Mark Stephens, Paul Harris Fellow Award

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May 29, 2024,
The Greens At Renton,
Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Simcoe recognized the support and contribution to Rotary and the Norfolk community of Mark Stephens, owner/partner of Roulston's Pharmacy. He was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. This is the highest recognition of an individual by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Mark along with the other owners of Roulston's, a community orientated business have put the pieces together and get involved in the Norfolk community.
Mark Stephens becomes the second member of the family to be awarded a Paul Harris fellow. He joins his father Jim Stephens a Past President of a Rotary Club.
Craig Hunter, Chair of the Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament, Mark Stephens, The Rotary Club of Simcoe Newest Paul Harris Fellow Recipient and Bobbi Ann Brady, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk
Mark Stephens, Paul Harris Fellow Award C. Richard Campbell 2024-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Former Rotarian and Honorary Rotarian Dies in 93rd Year

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February 21, 2024
Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photograph from the archives
Robert Edward Perks died at the Parkview Meadows Christian Retirement Village, Townsend on Saturday, February 17, 2024. He was in his 93rd year.  Bob was a Rotarian for over 33 years from 1990 to 2023. His classification was Petroleum Refining. He was actively involved in the Club and served as President in 2008-2009. Bob was also a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation becoming a multiple Paul Harris Fellow four times. Being a resident of Port Dover, he also became a part of the Port Dover Rotary sailing group. When it comes to recreation, Simcoe Rotarians excel at Curling, Sailing and Golf.
Many of us will remember stories at the luncheon table of his efforts to rehabilitate his sail boat. There was also the curious difference in the personalities of him and his sister Joyce. Her wit and sense of humour stood out. When she became ill and needed to be placed in a nursing home, it was inspiring to see him become the primary care giver.
Bob graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Toronto. His life time career was the oil industry with him retiring from  Texaco / Imperial Oil at Nanticoke.
On January 30th, 2023, The Rotary Club of Simcoe awarded Bob Perks an Honorary membership. "He joins a select group of Rotarians who have been awarded Honorary Membership for their service and contribution to Rotary."

Former Rotarian and Honorary Rotarian Dies in 93rd Year C. Richard Campbell 2024-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

A Modern Day "Voyageur"

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November 13, 2023
Story by Angelle van Kleef
Photographs by C. Richard Campbell
Jay Bailey is known as the voyageur. For more than 30 years he has been involved in many re-enactment canoe trips.
In 2013. the 400-year anniversary of the Two Row Wampum was commemorated. The Two Row Wampum is a beaded belt with three white rows alternating two purple rows. The three white rows are the river of life, meaning good words, good minds, and good actions. The two purple rows are the indigenous people and the allies paddling down the “river of life” on parallel paths, as friends close enough to help each other out, but not so close as to disrupt each other’s path.
The Two Row Wampum Treaty of 1613 is a mutual treaty agreement between representatives of the Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee and representatives of the Dutch government in what is now upstate New York. The commemoration started with a 14-day canoe trip from upstream Hudson River to Manhattan. Here the official commemoration took place.
A Modern Day "Voyageur" Angelle van Kleef 2023-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Ken Smith Receives His Honorary Certificate

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Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photography by Beth Smith
Blue Elephant Restaurant, Simcoe, Ontario
October 27, 2023
Past President Gerry Goddard presented the framed Certificate of Honorary Membership to Kenneth G. Smith. Ken had the unframed certificate presented to him at a previous social event. He has been a member of The Rotary Club of Simcoe for about 57 and 1/2 years. Only one other active Rotarian in the club has a longer record of membership.
Ken Smith and Past President Gerry Goddard
A group of Rotarians and a former Rotarian acknowledged Ken's contribution to Rotary and to the local and international communities. The sharing of meals brings people together, builds a sense of community, and creates a sense of belonging. 
Ken Smith Receives His Honorary Certificate C. Richard Campbell 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

How are you? But, how are you really?

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October 23, 2023
Story and photograph by:
Tim FitzGerald
Our Rotary District Governor, Scott Marcin, reminded us of the good that we do as part of 1.4 million Rotarians in our communities and across the world.
Mental Health - The opposite of hope is despair. Every day, in our communities, we are becoming more and more aware of mental health crises and despair.
So the next time you meet someone - your neighbour, workmate or a person sitting on the steps - ask them how they are doing? But with empathy, ask them how they are really doing? Just a conversation may ease or replace despair with hope!
Scott, thank you for visiting us today!
How are you? But, how are you really? Timothy FitzGerald 2023-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Presenting The 2023 Rotary Holiday House Tour

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October 16, 2023
Greens At Renton
Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photograph by Jean Hickman
After a 3 year Covid19 interruption, the Rotary Holiday House Tour was presented to Rotarians, and the holiday host/hostess home owners.  Rotarian Hadley Jackson, Chair of the 2023 Rotary Holiday House Tour Committee announced that this year's 17th Tour will focus on Normandale and Port Ryerse in Norfolk County.
A collection of early Canadian buildings has been assembled which contrast with one dwelling of recent construction. Six homes are located in the Normandale and Port Ryerse areas of beautiful Norfolk County, Ontario's Garden.  There are also two designated rest stops at a historic Port Ryerse Memorial Church and the Normandale Century Inn.
All homes will be decorated for the holiday season with the owners laying out the welcome mat for your viewing pleasure.
Tickets have go on sale beginning October 16, 2923 at fourteen retail outlets in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. Individual Simcoe Rotarians will also be selling the tickets. For the first time, the Rotary Club is selling tickets online. The Club will utilize the Internet, and social media to promote and market the Holiday House Tour. For those that turn in their ticket on December 2 0r 3, 2023, there is a chance to win a door prize from The Dover Cheese Shop and Long Point Eco-Adventures.
Rotarian Jackson thanked the home owners and this year's sponsors. 
Links for more information
Simcoe Rotary Club Homepage website: Home Page | Rotary Club of Simcoe (
Information/Ticket Purchases E-mail:
Presenting The 2023 Rotary Holiday House Tour C. Richard Campbell 2023-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange Student Kristen Forsythe has a passion for Theatre

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October 16, 2023
Story by Tim FitzGerald
Kristen came to lunch with us today and explained the Roots to Roots Film Festival (poster above) - save the date at the Strand Theatre!
Kristen Forsythe was our outgoing Rotary Exchange Student, to Brazil, from 2018-2019  living in Francisco Beltrão with 2 different host families. She returned, graduated from Holy Trinity in 2020 and is currently in her 4th year at Sheridan College (Mississauga campus) where she is studying for her Bachelor of Interior Design.
 She joined the Board of Directors of the Routes to Roots Film Festival earlier this year, having  passion for film and theatre, from her performances at both the Young Theatre Players and Simcoe Little Theatre.
Rotary Exchange Student Kristen Forsythe has a passion for Theatre Timothy FitzGerald 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Helen Wagenaar Awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by Simcoe Rotary

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September 25, 2023
Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photography by David Ferris
Past President Adam Veri presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Helen Wagenaar of Port Dover, Ontario. He cited her volunteering and contributions to a number of community organizations such as the Port Dover Lighthouse Theatre, Norfolk General Hospital and the Lynn Valley Ttail Association.
Like many long term residents of Port Dover, Helen is  enthusiastic promoter of the lakeside community.
Past President Adam Veri presents Helen Wagenaar of Port Dover with A Paul Harris Award
Helen Wagenaar Awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by Simcoe Rotary C. Richard Campbell 2023-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Laci O'Reilly Forrest, Youth Exchange Student

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September 25, 2023
Story By C. Richard Campbell
Photography by David Ferris
After technical difficulties prevented Laci O'Reilly Forrest from displaying her video at a previous meeting. She returned to present a very slick video of her year as an exchange student in Italy and her travels in Europe. The video was expertly edited with sound. It presented a record of her travels, social events with other exchange students and several wonderful clips of Italian food. Oh, yes while appearing to have an exciting time with all the activities, she learned to speak Italian.
President Janis Demmans and Laci O'Reilly Forrest of Waterford, Ontario
Laci O'Reilly Forrest, Youth Exchange Student C. Richard Campbell 2023-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Kim Huffman, Chair of the Police Services Board of Norfolk County

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July 24, 2023
Story by Angelle van Kleef
Photography by Tim FitzGerald and Canva
Kim Huffman is newly elected as the chair of the Norfolk County Police Services Board and as such was invited to speak about her position.
The board consists of 5 members, Council Member Kim Huffman (chair), Council Member Linda Vandendriessche (vice-chair), Citizen Member Michael Cruse, Provincial Member George Santos, and Provincial Member Willy Vanheughten. A change is in progress to add one Citizen Member for a Provincial Member.
The Board meets every other month in the third week of the month, with the next meeting coming up in September. The meetings take place at the Council Chamber in Simcoe and can be streamed live.
Kim Huffman, Chair of the Police Services Board of Norfolk County Angelle van Kleef 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Long Time Rotarian Ken Smith Resigns

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July 26, 2023
Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photography from  the Archives
On July 1st, 2023, Ken Smith resigned as a member of The Rotary Club of Simcoe. He joined the Club on January 2, 1966. Became President in 1974-1975 and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. The 56 1/2-year member reflects on his Rotary experience as follows:
"I have been a Rotarian since 1966 and it has opened huge experiences for me, summer garden parties at Bill Godfrey's orchard (black tie/long dress!), lobster fest (1,000 fed in the arena), thigh deep in mud at the Plowing Match, support help on Civic Holiday, cow patty bingo, and of course Rotary Curling.  The late Harold Shantz, Harley Clark and myself have our names on the World Rotary Curling Championship three times, competing here in North America and Scotland. I even rebuilt the trophy to accommodate more names of winners. On top of this is the privilege of being part of an organization which could realistically decide to rid the world of polio and set about doing just that.  Finally there is the fellowship and interesting weekly meeting of the Simcoe club."
Long Time Rotarian Ken Smith Resigns C. Richard Campbell 2023-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament

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Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photography by David Ferris
May 31, 2023
Greens At Renton
A major fundraising event of this nature takes a tremendous amount of planning and execution to be successful. The Club possesses talented Rotarians who know how to golf and the in-house expertise for organizing the golf tournament. It also requires both Rotarians and volunteers to do the things that need to be done. Each year, the Club receives donations and sponsorships which contribute to the money that is needed for Rotary projects in Simcoe and Norfolk County. Add the golfers to this mix and you have a tournament to enjoy. To all of you, we are grateful and hopefully will see you next year.
Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament C. Richard Campbell 2023-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bench Placement

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After a lengthy search, the Club has found a location for its second Rotary Bench at the Port Dover Community/Seniors Centre.
Rotarian Adam Veri who is also the Ward 6 Councillor was instrumental in finding the bench a home. This is the second bench that the Club has donated to the County of Norfolk. The other bench is located in Port Rowan Wetlands. 
Rotary Bench Placement C. Richard Campbell 2023-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

2023 Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient

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Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photograph by Tim FitzGerald
Rotary Changeover Meeting
Port Dover Yacht Club
June 20, 2023
Mike Cobb, Chair of The Rotary Club of Simcoe Gord Watts Scholarship Committee announced that the 2023 scholarship of $ 1,500.00  has been awarded to Keira Popp of Scotland, Ontario.  She will graduate from Waterford District High School.  Popp will be studying Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario this September.  It is a four-year program.   
2023 Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient C. Richard Campbell 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Award Presented To Craig Bartlett

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May 31, 2023
Story by C. Richard Campbell and Craig Hunter
The Greens at Renton
Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament
Craig Hunter, Chair of the Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament Committee presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Craig Bartlett.
This is an edited account of his remarks.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest award that can be given by a Rotary Club. It is given in the name of Paul P. Harris, the founder of Rotary in 1905, and represents a $1,000 (US) donation by our club to The Rotary Foundation, which does good work around the world. The recipient is chosen as one who upholds the tenets of Rotary, and who has made a significant contribution to the local community and/or around the world.
Paul Harris Fellow Award Presented To Craig Bartlett C. Richard Campbell 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

65 years of Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM)

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May 15, 2023
Story by Angelle van Kleef
Photographs, courtesy of Canva
Kelly Kokus and Stephany Rochon spoke to the Club about their work with the RAAM Clinic http://www RAAM . The clinic serves the Brant Haldimand Norfolk area. In Simcoe, the clinic is open on Thursdays.
The work is focused on addictions to opiates, alcohol, cannabis, and other chemicals.
Most opiate addictions happen through the overuse of prescription medication. Addictions are treated as chronic illnesses.
People looking for assistance can access all assistance needs in one location, with 80 locations in Ontario. The clinic has a walk-in model. The Simcoe location at 32 Robinson Street is open on Thursdays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. For other time slots, there is a virtual clinic or walk-in at Dunnville or Brantford.
65 years of Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Angelle van Kleef 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Affordable Housing in Norfolk

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June 12, 2023
Story and photograph by: Tim FitzGerald
Matt Bowen - seen left above- is the CEO of the Haldimand Norfolk Housing Authority.
By the numbers: They are the largest housing provider in Norfolk County - 413 units owned, 128 units managed for others. They are governed by 8 volunteer Board of Directors and 12 staff who have 220 years of combined experience experience - all under provincial regulations. Years ago, the Provincial Government downloaded affordable housing programmes to municipalities - along with provincial money. However, Matt explained that housing authorities need to be nimble keep up to date with both current and evolving regulations as they come online. Falling short of the regulations ultimately falls upon the municipality and hence the ratepayers. If your population grows, then so must the municipalities affordable housing inventory.
Matt Bowen and his team are proud of their delivery. Their housing is occupied 50% by younger families, 19% seniors (> 60 yrs). Currently 90 % of their inventory is "geared to income" rent but the regulations are evolving toward affordable housing models.
Affordable Housing in Norfolk Tim FitzGerald 2023-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Pieceful Art

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June 5, 2023
Story and photograph by: Tim FitzGerald
"piece by piece"
Suzanne Coverett Earls - from her gallery and studio at 16 Robinson Street, Simcoe - creates kits, workshops and commissions of collaborative mosaics.
Emerging artists need to get their hands "dirty"! Viewers as well - children are are invited to touch and trace their hands over the her commission mural at the BC Children's Hospital.
Art has beaty but a message as well- locally, an 8 foot sturgeon  at the Port Dover Harbour Museum is composed of colourful pieces of  plastic, glass, metal, rope, toys and cans ingested into a sturgeon. 
Suzanne runs workshops for adults, children and corporate events and so much more - visit her website.
Pieceful Art Tim FitzGerald 2023-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Angelle van Kleef Classification Talk

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May 1, 2023
Story by: Angelle van Kleef
Photographs and graphics from the archives
It is not often that the reporting staff (Tim Fitzgerald and C. Richard Campbell) welcomes a new reporter. For years there has been a search for new Rotarian reporters without success. What is so remarkable about this woman is that she has only been a Rotarian for a couple of weeks. And she consented to write this story of her own Classification Talk. We are impressed.
Here is her story.
Angelle was born and raised on a greenhouse farm in the Netherlands. Her parents grew grapes, tomatoes, and sweet peppers while she was growing up. After high school in The Hague, she got her degree in Horticulture. For 3 years she worked as a civil servant, as a consultant to greenhouse growers on their growing practices. In 1988 together with her husband Clen, they started greenhouse growing on her parent’s 2-acre greenhouses. They grew potted flowering plants, i.e. Hibiscus. Around that time her 2 children, Mats and Estelle were born. In 1994 they moved to a newer 3-acre greenhouse. 
Five years later, the family sold their greenhouses and moved to Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. They bought a 46-acre farm and built a 1-acre greenhouse and started producing Hibiscus and later Bromeliads.
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Summer Theatre in Port Dover

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May 8th 2023
Story by: Tim FitzGerald
Photography by: Dave Ferris
These two actors lol - well, actually President Gerry and Artistic Director of Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Derek Ritschel. Derek told us - One: How LFT persevered through the pandemic, in part, based upon continuing previous records of good governance qualifying for government grants and local benefactors saved the day. Two: How to stage its comeback post pandemic in 2022. Its all about "bums in the seats". Studies showed that live theatres who came back strong with a full slate of shows did well. So no redacted season last year and kicking off a full season below this year:
  • Come Down From Upriver - May 17th
  • On The Air - June 7th (World Premiere)
  • Bed And Breakfast - June 28th
  • Where Are You - Jul 19th
  • A Pack of Thieves - Aug 16th (World Premiere)
    Summer Theatre in Port Dover Tim FitzGerald 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Meet Salvation Army's Pastor - Lieutenant Stephen Frank

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    April 24th 2023
    Story by:
    Tim FitzGerald
    Meet our new Rotarian Stephen, Salvation Army Pastor/Corps Officer serving both Simcoe and Dunnville through their community church  located at 184 Colborne St N, Simcoe.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe has long been a supporter of the Salvation Army - be it volunteering for the Christmas Kettle Drive, serving meals in their kitchen and other assistance.
    Meet Salvation Army's Pastor - Lieutenant Stephen Frank Tim FitzGerald 2023-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Earth Day in Simcoe - Imagine That

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    April 23rd 2023
    Story and photography by:
    Tim FitzGerald
    Earth Day Project - sunny and cool, 30 + Rotarians from Norfolk Sunrise and Simcoe clubs joined together with friends, along with a crew of volunteers from Scotlynn transportation, "to pitch in" and clean up roadside trash - this year in Simcoe - Sunrise Trail, 14th Concession and the Kent Creek.
    Its our community, if we all do a little we accomplish a lot.
    Earth Day in Simcoe - Imagine That Tim FitzGerald 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

    President-Elect Janis Demmans

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    April 19, 2023
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photograph from the Archives
    At its meeting on April 17, 2023, an election of Officers and Directors was conducted. Janis Demmans was acclaimed as President-elect for the balance of the 2022-2023 term and will become the Club's 2023-2024 President starting on July 1st, 2023. The following Rotarians were also acclaimed to the respective office for two-year terms, 2023-2024 and 2024-2925 as follows:
    1. Connie Forsyth, Treasurer
    2. Thomas O'Neill, Director of Club Service
    3. David Ferris, Community Service
    4. Michael Cobb, International Service
    In 2023-2024, the present President Gerry Goddard becomes Past-President and by virtue of his office a member of the next Board of Directors. On July 1st, 2023, there will be 3 vacancies on the Board of Directors, namely President-Elect 2024-2025, Secretary and Director of New Generations and Vocational Service.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe has been fortunate to have experienced, skillful, and knowledgeable people today and in the past to serve as officers and directors.
    President-Elect Janis Demmans C. Richard Campbell 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Invasive Phragmites Control in Norfolk

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    April 17th 2023
    Story and photography by:
    Tim FitzGerald
    Invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) is an invasive plant that has been causing damage to Ontario’s biodiversity, ecosystems, wetlands and beaches for decades. 
    Sam Sommer and Lexi Armstrong from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (field office Walsingham) gave us a very informative presentation today.
    Phragmites is a bamboo-like grass. The stands are tall/dense and choke (emit natural toxins) out native plants' growth, provide poor wildlife habitat and disrupt natural wetland flows and functions. 
    The Nature Conservancy of Canada is an active member of the Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance . "Full-court press"! (In basket ball - the purpose of the full-court press is to overwhelm offensive players, preventing them from running offensive formations.) Currently LPPAA has thirty-one members from  every corner of Norfolk County - conservation groups, government, hunters, anglers, farmers all aligned to eradicate phragmites in Norfolk infesting the Big Creek Watershed from Delhi to Long Point Bay.
    Invasive Phragmites Control in Norfolk Tim FitzGerald 2023-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Caring Together Children's Hospice

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    March 27, 2023
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Photography by Dave Ferris
    A children's hospice is different that those funded for adults. Staff, equipment and medical supplies are specialized and sized (eg. needles and syringes used) for children. 
    Trish Mongeon - Campaign Director and Diane Murray - Fundraiser Campaign explained the shortage and hurdles to be overcome. Their campaign is to raise $25 million to add a 10 bed children's hospice. The differences stretch beyond specialized child's medical devices. A child's environment is different than an adult. Like any other children's space - it will have bright and accessible play and gathering areas - both inside and out - open concept kitchen and dining spaces - private and quiet areas for families.
    It was said that the in contrast to adults where hospice care could be 6 months; a child's hospice care could last 3 years. The hospice programmes include offsite care, respite, support and education. It is felt that at any time, up to 500 children in this region of southwestern Ontario would benefit from hospice care.
    Caring Together Children's Hospice Tim FitzGerald 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Bob Perks Awarded Honourary Membership

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    March 20, 2023
    Story and Photograph by: Tim FitzGerald
    Bob Perks has retired from active membership with the club after 33 years of active service. However, he returned today to accept a Certificate of Honourary Membership (seen here with Craig Hunter).
    Bob started his career in the oil refinery business with Frontenac Oil in Port Credit before moving to Port Dover and joining Rotary in 1990. He served as club President in 2008/9. Bob is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
    Our Rotarian John Featherstone recalled the generosity and fellowship of Rotary on the occasions when he and his wife Deb would share a meal and beverage at Bob's house or upon an invitation to the entire Board of Directors.
    Bob, it's an honour to know you - congratulations.
    Bob Perks Awarded Honourary Membership Tim FitzGerald 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Apple Hill Lavender Farm

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    February 27, 2023
    Storey by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photography by: Dave Ferris
    Melissa Schooley, Director of Operations spoke to the Club about Apple Hill Lavender Farm. There are different ways to communicate with an audience and each speaker has her or his own style when making a presentation. Forget the slick PowerPoint presentation. Fill two bags with Mason jars containing Medicinal herbs, add a healthy measure of enthusiastic delivery; combine with knowledge about your subject and you have the recipe for telling your story. 
    The "farmers" of Norfolk County have adapted to changing environments and reinvented themselves to grow new crops and establish new agricultural-related businesses.  Many have made the transition from the profitable Tobacco crop to alternate crops. The Windham Centre-based Apple Hill Lavender Farm is composed of a 40-acre apple orchard, 10 acres of  Lavender fields, a commercial boutique, and a Medicinal Herb business. Apple Hill Lavender Farm is another excellent example of Norfolk County's  "farmers" adaptability, innovation, and risk-taking.
    Apple Hill Lavender Farm C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Simcoe Welcomes Another Two New Members

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    March 6, 2023
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photography by David Ferris
    Gerry Goddard, President and Sponsor, Rotary Simcoe, New Member, Stephen Frank, New Member,  Brian James, and Craig Hunter, Sponsor
    On March 6, 2023. Stephen Frank and Brian James were inducted into The Rotary Club of Simcoe by Rotarian Dan Hill. The Rotary Club of Simcoe which was charted in 1925 now has a membership of 35 active members.
    Rotary Simcoe Welcomes Another Two New Members C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Vocal Arts Award - Cameron James Ngnie-Teta

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    Photograph provided by: Norfolk Musical Arts Festival
    Norfolk Musical Arts Festival
    February 27 to March 2, 2023
    Simcoe, Ontario
    After a Covid19 interruption, the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival resumed. The Rotary Club of Simcoe has provided financial assistance to the Festival for probably more than 30 years.
    Rotary Simcoe Director of New Generations & Vocational Service Janis Demmans
    Presents to Cameron James Ngnie-Teta the  Rotary Vocal Arts Award
    Rotary Vocal Arts Award - Cameron James Ngnie-Teta C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
    2023 Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
    Port Dover Library Reading Garden C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Club of Simcoe Welcomes Two New Members to the Club

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    Photograph by: David Ferris

    On February 27, 2023, Jean Hickman and Angelle van Kleef were inducted as members of The Rotary Club of Simcoe by District Governor Lisa Bishop and Rotarian Dan Hill.

    Why join The Rotary Club of Simcoe? Rotarians tell us that they want to give back to local and international communities and have some fun doing it.
    One member of The Rotary Club of Simcoe has said,
    "we have fun raising money for worthwhile projects whether it is just down
    the street or halfway around the world.”

    It is fitting that the motto of The Rotary Club of Simcoe and Rotary International is “Service Above Self”. Friendship is generated as the
    members of the Rotary Club get together to raise money for a variety of worthy projects such as food banks, Ukrainian refugees, child nutritional programs, or just volunteering for the annual
    Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe Welcomes Two New Members to the Club C. Richard Campbell 2023-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Mike Fredericks, Latest Paul Harris Fellow

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    December 19, 2022
    Story by: Tim Fitzgerald
    Photographs by: Tim Fitzgerald
    Mike Fredericks (left), President and CEO of Annex Business Media, was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award on Monday, December 19, 2022 at a meeting of The Rotary Club of Simcoe by Rotarian and long-time friend Wally Anderson (right). 
    Mike first came to Simcoe some thirty years ago when he and his business group were looking to acquire the Simcoe Reformer. Wally Anderson and a committee convinced him to stay and, through Wally, to join Rotary. Mike told us that the principles of Paul Harris (Rotary's founder in 1905) - truth, fairness, benefit to all concerned and goodwill - have guided him all his life.
    When he established his company Annex Business Media, the goal was to be the "best" business media publisher in Canada. Little did he know that, years later, he would also become the "biggest".
    As the business grew and expanded, he was unable to attend Simcoe Rotary consistently. Eventually he left the club but has always directly or indirectly supported the work of The Rotary Club of Simcoe, other community service clubs and volunteer organizations.
    You can't keep a good man down. While visiting his parent's home in Nova Scotia, his passion for fishing involved him with a group restoring a habitat of a salmon river. Likewise, when hurricanes struck at his southern vacation spot, the home of this small community's "pillar/justice of the peace" was destroyed. Again, Mike and a group have undertaken to get it rebuilt.
    Mike Fredericks is a deserving recipient!
    Mike Fredericks, Latest Paul Harris Fellow C. Richard Campbell 2023-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Local Rotary Clubs send Relief Supplies to Ukraine

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    December 1, 2022
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe, in combination with local Rotary District 7090 which includes over 70 Rotary Clubs in Southern Ontario and Western New York, are pleased to announce that a $25,000 grant to aid the citizens of Ukraine has achieved maximum success.
    In September of 2022, local Rotarians applied to Rotary International for a grant of $25,000 US to assist in sending medical equipment and humanitarian necessities to Ukraine.  Collaborating with the Rotary Club of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine – and Warehouse of Hope – Not Just Tourists in North America, as well as AMA Hope, a total of over $169,000 of relief supplies including 500 Trauma Kits, 50 Hygiene kits, medical equipment, supplies and  bandages were sent and distributed in war torn areas of Ukraine. 
    Rotary District 7090 Governor Lisa Bishop from Delhi said “It is the efforts of Rotarians in D7090, committed to “doing good in the world”, The Rotary Foundation and strong partnerships with humanitarian organizations, that made this project happen so quickly, and we delivered hope to Rotarians in Ukraine.”
    Local Rotary Clubs send Relief Supplies to Ukraine C. Richard Campbell 2022-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Rotarian John Vallee and Norfolk-Sunrise Keith Jones To Join 2024 Canada to Scotland Curling Tour

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    November 10, 2022
    Story By: C. Richard Campbell
    Photographs provided by the Norfolk-Sunrise Club and from the Simcoe Rotary Club archives
    The Scots came, curled, ate, curled some more, attended a banquet, slept, ate once more and departed for London, Ontario.
    At the November 10th, banquet and reception, it was announced that Simcoe Rotary John Vallee, an accomplished curler and Norfolk-Sunrise curler "Bones" Jones (more on the "Bones" later) are candidates to join the 2024 Canada to Scotland Tour. Bones who looks dashing in his kilt will have to caution non-Scots to never, never ever describe a kilt as a skirt! There is the mystery of what does a Scotsman wear under his kilt if anything.
    John Vallee, 2016 (Courtesy of The Simcoe Reformer)
    Jim Simpson (left), Keith "Bones" Jones Looking Quite "Dapper" in his kilt!
    This is a grueling tour. The 16 Scots landed in Toronto on November 6 and will depart from the same city for Glascow on November 26, 2022. Sandwiched in between arrival and departure are curling competitions in 13 locations in Ontario from Ottawa to Windsor.
    Simcoe Rotarian John Vallee and Norfolk-Sunrise Keith Jones To Join 2024 Canada to Scotland Curling Tour C. Richard Campbell 2022-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

    Christmas Kettles Are Coming

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    The Rotary Clubs of Simcoe have a long relationship with volunteering at the Salvation Army Kettles. Our Club President Gerry Goddard (right) is shown with Doug Montgomery (left). Doug  has lived in Waterford for 48 years. Both he and his wife are recipients of Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Doug is a long time volunteer at the Kettles. Now that he is retired, he has stepped up to replace Hal Wickham to chair the programme this year.
    Last year's campaign  raised over $300,000. The funds stay in Norfolk and the need is great - our citizens give generously. This year's campaign goal is $320,000. There are 1,100 Kettle shifts to be filled - all volunteers, so the administration costs are low. When you visit local merchants - please give generously. 
    Christmas Kettles Are Coming Tim FitzGerald 2022-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Bill Culver, Mayoral Candidate, Norfolk County

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    October 2, 2022
    Story by: C Richard Campbell
    Photograph by: David Ferris

    Bill Culver, Mayoral Candidate, Norfolk County

    He believes that Norfolk County “… is an amazing place to live! I am running (for Mayor) because I have respect for its citizens and want Norfolk to flourish.”
    Bill Culver is a business owner and operator who lives in Walsh. With an extensive background in real estate, he knows “every community in all of Norfolk County from Clear Creek to Port Dover.” Bill was a Councilor for the Town of Simcoe from 1988-2000. He is currently the President of Venture Norfolk which helps entrepreneurs with provincial and federal funding as well as assisting them with starting and operating their own business.
    Bill Culver, Mayoral Candidate, Norfolk County C. Richard Campbell 2022-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Fraud! Scammed! Ask Officers Ed and Brad

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    Well known in the community OPP P/C Ed Sanchuk (left) - and no that's not a chin strap lol (just lettering from the projector);  along with Auxiliary Sergeant Brad Weirs told us what to avoid.
    What to watch/listen for:
    Did you start that conversation? No!
    Did you ask for that service? No!
    If you didn't, it may be a scam or a fraud. Don't volunteer your personal information: name, family or grandchildren. Keep your personal information private. If you answer the phone or record a message of your answering service "Hi! This is Joe or Julie" Now, I've got the first piece of info about you; and I'll call back as your friend. If I can find your Facebook page, I know parts of your life, family and grandchildren. I can geo-locate data from posted pictures, so I know where pictures of personal events/birthday parties occurred.
    Fraud! Scammed! Ask Officers Ed and Brad Tim FitzGerald 2022-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Alan Duthie Candidate for Councillor  Norfolk County Ward 5

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    Late breaking news - Alan Duthie candidate for (one of two spots) as Councillor, Norfolk County - Ward 5 has been elected. Congrats to Alan!
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    Alan on the (right) and his Rotarian neighbour Dave Ferris (left) spoke to us today.
    Alan is the General Manager of our local radio station 98.9 myFM, so he should have a good voice on council. Some of his other involvements are Past President of the Norfolk County Fair Board, Chamber of Commerce and one of "100 Men Give a Dam" - they meet and fund local beneficial projects.
    Alan Duthie Candidate for Councillor Norfolk County Ward 5 Tim FitzGerald 2022-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Adam Veri Candidate for Ward 6 Councilor, Norfolk County

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    September 26, 2022
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photograph by: David Ferris
    Ward 6 is composed of Port Dover (Population 6,161 in 2016) and a large portion of the former Woodhouse Township.
    Over the past years, the small town has experienced explosive growth primarily from older persons who want to retire here. It is also home of the recurring Friday the 13th motorcycle rally.
    Adam Veri is an active member and Past-President of The Rotary Club of Simcoe and a small business owner in downtown Port Dover. He is an accomplished volunteer in the community and personally places a high priority on service to others. Adam now wants to add public service to his extensive service record.
    Some of his priorities are:
    • Community Building
    • Fiscal Responsibility
    • Providing Exceptional Services such as Seniors and Parking
    • Boosting The Local Economy
    Adam Veri Candidate for Ward 6 Councilor, Norfolk County C. Richard Campbell 2022-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Canada and Scotland Rotary Curling 2022

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    Story by: Jim Simpson, The Rotary Club of Norfolk-Sunrise with some tinkering by C. Richard Campbell

    The Scots are Coming November 10, 2022

    Whether you're a curler or not, you'll want to mark your calendar for this!
    For over 60 years, Canada and Scotland have enjoyed a biannual exchange of Rotary members who want to promote fellowship and engage in a curling friendly. This year, 17 Scots have formed a team and will be touring Ontario in November. The third stop on the tour will be here in Norfolk on 10th of November. To mark the occasion, there will be an afternoon bonspiel at the Simcoe Curling Club and a special joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Norfolk-Sunrise and Simcoe at the Simcoe Legion in the evening. Details to follow.
    Whilst the bonspiel will be a particular attraction for the Rotary curling community, the special joint meeting will be open to all Rotary members and their families.
    Come on out and meet a Scot!
    Canada and Scotland Rotary Curling 2022 C. Richard Campbell 2022-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Incumbent Mayor - Kristal Chopp

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    Right off the bat, incumbent Mayor Kristal Chopp communicated a firm grasp of the facts that govern Norfolk County's finances and thus the taxes that you pay. Kristal explained that the Mayor has only one vote on Council. The Mayor (and Council) hire the CAO (Chief Administrative Officer). Its the CAO who makes operational decisions and runs the County through the senior management team.
    Each year,  municipalities tax and contribute to "Reserve Funds" to "fund" ongoing and significant future upgrades and renewal expenditures. However, the Mayor showed us a graph of the County's Reserves (its in her campaign brochure). Since 2010, until Major Kristal Chopp arrived, the County's Reserves declined and went negative. How did it get this way?? Well, sometimes the use of "creative funding", whereby otherwise current expenditures get charged to reserves would keeps the year's tax levy low. Exclusion of major water supply upgrades would also keep the need for reserve funds low. Did the senior management know? Did the previous councils know or hint that it should be done this way? Its now in the past! The buck stops here! The binding solution passed by Mayor Chopp with the current council is a "15% Reserve Fund limit" - if the CAO/Council want to exceed 15% it must be debated and passed in open/public council meetings. 
    Incumbent Mayor - Kristal Chopp Tim FitzGerald 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Mayoral  Candidate - Ian Rabbits

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    Ian Rabbits has been a Norfolk County Councillor going on four years now.
    He has seen both the ups and downs of County politics.
    Ian studied political science at Brock University and continued education in PR and HR at Niagara and Conestoga respectively . Ian expressed that he is local and has experienced the same challenges "that you have" - making a living, cost of living and taxes. 
    Ian advises that he will use his experience and skills in HR to build consensus across council and deliver on the kitchen table issues that concern voters in Norfolk County.
    A few issues - water supply constraints are constraining development leaving us with fewer rate payors to spread the load. The legacy costs of maintaining ancient buildings for youth and senior citizen centres have precluded investment in modern facilities.
    A few questions from Rotarians - downtown Simcoe appears to suffer from decline?  One causation is the lack of affordable housing, there is a a less than 1% vacancy in the area. Ian has seen other jurisdictions with an independent housing corporations achieve a higher per capital success - this needs to be explored.
    Ian is a fiscal conservative and has never been shy of "honest - hands on work". 
    Mayoral Candidate - Ian Rabbits Tim FitzGerald 2022-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    The 2022 Jeff Scott Bursary Award

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    August 22, 2022
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    Photography by David Ferris
    At the August 22, 2022, Rotary meeting a bursary and three scholarships were awarded.
    Alan Leatherland was presented with the $ 1, 500.00 Jeff Scott Memorial Bursary for the Medical Arts by Rotarian Bob Stevenson. Maggie Scott attended as a representative of the Scott family.
    Mr. Leaterland becomes the second student to be awarded the bursary in its two year life span.
    The young fellow is going to be a Pharmacist. As a drug dependent senior, his skills should be in hot demand when he graduates.
    Alan Leatherland, Maggie Scott and Rotarian Bob Stevenson
    The 2022 Jeff Scott Bursary Award C. Richard Campbell 2022-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Three 2022 Gord watts Fine Arts Scholarships Awarded

    August 22, 2022
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    Photographs by David Ferris
    The Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship (established in 2012, $1,500.00)
    Mike Cobb, Chair, Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Committee and the Three 2022 Award Winners, Daphne Huyge, Hannah Woodley and Tiara Barrow

    Kiara Barrow, Delhi, who will go to McMaster University (Integrated Arts), Daphne Huyge, Valley Heights, who will be attend Fanshawe College (Fine Arts) and Hannah Woodley, Holy Trinity, who will be enrolled at the University of Waterloo (Architecture).
    Three 2022 Gord watts Fine Arts Scholarships Awarded C. Richard Campbell 2022-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Wally

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    August 29 2022
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    Photograph by David Ferris
    There are just two men in this club who have been Rotarians for over 50 years. B. Wallace (Wally) Anderson became a Simcoe Rotarian in 1957. Ken Smith followed in 1966.
    In presenting a caricature of the avid golfer, Rotarian Keith Sutherland (1976) commented that Wally was not just being recognized for his membership longevity of 65 years but for his extensive club contribution and his community involvement. This man has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations. 
    During his Rotary life, Wally was a extraordinary fundraiser both within the club and in the community. He worked hard for many, many years to obtain sponsorships for The Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament (formerly Rotary Charity Golf Tournament). He involved himself in all aspects of club service.
    Rotary Wally C. Richard Campbell 2022-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Pancakes In The Park

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    Saturday July 30 to Monday August 1, 2022
    7:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Simcoe Heritage Friendship Festival
    Simcoe Rotarians will be flipping pancakes at its usual location in Wellington Park between Bonnie Drive and Windham Street.
    You are welcomed to visit us and try our pancakes.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe
    Serving Simcoe, Norfolk County and the worldwide communities
    Pancakes In The Park C. Richard Campbell 2022-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

    2022 Gord Watts Scholarship Awards

    July 18, 2022
    Press Release by Rotarian Mike Cobb

    The Rotary Club of Simcoe Gord Watts Scholarship was established in 2012 to honour one of it’s own, Gord Watts, who passed away in 2007.  Gord Watts was a long time Rotarian active in all areas of the Club.  He had a dental practice in Simcoe for a number of years, but was also an accomplished artist, active in the Lynnwood Arts Centre, now Norfolk Arts Centre.  The scholarship is awarded yearly to deserving students graduating from a Norfolk County high school who plan on a post secondary education in the interdisciplinary fine arts.
    Mike Cobb of The Rotary Club of Simcoe confirmed that Watts Scholarships have been awarded to the following students; Kiara Barrow, Delhi, who will go to McMaster University (Integrated Arts), Daphne Huyge, Valley Heights, who will be attend Fanshawe College (Fine Arts) and Hannah Woodley, Holy Trinity, who will be enrolled at the University of Waterloo (Architecture).  Cobb said that tuition has increased steadily over the years but the scholarship has remained at $1,000 since the initial one in 2012.  Accordingly, Cobb said that The Simcoe Rotary Club has increased the amount to $1,500.00 this year and plans to continue at this level in the future.  
    2022 Gord Watts Scholarship Awards C. Richard Campbell 2022-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Amy Martin - Norfolk County Mayor Candidate

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    July 11 , 2022
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photograph by: David Ferris
    Ward 6 (Port Dover) Councillor, Amy Martin visited the Rotary club meeting to speak to the members why she wants to be Mayor of the County of Norfolk. She has the distinction of being the first Ward 6 female Councillor as well as the youngest.
    In her 4 years of council, she has served a Deputy-Mayor.
    During her speech, she mentioned that she is presently speaking to people rather talking about a platform. The Rotarians heard about stability in the Norfolk County Corporation and a re-emphasis on respect. She will attempt to narrow the gap between the west and east parts of the County. Each region having there own municipal service needs and wants. She also spoke of Infrastructure particularly water, service delivery and the cost thereof as well transparency in local government.
    Amy Martin - Norfolk County Mayor Candidate C. Richard Campbell 2022-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

    President Gerry Goddard 2022-2023

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    July 1st, 2022

    Story and Photograph By: C. Richard Campbell

    The Passing of the Baton Gavel

    On the left is "double-double" Gerry Goddard, incoming Club President accepting the gavel from Past-President "Hybrid" Adam Veri. The Port Diver dominance of the executive of the Rotary Club of Simcoe continues.
    When we affectionallysmiley nick name Gerry "double-double" it is not for his coffee consumption but this is his second time as President. "Hybrid" Adam will forever have the distinction of being our President, presiding over Zoom and In-Person club meetings during his term of office.  
    President Gerry Goddard and Past-President Adam Veri
    Gerry Goddard, President 2022-2023 and Past-President Adam Veri (President 2021-2022)
    President Gerry Goddard 2022-2023 C. Richard Campbell 2022-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Honoring Rotarian  Ken Smith, A Member Since 1966

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    June 21, 2022
    Story By: C. Richard Campbell
    Photograph By: C. Richard Campbell
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    Rotarian Ken Smith Receiving a Caricature of Himself from Rotarian Jim Stephens (The Photo is Blurry)
    This Rotarian has been a member for over 56 years. He began his Rotary life on January 2, 1966. His classification is Food Industry and has been retired for some time. While his longevity as a Rotarian is remarkable, the years have been packed with Rotary service. He has done it all and continues to be an active member. We see him as we enter the meeting area almost every meeting with his laptop taking attendance. There is a flood of words that come forth such as: commitment, leadership,  service, friendship, sense of humour and dedication. Well done Rotarian Ken Smith.
    Honoring Rotarian Ken Smith, A Member Since 1966 C. Richard Campbell 2022-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Candidate Colverdale - open mic!

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    May 31, 2022
    Story by Tim FitzGerald
    Erik Cloverdale is the newest neighbour of our Rotarian Dolf Wynia, residing in Walsingham, and his guest at lunch today.
    Erik is the GPO (Green Party of Ontario) candidate running for MPP of Haldimand and Norfolk in this week's provincial election.
    A person of diverse interests, he is an engineer by trade working in the arena of solar panel and electrical distribution, a director of a company in the Puslinch area - interests include a motorcycle, being an air plane pilot and boating on Long Point Bay.
    Erik's platform is understanding the necessity for sustainable energy. Energy sustainability is not an overnight solution. However, the lifetime "unit of power" cost of solar energy is now reaching or at par with traditional nuclear, coal, gas and hydro.
    Candidate Colverdale - open mic! Tim FitzGerald 2022-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Rotary Donates To Big Brothers & Big Sisters

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    May 15, 2022
    Story By: C. Richard Campbell
    Soon this Rotary Club will be 100 years old. From the early years, Simcoe Rotary had a "soft spot" for children and teenagers. The Club donated to the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and involved itself in Easter Seals. Club members also drove the wee ones and parents to Toronto for treatment and medical appointments.
    Today the commitment remains. In the photograph, David Ferris, Chair of the Community Service Committee gives Anna Reu, Director of Services of Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie a cheque for $ 5,000.00. This has been a trying time for service organizations and families coping with Covid19.
    Larger photograph on next page.
    Simcoe Rotary Donates To Big Brothers & Big Sisters C. Richard Campbell 2022-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Awards and Pins

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    April 6, 2022
    Story By: C. Richard Campbell
    Each Paul Harris Award represents a $ 1,000.00 US contribution to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International either by an individual or by an organization such as the Rotary Club.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe has ben recognized for its 100 per cent participation by its members in contribution a number of times. Our members contribute $ 100.00 CAD per year earns a Paul Harris Award after about 14 years. The Canadian dollar has not been at pare for many, many years. There are also Simcoe Rotarians who contribute an additional $ 1,000.00 US to the Rotary Foundation. In addition to individual members making contributions, the Club itself has consistently donated to the Polio Plus campaign to eradicate worldwide polio.
    Group photograph on next page.
    Simcoe Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Awards and Pins C. Richard Campbell 2022-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Bobbi Ann Brady - Independent Candidate

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    May 9, 2022
    Story By: C. Richard Campbell
    Photography by David Ferris
    Bobbi Ann Brady, an Independent Candidate in the provincial riding of Haldimand-Norfolk introduced herself to the Club and addressed issues that she is focusing on. Ms. Brady joins a growing number of eight candidates at the time of writing this story.
    Ms. Brady has been an executive assistant to retiring MPP Toby Barrett (Conservative) for 23 years. Barrett represented the riding since 1995 and is campaigning with her. Haldimand-Norfolk is a traditional "Tory" riding. For those voters that like their representatives to be born and raised in the riding, she qualifies. She and the other non-Conservative candidates have a challenge ahead of them. 
    She has experience as an editor and writer of a small town newspaper that has give her an " appreciation for the struggles that people face."
    Bobbi Ann Brady - Independent Candidate C. Richard Campbell 2022-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Guess who's coming for lunch? Why its Norfolk CAO, Al Meneses of course!

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    April 4, 2022
    Story by Tim FitzGerald
    Al joined Norfolk County, as CAO, last September bringing with him career experience from Vaughn, Brampton and Georgian Bluffs - these are "lower tier" municipalities (part of a greater regional municipality). Whereas, in Norfolk - a "single tier" municipality - there's no such place to kick issues upstairs  - they are addressed right here in Norfolk. This presents Al with some exciting challenges and he's up the job. Al observed that Norfolk has had multiple CAO's in many short years. Although the media has long reported the disagreements on how things were being accomplished or should be accomplished, Al complimented the current Council for tackling foundational issues and laying the groundwork for the next 20 years.
    Guess who's coming for lunch? Why its Norfolk CAO, Al Meneses of course! Tim FitzGerald 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk residents gave their lives in WWII - who were they?

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    March 14, 2022
    Story by Tim FitzGerald
    Their names are listed on the Carillon Tower downtown in Simcoe. At that time, theses young men and women were well known to the citizens of Norfolk County. They grew up here, went to high school here, worked here, played sports here. But years later, parents have passed on and many families have moved in the great diaspora.
    Dave Stelpstra is one of a large volunteer group of some sixty-three "editors" who have researched the history and war records of those that enlisted in the army/navy/air-force and published them so that we can know them and remember them as people - ordinary from all walks of life.

    Norfolk residents gave their lives in WWII - who were they? Tim FitzGerald 2022-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Larry Kormos Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro Again

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    March 12, 2022
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    "I wanted to ask you if you would be kind enough to forward to club members the following appeal.
    As you may know I am attempting to summit Kilimanjaro again this March 26.
    I am dedicating my climb to raise funds for Sick Kids Hospital. It is an amazing organization having been rated the #1 children’s charity and paediatric hospital in the world.
    I am appealing to my Rotary friends for their consideration in helping me raise funds for this great cause.

    Please find attached the link to my fundraising page.

    My very Best Regards.

    Rotarian Larry Kormos Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro Again C. Richard Campbell 2022-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Rotary Facebook Account Disabled

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    March 9, 2022
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Much to our surprise, The Rotary Club of Simcoe discovered that it's Facebook Account has been disabled because it does not comply with Community Standards. You will not be able to access the Facebook page. At the present, an assessment is being made about establishing a new account.
    Simcoe Rotary Facebook Account Disabled C. Richard Campbell 2022-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Jean Hickman - Simcoe Rotary's Newest Member

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    March 8, 2022
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    On February 28th, 2022, Jean Hickman presented her classification talk to the Club. A classification talk introduces a new member to Club. It is an opportunity to tell the membership who you are, what you do and why you joined the Club. Jean's membership comes at a time when Rotary International is growing again to about 1.2 million. District 7090 of which Simcoe Rotary is a part of is among the fastest growing Districts.
    The stereotypical Rotarian in North America is male, older, perhaps a golfer, a volunteer, community (both local  and worldwide) supporter and a successful professional or businessman. There is nothing even remotely stereotypical about Jean Hickman. As an example, she gets her kicks jumping out of airplanes and skydiving to earth.
    Jean Hickman - Simcoe Rotary's Newest Member C. Richard Campbell 2022-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Virtual Membership Drive

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    March 8 , 2022
    Story posted by C. Richard Campbell
    Do you want to be more involved in your community, and create a better world through community and international service?
    Rotary is 1.4 million passionate individuals in 46,000+ clubs worldwide. We are both an international organization and a local community leader, Together we lead change in our own backyards and across the world. 
    Please join The Rotary Clubs of DELHI, NORFOLK SUNRISE & SIMCOE for a Virtual “Meet & Greet” Membership Drive, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm.
    You will hear about the good work Rotary does here in our community and internationally. Club members will engage you in conversation about Rotary Membership and answer questions. Come out and experience Rotary Fun & Fellowship!
    Rotary Virtual Membership Drive C. Richard Campbell 2022-03-08 05:00:00Z 0


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    February 4, 2022
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell

    WEEK of EARTH DAY APRIL 22 (16TH-24TH) 2022

    One of Rotary's Area of Focus is Protecting the Environment. So it is fitting that District# 7090 joins with
    14 Districts surrounding the Great Lakes in this large International Service Club initiative.
    Last year, COVID19 forced the cancellation of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup (AKA Day of Action) in Norfolk County.
    Hopefully, the Rotary Clubs of Delhi, Norfolk-Sunrise and Simcoe along with the Rotaract club will be engaged in cleaning up rivers and shoreline in the County. Volunteers as well as other organizations are welcomed to join us in cleaning up the environment. At this time, the planning is being done. When more information is available, it will posted on the website.
    Turkey Point Beach
    DISTRICT# 7090 GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEANUP C. Richard Campbell 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

    New District # 7090 Scholarships

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    February 1, 2022
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    The Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee of District # 7090 has announced the following scholarships for eligible high school graduating students:
    "TWO - $1,000.00 USD Awards
    ONE - $1,500.00 USD Award for a student with a median family income of less than $37,000 USD/year"
    For more information. visit the District # 7090 website at District Scholarship 2022 | Rotary District 7090 (
    District # 7090 is composed of rotary clubs in southern Ontario and northern New York. The Rotary Clubs of Delhi, Norfolk-Sunrise and Simcoe within Norfolk County are all part of the district.
    New District # 7090 Scholarships C. Richard Campbell 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Community Living Access (CLA)

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    December 13, 2021
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Living - yes! That is what all of us want to do. Perhaps jump into a car and explore other cities and sites at will. But for persons with developmental disabilities that is not their reality. So they need "access" to "live" right here in their "community"!
    Patricia Morris and Don Lawson of CLA  showed us a video of their client Kevin. Kevin, explained, "... I have goals and dreams to accomplish and look forward to ... when I am writing for our magazine I feel the same as you ... ".
    Community Living Access (CLA) Timothy FitzGerald 2021-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Port Dover Yacht Club Sailing School

    December 6th 2021
    Created by: Tim FitzGerald
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    Good people volunteer! Rotary Club of Simcoe members Janis Demmans and Hadley Jackson are also volunteers at the Port Dover Yacht Club directing the Sailing School (kids and adult programmes). This Non-profit school is in its 12th year. Its a great asset for Norfolk and surrounding counties. Initially launched from the Port Dover and Port Ryerse beaches, it operates from floating ramps at the Port Dover Outer Harbour Marina.
    Port Dover Yacht Club Sailing School Tim FitzGerald 2021-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

    2022 Jeff Scott Memorial Bursary For The Medical Arts Announcement

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    December 4, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell

    The Jeff Scott Memorial Bursary For The Medical Arts 

    The Bursary Committee has announced that the application form is now available for downloading. Also anyone interested in the bursary should read the Announcement since there have been changes to the application deadline and some updating of the bursary description.
    The link to the 2022 Bursary Announcement is here page/tjsmbftma-2022-announcement
    For more information on the bursary, e-mail the Club at
    2022 Jeff Scott Memorial Bursary For The Medical Arts Announcement C. Richard Campbell 2021-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Simcoe - AGM

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    November 29, 2021
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Club President Adam Veri hosted our 2021 AGM today. Our second "in person" meeting (post Covid, we hope!); and with our first catered lunch -  20 "in person" members for lunch with 6 more offsite via Zoom. The Rotary fellowship, face-to-face again, is appreciated - rejoice!
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    Silver Lake Preservation

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    November 22, 2021
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Jim Dover, Vice President of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association (PDWPA).

    Rejoice - the repairs to the dam on Silver Lake in Port Dover are completed. Jim spoke to us today. Phase two of the Silver Lake restoration project is being initiated
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    Simcoe Rotary Hybrid Meetings

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    November 21, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell

    After approximately 1 year and 8 months, The Rotary Club of Simcoe will resume in-person meetings on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the Club Rooms of the Royal Legion, Branch 79 in Simcoe, Ontario. 
    The meetings will also be available to remote participants on Zoom.
    Members and quests must adhere to the rules in order to be admitted to meetings.
    •    You must self-declare if you are or have been experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19, otherwise not enter the building;     
    •     You must wear a properly fitted mask on entering the building and at all times when not seated to eat and/or drink;
    •    You must sign in with your contact information on the sheets provided and show proof of vaccination; 
    •     ​​​​​​​Face coverings and physical distancing in effect.
    Simcoe Rotary Hybrid Meetings C. Richard Campbell 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Catlin Arrojo, the first Jeff Scott Bursary  Award Recipient

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    November 8, 2021
    Story by:  C. Richard Campbell
    Photographs provided by: The Jeff Scott Memorial Bursary For The Medical Arts Committee
    On September 15, 2021, the very first $ 1, 500.00 bursary was awarded in the memory of Rotarian Jeff Scott to Catlin Arrojo at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
    Ms. Arrojo, a graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Simcoe, Ontario and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the university.
    Caitlin is keeping her options open and is interested in  "Becoming a doctor, hospital director, occupational therapist, pharmacist, or epidemiologist, or working for the Public Health Agency of Canada, at local health units, or at the World Health Organization..."
    Catlin Arrojo, the first Jeff Scott Bursary Award Recipient C. Richard Campbell 2021-11-07 04:00:00Z 0
    Art With Heart in Simcoe, Ontario Tim FitzGerald 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Karen Oakes 1950-2021

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    There are Rotarians and then there are outstanding Rotarians like Karen Oakes. On October 9th, 2021, Karen a former banker and community volunteer died. She was a devoted, committed and it seem at times a tireless Rotarian. Here is a snapshot of her Rotary life:
    "...member of the Rotary Club of Delhi since 1995, Delhi President (1999-2001), Chair of the District Permanent Fund (2004-2008), Recipient of the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service (2007), District Governor (2010-2011), District Foundation Chair (2012-2017), Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor, District Training Team member, Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation, Bequest Society member, current Zone Treasurer and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor". 
    As a Rotarian, we all strive to provide community service and to be volunteers whether in our backyard or around the world. Karen's absence from Norfolk Rotary will be noted. She was such an example of our motto.
    Karen Oakes 1950-2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Shelter Box Hero Award

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    July, 2021
    Story By C. Richard Campbell
    ShelterBox has awarded The Rotary Club of Simcoe the Bronze Hero status for the Rotary Year 2020-2021. 
    The Club's continuing financial support has helped ShelterBox Canada " to deliver aid to families recovering from disaster in 
    India, Honduras, Philippines, Tanzania, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ethiopia."
    "The partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary is serving to change lives."
    "But because of you and your continued support, more families can begin to rebuild and recover."
    [Dani Bristow, Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada]
    Shelter Box Hero Award C. Richard Campbell 2021-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

    George A. Renshaw 1916-2021

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    June 20th, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photographs from the archives
    On June 18th, 2021, Honorary Rotarian George Renshaw died at age 104. Before being designated an Honorary Rotarian in 2016, George was an Active member of the Club for some 62 years with the classification of Can Manufacturing.
    In 1989 - 1990, he was the President of the Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow award in 1997.
    Sixty-two years of community service is impressive by itself. But when you remember that this year The Rotary Club of Simcoe celebrated its 96th anniversary, one gets the idea of why his years of service and membership are just so remarkable.
    When you join Rotary, chances are that you will forge friendships that can last for decades, and even after you leave the Rotary Club. George was a likable and knowledgeable man.
    George A. Renshaw 1916-2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Cody Lyons Classification Talk

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    April 19, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Images: Screen captures
    Cody Lyons
    Joined the Rotary Club of Simcoe in 2017
    Corporate member - Classification: Senior Retirement Residential
    Each new Rotarian is required to present to the Club a Classification Talk.
    He is a Simcoe native. Cody told the Club about his involvement in community sports as a volunteer and as a participant. He graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Tourism. Cody is presently the Community Relations Coordinator of Cedar Crossing Retirement Community in Simcoe, Ontario.
    Cody Lyons Classification Talk C. Richard Campbell 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

    RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones - RI Assembly 2021

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    Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor and Roseland makes Rotary history by becoming the first woman named Rotary president nominee. She will become Rotary International President for 2022-2023. Jones joined Rotary in 1997 and is the founder and president of award-winning Media Street productions in Winsor, Ontario.
    The link below is a virtual presentation at the Rotary International Assembly 2021.
    You may also be interested in this video:
    RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones - RI Assembly 2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

    SLAPSHOT 2021

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    SLAPSHOT is  a New Generations program of Rotary International. It is for high school student leaders, 15 to 18 years of age. This program promotes and fosters youth leadership. Once the individual is accepted. The "sponsoring" Rotary Club pays the $ 100.00 US cost to attend this virtual event which takes place from May 2 to 5, 2021. The deadline for registration is April 14th, 2021.  For more information, read on.
    SLAPSHOT 2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Fanshaw - Norfolk Campus pushes forward during Covid-19

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    March 29, 2021
    Story by Timothy FitzGerald
    Jessica Ryde is the Student Services contact at Fanshawe College - Simcoe Campus.
    During the pandemic, most programmes have been adapted with on-line learning reducing in-classroom requirements. However, welding is still 70 percent hands on instruction in the shops at the Simcoe campus.
    A new twist from the pandemic is an increased call for "at home" service vocations such as esthetics. Calls for the food service worker preparing meals "to go" are heightened in the new reality of more careers/families working remotely.
    Norfolk County is a great place for post secondary studies. Take a virtual tour of the campus 
    Contact Jessica Phone: 519-426-8260 x22
    Fanshaw - Norfolk Campus pushes forward during Covid-19 Timothy FitzGerald 2021-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Stan Cox, 1936-2021

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    March 26, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    It will always be Stan. 
    No Simcoe Rotarian would ever call him Reverend Doctor, especially when he was delivering a joke. The man who died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton was so cheerful with a twinkle in his eye and ready with a good story. The story usually had an unforeseen twist with a touch of humour. He will always be a Rotarian's "Rotarian"!
    Stan is a Past-President of the Club in 1992-1993. He became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1992. John Stanley Cox is one of a hand-full of present Rotarians that have resigned from the Club for whatever reasons and returned to the Club.
    Rotarian Stan Cox, 1936-2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Ian Madge, Paul Harris Fellow

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    March 15, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell with the help of Rotarian Ken Smith’s notes
    Pre-Covid-19 photograph of Ian Madge from and has been edited
    Other photographs are screen captures of the You Tube live streaming of the church service or provided by Rotarian Mike Cobb

    On Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Simcoe, Ontario; Ken Smith of The Rotary Club of Simcoe for over 55 years (and a St. Paul’s choir member) presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Ian Madge of Simcoe. 
    "Ian has been organist and choir director here for decades, and under our current Covid restrictions spends countless hours producing the hymn and anthem arrangements in such a form to accommodate these live-stream broadcasts, and was instrumental in the process of acquiring and installing the necessary equipment.
    Ian Madge, Paul Harris Fellow C. Richard Campbell 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Empowering Young Women - Early!

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    March 8, 2021
    Story by Timothy FitzGerald
    Its international Women's Day today - March 8th.
    Haley Wilson and Jennifer Lados are employed by Haldimand and Norfolk Women's Services. Each year, for grade 8 girls,  they run a Girls Power Camp. using Camp Trillium facilities in December. However with COVID challenges this year it will be held virtually in April. Their grins show their optimism, belief and understanding that young women can trust.
    Haley and Jennifer described that many young women are quite unprepared for the social and emotional storm that they face on day one of high school. Who will be my friends? Where do I fit in? What choices should I make (good vs poor)?
    The three day camp navigates Day 1: self-empowerment, self esteem, healthy relationships. Day: 2 high ropes, self defence, motivation. Day 3: healthy boundaries, sharing circles - roses and thorns.
    Empowering Young Women - Early! Tim FitzGerald 2021-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Twenty-One New Paul Harris Fellows

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    March 1, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    Bob Stevenson, Simcoe Rotarian and District 7090, Area 1 Assistant Governor presented via Zoom, 21 Paul Harris Fellow Certificates and pins.  When $ 1,000 US is donated to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a Paul Harris Fellow can be issued to a designated person. In the case of the 21 Simcoe Rotarians who became Paul Harris Fellows, each Rotarian has been donating $ 100.00 Canadian per year. The Club has also made a number of donations to The Rotary Foundation in regard to the Polio Plus program to eradicate Polio worldwide. Since 1925, the Rotary Club of Simcoe has presented Paul Harris Fellows to a number of persons in the community for outstanding accomplishment and service. The Club has also presented Paul Harris Fellows to Rotarians in the club who have contributed "Service Above Self".
    Twenty-One New Paul Harris Fellows C. Richard Campbell 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

    ShelterBox Canada

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    February 28, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    Allison Kingston, Community Fundraising Coordinator of ShelterBox Canada visited the Club via Zoom on February 8, 2021. ShelterBox is one of a number of Rotary International partners. The Rotary Club of Simcoe has a long history of contributing to ShelterBox. 
    If you are new to ShelterBox, this is a brief introduction. In 2000, the Rotary Club of Herston-Lizard in Cornwall, United Kingdom started ShelterBox as a club project and it quickly became a success story. In 2021, the purchase price of a ShelterBox is $ 1,000 US. You donate the $ 1,000 US for a ShelterBox which is allocated along with others to strategic places around the world for distribution when there is a natural disaster or when people are displaced from their homes due to war and conflict. Once a need for shelter is identified, ShelterBox has response teams to travel the world.
    ShelterBox Canada C. Richard Campbell 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

    WASH, Malawi, Africa

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    February 24, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    On January 25, 2021, Gordon Young and Patrick MacNeil of the Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club zoomed into our meeting and presented the WASH, (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) project in Chisimulka, Rumphi District, Malawi, Africa. Recently the Rotary Club of Simcoe contributed $ 1,500 US to the $ 8,000 US project being sponsored by the Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club. The Chisimulka Clinic will have a new water storage tank, piping and plumbing as well as water testing and filtration. The Clinic has pipes to toilets, showers, and inside sinks  but they are not connected to the water supply.
    WASH, Malawi, Africa C. Richard Campbell 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Ducks, Waterfowl and Drones

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    February 24, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    On December 7, 2020, Dr. Scott Petrie, CEO and Chief Scientist of Delta Waterfowl in North Dakota spoke to the Club via Zoom about this international organization. He is no stranger to Norfolk County since he served as Executive Director of the Long Point Waterfowl organization for 18 years. Once you get your head around the fact that hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are now involved in a management and conservation organization that in the past, particularly in our the Long Point area were better known for their excesses. 
    A number of highlights stand out from the presentation such as a commitment to waterfowl research, embracing new technology, fundraising programs and an on emphasizing waterfowl management and the conservation of the duck habitat.
    Ducks, Waterfowl and Drones C. Richard Campbell 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Black History in Canfield, Ontario a sequence of Acts.

    February 22nd, 2021
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Graeme Bachiu is a documentary film maker living in Canfield, ON . While there are many documentary films that cover history surrounding Ontario's larger urban areas, Graeme found that this can not be said of more rural. His career began with community channel TV (including coverage of a Rotary club event along the way), years at CHCH in Hamilton and then upon the reshaping of his industry as an independent film producer in Canfield, ON. You can sample his skills and passion at
    In 1850 the United States passed the Fugitive Slave Act. Henceforth, both free northern Blacks and fugitive southern slaves no longer felt safe in the northern US states. Slavery in Upper Canada had been abolished by the Act Against Slavery, passed in 1793 - Black emigration to Upper Canada increased during the times of the "Underground Railroad" 1840-1860.
    Black History in Canfield, Ontario a sequence of Acts. Timothy FitzGerald 2021-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

    Canoes - Water Transportation of Millenia

    February 15th, 2021
    Story by: Tim FitzGerald
    Karen Taylor (upper right), Director of Programmes spoke to us today about the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON. Peterborugh  has been a centre of boatbuilding predating confederation. The museum displays not only canoes of Canada's early fur trade but coast to coast canoe histories of five continents. They feature tours, workshops for all ages and indigenous skills. Having outgrown their current facility and they will break ground on a new building this year. 
    Canoes - Water Transportation of Millenia Timothy FitzGerald 2021-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

    Toronto Ski Hawks

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    January 26th, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Simcoe Rotarians are compulsive and even obsessive volunteers.
    "Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labour for community service. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue." (Source - Wikipedia)
    The Toronto Ski Hawks is the organization that this article focuses on. 
    Every Saturday during nine weeks of winter, trained volunteers guide skiers with low or no vision down the slopes. Some of Ontario's most prominent private and semi-private ski clubs welcome the blind and near-blind skiers. Although Covid-19 has interrupted the skiing, two former Simcoe Rotarians and two active Rotarians have or are guiding the downhill alpine skiers. People of "all ages and abilities"  can ski with the aid a guide. Even if you do not know how to ski, they will teach you.
    Toronto Ski Hawks C. Richard Campbell 2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Keith Flexman, 1943-2021

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    January 25, 2021
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell and Ron Baker
    Keith Flexman is a former member of the Rotary Club of Simcoe. He was an active participant at club events and a leader in the founding of the Rotary Club of Norfolk-Sunrise.  Norfolk-Sunrise became the third club that the Rotary Club of Simcoe sponsored. The energetic and successful Norfolk-Sunrise Rotary Club is because of Rotarians like Keith Flexman.
    Recently, there was a Keith Flexman’s ZOOM Celebration of Life visitation.  Below are the remarks of President Baker of the Rotary Club of Simcoe. 
    "Good afternoon. I am Ron Baker, President of the Rotary Club of Simcoe. On behalf of our club, I want to offer our sincere condolences to Joyce and the Flexman family, and to honour the life and legacy of Keith Flexman; a Great man. Dr. Martin Luther King jr. said: “Greatness is determined by service.”
    Keith Flexman, 1943-2021 C. Richard Campbell 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

    When Time Stopped in Port Dover 

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    January 18th 2021
    Story by Tim FitzGerald
    Rick Dupp is a fan of old town clocks. Rick retired as Head of the Industrial Millwright Program at Mohawk College. Living in Port Dover and active with Lighthouse Festival Theatre as a volunteer and actor, it went against all he stood for that the time displayed on the old town clock had read 4:20 for over a decade. After all, the virtual background behind him is the celestial clock in Prague that had been keeping time for 600 years.
    In 2015, Rick exclaimed to the theatre's Artistic Director Derick Ritschel and General Manager Helen Wagner - our clock is only 109 years old - I'm going up there to fix it! As our speaker today, Rick told us the history of the clock, the bell before it, town fundraising and how he got it working again. Story and pictures below!
    When Time Stopped in Port Dover Timothy FitzGerald 2021-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Shed a Tear for Rotary Beer

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    January 13th, 2021
    Story by C. Richard Campbell
    In 2017, Rotary International, Ontario based Rotary Clubs and Wellington Brewery in Guelph, Ontario developed and produced Rotary Beer. The beer is described as  a "crisp, blonde lager beer" which was sold in selected "Beer Stores" in Ontario.  It has a brief but fulfilling 3 year life. smiley 
    This is the link to the original story announcing the sale of Rotary Beer
    Rotary International received a certain amount of the sale price for it's clean water projects. It seems fitting since most of the beverage is water. Rotary Clubs such as The Rotary Club of Simcoe and Norfolk-Sunrise also received cash from every sale which was applied to internal projects and programs. While it never was a great money maker, it was a fundraiser with little effort other than promotion and perhaps drinking the occasional glass of beer.
    Shed a Tear for Rotary Beer C. Richard Campbell 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Valley Trail

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    December 14th, 2020
    Story by  C Richard Campbell
    The Lynn Valley Trail is an old abandoned railway right-of-way between Port Dover and Simcoe. The 11. 8 kilometer trail was originally purchased by the former Regional Municipality of Haldmand-Norfolk as a future utility corridor.
    It has a colourful past. As an example, in the 1930s and 1940's, Port Dover high school students rode the electrified railway to the Simcoe High School. Now there are walkers, joggers and bicycles enjoying the trail.
    The trail was officially opened in 1993. Today, it promotes recreation, health and tourism.
    Diane Luke, a Director with the Lynn Valley Association zoomed into our homes and businesses to update the Rotary Club of Simcoe on the activities and projects of the Lynn Valley Trail Association.
    Lynn Valley Trail C. Richard Campbell 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Caribbean Farm Workers Stranded in Norfolk County

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    December 21, 2020
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    As Ontario and Norfolk County go into holiday "lock down" due to the resurging growth of Covid-19 infection, Caribbean workers are stranded here because of prohibiting travel restrictions at home. Over 80 farm workers will be spending the holidays far from their homes in bunkhouses. 
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe is raising money, collecting winter clothing and "connecting" the workers with local agencies such as the Salvation Army. This is not the first time the Club has assisted off shore workers and their families. 
    Caribbean Farm Workers Stranded in Norfolk County C. Richard Campbell 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Bob Morrow, Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club

    Bob Morrow
    November 9, 2020
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Bob Morrow spoke to the Club from the comfort of his home about a number of space related subjects such as the Canadian Space Agency, the International Space Station, Mars exploration and yes, even growing tomatoes in space. With the aid of breathtaking photography and the occasional cartoon, he became our space tour guide. The Club members also learned of the new technology, some of which is developed and owned by the private sector for delivering humans and materials to outer space. 
    Being a Canadian, you could not help be filled with pride when you saw the photographs of the Canada Arm doing such things as unloading a satellite from the American shuttle. Canadians have embraced space exploration with a number of men and women becoming astronauts.
    Bob Morrow, Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club C. Richard Campbell 2020-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk Pregnancy & Resource Centre

    Sonia Nunn, NP&RC
    Sonia Nunn, Norfolk Pregnancy & Resource Centre
    November 30, 2020
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Parenting is a challenge even when you have loving parents (future babysitters) and family support. It is a "learn on the job" experience. It can be an especially hard experience if you are alone, have no financial resources  and have personal problems.
    Sonia Nunn via Zoom of the Norfolk Pregnancy & Resource Centre in Simcoe told the Club about the services and support it offers to mothers and fathers that need help being parents. A number have no role model growing-up and may suffer from addiction problems. 
    Norfolk Pregnancy & Resource Centre C. Richard Campbell 2020-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk County Public Library

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    November 16, 2020
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    The Norfolk County Public Library with branches in Delhi, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe  and Waterford has been informed by Norfolk County that it's  2021 budget is to be reduced by 10 % or about $ 298,000.00. The Norfolk County Public Library is facing the possibility of eliminating staff, as well as reducing hours of operation and well-used services. 
    The largest branch is located in Simcoe, Ontario is historic and unique since it is a converted jail which had an interior gallows prior to the renovation.
    Aaron Gautreau, Development Co-Ordinator of the library addressed the Club via Zoom about the library's $ 35,000.00 fundraising campaign by year end.
    Norfolk County Public Library C. Richard Campbell 2020-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
    Be safe C. Richard Campbell 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Jeff Scott, March 23, 1970-November 25, 2020 C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Who Are These Masked Men?

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    November, 2020 - Meet President Ron Baker (on the left) of The Rotary Club of Simcoe Who Presents The Club's Newest Member Jason Deland With His Membership Certificate 
    Who Are These Masked Men? C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
    "Visitors" at The Rotary Club of Simcoe Timothy FitzGerald 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
    Our Star Reporter Tim Fitzgerald C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Remembrance Day, November 11, 2020 C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian John Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Ron Baker 2020-2021 Simcoe Rotary President

    Ron Baker, Simcoe Rotary President 2020-2021
    October 30, 2020
    President Baker updated the Club on its Strategic Plan with an explanation of its purpose, lifespan and future member involvement. Accompanying the plan update was a modified classification talk.
    Ron joined the Rotary Club of Simcoe on June 1, 2006.  He married Jacqueline A. Ferris, U. E.; (1938 -2018) in 1960, in Port Rowan, Ontario.   They then spent 42 years, in the USA and Europe.  He returned to Port Rowan in 2002.  In 1969, he went on a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Australia.    
    His career was in international business management in Asia, North America, and Europe; 17 years in Switzerland and The Netherlands and15 years in Brussels, Belgium; in commercial development, defense, chemical, science, and technology industries. Following university studies in Chemistry, Engineering, and International Business, his first Rotary connection was in 1969, in a Group Study Exchange to Australia.  
    Ron was adjunct lecturer in Business for 10 years at three of Brussels leading Business schools.  He speaks Dutch, French, German, and Spanish; pursues interests in the arts, English language, and literature.   
    An Anglican Church Lay Reader, he's a Trustee of the Board of Historic Christ Anglican Church, Vittoria, Ontario .
    In Rotary, he supported International programs (Director (2009 - 2010; 2012 - 2014); Lynn River Music & Arts Festival; The Norfolk Musical Arts Festival; Rotary House Tour Committee Chair; 2016-'17, President-Elect  2019-2020 and President for the 2020-2021 year.   
    Ron Baker 2020-2021 Simcoe Rotary President C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Josefa Michaelson, CAPP and CEC

    October 23, 2020
    Josefa Michaelson, CAPP and CEC
    Via Zoom,  Josefa Michaelson, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Canada's Energy Citizens spoke to the Club about Canada's oil and natural gas industry.
    Some of the highlights of  the presentation:
    ► Canada has the 3rd largest reserves of crude oil  and is the 5th largest producer of natural gas  in the world
    ► The country is the 6th largest producer of crude oil in the world
    ► The industry generates billions of dollars in revenue and over 500,00 jobs
    ►There has been a substantial investment in environmental protection amd a commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions
    Slide - Oil and Natural Gas Industry
    Josefa Michaelson, CAPP and CEC C. Richard Campbell 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Please Donate Blood Timothy FitzGerald 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
    World Polio Day - October 24, 2020 C. Richard Campbell 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk Police Services Board - Chair Dennis Travale Explains

    From the top, the (Ontario) Police Services Act defines the Police Services Boards (PSB). In laymen's terms, to facilitate "effective and efficient policing" in the local community. The PSB's do not advise the OPP how to police;  but rather communicates the local community's strategic policing priorities. Of the 5 members of the board, 2 are provincial appointees, 2 are members of Council (one is the Mayor) and a member from the local population appointed by Council - Dennis Travale. Dennis  is the current Chair. Thus PSB is not a committee of Council nor reports to it.
    PSB focus areas are:

    1. Crime prevention; 2. Law enforcement; 3. Assistance to victims of crime; 4. Public order maintenance; and 5. Emergency response. 

    This is where the task of "effective and efficient" becomes difficult if the only solution would be moving resources from one area to another.

    A better solution that has been accomplished by our Norfolk PSB was to facilitate local community policies/programmes that reduced 'waste" of scarce police resources  through four projects areas: 1. A new False Alarm Bylaw. The PSB, as an independent body has the authority to issue Bylaws, 2. An active discussion with County staff and subsequently Council to determine which, if any, County Bylaws they want the police to enforce. 3. A new County-wide Community Policing Committee; and 4. A Strategic Plan for policing in Norfolk County.

    And, across the news in all municipalities, who are the appropriate resources to be  deployed to address areas of community safety and wellness - such as – BUT not limited to:

    Mental health;
    Health Care;
    Much has been accomplished by our PSB. There is always more to do.
    Norfolk Police Services Board - Chair Dennis Travale Explains Timothy FitzGerald 2020-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Angela Wallace, Port Dover Harbour Museum

    Monday, September  28, 2020
    Angela Wallace, Curator, Port Dover Harbour Msuem
    Angela Wallace, Port Dover Harbour Museum Curator guided Simcoe Rotarians on a virtual tour of the museum which has been closed to the public since mid-March. While the emphasis is on marine artifacts and history, Port Dover and area has a rich history of boat building and ship repair, fish processing, sports, tourism and industry such as the former W. F. Kolbe Company. A Maid of the Mist was built next door to the museum.
    The museum has reached out to the community by presenting special events such as the annual New Years Levee which appears to be very well attended and a lot of fun.
    While touring the museum, Rotarians learn that two Port Dover Rotarians namely Margaret Bancroft and Bob Perks are volunteers at the museum. Simcoe Rotarians are compulsive volunteers , so it is no surprise to learn of the two being involved with the museum.
    Rotarians Margaret Bancroft and Bob Perks
    The next page has a slideshow of of the tour.
    Angela Wallace, Port Dover Harbour Museum C. Richard Campbell 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Margaret Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2020-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie Number 9 C. Richard Campbell 2020-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Day of Action

    The Rotary Clubs of Simcoe, Delhi, and Norfolk Sunrise need your support collecting items for the local food banks throughout September.
    Day of Action Jason Deland 2020-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Local Golfers Support the good work of Rotary

    The Rotary Club of Simcoe's annual fundraiser golf tournament was held today September 9th. Donating a few hours during their day - shown below foursomes of - Greg Smith and Connie Forsyth - out for the event!
    Local Golfers Support the good work of Rotary Timothy FitzGerald 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Right Person for the Job - Frank Adamson

    Rotary International District 7090’s Frank Adamson, District Governor attended our Zoom meeting today. Frank, with the full support of his wife, Judy, is very accomplished at fundraising. Be it for Rotary and/or community. How much you ask? – for example, chaired “Tour du Lac, Niagara” raising $250,000 for the United Way.
    Frank has goals for our District which spans through Western New York through to Delhi, Ontario. This 2020/21 year Frank is the right person for the job!
    Right Person for the Job - Frank Adamson Timothy FitzGerald 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk Residents created Global Shores Opportunities in Guatemala

    Cathy Penelton, Administrator and Shantelle Matos, Principal Fundraiser for Global Shore Opportunities spoke to us today.
    This Not-For-Profit was established by residents of Norfolk County in 2002 from a local farm group. An attachment to Guatemala showed the need for schooling K-12 grades. In Guatemala most students don't finish school. There is little government support. Rather most students drop out to support their families. Global Shore Opportunities thus started a school in the El Tizate countryside.
    18 years later they have classes K-12, graduates, 33 Guatemalan staff and are becoming sustainable with graduates coming back to teach. They teach streams such as Graphic Design, Accounting and Secretarial. Students do a practicum (co-op) and are often hired as employees.
    Global Shore Opportunities has a following. An office has since been opened in Pennsylvania to allow US tax receipts to be issued to US donors there. Of course Covid-19 has upset regular donations.
    Visit them at 
    Norfolk Residents created Global Shores Opportunities in Guatemala Timothy Fitzgerald 2020-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Covid-19 Golf Tournament Format

    Harold Shantz Memorial Golf Tournament

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

    Greens of Renton

    Great news! Our annual golf event is now rescheduled for Wednesday September 9th!
    As usual, it will be held at The Greens of Renton Golf Club. There are several changes this year to cope with COVID-19. We will have tee-offs rather than a shot-gun start, starting at 9 am and using Blue and Green tees. We can accommodate 20 to 24 foursomes using this format. Golfers can have their own cart or if individuals are comfortable in sharing with someone else, that is OK too, and lessens the cart demand for us. Lunch will be provided as usual ‘at the turn’- burger or sausage plus a soft drink. Other beverages are available at the bar.
    There will be no banquet or prize awards this year due to COVID rules at this time. We appreciate the golfers’ support of our Rotary Club as we strive to create funding to carry on our work. Any financial support beyond golf fees would be welcomed. All previous sponsors’ signage will be displayed this year as well.
    Golf foursomes are strongly encouraged to pre-pay. This year, we will be charging only $100 per player-$400 per foursome. Electronic transfer can be made directly to the Tournament Treasurer Tom Pidduck ( Your fees will be automatically transferred to The Rotary Club of Simcoe.
    In a separate email, please let Craig Hunter ( know that you have signed on to play with the names of each player in your foursome. Please indicate your preferred tee-time (9-10 or 10-11) and how many carts your group will need. The Club will do its best to accommodate! Each foursome leader will get an email on Monday, September 7th prior to the event, letting them know their tee time, which course, and expected arrival time.
    Our Rotary Club deeply appreciates your support for this event at this difficult time!
    Gerry Goddard- Committee Chair
    Craig Hunter- Golf Coordinator
    Covid-19 Golf Tournament Format C. Richard Campbell 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Learning About Sepsis - it starts with an infection!

    Sepsis – what is it? In lay terms, when infections from “external” sources, be they from deep cuts, sore throats or other causes bypass the bodies defences and reside “inside the body where no infections are supposed to be” sepsis can set in. Undiagnosed / untreated sepsis infection cans be deadly within relatively short periods of time.
    Ellen Coffey (Zoom video) is a volunteer with the Canadian Sepsis Foundation. Her husband, was an healthy and avid outdoorsman. Not feeling right and undiagnosed, he suffered a combination of the signs/symptoms of sepsis. TIME (Temperature – higher or lower, Infection, Mental Decline (confused, sleepy, difficult to arouse) and Extremely Ill (severe pain or discomfort). Ellen's message "if you suspect sepsis – see a doctor immediately!" The infection was severe. A coma was induced. Unfortunately he never regained consciousness and passed.
    Presenting today with Ellen from the McMaster University Department of Medicine (Zoom video) were:
    Patricia Liaw, Phd.
    Alison Fox-Robichaud, MSc, MD (on active duty)
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe thank the three of you for your important presentation and answering our questions today.
    Learning About Sepsis - it starts with an infection! Timothy FitzGerald 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
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    Rotarian Jim Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Get A Busy Person To Do It 
    Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club

    Sandra is a busy person. As a member of the Hammerhead's executive team, she helps the leadership get things done. Listening to Sandra, as parent of a 14 year old swimmer, with a new step daughter and to be working with the geriatric association takes discipline, perseverance, time management and character.
    These are the very same qualities that are self-instilled in the swimmers. Its competitive swimming. Each child (and their coaches) target self improvement. The swim meets are progressively regional, provincial and national culminating in national swim meets - perhaps in the olympic  pool in Montreal.
    How do the swimmers do it? Multiple weekly practices leave them too tired to get in trouble. Likewise homework is completed before swim practices. They are voracious at meals and will eat most anything. Swimming provides physical and mental fitness (whole body and mind exercise). The swimmers support each other and display a strong sense of community - participating in events and volunteering.
    Registration fees only cover 80% of their costs else participation would become unaffordable. Chorine is not friendly too swim wear. Their elite swimmers are doing laps in the pool up to 14 times per week. Some starting at 7 AM and then again after school. At national levels swim wear "skin suits" can cost $400.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe is pleased to donate $1,000 to the Hammerheads and the development of these future community leaders.
    Get A Busy Person To Do It Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club Timothy FitzGerald 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

    A Virtual Presentation $1,000 to Lynndale Heights Public School 

    Rotary "Making a Difference" continues. Seen here, Rotarian Rick Honcharsky is passing a virtual $1,000 through the screen to Megan Allen. Megan is Chair of the Lynndale Heights Public School Parents' Council.
    Megan acknowledges receipt of the actual funds used towards the purchase of furniture for the “Learning Commons Project” (see picture in Megan's background) in the school. The school board is converting libraries into learning centres. The room and a grant were provided. When Megan is not working at First Ontario Credit Union, she and other parents were busy raising $20,000 to buy the furniture. Institutional furniture, computer work stations and the like are not cheap. The school provided 10 laptop computers, the grant 10 laptops and Rotary funds are being used to acquire more. Within the school some students have laptops at home; others may never have seen one. It’s a great leveller. In the learning centre the internet is free to the students.

    COVID presents unusual circumstances. But when things get back to normal the parent council hopes that they will be allowed to rent the space out (such as Saturday) to community groups or companies needing extra meeting space.
    A Virtual Presentation $1,000 to Lynndale Heights Public School Timothy FitzGerald 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
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    Harold Shanz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament

    Last year, our Rotarian Harold Shantz died. The Club recognized his contribution and exceptional service by renaming the Rotary Charity Golf Tournament to the Harold Shantz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament.
    harold Shantz 1939-2019
    Harold Shantz 1939-2019
    The 2020 golf tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 at Greens At Renton with a rain date of Wednesday, May 20th, 2020. Should the COVID-19 viral outbreak persist into May, members of the golf committee will contact golfers who have registered and submitted information in which to contact them. Also this website will contain information on the status of the COVID-19 and its effect on the scheduling of the golf tournament.
    We thank our sponsors, the many golfers and the volunteers who support The Rotary Club of Simcoe. This event remains a major fundraiser and source of funds for our community and international projects such as ending Polio in the world.
    Now to register for the golf tournament, you can complete a paper copy and mail it to The Rotary Club, P.O. 1, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K8. Or you can download the PDF version of the brochure/registration form from this link
    Fill out the Golfers registration part by placing your cursor in the pale blue (yellow the image below) highlighted area: 
    Then fill out the part with the title, Registration Form, place your cursor over the pale blue (again yellow in the image below) highlighted area and fill in the applicable parts:
    2020 Golf Registration_Scrn_Cap
    Click on the Submit button and it is e-mailed to the Club.
    It is recommended that you rename the file and save it to your hard drive for your records.
    Don't forget to complete your cheque or bring your credit card to the tournament on May 13th, 2020. Yes, we do accept cash especially American currency at parwink
    To be able to fill out the forms, you must have Adobe Reader installed on your device. It is always a good idea to check that your version of Adobe Reader is up-to-date.
    Having a problem completing the registration, e-mail us at with your information and it will be transmitted to our Rotarian in charge of registrations. The Club acknowledges the receipt of all electronically transmitted registrations.
    Harold Shanz Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament C. Richard Campbell 2020-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Meetings Cancelled

    Rotary Simcie Logo

    The health and safety of our Rotarian members and our families is of utmost importance and given the current COVID-19 pandemic necessitates cancellation of our meeting activities in the short term. We need to do our part to support social distancing and thereby the efforts of medical personnel to limit the spread of coronavirus.

    After consulting with AG Bob Stevenson and given cancellations related to schools, county facilities (libraries, museums and arenas until April 5) and community activities as well as those of Rotary District 7090 (details copied for your information below), I am cancelling the Rotary Club of Simcoe club meetings until April 20th. This effectively cancels scheduled meetings on March 16, 23, and 30 as well as April 6. No meeting was scheduled for April 13th due to the Easter holiday. I will be following up with specific Rotarians to ensure that our meeting arrangements at the Legion and our speaker engagements are cancelled.  

    As time evolves we may need to make further decisions with regard to Club activities. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and feel free to be touch with me as needed.

    Yours in Rotary,


    Margaret Bancroft
    President 2019-2020

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    From The District 7090 February Newsletter
    Norfolk Sunrise News
    Posted by Mary Mercato


     Minori Kubode, 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Kaga, Japan  When I was a junior high school student, I wasn’t interested in exchange. I did like learning about the cultures of other countries but in Japan, we have to pass an exam to enter high school, so I was just studying for the exam. I have to pass the exam to enter university and the competition is very severe. I studied all the time and I thought it was normal. Being a high school student was a little bit boring for me. I wanted to do something different and special. I also didn’t think it was good to grow up without knowing about the world. When I was 16, we hosted two students from Russia just for 2 days. Then I used my English to have a conversation for the first time and it was so difficult and exciting. I decided I wanted to know about the culture of other countries by myself, through my English. At the same time, I knew about this exchange program through Rotary because my Grandfather was a Rotarian.
    I was so excited to be accepted as an exchange student and I chose to come to Canada. I didn’t think about what it would be like to leave my family and my friends for a whole year. So many people came to the airport to say goodbye to me. I suddenly realized how much I loved them all. It was still very exciting though.
    When I arrived in Canada I was stuck in immigration because of problems with my visa and I couldn’t speak good enough English to work it all out. This was very hard for me and I was crying. After that, I met my host family but I don’t remember very well because I was so nervous. Everything in Canada seemed so big and I saw lots of beautiful nature with many animals like little chipmunks, cows, and horses in the fields and everything was so flat with no mountains.
    At first, it was very hard for me to find how to spend time with people because I didn’t speak very good English and I couldn’t understand what was going on around me. I was also very homesick and it was hard for me to talk to my family and friends back at home. I was lonely and I didn’t know how to spend my free time because it was something I never had in Japan.
    When I started school in Simcoe it was difficult for me to make friends because of the language problem. It was harder because I took classes with students who were younger than me. As my English got better I was able to talk more with the students and teachers and the teachers especially helped me a lot. In Japan, we do not have a friendly relationship with our teachers but the teachers in Canada were so friendly and that really helped me to feel better at school.
    Now I have been in Canada for 6 months and my English has got a lot better. I have made friends at school and now I am teaching Japanese to a friend. I have found that there are many people from all around the world in Canada and I have learned about all their cultures as well. I have many exchange student friends from different countries and we have the same experience all being away from our homes. We are interested in each other because we all want to learn about the world together. Now I have friends who are from all over the world which is so exciting for me.
    A huge portion of my experience in Canada has been about food. It is very, very different! Of course in Japan, we eat a lot of rice and fish but here there is a lot of meat and junk food and Tim Hortons which is my favorite. At the restaurants, the portions are very big but we can take left overs home which we don’t do in Japan. I am working with chef Tracy on cooking Japanese dinners for Rotarians and their friends. We have such a good time learning about cooking each other’s foods. I am learning about cooking Canadian foods and foods from other countries as well which I love.
    I have had lots of exciting new experiences since arriving here. I have been to Niagara Falls, skating, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, hot tubbing and up to a cottage in Muskoka. I like walking in the woods and on the trails in Simcoe and Waterford. Christmas was very different for me because it was big with many gifts and a lot of parties. The food was good with turkey and many desserts. I am going to miss Christmas in Canada.
    I still have lots of things that I want to see and do in Canada especially when the weather is warmer. I am so excited for all the new experiences and I am very thankful for the wonderful opportunity that this  exchange has given me. I am spending wonderful times with my lovely host families and thank you so much.
    Minori Kubode, 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Kaga, Japan
    MINORI, IN HER OWN WORDS C. Richard Campbell 2020-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Kids Need Playgrounds

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Mar 09, 2020
    Rotarian Rick Honcharsky provides Meaghan Nadwodny with a cheque for $1,000 toward new playground equipment for St. Bernard Clairvaun School in Waterford. Where did the old equipment go? After 40 years or so original equipment becomes unsafe/not up to school board standards - the inspectors said it has to be removed/upgraded - so are the times! Repair/upgrading old equipment was judged a very poor investment in light of changing standards - better to put $10,000 toward new equipment. So what are they giving up now - six swings in a muddy lot for 245 students - each student is allocated only twenty-five swings then has to give it to another student. Interestingly an increase in bullying was noted since they lost their playground equipment! Kids need an outlet!
    Meaghan searched online for federal government grants - none found. It seems playgrounds are not funded by the Ministry of Education. So Meaghan found herself pursuing fundraising. The parent council advised that they can only have one fund raiser per year. The original concept was quoted as $85,000. The project was revised to $65,000. Modern playgrounds are expensive and more than just a few swings. Rather, site preparation, drainage, accessible walkways (as required), grades of mulch to current standards
    , round posts ... . Action so far - $15,000 raised from businesses, now campaigning services clubs, a ladies comedy night is upcoming. We wish Meaghan and the parents well. There are 600 new homes planned for Waterford. So the equipment will be used.
    Kids Need Playgrounds Timothy FitzGerald 2020-03-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Simcoe donates $1,000 to library "Reading Garden"

    Posted by Tim FitzGerald on Mar 02, 2020
    Dolf Wynia holds the current picture of Port Dover Library entrance. Heather King (Chair Friends of the Library) and Marion Dowds (Project Manager) hold the design drawing of the "Reading Garden". The project is $50,000; and our Rick Honcharsky, Director -Community Concerns presented them with a $1,000 cheque towards their campaign.
    Why? Heather King recounted how most of us, if not all, in the room today had access to a library growing up, in school, careers, ongoing ... and as a community space. Libraries are great levelers. But literacy in Norfolk County is lagging. There are many possible reasons; but, perhaps there are those who have never experienced a library! 
    A decade or such ago, the PD Library moved from main street into space leased from the Grand Erie District School Board. Its a good interior space but the current picture above leaves much to be desired and thus great opportunity. The library deploys many unique and valuable resources inside. The goal is to make the entrance "reading garden" inviting to first time visitors and a place of community to everyone.   
    Rotary Club of Simcoe donates $1,000 to library "Reading Garden" Tim FitzGerald 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Careers Heart Felt in Norfolk County

    Craig Hunter stepped up, impromptu, as our speaker today. Craig spent 30 years with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs advising farmers on crop diseases, pesticides and fertilizers. Post retirement he worked with the The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association. Always on the front line, he has seen the joys of successful treatments and harvests but also experienced "heart felt" the devastation that crop failure reaps onto farm and families in our area.
    Its no coincidence that today is the 115th anniversary year of the founding of Rotary by Paul Harris in 1905.
    Sergeant at Arms, John Valley had taken us through the Four Way Test. But it struck me that Craig (unwittingly) was speaking  directly to those elements. "Is It the Truth", "Is it Fair to 
    all Concerned", ... .
    "Memories from my career - different than yours - but similar!" (cont'd below)
    Careers Heart Felt in Norfolk County Tim FitzGerald 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian, Tom O'Neill keeps on giving!

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Dec 10, 2019
    Simcoe Rotary has recognized Tom O'Neill for his many efforts within our Club. Tom is also being recognized within his industry. Congrats Tom! 
    (reprinted from OPMA - Tom pictured on the right)
    The OPMA Outstanding Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the produce industry through their efforts to improve the quality and distribution of fruits and vegetables marketed within or outside the province of Ontario, was awarded to Tom O’Neill from the Norfolk Fruit Growers Association. Over the years, Tom has dedicated countless hours of his personal time to bettering the industry through his involvement in organizations like Ontario Apple Marketing Commission, Ontario Apple Growers and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association. Tom has also served as the Canadian representative to the U.S. Apple Association and on numerous committees including CPMA (CTAC) and the OPMA Member Advisory Committee. OPMA - Ontario Produce Marketing Association
    Rotarian, Tom O'Neill keeps on giving! Timothy FitzGerald 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
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    Ontario Health System Update

    Posted on Dec 03, 2019
    Rotarians Larry Kormos and Kelly Isfan
    November 25, 2019 - Rotarian Larry Kormos thanks speaker and Rotarian Kelly Isfan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe and West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville.
    Kelly Isfan updated the Club on the major organization changes in the Ontario Health System. Health consumes at least a third of the Ontario government's annual budget and it is growing. The creation of the new superagency to oversee the province’s massive health-care system is expected to save taxpayers about $ 350 million a year when it’s fully operational in four years.
    Ontario Health System Update C. Richard Campbell 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Kristen Forsyth, 2018-2019 Brazil Exchange Student

    Posted on Dec 03, 2019
    Bob Stevenson, Connie and Kristen Forsyth
    December 2, 2019 - Rotarian Bob Stevenson, Connie (Rotarian) and Kristen Forsyth, 2018-2019 Exchange Student to Brazil.
    With the help of a slick slideshow presentation, Kristen told us about in her year in Brazil. As a seasoned Rotarian, it always amazes that the Canadian exchange students are just teenagers. Kristen has also had some "seasoning" as a graduate of the Short term Exchange program with a summer in Hungary. Oh! By the way, shortly she will be visited another exchange student and friend in Mexico. Adiós.
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    "Curling" For kids Sake

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 16, 2019
    Today Rotarians - Garry, Jim, Mike, Dan, Craig, Dave, Tim, Marg and our exchange student Minori participated in the Curl for Kids Sake - Big Brother Big Sisters event at the Simcoe Curling Club. As the title sponsor through the New Generations Committee and with other sponsors, we contributed to the funding of 4 "Little" "Big" Partnerships!
    Executive Director Melissa Pollard thanked us for supporting "Little" "Big" partnerships. Their new slogan and rebranding is unveiled it the banner behind Melissa.
    Curlers can be a serious lot. To mix it up a bit in the afternoon, each end came with the opening and reading of the mystery white envelopes; new rules such as: "no sweeping this end" , "exchange scores this end", "no skips this end" and "you score two this end". But seriously again, even after mixing up the rules , our team "Rotary Simcoe #1" walked away with bragging rights until the next event being declared the bonspiel winner! A good day and also thank you to the "Little" Partners that served us lunch.
    "Curling" For kids Sake Timothy FitzGerald 2019-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Remembrance Day is November 11th

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 05, 2019
    Our Rotarian Craig Hunter is passionate about the history and sacrifice of the brave men, women and relatives who landed and fought overseas in world wars and continue to this day in present conflicts. Craig has written books of his research and donated them to our national archives.  In prior years, he has detailed these heartfelt sacrifices. This year, Craig detailed for us how, from 1939, for every airmen in the skies, soldier on the beaches, and sailors on the waves; Canada, the nation was with them training, provisioning and supplying armaments.
    And, so much of this war effort was right here in our backyards across Norfolk, Oxford, Haldimand and Brant Counties. In 1939, the British Commonwealth picked Canada as the training ground for air forces. Canada was remote from prying eyes of Europe and a natural deployment to Europe. The stipulation was that air force training had to be on the Great Lakes to simulate flying over the English Channel and North Sea. Canada trained 80,000 air crew and 131,000 ground crew.
    Craig and Rotarians are assembling at the Baldock Funeral Home November 11th to march in the parade to the Cenotaph. Please join them (and dress warm).
    Remembrance Day is November 11th Timothy FitzGerald 2019-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Salvation Army Kettles - "care for our Community"

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 04, 2019
    Frank MacMaster from The Salvation Army kicked off the 2019 Kettle Campaign with us today. This year's goal is $100,000 with kettles  stationed at retailers around the country starting November 22nd.
    Funds raised stay in our communities and fund social programmes. Campaign costs are kept to basics because of volunteer hours from Rotary, other service clubs, community organizations and citizens at the kettles. Each shift is 2 hours.
    Please give at the kettles and give often.
    To volunteer - contact Frank MacMaster at 519-909-9421 or 
    Salvation Army Kettles - "care for our Community" Timothy FitzGerald 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Pik-an-gi-kum its on the "Ice Road" in the north of  Ontario.

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 30, 2019
    That is how it is spelt (phonetically) - just as it is pronounced!
    Peter Wheatley (educator), Marjorie and Jim Dawson (both engineers) are members of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise (meetings Tuesday AM) and drove to Pikangikum last winter - being thanked today by our Rotarian Stan Knowles.
    The trio said the "Ice Road" serving Pikanjikum is reliable only two plus months of the year. The rest of the year its fly-in, fly-out or river barge for bulk deliveries during the summer/melt to stock up for the winter. The community is 3,000 people.
    Jim and Marjorie are not strangers to the area. They have completed many canoe trips and other adventures here over the years. They were joined by a Winnipeg Rotarian (Mennonite minister) and his adult son (yet another engineer). Rotarians on the road are bound to have good natured fun - usually at each others expense. Peter, quite tall, was a natural to organize basketball games at the high school. Jim became quite articulate backing up a big trailer behind a big Ford pick-up truck; but, was also self-appointed as a fuel conservationalist - "go green"! So to Jim, excessive warming up the truck in January was a no-no. Peter (tall boy) could not see out the top of the frozen windshield; but remarks that "positive" Marjorie (normal height or less) could look through the steering wheel at the defrosted area and did not "see" the problem.
    But what of the Rotarian (minister) from Winnipeg? He brought pictures of a visit he had made to Pikangikum some 30-40 years earlier. Showing them at the community centre, kids shouted out "that's my grand father", "that's my auntie" ... . Pikangikum translated from Ojibway is "one river, one people, one voice". The residents of Pikangikum even as they are gathering together bits of their history are trying to piece together their future culture.
    I Googled Pikangikum and found this video recorded by the youth of Pikangikum quite revealing.
    Pik-an-gi-kum its on the "Ice Road" in the north of Ontario. Timothy FitzGerald 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

    2019 Rotary Holiday House Tour

    Posted on Oct 29, 2019

    16th Rotary Holiday House Tour (November 30th & December 1st, 2019)

    Once again, the Rotary Club of Simcoe is featuring Port Dover. Last year, many of you toured a remarkable mix of homes with the unique Clonmel Castle. This year we are excited to present a mixture of the old, restored and new as well as something special a barn! 

    What You Need To Know

    Ticket Information

    You can purchase the $20.00 tickets from Simcoe Rotarians, at the door on November 30th and December 1st, 2019 (11:00 am to 4:00 pm) or from the locations listed in the above image. Lunch, washrooms and rest stop at St. Paul's Community Hall, 302 St. George Street, Port Dover.

    Download 2019 Holiday House Tour Brochure in PDF Format

    Download the PDF to your personal computer or your smartphone or tablet. All you need is Adobe Reader (free) from Here is the link to the brochure 2019 Rotary HHT.

    The Tour

    Tour 1
    Tour 2

    Thank You

    Simcoe Rotary thanks the owners for opening their homes and establishments to our tour, to our sponsors and to all of you that purchase tickets that support our local and international projects.
    2019 Rotary Holiday House Tour C. Richard Campbell 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Funds for Operation Eyesight - Nepal

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 28, 2019
    On the left, Jim Dawson accepts our cheque of $2,500 for Operation Eyesight from our Mike Cobb - International Affairs Director. As a new project, Operation Eyesight has placed a mobile van in Nepal - bringing eye care to the Nepalese.
    Funds for Operation Eyesight - Nepal Timothy FitzGerald 2019-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Curl For Kids

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 26, 2019
    Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie (BBBS GE) is hosting a fundraising bonspiel in support of their work with local, Grand Erie kids. It is scheduled for Saturday 16 Nov ’19 at the Simcoe Curling Club. The theme is ‘Wild West Adventure’.
    Rotary is assisting with the organization and contributing teams to the event. So far, we have registered one Rotary team from the morning club (Jim Simpson, Andy Kooistra, Cheryl Peck and Minori Kubode). But in the past Rotarians have been able to field two or more teams. So the challenge is out there.
    This year, we will be coordinate this with other Rotary clubs in the BBBS GE area so that we can best support the event in Rotary style.
    If you have a curling contact in a neighbouring club that would be interested, or if I can offer any other coordinating help, Rotarian or not, please let me know - Jim Simpson at  or phone 289-680-0070.
    To register or fundraise for Curl For Kids Sake, click this link.    http://
    Curl For Kids Timothy FitzGerald 2019-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Alzheimer’s – Stigma or Disease?

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 21, 2019
    When Alzheimer’s is viewed as a stigma it burdens families and raises health care costs. Alene Bradshaw – Director of Development and Maria Leitos – First Point Navigator (seen here with Rotarian Craig Hunter) are staff with our local Alzheimer Society. They explained that Alzheimer’s lies in a spectrum of dementia diseases. Like any disease, if proper information, diagnosis and medical treatment are not sought out – the disease may likely get worse.
    Shatter the myth – old age does not equal memory loss! If your family member or friend is losing memory find out why. It could be factors of seven reversable/pseudo causes; tumours, depression, diabetes … . There are eight irreversible causes in the many areas within the brain; frontal lobes, anterior lobes, and many more. Disease/dementia in one lobe may leave others intact and fully functioning – thus risk of family and friends ignoring symptoms and not seeking medical advice.
    When dementias remain undiagnosed, in some patients, activity deteriorates; others patients get agitated in unfamiliar circumstances (which may lead to involving the police) – both may end up in the hospital emergency room.
    Education and some things that have been learned:
    Education and learning – the more neural pathways that we develop over a lifetime makes us more resilient. So if you continue learning/using all five senses and then if you loose, say,  two pathways through dementia then  you still have pathways left to continue functioning with. So social groups and exercise are important therapies. Alene and Maria advised that walking enlarges the memory active part of the brain and is a most significantly beneficial therapy – for some reason especially in men.
    For patients with a diagnosed dementia moving them to their next residence early allows them to become familiar with new surroundings and routines.
    Please visit their website for more information
    Alzheimer’s – Stigma or Disease? Timothy FitzGerald 2019-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk Inn Housing Conversion

    Posted on Oct 01, 2019
    President-Elect Ron Baker thanking Leah Logan of Indwell
    President-Elect Ron Baker thanking Leah Logan of Indwell for speaking to the Club.
    On September 30th, 2019, Leah Logan of Indwell Community spoke to the Club about Indwell organization, the completed Hambleton Hall housing project and the conversion of the Norfolk Inn into a $ 8.5 million dollar housing project in downtown Simcoe. The organization is asking the community to donate $ 1 million of the total cost. This will be one of the largest investments in the downtown which has seen better days over the years.
    Indwell was created in the early 1970's as a Christian charity.
    When Indwell describes housing affordability, they use the term deep affordability which means the tenants can pay their rent and have a remainder for food, transportation and expenditures that many of us take for granted.
    Norfolk Inn Photograph from Indwell Website 
    Norfolk Inn, Downtown, Simcoe, Photograph from Indwell Website
    Indwell designs their own buildings and place a priority on high quality and energy conservation.
    The plan is to  convert former Norfolk Inn complex into primarily 31 single bedroom units. The ground floor will have apartments, office space as well as a kitchen so that the tenants can get at least one hot meal a day.
     Construction begins in November, 2019 with the projected completion date of spring 2021.
    Norfolk Inn Housing Conversion C. Richard Campbell 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Amelia Verlint (Brazil Youth Exchange Student) C. Richard Campbell 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Rev. Bryan Robertson, D.C.

    Posted on Oct 01, 2019
    Rev. Bryan Robertson and Rotarian Thor Olsen
    Rev. Bryan Robertson, September 16, 2019 speaker with Rotarian Thor Olsen who presented a card with a donation to the Gord Watts Scholarship Fund in his name.
    A "civilian" solder, a chemistry teacher and now a Anglican minister. Rev. Robertson's story is a fascinating mixture of achievement, dedication and service. These are things that Rotarians can relate to when we say "Service Above Serve".
    Rev. Bryan Robertson, D.C. C. Richard Campbell 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Simcoe Rotary Contributes to St. Joseph School Playground Project C. Richard Campbell 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Day of Action

    Posted on Sep 29, 2019
    Rotary Day of Action

    Rotary Day of Action, Saturday, September 28, 2019, Planting Daffodil Bulbs, Northern Simcoe, Ontario

    The morning of Saturday, September 28th found about 50 members of the Norfolk Sunrise, Delhi, Rotary Club of Simcoe and Rotaract planting daffodils along side the Norfolk Sunrise Walking Trail. Andy Kooistra loosened the soil with a hydraulic auger and 3,900 daffodil bulbs in plots of 75 were planted to beautify the trail and the environment. Daffodils were chosen as they are not eaten by animals.
    Rotary Day of Action C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary At Beerstock

    Posted on Sep 29, 2019
    rotary At Beer Stock

    Rotary at Beerstock, Port Dover, Ontario, Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Rotary At Beerstock C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
    2019 Rotary House Tour, Port Dover, On C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Federal Candidates Speakers Cancelled

    Posted on Sep 29, 2019

    The local federal candidates were scheduled for the Rotary meeting on September 30, 2019. They will not be speaking to the Club. There is a candidates meeting scheduled by another organization on October 1, 2019.

    Federal Candidates Speakers Cancelled C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Pull Up Your Socks

    Posted on Sep 12, 2019
    District Governor Bob Artis and his wife Corine
    District Governor Bob Artis and his wife Corine (Photograph from the District 7090 website)
    On August 26 , 2019, District Governor Bob Artis and his wife Corine visited Simcoe Rotary.
    My hearing isn't as good as it used to be. But I believe, I heard District Governor Bob tell Assistant District Governor Bob Stevenson (and Simcoe Rotarian) to pull up his pants. And surprise, surprise; District Governor Bob also pulled up his pant leg to display along with Assistant District Bob, the "Best of Friends" Rotary Theme socks.
    Best of Friends ThemeSsocks
    Simcoe Rotarians who are style setters can purchase a pair of the socks from this link for $ 16.00.
    Pull Up Your Socks C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Murray Porteus, Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

    Posted on Sep 12, 2019
    Murray Porteous
    On September 9, 2019, Murray Porteous spoke to Simcoe Rotary about the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program.
    In Norfolk County, we know when spring has come when the Whistling Swans arrive, the snowbirds return from Florida and we see the Seasonal Agricultural Workers, primarily from the Caribbean and Mexico shopping at the local supermarkets. The program has been in existence for 52 years. With the aid of a very informative video, the importance of the program to the agricultural industry and to the seasonal workers was explained.  For some of the workers, it is the only way they can feed and shelter their families. 
    Murray Porteus, Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Changeover Meeting, June 18, 2019

    Posted on Sep 12, 2019
    Changeover Meeting, June 18, 2019
    Simcoe Rotary, Changeover Meeting, Culver Barn, Walsh, Ontario, June 18, 2019
    Prior to June 30th of every year, the Club recognizes the service and contribution of the outgoing executive and the new President introduces the membership to future priorities and initiatives. This year Margaret Bancroft becomes President and Dave King joins a large group of Simcoe Rotarians as a Past-President.
    Changeover Meeting, June 18, 2019 C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Pancakes-In-The-Park, August 3-5, 2019 C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Albert Making A Difference 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Emo Phillips Quotation C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie No. 6 C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Bonnieheath Social Event 20190829 C. Richard Campbell 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Welcome To Canada Minori

    Welcome To canada Minori
    Canada_Japan Flags
    Host Mother_Connie_Forsythe_Minori_Kubode
    Host Mother and Rotarian Connie Forsythe and Minori Kubode, 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Kaga, Japan
    This young lady will be ordering take-out pizza from her cell-phone in no time.
    Welcome To Canada Minori C. Richard Campbell 2019-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Supports Community Art

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Aug 19, 2019
    Rotarian Mike Cobb presented Roberta Grosland, Curator of the Norfolk Arts Centre (Lynnwood Avenue, Simcoe, ON), with $1,000 to aid in their programmes.
    "The arts centre is a public gallery, dedicated to the learning, preservation and nurturing of creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the arts throughout Norfolk County".
    This presentation to Roberta also coincided with the award, today, of our Gord Watts (Art) Scholarship to Chloe Shippey. Roberta explained that art programming in schools has been subject to provincial funding cutbacks. Gifts such as ours helps them procure materials, paint brushes and media to drop off at the local high schools. Not every graduate from these programmes goes on to an art career. However, in addition to appreciation of the arts, perhaps for some, students benefit from therapeutic aspects of lowering stress and blood pressure (that could be precursors to other medical conditions).
    The Arts Centre dedicates 1,000 sq. ft. (90 square metres) to the display of local talent - please visit them and their web site 
    Rotary Supports Community Art Timothy FitzGerald 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Good Bye, Old Friend C. Richard Campbell 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Ken Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie No. 5 C. Richard Campbell 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

    2019 Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Winner

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Aug 19, 2019
    Rotarian Mike Cobb and Chloe Shippey
    Rotarian Mike Cobb presenting Chloe Shippey with the 2019 Gord Watts Arts Scholarship
    " ...I am incredibly honoured to receive the Rotary Club of Simcoe Gord Watts Scholarship. Art is a universal form of communication. It is like a language that allows both the artist and the observer to express their emotions and ideas, while engaging both the mind and the body.
    Art has a transformational effect, and it is clearly evident in Norfolk County, as it continues to bring individuals together, while fostering a stronger community. From the Norfolk Arts Centre where I had my first gallery showing, to the annual Studio Tour, to the art exhibit and school showings at the Norfolk County Fair, to the Norfolk Potters Guild, we are incredibly fortunate to live in a County that encourages, supports and celebrates artists of all ages.
    Art is my passion and passion has no limits. I am excited to be heading to Sheridan College, in just a few weeks, to study Animation. With this scholarship, named in the memory of Gord watts, a community-minded volunteer and artist, you are ensuring that my dreams are turning into reality. On behalf of myself, and all the aspiring artists in our community, thank you for ensuring that the arts continues to be alive and vibrant in Norfolk County."
    Chloe Shippey, 2019 Gord Watts Arts Scholarship Winner

    The Gord Watts Arts Scholarship has been expanded from interdiscipline fine arts to include visual arts, graphics, art history, film, photography, animation, and web design.
    2019 Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Winner C. Richard Campbell 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Be The Change We Want To See 
    Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jul 22, 2019
    Melisa Pollard is the Executive Director in our area. Melissa was inspired by an article of a mother whose three daughters grew to become a Physician of Pediatrics at San Jose, a CEO at 23andMe, and a CEO at You Tube.
    Quite a success story! As a parent, how did she engender such success?
    1. Teach kids to care!
    2. The importance of community!
    3. The American ideal is all wrong (chasing personal wealth ...)!
    4. Prioritize service and purpose!
    So given these elements "Be The Change You Want To See" (in the world). Be a mentor!
    Most of us remember a person in our lives who was there when we needed it most. Who listened to us. Who gave us the inner well being and peace to keep moving forward.
    But what would could have happened if you had no siblings/neighbours/parent who would listen to you or had time to do so? Could this  compound into loneliness, anxiety or lack of purpose? The future social outcomes would probably be quite different simply because there was no such person at hand.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters is an agency that recruits volunteers to act as that mentoring person (since 1904). Not onerous, perhaps just two hours a week, to be with the little brother/sister and listen to them.
    Melissa is vivacious and inspirational. She mentored a little brother, age 8, along with her fiance. The "little brother" attended her wedding ten years later. Another slide in her presentation showed a man, age 70, who was a "little brother" who kept in touch with his big brother the rest of his life.
    The Grand Erie chapter is a lean organization. 6 paid staff members, 130 volunteers and 313 little brothers/sisters. But there are still 200 more little brothers/sisters on a waiting list.
    While the agency relies upon volunteers, as lean as it is, it takes $1,200 in costs to sponsor a child for a year. The Rotary Club of Simcoe is proud to do so. Rotarian Capt. (Salvation Army) Rick Honcharsky (Community Service) thanked Christine (staff and volunteers) for their good work and sponsored a little brother/sister for a year with our cheque of $1,200.
    Melissa has 15 years of private sector experience in start ups and large corporations. Effective at organization, agile innovation, there are plans to rebrand BigBrothers BigSisters and colours in its logo. Watch for these changes this September. Plans mission/values are being examined to ensure they are reaching our to each of the diverse communities of the Grand Erie District (Norfolk/Haldimand/Brant inclusive of Six Nations).
    Be The Change We Want To See Big Brothers Big Sisters Grand Erie Timothy FitzGerald 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Youth and Skate Park Waterford

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jul 19, 2019
    "Why Not Waterford" (kids need a place to go) That's what Marlene McCulligh and Kerry Bockenholt (Kerry's St. James St. Eatery) thought when kids started doing projects about the hamlet.
    There's no graffiti on these projects because the kids themselves planned and implemented them and took ownership of the projects. it was wonderful to see a diverse group of kids walk into a room, help each other out and become knit into one being.  (Our Rotarian John Featherstone, on the left thanking Marlene and Kerry, and joking that he grew up in Waterford and there was no place to go!) 
    So Why Not a Skatepark? How do you accomplish that? Marlene and Kerry are both doers. Kerry on the right is the talkative one and said that if you involve every group in Waterford (Lyons, Chamber, Foundation, Trail Assoc., Museum, Norfolk County, the list goes on) on the Board then no one is against you.
    A year ago it was a dream. Now they have Charitable status, a blueprint and fundraising plan. The Museum said we have land beside us. You can put the park there. The County will put up $200,000 if the group can fund raise $300,000. $70,000 is already being held in trust.
    "Keep them occupied" , the kids are involved every step of the way. To understand the cost and design have a look at the Skate Park in Port Dover. It begins with a very large concrete pad and sculpted features and a pump track (a rider can keep moving continuously up and down rolling features of the track - sessioning again and again with friends - a good workout.
    As we can see sports cost money. The park is free. However, the kids are participate in conception of the idea, design and fundraising. The next fundraiser is August 19th at Whistling gardens.
    If you take youth seriously they will take care of the park/projects. "I'm proud of you" - just saying that is enough!
    Youth and Skate Park Waterford Timothy FitzGerald 2019-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Simcoe Rotary and Alus Tree Planting, Kormos farm C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Rotary Donation to the Norfolk General Hospital

    Kelly Isfan and President Dave King
    June 10th, 2019, Rotarian and President/CEO of Norfolk General Hospital and West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville Kelly Isfan accepts the latest installment from President Dave King of the Club's financial commitment of $ 25,000.00.
    Simcoe Rotary Donation to the Norfolk General Hospital C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Jim Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie No. 4 C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Sign

    Simcoe Sign
    Recently the County of Norfolk replaced the "community" signs on the highways entering and exiting Simcoe. The Rotary Club of Simcoe and Norfolk-Sunrise contributed to the cost of the modern signs.
    Simcoe Sign C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Our Joan Shirlow and the Spring Arbour Farm Dedication

    Rotarian Joan Shirlow
    In May, the Long Point Basin Land Trust dedicated the Spring Arbour Farm to its land inventory.
    Rotarian Joan Shirlow donated the land to LPBLT which " with landowners and the local community to provide a helping hand to wild species and ecosystems in one of Ontario’s most naturally diverse regions."
    Our Joan Shirlow and the Spring Arbour Farm Dedication C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Volunteers

    rotary Volunteers
    The for men wearing the "cute" blue hair nets and the one in the white baseball cap are Simcoe Rotarians. The ladies are associated with the Salvation Army. On July 9th, 2019, the men volunteered to assist the Simcoe Salvation Army in feeding those that need a meal. The Rotary Club of Simcoe and the local Salvation Army enjoy a relationship that spans decades. Our Rotarians volunteer for countless hours in the community for such organizations as the food bank, drivers for patients to medical appointments, blind skiers, their churches, Boy Scouts and the list goes on and on.
    Rotarian Volunteers C. Richard Campbell 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Three Young Leaders

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jun 27, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe sponsored three young women to attend our Rotary District 7090 SLAPSHOT 2019 Programme.
     In the photo Jada Dawson, Laci O’Reilly-Forrest, and Karly Hoak are flanked by Bob Stephenson (New Generations) and club President – Dave King. This Rotary programme stands for Student Leadership Awards Programme (SLAPshot). Like the hockey puck it propels students forward quickly and enables them to believe in themselves.
    The trio attended Ancaster last May with students from our Rotary District which also includes participants from our District's Western New York State Rotary Clubs. Of course, their expressions of their experiences were different. Howevr their communication of learning and confidence as to what leadership is was unified. The trio was split into separate cabins with twelve other students per cabin. Here are some of their blended reports and feelings.
    Leadership – there are many types but core aspects are get along, have fun and make the world a better place. Be yourself, take risks and don’t worry – step out of your comfort zone and away from the pressures of judgement.
    Skits, activities and experiencing leadership – such as getting all of your team downhill, through hoola hoops on wet grass (wearing inappropriate footware lol) in the Pacific Rim of Fire, in record time. Lessons learned – hold each other up – its difficult – but people are there to help you!
    I feel privileged to have advance my leadership skills that will be used as co-president of the student’s council next year.
    Counsellors are only there to watch you. Breakfast is served but from there on its your responsibility– last cabin to arrive does the clean up!
    Annalise Carr was a guest speaker – awesome.
    We tackled world problems of mental health, climate change and are taking back potential solutions to our schools.
    Thank you Rotary Club of Simcoe for sponsoring us!
    Three Young Leaders Timothy FitzGerald 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Mayor Kristal Chopp joins us at lunch

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on May 13, 2019
    It has been four months since Mayor Kristal Chopp and the new Council took office.  Her Worship shared with us “what’s on her plate” around the Council table.

    Kristal is an accomplished graduate from both the Richard Ivey School of Business and McMaster University holding an MBA plus engineering and law degrees. On the practical side, she is an Air Canada pilot on A737 aircraft.

    The Mayor  outlined major issues facing the County today. Looming infrastructure spending is keeping the Mayor up at night – examples: $10M for a bridge on the Long Point Causeway, $2M+ for remediation of leaking gas wells in the vicinity of Silver Hill, the need to expand the water treatment plant capacity in Port Dover $? (current treatment capacity at 3,000 cu. meters is insufficient to service peak demand of 5,000 cu. metres should the water tower ever go offline by reason of service or failure). The list goes on.

    Strategically Norfolk County is only 16,000 sq. km. Yet an infrastructure assessment report shows 230 structures rated for risk of significant expenditure or near future replacement. However, the message is simple - Norfolk’s situation is non-enviable compared to other municipalities.

    On funding – Ontario announced a new $30 billion infrastructure fund – one of the primary tasks for the new CAO Harry Schlange is to go to Queen’s Park and get Norfolk’s share of that funding. If “The  Hub”  funding can be secured from these provincial and federal counterpart sources  it could proceed – otherwise it would seem to be a non-starter.

    Questions from Rotarians:
    The Legacy Fund, reserves and taxes – interest rates have been low, if the Legacy Fund is not earning a decent return should we consider spending part of it on infrastructure repairs and replacements – in essence a better return? The new CAO is currently having meetings about that question. But it's not that simple! The existence of Legacy Fund gives the County a better Standard and Poor’s rating which lowers the County’s other borrowing costs. The County’s tendering and bid bonding requirements will be reviewed. An example was cited of a recent instance where 40 tender documents were picked up for a project but only 2 tenders were received –the question to be understood and resolved is why so few contractors are bidding on Norfolk projects. So No!, the County will not be blindly turning on the spending taps. Rather, the new CAO, the Mayor, Council and Staff are being tasked to get the County’s spending and tendering processes in order.

    The Misner Dam – similar to the “The Hub”, there is ongoing activity, but the looming infrastructure funding  is the prime issue now.

    Painting your building in Port Dover – Kristal intends to do this when some decent weather arrives.

    Regardless - Council and Committee meetings, attending to seemingly endless information requests, appearances and not withstanding duties as a pilot, have all kept Kristal stretched to the limits. Asked if she will proceed with her property as a craft brewery – response, not any time soon!

    Thank You Mayor Chopp for spending time with us today.
    Mayor Kristal Chopp joins us at lunch Timothy FitzGerald 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Golf Tournament Rescheduled

    Posted on May 13, 2019
    Rescheduled Golf Tournament
    The 2019 Annual Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to September 11, 2019 due to the course conditions at the Greens of Renton. The rain date is September 17, 2019. Members of foursomes will be personally contacted. If you need further information, talk to a Simcoe Rotarian or e-mail us at
    Golf Tournament Rescheduled C. Richard Campbell 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Zsa Zsa Gabor Quotation C. Richard Campbell 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie No. 3 C. Richard Campbell 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Tom Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Jenna Antikainen – Rotary Exchange Student from Finland

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on May 08, 2019
    President King and Jenna
    Jenna spoke to us today about her one year exchange in Canada; and presented club President – Dave King with the banner from her sponsor club The Rotary Club of Puijo, Suomi (Finland). The banner depicts mountains with their tower (like CN Tower but only 150 metres high), the city skyline and the sea.  But for this year the Rotary Club of Simcoe along with host families and Holy Trinity School is her home.
    Jenna showed us pictures of her family and friends in Finland, her two dogs, her brother’s rabbit and sites around her home in the city of Kuopio. Maps of Finland showed changing borders over 600 years with encroachments and returns by both Sweden and Russia. The story goes that when drawing the eastern border, circa 1947, that Stalin put his thumb into the otherwise straight line eastern border to include a large nickel deposit (strategic metal) in Russia. We asked Jenna about their Russian neighbours. She said the predominate culture is that people either love them or dislike them.
    Jenna finds Canadians friendly and outgoing. She explained with cartoons that Finlanders only say hello to people they know. The caricature on the bus avoids eye contact with someone they don’t know hoping they will not sit in the empty seat beside them (really, that happens in Canada as well)! Jenna finds school easier in Canada. Finland has preschool but Grade 1 starts at age 7 and learning continues on a more intense basis.
    Jenna’s parents are coming to Simcoe in June to coincide and see Jenna perform with the Holy Trinity Concert Band. Garry MacMillan, our Exchange Student Coordinator, reminisced that when he first reviewed Jenna’s Rotary Exchange Application that she had listed interests mostly in the “Arts”. But since that time Jenna now lists as her memories numerous sports and outdoor activities – winter camping in Algonquin Park, attending a Buffalo Bills game last fall (which in Buffalo’s open air stadium can often be a winter camping adventure itself), skating on the canal in Ottawa, curling, swimming, skiing at Holiday Valley. Exchange student field trips and conferences included New York City and Central Park for four days, Niagara Falls, Toronto and the CN Tower, Jamestown Zoo, and Pumpkinfest in Waterford.
    For all of this Jenna says “Kiitos” (thank you).
    Jenna Antikainen – Rotary Exchange Student from Finland Timothy FitzGerald 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

    How are Happy Children's Faces created?

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on May 07, 2019
    (left to right Principal - Tracy Rodrigues, club President - Dave King, club Community Service Director - Rick Horncharsky)
    Tracy was raised in Norfolk County and became principal of Langton Public School in 2015. Tracy observes that by standards across the Grand Erie District School Board, the Langton school is small with 180 students from 150 families. When Tracy arrived, as Principal, the aged playground equipment consisted of rusted swings, slides and teeter-totters. These were since condemned as unsafe and “roped off” with orange snow fencing.
    The playground today consists of sand pits and game areas with painted lines on pavement. The children are very creative. But play can be so much more! In education, the benefits of play equipment are many – learn safety, burn energy, mental wellness for stress relief and learning. After school the whole community benefits through use of the equipment. But it seems that new playground equipment is fund raised by local communities versus school board budgets. Playgrounds are expensive. It starts with “engineered mulch” to cover the ground at a cost of $5,000. All in the costs are $50,000 - well beyond the ability of 150 families in this otherwise low income area to support. But support it they did! So 4-6 parents took up the fundraising challenge. Numerous fund raisers were held and outreach taken into greater communities.
    Hard work is recognized. The “engineered mulch” is being donated by the manufacturer, 100 Women Who Care donated one third of the costs, Langton service clubs, Lucas Wilson, Taco Dinners all pitched in.
    Upon hearing this, the Rotary Club of Simcoe presented Tracy with our cheque for $2,500 to push them toward the top and more Happy Faces.
    Here are rendering of the equipment to be installed within 2019.
    5-8 yrs old
    8-12 yrs old
    How are Happy Children's Faces created? Timothy FitzGerald 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Hadley Jackson – 80 years of living in Simcoe and Port Dover

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Apr 29, 2019

    Hadley grew up a few blocks south of Hwy 3 which was the de facto connector route for traffic to/from Detroit/Buffalo. As a youngster, Hadley remembers “gasoline alley”, between Queen Street and Norfolk Street, the colourful service stations signs enticing drivers to buy their brand of gasoline (most now long since forgotten); and long convoys of army vehicles, built in Detroit, making their way through Buffalo to East Coast ports for shipment to Europe during WW II. Simcoe was a thriving buzzing metro with 5 drug stores, 4 hardware stores, 3 shoe stores, a pair of 5¢/ 10¢ stores, 3 movie theaters and boasting 5 hotels.
     By 1948 Hadley,  12 years old, was walking, running and bicycling around Simcoe with his gang of friends.  Robinson Street divided the town north and south. Living at the north end of Wellington Park, he attended North School where the girls and boys had separate entrances and playgrounds. Simcoe had a bus service that stopped at Norfolk and Robinson Streets every half hour. Hadley and his friends would get on the bus and tour the entire bus route on the south side of town and then return to their start point in the north end. There was no such thing as a school bus as every child could walk to school North School or South School (both now demolished). High School students from Port Dover rode the Lake Erie North Electric Railway trolley into Simcoe. Seniors were conscripted as school crossing guards. 

    Wellington Park was very active with softball. Spectator bleachers held 500 people. Hadley sold refreshments to the crowds. There was no monetary remuneration; rather all the hot dogs you could eat. Wellington Park was created in the early 30's after a bad traffic accident at the north intersection of Hwy 3 and the trolley tracks. Dirt was moved to improve sight lines and steam shovels filled in what is now Wellington Park. The Talbot Arena was built in 1947. Hadley was a rink rat shoveling the ice clean between periods. After the games, Hadley and his friends played hockey until midnight when George Hofgraff would kick them out before watering the ice.

    Ridley College slid by and Hadley returned to Simcoe. There were three main service clubs - Kinsman, Lions and Rotary - plus several lodges. Hadley first was a Kinsman. Then it seems as a right of passage, at age 40, he became a Rotarian.

    Of fundraisers for service work and projects:
    The Kinsman sponsored figure skating and joined this with their annual sell-out comedy fund-raiser (Kinsmen Ice Carnival) where their members did comedy skits between figure skaters.  One year the skit was based on the comic strip Little Abner. The two characters Earthquake Magoon and Indian Joe paraded around the ice with a big barrel making their Kickapoo Joy Juice. Hadley was hidden in the bottom of the barrel and fired off a CO2 fire extinguisher each time Magoon or Joe stirred the barrel with a long pole. The crowd went wild! Hadley stayed put in the barrel for the first and second acts. But, Hadley, realizing that he, with his CO2 fire extinguisher, was the "true" star of the show fired off the fire extinguisher unexpectedly.  So startled was Magoon, that he dropped the heavy pole on Hadley's head nearly knocking him out! (heard from the gallery of Rotarians at lunch today "now we know why he is the way he is"). The Kinsmen also held street dances in the summer for the "farm hands". The Lions Club annual May 24th fundraiser variety show drew a lot of people and continues to this day. In those early years, Rotarians largely being the town fathers more often "passed the hat" versus being known for fundraiser events. 

    Simcoe had a population of 7,500. The Salvation Army Band played on the corner Saturday nights. The largest employer was the American Canning Company, at Robinson and Queen Streets; along with the Canadian Canners next door. In the war years, it is said that they produced half of the cans for the British Empire, running shifts 24 hrs a day. The Canadian Canners started employing women and canned all the fresh fruits and vegetables in the area. The Brook Woolen Mill was located south of Victoria Street (Old Woollen Mill Road) beside the Lynn River. The white (now) apartments located at the end of Patterson Street were part of this complex on the south side. The mill had an end off day whistle at 5 PM which was also a signal for all children to start making their way home for supper.
    On the north end of town there are still remnants of former army barracks buildings hidden away on Second Avenue ,where 1,000 soldiers had been housed. After WW II, the buildings were deeded to the town. Two of the large buildings were moved to the Fairgrounds, now known as the Commercial Building and the Junior Farmers Building.
    So in conclusion, Simcoe was a safe place for children to grow up and roam the town with only two 
    constraints - lunch at 12 noon, supper at 6 PM. “Thanks Hadley”
    Rotarian Hadley Jackson – 80 years of living in Simcoe and Port Dover Timothy FitzGerald 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

    A Rotary Club That Makes Money!

    Simcoe Rotary Dollar(Token)_Dec_1976

    Rotary Dollar, December, 1976

    The Rotary Club of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada makes money as well as fundraises to obtain money! Technically, the Simcoe Rotary Dollar which is made of nickel is a token.
    The face of the "coin" contains the Rotary International logo and the Simcoe Rotary Dollar description and the date "DEC, 1976". It is believed that the EXP may refer to the foundry where they were made. On the reverse side, you see "COURT HOUSE SQUARE", Simcoe, Ontario, Canada and a registration mark of some kind.
    Governor Simcoe Square in downtown Simcoe was an unique collection of old, mostly vacant historic buildings in the early 1970's, namely the Norfolk County Courthouse, and adjacent Goal where condemned men have been hanged as well as the former Land Registry office and a small building. In the 1970's, the Town of Simcoe purchased from the County of Norfolk what was to become Governor Simcoe Square and renovated the Courthouse into the Town Hall and the Goal into a Public Library. The other two buildings fronting on Colborne Street South were use for offices and storage.
    A number of Rotarians became proponents of the restoration when it was proposed to demolish the old buildings. Their prominent and forceful involvement in the "Save The Courthouse" campaign contributed to its success. This important preservation and reuse of old and historic buildings lead to other downtown restorations such as the old Farmers Market and Firehall building as well as the old Armories.
    A Rotary Club That Makes Money! C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
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    PolioPlus Contribution

    President Dave King, John Featherstone. Director and ADG 7090 Lisa Bishop
    March 18, 2019: President Dave King and John Featherstone, Director, International Service presenting Assistant District Governor 7090, Lisa Bishop of the Delhi Rotary Club with the Club's annual contribution to PolioPlus.
    PolioPlus Contribution C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Let's Go Skiing - Take Two

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Mar 25, 2019
    Literally "Take Two"! Our Rotary Foreign Exchange Student Jenna Antikainen (right) was in Ottawa with her host family when Luis and I (center) went skiing in February. Jenna hails from Finland.
    So when Norfolk Sunrise Rotarian Keith Jones (left) was hosting Luis over March break, he suggested taking both students skiing, this time at Holiday Valley!
    The weather forecast was uncertain. But as you can see from the pic, we were blessed with sunshine.
    In Rotary, making an effort makes a difference - certainly for the smiles on Jenna and Luis.
    Let's Go Skiing - Take Two Timothy FitzGerald 2019-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Cannabis-A Smoking Hot Industry

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 20, 2019
    Rotarian Harold Shantz and Mar-Len Guzman, Editor of Grow Opportunity Magazine
    Rotarian Harold Shantz thanking Mar-Len Guzman, Editor of Grow Opportunity Magazine for her presentation.
    March 18th, 2019
    Mari-Len De Guzman, Editor of Grow Opportunity Magazine (The Source for Canadian Cannabis Producers) published by Annex Business Media of Simcoe, Ontario introduced us to the Cannabis industry in Canada.
    Medical marijuana has been available in Canada since July of 2001. Recreational use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada. In October of 2018, the Liberal government passed legislation to permit Cannabis consumption. Early in 2019, on-line sales began and provincial retail outlets soon followed.
    Later this year, probably in October, edible cannabis products such as fudge brownies, cookies, pretzels and nuts could be for sale. Topical applications containing CBD (Cannabinoid) will join edible products on sale. Examples are face and body cleaners, moisturizers, soap and face and eye creams. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which will get you high, CBD will not.

    Cannabis in Hot Demand

    The demand for cannabis in Canada is outgrowing the supply. The licensed producers are scrambling to increase production. This situation has led to the closure of some retail outlets and also a reduction in hours of operation in the provinces of Canada. 
    There are projections that the industry will generate $ 6 billion in 2021. Two of the largest producers in Canada are Canopy Growth Corporation of Smith Falls, Ontario and Aurora Cannabis. Canopy Growth Corporation is described in 2018 as the largest cannabis company by share value or capitalization.
    Cannabis-A Smoking Hot Industry C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Long Point Basin Land Trust

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 20, 2019
    Kristyn Richardson, LPBLT, and Rotarian Dolf Wynia
    Kristyn Richardson, LPBLT and Rotarian Dolf Wynia
    On March 11th, 2019, Kristyn Richardson, Program Manager of the Long Point Basin Land Trust presented an overview of the trust and its projects. The LPBLT which is based in Port Rowan, Ontario is a non-profit charitable organization that focuses on land acquisition and easements for the purpose of conservation. The majority of Land Trusts concentrate on “conserving the biological values of land, but some have been established to protect scenic, historical, agricultural and recreational lands…”
    Long Point Basin Land Trust
    The Long Point Basin Land Trust
    All of the nine properties that the LPBLT own or managed are in Norfolk County. The acquisition strategy of the LPBLT concentrates on watersheds with priority given to wetlands, Carolinian forests, sand barrens and oak savannas. One of these properties acquired in 2018 is named the Ken McMullen and Joan Shirlow Spring Arbour Farm Nature Reserve. Joan is a member of Simcoe Rotary.
    This Norfolk County of ours is a special place. Most local school children are learning about the Carolinian forest that is growing here and the species of animals and birds which are dependent on the wooded areas to live. Remove the living area and the dependent species dies. Unfortunately, there are a number of species such as the Monarch Butterfly which are threatened. Ms. Richardson tells us of the efforts to learn more about the Monarch Butterfly by “tagging” them with a sticker. Even the 4,000 km fall migration from Canada and other areas to Mexico is threatened by insecticides and the lack of areas for their “food”.
    Wikipedia defines Carolinian forest as… “a life zone in eastern North America characterized primarily by a predominance of deciduous (broad-leaf) trees. The term "Carolinian forest",is used primarily in Canada, and therefore often refers only to the northernmost portion of the overall region, in Southern Ontario”. Within the southern Ontario "Carolinian forest", you find a diversity of trees such as ash, beech, American Chestnut, oak, hickory as well as hard and soft maple, butternut, black gum, sassafras, tulip and walnut. For generations, the forest has been home to various animal and plant species. Conservationists believe that the Carolinian forest contains among the most beautiful and rare trees in Ontario and Canada.
    Long Point Basin Land Trust C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
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    Rotarian Kelly Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie # 2 C. Richard Campbell 2019-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Corrine Barba Thank You Simcoe Rotary

    Some individuals drink energy drinks to boost their energy levels. When you are a Rotary Club and receive a Thank You note like the one from Corrine Barba, it renews our purpose, energizes and reminds us of the slogan Service Above Self.

    July 9, 2018

    Dear Rotary Club of Simcoe,

    I am sincerely thankful and honoured to have received your scholarship. Your generous support means so much to both my family and I. There are many financial challenges that university inflicts but your support will release some of that difficulty. I value my education greatly and I am fortunate enough to be the first in my family to attend university in Canada!

    Once again, I thank you greatly for serving as a substantial support in my educational pursuit. It is scholarship donors such as your organization that gives students this opportunity.


    Thank you very much & God bless!


    Corrine Barba

    Corrine Barba Thank You Simcoe Rotary C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
    Canada End Polio Now Postage Stamp C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Curlers, January 14, 2019

    Rotary Curlers, January 14, 2019
    There are three main sports that come to mind that our Rotarians are good, even very good at playing - Curling, Golf and Sailing. I was reminded that I couldn't add a fourth - visiting local craft breweries since it is yet to be considered a sport. On January 14, 2019, the Club met at the Simcoe Curling Club and upon adjournment some Rotarians retired to the locker rooms to change into their colorful costumes. Costumes is probably not a fitting word to describe what many were wearing. Apart from the color, you could hear the barking issuing of orders from the skip or vice-skip to team mates who are all very competitive and take the game very seriously. You might have noticed the weeks that have gone by between the event and the publishing of the story and the photographs. The delay was due in part to the heavy use of Photoshop to render the photographs. smiley This is the link to the full photo album(slideshow).
    Rotary Curlers, January 14, 2019 C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Builds Friendships

    Tom Pidduck, George Renshaw,Jim Jackson, Harold Shantz
    January, 2019. Rotarian Tom Pidduck, Honorary Rotarian George Renshaw, Rotarians Jim Jackson and Harold Shantz
    When you become a Rotarian, you build friendships. Some last for decades. George Renshaw was an active member of the Rotary Club of Simcoe for over 63 years. The 102 year old Honorary Rotarian now lives in a nearby nursing home where the Rotarians in the photograph visit him frequently (but not before dining out a Simcoe restaurant).
    Photograph: Courtesy of Harold Shantz
    Rotary Builds Friendships C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
    Let's Do Lunch C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Horizons of Friendship

    Rotarian Rick Honcharsky, Debbie Morales and Raul Scorza
    Rotarian Rick Honcharsky, Debbie Morales, Resource Development Coordinator and Raul Scorza, Community Outreach/Communications Coordinator of Horizons of Friendship, Cobourg, Ontario.
    In 1972, Father Tim Coughan, David and Christine Stewart founded the Horizons of Friendship.
    Last year, the Club donated money to the organization for The Newborn and Child Health project in Guatemala. The Club learned that a $ 1,000.00 donation becomes $ 4,000.00 when adding federal money.
    One of the six areas of focus of Rotary international is:
    Maternal & Child Health

    Maternal & Child Health

     In Guatemala, The Newborn and Child Health project has reached 70,000 women and children with improved health services, training and life-saving equipment. If this is something you wish to contribute to, visit the website.
    Horizons of Friendship C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Major Rick

    Major Rick Honcharsky
    January 7, 2019. Major Rick Honcharsky, Salvation Army and Rotarian reported to the club on the 2018 Christmas fundraising campaigns. There are two campaigns such as the general one and the more visible one of the kettles. Both targets were exceeded. The Major attributed the success in part to the many volunteers. The more volunteers, the more contributions filling the kettles. Simcoe Rotary and the Norfolk Sunrise clubs had a healthy competition to see which club would volunteer the most hours. Our Club set a new record and I believe Norfolk Sunrise did also.
    Major Rick C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Cruising In The Caribbean

    Rotarian Thor Olsen
    It is must be the Viking heritage that drew Rotarian Thor Olsen and his wife Elizabeth to the warm waters of the Caribbean. On second thought, -20 degree Celsius Ontario temperatures and cold blowing snow may have stimulated the Olsen's cruising in the Caribbean in January. Thor presented his slides of the trip at the rotary meeting on January 28th, 2019. One of the highlights was the visit to the Panama Canal. If you are going to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, this is the way to do it. Cruising in the Caribbean!
    Cruising In The Caribbean C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Guess Who Came to Dinner?

    Mussorie, Dehradun District, (Northern) India
    While Rotarian Harold Shantz and his son (Doctor) Jessie were about to eat they had a surprise and uninvited guest. In the early 1960's, Harold was the administrator of the local hospital in Mussorie, Dehradun District, (Northern) India. Last year the two them visited India and Harold renewed acquittances and former colleagues.
    Selfie, Mussorie, Dehradun District, (Northern) India
    Selfie? Jessie and Harold Shantz, India 2018.
    Guess Who Came to Dinner? C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
    Fortune Cookie C. Richard Campbell 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Let's Go Skiing

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 15, 2019
    Luis Portillo is the Rotary Exchange Student from Mexico with the morning club. When our Exchange Student Coordinator, Garry McMillan, asked if anyone would take Luis to the Ellicottville (NY) Rotary Club Ski Day, I said "I'm in".
    I picked Luis up from his Rotary host family (the Pecks) at 6:30 AM. We had spoken the day before and rehearsed that he had never skied before; but plays soccer and rides a road bike. "OK you're athletic and you understand what balance is" - I can work with that!
    During the drive to Holimont Ski Resort, we spoke about aspects of skis and what makes them turn, families and travel. An objective of his is to hone his fluency in English. At the end of his year, Luis said he plans to take the eastern Canada tour (Ontario, Quebec, and Maritime cities) option with fellow Exchange Student's to experience more of Canada's cultures. Luis starts University in August - studying international commerce.
    But - today skiing! We're going to advance from "pizza" (the "snow plough" - a beginner stance with skis in a wedge to control speed or stop), to "airplane" (no ski poles, arms out stretched just like kids running around the house - to initiate turns), to "french fries"  (skiing with both skis in parallel).
    Luis learned quickly. After three "pizza" runs on the beginner slope, Luis was ready to advance to the main hill. Up the Exhibition Express Lift - introductions and conversation with two other skiers riding up on the same chair proposed  some "green" (easiest) runs over to the right. A few more "greens" and now we're skiing the "blues" (intermediate slopes) under the Meadows Lift.
    High noon - into the lodge with Rotary friends, old and new, fantastic hot lunch, fundraiser 50/50 draw and mind testing quiz - all thanks to organization by John Weismantel and members of Ellicottville Rotary. After lunch and more good directions from table-mate Mike , we skied over to the Sunset Lift - a wide open slope. Bringing it all together, Luis was free-skiing "french fries" (pic below) in control and skied "blue" runs back to the lodge to end our day.
    Service Above Self and fun at the same time!
    Let's Go Skiing Timothy FitzGerald 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

    "Tumaini" Hope Around the World

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 11, 2019
    In the Swahili (Tanzania) dialect, Tumaini means "hope".
    Lauren Fulton, being thanked for speaking to us today by Past President Dave Ferris, introduced that she grew up in Simcoe and now lives in Port Ryerse. She teaches swimming lessons and life saving at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. We know that life's path has many twists, turns and opportunities.
    In 2013, at her high school, SCS,  Lauren met another local resident - Cherie Szucs, founder and director of the Tumaini Children’s Foundation (located in Tanzania).
    In 2015, Lauren took a leap of faith, boarded a plane for Amsterdam - with Tanzania as the final destination. 
    So what does the Tumaini Children’s Foundation do"? Simple answer - "its an orphanage and a school" - but, that is where simple answers end and the humanitarian need and miracles begin.
    In Canada, many of us take for granted that children will attend primary and secondary grade schools; then phase into the work force or post secondary education. In contrast, Lauren told us that in Tanzania if one does not have schooling there is no opportunity to advance. If you don't have a family to pay for your schooling and uniforms, then you don't go to school. 
    That's where the Tumaini orphanage miracle starts. Orphans now have a "family". They can go to school. Some arrive as toddlers; some perhaps aged 10-12. However, advancement is not guaranteed. An orphan, aged 12, who has never been to school starts in grade 1. If they fail they repeat grade 1. They must pass before advancing to grade 2.
    The Foundation's work is supported by ongoing fundraising in Canada, Europe and the United States. Also hands on volunteers bring their skills. Lauren teaches swimming, so it was natural to bring children back to her hotel pool and teach them how to swim. Being skilled at teaching (but not at mathematics), she set up a fun map of the world so the children could move their players around the world and calculate how many were in each country (another volunteer was skilled at mathematics and lead the mathematical game - a win/win).
    Last year Lauren returned to Tumaini. One of our Rotarians asked what happens when a child leaves the orphanage? She said Tumaini is a family. To those of you who have families, your adult children are still your "children" even when the're 45. Tumaini has supported some students through university. Some members of the Tumaini family have now "advanced" as safari guide, an anthropologist and a teacher - the miracle realized..
    "Tumaini" Hope Around the World Timothy FitzGerald 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Healing Hearts on Valentines Day

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 11, 2019
    Our Ron Baker (soon to be stepping up to President Elect) has a big heart.
    Valerie Bailey-Phillips from the Rotary Club of Caledonia visited us today to fill our compassion with a "Gift of Life" (valentines day chocolate hearts). Our donations are healing little hearts around the world. 
    Rotary does amazing work and fundraising. Due to volunteers like Valerie, 98% of the funds raised by Gift of Life are spent on direct care of children from developing countries around the world delivering sustainable cardiac surgery.
    Healing Hearts on Valentines Day Timothy FitzGerald 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Holistic Nutrition and Technology ??

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 04, 2019
    Barbara Anstead, NNCP (Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners) comes from a well established working/advisory "wellness" history with local businesses such as Simcoe Health Foods, Clark Pharmacy and the Dover Apothecary.
    Today Barbara operates her business from her home in Simcoe (and was brought to us by our Rotarian Jill Taylor - her next door neighbour - luck is with us).
    As the reporter today, I looked up the definition of the word "holistic". Of two dictionary definitions, I found
    "characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease".
    Barbara was asked how her work is coordinated with the medical community.? Barb advised that her work is neither practicing medicine nor pharmacology, but at the same time so much more than just nutrition.
    Whether clients are referred to her from the medical community or word of mouth, the holistic approach recognizes that simply buying and eating "health food" may not make you healthy.  Many diseases or physical conditions have triggers. So if the "health foods" you buy have those triggers - well you get the picture!
    Barbara can recommend what diets and heath foods may either compliment or may exacerbate a condition.
    So what is the reference to "technology" about?
    Well there are also physical triggers. Barbara has seen amazing balance and wellness improvements with "thinsole" socks/tech inserts (by Neuro Tech). The technology works on wellness by creating balance/homeostasis (the reasoning for this is actually very sound) - especially in seniors where with age reflexes seem to slow or perhaps get lazy which can be the precursors to a fall. These specially designed socks/tech inserts change or stimulate sensory points just enough for faster response or perhaps use pathways that have long been dormant.
    When it came to shake a leg, four of our Rotarians pulled up their pant leg to show off their stylish Neuro Tech socks procured from Barb.
    To contact Barb:
    Phone 519-410-3544
    Holistic Nutrition and Technology ?? Timothy FitzGerald 2019-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

    We Have Moved

    We Have Moved
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe meets at 12:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 79), 200 West Street, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4K3 (downstairs). Please use the Metcalfe Street Clubrooms entrance. Metcalfe Street is one way from West to Chapel Street. Also this Legion along with many others requests that anyone entering remove their head wear in respect to fallen comrades.
    We Have Moved C. Richard Campbell 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    2018 Murder Mystery & Christmas Party

    2018 Murder Mystery & Christmas Party
    December 11, 2018, Port Dover, Ontario
    It was a murder of mystery and a Christmas party at the Lighthouse Theater. Present was a good crowd of Simcoe Rotarians and guests. They were joined by the usual suspects. The suspects from the 1950's had names like Johnny Angel, Donna, Peggy, Coach and the Chaperone. At times, it was difficult to identify the suspects from Rotarians as various members and their guests were drawn into the mystery of the murder by the suspects. Everyone had an enjoyable time. The food was plentiful and tasty.
    2018 Murder Mystery & Christmas Party C. Richard Campbell 2018-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Kenzie Green-Johnson, 2017-2018 Exchange Student

    Kenzie Green-Johnson Exchange Student 2017-2018 France
    On December 17, 2018, "Kenzie" Green-Johnson, 2017-2018 Exchange Student to France told the Club about her year in France and her European travels. Sometimes you can get a feeling about a person's strength when they have to adapt to adversity. In this case, the slide presentation on the laptop computer failed to appear. However she recovered and presented her story with humour and a willingness to interact with her audience. There was a "joie de vivre" in the delivery of her story. Bienvenue "Kenzie".
    Kenzie Green-Johnson, 2017-2018 Exchange Student C. Richard Campbell 2018-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Mike Cobb Testing His Medal

    Mike Cobb Testing His Medal
    Our Mike Cobb is a lawyer who possesses a healthy amount of skepticism. When presented his medal for bowling (there was a delay while records were reviewed), he has "a taste for gold". 
    Rotarian Mike Cobb Testing His Medal C. Richard Campbell 2018-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

    Reverend Stan Cox Classification Talk

    Reverend Stan cox
    Some our best speakers are Rotary members. After the "divine association" issue was resolved, Reverend and Doctor Cox is indeed a Presbyterian minister. He presented his classification talk with humour and wit for the second time in his lifespan. Each time,  a man or woman of the "cloth" speaks to the Club, there is the realization among the humour of balanced individuals with a purpose and strong mission in life.
    Reverend Stan Cox Classification Talk C. Richard Campbell 2018-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Jill Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
    Seasons Greetings C. Richard Campbell 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Mike Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Fellowship meeting at White Horse Bowling Lanes

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 13, 2018
    Rotary Club of Simcoe's President Dave King cancelled our Monday meeting in favour of a social fellowship meeting today at the bowling alley. Twenty-four members and guests attended the event with pizza, a short business meeting and then the games began.
     Pics below:
    Fellowship meeting at White Horse Bowling Lanes Timothy FitzGerald 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

    No Clonmel Castle High Tea

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    Just A Reminder!


    Without your ticket purchases and the support of our sponsors, Simcoe Rotary would not be able to contribute since 1925 to local and international projects. We thank you!


    Tickets can be purchased from the above outlets and from Simcoe Rotarians. Tickets can also be purchased from Rotarians at the door of any of the homes on November 24 and 25th, 2018.


    Simcoe Rotary has been informed that there will be no

    High Tea at the Clonmel Castle due to government regulations. Alternative arrangements have been made for a rest stop at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 302 St. George Street, Port Dover, Ontario.


    Clonmel Dining
    No Clonmel Castle High Tea C. Richard Campbell 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
    Kettle Volunteers Needed! C. Richard Campbell 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Simcoe Curlers getting ready for antarctic winter?

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 08, 2018
    Our Marg Bancroft, Rotary Club of Simcoe and Jim Simpson, Norfolk Sunrise Rotary continue to curl their way across Scotland with Rotary's curling exchange "Team Canada".
    The Bancrofts in Scotland
    Today, time off, in Dundee, Scotland viewing the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Discovery famous for 1901-1904  Antarctic Expedition by Scott and Shackleton. Note their red maple leaf team curling jackets!
    Life long Rotary friendships are being made with the Scottish curlers. As emissaries, Marg and Jim are both delivering and receiving greetings to/from prior year's curling team members.
    Simcoe Curlers getting ready for antarctic winter? Timothy FitzGerald 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Remembrances Holland 1940-1945

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 05, 2018
    In 1940, when Holland was invaded by the Blitzkrieg, our Rotarian, Dolf Wynia was 6 years old.
    Rotarians Dolf Wynia and Craig Hunter
    (Dolf Wynia and Rotarian Craig Hunter at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79)
    Dolf’s parents lived on the outskirts of Rotterdam. His mother kept him away from the windows lest stray bullets from aerial battles overhead enter the home. (The invading German armies wanted the shipping port of Rotterdam and the coastal airfields intact to launch invasions against England. Holland’s military put up a stiff fight; but with its outdated equipment soon exhausted the city of Rotterdam and Holland were surrendered within four days.)

    Dolf reminisced about his childhood experiences. Bricks from bombed out buildings were used to build low walls from which Dolf and his friends could challenge youngsters from other neighbourhoods.
    But, simultaneously, Dolf observed unexplained (to the eyes of a young child) variances in the daily life and routines of his parents – their secrecy where none had existed before, closing the curtains against the songs and propaganda of the Nazis, vinegar bottles in the liquor cabinet. (Dolf’s father was a vinegar salesman. Vinegar was manufactured from fermented gin. His father brought home gin in these vinegar bottles and used them as the only currency that could gain any cooperation of the German officers.)
    Dolf was fortunate to never experience a shortage of food during the war years. First - his mother had lain in supplies of salt and vinegar to preserve food before the war based upon newspaper reports of failing talks and fear of invasions. However, a German blockade of fuel and supplies from farm towns in 1944 threw Holland into famine. Second - Dolf’s family moved about 120 kms north to their uncle's farm (via some wood-burning motorized contraption but that’s another story). Their uncle’s farm was self sufficient in agriculture, livestock and energy from burning peat and tapping methane gas from the bogs.
    This is the point in Dolf’s presentation where his voice and emotion cracked - the proud (as a survivor) reminiscences giving way to memories (now at age 10) and horrors of starvation passing by the farm gates. His uncle built a shelter by the roadside and fed the humanity passing by. One man had a small suitcase under his arm. Inside the case were 12 place settings of sterling silver. Starving, he offered that just for a bag of potatoes.

    No one wins at war!
    Remembrances Holland 1940-1945 Timothy FitzGerald 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk County needs new "gateway signage"

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 05, 2018
    Norfolk Council/County asked local service clubs, business and other patrons to step up to the cause and donate to the funds required to update/replace "gateway signage" on the roadsides entering Norfolk.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe was quick to do so. Seen here is Chris Garwood (left in photo) , Economic Development Coordinator - Tourism and Economic Division for Norfolk County  accepting a cheque for $1,000 from our Rotarian and Club Secretary -Thor Olsen.
    Thor said it’s a community service and we’re glad to do so.
    Norfolk County needs new "gateway signage" Timothy FitzGerald 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    World Vision visits Rotary Club of Canada

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 29, 2018
    Did you know that World Vision is the third largest charity in the world, following the United Nations and the Red Cross. They are organized in 115 countries. Lindsay Gladding (left in photo being thanked by Rotarian Rick Honcharsky) is a Director of World Vision, Canada. A contact through our club President, Dave King's daughter brought Lindsay to us today. 
    Lindsay was on point but admitted some lingering lapses have spent 58 hours in the air last week touching down in disaster zones in Indonesia - earth quakes at 7.4 magnitude causing tsunamis and landslides from soil liquefaction- plus the jet lag home to Canada.
    World Vision began in 1947 when a missionary abroad spoke to the head of an orphanage in Pakistan who had to turn away children due to lack of capacity/funding. On the spot he gave her $5 in local currency and promised and did raise funds and sent funds every month thereafter.
    World Vision is focused on children's needs but their scope is coordinated through a global strategy. It may include rebuilding a school, it may include providing warmth and shelter. But needs are dynamic! One family may need a blanket, another may need food. Direct cash payments are used sometimes - so the family can buy what they "need". If cash is too risky, vouchers are used. If merchants try to rise prices, World Vision contracts with select merchants to keep fair prices. But most often the merchants business has been destroyed as well and they are also trying to rebuild their communities and charging fair prices.
    Lindsay told us that World Vision assisted in 170 crises  this year. In 2017 86 cents on the dollar of funds raised was spent as direct aid. 
    Thanks, Lindsay, for visiting us with your understanding and message.
    World Vision visits Rotary Club of Canada Timothy FitzGerald 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Salvation Army Christmas Kettle

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 29, 2018
    Hal Whitcomb (on left in photo with Rotarian and Salvation Army Captain Rick Honchowski) is in charge of raising $100,000 this year through the kettle campaign across Norfolk and Haldimand counties. The Kettle Campaign is their biggest fundraiser.
    He is asking us (Rotarians and others) to volunteer for 2 hour "kettle shifts" in front of local retail merchants. Each kettle shift gives the Salvation Army the ability to assist one more family. Whereas a shift unfilled brings in $0 dollars.
    That wry smile on Captain Rick, because just now he is mapping out a challenge to one of our sister clubs, Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, to a contest to fill 50 Kettle Shifts! 
    The campaign runs November 16th to December 24th but not on Sundays. To fill a shift call Hal at 289-377-9167.
    Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Timothy FitzGerald 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Shelter Box - got Bronze going for Silver

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 22, 2018
    Nancy Penny, Burlington Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, is presenting our club with a Bronze Award certificate for giving to Shelter Box.
    Shelter Box is a charity supported by Rotary to dispatch aid relief (literally shelters in a box) around the world (including Canada if the need arises) at a moments notice.

    Simultaneously  our Mike Cobb,  International Service Director and club President Dave King are presenting Nancy with a cheque for $2,500 to drive us to the Silver level of giving.
    Nancy explained to us that, while she is personally not the person to visit international disaster sites , she believes strongly in this humanitarian aid and gives back by volunteering to drive to Rotary Clubs across Ontario to showcase "what's inside"  the Shelter Box.
    The Shelter  Box contains a tent, blankets, steel cook ware, utensils, solar lights, a shovel, basic tools and water purification sufficient to house a family of 5-8 people. A family can be warm, dry and supply the most basic needs while they rebuild their lives. 
    Shelter Box - got Bronze going for Silver Timothy FitzGerald 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Team Canada "fancy pants"

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 22, 2018
    Our Marg Bancroft (center photo) is going to Scotland to curl with Rotary's "Team Canada".
    Please note Marg is wearing the team's curling uniform "red maple leaf" pants.
    It's a right of passage alternating bi-annually between Canada and Scotland - you can only attend once!
    Joined by previous pilgrims left to right Keith Sutherland, Dave King, Craig Hunter, Garry McMillan, Dan Hill, Mike Cobb and Wally Anderson.
    Rotary Team Canada "fancy pants" Timothy FitzGerald 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Jeff Making a Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
    2018 Rotary Holiday House Tour C. Richard Campbell 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
    New Limburg Brewery Tour (September 26, 2018) C. Richard Campbell 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary in Norfolk County C. Richard Campbell 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
    Norfolk Day-Of-Action Video C. Richard Campbell 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

    New Limburg Brewing Company Ltd., Nixon, Ontario

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Sep 30, 2018
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Story and Photography by C. Richard Campbell
    I can't get these images of beer out of my consciousness. Once I wipe them out, they keep recurring!
    Let me explain.
    The Club meets on the second floor over the Blue Elephant microbrewery in the restaurant's meeting and banquet room.
    In April, there was the official kick off of
    Rotary Lager at the Eat and Drink Norfolk Festival which celebrates the culinary aspects of Norfolk County.
    At our June Changeover meeting at the Port Dover Yacht Club, someone "abandoned" a full can of Rotary beer in from of me. It is described on the can as a "crisp, blonde lager."  The temptation was too great!
    At the Lynn River Music and Arts Festival during the August Civic Holiday weekend, Rotarians were serving Rotary beer at the beer tent and pancakes, beverages and grilled cheese sandwiches at another location.
    At an August off-site meeting at the Charlotteville Brewing Company, the club toured the new brewery and sampled a number of ales. 
    New Limburg Brewing Company Ltd., Nixon, Ontario C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
    Volunteering at the Salvation Army Luncheon C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
    Summer of '18 Photos C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Hadley Jackson Making A Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

    The Summer of '18

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Sep 27, 2018

    Fall is officially here.

    If you belong to my generation, you will remember the Canadian musician Bryan Adams and his song – The Summer of ’69. It is a song of youth, playing in the band, love and drive-ins.
    “Those were the best days of my life
    Back in the summer of ‘69”
    The summer of 2018 is no match for being young in 1969. By the way whatever happened to the Drive-Ins? This summer The Rotary Club of Simcoe had some fun, raised money, volunteered for community projects, and embarked upon a number of off-site meetings with outdoor dining and local craft beer.
    Here are some of the highlights of the summer of ’18.

    Tree PlantingJune 15th, 2015

    Valleyridge Farms

    2017-2018 Rotary International President Ian Riseley asked each club to plant a tree for every Rotary member. That would be about 1.2 million trees world-wide. Simcoe Rotary teamed up with ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) and our own Rotarian Larry Kormos to plant over 100 trees.


    RI Convention, Toronto, OnJune 23rd to 26th, 2018

    Toronto, Ontario, Rotary International Convention

    President-Elect Dave King attended the convention as the club’s official delegate. He was joined by about 4 other Rotarians. Each conveyed their experience with club.

    President David King (2018-2019)

    July 1st, 2018

    This is the start of the Rotary New Year with a fresh executive with a new leader in President Dave King. Of the 9 Board members, six are new.


    JLynnvalley Trail Plaqueuly 7th, 2018

    Off-Site Meeting. Memorial Park, Rotary Bridge, Lynn Valley Trail
    Rotarians such as the late Christopher Lee were instrumental in converting this abandoned railway right-of-way into a trail from Simcoe to Port Dover. Other Rotarians were generous contributors to the start-up funding and the “Club” adopted one of the railway bridges.


    Friday the 13thJuly 13th, 2018

    Port Dover, Friday The 13th, Lion’s Silver Lake Park, The Rotary Pancake Booth

    Simcoe Rotary was there along with over 200,000 bikers and visitors.

    The Summer of '18 C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Bob Stevenson Making a Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Simcoe Rotarians Making a Difference C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Short Term Student Exchange

    President Dave King, Alessamdra Fuzmo, Italy and Carly Burow
    August 13, 2018: President Dave King accepts a Rotary Banner from Short Term Exchange Student Alessamdra Fuzmo, Italy, Carly Burow and Rotarian Bob Stevenson.
    Short Term Student Exchange C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Teresa Syms Story and Simcoe Rotary's Gift to Me

    Rotarian Kelly Isfan, Speaker Teresa Syms and President-Elect Margaret Bancroft
    September 10, 2018: Rotarian Kelly Isfan presents a Thank You card (with a donation in the speaker's name to the Gord Watts Scholarship Fund) to Speaker Teresa Syms and President-Elect Margaret Bancroft.
    Teresa Syms Story and Simcoe Rotary's Gift to Me C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Simcoe Rotary Contributes to the Simcoe Caring Cupboard C. Richard Campbell 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Ride For Rotary C. Richard Campbell 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Friday-The-13th, 2018 In Port Dover, Ontario

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jul 22, 2018
    T-Shirt Photo
    Police estimated that 200,000 people visited Port Dover (population 5,000) on Friday-the-13th, 2018. The previous attendance record was surpassed by 80,000. Every major street contained parked motorcycles and the huge crowd spilled over to the side-streets, vacant areas and residential front lawns. It was almost "wall-to-wall" people with motorcycles everywhere and a strong police presence. Up above, there was a no-fly zone where police helicopters circled almost continuously. 
    Simcoe Rotary was there on Friday and Saturday at Lions Silver Lake Park selling pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches and beverages.
    Friday-The-13th, 2018 In Port Dover, Ontario C. Richard Campbell 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Walsh Public School, Ukuleles and The Rotary Club of Simcoe

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jul 22, 2018


    UkuleleWikipedia describes an "ukulele ( / j uː k ə ˈ l eɪ l i / yoo-kə- LAY -lee ; from Hawaiian : as a member of the lute family of instruments. It generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings."

    Earlier this year the Rotary Club of Simcoe purchased a number of ukuleles for the students at Walsh Public School which is 8.5 miles south and west of Simcoe. On June 11, 2018, the club was invited to an ukulele concert at the school.
    Walsh Public School, Ukuleles and The Rotary Club of Simcoe C. Richard Campbell 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Wally

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jul 22, 2018
    In June, our Wally Anderson was featured in the Rotary In Norfolk tabloid newspaper published by The Rotary Clubs of Delhi, Norfolk-Sunrise and Simcoe in association with Media Pro Publishing, Waterford, Ontario. The Rotary Wally webpage contains the story or click on the graphic above.
    Rotary Wally C. Richard Campbell 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Simcoe Partners with ALUS Norfolk for Tree Planting Initiative

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 21, 2018
    Tree Planting June 15, 2018
    Stephanie Drayer ALUS, Simcoe Rotarians Thor Olsen, Bob Stevenson and Janis Demmans, Chris VanPaassen ALUS
    June 15, 2018
    Simcoe, Ontario –  ALUS Norfolk receives donation from the Rotary Club of Simcoe to plant trees for each Rotary Member on a parcel of marginal farmland
    Representatives from the Rotary Club of Simcoe came together today to present a $2,500 donation to ALUS Norfolk to help support a tree planting initiative.
    The Rotary Club of Simcoe was established in 1925, and has a long and varied history of community and international service. Most recently, Rotarians have emphasized that protecting the environment and mitigating climate change is essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
    “When taking office for his year of presidency, Rotary International President Ian Riseley asked that each Rotarian in the world, roughly 1.2 million, plant a tree to better our environment.” explains Hadley Jackson, President of the Rotary Club of Simcoe. “Shortly after making that request we had a speaker from ALUS Norfolk attend one of our weekly meetings and spoke to us about how they make better use of non productive farmland. One of our farmer members had a small piece of land that fit the bill. So here we are, partnering with ALUS Norfolk and Larry Kormos to plant over 100 trees on land that is too wet for any productive crop but hopefully will result in a small forest for future generations to enjoy.”
    ALUS Norfolk received $2,500 from the Rotary Club of Simcoe to purchase a variety of Carolinian trees in order to create a picturesque, natural space that provides ecosystem services while making use of unproductive farmland.
    Rotary Club of Simcoe Partners with ALUS Norfolk for Tree Planting Initiative  C. Richard Campbell 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
    Norfolk Rotary Tabloid June 19, 2018 C. Richard Campbell 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Joint Rotary Meeting - May 2, 2018

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on May 25, 2018
    May 2, 2018
    Story by: Tim Fitzgerald
    Photographs provided by: Tim FitzGerald

    The Rotary Club of Simcoe has been a source of community pride and giving since 1925.
    Recently, the Rotary Club of Simcoe hosted a supper meeting of the four Rotary clubs in Norfolk County using the Port Dover Yacht Club as a waterside venue.

    Joint Rotary Meeting May 2, 2018
    Joint Rotary Meeting of Delhi, Simcoe, Norfolk-Sunrise and Norfolk Rotaract at the Port Dover Yacht Club.

    The agenda was stacked with Rotarian celebrities granting scholarships and community service awards to Norfolk County citizens.


    Rotary Beer is available at the Beer Store. Modelling the beer can T-shirts are local Rotarians Al Madill, Dan Hill and Dave King. The Rotary Emblem is on the front and the Rotary Four Way Test is on the back. Go to the Beer Store and ask for “Rotary Beer”!

    Rotary beer Can T-Shirts
    Rotary Beer Can T-Shirts - Four Way Test


    Steve Malo and Mike Cobb

    Norfolk Sunrise Rotarian Steve Malo examines a Rotary Beer with our member Mike Cobb.


    Our guest speaker (center) was David Cribbs, Chief Administrative Officer of Norfolk County who is flanked by Rotarian Janis Demmans (left) Rotary District 7090 Governor Reg Madison and Rotarian Gail Catherwood (right).

    Rotarian Janis Demmans (left) Rotary District 7090 Governor Reg Madison and Rotarian Gail Catherwood (right)

    Joint Rotary Meeting - May 2, 2018 C. Richard Campbell 2018-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

    President Jackson and Ukele Project Connie Forsyth

    President Jackson and Connie Forsyth
    A Smiling President Hadley Jackson and Rotarian Connie Forsyth who headed up our Ukele Project.
    Over the years, Simcoe Rotary has been committed to the young people that are coming along. We call it the New Generations Service. This project is a blend of this long-term commitment and the emphasis on the music and arts. Aloha!
    President Jackson and Ukele Project Connie Forsyth C. Richard Campbell 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Walsh Public School Thank You

    President Hadley Jackson and Large thank You Card
    President Hadley Jackson holding large thank you card from Walsh Public School students.
    When you get older, you appreciate larger print when reading your correspondence. The young Walsh Public School students are both creative and sensitive in thanking the Rotary Club of Simcoe for the Ukeles (a small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin). Nʻou ka hauʻoli! (You're welcome!)
    Walsh Public School Thank You C. Richard Campbell 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

    The Launch of Rotary Lager

    Eat and Drink Norfolk
    Representatives of the Norfolk-Sunrise and Simcoe Rotary Clubs at the launch of Rotary Lager at the recent Eat and Drink Norfolk Festival which celebrates the culinary aspects of Norfolk County.
    The Launch of Rotary Lager C. Richard Campbell 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
    Serving Simcoe and Norfolk for Over 93 Years C. Richard Campbell 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

    HN Health Unit-Harm Reduction Program

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Apr 13, 2018
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Photographs by: C. Richard Campbell
    April 9, 2018
    Needle Drop BoxAmy Martin, Public Health Nurse of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit spoke to the Club about the Health Unit's Harm Reduction Program.
    Growing up in a small town in a rural community, you became familiar with the addictions or substance abuse of cigarettes, booze and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The only Blue Jays we were aware of those many years ago hung out on trees.
    Here are some of the highlights of the presentation.
    The members of the Club learned that in 2016 our area had the second highest rate of opioid related deaths.
    Since 2009, there has been a needle exchange program. Also the Health Unit has been providing street needles and syringes for quite sometime. Hepatitis B often associated with dirty needles can cost the health system about $35,000 a year per patient.
    At the left is a photograph of one of the three Simcoe Needle Drop Boxes. You can dispose of your needles, sharps or syringes in these bright yellow containers. The boxes are located to the east of Riversyde 83 (Arygle Parking Lot), the Simcoe Public Library in Governor Simcoe Square and the HN Health Unit on Gilbertson Drive. Diabetics take note. Also the Health Unit is working on a plan focusing on public health crisis. It is comparable to civil disaster plans that most municipalities have in place.

    HN Health Unit-Harm Reduction Program C. Richard Campbell 2018-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Golf Tournament C. Richard Campbell 2018-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Beer C. Richard Campbell 2018-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Beer Is Here

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 23, 2018
    Rotary Beer Is On Sale Now!

    Pictured: Standing, Gerry Goddard, Rotary Club of Simcoe, Gail Catherwood, President, Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, Yvonne Di Pietro, Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, Sitting, Hadley Jackson, President, Rotary Club of Simcoe, Dave King, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Simcoe.  Absent from photo, but equally involved is Alayna Simpson, President of Simcoe Rotaract
    Representatives of the Rotary clubs in Simcoe, Ontario are planning to launch Rotary Lager at an upcoming Eat and Drink Norfolk Festival which celebrates the culinary aspects of Norfolk County. Rotary Lager has been brewed by a prominent craft brewery and canned featuring the Rotary wheel along with the Four Way Test.  


    Rotary Beer Is Here C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Albin Jung, Youth  Exchange Student 2017-2018

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 07, 2018
    Story by: Albin Jung, 2017-2018 Swiss Youth Exchange Student 
    Graphics by C. Richard Campbell and Ottawa photograph sourced from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit by C. Richard Campbell
    Canada and Switzerland Flags

    Hello my name is Albin Jung, I am 15 years old and I’m here in Simcoe, Ontario at an exchange year with Rotary. I am from Eschenbach LU in Switzerland and I live with my parents and my two brothers and two sisters on a diary farm. This summer I finished school and graduated, so I decided to make a exchange year in Canada before I start my apprenticeship as a construction machines mechanic next summer.

    I arrived at the 26th of August in Toronto, after an eight hour flight. My first host family picked me up, now I live with my second family. School started one week later. I choose these classes Woodworking, Basketball, Music and Canadian History for the first semester and in the second semester Transportation Technology, English, Healthy Active Living Education and Principles of Mathematics. In Switzerland, the school is a lot different then here in Canada, the Swiss school days are longer and we have every day other classes.

    In this District 7090, there are 19 inbound students from all over the world. We met the first time in a weekend camp in the US. Were we played games and had a lot of fun. With this group, we met again at the 2017 Rotary District Conference in Niagara on the Lake and the Buffalo winter weekend.

    Albin Jung, Youth Exchange Student 2017-2018 C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
    Blue Elephant Meeting C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Travel Broadens The Mind!

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 05, 2018
    Travel Apparently Makes You Thirsty!
    Photograph by: Tim FitzGerald
    Story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Travel can broaden your understanding of the world. Simcoe Rotarians do a lot of travelling, sometimes to exotic parts of the earth in their quests for enlightenment, recreation and cultural enrichment. smiley Now apparently our Tim FitzGerald has discovered that travel can result in a thirst. Tim send me this photograph that he had taken somewhere in a pub in British Columbia where he came to refresh himself during his travels.
    Travel Broadens The Mind! C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Tax Time!

    Tax Deduction
    It is early March and the tax statements, forms and receipts appear almost daily by land-mail and electronic mail. What to do when income is far outstripping deductions? You can get creative like the above cartoon or prepare for a larger payment.
    Tax Time! C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Quilts

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 05, 2018
    rotary Quilt, Simcoe Public Library
    November, 2017 Rotary Quilt On Display at the Simcoe Public Library
    Photograph and story by: C. Richard Campbell
    Over the years, being some 90 years, The Rotary Club of Simcoe has acquired hundreds of these Rotary banners from around the world. There are several sources but the primary ones are our globetrotting members, incoming and outgoing youth exchange students.
    Rotary Quilts C. Richard Campbell 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Neeko Paluzzi - returns "home" - 2006 Rotary Exchange Student to Switzerland 

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 26, 2018
    Neeko Paluzzi (under the Swiss/South Tyrolean hat) returns "home" - But just where is home? Who is Neeko?
    Neeko Paluzzi returns home!
    Perhaps for you and I simply reciting your street address and name will answer that question quickly enough. But not so for Neeko! Yes, Neeko grew up in Norfolk and now resides in Ottawa as an artist, an educator and with involvement in the Canadian Council for The Arts. However, in 2006, at age 17, he invested a year of his life as an outbound Rotary Exchange Student in Switzerland living and growing with host families finding himself.
    As is the custom, at the end of the exchange year, each exchange student writes a letter to him/herself detailing their experience and future expectations - Rotary collects those letters and mails them one year later.
    (pictured above - left to right  - Rotarian Gerry Goddard thanked Neeko for speaking to us,  next year's Rotary Exchange Students out-bound Kristen Forsyth, Ana Van Den Hurk-Cooke, Carly Burow now attending Holy trinity, Albin Jung (at back) is this year's in-bound Exchange Student from Switzerland attending SCS, Rotarian Robert Stevenson - Director New Generations on the far right)
     However, Neeko wrote a  second letter to himself. He left it in the attic of a mountain house  inside a travel alarm clock stopped at 9:00 o'clock - only be retrieved by Neeko himself upon return to that place Wengen, Switzerland at a future date unknown - he returned in 2011.
    Read on:
    Neeko Paluzzi - returns "home" - 2006 Rotary Exchange Student to Switzerland Timothy FitzGerald 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Winston Churchill Quotation C. Richard Campbell 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
    18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Yoga for Healthy Aging

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 12, 2018
    Jen Sitko
    Jen Sitko has recovered from from debilitating  health concerns largely through yoga therapy - Rotarian Janice Demans (right) thanked Jen for speaking to us today.
    Jen calmly walked us through stereotypes of Yoga starting with women decked out in the latest fashion attire and floor mats attending Yoga studios, to extremely fit people in extreme poses photographed on mountain tops. But there is so much more to Yoga available to all who practice its benefits and therapies. 
    Yoga for Healthy Aging Timothy FitzGerald 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Norfolk Rotaract Club a lively place

    Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Feb 08, 2018
    Aylana Simpson President of the Norfolk Rotaract Club
    Aylana Simpson President of the Norfolk Rotaract Club - gave us an update. For our readers unaware, Rotaract Clubs are Rotary Clubs geared and run by adults 18-30 years old.
    Norfolk Rotaract Club a lively place Timothy FitzGerald 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
    Blue Jays Talk C. Richard Campbell 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Carrie Sinkowski

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jan 22, 2018
    Stan Cox thanking speaker Carrie Sinkowski
    Rotarian Stan Cox thanked Carrie Sinkowski, Community Developer and Co-Chair of the Poverty Action Partnership of Haldimand-Norfolk for speaking to the Club.
    January 22, 2018
    Carrie Sinkowski explained to the Club what the Poverty Action Partnership of Haldimand-Norfolk does and about poverty in Norfolk County. Poverty is present in Norfolk. It effects individuals, families and children and it needs to be addressed.
    Carrie Sinkowski C. Richard Campbell 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation Presentation

    Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 12, 2017
    Photograph by: Andy Elkin
    December 11, 2017
    Karen Oakes and Past-President David Ferris
    Karen Oakes of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club of Delhi presents Past-President David Ferris with a certificate recognizing the contribution of the club in 2016-2017 to the End Polio Now Program.