Guest Speaker 29 Sep - Amos Key Jr - Building Respectful Relations and Understanding

On Wednesday, 29 September, at 7pm, we will welcome Amos Key Jr as the first of our Guest Speakers in the Indigenous Voices Speaker Series. Via Zoom, he will help us to learn more about Building Respectful Relations and Understanding - go to the 'Read more...' tab at the bottom to learn a little more about Amos.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, it will be necessary to pre-register and pre-pay in order to receive the needed Zoom link. More details can be found by clicking on this link.
Guest Speaker 29 Sep - Amos Key Jr - Building Respectful Relations and Understanding JKS 2021-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 27 Oct - Steven Greyeyes - Residential Schools; History and Reconciliation

On Wednesday, 27 October, at 7pm, we will welcome Steven Greyeyes as the third of our Guest Speakers in the Indigenous Voices Speaker Series. Via Zoom, he will help us to learn more about Residential Schools - go to the 'Read more...' tab at the bottom to learn a little more about Steven.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, it will be necessary to pre-register and pre-pay in order to receive the needed Zoom link. More details can be found by clicking on this link.
Guest Speaker 27 Oct - Steven Greyeyes - Residential Schools; History and Reconciliation JKS 2021-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - 10 Nov - Elder Renee Thomas-Hill - Living in Two Worlds

On Wednesday, 10 November, we will welcome Elder Renee Thomas-Hill as the fourth and last of our Guest Speakers in the Indigenous Voices Speaker Series. Via Zoom, she will help us to learn more about Living in Two Worlds - go to the 'Read more...' tab at the bottom to learn a little more about Renee.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, it will be necessary to pre-register and pre-pay in order to receive the needed Zoom link. More details can be found by clicking on this link.
Guest Speaker - 10 Nov - Elder Renee Thomas-Hill - Living in Two Worlds JKS 2021-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 13 Oct - Bryant Peters - What You Need to Know about the Indian Act

On Wednesday, 13 October, we will welcome Bryant Peters as the second of our Guest Speakers in the Indigenous Voices Speaker Series. Via Zoom, he will help us to learn more about the Indian Act - go to the 'Read more...' tab at the bottom to learn a little more about Bryant.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, it will be necessary to pre-register and pre-pay in order to receive the needed Zoom link. More details can be found by clicking on this link.
Guest Speaker 13 Oct - Bryant Peters - What You Need to Know about the Indian Act JKS 2021-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker 14 Sep '21 -  Anne Bermingham, District Governor - Joint Club Meeting & District 7090 Issues JKS 2021-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Voices - A Joint Speaker Initiative

Mark your calendars for a unique series of presentations set out to inform and educate all of us in respect of a variety of First Nation issues we are confronted with.
Jim & Marjorie Dawson (Co-Chairs of the District 7090 HIP Cttee) are co-ordinating a joint initiative between Grace United Church in Port Dover and our own Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, to bring us four informed speakers who will add some objectivity to four special topics. For information about pre-registering and pre-paying for this Zoom on-line, speaker series, please follow this link
Click on the 'Read more...' tab to see the speakers as currently scheduled.
Additional details are at this link but you may wish to set aside some Zoom-time at 7-8 pm on 29 Sept, 13 Oct, 27 Oct and 10 Nov.
The event will be widely opened to the public - all are welcomed.
Indigenous Voices - A Joint Speaker Initiative JKS 2021-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 28 Sept - tba - tba

On Tuesday, 28 September, we will welcome?? as our Guest Speaker. Via Zoom, he/she will help us to learn more about??.
We encourage open attendance by all of those who are interested in this topic.
If you would like to join in, please contact our RCNS meeting coordinator at your earliest opportunity at this email link. 
Guest Speaker 28 Sept - tba - tba JKS 2021-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 31 Aug - Sherry Shrubb - Pollinators and Food Security

On Tuesday, 31 August, we welcomed Sherry Shrubb as our Guest Speaker. Via Zoom, she helped us to learn more about how we can help pollinators and help food security in our community; all in our own backyard.
In particular, she described the challenges associated with the promotion of native species and the need to control invasive species plants (eg garlic mustard - see side photo) so prevalent in our backyards and neighbourhoods.
Sherry noted the value in citizens joining into the David Suzuki Foundation Butterfly Project if they were looking for an entrance-way to help  
Following many questions from our more-than-interested Club members (go to the Read more ... tab  for a variety of responses), Mary Mercato thanked Sherry for her presentation and the passion with which she was pursuing this important initiative. She also noted that we had contributed funds in Sherry's name, to our Operation EyeSight project; this to restore the vision of a senior in India.
Guest Speaker 31 Aug - Sherry Shrubb - Pollinators and Food Security JKS 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzlers 7

It's certainly the dog-days of summer here in Norfolk - here's some on-line fun from our RCNS Membership Ctte to help you stay cool!
Sunrise Puzzlers 7 JKS 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 24 Aug - SlapShot Students - Student Experiences

On Tuesday, 24 August, we welcomed three high-school students who had been selected as recent Slapshot participants and our Guest Speakers. Rudi Atkinson noted the context for the Rotary SlapShot program selection and provided for student introductions.
In turn, each student spoke of the value that they took from the virtual leadership experience. In each case, they were surprised by the benefits the program offered, in particular as related to their leadership growth and their need to cope with modern teen stress. 
Click on this link to find out some background information about SlapShot as a Rotary 7090 program.
John Wallace commented on the impact these Rotary youth programs were/are having on individual lives and Nancy Sherwin offered our gratitude for these presentations. She noted that the RCNS had contributed funds in their names, to our Operation EyeSight project; this to restore the vision of a senior in India.
Guest Speaker 24 Aug - SlapShot Students - Student Experiences JKS 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

It Was So Good! - Our Summer BBQ 2021

After a pandemic period defined by social gathering restrictions and a summer break from our Rotary activities, President Louise welcomed over 45 of us to the first hosted event of her leadership year. It was a great night in an open-air facility, chosen for its safety and we all felt more than comfortable getting together in this way to see each other after such a long break.
Go to the Read more ... tab to see some photos from the BBQ part of the evening.
Following the meal, Andy Kooistra guided some of us on a walking tour through the Shadow Lake Trails; a portion of which we had recently contributed to with RCNS funding. Along the way, the walkers paused for a group photo.
The evening afforded us a chance to offer best wishes to several of our members who were celebrating personal events in their lives. Go to the Read more ... tab to see who these folks were!
All in all, it was a great way to kick off our new RCNS year; one that will be filled with great opportunities in our communities.
It Was So Good! - Our Summer BBQ 2021 JKS 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Artwork in the City

After many years in the making, our idea to add some mural artwork to the downtown community is finally taking form.
Last year, we came to an agreement with the group that is transforming the old LCBO building into a new community support centre. It turned out that our desire for artwork merged perfectly with the need that Church Out Serving (CoS) had for the rebranding of the facility into their new Riversyde 83 centre. With RCNS encouragement and funding, CoS proceeded with their art plan, acquiring additional partners along the way.  They developed a jointly-agreed-upon theme (food and good nutrition) and then acquired a great, young street artist - meet Meaghan Kehoe - more of her work at this link.
The RCNS/CoS connection was great and is now bearing fruit - the work on the south face of the building started on 12 July. Next time you're in the Simcoe city centre area, drop around to see the progress; perhaps to meet and chat with Meaghan.
Artwork in the City JKS 2021-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

The Hours are Adding Up

Ross & Joyce Gowan and Jim & Lynda Simpson (and Andy Kooistra since January) have been delivering Emergency Meals for Church Out Serving since last summer.  Over the year they have put in 540 hours of sweat equity for this pandemic response program.  
Moreover, construction has continued when possible at Riversyde 83.   Ross Gowan and Jim Simpson have been regulars, with Andy Kooistra and Keith Jones adding to the labour force when available.  Together these Sunrisers put in 478 hours of sweat equity.  This is on top of 581 hours that 12 volunteers put in during 2019-20.  If you do the math, that's 1059 hours provided to Riversyde 83 construction.  Well done!
When you include all the hard work done for our fall Day of Action and our fundraisers this past year, the Club has put in 1553 hours of volunteer work this year.  Pat yourselves on the back!
The Hours are Adding Up JKS 2021-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

PHF Awards 2021 - Foundation Support

One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for an individual to make a substantial personal financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
As a result, in 2021 the Rotary Foundation has recognized Marjorie Dawson, Jim Dawson, Nancy Sherwin, and Rudi Atkinson with Paul Harris Fellows for their ongoing donations to the Foundation. Earlier in the year Keith Flexman had been so-recognized and soon, Don Emerson will be publicly honoured.
Donations to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians such as these Norfolk Sunrise members are the lifeblood of our body, supporting projects around the world such as polio eradication, clean water and providing grant money back to Clubs for their local projects.
We are so proud of these selfless RCNS leaders.
PHF Awards 2021 - Foundation Support JKS 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

PHF Awards 2021 - Club Recognition

One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for the parent club to use its Foundation contribution points to nominate a particular member of its own club or the community at large.
At our 'zoom' changeover, the Chair of our Presidents Advisory Committee, Rudi Atkinson announced two RCNS members recognized as PHFs for their ongoing contributions;
Mary Mercato has been a Club member since 2017 and a leader on our Board since 2019. She has lead the PR&C function and currently chairs the Community Service committee. If there is a fundraiser such as Take a Bite out of Norfolk or Bargains, Bling and Blarney on the go, you are certain to find Mary in the heat of the action. Mary is active in many volunteer activities in the community including St Vincent DePaul food basket delivery, a member of various community boards and a church volunteer. Mary’s generosity with her time to help others is admirable and works within the ideals of Rotary.
Jim Simpson has been a Club member since 2015 and a leader on our Board since 2016. He has lead the Community Service Committee and currently looks after the PR&C function.  Jim Simpson has been a powerhouse in redesigning the clubs website and overseeing everything public relations. Volunteering his time in the community has included the ongoing renovations within Riversyde 83, as a church volunteer, as a Community Volunteer Income Tax team member as well as at support groups such as Habitat for Humanity. Jim is our club rep for the RI Can-Scot Curling Exchange program.
Well done, Mary and Jim. You both exemplify what it means to be a Rotarian. As a Club, we are all proud of what you bring to our community presence.
PHF Awards 2021 - Club Recognition JKS 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Changeover 2021

On Tuesday, 22 June, the RCNS gathered by zoom to have en evening of fun, to present several Paul Harris awards and to effect the changeover in our leadership positions before our summer break. Hosted by our Club Service chair, Gail Bouw and MC'd by Ross Gowan, 28 club members enjoyed a great night.
The meeting started with a primer on the Paul Harris Fellowship followed by the awarding of PH pins to Rudi Atkinson, Nancy Sherwin, Jim Dawson and Marjorie Dawson for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation. After those awards, Mary Mercato and Jim Simpson were surprised with PH pins resulting from our own Club considerations. There will be more information on these awards as time unfolds.
We then went about passing the gavel from our outgoing President Steve Malo to our incoming President Louise Schebesch. A leading tribute by John Wallace was followed by several comments about outgoing Steve, who then reflected on our very unusual year and the way in which we met our challenge(s) in such a typically 'Sunriser' fashion. We were lucky to have Steve steer us through such a curious and unique year. Steve then passed the gavel to incoming Louise who promptly explained certain environmentally-focused changes in our club structure and announced the new Board; acknowledging those who had agreed to stay on, thanking those who were moving on, welcoming those moving in ... (see the Leadership tab at the top of the page). Louise stressed how much she was looking forward to working with the new team. After a short run-down on several of the initiatives Louise was planning for our next Rotary Sunrise year, she returned the meeting to the host who closed out the meeting with a number of randomly chosen 'zoom' break-out sessions to allow for some much needed social interaction between our 'cabin-fevered' club members!
RCNS Changeover 2021 JKS 2021-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

CTA Licence#4 - Where the Money Went

Licence #4 is a wrap!
Weekly prizes have been awarded. The Grand Prize winner has been announced and the scene is set for another Licence #5.
A significant amount of the cash raised goes right back into the local community in accordance with AGCO and County policies and guidelines.
The enclosed poster gives a reflection on the causes that our Club has supported with Licence #4 proceeds.
We are proud to support this selection of community groups - they make us proud to be members of Norfolk County.
Well done to the Community Service Committee for the work that goes into managing these donations. BZ. 
CTA Licence#4 - Where the Money Went JKS 2021-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Flex's Road Rally - 19 Sept '21

Mark your calendars and sign-up for our next Flex's Road Rally for Rotary followed by a genuine face-to-face, social BBQ; all this fun being planned by our hardworking ways and means group, for Sunday 19 September 2021.
It'll be .. zoom-zoom .. in a very different way than we've been used to! Note even more of the event details at the 'Read more ...' tab
Click on Flex's Road Rally for Rotary for information concerning event details, registration and payment ...
This is an event open to the public, so why not pass this link along to your family and friends to create and team and join in the fun. 
Flex's Road Rally - 19 Sept '21 JKS 2021-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Supporting Norfolk Trails - Update

Our most recent donation in support of the Waterford Heritage Trail has now been spent - the work is complete and yet more trail has been opened up for the enjoyment of the Norfolk community and its neighbours.
Andy Kooistra provides us with some photos and writes - 'The trail upgrade work has been completed. Thank you Rotary!!
In response, Past-President Steve Malo writes - 'Great photos. The transformation is incredible.  We as well as your trail association are so very fortunate having you as the front man. Great work.'
The original story (as posted on 11 June) as well as some general information about the Waterford Trails is given below at the 'Read more ...' tab.
RCNS Supporting Norfolk Trails - Update JKS 2021-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzlers 6

More fun from our ever-caring Membership Cttee - focussing on issues of current interest in our Club as it gets ready to change presidency from Steve Malo to Louise Schebesch on 22 June.
Sunrise Puzzlers 6 JKS 2021-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

CTA Licence#4 - Finally; A Grand Prize Winner!

It finally happened - the Ace was caught after 50 draws! #38 was the lucky envelope and the winner is Bev Wood. Event photo shows Gail Bouw (RCNS), Judy Buck (RCL) and Bev; our happy winner.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise in partnership with the Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158, started this draw on 02 Jan, 2020. Owing to the pandemic, it had to be stopped it twice and was eventiually restarted under very controlled, county-approved procedures - in the end, it proved to be worth the time and effort it took finally find this ace.
Over $20,000 was given out to weekly winners; $ 30,000 was given to the grand prize winner (in this case Bev Wood) and and the remaining$50,000 collected will be put back into the community for the benefit of selected Norfolk County recipients - with the help of the RCNS, everyone is a winner in this authorized game-of-chance contest. Have a look at the "Read more ..." tab to see a list of the lucky winners.
We want to thank everyone involved for the support needed to bring this, our fourth licence to such a dramatic and successful close.
CTA Licence#4 - Finally; A Grand Prize Winner! JKS 2021-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzlers 5

More fun from our ever-caring Membership Cttee -
On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary, the RCNS has decided to mark the occasion with a suitable tree planting along our Sunrise Trail - more to follow on this event at a later time.
This puzzler focusses on trees as we get ready to plant!
Sunrise Puzzlers 5 JKS 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 01 Jun - Richard Dupp - Resurrecting the Lighthouse Festival Theatre Clock

On Tuesday, 01 June, Jim Simpson welcomed Richard Dupp as our Guest Speaker. Via Zoom, he spoke to us about his connection with the Lighthouse Festival Theatre and in particular, his work to resurrect the old town clock that graces the tower in the middle of Port Dover - see the "Read more ..." tab for added information.
The topic was of great community interest and the speaker was enthusiastic & engaging - this resulted in a terrific question period.
In appreciation for Rick's community support and this presentation, Ross Gowan offered our thanks and noted that we had contributed funds in his name, to our Operation EyeSight project; this to restore the vision of a senior lady in India.
Guest Speaker 01 Jun - Richard Dupp - Resurrecting the Lighthouse Festival Theatre Clock JKS 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

CTA Licence#5 - Looking Forward to September

The fourth approved licencing of our ever-popular community fundraiser concluded on Friday 04 June 2021 - what an adventure that series of draws proved to be - congratulations to all winners but in particular to Bev Wood our $30K Grand Prize Winner!
As a result of the continuing interest in this draw, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, with the support of the Port Dover Legion Branch 158, will secure a fifth AGCO/County license and intends to recommence the game on Friday 10 September - stay tuned over the summer for additional details.
See our Fundraiser Tab at the top of this website home page to see the details concerning this very popular game of chance.
CTA Licence#5 - Looking Forward to September JKS 2021-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

CTA Licence#4 - the Last Gasp!

What a ride it's been this time ... can you believe it??
Week #40 is upon us and one way or another, the ♠️ WILL be selected this Friday, 04 June at the Port Dover Legion. When the ♠️ is found, it will be worth $30,000.  Only the first ticket pulled will receive the $500 prize.   If the ♠️ is not found, we will continue pulling tickets until we find it and the grand prize winner is identified.
The RCNS team will be broadcasting the draw LIVE on FaceBook starting at 7:15pm.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this great RCNS fundraiser; it has been such a continuing success for our community.
CTA Licence#4 - the Last Gasp! JKS 2021-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Celebrates 25 Years of Service

On Tuesday morning, 31 currently active members 'zoomed' in to celebrate our 25th Anniversary as a Club and to recognize our founding members, in particular, those who remain as active members.
Originating from the very active days of the Rotary Club of Simcoe in the 1990's, we split away and were founded on 16 May 1996. Planned by a recognized Steering Committee and set out with the blessings of Rotary International and our parent Simcoe Club, our first group of 52 held their Assemblies at Mindon Manor under the leadership of our founding President, Keith Flexman (very recently departed - may he RIP in Rotary heaven!). In the photo, see Pres Keith being so-pinned at the first club assembly by first Club Secretary Terry Kristman.
If you go to the 'Read more ...' tab, you will find recognition of the Steering Committee, the first leadership team and the full list of our 52 founding members.
During our anniversary meeting, the remaining, active members of the founding group, each provided us with one or more memories/reflections related to the inauguration and/or history of our club. Go to the 'Read more ...' tab to see a summary of their ideas. How grateful we are for the work this group has done over the years as well as the example they continue to contribute as we look forward to our bright future as a service club.
RCNS Celebrates 25 Years of Service JKS 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 15 Jun - Brian Carmichael, Gail Catherwood - Rotary Satellite Clubs

On Tuesday morning, our own Norfolk Sunrise Club (with several guests from the Simcoe and Delhi Clubs) welcomed Brian Carmichael and Gail Catherwood who lead a discussion re our interest in Rotary Satellite clubs.  In opening the session, Brian provided a brief overview of Rotary as it is today, noting more members were leaving than joining and that average ages were creeping up. Nonetheless, Rotary International is considering a more efficient structure (a Canadian Zone), new Clubs (48) are being formed and progress is being made in our new high-tech circumstances. In the context of Passport Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, E-Clubs and the like, the speaker focused on the merits of forming Satellite Clubs; an initiative that might work well in the current Norfolk situation. See the "Read more ..." tab below, for a primer that provides everything (and more!) that you need to know about the topic. A wide-ranging discussion followed this excellent and most informative briefing. Several local initiatives are to be considered. Well-done, Brian!

Guest Speaker 15 Jun - Brian Carmichael, Gail Catherwood - Rotary Satellite Clubs JKS 2021-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Service before Self - Don Emerson 1939-2021

Very recently, we lost an outstanding member of our Norfolk community and a truly amazing Rotarian - Don Emerson. By going to the 'Read more ...' below, you can read a short note related to Don's contribution to, and work with our Club. Don's Obituary may be read by Clicking Here.
At 2:00pm on Sunday, 16 May, the RCNS will host an on-line, Zoom tribute for Don and his family. We encourage open attendance by those who feel connected to Don and his family. Everyone is welcome. If you are not a member of the Club, and would like to be sent the Zoom link or would like to speak at this session, please contact our event coordinator at your earliest opportunity (Gail Bouw) at this email link. If you are a member of the Club, you need only advise Gail at this email link if you wish to make a few remarks.
Rest In Peace - you made a difference, Don.
Service before Self - Don Emerson 1939-2021 JKS 2021-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzlers 3

More fun from our Membership Cttee - spend your 'stay at home' time knowing just how much you actually know about our Club!!
Sunrise Puzzlers 3 JKS 2021-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Meika Matthews Awarded PHF

On Easter Sunday afternoon, 04 April, a member of our club arrived at Meika Matthews home in Port Dover with a secret surprise; a Paul Harris Fellowship!
Performing the honour on behalf of the Club was Rudi Atkinson who backed up the award with remarks that may be read by clicking on the 'Read more ...' tab just below.
Thank you for your tireless service Meika..
Meika Matthews Awarded PHF JKS 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Trail News

With the coming of spring there are a lot of Sunrise Trail activities planned.  
First up is the continuing tree planting on the “John Wallace” Rotary Grove on the RC Norfolk Sunrise trail North of Davis Drive.  The plan is to continue the planting of redbuds on both sides of the trail on the straight section going north from Davis St.  We have a skeleton crew signed up to plant on Apr16 (9-12am); with COVID restrictions we are limited to 5 people.  In preparation for the tree planting we will clear some brush so will have a crew on Apr 9 (9am) to do this work - this is a bit heavier work with loppers, saws and brush hogs are needed to take out heavier brush.
Along with the Redbud planting this spring, the RCNS is working with Norfolk County on continuing the tree planting effort. Going north of the Rotary grove, we will be planting a mix of trees on the east side of the trail with the goal of reaching the 14th Concession.  It is expected that this planting project will be scheduled for the Fall '21.  
Speaking of the Fall, rumour has it that past president Rudi is hatching a plan to continue the planting of daffodils in the Rotary grove - stay tuned for further developments!
Sunrise Trail News JKS 2021-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Pikangikum Receives Musicounts Band Aid Program Grant

This week it was announced that the $10,000  Band Aid Program Grant from Musicounts has been approved to provide instruments for the proposed string ensemble program at Pikangikum First Nation.  This is a competitive process available to all schools across Canada so it is a really exciting development!
Jim & Marjorie Dawson, along with financial contributions from RCNS, have been working with Pikangikum First Nations on developing the school music program for about 8 years. Last fall they worked with music teacher Morris George-Ellington on an application to the Band Aid program which supports at risk youth music programs.  
Pikangikum Receives Musicounts Band Aid Program Grant JKS 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Cathy Harrop Awarded PHF

Club members gathered together on Sunday afternoon, 28 March, to carry-out a socially-distant drive-past Cathy Harrop's home in Simcoe.
Little did she know that the purpose of this drive-past was to surprise her as our most recent inductee to the Paul Harris Fellowship!
Performing the honour on behalf of the Club was Peter Wheatley who added a generous expression of lightness and humour to the moment. These remarks may be read by clicking on the 'Read more ...' tab just below.
Well done, Cathy - you are a fundraiser extraordinaire and true leader in our Club - this is a a PHF so very well deserved.
Cathy Harrop Awarded PHF JKS 2021-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Starting Little Lending Libraries in Norfolk

The planning has begun ...
The Little Lending Library (LLL) is a free book sharing/lending tool, increasing access to books for readers of all ages.  Currently over 100 countries around the world have established over 100,000 LLL, exchanging millions of books.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is in the process of establishing its first free Little Lending Library in Simcoe and is planning on establishing additional sites within Norfolk County.  
Lead for this District 7090 conceived initiative is with Mary Mercato with support form Alan/Yvonne Plater ... all in support of literacy and promoting the love of reading.
RCNS Starting Little Lending Libraries in Norfolk JKS 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 04 May - Dawn Lavell-Harvard - Director, First Peoples House of Learning

This Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Marjorie Dawson welcomed our Guest Speaker, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director of the Trent University First Peoples House of Learning. Dawn was joined by her assistant Lorelei Wilkinson. More details on the guest speaker and her initiative may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
With her eloquence and her impassioned reflection on so many of the issues facing our indigenous peoples, Dawn completely captured our attention. For a brief moment in our time, she became the "spirit of the hummingbird". Hers was a message we will not soon forget; a message drawing out many reflections from several of our Club members with many more going felt, but unstated.
Following the speech and the discussion, Gail Catherwood thanked Dawn (and Lorelei) for joining us so early in the morning. She commented on a connection between what we had been left thinking about and the upcoming Mothers Day  noting that in appreciation for the message, we had restored the vision of someone in India as a art of our Operation EyeSight program.
Guest Speaker 04 May - Dawn Lavell-Harvard - Director, First Peoples House of Learning JKS 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 27 Apr - Edith Gelbard - Surviving the Holocaust

This Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Edith Gelbard.  Edith was introduced by her son, Richard Gelbard (a local Norfolk resident) and spoke about her family and personal experiences during World War II and immediately thereafter; quite a story of life, courage and an indomitable spirit. Gelbard survived the Holocaust by living as a ‘hidden’ Jewish girl in France. More details on Edith may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
On behalf of the Club, Dave Douglas thanked Edith (and Richard) for a most thought-provoking talk; a presentation that one could not consider without contrasting it to our present day circumstances. On Edith's behalf, it was noted that the sight of an elderly man in India had been restored as part of our Op EyeSight program.
Guest Speaker 27 Apr - Edith Gelbard - Surviving the Holocaust JKS 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 20 Apr - Lucy Bonanno - CEO Norfolk General Hospital

At our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Marjorie Dawson introduced our Guest Speakers, Lucy Bonanno, President and CEO of the Norfolk General Hospital, she in the company of Aaron Gautreau, responsible for hospital communications. Lucy gave us a very enthusiastic overview of the NGH and its operations, specifically discussing her experiences in running a critical health care facility in a difficult time. A selection of slides from her presentation as well as a few more details on our guest speaker (as taken from a 2020 edition of the Simcoe Reformer) may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
On behalf of the Club, Joanne Keifer (a retired hospital professional), thanked Lucy and Aaron, seeking to pass along our regards and appreciation to every one of the health care workers who are working so hard to keep us healthy.As part of our Op EyeSight program, we have restored the sight of one more person in India in Lucy's name.
Guest Speaker 20 Apr - Lucy Bonanno - CEO Norfolk General Hospital JKS 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speakers 30 Mar - Jim & Marjorie Dawson - Honouring Indigenous Peoples

On Tuesday 30 March, at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Gail Bouw welcomed our Guest Speakers, Jim and Marjorie Dawson, leaders in our Club and Co-Chairs of the District 7090 Rotary HIP Committee.
Marjorie and Jim led us through an interesting trivia game related to Canada and our indigenous peoples and then gave us a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation on the background related to the need for, and current status of, HIP; Rotary's response to the cause of the First People's.
More details concerning Rotary's initiative, Jim & Marjorie's work as well as a selection of slides from their presentation may be found by going to the  "Read more ..." tab as given below.
Following a number of questions which established our keen interest in the ongoing work, our President, Steve Malo thanked the Dawson's for their most useful, and needed, work in this cause. We certainly wish them well.
Guest Speakers 30 Mar - Jim & Marjorie Dawson - Honouring Indigenous Peoples JKS 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 23 Mar - Neil Unwin, Aimee Bernardo - Crime Stoppers of Haldimand Norfolk

This Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Gail Bouw welcomed our Guest Speakers, Neil Unwin and Aimee Bernardo for the local CrimeStoppers group. Both shared details concerning the local group, their effect on the community and the success they have had over the years. More details on the presentation may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
On behalf of the Club, John Wallace thanked Neil and Aimee for their work in the community as well as their presentation to us. It was noted that in addition to the financial support we have previously donated to them, that the sight of a 73 year old Zambian man had been restored as part of our Op EyeSight program.
Guest Speaker 23 Mar - Neil Unwin, Aimee Bernardo - Crime Stoppers of Haldimand Norfolk JKS 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

The ACE is Back!

We have approval to recommence our favourite card draw - get your tickets for the 09 April return of Catch the Ace sponsored by our club and hosted by the Port Dover Legion.
Go to our RCNS FaceBook Page (see link available at this site) for weekly updates related to the current situation, winners, prizes etc, See our Fundraiser Tab at the top of the website home page to see the previous winners from this, our fourth approved licence to conduct this very popular game of chance.
The ACE is Back! JKS 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS Appointments to District 7090

As recently announced, the Club recognizes two of its own members as appointments to District 7090 staff;
  • Ross Gowan to Assistant Governor Coordinator (Elect)  -  Jul '21 to Jul'24; and
  • Keith Jones to Assistant Governor (Elect) for Area One  -  Jul '22 to Jul'25.
The Club offers its congratulation to both members on these important appointments ... proof that our Club has so much to offer!
RCNS Appointments to District 7090 JKS 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 02 Mar - Kevin Crosby, District 7090

On Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Lisa Bishop welcomed our Guest Speaker, Kevin Crosby, friend of our Club, past-Governor of District 7090 and currentlyAssistant Zone Coordinator for Zone 28 (ie 21 Districts). Go to the 'Read more ...' tab to learn more about Kevin.
Kevin provided a very though-provoking presentation on the District 7090 initiative to promote Healthy Communities - his presentation slides are shown at the Read more ...' tab. 
Following several questions concerning the applicability of the initiative to our Area and/or to our Club; Dave Nicolle suggested that a good and heathy seed had been planted and then noted that we had used the occasion to restore the eyesight health of a needy individual as part of our Op EyeSight program.
Guest Speaker 02 Mar - Kevin Crosby, District 7090 JKS 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 23 Feb - Kriti Agarwal

On Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Rudi Atkinson welcomed our Guest Speaker, Kriti Agarwal, friend of our Club and 2006-2007 inbound exchange student from India.
Kriti entertained us by explaining her experience as a Rotary Exchange student; how her life was shaped as she moved from Preyagrai India, to Norfolk County, and eventually onto Albuqueque as a young adult; how her exchange experience shaped her development and success as a person. She commented that such life-changing, exchange experiences allowed her to see life as the uniquely-talented person that she is (a snowflake!!) and how Rotary brought out the very best in her. Kriti is now living in Albuquerque, and works as an engineer at Intel Corp.  You can read more about her life by going the the 'Read more ...' tab below.
Of course, many in our community were glad to see Kriti return to share her life and professional experiences with us; none moreso that those who counselled her and provided the needed family support. In that sense, Kriti recognized Stella Barker as her year-long RCNS Counsellor as well as (the late) John and Janet Kazakevicius, Rudi Atkinson and James Kristof (along with Kelsey and Tasha) and Brian and Jen Gedye as her three Norfolk host families.
On behalf of our Club, Stella Barker expressed our appreciation for Kriti's morning presentation as well as the regard with which we hold Kriti; an excellent role model for the Rotary Exchange Student program(s). 
Guest Speaker 23 Feb - Kriti Agarwal JKS 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzlers 2

Rotary Sunrise puzzle teasers to peak your interest in, or knowledge of, our active club ... both courtesy of our creative Membership Committee ... Happy Family Day.
Sunrise Puzzlers 2 JKS 2021-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 16 Mar - Kelsey Blake - Youth Exchange Experiences

On Tuesday, 16 March, Rudi Atkinson gave a 'blessed' welcome to our Guest Speaker, Kelsey Blake friend of our Club and previous outbound, RCNS exchange student.
Kelsey focussed her presentation on her experiences in Hungary (2005-2006), and how the Rotary youth exchange program has shaped her life to date. Clearly, her success follows the opportunities Rotary has offered her, as she lead us thought the developments in her life - Rotary youth exchange, Rotary youth leadership, post-secondary education in Toronto, Quinn, corporate risk-taking and success and her passion for women-focussed, documentary photography and videography .... so many BHAGs!
Several of the slides in her presentation as well as certain details on Kelsey's professional success may be found by going to the "Read more ..." tab as given below.
Following several questions, Dave Nicolle congratulated Kelsey on her success and offered up the thought that her success was very much a reward to everyone in the club who have invested in the success of our Youth and Exchange programs over the years.
Guest Speaker 16 Mar - Kelsey Blake - Youth Exchange Experiences JKS 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 02 Feb - Heather King

   On Tuesday at our weekly 7am Zoom gathering, Marjorie Dawson welcomed our Guest Speaker, Heather King, a very busy CEO for the five branches of the Norfolk County Public Library.
   Heather covered a very wide range of topics related to the library; history, governance, themes, programs, opportunities and fundraising as well as the myriad of challenges facing the Library in these pandemic difficult days. As she described it. the library is certainly "More than Books"!
   Following such a great briefing on this essential community service, Rudi Atkinson offered up our gratitude, not only for the presentation but also for the phenomenal array of ways in which the library is supporting Norfolk County. As part of our Op EyeSight program, we have restored the sight of one person in Heather's name.
Guest Speaker 02 Feb - Heather King JKS 2021-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Save a day for us - help cleanup our lakefront shoreline - mark your calendars for Saturday, 15 May 2021 (tentative).
Distr Gov Frank Adamson initiated this fabulous Service Project, and there are over 14 Districts (about 20,000 Rotarians, their families, community members) committed now to participate (From Provinces: Quebec to Manitoba border, and States: New York, To Minnesota).
Go to the "Read more..." tab to learn more about this initiative to support our environment.
Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup JKS 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

A Trip Down a Simcoe Memory Lane with Hadley Jackson

At our Tuesday morning Club 'zoom' get-together, Gail Catherwood welcomed our guest speaker Hadley Jackson.  
Hadley, an active member and past president of our sister club, the Rotary Club of Simcoe, grew up in Simcoe and now hails from Port Dover.  Following his career with the Cooperators, Hadley has been a participant/leader in all forms of sailing; in particular youth sail training programs, and has been very involved in the growth of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover. He was perfectly suited to entertain us with his recollections of life in Simcoe in the 1940s.  His reminiscences covered many topics about his life as a youngster growing up in a much more affluent centre. Even so, he could only recall how much simpler life was 'in the day'. 
At the end of Hadley's entertaining talk, Paul Zorad from our club thanked him, noting that a gift of eyesight had been provided to someone in need, as a part of our work with Op Eyesight.  
Here, in this photo, we see Hadley in his early years.  At the 'Read more ....' tab, you can see how one grows following a lifetime of sailing! 
A Trip Down a Simcoe Memory Lane with Hadley Jackson JKS 2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Free Reading Program

page1image15177616   At our morning 'zoom' meeting of 19 Jan '21, Mary Mercato welcomed our guest speaker Heather Lennie, who provided us with an overview of the Free Reading Program (FRP), a program whose mission is to 'deliver free, on-line literacy programs to children around the world'. Heather, a past member of Rotaract and current member of the Scarborough Rotary Club is the FRP Board Chair (and working out of Viet Nam!). She actively promotes program initiatives, develops and advances programs and connects like-minded individuals who are eager to enhance global on-line education.
   Heather noted that this very progressive program is supported by many other Rotary clubs. She noted that the FRP is being used by over 350K users, in over 185 countries. Morover, she has communicated the program to over 300 Rotary clubs. See the Scarborough Rotary Club page (upper right corner) as an example - Scarborough Site.  
   As the presentation unfolded, Heather encouraged us to consider the merit of the FRP as it might apply to our own communities. In his summary remarks, educator, researcher and rotarian Don Emerson thanked Heather for advising us on an "awesome, awesome" initiative. Click on the 'Read more ...' box for more information.
Free Reading Program JKS 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Service before Self - Keith Flexman 1943-2021

We recently lost an outstanding member of our Norfolk community and a truly amazing Rotarian. His life was the definition of 'Service before Self' and we will truly miss him
Rest In Peace, Keith.
On 24 January, our club hosted an open, on-line memorial service for family, friends and Rotarians to celebrate his life. This celebration was recorded and may be viewed by clicking here.  Go to the Read more ... box for more glimpses into his life as well as a few fond memories we have of our friend Flex. Keith's Obituary is given by clicking here.
Service before Self - Keith Flexman 1943-2021 JKS 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Take a Bite Out of Norfolk - Rotary Sunrise Fundraising Initiative JKS 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading RCNS Cheer at Indwell

   On the last day of 2020, and so as to dispatch a curious year in a most Rotary way, several of our RCNS club members represented us proudly by making a most useful donation to the 47 Indwell residents living at Hambleton Hall.
   Using donations gathered following the initial idea, we were able to purchase festive season Swiss Chalet meal cards, Food Basic grocery cards and collect up 'goodie bags' of useful items such as socks for every one of the most grateful residents.
   Shown in the picture are (left to right) Mary Mercato, Gail Catherwood, Bettyanne Carty & Gail Bouw from our club, and Leah Logan & Debra Vandermeer, both staff members at Indwell.
... a great way to start a New Year filled with hope for better things to come!!
Spreading RCNS Cheer at Indwell JKS 2020-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

Food Deliveries at Christmas

   With continuing RCNS volunteer and financial support, Church Out Serving remains committed to helping the disadvantaged with a variety of drop-in and delivered, food support programs; even  (or may it be said, especially) during the festive season break.
   Joyce & Ross Gowan along with Lynda & Jim Simpson continue to offer up RCNS volunteer support to the emergency meal hamper program, one of the COS programs delivering food support to over 150 families all over Norfolk County. 
   In the photo, we see Lynda Simpson along with COS volunteers Pat and Lauren (the observant might notice a clear resemblance to Lucine McKay; Lauren's proud Rotarian grandmother!) loading up a delivery destined for the Langton area of the County. If you go to the "Read more ..." section, you can get an idea of a typical hamper delivery prepared for one of the needy families in that area.
Food Deliveries at Christmas JKS 2020-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Puzzle Fun

Rotary Sunrise puzzle teasers to peak your holiday break interest in, or knowledge of, our active club ... both courtesy of our creative Membership Committee.
Sunrise Puzzle Fun JKS 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Initiative JKS 2020-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

George Cornfield Awarded PHF

   Santa Claus came a bit early for our hard-working Treasurer this year!
   At this morning's closed Zoom meeting of the Club (our Annual General Meeting), George's annual finance report was interrupted by a special and unexpected delivery at his front door - presumably an early arrival of Santa Claus. We all enjoyed George's clear surprise as he opened his RCNS Christmas gift and found that he had been selected as the most recent of those in our Club to have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
   Our own John Wallace offered comments in support of this very well-received award - these remarks may be read by clicking on the Read More ... box; just below.
   Well done George - very well deserved.
George Cornfield Awarded PHF JKS 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS Helping to Feed those in Need

   As part of our community program to assist with the nutritional needs in our county, our Norfolk Sunrise Club recently gave a cheque to the First Baptist Church in Simcoe to help cover their costs in being the host kitchen for the Church Out Serving feeding program.
   In the picture holding our cheque is Nancy Carroll from the Church. She says “the money will be put to good use as we continue to support this important ministry. I'm excited that Church Out Serving will be serving a take-out meal on Christmas Day to people who are in need. Thank you Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise!
RCNS Helping to Feed those in Need JKS 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Learning More about the Canoe Museum

   On Tuesday morning, Dave Douglas from our club (yes Dave - 'Who Knew?!"), welcomed Carolyn Hyslop, CEO of the Canadian Canoe Museum located in Peterborough Ontario. 
   Carolyn has been with the museum since 2002 in roles including Education Co-ordinator, Public Programs Manager, Interim General Manager, and Director of Operations. She is devoted to outdoor education, and has active memberships with the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (instructor level). More information about the Canadian Canoe Museum can be found by clicking HERE.
   Carolyn gave us an outstanding presentation covering the beginnings of the venture, the aims and current status of the museum as well as the projections for a future site of the facility; all the while highlighting their ongoing collaborations and connection to people, native culture & story-telling themes. 
   On behalf of the RCNS, Dave thanked Carolyn for a great presentation.
Learning More about the Canoe Museum JKS 2020-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS Supporting the Local Special Olympics Team

   Our own Dave Douglas, presenting an RCNS donation to the local Special Olympics team. Dave (in the rear) is joined by Shirley Shaw, Amanda Shaw and Korissa Hammond; all members of the Special Olympics and all grateful for the support that Rotary has provided this year, as well as over the past several years.
   The donation will go a long way to helping support the swim program.
RCNS Supporting the Local Special Olympics Team JKS 2020-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS Helping to Feed the Needy

   On behalf of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Lucine McKay is pleased to present a donation to Church Out Serving- Emergency Food Response - 'First Serving' program. 
   This fresh meal program is served Mondays and Fridays as a takeout at lunchtime.  Accepting is Eric Haverkamp of Church Out Serving.
RCNS Helping to Feed the Needy JKS 2020-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Campaign 2020

Even during the pandemic, with all of its challenges, Rotary remains active in, supportive of and relevant to our community.
Note the posters published in the Norfolk News 10, 17 & 31 Dec.
Campaign 2020 JKS 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS Welcomes Delta Waterfowl's Scott Petrie

   On Tuesday morning, Dave Douglas from our Club, welcomed Scott Petrie to speak to 35 of us in attendance, about his work and passion for the Delta Waterfowl group. Scott who now lives in Bismarck ND and is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist at Delta Waterfowl. He is a past resident of Norfolk County with a family that has participated in and supported our own Youth and Education programs. He was accompanied by Aaron Everingham from the Delta Waterfowl Long Point office.
    Delta Waterfowl is a leading conservation group founded at the famed Delta Marsh in Manitoba, with its US Headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota. They work to produce ducks through intensive management programs and conservation of breeding duck habitat. Scott gave an excellent overview of the groups history, plans, initiatives and issues as they apply to wetlands and waterfowl conservation - very eye-opening. In particular, Scott revealed their work to increase the group's impact in the Great Lakes area. For more information, click HERE.
   On behalf of the RCNS, Emma Brown thanked Scott for a fascinating talk on a little-understood environmental issue. 
RCNS Welcomes Delta Waterfowl's Scott Petrie JKS 2020-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

RCNS and The Kettles 

  On Tuesday, 17 November the Salvation Army coordinator, Hal Whitcomb briefed us on the new look of their 'Covid and the Kettles' campaign. He encouraged our continuing support of this vital program, a campaign during a pandemic made all the more important in light of the information given by our other morning guest, Heidy Van Dyk. The SA target this year is $100K and the campaign will run from 20 Nov until 24 Dec 2020.
  This year, our RCNS volunteer participation will be coordinated by Joanne Keifer.
  Additional information can be found at the 'Read More ....' tab or from Joanne or Hal (Ph 519-909-9421 or Email).
RCNS and The Kettles  JKS 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Social Services Norfolk-Haldimand Update

   On Tuesday morning, 17 November, and on behalf of the RCNS, Gail Catherwood welcomed Heidy Van Dyk to our Zoom meeting to speak to us about issues in her portfolio as Director of the Social Services and Housing Department for Haldimand-Norfolk.
   Heidy's message was that with a Covid layer now covering the already present crises in the County, they continue to do the good work needed to support those more unfortunate in the County. Necessarily, they have adopted altered procedures and distant approaches to service delivery. She gave updates on the challenges in Child Services, the multiple changes in Ontario Works and the issues being dealt with his Housing. Of particular note, would be the success (and continuing needs) associated with the Emergency Services (Housing, Meals) programs and the fact that throughout the pandemic, they have yet to experience their first case of Covid19.
   Marjorie Dawson thanked Heidy for her update, noting the amazing work being done and the unbelievably positive results being achieved.
   See the 'Read More ..." section for background information that resulted from an 98.9 myFM interview with Heidy in July this year.
Social Services Norfolk-Haldimand Update JKS 2020-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Catch The Ace  2020 - 2021 

  Congratulations to Darcy Mitchell, winner of $500 at the Friday Jun 4,2021 draw at the Port Dover Legion.  His envelope was not the Ace of Spades,  The draw continued and winner of $30,000 with the Ace of Spades is Bev Wood.  Congratulations.  


please click "read more" below for previous winners.

Catch The Ace 2020 - 2021 JKS 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Operation EyeSight Project Update 2020

   Our International Service Committee is now planning to breathe new life into the success already achieved with the Rotary Operation EyeSight Universal (OEU) Project. Look forward to OEU progress in Mzuzu, Malawi.  Soon they will be initiating a renewed campaign to contact donors who have, or are interested in supporting this worthwhile cause. As our project coordinator say, this is Rotary work that 'is making a huge difference in many peoples lives'.
   In the event, if you click HERE (Op EyeSight Update), you will be connected to a YouTube video that will provide you with an interesting and useful update. 
Operation EyeSight Project Update 2020 JKS 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Thurs Evening 'Virtual Trivia Night' Returns to RCNS

November-Rotary-triva-poster.jpgHow best to enjoy an evening at home with your friends and contribute to the good going on in the community at the same time??
Why not try our 'Virtual Trivia Night' as organized by our Ways and Means committee? This is an initiative that we tried several months ago and was quite popular ... we feel that the onset of the longer nights and colder weather will make it even more successful.
ANYONE (ie you don't have to be a Rotarian) can sign up as an individual, or better yet, form a team. Register at the Email address given at the poster and take it from there ... each Thursday night for the four weeks in November.
See the "Read more ..." section for the rules that will apply to this fun game.
Help us in our aim to raise funds for the good of the community.
Thurs Evening 'Virtual Trivia Night' Returns to RCNS JKS 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Brian Carmichael Updates on the Rotary Foundation

Brian Carmichael.jpg   On Tuesday morning, our Rotary friend Brian Carmichael joined us by Zoom to provide a current report on the status of the Rotary Foundation. Introduced by Nancy Sherwin, Brian summarized the status, issues, benefits and needs surrounding the fund, all done in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.  Go to "Read more ..." for a short video on the Rotary Foundation.
   Along the way, Brian noted the work of three 'People of Action' each of whom are examples he uses for describing the reason for the Foundation's relative health - Deb Walters, Doug Leighton and our very own John Wallace. He then remarked on the very positive manner in which we as a Club, have supported the Foundation - by all accounts we are a top club in the District and should be proud of the continuing effectiveness with which we provide our financial support.
   After several comments and questions, and on behalf of the Club, Peter Wheatley thanked Brian for a great briefing - well done and much appreciated. 
   It being a Zoom session, the entire meeting was recorded and will be available to members afterwards for further review.
Guest Speaker Brian Carmichael Updates on the Rotary Foundation JKS 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Pedal for Polio - Alan Plater's Great Adventure

Our President, Steve Malo reports from the Ride for Polio scene... 
Alan completed his ride for polio today at Niagara Falls 
The ride which took place on both sides of the boarder raised over $50K all of which will be put toward our continued drive to eliminate this dreaded disease. Since Rotary initiated our drive in 1985 we have raised over $2B. We have made great strides and have experienced great success reducing the incidence by 99.9%  The reality remains that until we attain 100% the goal however elusive has not been reached.
If it were not for Rotary's bold initiative, this disease would not be on the cusp of being eliminated.
I would like to thank those who have supported Alan for this event. Alan presented a cheque to our district governor for over $1.5K at the onset of his ride.  I would also like to thank Alan for representing our club and serving as our ambassador. Job well done.
Pedal for Polio - Alan Plater's Great Adventure JKS 2020-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Pedal for Polio Update

Due to COVID Restrictions and safety issues, the Pedal for Polio Committee has decided to start and end the two rides at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY, and Niagara Falls, Canada.
CA ROUTE: On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls the cycling venture will begin and end at the Rainbow Bridge in the Duty Free parking lot.  There will be a staggered start with the first group starting at 10:30 am and the second group starting at 11:00 am.  The riders will be greeted by a Past District Governor at the Queenston Heights Park in Queenston for a proclamation from Lord Mayor and Rotarian Betty Disero and June Mergl. The Niagara on the Lake and Fonthill Rotary Clubs will be providing snacks.
Pedal for Polio Update JKS 2020-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

RCNS Welcomes Josefa Michaelson

On Tuesday morning, 06 Oct, 26 of our RCNS members ‘zoomed-in’ to welcome our guest speaker. As introduced by Dave Douglas, we greeted Josefa Michaelson, an Eastern Region Engagement Advisor for outreach programs of the Canadian Assn of Petroleum Producers, not to mention a long-haul survivor of the Covid virus. 
Josefa summarized the impact that the oil and gas industry has had, and continues to have, on Canada. In a very well-prepared presentation, she went on to describe the essential nature of that sector as well as the degree to which they are coordinating operations, innovations, initiative and plans with those who lead environmental imperatives. 
Josefa was asked to comment on her Covid experience and related the challenge she faced, the awful nature of it and the residual effects that she still experiences even today, 6 months later, as a ‘long-hauler” ... a very thought-provoking story. 
On behalf fo the club, Andy Kooistra, thanked Josefa for the great presentation giving us a bit of a reality-check into the industry, wished her the very best in her continuing recovery from the virus, and presented her with a club momento whereby we’ve restored the vision of a person in India in her name.
RCNS Welcomes Josefa Michaelson JKS 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Acts for Women in Need

On 03 October; a bright Saturday morning, about 30 masked Rotarians gathered outside in the Salvation Army parking lot to complete their third annual Rotary Day of Action. 
The Rotary Day of Action is an annual community event where our three local Rotary Clubs (Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe and Delhi) come together in support of a pre-selected, local community need. This year, a year full of pandemic considerations, we chose to conduct a community donation drive to collect a variety  of personal hygiene products for women in need.
After a two week collection period, we were more than pleasantly surprised with the amount of products that we were able to repack and send out for local community distribution.  From 11 collection points in 5 communities, we gathered up no less than an estimated $7,000 - $8,000 worth of product for passage onto 7 different distribution points. Click on the "Read More" button to learn more about what we gathered and who our partners were.
What a great day we had! Mindful of the pandemic limitations, we felt safe in our work and very satisfied with the success of our outcome. We even had our District Governor, Frank Adamson, drive down from Fonthill to be with us and to help with our aim to 'Act' in the community.
Kudos to the many who helped out but a particular shout-out might go to Mary Mercato of the Norfolk Sunrise Club who performed the lion's share of the needed coordination. Well done to all.
Rotary Acts for Women in Need JKS 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Coats for Kids Collection - 31 Oct '20

Once again this year, Dave Nicolle and Bettyann Carty from our Club are leading us in our community drive to collect winter coats for the needy children of Norfolk County.
Through to Wednesday 28 October, coats and other appropriate winter clothing items may be dropped off at any of  9 collection points in 6 local community centres (see the poster). Following the collection period, RCNS volunteers will gather at the First Baptist Church in Simcoe to ensure a fair distribution of all that was gathered.
More information will follow but if you have any questions reach out to Dave and/or Bettyann. In the meantime, start looking for winter clothing items that you might donate!
Annual Coats for Kids Collection - 31 Oct '20 JKS 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back, Mark

Early on Tuesday morning, 29 September, we welcomed Mark Boerkamp back to the Club; this time as our 'Zoom' guest speaker. Gail Catherwood introduced Mark as a very active yet previous member of the RCNS, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Past President of our Club.
Mark offered a very entertaining talk on his responsibilities as the Norfolk County, Superintendent of Trails and Cemeteries. During the session, Mark discussed the development, and status, of the 45 km of walking trails we have a joint interest in, the issues and little-known aspects of the 45 (19 of which are active) cemeteries that Norfolk County is responsible for, as well as some updated information concerning certain bridges and dams in our County. Of course, Mark couldn't conclude without an 'Environmental Moment'; this one related to the challenge of waste plastics in our world. All in all, a great presentation, drawing much interest and many questions.
On behalf of the RCNS, Joanne Keifer offered our appreciation for such an informative and entertaining perspective. BZ.
Welcome Back, Mark JKS 2020-09-29 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
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 ( 519-586-7128 or Bettyann Carty ( 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

Pix from the past - 2020 "Pulling" Together

The Garlic Mustard Control Patrol.  Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Lions Park on Saturday May 30, 2020 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.   
Pix from the past - 2020 "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

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 <> 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.



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Pix from the past - Speakeasy 2018

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 ...
Pix from the past - Speakeasy 2018 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.
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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: 
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

Pix from the past - 2018 Rotary Day of Action in Norfolk

Posted 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.   
Pix from the past - 2018 Rotary Day of Action in Norfolk 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

Former Exchange Student Strikes Gold - Hannah Reardon Dan Reardon 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

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!
Mark Culver wins $500 in week 4 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

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
  • 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" ( 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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Pix from the past 2017 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.
Pix from the past 2017 Ride for Rotary Fights Polio Dave Nicolle 2017-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

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
The Rotary Foundation 100th Year Bell 2017-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

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
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!!
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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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Pix from the past - 2017 Spelling Bee 

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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Pix from the past April 2017 -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 a 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).   
Pix from the past April 2017 -100 Trees for Rotary Foundation Anniversary Ross Gowan 2017-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

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.
Norfolk Outreach Open House Ross Gowan 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Fentanyl Addiction in Norfolk Ross Gowan 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
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
Building a Better Hospital Ross Gowan 2016-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
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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Pix from the past August 2016 Rotarians in Action at Habitat Build 2016-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

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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Superb meeting at Dave and Brenda Bradshaw's 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

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.
Palliative Care Forum - Now What? 2016-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Cider Boss Cheryl 2016-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Men With Brooms 2016-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

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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Pix from the past - 2015- 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.
Pix from the past - 2015- A sign of things to come 2015-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

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.
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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.
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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. 
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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
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!
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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. 

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

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.
Pirates Stole the Trophy! 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0

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 @
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
Pix from the past 2015 Norfolk County Rotary Chorus 2015-04-05 04:00:00Z 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:
April Is Rotary Maternal & Child Care Month 2015-04-01 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
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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 ( or 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:

“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

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
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, and Roseanne Morissette,  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 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 ( or Krista Kitchen, Mentor Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie at


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 –  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 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

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.

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
Pix from the past - Uncle John's Soapbox Derby - The Rotary Presidential Race Ross Gowan 2014-08-03 04:00:00Z 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

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