pathways for People and the use and maintenance of the Norfolk Sunrise Trail and other trails across the County.
    Sometimes leaders need to pick up a microphone and rally the troops. Whenever Keith took a mic, people knew it was time to get comfortable – because it would take some time.  His Rotary friends affectionately remember this as Flex time. 
    In his business and professional life, Keith was a partner in the Pharmasave stores in Delhi and in Ohsweken.  He traveled abroad on 3 pharmaceutical missions to Guatemala and Nigeria with wife Joyce, representing Trinity Anglican Church.  After retiring, Keith filled in across the province to assist other pharmacists who wanted to take some time for vacation.
Keith and wife Joyce raised 3 daughters and one son while living in Simcoe.  He leaves a very strong legacy through his family and also through the many community projects that Keith helped to establish and maintain.         
Rest In Peace Keith.
A Rotary 'zoom' memorial is being planned to honour Keith - details to follow.
Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise (RCNS) are holding our March Fundraiser, Bargains, Bling and Blarney (BBB) auction on line this year. We are hoping everyone had time to purge during the lockdowns and are now looking for a place to donate their gently used or new items.  We are accepting donations at Venture Norfolk, 4077 Hwy 3 East in Simcoe on Saturday January 23rd and 30th between 10am-12pm. We can take the items from your trunk or hatch without you even getting out of your vehicle. If the item is larger we can make alternate arrangements. Please find attached the Virtual Auction information.  Please check out the items we have collected for auction, Bid and bid often. 
Visit the auction website at www.bid2buy.ca to participate.
Thank you for supporting the RCNS.  Email us at: RCNSbaskets@gmail.com
RCNS will be launching it's newest fundraising iniative very soon ... this is an exciting new type of fundraiser for our club.  In these difficult times we are trying to find ways to fundraise and keep everyone safe.  
Loosely modelled after the very successful 'Dover Rocks' initiative, this project seeks to collect up to 300 gift baskets and sell them off for the proceeds. The aim is to raise our community profile, focus on our agricultural core and raise funds to be ploughed back into the community.
Our team is working with stakeholders at this time and the results and details will be forthcoming very soon - stay tuned ..
   On the last day of 2020, and so as to dispatch a curious year in a most Rotary way, several of our RCNS club members represented us proudly by making a most useful donation to the 47 Indwell residents living at Hambleton Hall.
   Using donations gathered following the initial idea, we were able to purchase festive season Swiss Chalet meal cards, Food Basic grocery cards and collect up 'goodie bags' of useful items such as socks for every one of the most grateful residents.
   Shown in the picture are (left to right) Mary Mercato, Gail Catherwood, Bettyanne Carty & Gail Bouw from our club, and Leah Logan & Debra Vandermeer, both staff members at Indwell.
... a great way to start a New Year filled with hope for better things to come!!
Even during the pandemic, with all of its challenges, Rotary remains active in, supportive of and relevant to our community.
Note the posters published in the Norfolk News 10, 17 & 31 Dec.
Rotary Sunrise puzzle teasers to peak your holiday break interest in, or knowledge of, our active club ... both courtesy of our creative Membership Committee.
   Santa Claus came a bit early for our hard-working Treasurer this year!
   At this morning's closed Zoom meeting of the Club (our Annual General Meeting), George's annual finance report was interrupted by a special and unexpected delivery at his front door - presumably an early arrival of Santa Claus. We all enjoyed George's clear surprise as he opened his RCNS Christmas gift and found that he had been selected as the most recent of those in our Club to have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
   Our own John Wallace offered comments in support of this very well-received award - these remarks may be read by clicking on the Read More ... box; just below.
   Well done George - very well deserved.
   With continuing RCNS volunteer and financial support, Church Out Serving remains committed to helping the disadvantaged with a variety of drop-in and delivered, food support programs; even  (or may it be said, especially) during the festive season break.
   Joyce & Ross Gowan along with Lynda & Jim Simpson continue to offer up RCNS volunteer support to the emergency meal hamper program, one of the COS programs delivering food support to over 150 families all over Norfolk County. 
   In the photo, we see Lynda Simpson along with COS volunteers Pat and Lauren (the observant might notice a clear resemblance to Lucine McKay; Lauren's proud Rotarian grandmother!) loading up a delivery destined for the Langton area of the County. If you go to the "Read more ..." section, you can get an idea of a typical hamper delivery prepared for one of the needy families in that area.
   Our own Dave Douglas, presenting an RCNS donation to the local Special Olympics team. Dave (in the rear) is joined by Shirley Shaw, Amanda Shaw and Korissa Hammond; all members of the Special Olympics and all grateful for the support that Rotary has provided this year, as well as over the past several years.
   The donation will go a long way to helping support the swim program.
   On behalf of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Lucine McKay is pleased to present a donation to Church Out Serving- Emergency Food Response - 'First Serving' program. 
   This fresh meal program is served Mondays and Fridays as a takeout at lunchtime.  Accepting is Eric Haverkamp of Church Out Serving.
Trivia Nights continue on Thursday nights in 2021 - sign up your team by e-mailing RCNSevents@gmail.com.  Tell your family and friends about this FUNdraiser and get them playing too - lots of room for more teams. 
   See the "Read more ..." section for more details 
January 2021
Upcoming Speakers
Heather Lennie
Jan 19, 2021
The Free Reading Program
Jan 26, 2021
RCNS Leaders
President Elect
Past President
Public Relations & Communications
Community Service
International Service
Club Service
Ways & Means
Youth & Exchange
Rotary Foundation
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Susanne Finnie
    January 31
  • Paul Zorad
    February 2
  • Dave Nicolle
    February 5
  • Don Emerson
    February 5
  • Peter Wheatley
    February 11
  • Jim Dawson
    February 13
  • Alan Plater
    February 24
  • John Wallace
    February 24
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Farlay Mcfarlane
    January 8
  • Lucine McKay
    January 19
Join Date:
  • Kate Stratford
    January 1, 2010
    11 years
  • Mary Mercato
    January 17, 2017
    4 years
  • Gail Bouw
    January 22, 2007
    14 years
  • Jim Simpson
    February 1, 2015
    6 years
  • Nancy Sherwin
    February 1, 2011
    10 years
  • Gail Catherwood
    February 17, 2004
    17 years
  • Jim Dawson
    February 25, 2011
    10 years
  • Tina Millea
    February 25, 2014
    7 years
  • Tracy Winkworth
    February 27, 2018
    3 years
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Venture Norfolk
4077 Highway 3 East Lower Level
Norfolk County, ON N3Y 4K4
Temporarily meeting by ZOOM; joining code from gail-bouw@coldwellbanker.ca
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