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Due to COVID Restrictions and safety issues, the Pedal for Polio Committee has decided to start and end the two rides at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY, and Niagara Falls, Canada.
CA ROUTE: On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls the cycling venture will begin and end at the Rainbow Bridge in the Duty Free parking lot.  There will be a staggered start with the first group starting at 10:30 am and the second group starting at 11:00 am.  The riders will be greeted by a Past District Governor at the Queenston Heights Park in Queenston for a proclamation from Lord Mayor and Rotarian Betty Disero and June Mergl. The Niagara on the Lake and Fonthill Rotary Clubs will be providing snacks.
participate-for-polio.jpegBicyclists, donors, and sponsors will unite in America and Canada on both sides of the Niagara River on Oct 24th, 2020, known as World Polio Day. The ride will begin during the morning hours of Saturday the 24th, near the Aquarium and Discovery Center on the American side of the Falls and end with a grand cannon bang and socially distanced barbecue at Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls the cycling venture will begin at the Rainbow Bridge and culminate at Niagara on the Lake, where another resounding canon blast will be heard, and an outdoor picnic will also be held.  The “Best of Friends” District Rotarians and community members will pedal for polio eradication with the assistance of sponsorships and donations.
The rider chosen to represent the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is Alan Plater. Please consider a donation to this cause and his willingness to ride to Participate for Polio.
Once again this year, Dave Nicolle and Bettyann Carty from our Club are leading us in our community drive to collect winter coats for the needy children of Norfolk County.
Through to Wednesday 28 October, coats and other appropriate winter clothing items may be dropped off at any of  9 collection points in 6 local community centres (see the poster). Following the collection period, RCNS volunteers will gather at the First Baptist Church in Simcoe to ensure a fair distribution of all that was gathered.
More information will follow but if you have any questions reach out to Dave and/or Bettyann. In the meantime, start looking for winter clothing items that you might donate!
On Tuesday morning, 06 Oct, 26 of our RCNS members ‘zoomed-in’ to welcome our guest speaker. As introduced by Dave Douglas, we greeted Josefa Michaelson, an Eastern Region Engagement Advisor for outreach programs of the Canadian Assn of Petroleum Producers, not to mention a long-haul survivor of the Covid virus. 
Josefa summarized the impact that the oil and gas industry has had, and continues to have, on Canada. In a very well-prepared presentation, she went on to describe the essential nature of that sector as well as the degree to which they are coordinating operations, innovations, initiative and plans with those who lead environmental imperatives. 
Josefa was asked to comment on her Covid experience and related the challenge she faced, the awful nature of it and the residual effects that she still experiences even today, 6 months later, as a ‘long-hauler” ... a very thought-provoking story. 
On behalf fo the club, Andy Kooistra, thanked Josefa for the great presentation giving us a bit of a reality-check into the industry, wished her the very best in her continuing recovery from the virus, and presented her with a club momento whereby we’ve restored the vision of a person in India in her name.
On 03 October; a bright Saturday morning, about 30 masked Rotarians gathered outside in the Salvation Army parking lot to complete their third annual Rotary Day of Action. 
The Rotary Day of Action is an annual community event where our three local Rotary Clubs (Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe and Delhi) come together in support of a pre-selected, local community need. This year, a year full of pandemic considerations, we chose to conduct a community donation drive to collect a variety  of personal hygiene products for women in need.
After a two week collection period, we were more than pleasantly surprised with the amount of products that we were able to repack and send out for local community distribution.  From 11 collection points in 5 communities, we gathered up no less than an estimated $7,000 - $8,000 worth of product for passage onto 7 different distribution points. Click on the "Read More" button to learn more about what we gathered and who our partners were.
What a great day we had! Mindful of the pandemic limitations, we felt safe in our work and very satisfied with the success of our outcome. We even had our District Governor, Frank Adamson, drive down from Fonthill to be with us and to help with our aim to 'Act' in the community.
Kudos to the many who helped out but a particular shout-out might go to Mary Mercato of the Norfolk Sunrise Club who performed the lion's share of the needed coordination. Well done to all.
Early on Tuesday morning, 29 September, we welcomed Mark Boerkamp back to the Club; this time as our 'Zoom' guest speaker. Gail Catherwood introduced Mark as a very active yet previous member of the RCNS, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Past President of our Club.
Mark offered a very entertaining talk on his responsibilities as the Norfolk County, Superintendent of Trails and Cemeteries. During the session, Mark discussed the development, and status, of the 45 km of walking trails we have a joint interest in, the issues and little-known aspects of the 45 (19 of which are active) cemeteries that Norfolk County is responsible for, as well as some updated information concerning certain bridges and dams in our County. Of course, Mark couldn't conclude without an 'Environmental Moment'; this one related to the challenge of waste plastics in our world. All in all, a great presentation, drawing much interest and many questions.
On behalf of the RCNS, Joanne Keifer offered our appreciation for such an informative and entertaining perspective. BZ.
Amelia Verlint (Brazil Youth Exchange Student) | Rotary Club of SimcoeOn Tuesday, 15 October, our club welcomed Amelia Verlint to a club zoom gathering to tell us about her recent outbound exchange visit to CafeLandia, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In Sept 2019, Amelia ventured off to Brazil and returned in March the following year. Hers was an experience somewhat different that the traditional exchange inasmuch as the trip was shortened due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, her presentation highlighted what could only be described as a unique and life-building experience. Amelia proved to be a fine representative of her family, friends, Rotary and Canada.
On behalf of the our Club, Gail Catherwood thanked Amelia for a great picture-laden presentation of a truly wonderful life experience, noting that Amelia had clearly focussed on people over places as a priority during her Rotary exchange.
Earlier picture showing Amelia flanked on the left by Gary MacMillan (Simcoe Club) and on the right by Cheryl Peck (Norfolk Sunrise Club).
Hosting a Rotary International exchange student is a unique and rewarding experience.  Differences in language, culture and personalities creates a welcome challenge for both the student and the host family.  Day by day, as this challenge is addressed, a bond develops that inevitably leads to a lifelong relationship.
The year 2020 has added a new twist to the exchange:  COVID 19.  Some students were sent home as a result of decisions made by District, some students returned home at the request of their parents while other students returned home concerned with uncertainty of COVID. Our Japanese student, Minori Kubode stayed in Canada for the entire exchange.  
Some of our RCNS members are also a part of a County-wide program to provide for food support across Norfolk County during the pandemic. This ongoing nutrition program is being coordinated at Riversyde 83 and brings many support agencies together to help the needy during these difficult pandemic days.
 Here we see Ross and Joyce helping to organize the food gathering part of the program as well as Jim and Lynda assisting with the delivery of the food boxes around the County. Also shown in the photo is CoS coordinator Virginia Lucas.
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October 2020
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Brian Carmichael
Oct 27, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary Foundation
Christopher Heirwegh
Nov 03, 2020 7:00 AM
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:
  • Mary Mercato
    October 11
  • Yvonne DiPietro
    October 18
  • Nancy Sherwin
    October 29
  • Louise Schebesch
    November 1
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Keith Catherwood
    November 1
  • Roddy Millea
    November 28
Join Date:
  • Maria Kinkel
    October 1, 2019
    1 year
  • George Cornfield
    October 3, 2017
    3 years
  • Susanne Finnie
    October 17, 2017
    3 years
  • Donna Raytrowsky
    November 5, 1996
    24 years
  • Kathryn Vance
    November 5, 2019
    1 year
  • Helga Stuermer
    November 6, 2007
    13 years
  • Cheryl Peck
    November 17, 2015
    5 years
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