CTA  2020  

  Catch the Ace Draw
 September 25, 2020
Port Dover Legion
Congratulations to Dean DiPietro,
who chose envelope #4 containing the Seven of Diamonds, winning $500 
The jackpot on October 2 will be $13,500
please click "read more" below for previous winners.
CTA 2020 2020-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student ReCounts Stories from Brazil

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).
Exchange Student ReCounts Stories from Brazil JKS 2020-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Welcomes Speaker from Venture Norfolk (VN)

On Tuesday, 01 September, Gail Catherwood welcomed the General Manager of Venture Norfolk, Kristine Carey as a guest speaker to our club. Kristine is well-known as a supporter of our Club inasmuch as Venture Norfolk has frequently and generously provided a home for our meetings when needed. On top of that, early in the meeting, she established herself as 'the smartest Rotarian this week' as a result of her prowess with our President's weekly trivia contest!
Kristine spoke well of the background, aims and activities of Venture Norfolk, explaining the main roles they play n our Norfolk Community ie entrepreneur loans, business consultation and community project support.It is more than clear, that VN has had a most positive impact on the community over the years.
More information concerning the impact that Venture Norfolk has on our community can be found at www.venturenorfolk.ca
On behalf of the club, Dave Bradshaw offered his appreciation for the 'Norfolk adventures at Venture Norfolk' and thanked Kristine for a great talk.
RCNS Welcomes Speaker from Venture Norfolk (VN) JKS 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Sign Up for the Rotary Wheel Car Rally

Our Rotary Wheel Car Rally is only about 3 weeks away. This is a social event for Rotarians, Friends and Family on Sunday, September 20th at 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM and then a tailgate party at President Steve Malo’s farm. The cost to attend this social is $20 per person.
As with all events, there has been a lot of planning ongoing with the Covid rules and bringing 100 or more participants together for a tailgate party. Our planning committee needs some commitments from you.  We are working on our food menu now  to comply with Covid rules.  Food will be provided.
We need to know by SEPT 10th   for food commitments and logistical set up. Please reply to: Keith Flexman (jkflexman@gmail.com) 519-586-7128 or Bettyann Carty (bettyann7@eastlink.ca) 519-428-5392.  We are operating in an unusual time of Covid, masks, bubbles and social distancing.Please express any questions or concerns you have, to Bettyann or Keith.
Starting at the Vittoria & District Community Centre. Followed by a Tail Gate Party at Steve Malo's
Sign Up for the Rotary Wheel Car Rally Keith Flexman 2020-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

A Great Rotary Exchange Student Experience

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.  
A Great Rotary Exchange Student Experience Alan Plater 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helping to Feed Those in Need

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.
Rotary Helping to Feed Those in Need JKS 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Diane Luke Awarded PHF

Diane Luke is a lady of action and commitment to her community. Recently nominated for a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her many projects in the community.  Diane is a charter member of the Twilight Quilters Guild and a member of the Norfolk Quilters Guild.   Early in the Covid pandemic, Diane became aware that the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit was in need of personal protective equipment and the skills of the Guilds were quickly put to good use.  

Diane Luke Awarded PHF 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Gail Catherwood Awarded PHF

At our recent Changeover meeting, Past-Pres Keith Jones presented Gail Catherwood with a 2-sapphire Paul Harris Fellow pin for her hard work for the Club and the community, especially noting Catch the Ace (now in its 4th license) and the Panorama Christmas Farm Market initiative.
Gail Catherwood Awarded PHF 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

"Pulling" Together

The Garlic Mustard Control Patrol.  Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Lions Park on Saturday May 30 to pull an invasive weed species that is quickly gaining dominance on the Norfolk Sunrise Trail. 
We split into 3 work crews, with 5 people per crew, and pulled garlic mustard along several hundred metres of the Norfolk Sunrise Trail.  Notice the fashion statement 2020, worn by the crew, respecting social distancing.  After our hard work, we were treated to a selection of baked goodies by Gail Catherwood, to replenish our energy level.  
The job is not completed.  Who's interested in another patrol?
"Pulling" Together Mary Mercato, Ross Gowan 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Car Rally is On!

While so many functions have been cancelled, we are excited to move forward with our CAR RALLY event!
A fun afternoon is planned ending with a unique social aspect at the end.  The Car Rally lends itself to maintaining social distancing parameters. 
Car Rally is On! 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you health care workers!

We feel so grateful for the dedicated work performed by our health care workers, especially during this pandemic emergency.  While most of us are required to stay home in order to be safe, our health care workers are required to go to the front lines where it is inherently unsafe.  That's not a bit fair, but that's what our local health care workers do, because they care, and because they care for people.
Thank you to our local health care workers!!
Thank you health care workers! 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Week 8 in CTA

Mary Newton was the Feb 21 winner of $500.  Mary had selected #5 which contained the 2 of Diamonds.
Week 8 in CTA 2020-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
In case you missed the ACTION video ... Ross Gowan 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Back on Track in Port Dover

Posted by Jim Simpson on Nov 07, 2019
RCNS is more than happy to contribute to and support the ambitious, community-driven initiative to refurbish the Todd Eaton Memorial Track in Port Dover. The Port Dover community has energized itself in response to this need and is well on the way to raising the $250K of funding needed to replace and maintain the existing track with a new, high-performance facility.  In photo below Jim Simpson is presenting a cheque to the ‘Back on Track’ Community Fundraising Chair Simon Joynes. 
Back on Track in Port Dover Jim Simpson 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

The Ace has been caught

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

Congratulations to week 24 winner Patti Powless of Port Dover who won the $500 draw on October 4 AND chose envelope #10 containing the Ace of Spades, winning the $18000 jackpot.  Well done!


Click on "Read More" to see the full list of winners.
The Ace has been caught 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Out and About : NACL

Posted on Oct 03, 2019
RCNS Out and About at Norfolk Association for Community Living (NACL)
Recently, we had an opportunity to provide a bit of ’sweat equity’ support for people in their homes that are supported by NACL in Simcoe.  At two of these sites. we tackled general clean-up jobs and undertook the start of a garden reconstruction.  We met some great people and had a wonderful time as evidenced by the following assortment of photos taken.
Thanks to the people who live at each location and their staff from NACL who made this day such a great experience for us.
        Before and after our garden cleanup.
      Notes and cards of appreciation. Very gratifying.
RCNS Out and About : NACL 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise Stuffs the Bus

Posted by Jim Simpson
Rotarian Helga Stuermer presents a donation to United Way staff member Judy Tomczak for the Stuff the Bus campaign to assist students with the supplies they need to start the school year.
Helga wrote; “Judy explained to me that they were able to help the 600 children. 29 Schools applied for help and received it. It was a successful Stuff the Bus Campaign. I felt proud that in a small way we were able to help that many children to start the new school-year with the supplies they need”.
This is our Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise money going to a great cause.
Norfolk Sunrise Stuffs the Bus Jim Simpson 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Pikangikum Surprise!

Posted by Jim Dawson
The trip by Jim and Marjorie Dawson of RC Norfolk Sunrise to teach canoeing in Pikangikum this year was slightly different than planned.  Their usual canoe certification training and subsequent canoe trip was postponed due to a significant fire and community evacuation at the start of June.  They were asked to help with a bike camp and to run a canoe camp at the start of July and went to the community July 3. They helped deliver a short bike camp and the initiation of a hugely successful summer long bike program run by local youth with support from the RC of Cataraqui - Kingston, New Hope Bikes, and the OPP.  
As preparation for the canoe camp and the signing of parental permission forms was under way, a second much larger fire threatened the community and a full evacuation was called. Jim and Marjorie were recruited to help mobilise the full community evacuation.   The Rotarians helped by providing coffee, tea, water and food preparation, feeding over 300 people per day as they waited to be evacuated by air for six days until they themselves were evacuated by float plane.  The canoe program was picked up by some of their enthusiastic canoe students in late July as the community returned from evacuation.   While not what they planned, Jim and Marjorie got to meet a lot of the community and develop the relationship further by working with the community during this trying time.
Pikangikum Surprise! Jim Dawson 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Well Earned Paul Harris Fellow Award

Cheryl Peck received a Paul Harris Award from Past-President Keith Jones for her amazing work leading up to and during the 2019 Welshpool Student Exchange. Well deserved Cheryl!
Well Earned Paul Harris Fellow Award 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

What a Duo!

Two outstanding women were featured at this Rotary Norfolk Sunrise meeting. Sydney Buis had returned from her year-long Rotary exchange to Belgium and eloquently described her amazing experience there. And Lisa Buis, Syd's mom, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for her impressive service hosting 3 Rotary exchange students and 4 Lions exchange students. What a duo! What service!
What a Duo! 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchanges Change Lives

Posted by Rudi Atkinson on Aug 17, 2019
Check out the article below posted on social media by Dan Reardon about his daughter Hannah.  
Hannah Reardon was sponsored by our club for her exchange to Argentina several years ago and her parents were also active members of our club some years back. The Reardons hosted several exchange students, giving back to the program. The Reardons clearly remain impacted through Hannah and her life adventures.  Well done Hannah!
Rotary Exchanges Change Lives Rudi Atkinson 2019-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Amazing video on the history of polio and Rotary's role to eradicate polio 2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Out and About in our Community

Posted on Jun 15, 2019

 Jim Simpson presenting an RCNS cheque to George Araujo, General Manager/Treasurer for the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show. This donation (as has been the case with our previous-year donations to this cause) will be used in direct support of the Ag-Awareness program; a Fair program intended to enhance the awareness of Grade 4 children concerning the nature of our agriculturally-based community.


President-Elect Rudi Atkinson, presenting Eric Haverkamp with an RCNS donation towards his plan to re-brand the Riverside 83 building into a food-based facility, emplaced to support those in need in our community. This donation will go towards the creation of an artistic mural to add to the exterior aesthetics of the building.

RCNS Out and About in our Community 2019-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians help out at Riversyde 83

Posted on Apr 25, 2019

RCNS Community Service Work - Riversyde 83 

Over the past several weeks, we’ve had a great chance to help
our friends at Church Out Serving as they tackle the work needed to transform
an old liquour store into a community support centre. 
On several occasions, we’ve been able to get into destructo-mode and leave our sweat behind as we helped to clear out the place, tear down a rugged suspended ceiling and generally help out around the construction site.

This was not the kind of thing that everyone could participate in owing to the nature of the work but we offered up many volunteers; all making short work of it. Those able to help out included Peter Wheatley, Jim Dawson, Andy Kooistra, Jim Simpson, Ross Gowan, Dave Nicolle, Alan Plater, Keith Jones, Keith Catherwood and Gail Catherwood.  Eric assures us there will be more chances to help out, before he’s finished with the reconstruction work in the fall.

  Church out Serving has been keeping the public up-to-date on their own facebook page and we’ve even received a bit of sincere recognition for our contribution - see https://www.facebook.com/pg/churchoutserving/posts/?ref=page_internal

Photos that resulted from these adventures are at our album(s) at


A couple of the more interesting shots are shown below.

Presidents Leading from the Front!

While Pres Keith certainly knows a lot about dumpster diving, Past-Pres Gail makes a better fashion statement on a construction site; she makes such great cookies too!!

Rotarians help out at Riversyde 83 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you note from Norfolk Community Help Centre

Posted by Jim Simpson on Apr 12, 2019
RCNS - Out and About with our Donations.
   In recent articles about the good we are trying to accomplish with our money, you will have noted a few photos that resulted from our modest donations to the Norfolk Community Help Centre. Herein, is an unsolicited letter received from the NCHC Director, indicating the gratitude they feel and the impact that our donations have. Yes, our gifts may be small in value but as you can read, they are relatively large in resultant impact. Sometimes, the sincerest appreciation comes from the most unassuming of sources.
On Apr 11, 2019, at 17:02, Frank <nchc@kwic.com> wrote:
Hello Jim,
   It seems that soon after our Moms and Tots program wraps up each year - as it did last week - we are eager to share the successes we have experienced.  The first people we want to inform are those who have helped us get here - like the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.  We were disappointed with the challenging news this year that as a result of some policy changes, a substantial amount of funding we have received in the past for Moms and Tots will no longer be available.  We were inspired that people in organizations like RCNS find ways to reach out and offer their assistance.   
   Providing two hundred dollars which allowed us to purchase tights for our Moms may seem like a small gesture of generosity, but the impact was more widespread than one might have thought. Most of our Moms not only continued to wear them regularly, but some (and this is not really their nature) went out of their way to mention how grateful they were to have received them.  As you know, the Moms and Tots program is offered free of charge and is available Tuesday through Thursday from October to April.  While they are learning, children are provided with a pre-school and school readiness programs in addition to lunch and snacks each day. 
   The two thousand dollars in support we received from the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise through the AGCO “Catch the Ace” proceeds was key to helping us provide transportation subsidies for Moms to get to the program, covering the costs for hot meals, as well as rent and learning materials for the children’s programs.  At this time last year we were excited that two of our Moms were graduating with their high school diploma. As we approach June of this year we are elated as several of our Moms are set to graduate!  
   Please extend our thanks for the financial and moral support which came from RCNS. Just as importantly though, thank you for the interest you have showed in what we do by taking the time to come out and see us, asking the questions and getting to know more about the programs.  As we continue to find ways to face our challenges it is heartening to know there are thoughtful, generous, and supportive organizations like RCNS which contain people who are interested in hearing of our successes.
Frank O’Connor; Program Director, Norfolk Community Help Centre
Thank you note from Norfolk Community Help Centre Jim Simpson 2019-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

An Awesome Rotary Adventure!

Posted by Susanne Finnie

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor dark of night kept three Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians from traveling to the remote northern community of Pikangikum to deliver much needed supplies and offer basketball clinics.  Jim and Marjorie Dawson, along with Pete Wheatley drove 4,400 km over six days, pulling a trailer which included mountain bikes for the bike program, 25 basketballs courtesy of the Toronto Raptors, instruments for the music program, over 100 skates, and 75 boots that were donated by generous local groups, businesses, and individuals.

An Awesome Rotary Adventure! Susanne Finnie 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaractor Lisa Crowder OT Adventure

Posted by Ross Gowan on Mar 05, 2019
Lisa reported on her amazing international service trip to Belize to provide occupational therapy to residents of a care facility in Belize.  Lisa is President of the Norfolk Rotaract Club, and represented our community and Norfolk Rotaract with pride and real accomplishment while in Belize.  The photo illustrates how Keith is impressed! 
Rotaractor Lisa Crowder OT Adventure Ross Gowan 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Hot Havana Night will be really HOT!! this year

Posted by Ross Gowan on Mar 05, 2019
With the Dynamic Duo of Jenni Mudge-Winters and Tracy Winkworth leading the charge in 2019, there's no doubt this event will be hotter than ever.  Lots of changes in store with a reboot to an event that has been the club's largest fundraiser for most years in its 20-year history.  Yes, that's close to $500,000 raised and pumped into our local and international community as the event has morphed from Cigar Night to its current Hot Havana Night theme.   Even the venue and catering will be refreshed this year as the event moves to The Greens at Renton with Devlin's catering. The date is June 13th.
You've heard of the Halo Effect - well you can see it for yourself as Keith Jones is blinded by the glow as he prepares for Hot Havana Night. Will it add some colour to those cheeks?
 Hot Havana Night will be really HOT!! this year Ross Gowan 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Community Champion Recognized

Posted by Gail Catherwood
Why would a business owner in Simcoe donate free pizzas to support several community groups during their fundraising events?  George Karamilev considers it his contribution to a great community.  The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise considers George’s contribution “service above self,” and recently recognized him with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. 
The club says George, owner of Dominoes Pizza in Simcoe, and his staff, have worked tirelessly to supply free pizzas and a smile to events including the Cystic Fibrosis Lawn Bowling Tournaments, CIBC Run for the Cure, Terry Fox Run, and the M.S. Walk to name a few.  Thousands of people have enjoyed the pizzas after these events.  Recently they made free deliveries of football-shaped pizzas to the community Grey Cup Party in Teeterville.  George has sold pizzas and donated the proceeds back to families in financial need due to illness.  He sells $5 pizzas and returns the full proceeds to the Sick Kids Hospital.
A Paul Harris Award is given to deserving Rotarians or community leaders that exemplify the Rotary ideal of “service above self,” going above and beyond to help others in the community and world wide.  The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise has donated $1,000 U.S. to The Rotary Foundation in George Karamilev’s name, in order to recognize his outstanding service to community.
Lyndsey Ross, in picture with George, and Gail Catherwood presented the award to George on behalf of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.
Community Champion Recognized Gail Catherwood 2019-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Chasing the Ace of Spades - a Round 2 Summary

Posted by Susanne Finnie
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise had community members trying to “Catch the Ace” for a very long time.  The draws were held each Friday at the Port Dover Legion.  It was never anticipated the Ace of Spades would be revealed with the 52nd card and would last the full 40 weeks, the maximum number of weeks allowed by County gaming rules.  Every week, until the Ace was revealed, a lucky winner received $500 in prize money.  In total $100,000 was raised with $30,000 going to the winner, $20,000 given out in weekly draws, and $50,000 going to Rotary for distribution into the community.
Chasing the Ace of Spades - a Round 2 Summary Susanne Finnie 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS $s in Action - the Gathering Food Centre

Posted by Jim Simpson on Jan 19, 2019
RCNS recently contributed to the production of emergency meals destined for those in need. This photo shows preparation work which is now being done at a volunteer church in Simcoe but will be done at Riversyde 83 in due course. The meals are delivered to emergency shelter locations as coordinated by HN Social Housing.
Good progress is being made with the redevelopment of the Riversyde 83 facility and an end-year occupancy/opening is still anticipated.
RCNS $s in Action - the Gathering Food Centre Jim Simpson 2019-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Powerful message by Chief Stacey Laforme, Credit First Nation, at RI Convention 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks to Rotary Club of Simcoe

Posted on Jan 15, 2019
Thanks very much to Mike Cobb (left), representing the Rotary Club of Simcoe and presenting a cheque to John Wallace, to support the Operation Eyesight project in Nepal which is led by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. The Simcoe and Norfolk Sunrise Clubs work closely together in several ways, to the benefit of the members in both clubs and the people and communities supported locally and internationally.  Thank you Simcoe Rotary members!
Thanks to Rotary Club of Simcoe 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Chef Tracy Winkworth

Posted on Jan 15, 2019
Very uplifting "classification talk" by Tracy this morning.  Interesting to learn that it took Tracy a while to find her passion as a chef, but she certainly hasn't looked back since.  That passion certainly has driven Tracy to excellence, demonstrated in spades through The Bellworth House restaurant, her catering, and now her Liaison College venture.  
But Tracy's apparently not a bit competitive ... smiley
Chef Tracy Winkworth 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Catch the Ace Weekly Results 

Posted on Jan 04, 2019
Dennis McArthur is the final winner of $500 under this lottery license.  Dennis did not find the Ace of Spades, however.  All 12 cards were drawn and opened on January 4th, the final night of this lottery, before the Ace was found.  And the big winner is Nadia Watson, who took home the $30,000 cheque.  Congrats to Dennis and especially to Nadia!!
And thanks to Gail Catherwood and her very dedicated team of Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians who have spent their past 40 Friday nights at the Port Dover Legion to make this fundraiser so successful. Stay tuned for future plans. 
Catch the Ace Weekly Results 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Breakfast With Santa a Hit !

Posted on Dec 01, 2018
A whole lot of happy kids, parents, families, and Rotarians at the Jr. Farmers Building Saturday morning for Breakfast With Santa and his Elves.  We served breakfast to over 240 people as well as over 20 volunteers.  A great way to usher in the Christmas season and the Christmas Panorama.  Thanks, Santa and Elves, for coming to Simcoe to delight our young families.  Congratulations to Bettyann Carty and her team for putting together this great event.  
Breakfast With Santa is a community service provided by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise in cooperation with the Christmas Panorama.
Breakfast With Santa a Hit ! 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Scotland curler returns

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Jim used his Sgt-at-Arms opportunity to give a brief overview of his experience as a part of the 2018 Canada to Scotland Rotary Curling Tour. He noted the rewards, value and unique aspects of the tour and thanked his Rotary hosts as well as those in the club who had supported his great experience. Happy Bucks offered for each one. Shown here is Jim with the 'Bob Mackintosh TransAtlantic Rotary Curling Quaich' won by the 2108 Canadian team for the first time in 8 years.



Scotland curler returns 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Speakeasy a Roaring Success

Posted by Rudi Atkinson on Nov 10, 2018
Our event was a huge success and Chef Tracy and her crew provided an outstanding delicious menu, sure to please any foodie, that was served throughout the evening. Right Roddie? Paulie (Zorad) was the doorman and he ensured no riffraff gained entry. Our keyboard player and soloist regaled the patrons with songs of yesteryear. The outfits were stunning. The poker table was busy all evening and no snitches ratted out our location. All was kept under wraps. Our drivers safely got everybody to and from, door to door. Thank you Nicolle’s and Dawson’s. Thank you to Jenni Mudge-Winters and the Ways and Means Committee for a superb event. More thanks to come from the committee for all who supported. Bravo RCNS!!
For more pictures click Read More ...
Speakeasy a Roaring Success Rudi Atkinson 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

An Amazing New Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 04, 2018
Congratulations to Nancy Sherwin, our club's most recent Paul Harris Fellowship Award recipient.  This is Nancy's third such award, and Karen Oakes presented Nancy with a 2-sapphire pin. 
Nancy does an amazing amount of work for our club, including serving as Club Secretary and also Bulletin Editor.  Nancy also contributes monthly to The Rotary Foundation.  I can't imagine anyone being more deserving of a PHF award.
Thank you Nancy, and congratulations!  
An Amazing New Paul Harris Fellow Ross Gowan 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Curl for Kids' Sake

Posted on Oct 07, 2018
Do you like to CURL ? 
Do you like to support KIDS ?
Then please consider registering for the curling bonspiel.
Curl for Kids' Sake 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Chimes of Friendship

Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 08, 2018
Ann Rowell made it look easy. While visiting Norfolk along with 11 other Rotarians and partners from Welshpool, Wales, Ann took the opportunity to try playing Simcoe's carillon bells -- and Ann sounded like a pro right from the first note. What a natural talent.  Hurry back, Ann, for your next practice with Bill. 
Chimes of Friendship Ross Gowan 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the Norfolk Community

Posted by Ross Gowan
The 3 Rotary clubs in Norfolk (Rotary Clubs of Simcoe, Delhi, and Norfolk Sunrise) and the Norfolk Rotaract Club provide amazing service in their communities throughout Norfolk County.  Watch the brief video clip to get a taste of that community service. 
Follow the link below to read Rotary's Community Newspaper and learn more about Rotary in Norfolk:   https://tinyurl.com/y7moaoos 
Rotary in the Norfolk Community Ross Gowan 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Norfolk Rotary Day of Action - video Ross Gowan 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day of Action in Norfolk

Posted by Ross Gowan on Aug 25, 2018
On August 23rd 2018 the 4 Rotary Clubs in Norfolk County, Ontario (Simcoe, Delhi, Norfolk Sunrise and Norfolk Rotaract) held a joint work party to assemble and distribute floral arrangements to all 12 Norfolk County nursing and retirement homes. The Action Day was held at King's Garden Centre near Simcoe.
District Governor Melisa Schrock participated throughout the day alongside the other 70 volunteers. 180 arrangements were assembled and delivered to adorn the dining room tables and bring joy to some of the seniors in the Norfolk community.
The Action Day also provided assistance to the Christmas Panorama, through paint touch-up of the Fantasy Castle display and building a new deck for a trailer.   
The event culminated with a dinner and fellowship. A truly successful Day of Action and fellowship by Rotarians and friends in the Norfolk community.
Follow the link below to read Rotary's Community Newspaper and learn more about Rotary in Norfolk:  https://tinyurl.com/y7moaoos  
Rotary Day of Action in Norfolk Ross Gowan 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0


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May 15 meeting notes

President Gail opened the meeting with the singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen.  Keith Jones lead with enthusiasm the saying of the 4-Way Test.
Guests included speakers Virginia Lucas and Eric Haverkamp as well as AG Lisa Bishop and Linda Peters.
RCNS Royals and Birthdays
  • A message from Mark Boerkamp was read thanking RCNS for clean up of the Norfolk Sunrise Trail.
  • June 19 is an evening Changeover Meeting at Springview Farms Golf Club
  • July 12 is an evening BBQ at Waterford Legion
  • Laura Zorad was the winner of CTA this week – envelope # 43 is now gone
  • Gail Bouw thanked her committee for a great job at the Pig Roast, including Mary, Yvonne, Tina, Louise, Jenni, Tracey, Steve and Jim. The event will raise approximately $2300 profit.
  • Steve Malo circulated several cards created by students at St. Joseph’s School thanking RCNS for support of the snack program.
Several members have birthdays in May, including Gail Catherwood, Jim Oliver, Keith Jones (today!), Kristina Kett and Steve Malo. The birthday balloons were mostly to recognize the 22nd birthday of RCNS tomorrow.  Several Charter Members were recognized.
Sue O’Dwyer gave the Sergeant-at-Arms report on the theme of Hot Havana Night which will take place on June 21st at the Port Dover Yacht Club.  This annual event started in 1999 as Cigar Night. Two new sponsors this year include Gold Coast Realty and Gold Leaf Farms.
George Cornfield reported on his participation as a volunteer in the We Believe in Simcoe event held at the Aud and Rec Centre.  In this 9th year for the event, put on by Church Out Serving, 223 volunteers received many thankful comments from attendees.  The follow-up event will be held next weekend with fireworks at Calvary Church.
(L-R) Jim Simpson, RCNS Chair of Community Service Committee, Virginia Lucas, Eric Haverkamp of COS
Jim Simpson introduced Eric Haverkamp and Virginia Lucas representing Church Out Serving (COS). Their main topic was the plans for Riversyde 83. 
Eric identified 6 community concerns that COS is hoping to address with the development of Riversyde 83.  These concerns are:
  1. Social disconnection
  2. Food insecurity
  3. Life struggles, related to mental health, poverty, etc.
  4. Food waste – totaling $45 million at farm gate annually
  5. Downtown Simcoe decline
  6. Employable citizens
Riversyde 83 will be a community space centred around food and will have a community/commercial kitchen, a teaching kitchen with seating for 60+ people, a café, a marketplace for selling local artisan products on consignment, an information kiosk, and a variety of meeting spaces including a board room, small meeting room, prayer room, and a few offices that could be leased out.
COS has a renovation budget of $750,000, with over $500,000 of that already raised. The renovations will be done “Habitat for Humanity” style, largely by volunteers, so will take approximately 6 months to complete.The renovations will begin in Fall 2018 and should be completed by Spring 2019.
The operating budget for Riversyde 83, once completed, includes 2 full-time equivalent management positions, but the site will be operated primarily by volunteers.Two donors have agreed to cover the mortgage payments for a period of 10 years.
Church Out Serving is a registered Not-for-Profit Corporation, governed by an elected Board of Directors.It is a faith-based organization, with several local churches as its members. Their services are provided in the Simcoe area to people with any or no religious affiliation.
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Former Exchange Student Strikes Gold - Hannah Reardon

Posted by Dan Reardon on Apr 28, 2018

To Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise - from a proud Papa!

Not sure if the following news can somehow be mentioned to all my friends at RCNS but “our” Hannah not only graduated McGill last November with honours in both majors (Sociology and Poli Sci…  and a minor in Spanish American Literature) but her honours project on the northern Amazon (Calha Norte) earned her a full scholarship to pursue a masters at McGill.

To add a prestigious cherry on top, last week Hannah learned she has also been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship and complete freedom to pursue her research interests on her own terms.   This will apparently include a 9 month return to Brazil and more adventure up the Amazon.

Some of her work can be found at her project website and blog:  


There isn’t a shadow of doubt in our minds that Hannah’s involvement with Rotary as a host sister and RCNS representative to Argentina provided her with a skill set she’s wielded continually since.


I owe y’all a looney.

Dan Reardon

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Mark Culver wins $500 in week 4

Mark had chosen envelope #8 which contained the 10 of Clubs
Jackpot for May 4th draw will be $3750.  It's growing again!
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Trail Clean-Up Surprise

Alan Plater took this photo of Keith with an authentic Adirondack chair on sale behind Rona at our Trail Clean-Up on Saturday.  Allan thought it should be on sale because it only had 3 legs left to sit on.  You might expect that Dr. Plater has experience with fixing broken legs, so we presume he took this sale treasure home. 
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A Busy Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

So all of this happened... heart
at only one RCNS breakfast meeting!
1. Jim Simpson (L) and Eric Haverkamp (R) of Church Out Serving showed us the frozen dinners prepared by the Emergency Meals Program and Eric thanked RCNS for the support from Catch the Ace Funds.
2. Gail Catherwood (R) presented Don Emerson (L) with his 4th Paul Harris pin. Don is a generous donor to The Rotary Foundation as well as a valued community volunteer, including the Simcoe Caring Cupboard.
3. Stella Barker (R) introduced former Rotary Exchange Student, aka a Rotex, Michelle Kloepfer as our guest speaker. Michelle spent her exchange year in Brazil 14 years ago. She described her life since her exchange, is currently working in International Operations at Titan Trailers and recently purchased Cranberry Creek Gardens along with her brother. She and her husband are organizing Paris Drinks Festival in Paris, ON slated for August 18, 2018. Rotary Exchange has served you well Michelle! wink
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In this bulletin, if you click on a speaker's name in the list of speakers in the column to the left, it will link to the biography for that speaker.
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Do you remember Michelle Kloepher - Tuesday's speaker?

Our speaker on Tuesday is Michelle Kloepher who is a previous exchange student who went to Brazil a number of years ago!  Michelle has come back to the area as one of the new owners of Cranberry Creek in Lynedoch.  Michelle will be talking about what she has done since her year long exchange and the plans for Cranberry Creek!
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Jen Lados, Haldimand-Norfolk Women's Services

Rudi Atkinson, RCNS member, introduced our speaker, Jen Lados.  Rudi and Jen had worked closely together when Rudi was Guidance Head at Valley Heights Secondary School. Jen works with the Haldimand-Norfolk Women’s Services. She has served as a case manager and is now a (STop Abuse in Relationships) STAR Counsellor in four high schools in Haldimand-Norfolk, and is an advocate for women.
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HNLC Cruise Raffle Tickets

The Haldimand Norfolk Literacy Council is selling tickets for a cruise. See below for details and note only 1 000 tickets will be sold. Donate to the HNLC and have a chance to win.
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Payment: cash, cheque or e-transfer to anita@hnliteracy.com
  • The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9-12 & 1-4
  • Tickets are at the Dunnville centre
  • Date of draw is at sweetheart dinner Feb 8, 2018
Everyone is getting ready for the holidays and I may just have the ticket for that “difficult to buy for” person!
You’d be supporting a life-changing cause aiding those with literacy, numeracy and digital issues! Did you know that 42% of all adult Canadians have literacy issues that make functioning in our technology rich environment extremely difficult and stressful? (Please note: this statistic does not include new Canadians)
Your support could assist someone in getting a high school diploma, going into a post-secondary program, starting an apprenticeship, getting a job or a better job or just being able to be more independent. Often, when we break the low-literacy cycle with our learners we also improve childhood literacy!
Every day we change lives for the better and make a difference!
In the words of one of our learners… I can read and write now and it is magic!!! J Also ever since I learned how to read and write I now dream in colour.  ~ Peter age 41
So, this year please consider giving the gift of literacy by supporting our raffle for a chance to win your choice of a cruise! Air fare is included! Only 1000 tickets printed!J
Sherry Black-Shrubb
Norfolk Coordinator
Haldimand-Norfolk Learning Centre
Phone: 519-428-0064   Toll Free Phone: 1-866-973-7323
Location/Address: 200 West Street, PO Box 573, Simcoe, ON,  N3Y 4N4
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
Closed for the holidays:
Last day of classes: Thursday, December 21, 2017
First day of classes: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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Gift of Life Chocolate Hearts

From Assistant District Governor Lisa Bishop...
I would like to come to RCNS this Tues to sell the chocolate hearts (milk chocolate and dark chocolate), for The District 7090, "Gift of Life Program". Chocolate Hearts are $10 each CDN with $5 from each heart going to The Gift of Life. I have just joined the board. I will have hearts for sale for Valentines Day as well.

R.I. District 7090 Gift of Life, Inc. 
Gift of Life is a Rotary International District 7090 Project which was approved during the RY 1993-94.  It is a humanitarian program of Rotary clubs in Southern Ontario and Western New York to provide life saving open-heart surgery to children from infancy to 21 years of age with congenital heart defects.  The program is available to children, regardless of race, color, or national origin, provided that they meet the financial need criteria.  Many of the children come from "third world" underdeveloped countries where the medical facilities for providing life saving open-heart surgery are non-existent.  Without such a program, these children would not have any chance of living beyond their teens.  District 7090 is most fortunate to have two hospitals that provide this service to Gift of Life, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. To date, there are 41 Gift of Life programs in 41 Rotary Districts worldwide united under the Gift of Life International.  The first Gift of Life program was started in 1973 in District 7250.
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RCNS President Gail Catherwood presented the PHF Award to Gail Bouw
We have a new Paul Harris Fellow:
Congratulations to Gail Botting-Bouw--you make the world a better place for all of us through your outstanding contributions in the community and your dedication to our club.
Gail has done many volunteer projects as well as being the Treasurer and President of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. She organizes the Guess Who is Coming to Dinner event and the Salvation Army Kettle Duty. She has volunteered for many years for the CIBC Run for the Cure, the Dragon Boat Races in Waterford, and many Rotary events. She is also an organizer of Summerfest in Turkey Point. This year with all of this she is also the President of the Real Estate Board. Whew!!!
First, who is Paul Harris? Paul Percy Harris was a Chicago attorney best known for founding Rotary International in 1905, a service organization that currently has well over 1.1 million members worldwide.
An individual who has made significant contributions in their avenue of service can be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian. It has become a widely practiced way of honouring community leaders and there are about 1 million Paul Harris Fellows in the world!!
Thank you Gail for your incredible service. heart
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Catch the Ace Weekly Update

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
This week's winner of $400 was Randy Halmo.
RCNS member Jim Dawson opened envelope #41 which contained the ACE OF SPADES!!!!
Therefore, CONGRATULATIONS to Randy Halmo who also wins the $30 000 jackpot!!
The Ace of Spades no longer remains at large!!
There is zero intention to exclude anyone so thank you if you participated in any way. Please know how appreciated you are. heart
Week 1, Jan. 6/17: Envelope #52, 8 of Hearts, Darcy Mitchell
Week 2, Jan. 13/17: Envelope #33, Queen of Diamonds, Mike Ryan
Week 3, Jan. 20/17: Envelope #2, 9 of Spades, Paul Schebesch
Week 4, Jan. 27/17: Envelope #48, 3 of Hearts, Val Meads
Week 5, Feb. 3/17: Envelope #17, 5 of Spades, Sandra Osinga
Week 6, Feb. 10/17: Envelope #40, 6 of Hearts, Joe Gallea
Week 7, Feb. 17/17: Envelope #39, Jack of Hearts, Vince Gallea
Week 8, Feb. 24/17: Envelope #16, 7 of Hearts, Abby Schebesch
Week 9, Mar. 3/17: Envelope #27, 10 of Hearts, Julie Culver
Week 10, Mar. 10/17: Envelope #23, Ace of Diamonds, Dean DiPietro
Week 11, Mar. 17/17: Envelope #35, 4 of Spades, Gail Lightfoot
Week 12, Mar. 24/17: Envelope #11, King of Hearts, Dorothy McDonald
Week 13, Mar. 31/17: Envelope #5, 3 of Clubs, Marie Mitchell
Week 14, Apr. 7/17: Envelope #14, 8 of Diamonds, John Everett
Week 15, Apr. 14/17: Envelope #15, 5 of Hearts, Robin Keane
Week 16, Apr. 21/17: Envelope #32, Ace of Clubs, Carol Crone
Week 17, Apr. 28/17: Envelope #8, 2 of Diamonds, Paul Schebesch
Week 18, May 5/17: Envelope #10, 9 of Hearts, Anne Matthews
Week 19, May 12/17: Envelope #4, Queen of Spades, Irene Simmons
Week 20, May 19/17: Envelope #12, Queen of Hearts, Moon Mullins
Week 21, May 26/ 17: Envelope #9, 6 of Diamonds, Val Meads
Week 22, June 2/17: Envelope #51, 9 of Diamonds, Maurie MacDonald
Week 23, June 9/17: Envelope #45, 10 of Clubs, Moon Mullins
Week 24, June 16/17: Envelope #6, 3 of Spades, Jennifer Mereweather
Week 25, June 23/17: Envelope #21, 2 of Diamonds, Gary McKay
Week 26, June 30/17: Envelope #7, King of Spades, Charlie Hollander
Week 27, July 7/17: Envelope #42, 2 of Clubs, Abby Schebesch
Week 28, July 14/17: Envelope #24, 5 of Clubs, Lori Hooyenga-Howe
Week 29, July 21/17: Envelope #13, 6 of Spades, Barb Binder
Week 30, July 28/17: Envelope #43, King of Clubs, Clare Pearce
Week 31, Aug. 4/17: Envelope #26, 10 of Diamonds, Jenn Wiebe-Budd
Week 32, Aug. 11/17: Envelope #36, 7 of Clubs, Marsha Olinski
Week 33, Aug. 18/17: Envelope #3, 8 of Spades, Martin Keifer
Week 34, Aug. 25/17: Envelope #37, 8 of Clubs, Deb Cole
Week 35, Sept. 1/17: Envelope #18, 10 of Spades, Sue Downs
Week 36, Sept. 8/17: Envelope #44, 4 of Clubs, Keith Kett
Week 37, Sept. 15/17: Envelope #50, 7 of Diamonds, John Wells
Week 38, Sept. 22/17: Envelope #28, 4 of Diamonds, Gina Mummery and Rosemary Cossar
Week 39, Sept. 29/17: Envelope #20, Queen of Clubs, Chantal Zorad
Week 40, Oct. 6/17: Envelope #1, 9 of Clubs, Nib Dixon
Week 41, Oct. 13/17: Envelope #19, 6 of Clubs, Stu Millard
Week 42, Oct. 22/17: Envelope #25, 5 of Diamonds, Abby Schebesch
Week 43, Oct. 27/17: Envelope #38, 2 of Spades, Gerry Hammill
Week 44, Nov. 3/17: Envelope #47, 4 of Hearts, George Araujo
Week 45, Nov. 10/17: Envelope #34, 7 of Spades, Paula Klink
Week 46, Nov. 17/17: Envelope #22, Jack of Spades, Ryan Curtis
Week 47, Nov. 24/17: Envelope #49, Jack of Clubs, Paul Schebesch
Week 48, Dec. 1/17: Envelope #29, Ace of Hearts, Wade Grant
Week 49, Dec. 8/17: Envelope #30, Three of Diamonds, Patsy Hoto
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#1.  Less than 1 week left before the December 15th deadline to register for the best discounted rate. You can now save more than $100 CA by TAKING ACTION NOW!!
#2.  Registered Rotarians have access to the hotel service organized by RI to get discounted rates, but they are filling up quickly. TAKE ACTION NOW!!
#3.  Associated entertainment venues are now accepting reservations (tickets), ACT NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!!
FAQ:  Re TRANSPORTATION, there is a free bus service from Rotary hotels to and from the Convention Centre. For those wishing to commute daily from home, see the District website which has all the links you need to determine access and costs.
RCNS Member Keith Flexman is our RI Conference 2018 Information Guy.
Register on-line before December 15, 2017 for savings.
Unlike a District Conference, there is no 1 or 2 day registration.
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CTA and What Numbers Are Left

Posted on Dec 08, 2017
Catch the Ace has been going since January 6, 2017 and the Ace of Spades is still at large.
For the LAST draw this Friday, December 15, 2017, see the image below for the numbers that are left.
Dec. 15th will be the final week and with 3 cards left tickets will be drawn until the winner is discovered.
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Breakfast with Santa

From RCNS Member Bettyann Carty...
WOW! Who knew that pancakes and sausage patties would be such a hit. This "pay it forward" to our community event was an over the top success. There were a total of 120 adults and 110 kids over the 2 hour event. Last year was approximately 80 guests. The Junior Farmer's building is the perfect venue with lots of space for the kids to play without restrictions. The Xmas blow-ups are so fascinating to the kids and the colouring table was never empty.  Simple things in life are still so important. Of course having Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves during this very busy time for them was special.
Our struggles during the past few years have been "How do we get the word out?" Well, thanks to Sue Finnie, that problem has been solved. SOCIAL MEDIA! I chatted with several families and that was the response along with some seeing the posters. Thank you so much Sue for sharing the event on the websites. The new problem for next year will be "How do we get enough food to serve the masses?!" What a great problem to have and we have a year to chat about that.
In closing, THANK YOU SO MUCH to the volunteers from our Rotary family, including our Welshpool exchange girls and family members. There were a total of 76 volunteer hours on Friday and Saturday for setting up, cooking, hosting, clean-up and dismantling the tables, etc. I am in awe of the participation and enthusiasm of everyone involved.
My sincere thank you to everyone.
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It really is a Small, Small World

Rotarians, their spouses, and some friends meet up at Disney World in Orlando, FLA.
Two in the picture were on honeymoon. heart
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Adult Exchange Also Alive and Well!

Australian Friendship Exchange~Jim Peters author
In June 2017, four couples from Australia visited District 7090 as part of an exchange. They stayed in the Brantford, Paris and the Simcoe area for 3 days. In October 2017, six couples returned the exchange, visiting Western Australia for 10 days.
Every year our Rotary District organizes an exchange and all Rotarians are invited to apply. Having been on four exchanges, New Zealand, Brazil, Wales and now Australia, I have enjoyed the opportunity to not only meet people but to understand how they see the world. It is also an opportunity to study how their Rotary Clubs raise and spend their funds.
The attached photo shows our 7090 team at the entrance to a fundraising dance. The Rotary Club of Bunbury has solved the problem of expensive dances. Each of us had to visit a store that sells donated clothing, dress up and attend a Woodstock themed dance featuring a great live band. Starting at 7:00pm, the concept was to bring your own snacks and drinks so that the cost was only $40.00 per person. They also had a live auction, door prizes, prizes for the best dressed as well as a prize for the cheapest outfit, provided that the price tag was still attached. With 150 people attending, besides making a profit of over $4500.00, it was a lot of fun.
If you have the opportunity, I think all of us on the exchange would encourage you to see a part of the world this way.
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Brantford Rotary Club Meeting

~ submitted by RCNS member Dave Nicholle...
As part of our Assistant District Governor Lisa Bishop's 'Rotary Road Show' I attended the Brantford Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Friday, November 17th @ 12 noon at the Brantford Golf & Country Club. It was a very good, enthusiastic, informative and fun meeting and here are a few hi-lites:

*Venue - the BGCC is a beautiful meeting place with an excellent buffet style meal!
*Banners - 5 full size behind the podium, one with the 4-way test and two with visiting club's pennants attached
*National anthem - was sung by All accompanied by a guitar player - nice touch!
*Guests - at least 12 including Tom O'Neill from the Simcoe noon Club as the Guest Speaker
*Birthdays - all Members with birthdays this month were recognized (days only, no years)
*Newsletter - minutes of previous meeting are emailed out to all Members AND a few hardcopies are placed on the meal tables for visitors (I have one to share)
*RI Convention - was advertised and Members were strongly advised to register before December 15th before the price increases
*Live Auction - a donated signed Leaf's jersey raised $400 in short order
*RI Foundation -  a short general announcement on the good benefits from donating
*Brantford Airshow - this year was a joint effort by the Brantford Rotary Club & the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum in Hamilton - a great video was shown and a cheque was presented to the Rotary Club for $21,000!
*Vocational Training Team (VTT) - Tom O'Neil & 3 other horticultural experts from 7090 went to Australia's Victoria state in March to learn & share best practices - Tom's presentation was very good and highly recommended as a Guest Speaker for our Club. Tom's 'gift' for speaking was the restoration of eyesight to someone in India - way to go John Wallace!
*Excellent meeting, over in about 1.5 hours and well worth attending as part of Lisa's Rotary Road Show!
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Youth Exchange, Alive and Well

Some new photos have arrived showcasing our amazing Welshpool student exchange students who visited in late October, 2017. They were able to enjoy the sites around our incredible Norfolk County and surrounding area. What amazing ambassadors they were for their Welshpool Rotary Club and country of Wales. Our students will visit Wales in March, 2018 to complete the reciprocal element of this amazing program now in its 21st year! Youth Exchange is alive and well in RCNS. wink
Let's not forget our year long inbound student, Daichi, from Japan, seen here 
on a dairy farm tour thanks to CIBC Rep Hubert Gubbles and president Gail Catherwood.
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Lighthouse Multi Club Meeting

From Club Services:
Thank you for everyone who attend the Joint Meeting on Thursday November 9, 2017.  After examining our costs we are happy to let everyone know they will only be billed $18 a person for the night.  We also want to thank everyone who brought items to start the Hamper Program off, they were very pleased with out donation at the Salvation Army.
Joint meeting November 9 at Lighthouse Festival Theatre.  There was a good turnout from the three area Rotary clubs and the Norfolk Rotaract Club.  Lyndsey Ross arranged for a spread of sandwiches, veggies and desserts.  Attendees filled three big boxes with items for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program. 
Gail Catherwood started the formal part of the meeting at 6:40pm, welcoming attendees on behalf of RCNS.  Ross Gowan introduced the speakers for the evening: Leslie Lehmann, Director of Development and Communications for St. Joseph Lifecare Foundation and Cheryl Moore, Executive Director of Stedman Community Hospice.  Leslie provided information on palliative care and outreach programs provided by the Hospice.  Cheryl answered questions about the hospice and the outreach satellite office in Port Dover, supported by the Rotary Clubs of Norfolk Sunrise and Simcoe and the Port Dover Lions Club. 
Gail Catherwood thanked the speakers for their presentation, Ross Gowan for his leadership in spearheading the satellite office, and Lyndsey Ross for organizing the meeting. 
Ron Baker announced the Simcoe Rotary Club House Tour, November 25-26.
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Welshpool kids an impressive lot

Posted on Nov 05, 2017
The meeting on Oct 31st was special - not just because it was Halloween, and sometimes scary, but also because of who was at Riversyde 83 with us.  Check out the attached pictures ... including those on the next page.
Here are some pictures from our Ag day with the Welshpool kids yesterday - we visited the Apple Place, Ag Research Station, Doug Bradley's ginseng farm and Dave Bradshaw's museum for a maple syrup story - great day, great kids!
Thank you to all of the drivers and chaperones who supported the exchange. heart
PS Truth is, Daichi is just NOT a morning person. LOL
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Newest Inducted RCNS Member

Welcome to Sue Finnie, the newest member of RCNS who was inducted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Sue O'Dwyer, RCNS member, and Assistant District Governor Lisa Bishop. We are grateful to have you on board.
(L-R) Sue O'Dwyer, Sue Finnie, Lisa Bishop
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Riversyde 83, TIME SENSITIVE!!

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RIVERSYDE 83: Sharing the Harvest – Building Community

Church Out Serving is a faith-based charity with plans to renovate and repurpose the former LCBO in downtown Simcoe, Ontario into a community space, where food, friends, wellness and local converge.

For over eight years, our aim has been to link local resources with need, improving physical, emotional and spiritual health for people living in our community.

We are located in the heart of Norfolk County, which is known as Ontario’s Garden and Canada’s most agriculturally diverse region. Norfolk has an abundance of fresh local produce, so no one here should ever go hungry. Yet 1 in 10 men, women and children are food insecure. At the same time, an estimated $43 million worth of produce is wasted at farms as a result of some unmarketable factor! Also, rural unemployment is a significant concern in our community.

What are we doing about it?

We currently run a variety of food programs feeding thousands. All programs are free and coordinated by a pool of over 300 volunteers at offsite borrowed kitchen facilities. In 2017 (year to date), our programs have served:

• 442 healthy frozen meals to individuals and families living in Norfolk’s emergency temporary housing
• 1200 hot dinners at our Monday night community meals, and
• over 4600 vegetable servings to local food banks, soup kitchens and community meal programs, harvested from our 14 community garden beds in 3 locations

But we want to do MORE and we need our own facility to do it ….

Our recently purchased 7800 square foot building will become a welcoming community space, a place to meet friends for coffee or a meal, take a food skills workshop, receive employment training or pay-it-forward to someone else less fortunate.
Renovation plans include building and equipping a commercial kitchen, a café and marketplace.

Completion of this project will equip us with the ability to:

• Expand our charity meal preparation and offer a serving facility;
• Establish a teaching centre for culinary arts and food skills programs;
• Develop a catering enterprise to assist those with employment barriers; and
• Offer the community a new “pay it forward” Café.

YOUR vote can help make this happen.

Aviva funds will be used to help build the commercial kitchen, covering the cost of necessary venting and hoods, for exhaust, air exchange and fire suppression systems.

It will impact our community and help change lives through:

• food skills workshops that will help more families eat healthy on a budget
• the use of donated surplus produce that will reduce local food waste
• pay-it-forward programs that will encourage community to help one another
• the gathering of people together reducing social isolation and loneliness
• employment training that will offer at risk youth, those on social assistance, or others
who need help to (re)enter the workforce.

We are working with local growers, churches, community builders and partners, bringing people together to serve and be served.

Join us in making this vision a reality!
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Exciting time with Governor Reg Madison

Posted by Ross Gowan on Oct 03, 2017
What an uplifting meeting with DG Reg and his charming wife Loretta this morning. The room was buzzing with excitement, and Reg certainly lived up to our expectations and delivered a focused and inspiring message about Making A Difference through Rotary.
A special treat, Reg inducted two alumni from Norfolk Sunrise who have returned to our fold - Jenni Mudge-Winters and George Cornfield. In photo below, don't Jenni and George look elated to be back with us, between Lucine, membership Chair, and Governor Reg.  They will be a super asset to our membership. We also welcomed a prospective member, Sue Finnie (aka Steve Malo's sister) and Assistant Governor Lisa Bishop (photo below) who introduced Reg.
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Kodie Peekstock Winner of Adam Nigh Award

Posted by Dave Douglas
The inaugural winner of the Adam Nigh Award is Kodie Peekstock, a student at Waterford District High School.  Adam is pictured below on a paddle board.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise pledged funds to honour Adam who passed away almost a year ago. Kodie will receive a $500 cheque on October 6 at the high school awards night from the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.  Congratulations Kodie!
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Don't Miss Governor Reg Madison This Week

Be sure not to be late coming to Rotary Tuesday morning this week.  Governor Reg Madison is our featured speaker, and will also be inducting 2 returning members to Norfolk Sunrise.  How exciting is that!
And Board members - plan to stick around for the Board Meeting following the regular meeting.
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Hopping in Norfolk

Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 19, 2017
Melanie Doerksen presented a very interesting story about the history and present state of of hop growing in Norfolk. Although hops have been grown since the early settlers brought the crop here from England, growers are still plagued with disease from mildew.  The crop grows on "bines" that are supported to grow 18 to 25 feet high. The primary market for hops is in brewing, and the current popularity of craft brewing in Ontario has triggered a resurgence in growing hops so that local brewers can use locally grown hops.
Melanie, with her husband Tim Wilson, operate the Carolinian Hop Yard near Walsh, and have entered the craft brewing business as the Charlotteville Brewing Company.  Melanie is a red seal chef, and when their new facility opens both food and craft beer will be served.  Can't wait to visit!
In photo, Keith Jones introduces Melanie Doerksen.
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Minutes from September 19, 2017 Meeting

September 19, 2017: 
Attendance 30 members plus exchange student Daichi, prospective returning member Jenni Mudge-Winters, and speaker Melanie Doerksen.
Gail Catherwood announced:
  • Malta trip information session October 12, 7pm at Venture Norfolk
  • Please keep Don and Gwen Emerson and their family in your thoughts
  • Secret greeter was Nancy Sherwin this morning
  • Jordana Armstrong to breakfast first after the successful car wash fundraiser for Welshpool exchange. 
  • Great Race October 9
Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Oliver tested us on Norfolk craft breweries and wineries.
  •  Jordana: $1189 was raised at the car wash on Saturday.  If any members are able to drive Welshpool students during the week they are here at end of October, please let her, Cheryl Peck, or Dave Douglas know. 
  •  Joanne Kiefer: Mark the date : RCNS Christmas Party Thursday December 14, 5-7pm at Lighthouse Festival Theatre
  • Dave Nicolle: Burtols will be supporting Coats for Kids again this year.  Fliers are being printed.
    • Let Dave know by end of this week (Sept. 25 at the latest) if you will be going to Brantford Sunrise meeting 7:15am Wednesday September 27.
  • John Wallace: Operation Eyesight Dinner September 30 will be raising funds for the next project, in Kanpur.  The Rotary Club of Simcoe has donated $2500 to this project.
  • Gail Catherwood: Keith Flexman has offered to be our club’s RI Convention Promotion Chair
    • Australia Vocational Training Team is coming in the spring and District is looking for volunteers for the coordinating committee
    • District sent out information on RI Hurricane Relief efforts
  • Nancy Sherwin asked that members enter their birthdates on their profile in ClubRunner to help District collect data on member ages.  If you need help with this, let her know.  September 30 deadline for this info.
Happy Bucks
  • Yvonne DiPietro : Simcoe Chamber of Commerce awards night is September 27 at the Port Dover Community Centre
  • Marjorie Dawson announced the Spirit Journey Lecture Series at Grace United Church, Port Dover. 
    • She and Jim are headed to Pikanjikum for 10 days.
  • Lucine donated $20 from recent winnings at a Southampton Club 50/50 draw
Keith Jones introduced our speaker Melanie Doerksen who spoke about her family businesses “Carolinian Hop Yard” and “Charlotteville Brewing Company”, “the other CBC”.
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RCNS Supports the Emergence of Riversyde 83

RCNS Supports the Emergence of Riversyde 83
Several weeks ago, we welcomed Eric Haverkamp and Virginia Lucas to our group to tell us about the many community support initiatives they are sponsoring as Directors of the Church Out Serving group. This compelling brief encouraged us to provide Rotary support in several different ways.
First of all, we helped Eric with $1.2K in funds as well as the sweat equity of several RCNS members to install the raised gardens at the Indwell Residence. If you haven't been by Hambleton Hall in a while, it's worth a visit or a drive-by to see the success of this venture.
Andy Kooistra of the RCNS Community Service Committee admiring the new Food Gathering Garden sign to be installed at the Indwell residence at Hambleton Hall.
Andy Kooistra presents a cheque to Eric Haverkamp, Board Chair of Church Out Serving and Director of the new Riversyde 83 community support facility.
The Gathering Food Gardens celebrated a successful first year. Rotarians joined in. By season's end, over 5000 meals will have been served from the produce of 14 beds in three locations throughout Simcoe. heart
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Ride for Rotary

Ride for Rotary 2017

The final count is 'in' for $'s raised from our Ride for Rotary on August 20, 2017 - with great support from the riders who enjoyed the ride and from generous Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike we raised $1365! This will be matched 2:1 by the Bill Gates Foundation so it becomes $4095 and at 60c/polio vaccination we will be able to provide ........ 6825 vaccinations for Kids in countries where this crippling disease is still endemic - CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS to ALL who supported!
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RCNS Inbound Exchange Student

President Gail Catherwood is presented a banner from our RCNS newest inbound exchange student. Daichi joins us for 2017-18 from Japan. Pictured right is John Wallace, his counsellor for the year. Daichi will be starting out with the Buis family in Port Dover. Exchange programs work because of host families like the Buis'. Thank you so much for supporting Youth & Exchange.
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Aug. 29, 2017 Speaker Susan Judd

Joanne Kiefer introduced Rotaract member Susan Judd who spoke about her many jobs, all linked through her passion for agritourism and ecotourism in Norfolk.  She sees the great potential for sharing the bounty of Norfolk County with the world.  Her latest business venture is "Ride the Bine" (ridethebine.com) which offers bus tours to local wineries, breweries and cideries.  (Hops grow on a bine).  In addition, she does marketing for Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Ecoadventures and teaches in the agribusiness program at Fanshawe.
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Let's Get Cheeky

RCNS Supports the Port Dover Arts Community
Anyone who has been to the Lighthouse Theatre recently will share a view that better seating would go a long way towards making the entertainment experience a bit better! With this in mind, the RCNS has been more than glad to contribute $2,000 to the Theatre in support of their 'Let's Get Cheeky' seat-replacement campaign. 
Lighthouse's aim was to raise $100,000 to replace all of the 350 seats in the theatre. With our donation, we have purchased a grouping of 8 seats in Aisle C.  Each of the seats will have a brass plaque on the arm rest, noting the RCNS donation and reflecting our motto of 'Service above Self'.
The seats are scheduled for installation early in the new year.
Jim Simpson, Chair Community Service Committee and Alayna Simpson, Development Officer at Lighthouse and new President of Rotaract, (not related!) enjoying the two prototype theatre seats, as the RCNS donation is presented to purchase more of the new and improved seats.
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Ride for Rotary Fights Polio

Posted by Dave Nicolle on Aug 19, 2017
On a beautiful August Saturday in Norfolk County 22 motorcyclists headed east from Simcoe towards the Niagara area on a fun ride raising funds to help Rotary eradicate polio from the planet. Each rider donated a registration fee (some donated even more) plus many Norfolk Sunrise Members have also donated  - all funds will be matched 2:1 by the Bill Gates Foundation and this money will go to Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign. (Last year the money raised was also matched by the Canadian Federal Government but that program has not been renewed at this time but hopefully it will soon). Once the final $ count is completed we will provide an update to the Club on money raised, matched and on it's way to help vaccinate kids in the still polio-affected countries.
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Barb Tanner-Billings Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on Aug 17, 2017
At the Joint Club Meeting at Burning Kiln Winery this week, Barbara was surprised to be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, presented by Don Emerson and District Governor Reg Madison.  Nobody else was surprised, though, as Barb has been a tireless and dedicated Rotarian, especially with her leadership in Youth Exchange programs. Congratulations Barb!
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Destigmatizing Dementia in a Small Scottish Town 2017-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
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Best Wishes Wayne Hu?

A going away party for Wayne was held at the Kiefer residence on August 2. Wayne flies back to Taiwan on Tuesday August 8. He celebrated with his host families, friends and some Rotary members. Wayne especially liked the cake Yvonne Plater made to represent Taiwan and was very proud of the guitar he made under the supervision of Dan Wilhelmus. Safe journey Wayne from all your Rotary friends! We hope you have enjoyed your year long exchange here in Canada. Come visit again! heart
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Our New RCNS Family Member

on the birth of their son, Phoenix Dexter Wales,
born Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 3:27 pm,
weighing 8 lbs 5 oz, 20" in length.
Much love to you all from your RCNS family heart
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July 1st Significance in Rotary

Rotary International

Why the Rotary year begins 1 July

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

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Race's in Welshpool

We had a surprise visit at yesterday's (July 19, 2017) Lunch meeting. Phil and Paula Race called in slightly late for a bite of lunch but we gave them a warm welcome. Phil, as you know, is a member of Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club and the son of a good friend of Welshpool Rotary John Race. 
They were passing through on their way to Liverpool to enjoy the Open Golf at Royal Birkdale. It was wonderful meeting them and new President Bill Rowell extended the hand of friendship. Phil was keen to learn of our friendship exchange in September 2018 and hopes to meet up again with us on that occasion.
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Know Anyone?

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Have you ever invited someone to receive our weekly Sunriser bulletin?
All you need to do is ask if they would like to receive it.
If yes, then collect an email address and forward it to rudi.atkinson@gmail.com
and their contact info will be added to our Subscriber List.
A receiver of our Sunriser is able to Unsubscribe at any time if they no longer wish to receive it.
Let's spread the word of what great things the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise does for Youth & Exchange, Local Projects, and World Projects!!
Thank you. laugh
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Norfolk County's Canada 150 Ambassador Charlton

Gail Catherwood introduced Norfolk County’s Canada 150 Ambassador Charlton (aka Larry Dawson).  Larry read from the journals of John Charlton, who had a General Store in Lynedoch at the time of Confederation and was an avid angler.  He reminded us of the upcoming Family Picnic Day on Saturday July 8 at Backus Conservation Area, where there will be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for longest table (aiming for 150 picnic table’s worth).  People arriving with a picnic basket will have free entry to the park.
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A Woolley Story

Sheep in the orchard ... in the woodlot ... in pastures ... on the road, traveling from field to field.  Can this be Norfolk County?
Carrie Woolley-Schuyler had a really interesting story to tell about her venture (or adventure) raising sheep as part of Schuyler Farms.  With about 600 ewes lambing this spring, Carrie is one busy gal.  She'll soon be even busier, though, with a child due to arrive this summer.
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Catch the Ace Weekly Update

Weekly Friday night draws at the Port Dover Legion at 7:15 pm. Tickets can be purchased from any RCNS Rotarian, The World of Plumbing in Simcoe, Edward Jones in Port Dover, and the Port Dover Legion.
Catch the Ace jackpot at $12 000 for Friday, May 19, 2017 draw.
Winners to Date:
May 12/17: Card #4, Queen of Spades, Irene Simmons
May 5/17: Card #10, 9 of Hearts, Anne Matthews
Apr. 28/17: Card #8, 2 of Diamonds, Paul Schebesch
Apr. 21/17: Card #32, Ace of Clubs, Carol Crone
Apr. 14/17: Card #15, 5 of Hearts, Robin Keane
Apr. 7/17: Card #14, 8 of Diamonds, John Everett
Mar. 31/17: Card #5, 3 of Clubs, Marie Mitchell
Mar. 24/17: Card #11, King of Hearts, Dorothy McDonald
Mar. 17/17: Card #35, 4 of Spades, Gail Lightfoot
Mar. 10/17: Card #23, Ace of Diamonds, Dean DiPietro
Mar. 3/17: Card #27, 10 of Hearts, Julie Culver
Feb. 24/17: Card #16, 7 of Hearts, Abbey Schebesch
Feb. 17/17: Card #39, Jack of Hearts, Vince Gallea
Feb. 10/17: Card #40, 6 of Hearts, Joe Gallea
Feb. 3/17: Card #17, 5 of Spades, Sandra Osinga
Jan. 27/17: Card #48, 3 of Hearts, Val Meads
Jan. 20/17: Card #2, 9 of Spades, Paul Schebesch
Jan. 13/17: Card #33, Queen of Diamonds, Mike Ryan
Jan. 6/17: Card #52, 8 of Hearts, Darcy Mitchell
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Bee Highlights

Another grate Spelling Bee!!
Thanks to Head Drone Keith Flexman, Queen Bee Mary and their Bee Team. 
And thanks to all who attended and helped out in many ways.
Some highlights:
  • Champion Spellers - NACL's Worker Bees
  • Best Costume - Holy Trinity's Bee-Atitudes
  • Most Pledges Raised - Cobb & Jones' Corn Cobbs ($1,270)
  • Most Team Spirit - NACL's Worker Bees
See photos below ...
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Zortech Industries

Paul Zorad of Zortech Industries is pictured above in front of a chamber that measures the detailed properties of a light source.  Paul noted there are only 3 of these chambers in Canada, and he explained how important it is for Zortech to be able to measure the exact properties of an LED before they sell it, to ensure the quality that will meet purchaser specifications.
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100 Trees for Rotary Foundation Anniversary

Sunrise Rotarians at Work - below is most of the crew who braved wind and rain to complete the planting started last fall along the Sunrise Trail in Simcoe to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. John Wallace donated the young Redbuds which he and Alan Plater had dug from John's nursery and potted. It's long trail, and more trees are available.  Should we stop at 100?
Missing from the crew photo is Gail Catherwood, Dave Douglas, and Ross Gowan (photographer).   
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Physician Recruitment in Norfolk

Interesting presentation today about physician recruitment from two members of Norfolk General Hospital's recruitment team, plus two recently recruited physicians.
Kelly Isfan is President and CEO of NGH, and Carolyn Beam heads up the very successful recruitment effort at NGH.  Although they have been successful in attracting several new physicians to our community, Kelly was quick to point out that their work is not done.  More specialists and family physicians are needed. 
In photo from left: Carolyn Beam, Kelly Isfan, Dr. Alison Malo, Dr. Lisa-Marie Austin
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The Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2017-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Emergency Wait Times at NGH

Why do people need to wait so long when they visit Norfolk General's Emergency Department?  The answer depends partly on what time of day you show up - waiting time can be very short before 7 AM. 
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Kettles a Great Success 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Restoring Norfolk Ecosystems

Kristyn Richardson, Projects Manager for the Long Point Basin Land Trust, spoke this week about some of the initiatives underway in Norfolk to protect and restore functioning ecosystems in the Long Point Basin and Carolinian Canada. Norfolk has plenty of forested areas so it is a relatively low investment to restore land to its natural state here compared to other regions in the Carolinian zone.
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Norfolk Outreach Open House

Posted by Ross Gowan

A great turnout of Sunrise Rotarians this week for the Open House of the Stedman Community Outreach Office in Port Dover. Peter Slaman spoke passionately about the care received by Stedman Hospice when his wife Ronnie needed palliative care recently.
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Fentanyl Addiction in Norfolk

Posted by Ross Gowan
Sarah Townsend, Norfolk County EMS; Kareena Ivanis, Roulston's Pharmacy; Rick Feigo and Jeff Mitchell, Norfolk Detachment OPP  Street Crime Unit.
We all hear about deaths from fentanyl overdose. But why has it become such a problem and how prevalent is fentanyl addiction in Norfolk County?
Pharmacist Kareena Ivanis, spoke about the Patch-4-Patch Program initiated by Roulston's Pharmacy over a year ago.  Fentanyl is a highly effective pain medication and when properly administered in a patch is invaluable for cancer patients. Used patches, however, have a street value to drug abusers, so the Patch-4-Patch program has effectively taken this product off the street.  
With fentanyl patches unavailable, drug abusers have been able to access fentanyl powder which is highly potent and risky.  Officers Feigo and Mitchell addressed the impact powder is having. Manufactured in China, powder is often mixed with heroine and can easily lead to a severe overdose. Now considered an epidemic, 3 fentanyl overdose cases have been reported in Norfolk within the past week, but not all cases are reported.  Addicts who overdose are hard core addicts and "live from fix to fix," so will do whatever they need to do to buy the next fix. 
Sarah Townsend, Chief of Norfolk County EMS, put a finer point on the statistics.  In 2015 twenty-five cases of fentanyl overdose were attended to, compared to 118 in the first eleven months of 2016, 25 of which were in the past 4 weeks.  The trend seems obvious.  Very few deaths in Norfolk have been attributed to fentanyl overdose, however. 
Now wasn't this a very interesting meeting!
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Poverty and Homelessness in Haldimand and Norfolk Ross Gowan 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Building a Better Hospital

Dr. Brian Ferguson reported to Norfolk Sunrise on Nov 22nd on the
significance to our community of the Building a Better Hospital Campaign. The Norfolk General Hospital Foundation is in the middle of a $13 million capital campaign needed to upgrade 3 areas of the hospital to current standards.
The 3 areas include:
  1. Labour and Delivery
  2. Surgical Daycare
  3. Minimally Invasive Surgery
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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Criminal Justice Act

Guest speaker Shawn Swartz, Paul Harris recipient and former Sunriser, gave an enlightening talk about the justice system as it pertains to youth at our breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
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Australia Meets Norfolk

Norfolk Sunrise had the honor of having a Past President from Tamworth, NSW, Australia visit and speak to us about Rotary down under!
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Wasn't it a Party! Ross Gowan 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Wayne Hu - triathlete Ross Gowan 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Marlee visit

District Governor Marlee Diehl seemed right at home while on her official visit to Norfolk Sunrise today.  Currently a member of the Albion New York club, Marlee grew up in the Caledonia area and served several years with the Hamilton AM club.
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Uncle John's Soapbox Derby Results

Uncle John's Soapbox Derby, another success!!
Congratulations to all 32 registered drivers who competed. 
The following winners took home some hardware:
  Stella Davidson - Junior
  Josef Sorensen - Intermediate
  Shannon McLeod - Senior
Uncle John's Soapbox Derby Results Ross Gowan 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Fabio's Story

Posted on May 31, 2016
Faces beaming to be with Fabio, but not happy to see him depart for his home on the island of Sardinia, Italy.  Shown with Fabio are hosts Cheryl Nelson, Yvonne DiPietro, Cheryl Peck and Zach Peck.
You've certainly left your mark here as an exchange student, Fabio.  We'll be watching for you to come back to visit your Canadian friends in Norfolk.
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Meeting at The Comm on April 26th

Come to The Comm at 7 AM to hear the stories and meet the young people who ventured to Welshpool in March.
Breakfast will be catered by Kaleys. Meeting to follow.
The Comm is located at the corner of Robinson and Colborne Streets in Simcoe.
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Chestnuts at "The Comm"

We heard a very interesting presentation this week while meeting Tues AM at The Comm.  The American Chestnut tree was a significant economic asset to Norfolk County and other Carolinian Forest areas in North America previous to the 20th Century. In the early 1900's a blight was introduced from Asia and by 1930 had destroyed this species almost entirely.  
Our speakers were John Hill and Christina Vey, both farm managers at Onondaga Farms in Brant County which is owned and operated by the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation. John and Christina are actively involved with research to breed resistance into the American Chestnut species.  Young trees typically contract the blight and die, but through the breeding program, coordinated by the Canadian Chestnut Council, there is clear evidence that the research is working and resistance has been observed.
Although now an endangered species, the mighty American Chestnut may once again become an economic contributor in our community.
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Susan Roach - Mental Heath Advocate and Paul Harris Fellow

At the Wellness Fair on March 19th, Sue O'Dwyer presented a new Paul Harris Fellow Award to Susan Roach on behalf of Norfolk Sunrise.  Close to 200 attendees were present at the time.
Susan is a recognized leader locally, provincially and nationally in many aspects of mental health work.  As Program Manager with Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk, and responsible for the Achieve Wellness and Recovery Centre, Susan is a passionate promoter of mental health awareness, and has been successful in breaking down the stigma of mental health issues through dialogue in our community. Susan was the driving force several years ago to begin the highly successful Wellness Fair, held annually at the Aud in Simcoe.  Susan was recognized with a national award in November 2015 by the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention for her tireless work in suicide prevention.  She writes a column on the topic for the Norfolk News, and organizes each year a Suicide Prevention Walk to raise awareness.   
Congratulations to Susan Roach, PHF!
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Sue Showing Off

What is it about St. Patrick's Day that makes the Irish go strange? 
Sue couldn't resist showing her green, among other things, to Steve with others looking on.  They say it pays to advertize!
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Don't forget to BYOB

Most of us did the drive-through for Rotary last week, but Paul got up early and made breakfast to bring, along with plates and silverware. 
Wonder what he'll bring this week?
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Meet at the Best Western this week

On Tuesday morning, come to the Best Western Little River Inn for our Rotary meeting - but bring your own breakfast, if you haven't eaten already.  And if you are bringing a guest, then bring their breakfast too!
Come for 7 AM to chat while eating, and the program will start at 7:30.  Our speakers this week will be Jane and Steve Malo, on their trip to South America - Machu Picchu, Galapagos, etc.
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Bon Voyage - Off to Welshpool

Our students in the Welshpool Exchange Program, along with chaperones Tina Millea and Louise Schebesch, left on Thursday for 10 days with their Welsh hosts. They will experience a trip of a lifetime, and will make friends forever.
Shown in photo with Tina and Louise are students: Victoria Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Kody Forde, Abbi Bollert, Summer Dierick, and Maggie Heimskerk.  Also attending but missing from the photo are students Elizabeth Marr and Jackson Scott.  Watch for more photos on our Facebook page.
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Palliative Care Forum - Now What?

About 200 very interested people attended the Palliative Care Community Forum on Sat. March 5th at Port Dover Community Centre, and listened intently to the highly acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Dr. Denise Marshall, and the 5 panelist speakers. 
To view the PowerPoint slides used by 3 of the 6 speakers, please scroll down to the "DOWNLOAD FILES" link lower on this page, in the right-hand frame.
Read further for a brief overview of the speaker messages.
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Habitat for Humanity - it's here!

Sandra Cocco (left) told us this morning about the exciting plans for Habitat Brant to build a home on Patterson St. in Simcoe. It will be a Rotary build project, thanks to the initial commitment to sponsor with a $2,500 donation by the Rotary Club of Simcoe. Rotarians, other service groups, community members and corporate sponsors will have the opportunity to help in a variety of ways. Ground breaking is in late April, so before the end of May we should be able to roll up our sleeves and get busy! Linda Snyder (right) will be overseeing the Simcoe build to line up volunteers and sponsors.  Norfolk Sunrise has the capacity, including skills and resources, to contribute to this build project.
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Palliative Care Community Forum

Come to learn, come to help out.  Norfolk Sunrise has taken the lead to organize this community forum which will build awareness in the community about the palliative care services available in Norfolk - and also will help to identify the deficiencies in the service offerings here.  We hope this forum will help to identify a path forward for the various service providers to work together and enhance the palliative care services to people in our community. 
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India Here We Come

This group is preparing for their trip next week to India. All are seasoned travellers, so we might expect them to represent Norfolk Sunrise well while checking out the projects we've supported.  
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Our Newest Paul Harris Fellows

Four of our Norfolk Sunrise family members received Paula Harris Fellow Awards this week.  Linda and Jim Peters were recognized by the Rotary Club of Fountain Hills, Arizona, for their leadership on Microcredit projects.  Nancy Sherwin volunteers with several organizations in our community.  And Don Emerson is a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  Each of these recipients is a model for "service above self" in our club and in our community.
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Cider Boss Cheryl

Don't you wonder how Cheryl Peck manages it all? Entrepreneur, marketer, and business manager in one life.  Mother to two spectacular kids and wife to Scott, plus host mom to Fabio ... plus host mom to a short-term exchange student and 2 Welshpool exchange students. 
Cheryl and Scott are planning to travel more now, and visit their international family members.  Welcome back to Norfolk Sunrise, Cheryl.  We're delighted!
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Men With Brooms

Rotarian Harold Shantz presents pins to Rotarians Rusty Kooistra and Pete Wheatley in recognition of their curling prowess at the recent CanAm Rotary Bonspiel in Guelph.  Harold skipped the Simcoe team which placed second for the right to represent Ontario in a Canadian Rotary Bonspiel. 
Way to go Rusty, Peter and Harold!  The fourth team member shall remain anonymous.
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Kettle Campaign Update

Jim Lewis updated Norfolk Sunrise on the success of this year's kettle campaign, run by the Salvation Army Church in Simcoe. 
Norfolk Sunrise members looked after the kettles at the Simcoe LCBO and the Port Dover LCBO.  The Simcoe LCBO kettle raised more funds than any other kettle in the campaign.
The campaign exceeded the Salvation Army Church's goal, and topped $75,000 this year. 
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Suicide Prevention in Norfolk

Suicide seems to have become quite visible in our community over the past few years, and help is available to people considering this desperate act.  
Experts believe over 4000 lives are lost to suicide in Canada each year, with over 200 attempted suicides per day in Ontario alone.  As a community, Norfolk County is above the provincial average for incidence of suicide attempts. What can we do about it?
Susan Roach M.S.W. (left in picture) and Norfolk Rotaractors Jason Schram and Lisa Crowder are certainly doing their part in our community.
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And the winner is - the world!

When Rotarians join forces and challenge for a worthy cause, great things happen.
So if Lisa and the Rotary Club of Delhi raises $5,000, and Pete and Norfolk Sunrise raise $1,200 combined, with almost $500 from Simcoe Rotary - and submit to the Rotary Foundation of Canada, who can double that amount through matching grants by BOTH the Government of Canada and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that $7,000 of local donations multiplies to $35,000 for the Polio Plus Campaign.
Everybody wins!  Thanks to Lisa for the challenge, and for enticing Pete into the water with you.
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Youth Projects from Community Concerns

Leanne Bond (left) updated Norfolk Sunrise this week about the outcome of our club's support to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show.  The Agricultural Awareness program at the Fair is targeted to Grade 4 students across Norfolk to learn about various aspects of agriculture, and is coordinated with the Grade 4 curriculum. Our funds provide bussing for students to attend.
Joyce Gowan (right) spoke about her role as a mentor with the Literacy for Littles program, administered by Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Brant Haldimand Norfolk. This is Joyce's third year year mentoring her "Little."  Their relationship started when her Little was in Kindergarten.  His face lights up whenever Joyce comes to see him. Norfolk Sunrise initiated this program, and provide funds and several mentors.  The 3-year grant provided by the  Ontario Trillium Foundation to get the pilot program off the ground will end in 2016, and BBBS intends to continue the program and expand it when the pilot is ended. 
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A Call to Action

Posted on Sep 04, 2015
District Governor Kevin Crosby addressed the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise this week with a clear message.  “Rotary is what Rotary does” is a call to action for clubs large and small throughout District 7090. 
Kevin hails from Buffalo, New York, central in the horseshoe shaped international District that runs from Delhi at the western frontier, around Lake Erie to Jamestown New York, and as far east as Rochester.
Kevin’s call to action fits well with the 2015-16 Rotary International Theme “Be a Gift to the World.” He noted several ways that the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise lives out this theme through acting in our community and elsewhere.
Jim Oliver presented Kevin, in the photo, with a Ride for Rotary shirt and a cheque for $1,315, the proceeds from this year’s Ride.  This amount is part of Norfolk Sunrise’s commitment to the End Polio Now Campaign. When multiplied by matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Canada, Norfolk Sunrise’s contribution grows to $6575 which will vaccinate 10,958 children against the polio virus.  
President Jeff Mereweather presented Kevin with a cheque to fulfill Norfolk Sunrise’s annual commitment to The Rotary Foundation - $100 USD per club member each year.  
District Governor Kevin noted Norfolk Sunrise’s extensive work with youth and youth exchange and several other programs in the local and international community.     
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A sign of things to come

How many Rotarians and friends does it take to erect 3 sign posts?  Only five, apparently, if you have a tractor with auger to dig the holes.  The Community Garden will soon have a new sign, and a new name in memory of its founder John Race. The posts are ready now, and the sign will go up in few days. Stay tuned.
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In With the New - Changing Over

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 23, 2015
A wonderful evening at the Burning Kiln Winery as we inducted Jim & Linda Simpson and re-inducted Wayne Wormald as members; and inducted new officers for the year ahead beginning July 1st. 
More photos should appear in the photo album.
In With the New - Changing Over Ross Gowan 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Little Dreams - Big Dreams

Community Services Committee Chair Nancy Sherwin accepts plaque from The Children's Aide Society of Haldimand Norfolk recognizing the continuing support from Norfolk Sunrise
Little Dreams - Big Dreams 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Legion

Posted on Jun 18, 2015
In the picture Nancy Sherwin is presenting a cheque from Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise for $2000 to Dan Rielly, President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79 in Simcoe.  This will assist the Legion to purchase new tables for the upstairs Memorial Hall which is currently being refurbished.
Supporting the Legion 2015-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Wrapped in Argentine Flag

Angi Shaer is clearly proud of her homeland Argentina, and she gave us some hints why.  Part of it seems to be weather related. "I was freaking out in October" at 1 degree Celsius. And school is out at 12:45 AM daily - what's not to like about that!  
Angi was very thankful and complementary about her host families: the Petrie's, Guilmette's and Schneiders - new lifelong parents, brothers and sisters now.
The Algonquin adventure in February made a real impression, though, and stretched Angi to do things she would never have expected possible, and to become someone she would never have anticipated. The Youth Exchange program has that effect on most. Life changing experiences, shaping amazing young people to become even more amazing young people with Rotary ideals and Rotary goals.  
Have a wonderful time on the bus trip across the USA, Angi.  We'll look forward to hearing about it!  Thanks for coming into our lives at Norfolk Sunrise.
Wrapped in Argentine Flag 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise in blue

Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Possibly our last opportunity for a group picture with the original Sunrise logo.  Time to move on.
Norfolk Sunrise in blue 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Motion and Update

1) Motion from Community Concerns Committee (to be presented at June 16 meeting):
That RCNS provide $2000 to Simcoe Legion to go toward purchase of new tables for the upstairs hall.
Background : The Legion is refurbishing the upstairs hall to provide an improved venue for community events.  Total cost of new tables is estimated at between $3500 and $6000.
2) Update on Sunrise Trail project : The widening has been completed between 13th and 14th Concessions.  As part of the trail improvement a link will be made with the Lions Ball Park at Davis Drive to facilitate access from the trail to the Park facilities.  This will complete the $10000 expenditure from the Sunrise Trail Restricted Account. 
Motion and Update 2015-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
A Message from Rotary Founder - Paul Harris 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates and Rotary's 30th Anniversary of Polio Plus 2015-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

June is Rotary Fellowships Month

June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages these groups to celebrate Rotary Fellowships Month through projects, activities, and events. Fellowship groups include antique autos, canoeing, cruising, curling. flying. golf, motorcycling, wine, yachting and more - something for everyone! Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. They are detailed on www.rotary.org/fellowships.
You may find many extensive activities of the Rotary Fellowships that your profession, business or industry area has already established. In fact, 7090 Area 3 Assistant Governor Bob Morrow is in the process of establishing a 7090 chapter of the Rotary Wine Appreciation  Fellowship.
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A Delightful Exchange Student

Posted on May 09, 2015
Angie is on the move.  Shown here with her parents and Grandmother, plus Rotarian Barbara, Angie and her family are vacationing in Ottawa and Montreal before Angie boards a bus for the Rotary Cross-USA student exchange tour.  We'll see her before she departs for home, however.
A Delightful Exchange Student 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Vision to Reality

Five years ago, just as the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise approached its 14th anniversary, it's members imagine what the club might like when it turned 19 in May 2016 They imagined what the club might be like in 5 years time and set ambitious goals to achieve over the next 5 years. One of the most challenging goals set was to serve a First Nation Community . Although the need was great , we had no idea what we might do or even how to begin. This w...eek, with our 19th anniversary just days away, the club heard a report from Rotarians Jim & Marjorie Dawson on our continuing project to serve the youth of the isolated remote north west First Nation community of Pikangikum. Through the Dawson's initiative, dedication, and leadership Norfolk Sunrise has or the past 3 years supported youth music and canoeing programs helping to give hope to youth in a community which, according to a recent UN report, has the highest suicide rate in the world.
Our vision has turned to reality. Imagine Norfolk Sunrise's vision for 2020 when they turn 24!
Vision to Reality 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

May is Rotary Youth Services Month.

Norfolk Sunrise is into Youth Services all year long with Youth Exchange programs (Rotary’s year long & short term exchanges and the unique Welshpool youth exchange with the Rotary Club of Welshpool in Wales); RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards); SLAPSHOT (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training); Rotaract, Literacy for Littles, Coats for Kds and much more. 

May is Rotary Youth Services Month. 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

May is Rotary Youth Services Month.

Norfolk Sunrise is into Youth Services all year long with Youth Exchange programs (Rotary’s year long & short term exchanges and the unique Welshpool youth exchange with the Rotary Club of Welshpool in Wales); RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards); SLAPSHOT (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training); Rotaract, Literacy for Littles, Coats for0 Kds and much more. 

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Rotary, Shelterbox organizing aid for quake victims in Nepal

Rotary, Shelterbox organizing aid for quake victims in Nepal


Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal after a massive earthquake hit the country on 25 April, killing at least 5,200 people and injuring thousands more. The 7.8-magnitude quake, the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years, has affected 8 million people in the country's 39 districts, including 1.4 million needing food assistance, according to government officials.

"Rotarians worldwide stand together in expressing a profound sadness at the devastation resulting from this weekend's deadly earthquake in Nepal," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang. "As we mourn the thousands of lives lost, Rotary joins other international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the country."

Rotary District 3292 in Nepal set up a disaster relief fund to help victims in the hardest hit areas. Immediate funds will go towards food, water, medical supplies, and shelter. For information on how you can help, .

Rotary partner is sending a response team to the affected areas to determine immediate needs. Because of previous disasters in Nepal, the group already has tents and other nonfood items ready for deployment.

Rotary, Shelterbox organizing aid for quake victims in Nepal 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

What GREAT Ambassadors!

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Norfolk and Rotary were certainly well represented in March when 8 young people from our community travelled to Welshpool, Wales as part of a 10-day student exchange sponsored by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. The troupe attended our meeting this morning and spoke as polished presenters about what they learned and the bonds they formed with each other and with their Welsh brothers and sisters.

This was the 17th consecutive year for the Welshpool Exchange by Norfolk Sunrise.

Shown in the photo with Rotarian chaperones Kristina Kett and Barbara Tanner-Billings are: Abi Peck, Lillie Williamson, Aaron Melnyk, Alyssa Nelson, Julia Dickson, Zach Hudson, Teryn Clapp, and Emma Shippey-Hoskin.

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Upgrade planned for Norfolk Sunrise rail trail

Norfolk News

Thanks in part to the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers will have more room to manoeuvre along the Norfolk Sunrise rail trail.

That’s the link that runs through Simcoe joining the Waterford Heritage Trail and the Lynn Valley Trail.

The local Rotary chapter approached Norfolk County in regards to partnering on the upgrade of the remaining section of the rail trail between the 13th and 14th concessions north of Simcoe, and staff has asked council to approve the project partnership.

The cost of widening the trail section to eight feet is $20,000, with half of the money coming from the club and the other half from the municipality.

The county’s trails development co-ordinator, Mark Boerkamp, said when this section of rail trail was built in 2008-09, it was six feet wide. In 2013 the section between the 14th concession and Argyle Street was upgraded and widened to eight feet. The remaining area between the 13th and 14th concessions is the only section left to be upgraded.

The Norfolk Sunrise trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network running to Waterford and on to Brantford.


Upgrade planned for Norfolk Sunrise rail trail 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Pirates Stole the Trophy!

Posted on Apr 16, 2015
Pirates Stole the Trophy – ahr!
The Pirates of the Carib-BEE-an! stole the trophy last night at the Grate Groan-up Spelling Bee at the Vittoria Community Centre.  Representing 98.9 MyFM, the Pirates outlasted nine other teams and reigned supreme in the 8th round.   In photo with trophy is (left) Brittany Bray, Brian Jones, and Amy Willmott-DeVos.  
The newly formed Norfolk Rotaract Club took the Team Spirit Award with spellers Lisa Herrewynen, Madison Puddy and Rachelle Walters.  
Best Costume went to the team from Cobb & Jones LLP – Beyond a Reasonable Trout. In photo is (left) Walter Drescher, Stephanie Vandenberg, and Shawn Swarts.
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Literacy for Littles

Emma Humble has reached an important life milestone.
“I’m learning how to read chapter books,” the Simcoe second grader said proudly from inside the library at Elgin Avenue Public School.
Since it began in fall 2013, the Literacy for Littles program run by Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie – with support from the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – has matched 16 students in senior kindergarten or Grade 1 with adult mentors at Elgin Avenue, Bloomsburg, Delhi and Teeterville public schools,  See full story in Norfolk News @ http://www.norfolknews.ca/news-story/5553932-reading-buddies/
Literacy for Littles 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Finishing what Jonas Salk started

Sunday, 12 April, marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine was declared “safe, effective and potent.” We ...are now in a better position than ever to eradicate polio, but we have a narrow window of opportunity to advance on our progress and achieve a polio-free world. Find out what you can do to help.

We are "This Close!"

Finishing what Jonas Salk started 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Counry Rotary Chorus

The 3 Rotary clubs of Norfolk County Ontario joined together Mar 31, 2015 to sing "Let There Be Peace On Earth" under the direction of Dr Ray Danley.  Click here to view video.
Norfolk Counry Rotary Chorus 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

April Is Rotary Maternal & Child Care Month

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/301/Event/7b27f3a4-d3c5-4f54-88c7-45bc0e2c2b66#sthash.QTIv20S5.dpuf
April Is Rotary Maternal & Child Care Month 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Famous Rotarians - Who Knew? 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu

A Shelterbox report - South Pacific Disaster - Vanuatu
"Cyclone Pam has struck the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, one of the world's poorest nations, with devastating consequences. The cyclone brought winds in excess of 270km/h (170mph) causing widespread damage.  Initial reports claim 9 in 10 homes are severely damaged and many of the islands 260,000 residents are now homeless. Many of the country's services, including schools, hospitals and power are in disarray and thousands are seeking shelter in temporary evacuation centers. There are also grave concerns for the more remote communities.

ShelterBox has mobilized a response team that is heading to Vanuatu from Australia and New Zealand. ShelterBox is sending 1,000 shelter kits from prepositioned stock located nearby to help repair damaged buildings. ShelterBox operational manager Alf Evans said: "Our initial response will see the 1,000 shelter kits deployed from Subang and distributed with established partners."
Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0

Udhampur Avoidable Blindness Project - Progress Report

Dear Jim and John,
Warm greetings!
Daniel and me are just back in office after a very fruitful visit to Udhampur. The objectives of the visit were:
·         To brief the management of the hospital and the club about the project and plan the timelines for implementation
·         To recruit a Lead Health Promoter and orient the person to implement the action plan for the 1st month
Both objectives were successfully delivered. We have in collaboration with the Rotary Hospital and Club recruited Mr. Gulzar for the position of Lead Health Promoter. Gulzar is a post graduate and has over 3 years of experience working in the CSR department of major infrastructure company focussing on health, education and livelihood sectors. Gulzar will join from 9th February 2015.
An action plan for 1 month has been developed jointly and Gulzar will focus on dividing the project intervention area into clusters and recruiting Community Eye Health Workers.
The 1st module training programme is proposed to start from the 16th March and we will officially launch the project with participation from Rotary, Operation Eyesight, District Officials and Politicians in the 1st week of April.
We will be tracking the utilization of funds and Operation Eyesight India Office will submit quarterly utilization reports and fund request in the beginning of every quarter. That is, we will submit the next utilization statement and fund request by the 5th April 2015.
All of us are extremely excited to be working together in this underserved region of the country and wish to thank you all for your support which is making this possible.
I will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Warm regards,
Dr. Santosh Moses
Country Manager - India
Udhampur Avoidable Blindness Project - Progress Report 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Northern Music

Norfolk Sunrise continues to support students in the  remote northern community of Pikangikum  Some photos  and report of our music supplies in action.
"One is photo is of students playing with music stands during class.  A huge help compared to laying the music flat on the desk. 
The other photo is during my first successful Music Club. My student was shy.  However, he brought his own brand new Dean flying v.  It's pretty rad.  The new cables allowed us all to play with the amps and be able to move more than 3 feet.  He learned to play his first 12 bar blues progression today. Kind D of odd pairing with a flying v but it all sounded good. 
PS the equipment you guys sent up made it feel like Christmas.  I had 12 guitars with broken strings and the rest were super duper old. I've changed strings on about seven guitars now and they sound so nice. Next week we might use the boom stand for singing next week in music club.  We'll see what happens."
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Great Race for Rotary Open House

Great Race for Rotary - Open House
Saturday March 21

Welcome Spring at the Great Race Open House. Learn about the race! Are you a runner - come & Register! Do you want to help out - learn how you can volunteer on Race Day or how you can become a sponsor.

Remember our inspiration -  that Great Norfolk Rotarian - John Race

Missed but Not Forgotten

Great Race for Rotary Open House Bill Clevette 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Bingo Dates

MAY 11    MONDAY         5.-7.30   JULIE POWELL Louise Schebesh
MAY 26    TUESDAY       7.30-10 Kate Stratford
MAY 24     WED              5.- 7.30
JUNE  11  THURSDAY     7.30-10  Betty Ann Carty
JUN 24 5.00- 7.30 . 
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Eva Brook Donly Museum Request

 The Eva Brook Donly Museum is looking for someone with time to be involved  as a board member  It is a 'working board'- and some level of comfort or expertise in fund-raising will be appreciated. If you or someone you know would be interested in serving on this board, please contact Jo-Anne Barber at joanbarb@sympatico.ca
Eva Brook Donly Museum Request 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Bargains, Bling & Blarney

Posted on Mar 14, 2015
Before this bulletin goes to print, here is one picture with more loaded in the photo album section of our website. Blarney, you may say!
Bargains, Bling & Blarney 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Welshpool Exchange Takes Flight

Posted on Mar 12, 2015
Today we sent 8 Norfolk students and 2 accompanying Rotarians to Welshpool, Wales on an exchange for 10 days.  In October each fall, a group of students spend 10 days in Norfolk, and each spring we return the exchange. Over the 18-year relationship, over 120 students have travelled to Wales, and vice versa.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Welshpool, Wales have been working so closely together over that period that they decided a few years ago to establish an official twin relationship. Several members of the Norfolk Sunrise club have made the trek with students.
Students headed for Wales are: Teryn Clapp, Julia Dickson, Emma Shippey-Hoskin, Zack Hudson, Aaron Melynk, Alyssa Nelson, Abi Peck and Lillie Williamson.  Rotarians are Barbara Tanner-Billings and Kristina Kett.
Welshpool Exchange Takes Flight 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise green

Lot's of green in honour of St. Patrick's Day next week - not the money kind. 
Norfolk Sunrise green 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
We Are Rotarians!! Bill Clevette 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0

Social Media Expert visits Norfolk Sunrise

Posted by Ross Gowan on Mar 02, 2015

Gregg McLachlan (WorkCabin.ca or RuralBig.ca) captivated Norfolk Sunrisers this morning with his presentation about how and why social media is key to building relationships and influencing behaviours. 

Gregg’s presentation covered a lot of ground, but he summarizes it with the following Big 3 rules:

  1. Show your authenticity
  2. Show your conversation side
  3. Make followers feel your experience.

In photo with Gregg is Gail Bouw, eager to tweet about this great meeting!


Social Media Expert visits Norfolk Sunrise Ross Gowan 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

March - Rotary Water & Sanitation Month

Posted by Bill Clevette on Feb 27, 2015


More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Rotary's projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation

March - Rotary Water & Sanitation Month Bill Clevette 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Rotary - 110 Years of Service Bill Clevette 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

Welshpool Student Exchange

Posted by Barbara Tanner-Billings on Jan 22, 2015


Application form available for download, Download Flies, lower right of this page

Welshpool Student Exchange Barbara Tanner-Billings 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Be a Gift to the World - Rotary's 2015-16 Theme

Posted by Bill Clevette on Jan 18, 2015
Every new Rotary year, the new Rotary International President chooses a theme. At a meeting attended by Rotary District 7090 District Governor-Elect Kevin Crosby and his lovely partner Nancy, incoming President Ravi Ravindran asked all the 2015-2016 Governors to challenge their districts' Rotarians to "Be a gift to the world". Rotary International President-elect K.R. Ravindran asks Rotary members to “Be a Gift to the World” as the theme of his 2015-2016 presidential year. Meet K.R. Ravindran: http://ow.ly/Hz06l

“In Rotary, we give of our resources—but more importantly, we give of ourselves. Because there is such a difference, between a handout, and an outstretched hand—especially when the outstretched hand, is warmed by a caring heart.”
Be a Gift to the World - Rotary's 2015-16 Theme Bill Clevette 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Slapshot 2015 Bill Clevette 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Attention Ladies!!! Lucine McKay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Information Session in Port Dover Bill Clevette 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

A New Rotaract Club in Norfolk

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 05, 2015

Amanda Massi and Jenelle Flicker attended the Norfolk Sunrise meeting to update on their progress in forming a new Rotaract Club. It all started when a group from Norfolk attended last summer's RYLA session. 

Rotaract is for people aged 18-30 who share the ideals of Rotary. They have an information Session at the Long Bar at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover on January 15th. They intend to meet monthly, the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM - at the Long Bar.  Check out their Facebook page - Norfolk Rotaract.Image


A New Rotaract Club in Norfolk Ross Gowan 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Curlers Report on Scot Trip

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 05, 2015

Nancy Sherwin and Peter Wheatley were definitely smiling about their trip to Scotland as part of the Canadian Rotary Curling Team.  They didn’t refer much to their curling prowess or their winning record – but encouraged other people to apply for the next trip in October 2018. Nancy & Pete were part of the 22 member delegation that billeted with Rotarians in Scotland and curled in 22 different communities in Scotland. The exchange began in 1958 and has run continuously since.  Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians were invited to offer to host and billet a Scottish curler for a couple of nights when they come to Norfolk in October 2016.


Curlers Report on Scot Trip Ross Gowan 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Construction Divas!

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 28, 2014


Great Christmas Party!  Wonderful cuisine at the Erie Beach ... inspiring fellowship ... Christmas carols ... trivia ... and building Gingerbread Houses.  How amazing is that?  Thanks to Rotarian party girl Meika.

And the winners of the Gingerbread House competition representing Table 2 are ...  Angie and Minerva! 


Construction Divas! Ross Gowan 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0

Who's A Happy Flag Bearer?

Posted by Bill Clevette on Nov 25, 2014


Look who carried the flag as the Canada to Scotland Curling Team entered the rink in Hamilton Scotland on Nov 25 - Norfolk Sunrise's own Nancy S! It must have been her inspired leadership - overall the Canadian team won both days of competition in Hamilton.   Nancy for Flag Bearer Forever!

Who's A Happy Flag Bearer? Bill Clevette 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

George's Night Out!

Posted by Gail Catherwood on Nov 23, 2014


This FREE event is open to all cancer patients,

survivors, and their families and caregivers.

Movie will be “Penguins of Madagascar”

CALL 519-426-0219 to reserve your spot!

George's Night Out! Gail Catherwood 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Breakfast With Santa Ross Gowan 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Jim Dawson on Nov 17, 2014

This month we celebrate the Rotary foundation – all the programs and projects that are supported by the Rotary Foundation including Polio plus Group Study exchanges, and Global grants and district grants. For our club, our Microbank project has been helped by RF funds though our partner club in Arizona.  Operation Eyesight was just granted a 50,000 grant from RI. Locally the Foundation support our work on the Waterford Trail with a District Grant, These projects and many more are funded through your donations to the Rotary Foundation.

Donating to the Rotary Foundation is important in a number of ways.  One of the ways that Rotary is so efficient in having funds raised going directly to project costs and not in administration is the way the Rotary Foundation works.  When we send in donations to  RI, the funds are segregated for three years and the proceeds from that investment goes to RI operating funds.  Also the funds that come  come back to our district are based on the funds raised three years ago, so we know exactly the district allocation based on the funds raised in the district three years ago.

Rotary encourages every member to donate $100 US every year and our club is committed to do that through our fundraising activities so in one sense, everyone in our club contributes to the Rotary Foundation through participating in our fundraisers.  However, many of us provide personal donations directly to specific projects such as Operation Eyesight, Microbanks or Nogales Mexico shoebox program but I'd like to encourage you to consider a personal donation to Rotary foundation, since we know how well RI looks after your funds, ensuring accountability and sustainability of the projects; Rotary is also in the top three percent of Charities according to Charity Navigator  which  recognizes sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency.

The easiest way to donate to Rotary Foundation is to go on line and make a donation- you will need your Rotary number which you can get from Clubrunner or on the front of your Rotarian magasine.  The other way would be to write a cheque to Norfolk Sunrise and indicate it is for the Rotary Foundation and we'll be sure to credit your Rotary account.

Learn More about the Rotary Foundation at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-foundation

The Rotary Foundation Jim Dawson 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

A Rotarian curling mission in Scotland - by Eddie Chau Simcoe Reformer

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 29, 2014


Rotary Curling - Canada to Scotland 2014

Peter Wheatley, Nancy Sherwin and Albert Madill of the Simcoe Club of Norfolk Sunrise will be traveling to Scotland in November as part of the Canadian Rotary Curling Team. Twenty-two Rotarians from... across Ontario and Quebec will be participating in the Canada to Scotland Rotary Curling Tour. (EDDIE CHAU Simcoe Reformer) See full story at http://www.simcoereformer.ca/2014/10/29/a-rotarian-curling-mission-in-scotland
A Rotarian curling mission in Scotland - by Eddie Chau Simcoe Reformer Bill Clevette 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 28, 2014


November is Rotary Foundation month! It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.

Our Rotary Foundation sponsors a broad range of Educational and Humanitarian programs that save and change lives here and abroad: Group Study Exchange (GSE), Ambassadorial Scholars, Polio Eradication, District Matching Grants and Health/Hunger & Humanity (3H) Grants, to name a few. These programs are the lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding through the lives touched by the programs. Ask any past GSE team leader or any Rotarian who has visited/worked on an international project about the difference made by these programs . . . there are many wonderful stories of saved and changed lives around the world.

Our contributions to The Rotary Foundation fund these Rotary programs. While our Foundation is quite healthy (one of the largest Foundations in the world), there is so much more we need to do. Your annual contribution and/or a contribution to the Foundation permanent fund (through a major gift or benefactor contribution) fuels our Rotary programs. A contribution to the Foundation is one of the best investments you can make with nearly 100% going to Rotary programs that save and change lives.

Learn more about The Rotary Foundation and make a contribution to continue saving and changing lives.  These programs work and are a great investment for a better and safer world.
November is Rotary Foundation Month Bill Clevette 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club in the Sky Bill Clevette 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 27, 2014


The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from , the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.

"Our foundation continues to operate at the highest ethical standard," said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Kenny. "We are proud that Charity Navigator has recognized our commitment to accountability and transparency for the seventh straight year."

The , the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars.

This year's top distinction marks the Foundation's seventh in a row, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator President Ken Berger wrote, "This 'exceptional' designation differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Consider a Donation!

The Rotary Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating Bill Clevette 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Call for Vocational Training Team Members

Posted by Sue A. O'Dwyer on Oct 22, 2014


The Vocational Training Team (VTT) Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Lezlie Murch from the Rotary Club of St. Catharines as Team Leader for the 2014-2015 VTT to District 7020 (Anguilla and St. Maarten) March 10th to 31st, 2015. The 2014-2015 VTT project focuses on Sport Education and Literacy.

The VTT Committee is now seeking applications for Team Members.

The four VTT members and one alternate may be either Rotarians or non-Rotarians. Rotarians must be members in good standing of a club within the District. Non-Rotarians must reside or be employed within the District. Please note there is no age restriction.

All applicants must possess either a valid Canadian or United States passport or be eligible to obtain one promptly after being selected. Once selected, VTT members will be required to provide certification from a medical professional that they are fit to travel. VTT members will also be required to certify that they have medical insurance effective in the residing District.

Please note that the cost of the VTT is covered by the District Grant and the host Rotary Club/District. This includes transportation, accommodation, and meals, but excludes visa, inoculations, and spending money.

Kindly submit your application (see link below) by November 8th, 2014 to the attention of the VTT Co-Chairs: Dan Smith, dsmith4416@gmail.com and Roseanne Morissette, rmorissette@performanceautogroup.ca  Team member interviews will take place Saturday, November 15th, 2014.

Vocational Training Teams are the new version of what formerly was called Group Study Exchange.  Norfolk Sunrise has a proud history of sponsoring team members. John Wallace, Jim Peters and Sue Thompson have lead teams to India, Japan and Paraguay.  Before he became a Norfolk Sunriser, Jim  Oliver was a team member travelling to Italy..

Vocational Training Teams (VTTs) are a new way for Rotarians to Do Good in the World. Click on http://vimeo.com/57170985Watch as a VTT from Thailand receives training in the U.S., and an American VTT helps build a water system in Thailand.

Call for Vocational Training Team Members Sue A. O'Dwyer 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Noah in Argentina!

Posted by Barbara Tanner-Billings on Oct 21, 2014

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News from Noah - our Exchange Student in Argentina ...."I just wanted to give you an update on my time in Argentina! I can’t believe that I have been here for almost 2 months. My family here is really nice and has been great with helpin...g me with my Spanish. I have 2 host sisters, 1 host brother, a host nephew, and my parents, so it is definitely different than life back in Canada. School is a little boring because my teachers never write on the board and always talk but I really like my classmates. I’ve become good friends with the other exchange students from the area, there are about 31 of us within Corrientes (my city) and Resistencia (the neighbouring city). When I’m not in school I go to the gym with my friends and I’ve recently started swimming at the local pool. The other exchange students and I are also starting 4 weeks of scuba diving lessons! Another great thing is the Rotex (exchange students that have returned home) have tons of activities and things planned for the exchange students here. For example, last weekend we had a Japanese cultural dinner and today we all went paintballing! So all in all, everyone here is really nice and I am having a great time. Chau, Noah "
Noah in Argentina! Barbara Tanner-Billings 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Literacy for Littles Resumes

Posted by Ross Gowan on Oct 20, 2014

What could be more rewarding than helping a child learn?  Mentoring resumed this week by many of our mentors for the new school year.  The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise established the Literacy for Littles program in 2013 to assist children in Kindergarten to Grade 2 who have been identified by teachers as having learning challenges.  Reports from both Rotarian and non-Rotarian mentors have been very positive.  To learn more contact Pat Meiklejohn within the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise (secretary@norfolksunrise.org) or Krista Kitchen, Mentor Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie at Krista.kitchen@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.


Literacy for Littles Resumes Ross Gowan 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

This Close - 2014

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 17, 2014


World Polio Day 2014 - Print and share this and other Norfolk Sunrise This Close Posters from our "Norfolk Says "End Polio Now. We're This Close!"  Site page (Link on left)

This Close - 2014 Bill Clevette 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Hurry Hard! - Local Rotary Curlers Tour Scotland

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 09, 2014


2014 Rotary Curling Tour Team Heading to Scotland

22 Rotarians from across Ontario and Quebec will be touring Scotland during November 2014 in pursuit of fellowship and curling supremacy as they curl Scottish Rotarians in 12 different locations over the month.   The 2014 Team includes Nancy Sherwin and Peter Wheatly  from the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and Al Madill of the Rotary Club of Simcoe.

Canadian and Scottish Rotarians meet and compete for the Transatlantic Rotary Curling Quaich every 2 years – alternating play between Canada and Scotland.   The first tour took place when a group of Canadian and American Rotarians traveled to Scotland way back in 1956 – and the tour has been going strong ever since.   The scores of all the games played at a dozen different curling rinks over the month are added together to determine the winner that year.  The 2014 team from Canada will be out for revenge after the touring Scot’s won the Quaich while touring Quebec and Ontario in 2012.

While curling is the event – fun and fellowship are the name of the game.   On the ice the competition will be fierce.   Off the ice it will be an opportunity to tour Scotland, renew friendships, and meet new friends in the birthplace of the game. 

You are invited to follow the team through the Team Blog – www.canada-scotland2014.com  and follow on Twitter @CanadaScot2014 .  During the tour the team will be posting both the curling results and some of the off-ice highlights.   Visit the Blog right now – have a look and bookmark the page.

Hurry Hard! - Local Rotary Curlers Tour Scotland Bill Clevette 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Connect for Good

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 06, 2014

                                               ImageMembership Minute 

Looking for something to pass to a prospective member to help them understand Rotary?  The brief "Connect for Good" pamphlet is excellent.  You can find is as a download on our web page - or just click on  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7090/301/HTML/231813//connectforgood.pdf. Use it!, Share it! Bookmark it on your computer!  Help potential new Rotarians find Norfolk Sunrise!


Connect for Good Bill Clevette 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Why is Social Media Important to RCNS?

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 01, 2014


Why is Norfolk Sunrise on Facebook and Twitter?  Technology is changing how people communicate. In the past: Rotary talks, everyone listens. Today: everyone talks, Rotary listens.

The future of Rotary and Social Media is in our hands. Promote/Like Norfolk Sunrise on Facebook and Twitter!  Share Norfolk Sunrise posts with your Facebook Friends!

Take a minute and check this brief  Rotary Social Media Video to see the impact Social Media has:


Why is Social Media Important to RCNS? Bill Clevette 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 24 October 2014 Bill Clevette 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

October is Vocational Service Month

Posted by Bill Clevette on Sep 30, 2014


The Concept of Vocational Service

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

  •  High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

 Rotarians put these ideals into action every day by::

  • Talking about their vocations in their clubs, and take time to learn about fellow members’ Vocations
  •  Using professional skills to serve a community.
  • Practice their profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through their words and actions.
  •  Helping  young people achieve their career aspirations.
  •  Guiding and encouraging others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.

October is Vocational Service Month Bill Clevette 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

A Major New Project for Norfolk Sunrise Approved

Posted by Jim Dawson on Sep 30, 2014

At their September 30 meeting, Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians approved an allocation of $24,500 Operation Eyesight funds to the GG 1420803 Udhampur Preventable Avoidable Blindness Project in Northern India.  This project, which has RI approval, will attract $10,000 of District funds and RI will provide the remainder of the $56,800 project which will bring eye health and medicine to remote mountain villages in Kasmir and Jammu.

A Major New Project for Norfolk Sunrise Approved Jim Dawson 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Coats for Kids

Posted by Dave Nicolle on Sep 25, 2014

Coats for Kids 2014 - it's that time of the year again when your Rotary Club is appealing to All in our community to donate slightly used (or new) kids (or adults) warm clothes and coats so we can distribute to the needy as the cooler weather approaches.


Burtol Cleaners have partnered with us again to collect clothes at their 5 drop-off centres and clean the clothes in time for us to distribute on Saturday November 1st - we really appreciate this great service by Burtol Cleaners!

Last year we were a little short on the number of donated items so we would like to throw out a challenge - we would like every member of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise to scan through their closets, ask their kids & grandkids and friends & neighbours to scan through their closets, promote the campaign through their places of business or any other opportunities to gain exposure and increase the number of donated items of warm clothing to Burtols and on to the needy kids in Norfolk - please support!

Many thanks - from your Coats for Kids Committee!

Coats for Kids Dave Nicolle 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Who’s Killing the Bees?

Posted by Bill Clevette on Sep 25, 2014


“We all are!”, said George Scott of Niagara Beeway at a recent Norfolk Sunrise meeting.  The culprit is chemistry – in particular neonicotinoids which in minute concentrations are deadly to bees affecting their neurological systems.  Unfortunately  neonnicotinoids are a common ingrediant in many agricultural and consumer products including commonly used pesticides and pet care products.  In fact a recent study showed in that domestic use of the products exceeds the agricultural use by a factor of 3.   He urges all consumers to be aware of the hazard these products present and act accordingly.  For more visit the Niagara Beeway website at www.niagarabeeway.com

Who’s Killing the Bees? Bill Clevette 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

DG Jack Amico visits Norfolk Sunrise

Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 08, 2014

Jack Amico delivered a very warm and encouraging message to Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians this week. As the current Governor for District 7090, Jack will soon have visited all 70 clubs in his District. Although we are all Rotarians, Jack noted that each club is different from others.

Jack’s primary message was a reflection of the Rotary International theme for this year – “Light up Rotary.”  And although he understands that Rotarians normally choose not to boast, Jack encouraged us to “brag about Rotary” this year, to get our story out about how much good we do in the world and how much fun we have doing it.

Jack also encouraged Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians to attend the “Buffalo Bash” on October 25 & 26 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre.  He promised there would be a party on Saturday night, but the feature attraction for this annual convention will be the motivational speakers.  Joe Roberts, philanthropist and author of From Skid Row to CEO, delivers a powerful message of hope and inspiration for [us] young people.  Josh Covey is another highly acclaimed speaker who will have a definite message for Rotarians.

In the photo, Jim Dawson presents District Governor Jack Amico with a cheque for over $5000 to The Rotary Foundation from the members of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. 

Jim Dawson also announced that Norfolk Sunrise recently received approval from Rotary International to receive a grant in order to proceed with the Udhampur Preventable Avoidable Blindness Program, a $56,800 project which will be conducted in conjunction with Operation Eyesight.


DG Jack Amico visits Norfolk Sunrise Ross Gowan 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

September is New Generations Month

Posted by Bill Clevette on Sep 04, 2014


September is Rotary's "New Generations" month. Check this excellent video for an overview of Rotary New Generation activities and call Norfolk Sunrise or any other Rotary Club if you are interested in more. http://vimeo.com/28457109

September is New Generations Month Bill Clevette 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

I Am A Proud Rotarian!

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 11, 2014



August is Membership Month at #Rotary. Share this graphic to let your friends know that you're a proud Rotarian. #WeAreRotary

Facebook Notes from RCNS members - Why I'm a proud Norfolk Sunrise Rotarian:

  • -Doing things for others in the community and around the world and the fact that you can meet someone across the ocean and people recognize the Rotary symbol.
  •  -We do many youth exchanges around the world. Amazing stories from the students coming and going.
  • -We support Norfolk County people and projects. Doing our Lynn Valley Trail system. I could go on and on. Great way of Service above self and Fellowship
  • -We have a great mix of local and international projects that make difference!
  • -Welshpool, Pikangikum, microbanks, polio plus, operation eyesight, exchange students, RYLA/Slapshot, community connections and projects. the Sunrise Trail, Rotary friends, interesting passionate guest speakers
  • -  Rotary is powerful !!!
I Am A Proud Rotarian! Bill Clevette 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Why is membership important? Bill Clevette 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

I Am A Proud Rotarian!

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 11, 2014



August is Membership Month at #Rotary. Share this graphic to let your friends know that you're a proud Rotarian. #WeAreRotary

I Am A Proud Rotarian! Bill Clevette 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Uncle John's Soapbox Derby - The Rotary Presidential Race

Posted by Ross Gowan on Aug 03, 2014


Sue O'Dwyer (Norfolk Sunrise) vs. Gerry Goddard (Simcoe) race to the finish.

It was a great Rotary day at the Lynn River Music & Arts Festival in Simcoe!  Rotary in action - lighting up Rotary.



Uncle John's Soapbox Derby - The Rotary Presidential Race Ross Gowan 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox Update

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 21, 2014

Shelterbox is a Rotary success story, and Katherine Neiszer travelled from Oshawa to give Sunrisers an update Tuesday morning.

Shelterbox was begun by a Rotarian over a decade ago in the United Kingdom to provide much needed shelter, supplies and tools to families who have lost their homes. When disaster strikes somewhere in the world, such as with Typhoon Hayan in 2013, as soon as the need is established a shipment of shelter boxes is quickly deployed to that area. Rotary clubs and many other community groups donate funds to stock the shelter boxes. The cost for one box recently increased to $1200.

Shelterbox Canada raised over $1 million in 2013 to send boxes to the Philippines following Typhoon Hayan.  The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise has been a major contributor.

In photo, World Community Service Chair Jim Dawson thanks Shelterbox Ambassador Katherine Neiszer for her update.


Shelterbox Update Ross Gowan 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Pays Off

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 21, 2014

The Norfolk community was very fortunate this year when four young people were sponsored by three Rotary clubs to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).  It's a week-long leadership training program, and we learned first hand today from Amanda, Ben, Nikki and Jenelle how this program will have long lasting impact within our community through the four young people who attended.

For the three Rotary Clubs - Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe, and Fort Erie - it's a powerful investment into the human resources within the community that will pay dividends for years to come as these young people contribute their skills, enthusiasm and dedication to support the kinds of work that Rotarians also support. The "Service Above Self" bug is a bit contagious, apparently.  For these young people, RYLA may be the spark that generates a Rotaract Club in Norfolk - so stay tuned.

In the photo below are Nikki, Amanda and Jenelle.


RYLA Pays Off Ross Gowan 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Helps Northern Reserve Programs - Port Dover Maple Leaf Bill Clevette 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

Changeover Highlights - a New Broom

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 23, 2014

2014 has been a very successful year for Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.  But we look ahead with great anticipation.

The team led by now Past-President Gail Bouw has many accomplishments to be proud of. Several of those leaders remain on the new team, for effective continuity, but led by now President Sue O’Dwyer.  Sue was described as a “retread”, having served as President several years earlier.  Sue promises to bring change, and to invigorate the club.Image


Changeover Highlights - a New Broom Ross Gowan 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Welshpool meets Rotary Sunrise

Posted by Melanie Douglas on Jun 21, 2014

RCNS and the Rotary Club of Welshpool are twinned clubs...brought together by common Rotary interests. For 17 years they have provided an exchange program for high school students from both Norfolk County and Welshpool High School. Over these years more than 300 students from both sides of the Atlantic have enjoyed the opportunities, and for some, it has opened horizons beyond their expectations.

How did this get started? Last night a few Rotarians met the person whose idea got this ball rolling. Patrick Lewis and his wife Dilys are visiting family in Port Dover and were joined for dinner at the Erie Beach by Melanie and David Douglas, Bill and Marge Clevette ( and Marge's sister Sarah), Marjorie and Jim Dawson, Barb Tanner-Billings and Patrick's cousins John and Elizabeth Blakemore, residents of Port Dover.

In 1995, Pat discussed an exchange with his cousin John. Pat found some Welshpool students and John rallied some friends and family. An informal exchange took place. It needed to be more formal and enduring, so in 1996 David Douglas was asked by RCNS to liaise wit Pat to make the exchange more organized. Dave and Pat reminisced last night about how, in the early days, letters were sent, long distance phone calls were made and somehow the exchange took off. Today the exchange is all organized electronically, making decisions and messages immediate.

The exchange on both parts has been an ongoing, organic process, always changing to meet the needs of the students and the clubs. Last night was an opportunity to celebrate the successes of this unique program and to look to the future to see how we can continue to attract students and grow the program to bring it to more students.

It was evident from last night's conversation that this  program is successful because of the hard work and devotion of Rotarians on both sides of the pond. Meeting Pat and sharing stories and ideas served to make the commitment to continue stronger. This  year RCNS will welcome 8 students from Welshpool in October and we will return in March with 8 Norfolk students. Barb Tanner-Billings and Kristina Kett will be the chaperones. Another great year is underway!


Safe Travels home Pat and Dilys. Greetings from Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise go with you.


Welshpool meets Rotary Sunrise Melanie Douglas 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Hot Havana Night......a Tropical Success!!

Posted by Melanie Douglas on Jun 21, 2014

Our Hot Havana Night in Port Dover on June 19th was a great success - perfect weather in a beautiful setting for about 100 guests who enjoyed tasty appetizers and a lovely meal by Devlin's - and our evening's MC Ron McClure helped conduct a spirited Live Auction! We also raised money with door prizes and a Silent Auction - the final tally will take a little while to compile but should do a lot to prop up our Club's coffers and help our various worthy causes!Image
A huge thanks goes out to all our Sponsors and Supporters - and to the Rotarians of the organizing committee - Yvonne, Donna, Kristina, Kate, Sue, Ron, Steve, Jeff, Mark, Andy, Dave B & Dave NImageImage

Hot Havana Night......a Tropical Success!! Melanie Douglas 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

July 4 Bingo

Posted by Melanie Douglas on Jun 21, 2014
July 4 Bingo Melanie Douglas 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Battle of the Bands in Pikangikum

Posted by Jim Dawson on Jun 19, 2014

By happy coincidence, while in Pikangikum to teach canoeing skills, another program supported by Norfolk Sunrise was performed on the Thursday night of their visit: the music program's annual concert and Battle of the Bands.  Jim said that “it  is amazing to see what these students can do with a guitar” .  Students who are often too shy to talk in class can build the confidence to go in front of an audience of over 100 to play their instruments in a competition styled after American Idol, complete with a professional band giving them tips.  The program, supported  by Rotary and Hobo Cafe, provided prizes of guitar,  6 channel digital recorder, area microphone, distortion pedals and smaller prizes of guitar strings and cables.


Battle of the Bands in Pikangikum Jim Dawson 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

Teaching Canoeing Skills in Pikangikum

Posted by Jim Dawson on Jun 19, 2014

Rotarians Jim and Marjorie Dawson  recently visited the northern reserve of Pikangikum First Nation (north of Red Lake, Ontario) to continue the association that RC Norfolk Sunrise has with the school programs.  Jim and Marjorie, who are experienced canoeists, helped teach two classes of students, Grade 6-7 and Grade 11-12 on a flat water canoeing certification course, a part of the outdoor program that Rotary is supporting aimed at giving students the skills to be guides and outfitters.  “It was very rewarding to see students , whom at the start of the week were not sure which end of the canoe was which, doing a a short paddle against a strong wind at the end of the three days- they really came a long way in a short time” said Marjorie.


Teaching Canoeing Skills in Pikangikum Jim Dawson 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

Inspired by Community

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 16, 2014

Was this not an inspiring meeting today, hearing from some of the community groups supported by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise?

In photo, from left: Megan Gates, Jane Drescher, Heidi Bowman, Tricia Morris and Cindy Hooyenga.


Inspired by Community Ross Gowan 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

Our Charter Members

Posted by Bill Clevette on May 14, 2014


Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise

Charter Members

May 16, 1996



Debra Abbott-Greenfield Mark Boerkamp   Randy Bridge 
Dave Brown Cam Carter Tony Cheung
Rhonda Clarke-Bruyn Randy Coates Robert Cole 
Joan Davidson Mike Dickinson Yvonne DiPietro 
Charlie Douglas Dave Douglas Keith Flexman 
Mike Fredericks   Blair Harrison   Al Harrington 
Mike Heirwegh Gary Hepburn Steve Jackson
Keith Jones Janet Kazakevicious   Terry Kristman 
Carrol Lambert Doris Longe   Steve Malo
John Matecsa Scott Morris Dave Murphy
Linda Newbery Kim Novak   Jeff O’Donnell
Jim Peters John Race *   Keith Rainey 
Peter Rasokas   Mike Redden   Barry Robinson 
Eric Rustan George Santos Doug Slade 
Bryan Slaney Tony Suprun Dawn Swaenepoel 
Shawn Swarts Gerry Townsend John Verbakel 
John Wallace Peter Wheatley   Carolyn Wiens 
Wayne Wormald     

*Honorary Member
Our Charter Members Bill Clevette 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise - A Brief History

Posted by Bill Clevette on May 14, 2014


In Spring of 1996, a new Rotary Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Simcoe appeared on the Norfolk scene to expand opportunities Norfolk residents wanting to serve the locally and internationally by participating in Rotary programs and activities.  On May 16, 1996 the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise  received its Charter from Rotary International and began a record of
                                                  "Service Above Self" 

Today, the Club boasts an active membership of men and women with a wide raange of experience from throughout Norfolk County.  Together they undertake a wide range of community services locally and internationally.


Norfolk Sunrise - A Brief History Bill Clevette 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

Gentlemen of the Road – FAQs

Posted by Ross Gowan on Apr 16, 2014

Karen Matthews recounted some interesting facts at Rotary this week about the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover. Karen was pivotal to selling Norfolk County as the perfect location.



Gentlemen of the Road – FAQs Ross Gowan 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
John & Hazel Bill Clevette 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

Shawn Swartz - Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Bill Clevette on Apr 10, 2014





The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise presented the "Paul Harris Award" to Lawyer Shawn Swartz in front of everyone at the Spelling Bee in Vittoria Community Centre.   Presenter Rotarian Peter Wheatley highlighted the many contributions Shawn has made in our community over the years, particularly his passionate support of youth who become enmeshed in the complexities of the criminal justice system.

We did learn, however during the course of the Spelling Bee, that Shawn was not above attempting to influence Miss Pronouncer, a Spelling Bee Offical.


Shawn Swartz - Paul Harris Fellow Bill Clevette 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

A GRATE event

Posted by Ross Gowan on Apr 09, 2014

A wonderful evening of fun, frolic, theatrics and grate spelling at the 7th Annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee held in Vittoria last night.  Please check out the photo album on the homepage or on Facebook.

Thanks to all the spellers, the sponsors, and all who donated pledges.  The event raised over $8000 for Rotary projects.

Winners are:


A GRATE event Ross Gowan 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Has it Been a Year Already? BINGO!!! Gail Catherwood 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Learn About Dolly Parton and Do a Make up at the Same Time!

Posted by Bill Clevette on Apr 06, 2014


Missed a club meeting?  Here is an excellent opportunity to do a make up at home on your computer.  Just click here on Read to Succeed  to view a recent presentation recorded by the Rotary Club of SOWNY (District 7090's E-Club). This presentation by Anne Ryan, Executive Director, Read to Succeed Buffalo describes their partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and support from various Literacy Coalition agencies including the Rotary Club of Buffalo, NY. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides each registered child from the ages of newborn to five years old, with a new book shippped to their home each month. The mailing has their name on it and provides them with a book they can call their own which parents and family members can read to them and with them. Studies prove that children that are read to develop greater cognitive skills to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Over 250 Rotary Clubs around the world to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.   There are many more interesting presentations available to view on line as make ups in the SOWNY library of recorded programs.  Just click on  SOWNY Library of video presentations  (hint: bookmark the site for future reference)

Learn About Dolly Parton and Do a Make up at the Same Time! Bill Clevette 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Why Rotary?

Posted by Bill Clevette on Apr 06, 2014


Why join Rotary?  Why stay in Rotary?

Click on  WHY ROTARY for an excellent 2 minute video

overview of Rotary

Why Rotary? Bill Clevette 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Colourful Rotarians at Norfolk Sunrise Ross Gowan 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

April Is Rotary Magazine Month

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 27, 2014


Last month, Rotary celebrated literacy.  This month, we put our reading skills to the test.  Everything in our lives depends on consistent, accurate and constant communication.  Rotary International’s monthly magazine, The Rotarian offers many insightful stories about Rotary projects and clubs throughout the world.  Over 1.2 million Rotarians are reading the same magazine in 23 languages.  You can even follow The Rotarian on Facebook – click HERE 


Find a Rotarian and read through our magazine -  The Rotarian.  You will be impressed with the many activities our fellow Rotarians are involved in, as well as how they are able to assist people who do not have the same resources we have available 


April Is Rotary Magazine Month Bill Clevette 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Simcoe's Caring Cupboard

Posted by Ross Gowan on Mar 24, 2014

A great Rotary meeting this week at the Caring Cupboard.  This organization is run entirely by volunteers, with no government funding, but 45 volunteers and many generous people who donate food and funds.

Their new location at 43 Kent St. S. provides ample room for food shelving, sorting, and storage.  They expect to soon install a walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler in order that they can better handle fresh produce. Local farmers recently have been allowed to donate produce and receive a tax receipt for 50% of the retail value.

Simcoe’s Caring Cupboard is the largest of 5 food banks in Norfolk County, and the only one that has charitable status.  They service 230 local households, with 300 adults and 125 children, averaging visits by 75 households weekly. Patrons are closely screened and must provide valid ID as well as proof of household income. Most patrons are on a fixed income as seniors, social assistance recipients or on a disability pension, with monthly incomes of less than $1000, and often far less.

Shown in the photo are super volunteers and hosts Al Martens, Kim Scoyne & Linda Peters. We’re honoured that Kim and Linda are also members of Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise.


Simcoe's Caring Cupboard Ross Gowan 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

This May Be One of the RCNS Shelterboxes

Posted by Jim Dawson on Mar 22, 2014

Around 14 million people have been affected, some 6,000 killed, and an estimated 4.4 million displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. Major gaps remain, especially in rural and hard to reach areas. Like most disasters, typhoon Haiyan has hit the poorest and the most vulnerable people the hardest. 4 out of 10 families in the affected provinces were living below the poverty line before Haiyan hit. 
ShelterBox has distributed enough aid to shelter over 5900 families across the islands of Cebu, Leyte, Bantayan, Kinatarcan, Samar, Panay and Bohol. ShelterBox Canada sent 6 ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members, and over 1200 boxes! This would not have been possible without the dedication and support of our wonderful donors.

This May Be One of the RCNS Shelterboxes Jim Dawson 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Norfolk County: Promising and Reliable as a Sunrise Bill Clevette 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Canada-Wales Exchange

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 19, 2014

Pulled from Rotary Club of Welshpool Facebook Page:


"Seven students from Ontario, Canada, visited Welshpool last week, following the visit to Canada by Welshpool High School students last autumn. This is an annual exchange organised between the Rotary Clubs of Welshpool and Simcoe, Ontario. The students visited  Powys Castle, were taken to Chester where they received a tour by a professional guide, and went to Blist Hill. They spent time in Welshpool High School, visited the coast and experience lambing at a local farm. They also made an excellent presentation to Rotary Club members at the club’s weekly meeting.

Good weather helped the week’s activities go smoothly, and both host and visiting students enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The educational benefits will stay with the students for some time, and friendships formed during these exchanges endure for many years. Indeed, many friendships from the very first years are still firmly active.

The exchange is part of an extensive programme of support to local youth and schools undertaken by the Rotary Club of Welshpool. Members of the club are actively involved in making the week run smoothly.

The pictures show the visit to Blists Hill in Ironbridge Gorge"


Another Successful Canada-Wales Exchange Bill Clevette 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Images from Wales

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 18, 2014


Some photos from the Canada to Wales Youth Exchange.  Travellers returned from Wale on Sunday Mar 16.

Images from Wales Bill Clevette 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0

Larry Dawson Surprised by Paul Harris Fellowship

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 17, 2014



Well known Simcoe community leader and volunteer, Larry Dawson was a surprised recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship at a recent Pancake & Maple Syrup Breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise presented by Rotarian Gail Catherwood.   Larry is a one man dynamo with a community service resume that includes everything from Easter Bunny to Councillor.  Pictured are (left to right) Gail Bouw, President Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Harriet Dawson, Larry Dawson and Rotarian Gail Catherwood.  Gail C was later heard to remark "Gotcha' at last Dawson!"

Larry Dawson Surprised by Paul Harris Fellowship Bill Clevette 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Child Nutrition Network Country Breakfast - April 24

Posted by Nancy Sherwin on Mar 10, 2014


The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is a proud supporter of the Child Nutrition Network.  Plan to attend their “Country Breakfast” at the Springview Farm Golf Course on April 24 (details here ).  Learn more about the Child Nutrition Network here  .

Child Nutrition Network Country Breakfast - April 24 Nancy Sherwin 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Welshpool Outbounds on Their Way

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 08, 2014


Since 1997, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise has operated an annual youth exchange program with its twin club, the Rotary Club of Welshpool in Wales.   Every fall a group of Welsh high school students visit Norfolk for a “fortnight” and in the spring Norfolk High School students travel to Wales. Here are this year’s students as they recently left for Wales along with Melanie Douglas and Nancy Allen. In no special order Libby Adams, Olivia Graham, Adam Nigh, Noah Petrie, Dani Simpson, and Malaya Sheridan. They Melanie is a Paul Harris Fellow and has recently confirmed her commitment to Rotary by becoming a Norfolk Sunrise “Family” member.  return Monday March 17.  . Photo by Dave Douglas.

Welshpool Outbounds on Their Way Bill Clevette 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

We Lost a Scottish Friend

Posted by Bill Clevette on Mar 05, 2014


Many Club members met Matt Murdoch, the Captain of the 2012 Scotland to Canada Rotary Curling Team during the team’s visit to Simcoe in November 2012.  Matt died of a heart attack last Tuesday just 12 days after his son David skipped Great Britain’s Olympic Curling to a Silver medal in Sochi.  Matt was a dedicated Rotarian, a great friend to many of us in Simcoe, and an outstanding curler (three times Scottish champion ).  Click here to see the Scotland Herald tribute to our friend Matt.

We Lost a Scottish Friend Bill Clevette 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise NASCAR Draw

Posted by Gail Catherwood on Mar 04, 2014


Brad Devins - a happy winner at the Daytona 500 — in Daytona Beach


Norfolk Sunrise NASCAR Draw Gail Catherwood 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Membership Message

Posted by Lucine McKay on Mar 01, 2014



Click  here for the RCNS Volunteer Assessment Form that each one of us should  fill out so our Secretary can keep them on file for our own use.   Please fill it out and bring it with you to Tuesday's meeting. (form also available as a Download on club website - lower right)  Some of you may already completed it. 

Thanks for your co- operation - this  is for our own protection.

Chair Membership

Membership Message Lucine McKay 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

A Future Norfolk Sunrise District Governor!

Posted by Gail Bouw on Feb 28, 2014

Memo to:       All District 7090 Club Presidents 2013-14 

Cc:                District Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs, PDGs and AGs  

Further to our email correspondence of February 23rd, 2014, please be advised that NO clubs have submitted resolutions of challenge to the decision of Nominating Committee for District Governor for the 2016-17 Rotary year.

Therefore, it is my absolute pleasure to declare Bill Clevette the official nominee for District Governor, 2016-17. Please join me in extending congratulations to Bill Clevette on his appointment. 

Yours in Rotary Service,

Kevin Crouse

District Governor

A Future Norfolk Sunrise District Governor! Gail Bouw 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0

Why RYLA????

Posted by Bill Clevette on Feb 26, 2014

Check out the video at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6dtkhVe7O5WQXJXeEF6THZNVE0/edit?usp=sharing

APPLY NOW for Rotary Youth Leadership Award 
Why RYLA???? Bill Clevette 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

Get Your Mojo Going - Relay for Life Norfolk

Posted by Ross Gowan on Feb 24, 2014

Mark June 6 & 7 on your calendar now. That’s the weekend for the 9th annual Relay for Life at Holy Trinity High School in Simcoe.  The Norfolk event runs from Friday evening at 7 PM until 7 AM the following morning. The Relay is a team event, and is both inspiring and a lot of fun.  Within a team of 10-15 people, one or more are required to be on the track at all times over the 12-hour period.    

Relay for Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser and runs in over 500 communities across Canada. In the past 8 years, Relay for Life Norfolk has raised over $900,000. Over 50% of the funds raised go to cancer research.  Today, 62% of people diagnosed with cancer will survive, compared to only 25% in the 1940’s when the Canadian Cancer Society began funding research.

Survivor Drenise Cowlard and Steve Irvin explained the Relay program to Norfolk Sunrise members, urging us to enter a team.  Shown in the photo are Steve and Drenise presenting a certificate of recognition to the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise for our participation in the Daffodil Brunch. Receiving the certificate is Lucine McKay, our champion for the Brunch.  

Get Your Mojo Going - Relay for Life Norfolk Ross Gowan 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary School and Induction of New Members

Posted by Ross Gowan on Feb 18, 2014

A FUN way to learn about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. 

Check out the new photo album on lower right directory of this page.

Thanks to Kathleen McClure for taking the shots.


Rotary School and Induction of New Members Ross Gowan 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bill Clevette on Feb 11, 2014


The entire Norfolk Sunrise family offers condolences, love and support to Yvonne DiPietro on the recent passing of her mom, Antonia DiSano.  

Condolences Bill Clevette 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Anniversary Rotary

Posted by Bill Clevette on Feb 07, 2014

World Peace & Understanding Month


 The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day


Happy Anniversary Rotary Bill Clevette 2014-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY Announcement - District Grant Scholarship Awarded Gail Bouw 2014-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

Grate Groan - Up Spelling Bee

Posted by Keith Flexman on Feb 07, 2014

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Kummin soon – sumtime (5pm) Thursday, April 10th, 2014 Vittoria Community Centre – the anniul Grate Groan - Up Spelling Bee -  Leern all yu kneed to no, posters (dounload poster here), en forms at tha BEE Hive www.grategroanupbee.com/.  Git yur team tageather  and rejister fur fun & glory!

Grate Groan - Up Spelling Bee Keith Flexman 2014-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

First Baptist Church donation to Op Eyesight

Posted by Ross Gowan on Feb 03, 2014

John Wallace presented a $520 cheque from First Baptist Church to President Gail Bouw that will be combined with other funds and forwarded by Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise to Operation Eyesight.


First Baptist Church donation to Op Eyesight Ross Gowan 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army at Christmas

Posted by Ross Gowan on Feb 03, 2014

Jim Lewis gave a very positive picture of the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign for 2013.  Over $65,000 was raised in the kettle campaign – that averages $95 per hour of duty. Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians contributed 66 hours for kettle duty and raised $7,000 between the Simcoe and Port Dover LCBO locations. 

The Salvation Army also coordinated the Christmas Exchange in 2013, and provided assistance to over 1000 people, over 300 of them children. The Salvation Army assembled and distributed over 300 of the 675 baskets in total distributed through the Christmas Exchange program. Cudos to Simcoe’s Salvation Army and Jim Lewis for leading this community to assist people in need.



Salvation Army at Christmas Ross Gowan 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

Knights of the Road

Posted by Ross Gowan on Feb 03, 2014

Chris Bender is a recipient of the Volvo Truck Driver of the Year in 2013, so he knows about driving safely. He’s also a Road Knight and travels Ontario in his time off to promote safe driving on behalf of the Ontario Trucking Association.  Drivers of large trucks and cars need to co-exist, because our economy relies on truck traffic both for both consumers and manufacturers to get their products delivered on time, representing over 75% of all goods transported.

Over two million people are employed in trucking in Ontario, but fewer than 3% of traffic accidents involve a transport truck. There are no small accidents when a large truck is involved, he said. Big trucks have BIG blind spots though, so stay visible – if you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you. Also, avoid tailgating or cutting too close in front of a truck. 

Generally speaking, if we stay out of the way of the transport trucks, they likely won’t hit us!

Knights of the Road Ross Gowan 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

Simcoe Panorama Boost

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 27, 2014

Susan Robinson and Bryan Zilkey represented Simcoe Panorama at our meeting this morning and were very pleased to receive a $1,000 cheque from Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. Our club also worked with the Panorama organizers to present Breakfast With Santa, which was a big success in its inaugural year and promises to be even more successful next year.


Simcoe Panorama Boost Ross Gowan 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 27, 2014

What an inspiring message this morning from Colleen Wheatley and Morgan Capinding.  About Face is a not-for-profit organization active in Canada and many other countries to assist people who look different in their facial appearance.  One in sixty children in Canada are born with a condition that manifests as a face that appears different from the norm – perhaps the most commonly identified condition is a cleft palate and hair lip. Children in this situation can benefit greatly from programs that bring them together and boost their self-esteem, like the Camp Trailblazers program delivered in five provinces across Canada.

Colleen Wheatley, shown with proud dad Rotarian Peter Wheatley, is Program Director with About Face, working from its Canadian head office in Toronto. Colleen delivered a passionate and informative presentation to our club this morning about the work that About Face performs, and about Camp Trailblazers

ABOUT FACE Ross Gowan 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

New Members Introduce Themselves

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 20, 2014

Julie Powell (left in photo) is Director of Development at Norfolk General Hospital and responsible for the Hospital Foundation’s goal to raise over $1 million annually.  With her husband and 4-year old son, Julie currently lives in Brantford but is likely to relocate to Port Dover where she grew up.  Her parents both have worked all their lives in the fishing industry. Aside from home and garden renovation, Julie’s new hobby is running and she expects to run a half-marathon in 2014. Look out Boston!

Andy Kooistra is “coy” about his name, and sometimes goes by Rusty. He grew up on a farm near Cornwall, but has worked in the construction industry virtually all his life until his recent retirement. Now living in the Waterford area, over the past 25 years Andy has operated his own family business, Anders Contracting, and while building the section of rail trail in Waterford Andy rubbed shoulders with some members of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. Hence, Andy is now one of us.  Andy and wife Alide have one daughter, with a granddaughter, and one son.  You might find Andy in the curling rink when not at Rotary.

Kim Scoyne grew up near Ridgetown. When her husband had the opportunity 14 years ago to transfer to Tillsonburg as an OPP Forensics Officer the family, which includes 3 sons, made the move to Simcoe. Kim continued to work as an activities director for the elderly and handicapped, but now spends much of her time as a volunteer with the Simcoe Caring Cupboard and is Chair of their Board.


New Members Introduce Themselves Ross Gowan 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

A Mennonite Christmas

Posted by Jim Peters on Jan 16, 2014


Every Christmas Dianne Elliott’s tradition is to supply food, educational gifts, clothing and toys for a few needy families in the Norfolk County Mennonite Community.

Eva Klassen, from the Help Centre in Fairground selects the families and Dianne proceeds to raise funds and purchase food.

The Rotary Club of Norfolk supplies funds for Dianne to purchase toys. 

This year, as an additional feature, steel-toed rubber boots, ideal for use around the farm, were donated by Jacobs Engineering in Selkirk. Our thanks to Dave Fess for co-ordinating this endeavour.

Thanks to Dianne and her team, over 70 people had a memorable Christmas.

A Mennonite Christmas Jim Peters 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

What can be more important than children’s safety?

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 06, 2014

Imagine a special village in Haldimand-Norfolk where local schools could send our children to learn about safety in a very hands-on way.  Most children learn best this way.

That’s the dream of Tom Myerscough, and Patti Cote, shown in photo, plus several others.

What can be more important than children’s safety? Ross Gowan 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

NASCAR draw winners!

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jan 06, 2014

Drawn this morning on air at CD98.9 myFM.

Congrats to:

·  Brad Devins – grand prize for two to attend Daytona 500 Feb 22-24.

·  Ken Yarmie – 2nd prize for $800 gift certificate at Freeman Tire

·  Jennifer Howe – 3rd prize for $500 gift card at Canadian Tire

·  Ryan Vandenbussche – 4th prize for two Krown Rust Protection treatments at Regional Auto Glass

NASCAR draw winners! Ross Gowan 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

The Mask She Wears

Posted by Ross Gowan on Dec 16, 2013

Molly McGrail has a bright future in literature. As one of the winners in the poetry division of the Teens Write For Fun contest, organized by the Norfolk County Public Library and sponsored in part by Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Molly attended this week's Rotary meeting and recited her winning poem, The Mask She Wears. Molly also placed second with her short story.  A delightful young lady with a very bright future.

Read on to see Molly's award-winning poem ...


The Mask She Wears Ross Gowan 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome new members Andy & Melanie

Posted by Ross Gowan on Dec 09, 2013

The Norfolk Sunrise family is growing, with the induction of two new members this morning.

Andy Kooistra, recently retired from his construction contracting business, has been very much involved with creating the new Waterford trail that links the Waterford Heritage Trail to the downtown, and as a director of the Waterford Old Town Hall. Andy will be our club's representative on the Norfolk County Trails Advisory Committee in 2014.

Melanie Douglas, now a family member and recent Paul Harris Fellow, is retired from teaching in the secondary school system and has been a friend of our club, through husband David, with several programs since the club's inception 17 years ago. That involvement includes the Welshpool Exchange (native to Wales, Melanie is David's connection to that country) and our Spelling Bee. Melanie has provided many years of leadership and service to the Haldimand and Norfolk Women's Services organization.

In the photo below, from left are David Douglas (Andy's sponsor), Andy Kooistra, Lucine McKay (Melanie's sponsor and Chair of Membership), Melanie Douglas, and Jim Oliver who inducted the members.


Welcome new members Andy & Melanie Ross Gowan 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Sleeping Children Around the World

Posted by Bill Clevette on Nov 25, 2013


Last year Norfolk Sunrise gave a donation to Sleeping Children around the World and they sent us these photos of the street children in Sri Lanka receiving clothing and bedding.   Sleeping Children Around the World  provide bedkits to children of any race and/or religion who will benefit the most; typically being located in underdeveloped and developing countries. Learn more about SCAW at http://www.scaw.org/about/index.html

Sleeping Children Around the World Bill Clevette 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Cow Power – who knew?

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 25, 2013

Anaerobic digesters have been given a bad name in our community over the past year. But all digesters aren’t the same – the old sage “garbage in, garbage out” apparently applies with biodigesters too.

The Anderson family operate a dairy farm near Tavistock, and now have an anaerobic digester functioning that seems to be a win-win on all accounts.  Rotarian Wendy Anderson, and husband Brian, gave us the poop on their digester.


Cow Power – who knew? Ross Gowan 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Literacy for Littles - Mentors Key to Success

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 19, 2013

Krista Kitchen seems to love her work. As Mentor Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, Krista came to our Sunrise meeting to update members on progress with the Literacy for Littles program.  She needs Rotary’s help now to locate mentors. Who do you know who might help?

Championed and supported by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, and Pat Meiklejohn in particular, and administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, this program provides in-school mentorship to Norfolk children who exhibit learning challenges in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 2. Early intervention is widely acknowledged as critical to success for these children, and no other organization seems to be trying to fill the learning gap for these children in the SK to Grade 2 age group. The Ontario Trillium Foundation also has pledged $61,000 over a 3-year period to get the program off the ground.


Literacy for Littles - Mentors Key to Success Ross Gowan 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrisers Shine at Chamber Event

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 15, 2013

The Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on November 6 was certainly a memorable event. Norfolk Sunrise members were well represented, both in the audience and on stage.

Congratulations to the following noteworthy celebs:

Norfolk Sunrisers Shine at Chamber Event Ross Gowan 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

We Shall Remember

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 11, 2013

Norfolk Sunrise held a brief Veteran's Memorial service at their meeting today, and heard from Sharon Anderson and Ruthann Massecar, officers of the Waterford Legion, about the work of their organization. The local Poppy Fund supports local veterans in many varied ways. In the photo, Honorary Rotarian and veteran John Race poses with Ruthann (left) and Sharon.  John is also a member of the Waterford Legion and speaks admirably about its work in the community. 



We Shall Remember Ross Gowan 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow – Mark Boerkamp

Posted by Bill Clevette on Nov 05, 2013



Norfolk Sunrise Past President Mark Boerkamp was a surprised recipient of a Paul Harris Award presented by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise at the November 6 Chamber of Commerce Awards night.  The award is the highest tribute a Rotary Club can make to recognize someone whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary.  Mark’s service to the community and Rotary is well known.  Congratulations Mark!

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow – Mark Boerkamp Bill Clevette 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

These are Keepers

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 04, 2013

Welcome!!  to new members of The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Julie Powell (left) and Kim Scoyne, inducted this morning.  Thanks to Jim Peters, Don Emerson and John Race for proposing Kim and Julie, both "keepers"!


These are Keepers Ross Gowan 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

FogQuest - harvesting water from fog

Posted by Ross Gowan on Nov 04, 2013

Rick and Tia Taylor provided a very interesting presentation this morning about how a nylon screen mesh is used to harvest drinking water in areas where wells and other conventional water sources are unavailable or polluted. Most installations to date are in South America or Africa. This is a reliable and inexpensive technology - but the demand far outstrips the resources available.

Rick has been a volunteer with FogQuest for 16 years, having travelled to several countries to install and maintain the systems. They are seeking relationships with universities and corporations to provide technical, administrative, and financial assistance to sustain the far-reaching programs around the world.

There are Rotary connections with FogQuest. Rick Taylor is an Honorary Rotarian, and Tia is President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Fonthill. As a local connection, Rotarian Don Emerson has been involved with FogQuest for several years.


FogQuest - harvesting water from fog Ross Gowan 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Coats for Kids

Posted by Bill Clevette on Nov 01, 2013


November 2, 2013 -

We gave away approximately 225 warm jackets/coats/warm clothes and over 100 sets of knitted mitts & toques.None of this would could happen without generous donations from the Norfolk community and ongoing support from Burtol Cleaners.   Many Thanks to  Rotarians Dave Nicolle, Christine Fudge, Nancy Sherwin, Bettyann Carty, Peter Wheatley, John Wallace, on McClure, Yvonne DiPietro, Dave Bradshaw, Dave Douglas, Gail Bouw .

Coats for Kids Bill Clevette 2013-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

Crawford Lake Beauties

Posted by Ross Gowan on Oct 30, 2013
ImageThis lake on the Niagara Escarpment in Halton County is deep enough that 500-year old corn pollen was discovered near the bottom that had not decomposed. This proved that an Iroquoian community was cultivating corn and a historic village was then discovered nearby comprised of longhouses.
Crawford Lake Beauties Ross Gowan 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

You build the plane, and I'll fly it.

Posted by Ross Gowan on Oct 30, 2013

Although the Canadian pilots in WWII were all male and often barely teenagers, the young ladies performed many other important roles, including helping to build the airplanes. At the Mount Hope Airplane Museum, exchange students engaged in role playing and other interactive exercises to learn what it was like to be involved in the war effort. They even provided a British tour guide who knows the Welshpool community!


You build the plane, and I'll fly it. Ross Gowan 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Out on a Limb & ZIPPING! Bill Clevette 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks to Norfolk County

Posted by Ross Gowan on Oct 29, 2013

Most of the Norfolk Sunrise Trail is now paved, thanks to Norfolk County and its Community Services department. The upgrading began in early October, and is now complete.  The County received an infrastructure grant which covered two-thirds the cost. Mark Boerkamp, Trails Coordinator for Norfolk County, championed the upgrade. 


Thanks to Norfolk County Ross Gowan 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

President Gail & the Cops!?

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 24, 2013



 At a recent Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise meeting, Inspector Horvath and Staff Sergeant Rob Scott from the Norfolk OPP spoke on medicinal marijuana grow-ops. With the new Health Canada regulations, private companies w...ill now operate sprawling marijuana farms for medicinal purposes. Previously, the system in place was unregulated, inefficient, expensive, dangerous and crooked. Both guests received thank you through donations given to Operation Eyesight in their names

President Gail & the Cops!? Bill Clevette 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Talent Produces Outdoor Bistro for Auction

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 22, 2013


This year the organizers of the District Conference being held in Niagara Falls On Oct 25-27 challenged clubs to create something original using recycled materials to be auctioned during the Conference with proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation and bragging rights going to the clubs.  The Norfolk Sunrise entry is an outdoor bistro and stool set put together by a creative team lead by Sue Thompson.  Well done all.  Click here for details

Sunrise Talent Produces Outdoor Bistro for Auction Bill Clevette 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Auriela Wins at Pumpkinfest

Posted by Bill Clevette on Oct 17, 2013


Congratulations to Exchange Student Auriela – winner of 1st place in Pumpkinfest Day Time decorators (and $200 richer as a result – handy for Rotary trips ahead!).  With help from James & Steve at the barn she did the work and won!!!   Well done!!


Auriela Wins at Pumpkinfest Bill Clevette 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Coats 4 Kids in Frogmore

Posted by Gail Bouw on Oct 02, 2013

Christine Fudge, Bettyann Carty, Nancy Sherwin, and Gail Bouw driving around Langton and Frogmore posting signs for Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise - Coats for Kids.  Behind them is the new park in Frogmore.


Coats 4 Kids in Frogmore Gail Bouw 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Tips for Healthy Living

Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 30, 2013

Dave Thompson is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who operates Norfolk Holistic Foods on Peel St., Simcoe. Dave presented a collection of tips for healthy living to Norfolk Sunrise members at our meeting September 24th. These include: 

Tips for Healthy Living Ross Gowan 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

SunriseTrail Closures

Posted by Bill Clevette on Sep 29, 2013



Sections of the Rail Trail from Decou Rd going north to the 14th Concession Simcoe may be closed at times during the period from October 1st to Nov 3rd, 2013 while contractors asphalt the surface. Trail users are asked to use caution on week days when contractors are on the trail during this period. The trail will be open for use on the weekends during this time.

For any questions please contact:

Mark Boerkamp

Trail Development Business/Marketing Coordinator

519-426-5999 Ext: 2215

SunriseTrail Closures Bill Clevette 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Oct 24 Bill Clevette 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Kevin Crouse - Changing Lives

Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 23, 2013

District Governor Kevin Crouse visited Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and spoke convincingly about Engaging Rotarians in order to Change Lives.  Offering the Rotary handshake to Kevin is Club President Gail Bouw.


Kevin Crouse - Changing Lives Ross Gowan 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

Kylie Schnieder Reports in from Brazil

Posted by Barbara Tanner-Billings on Sep 22, 2013


The name of my school is Colegio Aguia. I didnt have a tour or anything when i got to the school, because it is very very small and there is no need for a tour, also, my host sister goes to the school with me . I dont really need a guide or mentor because it is basically one building that has the office in it, and a couple classrooms for the younger kids, and then you walk outside along this pathway through the yard that takes you to the building where there are two classrooms. one for my grade, and one for the grade younger. my class has 50 kids in in! its crazy. hahah. they sadly dont do anything like fair day at my school, and I dont believe that there is any challenging that goes on between the schools either. I go to a private school, actually all of the exchange students do, because the public schools are in the poorer areas of the city, and they arent very good places to be in apparently. The don't have thanksgiving here which is sad because I love all the food that comes along with thanksgiving in Canada! hahaha .
Kylie Schnieder Reports in from Brazil Barbara Tanner-Billings 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Lions Have Been Fed!

Posted by Bill Clevette on Sep 18, 2013


Iron Chefs

 The Rotary “Iron Chefs” did it – they   fed the Norfolk Lions at a fun filled fellowship food fight BBQ in Port Dover on Sept 18.   Norfolk’s Lions members joined with Norfolk Sunrise & Simcoe Rotarians to celebrate yet another successful Food Fight benefitting local Food Banks and their clients.  Can’t wait ‘til next year when the Lions feed us!  We are on to their tricks!


Thanks to organizers (especially Lyndsey & Susan), donors, & volunteers for another great event.



Ah Shucks

Lions Have Been Fed! Bill Clevette 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Ride for Rotary 2013

Posted by Dave Nicolle on Sep 14, 2013



 A great ~200km 'Ride for Rotary' around Norfolk County yesterday - 13 bikes and a rider/passenger count of 17 - plus we raised a grand total of $430 for Rotary (we requested $20/bike, sold a T-shirt and ....sold 7 NASCAR tickets!)

We had interesting stops at Lockhart's Odyssey bike store for Spyder 3-wheel try-outs; Brown's Country Kitchen for lunch; and Picards Rambling Road Brewery for a tour and 'small' taste test!

Over lunch we drew for 3 prizes and would like to thank our donors for the prizes - Burning Kiln Winery, Rambling Road Brewery and Simcoe's Boston Pizza.

So, a great day of riding, fellowship and fundraising was had by All

Ride for Rotary 2013 Dave Nicolle 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Daytona @PD13!

Posted by Dave Nicolle on Sep 12, 2013



Like bikes and Daytona 500!  Get to PD13 today!  Lots of bikes and a chance to win VIP seats at Daytona.  Stop at the Rotary Booth beside RBC.  $10 gets you a chance to win Daytona weekend.  Ask about getting you pic on a “This Close – End Polio Now” poster

Daytona @PD13! Dave Nicolle 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrisers Face 1000’s of Bikers

Posted by Gail Bouw on Sep 12, 2013




A small band of Norfolk Sunrisers and friends steel themselves as they prepare to tell 1000’s of Bikers where to go (to park) at September’s huge PD13 Biker rally

Norfolk Sunrisers Face 1000’s of Bikers Gail Bouw 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Norfolk Auriela

Posted by Barbara Tanner-Billings on Sep 10, 2013


Here are some pics of our new Exchange Student Aurelia's first few days in Norfolk County

first pic is a pic in front of her host family's home on her first morning here in Canada

second pic is first day at school which Aurelia says is very different than the schools in France they are more institutional looking, she was amazed at SCS, the openness and the courtyards, very different!

third pic is Aurelia at the piano, her teacher says she has a natural talent!
Welcome to Norfolk Auriela Barbara Tanner-Billings 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Sunrise and the Pikangikum First Nation

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 28, 2013



Norfolk Sunrise continues to support the music program at EDS school in the remote isolated  Pikangikum First Nation- north of Red Lake, Ontario. Again this year, we sponsored a very successful Battle of the Bands concert.  Winners included; Best Guitar- Jamie Suggashie;Best Drummer- Kurry Quill;Best Singer- Angus Suggashie;Best keyboard- Murphy Owen;Best band- Hexagon Theory- Randy Moose,Ian Quill, Lloyd Peters, Vinnie, Akieron Moose.


Norfolk Sunrise and the Pikangikum First Nation Bill Clevette 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Nogales Update

Posted by Don Emerson on Aug 27, 2013


Norfolk Sunrise has been active in Nogales Mexico for several years supporting Operation Shoebox and establishing microbanks.  Here is a link to a video from an extension of the Nogales Project from a community called Aqua Prieta.  This school playground was built by “The Nogales Project” and the local Rotarians.  It was made by the Aqua Prieta club so it is in Spanish (so brush up).  But a pi8cture is worth 1000 words and you can see some of the work that.



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Literacy for Littles Launched

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 19, 2013


Norfolk Sunrise is excited about the recent launching of a new joint “Literacy for Littles” program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of  Grand Erie and financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  The program will increase access to mentoring supports for local children aged 5-7. This literacy based mentoring program will help reduce later difficulties in school by providing early intervention and one-on-one support from enthusiastic, caring volunteers.  Norfolk Sunrise Secretary Rotarian (and Big Sister) Pat Meiklejohn has championed this project from the beginning for who literacy is a passion.  She noted that “Literacy is a priority for both the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and for Rotary International.”  To see a report on the launch that appeared in The Hub click here


Photo from left: Pat Meiklejohn, Rotarian & “Big Sister”; Krista Kitchen, “Literacy for Littles” Mentor Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie; Ross Gowan, Past President, Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise; Patti O’Reilly, Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie; and Toby Barrett MPP Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant

Literacy for Littles Launched Bill Clevette 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

A Breath of Fresh Air!

Posted by Ross Gowan on Aug 19, 2013
Jayne Kitchen returned as our exchange student to France, and addressed our club this morning. Bright-eyed at 7 AM, Jayne’s bubbly personality and zest for life was contagious as she entertained us with stories about her life with newfound friends and host families, and with pictures from the many beautiful cities and sites visited throughout Europe.  

After almost a year in France, Jayne will now begin her language studies program at the University of Toronto where she will light up that fair city as well.

Shown in the photo with Jayne are her mother Natalie (left) and her Counsellor, Rotarian Sue O'Dwyer.


A Breath of Fresh Air! Ross Gowan 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks from Operation Eyesight International

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 17, 2013


From Operation Eyesight International Blog Jul 12 2013

Thanks to you, Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise
by Lynne Dulaney, Director of Communications

As past president and a past chair of international services for the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise i...n Simcoe, ON, John Wallace’s enthusiastic support of Operation Eyesight knows no bounds. Not only is he a donor, he’s a supporter, a fundraiser and a cheerleader for the organization, which he calls, “an amazing and unique Canadian charity doing fantastic, fantastic work!”

“Our service club supports other international charities too, but I think your organization provides the best bang for the buck,” he says. “Restoring sight is a miracle – so profound and so simple.”

Thanks from Operation Eyesight International Bill Clevette 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Norfolk Says We're This Close - Update

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 17, 2013


Great pics of Blair and grandson Nick posing for Poster #6 in the series of “Norfolk Says We’re This Close” posters showing local folks in the “This Close, End Polio Now” pose.  Thanks to Ross Gowan, Wolfe Lindeman and others for these pics on Posters #5 & #6.  Newly released  Posters 5 & 6 include new poses from Delhi, Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe, and Brantford Sunrise Rotary Clubs. 

We are now almost halfway to our target of 15 posters by Foundation month with almost 250 photos of people in the pose.  Please take a monent print the posters, post them around Norfolk .  Keep on taking shots of children/grandchildren, friends, family or even strangers in “the pose” and you contributions will fill blanks in #6 and make up new posters.  You can find all Posters by clicking on links on the left.

Norfolk Says We're This Close - Update Bill Clevette 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

A Champion Returns

Posted by Bill Clevette on Aug 14, 2013


After 2 gruelling weeks in Turin Italy competing in the World Masters Games, Norfolk Sunrise’s own Pete Wheatley returns with a Gold Medal as a member of Ontario’s World Champion 65+ Basketball Team beating out tough competitors from Latvia and British Columbia.  Say’s Pete, “I’m whipped.  Goin’ to the cottage!  See you in September!”  Congrats Pete

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SoapBox Derby success

Posted by Ross Gowan on Aug 05, 2013

 Great day all round. Many winners - young and younger. For more action shots and winner photos check out the photo albums pane below on right.


SoapBox Derby success Ross Gowan 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Upgrades to Lynn Valley Trail

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 29, 2013

Major upgrades have now begun on the Lynn Valley Trail, described by Dave Challen and Gord Pennington at this morning's Norfolk Sunrise meeting.  The total cost of upgrades is expected to be $180,000, with the majority of that going to repair the supporting structure for two bridges between Decou Road and Lynn Valley Road.  Other work to be done includes new gates and resurfacing with crushed stone on most of the trail between Simcoe and Port Dover.

Photo below (left to right): Gord Pennington, Jim Peters, Gail Bouw, Dave Challen.


Upgrades to Lynn Valley Trail Ross Gowan 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Deb Ellis - an Inspiration!

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 22, 2013

Deb Ellis provided a truly inspirational message to Rotarians this morning – a message of HOPE in a world where peace and humanitarian successes lead to new road blocks. “Sometimes we need to pretend to believe” that change will come, in order to make change happen. She likened her efforts to the work of Rotary in the world.


In the photo,  Norfolk Sunrise President Gail Bouw presents "The Gift of Sight" to Deb Ellis, thanking her for her message.

Deb Ellis - an Inspiration! Ross Gowan 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Volunteer through Rotary for Mumford & Sons

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 22, 2013
Sign up to help with the Mumford & Sons weekend Aug 22-25. Anyone who signs up to volunteer and selects "Norfolk Sunrise Rotary" will help Rotary to be paid for volunteering. Volunteers must attend one of several Orientation Sessions, and are expected to select at least two 4-4.5 hour shifts in the period Thurs to Saturday.

To sign up, link to this website: http://www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/simcoe
Volunteer through Rotary for Mumford & Sons Ross Gowan 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Sharon Anderson - Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jul 15, 2013
Waterford area volunteer Sharon Anderson was presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award by Rotarian John Race, with assistance from Karen Oakes representing The Rotary Foundation. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, held in the pavilion at the Waterford Legion. Sharon is a dedicated volunteer worker with the Waterford Legion, and a long list of other Waterford area organizations.  Sharon clearly emulates the Rotary motto "Service Above Self."Image
Sharon Anderson - Paul Harris Fellow Ross Gowan 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Changing Over the Presidency

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 25, 2013

Outgoing President Paul Zorad pins incoming President Gail Bouw.

Thanks, Paul!!  And all the best to Gail - we`re on your team now.

Changing Over the Presidency Ross Gowan 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 25, 2013

Three outstanding Norfolk area people were honoured Tuesday evening with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.  These awards recognize recipients for service to community that emulate the Rotary ideal of "service above self." Recipients are Pat Meiklejohn, Blair Harrison, and Melanie Douglas, pictured with their award presenters.


New Paul Harris Fellows Ross Gowan 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Kristina Kett - new member inducted Ross Gowan 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Students inbound in District 7090 Ross Gowan 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox Canada - Update on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 20, 2013

World Refugee Day - June 20th 2013. The civil war in Syria has forced millions of families from their homes, and in many cases from the country entirely. With the increased fighting and changing of control in hostile towns and villages, more civilians are flooding across the border into neighboring countries each day. This World Refugee Day, ShelterBox asks you to consider families in need in response to this ongoing conflict. There are now over 1.6 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, seeking safety and shelter in foreign countries. This places unprecedented strain on communities, infrastructure and services in host countries.

Shelterbox Canada - Update on Syrian Refugee Crisis Ross Gowan 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

Canada First Choice

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 17, 2013

Why would a student from Taiwan want to come to Canada?  Well, to play in the snow and freezing water – duh! 

And what are Brian Lee’s most memorable experiences while here?  How about wilderness camping in Algonquin in minus 30 degree weather, or jumping in with the Taiwanese flag to swim with the polar bears at Port Dover on New Year’s.  But the Polar Bear swim wasn’t his biggest shock.  Watching students dance at SCS was a real culture shock!

Brian recounted that school in Ontario is totally opposite to his school upbringing in Taiwan where he attended classes from 7 AM to 9 PM in order to learn enough to be accepted into a good university or college.  Attending classes at SCS was like “being in a North American movie every day.”

Brian was especially thankful for time spent cooking with his counsellor, John Wallace, and for his wonderful host families, the Guilmette’s , Wardell’s, and Millea’s. 

Brian Lee is Norfolk Sunrise’s exchange student from Taiwan and has been in Norfolk for almost a year – soon to be heading home. What a treat for our club to have hosted such a delightful young man. In the photo is Brian with his Rotarian Counselor John Wallace.Image
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Baked With Love - Auction for Student Exchange

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 10, 2013

ImageOur new outbound exchange students were on hand this week to raise funds to support the District’s Rotary Youth Exchange program, and raised $541 through a Chinese auction, a silent auction, and a live auction.

Kaylie Schneider attends Port Dover Composite School, and will be spending a year in Brazil. Alex Millea (centre) attends Simcoe Composite School and is headed for Taiwan.  On the left in the photo is Brian Lee, our current inbound exchange student.  Brian assured us that the apple cake Alex is holding for auction was “baked with love” for Rotarians – which is undisputable. We love Brian too, and regret that he will be leaving us soon!

Baked With Love - Auction for Student Exchange Ross Gowan 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

Community Programs Supported

Posted by Ross Gowan on Jun 03, 2013

In 2012-13 the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise disbursed $24,000 to support local community projects. Speakers representing seven recipient groups described to the club how the funds received were invested wisely in our community.

Photo (left to right): Susan Mayo, Diane Elliott, Carly Duesling, Derek Ritschel, Julie Powell, Leanne Bond, and Darlene Edmonds.

Community Programs Supported Ross Gowan 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Food Fight – Final Tally

Posted by Bill Clevette on May 27, 2013

The results are in and winner declared! 


The Winners of this year’s Rotary-Lion Friendly Food Fight are:

Norfolk’s Food Banks’ Clients!


Norfolk’s Rotary and Lions Clubs collected a total of 7,440 pounds of food and $15,147.51 which was shared among Norfolk’s Food Banks.  Thank you to all donors who made this friendly completion between Service Clubs such a success. 

Rotarians are once again delighted at the prospect of playing host to the Friendly Lions who barely edged the 3 Rotary Clubs out in collections by almost 2 to 1!

Food Fight – Final Tally Bill Clevette 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Ambassadors to Wales

Posted by Ross Gowan on May 27, 2013

What a great group of young ambassadors representing Norfolk Sunrise while visiting Welshpool, Wales! Check out the photo and the rest of the story ...

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Free Bingo for Beginners Gail Catherwood 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

RCNS Earns Another Presidential Citation

Posted by Bill Clevette on May 15, 2013

May 16, 2013:  From District Governor Rick Sterne

Congratulations to the Norfolk Sunrise Rotary Club on earning a Presidential Citation from RI President Sakuji Tanaka. You have had an outstanding year!

These Awards, along with the Peace through Service Awards will be presented at the District Awards Luncheon and DG Changeover on Sunday June 9th at Salvatore’s. The Governor’s Trophy for the Service Project of the Year will also be presented.

I hope that you and many members of your Club will attend on June 9th to share in the recognition of your Club’s achievements. You can register on the District website.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Again congratulations!

Yours in Rotary



Rick Sterne

District Governor 2012-2013

RI District 7090

RCNS Earns Another Presidential Citation Bill Clevette 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

Slapshot 2013 huge success for youth

Posted by Ross Gowan on May 13, 2013

Norfolk Sunrise sponsored three young people to participate in the 2013 Slapshot programme at Canterbury Hills Conference Centre near Ancaster.  Annaleise Carr was actually invited to be the keynote speaker, but was delighted to also attend “in cognito” as a participant along with James Lindsay and exchange student Brian Lee. All three spoke very favourably about the weekend event. We now can identify them in their behavioural avatars as a peacock (Annaleise), a lion (James), and a koala (Brian).

In the photo left to right: Rotarian Sue O’Dwyer, Annaleise Carr, James Lindsay, and Brian Lee.

Check out the video link!


Slapshot is a student leadership training event exclusive to Rotary District 7090 for youth ages 15-18. Sue O’Dwyer is a member of the organizing team at the District, and has been a leader in the program since its inception seven years ago.

Slapshot 2013 huge success for youth Ross Gowan 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

Friendly Food Fight - Collection May 10

Posted by Lyndsey Ross on May 12, 2013




From Lyndsey Ross, RCNS fight trainer

I would like to thank Nancy Sherwin and Peter Wheatley for all their help and hard work for this event. I would also like to thank Thor Olson and Susan Crawford from the Monday Club for their help and hard work on this project. A big thanks goes out to all our volunteers who came out Friday and helped collect food and donations and helped pack and load the food as well as picked up early donation bins. Mostly thanks to everyone who donated food and money. Rotary raised 2740 pounds of food and $5305.77 in donations.
Thanks Everyone!


Friendly Food Fight - Collection May 10 Lyndsey Ross 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellows Awarded by Norfolk Sunrise

Posted by Ross Gowan on May 01, 2013


Karen Lindsay, Brian Dargie, Carley Lindsay, Keith Ellis


Four community members were recognized on April 30th by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, and awarded Paul Harris Fellowships, the highest award given in Rotary.  District Governor Rick Sterne was on hand to honour the Norfolk community recipients.

Brian Dargie was recognized for his outstanding community service while owner of Burtol Cleaners and his role in the Coats 4 Kids program which cleaned and repaired over 20,000 winter coats. Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians distributed these coats to community members over the past decade and a half.

Carley Lindsay is an amazing young lady, recognized for her leadership and advocacy to young people across Canada who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  A “role model for people of all ages,” Carley’s courage, enthusiasm and dedication provide the chemistry needed to be an excellent mentor to others to overcome their health challenges.

Karen Lindsay was honoured for her leadership with several community organizations in Norfolk. A tireless community volunteer, Karen can be found building trails, organizing and leading community tours, preserving the local heritage, and any number of other roles that require vision, dedication, and passion for community.  Her enthusiasm is contagious, evidenced by the service and achievements by daughter Carley and others in the community.

Deborah Ellis is highly respected around the world as an award-winning author. Through her writing, Deborah has raised awareness to the plight of young people in grave danger around the world. Respected also as a philanthropist, Deborah has personally donated over $1.5 million to assist young people at risk to overcome their staggering challenges. Deborah’s award is a sapphire-level award.

New Paul Harris Fellows Awarded by Norfolk Sunrise Ross Gowan 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Food Fight Challenge Lyndsey Ross 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

We're this Close

Posted by Bill Clevette on Apr 23, 2013


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In Norfolk, “We are This Close”

All around the world thousands of people are demonstrating their commitment to End Polio Now by contributing their photo to the World’s Biggest Commercial (see below).  Please consider adding your photo to this world wide effort.  Here in Norfolk, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise has created a photo album  – click on  “We’re This Close – Norfolk Cares”.  Run the album’s slideshow and see your friends and neighbours showing their commitment to End Polio Now.  Want to add your photo – contact Website Coordinator Bill Clevette (recent entries shown above)

We're this Close Bill Clevette 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Always Compete with Pride.

Posted by Peter Wheatley on Apr 22, 2013


Rotarian Pete Wheatley singlehandedly (2nd from left) takes on Lions Harry Smith, Bob Pomeroy and Brian Newhouse at kick-off of the Friendly (?) Rotary vs. Lions Food Fight in Port Dover. Norfolk’s Rotary and Lions clubs have a competition to see which Service Clubs can collect the most over 2 weeks to support local food banks. Drop off your donations (non perishable food or even cash) with any Norfolk County Rotarian (or Lion) or at collection points around the county.

Rotarians Always Compete with Pride. Peter Wheatley 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Annaleise Carr at Norfolk Sunrise

Posted by Bill Clevette on Apr 22, 2013



April 23:  A Canadian Hero speaks at Norfolk Sunrise.  Members and guests were captivated at the April 23rd meeting when Annaleise Carr, the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario, spoke about her gruelling  and record breaking swim of August 18-19, 2012 when she was just 14 years old.   She shared   her insights about overcoming obstacles in reaching challenging goals. 

Annaleise Carr at Norfolk Sunrise Bill Clevette 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Paul Harris's birthday Bill Clevette 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
World's Biggest Commercial Bill Clevette 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z 0