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
Kettle Volunteers Needed! C. Richard Campbell 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Rotary Foundation Presentation C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 12, 2017
December 11, 2017
100 Years Logo
Karen Oakes of The Rotary Foundation presented the club with a special 2016-2017 banner for its generous support of the Annual Fund.
The Simcoe Rotary Club is one of the only 1,573 clubs  to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual  Giving honors in their district. One of only 5,o34 clubs worldwide  to attain the status of Every Rotarian, Every Year Club (attain a US $ 100 Annual Fund per capita for every dues-paying member during the Rotary year.)
And one of only 4,136 clubs worldwide to become 100% Foundation Giving Club.
Rotary Foundation Presentation 2 C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 12, 2017
December 4, 2017
2017 Holiday House Tour Draw Winner
Connie Forsyth who is the mother of the winner of the door prize draw Kirsten Forsyth of Waterford, Ontario and Rotarian Ron Baker, Chair of the 2107 Holiday House Tour. 

2017 Holiday House Tour Draw C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 09, 2017
Story by: C. Richard Campbell
Photographs from: Kelly Isfan and Rotary Archives
December 4, 2017
Kelly IsfanOur Kelly Isfan has a taste for adventure. The Port Dover resident is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe and West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville. When she relaxes with a glass of wine with a friend from Atikokan in northern Ontario, they decide to climb the Inca trail in Peru. What's next, the great wall of China, Nepal or the Egyptian pyramid of Giza. This story should read like a Canadian Indiana Ontario Jones script.
It wouldn't be the first glass or two to launch an adventure. At our Rotary meeting Kelly shared her story, humor and photographs with the club. The photographs from the digital projector were stunning and there was actually gasps from the audience. Wait a minute, maybe it was heartburn!
Kelly and her friend landed in Lima with a population of about 10,000,000. They travelled to the assembly point and took on the Inca trail.
There is little relieve. It just keeps going up and up and up. But the scenery is simply stunning or .... please hold while I find Uncle Harry's Thesaurus.  Ah, here it is, a substitute ... spectacular.  To add to the constant exertion, there is the reduced oxygen level available for breathing as you climb higher and higher. Altitude sickness is a real concern as the elevation keeps rising.
Kelly commented that it was one of the hardest things she has done. Walking uphill and gasping for air, you must be fit. From the photographs, portions of the trail do not have a lot of width. So if you are clumsy, do not book this trip. And if your wife books the trip exclusively for you and reminds you to update your will, become suspicious.
Inca Trail

More of Kelly's personal photographs are on the next page!

Kelly Isfan and the Inca Trail C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now! C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Season's Greetings C. Richard Campbell 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Lest We Forget - November 11th, 2017 C. Richard Campbell 2017-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 26, 2017

Story by: C. Richard Campbell
Photograph: Tim FitzGerald

177th Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show October 3-9, 2017

George Araujo and David Ferris
George Araujo, General Manager/Treasurer, Norfolk Fair and Horse show and Past-President David Ferris

There is a lot happening in October right here in Simcoe and Norfolk County. There’s the Canadian Thanksgiving, the Norfolk Fair and Horse Show, the first frost, the turning on of central heating or alternate heating source, the harvesting of crops and of course Halloween.

George Araujo, General Manager/Treasurer of the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show looking somewhat refreshed after the conclusion of the 177th fair spoke to the club about the Simcoe and Norfolk County institution. This year the fair ran from October 3rd to 9th with the Young Canada Day opening up the fair. All the Norfolk schools closed so that the students can go to the fair. George emphasized that the fair attempts to educate the urban food consumers about rural agriculture providers. Over the years, the Norfolk County Agricultural Society which is primarily a volunteer organization has weathered the good times and lean financial periods. The buildings situated on the large fairgrounds are aging and need renovation and investment. Over $ 600,000 has been invested in such things as accessibility and washrooms upgrades.

Norfolk County Fairgrounds

It is a fair so expect midway rides, grandstand entertainment (from country singers to monster trucks), all kinds of exhibits and the animals. The General Manager commented that this year the fair had 15,000 entries, a $ 2.2 million budget and an (unofficial) attendance of 120,000.

Simcoe and Norfolk County are fortunate to have large multi-use fairgrounds centrally located with an experienced, community-minded Agricultural Society and management.

George Araujo, General Manager C. Richard Campbell 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 26, 2017

Story by: C. Richard Campbell

Photographs: Tim FitzGerald and ALUS Canada (Ontario) website

October 2, 2017, Norfolk Golf and Country Club

Larissa Breedyk, ALUS Norfolk Co-Ordinator

Larissa Breedyk, ALUS Norfolk Co-Ordinator accompanied by Chris Van Paassen, Chair of ALUS Norfolk spoke to the club about ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services). It is a farmer-delivered program to restore marginal lands such as wetlands and steam banks into natural habitats for wildlife and natural species. Since 2007, there are over 166 Norfolk farm families and 1,400 acres enrolled in ALUS. Some of the principles guiding ALUS are community-driven, accountability, science-based, voluntary and market-driven. It is the farmer who is delivering the program by restoring wetland habitat, planting tall-grass along streams and creating pollinator habitat. He or she is compensated for participating in the project.

Norfolk farmers are innovative, progressive risk-takers who in my opinion can grow anything that the soil and the climate will permit. By embracing ALUS and similar conservation and restorative initiatives, they are once again showing that human beings are not alone on this planet.

Before - 9 years ago




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Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Oct 23, 2017
Kristen Forsyth went on a four week Rotary Exchange to Austria this summer sponsored by the Rotary Club of Simcoe.
Kirsten Slideshow 2017
She visited castles and village centers.
Kirsten Slideshow 2017
This energetic young woman hiked and climbed in the the mountains. She stayed with Catharina (far right in picture) who then stayed four weeks in Canada with Kristen's family.
Kristen spoke to us today at our regular meeting.
Kristen,who said she enjoys history and buildings, visited cities in several adjacent countries touching Austria (such as Switzerland, Italy/Venice, Czech Republic).
Norfolk Teen - Kristen Forsyth - Tours Europe on Rotary Student Exchange Timothy FitzGerald 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Ontario C. Richard Campbell 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
14th Annual Holiday House Tour C. Richard Campbell 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Let's Talk Leafs C. Richard Campbell 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 04, 2017
We Are Moving Again!
Blue Elephant SignOn Monday, October 16th, 2017, the Club will meet at 12:00 noon in the Banquet/Seminar Room (2nd floor) at the Blue Elephant Restaurant, 96 Norfolk Street South in Simcoe, Ontario. 
The restaurant/brew house is right across from the Eva Brook Donly Museum.
There is off-street parking one building north. The parking lot is signed and accessible from Norfolk Street South.
There is additional parking on Norfolk Street South.
Two of our enthusiastic movers; Bob Stevenson, Director of New Generations and Vocational Service and his predecessor Janus Demmans.
The Moving Crew
Simcoe Rotary Club Moving To Blue Elephant Restaurant C. Richard Campbell 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Sep 11, 2017
Here is Rotarian Al Madill.
In addition to his employment career and volunteer schedule, Al is our Club Treasurer. Al is on the Club's Board of Directors and today presented our financial statements and budgets accountable to the members.
One person can make an impact, but banded together across the globe Rotarians Make A Difference to the communities that they touch.
Thanks Al!
If You Want Something Done Ask A Busy Person To Do It Timothy FitzGerald 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Aug 30, 2017
Just wear your Rotary pin or insignia to find one!

Meet Connie Griffin from The Ogunquit, Maine Rotary Club.
Connie operates a shop in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine and is involved in Young Maine Readers.

When I saw her insignia, I introduced myself as a member of the Rotary Club of Simcoe. An easy conversation ensued exchanging ideas and peaking the interest of another shopkeeper, into joining the conversation, about Rotary's good work.
So wear your pin - you'll be surprised at the people you can meet local and afar.
You Can Meet a Rotarian Anywhere! Timothy FitzGerald 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jul 31, 2017
1861 to 1865 - Canada was not a country yet but during the war 50,000- 60,000 citizens north of the border joined the ranks of either the Union or the Confederate armies.

Mike McDonnell, of Waterford, did a stellar job condensing his one hour presentation into 20 minutes for our Rotary Club of Simcoe. He made the point several times that we should not attempt to judge or understand historical events based upon our current day values.

Why did we join? - interestingly both men (along with underage boys) and some women as well. There was a strong abolitionist movement – some went south for the cause. Some went for adventure. Economics – the prospect of earning $13 a month in the Union army for you (your family) when you were otherwise cash poor was enticing.
Mike related recited with pictures his research into the the individual histories of “canadians". Twenty-nine (29) were awarded Congressional Medals of Honour. Five (5) became Generals.  His research and civil war passions include civil war reenactments and reading headstones in area graveyards for period clues.
Example - Lieutenant William Cooke was raised, near us, in Mount Pleasant. He survived the war and is buried in Hamilton, ON.
“Dundrearies” (long sideburns) was the Colonel Custards aide-de-camps during and after the War.  “Dundrearies” also headed the detail that tracked down Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth; and is present (and died) in a painting of the infamous Colonel Custard’s Last Stand. Mike says that “Dundrearies” can be seen on the right center of the painting (three beards – two very long sideburns plus a chin beard).
 Of women in the army, as there were many underage boys enlisted, a smaller frame size and lack of facial hair was somewhat common. Further, there were no central latrine facilities. So the few women that did enlist were not easily discovered. They served and died beside their male counterparts.

Thanking Mike is Rotarian Joan Shirlow, with a donation to our Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship.
"Canadians" in the American Civil War Timothy FitzGerald 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jun 20, 2017
2016-17 President Dave Ferris has passed the gavel to President Elect Hadley Jackson. 
The theme at the PDYC was Gilligan's Isle. Many of the chartacters were present.
Our exchange student from Spain, Jessie, wore a traditional Spanish attire.
More pics follow 
2017 Changeover at PDYC - "Castaways" Timothy FitzGerald 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jun 12, 2017
Rotarian Joan Shirlow thanks Lisa Geoffrey of Haldimand-Norfolk Senior Support Services Inc for speaking to us today.
What are Senior Support Services ? They are funded 80% by the Province of Ontario LHIN (Local Health Integration Network). There are many local areas across Haldiman-Norfolk. Lisa is the manger of the geographic area centered in Simcoe. Lisa has approximately 500 clients aged 60 and over and disabled adults on ODSP.
It is the responsibility of the local area Manager to raise the remaining 20% in the community.  Lisa does this with four events:
  • Flowers for Life
  • Annual September Golf Tournament
  • Decorate X-mas Tree at the Mall
  • Draw – The 12 days of X-mas
Lisa relies on volunteers. This is a worthy cause for anyone to volunteer and be fulfilled. A significant service component is transportation in the community. Seniors unable to drive or without another network of support may require transportation such as to: social events organized for seniors, medical appointments or shopping.
Transportation is arranged in advance and may include 3 stops before returning home. Very reasonable fixed rates are charged. The volunteers are paid a kilometer allowance for using their automobiles.
Think of the services that a senior may require. Lisa has volunteers to assist:
  • Adult Day Programmes
  • Meals On Wheels
  • Dinner’s Programme – for $11 including transportation a nutritious meal monthly or bimonthly
  • Volunteer Hospice and Caregiver Support
  • Friendly Visits by caring volunteers
  • Hone maintenance, cleaning and yard work brokered at low cost fees
  • Home safety assessments
  • Telephone reassurance – based upon regular telephone contact with the senior (to ensure they are OK
For more information – contact Lisa – 519-426-6060
Volunteers Helping Seniors and Disabled Adults Timothy FitzGerald 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Jun 05, 2017
 Tom O'Neil 
Tom is well qualified to do so. As General Manager of the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association , his co-op members are interested to share and learn industry best practices.
   Tom O'Neil
The scope of best practices was not limited; but to name a few: R&D, horticulture, plants, insects, harvesting, quarantine, supply management and governmental regulation. Fruit farming is a significant economic contributor to Norfolk County and supply of Ontario apples and pears. So this topic presentation is of high interest to our Rotary Club members and community.
Tom spent one week in Melbourne meeting with and touring universities, the fruit growers’ association headquarters and national quarantine warehouses. Next, Tom’s team spent two weeks touring farm operations in the Shepparton/Goulburn Valley region area - about 160 kms north of Melbourne. Of the latter, from Tom’s Power Point presentation, the Rotarians, farmers and amenities looked similar to what we find in our rural district. Tom said that, the Rotary Clubs meet in the evening – work early – then meet after the heat of the day.
Tom highlighted some interesting observations. Although their climate is hot and dry, there are enough “chilling hours” to accommodate ranges of both citrus crops and apple crops in adjacent acreage. Irrigation is supplied from the Murray River watershed that starts toward the eastern coast.
In 2007, the Australian government decoupled water rights from land ownership. Generally the practice was implemented that existing land owners received water which they could keep on their land or trade, 30% was set aside for environmental use, if required (e.g., flood gum trees in a drought) and the rest of the water became a commercial commodity. The delivery systems are computer controlled. The farmer gives notice three days in advance, confirms the order one day before and the next day computer controls pump the allocated water through weirs into poly lined ditches and into the farmer’s field. Due to sufficient rain fall the system in Victoria currently has stored enough water in reserve for a season should it be needed.
The farmers use a migrant workforce – in their vernacular – “back-packers”. The government tried to institute a 35% tax on “back-pack” labour. It created an uproar and labour shortage! The government retreated and settled at 15%.
Of significant differences:
  • Kangaroos shelter from the sun in the orchards. Kangaroos are unpredictable. So caution is exercised when approaching in a vehicle. You never know which way they will jump!
  • Also every bakery, along the way, proclaims with signage e.g. Billy’s Bakehouse - “The Best Vanilla Slices”.
  • Of quarantine, Australia, over the decades, has suffered some severe industry losses due to “imported” diseases. Thus any animals, plants or root stocks are strictly quarantined to be sure no unwanted pests are introduced
Our Rotary District is international and includes Western New York. The team consisted of Fred Johnson – Westville, NY, Brian Kerry – Simcoe (apples), Torrie Warner – Beamsville (multiple fruits) and the Team Leader our Tom O’Neill – Waterford (NFGA).
A reciprocal vocational team is being planned by their New South Wale District 9790 to our area in 2017)
Story written by – Tim FitzGerald
More pictures:
Rotarian Tom O’Neill Leads District Vocational (fruit production) Training Team to Australia. Timothy FitzGerald 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Ken Smith and Daughter-In-Law
Ken Smith and Daughter-In-Law Christine On The Roof of the CN Tower’s Restaurant

April 29, 2017
Story by: C. Richard Campbell
Photographs: Courtesy of Ken Smith

The next time your Daughter-In-Law says let’s go for a walk. You might want to ask where and how many metres above ground.


It’s billed as Toronto’s tallest extreme urban adventure - edgewalking. A 20-30-minute outdoor walk on the roof of the CN Tower’s restaurant which is 356 metres or 1,168 feet above the ground!

Feeling adventuresome, tickets are $225 plus taxes and include a keepsake video, printed photos and a certificate of achievement.

 Ken Smith


There has been the odd comment about Simcoe Rotarians being a bunch of old fogies. But Ken Smith, the edge walker joins our other adventuresome Rotarians who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; zip lined in Costa Rica; sailed the Caribbean; dived on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and on and on!

Rotarian Ken Smith, The EdgeWalker C. Richard Campbell 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Apr 13, 2017
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Story and Slide-Show by: C. Richard Campbell
On Monday, April 3rd, 2017, The Rotary Club of Simcoe enjoyed a tasty and nutritious lunch at Scholfield's Bistro in Port Dover, Ontario. Then Derick Ritschel, Artistic Director and Megan Woods, Technical Director led the Rotarians and guests on a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of the Theatre. The building has history going back to 1900s. All those years ago, this was quite a grand municipal building for a small, fishing village. Since 1980, a reputation has been built as a successful theatre. One that bravely promotes Canadian productions.  We also learn that a number of Simcoe Rotarians have contributed to the success by serving as Board Directors.
Alas this is one of the reasons that President-Elect Jackson keeps referring repeatedly to Port Dover as the entertainment capital of Norfolk. He certainly isn't referring to the bare-breasted motorcycle riders on Friday the 13th. Although there is a certain element of spontaneous Improve theatre about it.
There should be a slide-show located somewhere nearby to this story.
Lighthouse Festival Theatre BTS Tour C. Richard Campbell 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Apr 10, 2017
The Global Standard for Equine ­Assisted (Growth And Learning Association ”Eagala”) for Psychotherapy and Personal Development, a Touch of Haven, Horses Healing Humans - big words that have yielded  positive outcomes.
How can horses heal humans? Julie Erb, Founder and Facilitator, spoke to us today to explain. Horses are highly intuitive. They are social animals without prejudice. They have the ability to mirror “your” feelings accurately. They are non-judgemental. Their difference, and effectiveness, is that they don’t judge you based upon the clothes you wear, your history or even the colour of your hair.
Julie herself is an Equine Specialist. Julie explained that she suffered depression. Her journey back was significantly accomplished through association with horses. Her passion has assembled a team of like minded professionals - Registered Psychotherapists.  There are two horse farms - one in Norfolk and one in Haldimand. These are not riding academies. They do not teach riding skills. Clients are placed with a horse or among a group of horses to interact with them. The trained psychotherapists don’t question the clients’ behaviour – rather they observe and explain the horse’s (mirrored) behaviours to the clients and suggest ways to re-approach the horse(s).
The "healing" begins, for some groups, through simple achievement of positive “social” interaction. However, across a spectrum of mental health disorders, some clients (children, teenagers, adults) having seen themselves mirrored in the horses reactions, achieve heightened levels of trust, self worth and self confidence with lasting foundations in their communities, schooling and the workforce.
Touch of Haven operates on a fee base. There is a sliding fee scale reduction based upon clients’ household financial abilities, if needed. Thus the programmes also rely on community fund raising to support operations. Although their staff compliment is quite low, ongoing feed, barns and veterinarian care for the horses can be substantial.
A Touch of Haven can be reached:

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Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Apr 10, 2017
2017 Spelling Bee
The Rotary Club of Simcoe has assembled its Speling Spelling Team of Multi-lingual Ron, Dave The-Undertaker, and Dolf The Tree-Hugger to take on all competitors.
The 9th Grate Groan-up Spelling Bee C. Richard Campbell 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

Story and photograph by: C. Richard Campbell

Kelly Isfan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norfolk General Hospital and President and Chief Executive Officer, West Haldimand (Hagersville) General Hospital was accompanied by Carolynn Beam, Physician Liaison to talk to the Club about Physician recruitment in Norfolk.

Carolynn_Beam_Kelly Isfan

Carolynn Beam and Kelly Isfan

We learn that this year Norfolk County did not give $ 50,000 to NGH for Physician recruitment. This is puzzling since the County had contributed this amount for a number of previous years and there is evidence of some success. So, whose responsibility is it to attract Physicians for our predominantly older, below average income county residents? The image of the fee-for-service “Doctor Welby” of the past who actually made house calls, delivered babies whenever and where ever they arrived and worked horrendous hours is gone. Today’s Physician is a self-employed professional working 9 to 5 in an office and probably doesn’t visit you when admitted to the hospital. This has led to recruiting “Hospitalists” by the Isfan-Beam Team. These are the doctors that treat you within the hospital. Along with Hospitalists, the Norfolk recruitment team is looking for Internal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Emergency Physicians.

The Recruiting Challenges

-         Norfolk is predominantly a rural retirement community

-         54 % of Norfolk is over 55

-         Scarcity of suitable spousal employment

-         No rural incentives to locate here

-         Higher than average employment rate

You can understand an employer recruiting employees for a hospital. But why is the President and CEO having to divert operational funds to recruit Physicians for local communities and Norfolk residents. Shouldn’t that be the responsibility of the Province of Ontario Ministry of Health?

Economic Stat

1 Physician directly employs 3.5 office/support staff which leads to an indirect economic spinoff of the equivalent of 4 persons for a total of 8.5 persons.

Physician Recruitment in Norfolk C. Richard Campbell 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Vladimir Yefimtsev II, 2017 Rotary Cup Winner C. Richard Campbell 2017-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 01, 2017
Kelly Isfan and David Ferris Feb. 27, 2017

On February 27, 2017, Rotarian Kelly Isfan, President and CEO of Norfolk General Hospital accepts the second instalment of $ 5,000.00 from David Ferris, President of The Rotary Club of Simcoe. The Club has committed to contribute $ 25,000.00 over 5 years to the $13 million Building A Better Hospital Campaign.

Simcoe Rotary and Norfolk General share over 90 years of history and community service. It began in 1925 when one of the first fundraising projects of the newly-formed Rotary club was the Norfolk General Hospital’s Sunroom. Over the years Physicians, hospital administrators, and staff of Norfolk General Hospital have become members of our club. Rotarians believe in “Service Above Self”! That service starts here at home and extends to our world.

Norfolk General Hospital Donation of $ 5,000 C. Richard Campbell 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Feb 13, 2017
Jim Lewis, Salvation Army and David Ferris, Simcoe Rotary President
Jim Lewis, Simcoe Salvation Army presents David Ferris, Simcoe Rotary President With Plaque on January 30, 2017
The Rotary Club of Simcoe and the Simcoe Branch of the Salvation Army have associated with each other for so long that memories can recall when it all began. The club has traditionally had a Salvation Army officer as a member as we do today with Captain Rick Honcharsky. The members of the club volunteer to man the Christmas kettles each Christmas season. Jim Lewis informed the club that Simcoe Rotary members manned the kettles for 60 hours in 2016 in which approximately $ 6,000 was deposited in the various kettles.
Simcoe Rotary and The Salvation Army C. Richard Campbell 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Feb 11, 2017
Connie Forsyth, Richard Campbell, Sponsor and Past-President Tim FitzGerald
Our newest member Connie Forsyth, Richard Campbell, Sponsor and Past-President Tim FitzGerald
December 19, 2016
Connie Forsyth - Our Newest Member C. Richard Campbell 2017-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Feb 11, 2017
Jim Stevens, Harold Shantz. Margaret Bancroft and Garry McMillan
Jim Stevens, Harold Shantz, Margaret Bancroft and Garry McMillan
Winners of The Rotary Club of St. Catharines 2016 Annual Bill Ford Memorial Bonspiel
Photography by: Tim FitzGerald
If you look very closely at the plaque you will see that the Rotary Club of Simcoe curling team of Harold Shantz, Jim Stevens, Garry McMillan and Mike Cobb won the bonspiel in 2014.
It is official (the information came from an unimpeachable source), every time Harold Shantz and his curling team leave town for a bonspiel, he is taking a U-Haul trailer with him for the trophies.
Simcoe Rotary Curlers Extraordinary! C. Richard Campbell 2017-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 19, 2016
Rotary Christmas Party
Holiday House Tour Chair Ron Baker with Gift Basket, Committee Members Kelly Isfan and Bob Stevenson
The winner was Kelly Lariviere of Hamilton, Ontario. (December 2, 2016)
Holiday House Tour Door Prize Winner C. Richard Campbell 2016-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Dec 12, 2016
December 12, 2016
Story by Tim FitzGerald
Photograph by Tim FitzGerald
Jeanne Smituch and Wayne Brantchaud
Jeanne Smitiuch, Ontario Director of the Dollywood Foundation
Canada and Wayne Brantchaud, Brantford Sunrise Club Rotarian
Our speaker today was Jeanne Smitiuch, Ontario Director of the Dollywood Foundation Canada. Jeanne (Jan) enlightened us on their programme that delivers, free, one child's book directly to that child each month until age five years old. If a parent, relative or friend reads to the child, it has been shown that the child is better prepared and in advanced reading readiness than their peers. This is an effective tool to fight poverty. 
However, there is no means test to qualify! The Canadian cost is approximately $42 to deliver the books directly to each child. The child owns the books. Seen above with Jeanne, is Brantford Sunrise Club Rotarian, Wayne Brantchaud who reinforces that the Brantford School Board testing of children against an Early Development Index observed that children in geographic sectors where the Foundation's reading programme was more prevalent showed otherwise unexplained higher scores. Wayne says the observation is not statistically or scientifically proven - but a positive sign just the same.
Wayne has his own children enrolled. Of course Wayne could afford the costs himself - so he simply donates much more back to the Foundation.
For more information please contact Jeanne Smitiuch.
Cell 519-771-2543
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Timothy FitzGerald 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Season Greetings C. Richard Campbell 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Nov 16, 2016
Waterford Interactors
Simcoe Rotarian Bob Stevenson, Waterford Interactors Rebecca Davis, Bronwyn Riddoch, Ben Hoerdt, Maddy Burnett and Ms. Tiffany Chanyi (Staff Advisor to Interact)
This is a group of young people that are "hungry" for community service. Something Rotarians can recognize and applaud.
The Waterford Interactors organized and carried out a scare for food campaign as a Halloween Service project, to gather food for the Waterford Food Cupboard. On Halloween, they gathered the equivalent of 4-5 large cartons of canned food. In the picture above, they are shown after they delivered the food to the Waterford Food Cupboard. Hey people there are some empty shelves needing to be filled.

Interact Club LogoInteract is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. By joining Interact, a young person can:

►Carry out hands-on service projects
►Make international connections
►Develop leadership skills and have fun
With a "cool" name like Waterford Interactors, the group should get some black leather jackets and some even cooler graphics. Just be careful when you are invited to bring your "hogs" to Port Dover on Friday the 13th.

Story by: C. Richard Campbell with help from Bob Stevenson
Photograph courtesy of Bob Stevenson
Hungry Waterford Interactors C. Richard Campbell 2016-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 23, 2016



The October 24th, 2016 offsite meeting at Larry Kormos' has been canceled.

October 24, 2016 Meeting Canceled C. Richard Campbell 2016-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 21, 2016
Dave Ferris & Marlee Diehl
President Dave Ferris And District Governor Marlee Diehl
Our October 17, 2016 guest speaker was Marlee Diehl, District Governor. Marlee is a vivacious, dynamic woman who has a heartfelt awareness of what it means to be a Rotarian.
Marlee Diehl District Governor C. Richard Campbell 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Oct 02, 2016
Alisa Feder, Germany, Hilary Wilbur, Delhi, Bob Stevenson

STEP Students Alisa Feder, Germany, Hilary Wilbur, Delhi and Rotarian Bob Stevenson (August 29, 2016)

STEP Students C. Richard Campbell 2016-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Aug 31, 2016
Dr. Urmila Sharma, Manager, Infection Prevention, Norfolk General Hospital
Dr. Urmila Sharma
On August 22 ,2016, Dr. Sharma spoke to the Club about her participation with the World Health Organization battling the Ebola crisis in Liberia, East Africa. Working with local health professionals, the infection prevention specialist concentrated on keeping the medical professionals alive, reducing the transmission of the disease and setting up safe treatment and disposal procedures. Many of the African nations treating Ebola suffered substantial fatalities among their medical communities. While listening to her, you couldn't help recognize her attention to detail and the danger she was exposed to. Norfolk General Hospital is fortunate to have her on staff.
Dr. Urmila Sharma C. Richard Campbell 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell
Ray Barlow, General Manager, Portal Village
ray Barlow
This cheery fellow came to the Rotary club to speak about seniors! Many of our members have a few kilometres on their bodies. But they are not contemplating purchasing walkers and wheelchairs. They are too busy sailing, curling, golfing, fundraising, volunteering  and travelling to exotic places in the world to do such things as climb a mountain. Ray Barlow spoke about being a senior. Demographics, marketing, and changing aptitudes were focused on but the key to healthy lifestyle seems to be to concentrate on living. All the better if it is a healthy lifestyle.  
Ray Barlow C. Richard Campbell 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Aug 31, 2016
David Comel, The Laughter For Paws Show (October 28,2016) Delhi Belgian club
David Comel
David Comel, Comedian and Friend To Animals Being Thanked by Rotarian Ron Baker
David is helping to raise money for the local Simcoe & District Humane Society. Canadians are among the top owners of pets in the world but the local society receives little or any government funding. The comedian has a serious side and pointed out to the audience that Norfolk County has a problem with thousands of feral (born in the wild) cats and dogs. These animals are not suitable for adoption as pets. On October 28, 2016 at the Delhi Belgian Club, he will perform. Tickets are $ 10.00.
David Comel C. Richard Campbell 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
The Great Race For Rotary C. Richard Campbell 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
President Ferris, Past-President Fitzgerald & Dinner Leftovers C. Richard Campbell 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 24, 2016

Lynn River Music & Arts Festival Announces Biggest Line-up Ever!

There’s More of Everything at This Year’s Fest!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    June 21, 2016

Simcoe, ON…This year’s Lynn River Music & Arts Festival has a lot more music, arts, crafts, food and merchandise vendors, and family-related activities than ever before and they can’t wait to welcome you to Simcoe on the Civic Holiday Weekend (July 30-August 1, 2016) to enjoy all that is on offer!
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Simcoe (Ontario), this Festival (in its 49th year, and  fondly remembered as Friendship Festival), retains many of the tried and true family traditions of yester-year.  But the new Lynn River Festival brings much more music & arts to the forefront!   “We have booked a stellar line-up of nationally & internationally recognized bands alongside many local and regional favourites”, said Festival Artistic Director Sara Moody Veldhuis.  “Lead by JUNO Award Winner TOMI SWICK, our lineup this year, more than any other, includes more bands (30+) and more musicians (150+), making music all weekend long!  And the best part?!  It’s all FREE to the public!” said Moody Veldhuis.  (Proceeds from this non-profit event benefit The Rotary Club of Simcoe, and dozens of other Service Clubs and community-based organizations, and their ongoing charitable fundraising throughout the year). 
Lynn River Music & Arts Festival Announces 2016 Lineup C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 23, 2016
$ 5, 000.00 To Norfolk General Hospital
President Tim FitzGerald is in Hillbilly Heaven on June 21st, 2016 as He Gives Rotarian Dr. Keith Sutherland of the Norfolk General Hospital “Building a Better Hospital” Campaign the first $ 5,000.00 of its Commitment
The Rotary Club of Simcoe "delivers" on its first $ 5000 installment of $ 25,000 to the “Building a Better Hospital” Campaign. The local hospital is raising $13,000,000 for the renovation of Labour and Delivery, Same Day Surgery and developing the Minimally Invasive Operating Rooms.
Simcoe Rotary Commitment To Norfolk General Hospital C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 23, 2016
Dr.Jesse Shantz
President-Elect David Ferris and Former Exchange Student To Brazil Dr. Jesse Shantz MD, MBA, FRCS (C)
Dr. Shantz addressed the Simcoe Rotary Club on June 6th, 2016 to describe the impact on his young life being a Rotary Exchange Student. Dr. Shantz MD, MBA, FRCS (C) was introduced by his father Rotarian Harold Shantz who commented that his son had spent 29 years of his life being educated and qualifying as a surgeon. The Doctor also has a Masters of Business Administration degree. A very unusual match. The Shantz father and son are the second pair within the Club. If you have a torn rotator cuff, you might want to have your GP refer you to good Doctor.
Dr. Jesse Shantz MD, MBA, FRCS (C) Former Exchange Student C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Alyssa Suderman 2016 Gord Watts Fine Arts Scholarship Winner C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 18, 2016

Auf Wiedersehen Hillary Wilbur, Step Student, Germany, Au Revoir or Adie Adam McConnell, Outgoing Exchange Student, Belgium and Rotarian Garry McMillian

Students C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 05, 2016
Canadian Red Cross Donation
Simcoe Rotary Director of International Service John Featherstone With $ 4,000.00 Donation To The Canadian Red Cross  and Patsy Hoto TD Branch Manager
We all know that money doesn't grow on trees. But it does grow when a bank matches your donation to a worthy cause. So lets look at the arithmetic. A $4, 000.00 Simcoe Rotary donation is matched by the Td Bank.
$4,000.00 plus $4,000.00 = $8,000.00. Now the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta are expected to match the enlarged donation. The $8,000.00 becomes $16,000.00. The final matching yields $16,000.00 + $16,000.00. = $32,000.00. Can this be right?
The Simcoe Rotary Donation To The Canadian Red Cross C. Richard Campbell 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Who's the "Finer", Who's the "Finest"? Timothy FitzGerald 2016-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 18, 2016
Norfolk General Hospital
Monday, March 14, 2016
Photograph: From Archives
Story: By C. Richard Campbell
The Rotary Club of Simcoe voted at its meeting on March 14, 2016 to donate $ 25,000 to the Norfolk General Hospital's “Building a Better Hospital” Campaign. Starting with 2016, the money will be given at the rate of $ 5,000 per year over the next five consecutive years.
The “Building a Better Hospital” Campaign is raising $13,000,000 for the renovation of Labour and Delivery, Same Day Surgery and developing the Minimally Invasive Operating Rooms.
The soon to be ninety-one year old Club has a long relationship with the 90 year old Hospital. Both are local institutions that place a high emphasis on Service.
It started around 1925 when the Club raised $ 6,000 in "a whirlwind campaign" from public subscriptions for the construction of the Sunroom addition to the newly-opened Norfolk General Hospital. "It was an auspicious beginning and it set a standard that only a determined and Rotary-inspired group of men could maintain." 
Many of our members are employees (both active and retired), hospital volunteers and served as board members. A number of our former members have been local Doctors. And some of us have been admitted as patients, well as expectant mothers anyway. Kicking and screaming from the delivery room.
Simcoe Rotary Votes To Donate $25,000 To Norfolk General Hospital C. Richard Campbell 2016-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 16, 2016

Lucas Jones, 2016 Rotary Cup Winner

Lucas Jones 2016 Rotary Winner

Congratulations On Another Successful Musical Arts Festival

Photographs: Courtesy of the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival
Story: C. Richard Campbell
Simcoe Rotary Club Support
The Rotary Club of Simcoe has been there almost from the beginning. Thirty years is an important milestone. The fostering of art among our young people enhances and enriches the community. It would be a very dull place without such things as song, music, poetry and theatre.
Individual accomplishment does not come easy for the majority of the young people. They have to learn their craft and adapt to performing before an audience. We applaud the participants, their families, the teachers and the festival organizers.
2016 Norfolk Musical Arts Festival C. Richard Campbell 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Greens At Renton

  • Registration: 11:00 t0 11:30 a.m.
  • Shotgun Start: 12:00 Noon Sharp
  • Cost $ 140.00

We're at it again! Planning the 16th Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament for Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Each January, we park the snow-blowers and postpone the warm and sunny southern vacations to begin organizing another successful tournament. One of the first things we do is focus on you the players that attended last year's tournament. We want you back! Bring some friends or business colleagues. Form your own foursome. Have fun! Get some exercise, fresh air and golf!

Why You Want To Mark This Tournament On Your Busy Calendar!

You get:
►to play 18 holes of golf
►ride around the course in a cart
►to compete for various prizes on the course such as closest to the pin and the longest drive
►3 "Hole In One" prizes
►a lunch and beverage to restore your energy
►a tasty and satisfying catered dinner
►a silent auction featuring one of kind items (well a few anyway)
►every golfer gets a prize
There are more prizes for the top three teams in each of three groups and anything else we can think of.

To All Our Sponsors

The charity golf tournament just couldn't survive without the support and participation of all our sponsors. Thank you.

Platinum Sponsors  $5,000 (2015): Bank of Nova Scotia, Simcoe

Double Blue Sponsors $1,000 (2015):

Eastlink, Fanshawe Alumni Association


Blue Sponsors $500 (2015):

Annex Publishing & Printing Inc., Blue Star Ford Lincoln Sales Ltd., Culligan Water Conditioning of Simcoe, Esso (Imperial Oil), Nanticoke, McKiee & Farrar Insurance Inc., MHN Lawyers LLP , Rassaun Steel, Roulstons Pharmacy (Mark Stephens), Simcoe, Simcoe Reformer, Simcoe Toyota, Suprun Wealth Management, Toyotetsu Canada Inc. (Simcoe), ValleyRidge Farms Enterprises Ltd., Wally Anderson (Rotarian)

Corporate Sponsors (2015):

Aitken Motors Ltd., BMO Bank of Montreal, Simcoe, Cobb and Jones LLP, Cedarwood Gardens Retirement Assisted Living, Demeyere Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd., Featherstone Travel, Ferris Funeral Home Ltd., Freeman’s (Tire) Service Centre, G. D. Vallee Ltd., Great Lakes Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, Good Redden Klosler, King’s Flower And Garden, Koncir Automotive Inc., Linda Bondela-Boll, Royal LePage Brown Realty (Rotarian), Master Mechanic, MRR Millards Chartered Accountants, MNP Ltd., Nelson, Nelson Foods Inc., NCS Technologies, Norfolk Family Restaurants Ltd., Proctor Marine Ltd., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., (James Youngson), Regional Auto Glass, Robert Kennaley (Rotarian), Robert E. Perks (Rotarian), Simcoe Honda, Stripe Art Inc., Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc. (Brent McKay), The Barrel Pizza and Spaghetti House


Rotary Club Member Sponsors (2015):

Wally Anderson, Ron Baker, Linda Bondela-Boll, C. Richard Campbell, Michael Cobb, Susan Crawford, Andy Elkin, John Featherstone, David Ferris, Tim FitzGerald, Gerry Goddard, Dan Hill, Jim Jackson, Robert Kennaley, Dave King, Larry Kormos, Gord Maskell, Garry McMillan, Chris Nunn, Tom O'Neill, Robert E. Perks, George Renshaw, Jeff Scott, Harold Shantz, Jim Stephens, John Vallee

2016 Golf 2016-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2016


There has been a fire at 3 West Trends Bistro. Director Susan Crawford been informed that they will be out of commission for 3-4 months. Homeless again! Admittedly, it may be temporary!
Next Monday's meeting has been relocated to the Trinity Anglican Church in Simcoe. Visiting Rotarians please take note of the change in meeting location.
Rev. Paul Sherwood has consented to Monday’s meeting being held at the Parish Hall (I believe that is the correct name) of Trinity Anglican Church, 80 Colborne Street South, Simcoe.
The church is located on the corner of Colborne and Court Streets next to Governor Simcoe Square. There is on-Street parking on Court and Colborne Streets. Presbyterians may want to park on Lot Street by St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.smiley
Trinity Anglican Church
FIRE AT 3 WEST TRENDS BISTRO C. Richard Campbell 2016-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2016
Emil Lill (on left), our 2015/16 is our Club’s inbound Rotary Exchange Student from Hannover, Germany. Emil presented his home Club's banner (Hannover-Luisenhof) to our Club President, Tim FitzGerald.
In 4 1/2 months, so far, Emil has experienced a lot of "Canadiana" highlighting a Hamilton Ticats football game in late October, maple syrup, poutine, the Canadian use of the expression "eh". Germany is 350 thousand square kilometres, Canada is 10 million square kilometres. But in contrast, Germany's population is 82 million to Canada's 36 million. Emil said that his experiences in Canada have widened his outlook and understanding of different cultures and languages. Emil's current aspirations are in the airline industry.
Classification Talk and Home Club Banner - Rotary Exchange Student Emil Lill 2016-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jan 05, 2016

Allan Arthur, St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre

Dolf Wynia and Allan Arthur
Dolf Wynia, Former Superintendent of the Ontario St.Williams Forestry Station and Allan Arthur, Senior Ecologist / President, St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre
Allan Arthur, St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre C. Richard Campbell 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
David Beasley, Authour C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 11, 2015

Mellisa Collver, Heritage And Culture Manager, Norfolk County

James Jackson Melissa Collver
Rotarian James Jackson (A Man Of Culture) Presenting Mellisa Collver, Heritage And Culture Manager 
of Norfolk County With Card Stating that A Donation In Her Name Will Be Made To The Rotary Gord
Watts Fine Arts Scholarship
Mellisa Collver, Heritage And Culture Manager, Norfolk County C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 11, 2015

Our New Meeting Place!

Three-West Trends Bistro Logo
On January 4, 2016, the Rotary Club of Simcoe will meet at the Three-West Trends Bistro located at Best Western Little River Inn,
203 Queensway West, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 2M9. The meeting room is on the lower level. If needed there is an elevator from the lobby to the lower floor meeting room.
Meetings wll start at the same time - 12:15 p.m. each Monday except for statutory holidays. Visit this website for cancelations or off-site meetings.
Best Western Little River Inn

Best Western Little River Inn Main Entrance

Photograph: Courtesy of Best Western Little River Inn
Our New Meeting Place! C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 11, 2015

2015 Rotary Holiday House Tour Wrap Up

House Tour Banner
This is our last major fundraiser of the calendar year. Thank you to the many people who purchased tickets. To our ticket sellers, sponsors, decorators and the good folks that opened their homes to Rotary and strangers, a very sincere thank you.
2015 Rotary Holiday House Tour Wrap Up C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Dec 11, 2015

Rotary Christmas Party December 8, 2015 Springview Farm Golf Course, Waterford, Ontario

Ugly Sweater Winners
Jeff Scott and Liana Thompson, Winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest Accepting Prize from Dave King
2015 Christmas Party C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Highlights of 2015 C. Richard Campbell 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Nov 27, 2015

We Are Moving! We Just Don't Know Where!

We Are Moving!
If you are a Rotarian planning on a make-up at our Club, please note that our next meeting is Monday, November 30, 2015 and the regular meeting on Monday, December 7, 2015 is canceled. Our last meeting of 2015 is Monday, December 14, 2015.
Our first meeting in 2016 is Monday, January 4, 2016 at a new location. After decades of meeting at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, we are moving. On November 27, 2015, our new location is undetermined.

We Are Moving! C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Sleeping Children Around The World C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Season Greetings C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
2015 Rotary Christmas Party C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Nov 24, 2015

Simcoe Rotarians And Guests Attend Ticat Football Game

ticat Trip
Now that the 2015 Ticat Football Team's season is over. It seemed appropriate to post this photograph of Simcoe Rotarians and guests dressed in winter clothing on October 2, 2015. Actually the authour stumble upon the photograph while housecleaning the hard-drive.
The group is waiting for their bus to arrive. For many the ride on a school bus was a trip down memory lane to their childhood.  It was an unseasonably cold and windy night and the Hamilton Ticats lost to Calgary in the final seconds of the game. Does this ending sound familiar!
The new stadium is impressive but with a wind-chill factor more suitable for January, I for one missed the big screen TV, the Lazy-Boy reclining chair and the fully stocked refrigerator.

Simcoe Rotarians And Guests Attend Ticat Football Game C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Nov 24, 2015

Toyotetsu Plant Tour (TTCA), Simcoe, Ontario, November 23, 2015

Rotary Tour
Seated left to right, Rotarian Albert Madill, President Norifumi Taniguchi, Toyotetsu Canada Inc. (TTCA), President Tim Fitzgerald, The Rotary Club Of Simcoe
Toyotetsu Plant Tour (TTCA), Simcoe. Ontario C. Richard Campbell 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 17, 2015
Just in - Past President Thor Olsen displays the recognition plaque of The Rotary Club of Simcoe, as major sponsor to the Elgin Avenue Public School Snoezelen Room. Seen here, PP Thor Olsen is celebrating the good work of our club's Community Concerns Service Committee with Club President Tim FitzGerald. The plaque will be affixed in the Snoezelen Room. Thor and Committee - thank you - a job well done!

Recognition Plaque - Elgin Avenue Public School Snoezelen Room Timothy FitzGerald 2015-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Nov 16, 2015
The Lynn River Music and Arts Festival (LRMAF) took place on the August Civic Holiday weekend August 1st, 2nd, 3rd 2015. Tom O'Neil was the 2015 event Chair. Seen here,  Tom is handing over the fundraising proceeds to Club President Tim FitzGerald. Tom said three music stages, three days of sun, record vendor attendance, twelve months of planing and above all our sponsors made the Festival. Adam Veri, incoming Chair for 2016 hopes for a fourth music stage, The public understand the music festival and love it!
Lynn River Music and Arts Festival - re-branding a big success! Timothy FitzGerald 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2015
District Governor Kevin Crosby
This is District Governor (DG) Kevin Crosby receiving a warm welcome from The Rotary Club of Simcoe's President Tim FitzGerald. Our Rotary International District (RI) 7090 encompasses 69 clubs extending from Delhi to Hamilton and across the border including Western New York State. The DG is a busy person visiting all 69 clubs in his 2015/16 year. Kevin applauded our club for the service (Service Above Self) of its members and accomplishments (Be A Gift To The World) in improving both local and global communities.  
7090 District Governor Kevin Crosby receives warm welcome at The Rotary Club of Simcoe 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Sep 14, 2015
Rotarian Richard Campbell thanks Jason Persall, Farmer and President of Pristine Gourmet
Rotarian Richard Campbell thanks Jason Persall, Farmer and President of Pristine Gourmet, Waterford, Ontario. Jason's business now produces 5/6,000 litres of edible oils per day. Jason shared how his original vocational skills (farmer) combined with value added skills (producer and international marketer) created an international business from the family farm.
Local and International Markets for Pure Virgin Oils - How do you Start? How do you Compete? Timothy FitzGerald 2015-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Norfolk General Hospital's $11 Million Fundraising Campaign Ron Baker 2015-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Simcoe Rotarians Give $8,000 To The TUMAINI Children’s School in Tanzania, Africa Ron Baker 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Dennis Zukowsky, President-Elect 2016-2017 C. Richard Campbell 2015-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Jun 24, 2015

Aloha  ʻO ... koʻu inoa  Our names are Andy and Jeff

Aloha C. Richard Campbell 2015-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Steve Smith - Paul Harris Fellow George Renshaw 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
The Stovepipe-A Memoir By Bonnie E. Virag C. Richard Campbell 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Lake Erie Fisheries Management C. Richard Campbell 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by C. Richard Campbell on Mar 23, 2015
Look Closely At These Smiling Rotarians!
Garry McMillian,Harold Shantz, David Ferris, and Mike Cobb
Left: Garry McMillan, aka The Mathematician, Harold Shantz, aka The Hospitable Administrator, Davis Ferris, aka The Undertaker, and Mike Cobb aka The Peaceful Judge
Look At These Rotarians! C. Richard Campbell 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
There Is A Rumour... C. Richard Campbell 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald
Rotary Club of Simcoe's Al Madill proudly wears his 2014 Rotary Curling Tour blazer at our Rotary Holiday Party held Tuesday evening, Dec 9, 2014, at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, in Port Dover. A Rotarian is only allowed to attend once. So it is another lifetime goal achieved for Al.

Rotarian Albert Madill
Rotarian Al Madill proudly displays Scottish Curling Tour 2014 Blazer Timothy FitzGerald 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Baker on May 05, 2014
Rotary Club of Simcoe’s  Dennis Zukowsky, Quenches Fire with Thor (Brand) Safe Clothing

At a meeting of the Rotary Club of Simcoe, new club member Dennis Zukowsky, a Port Dover resident, made a fascinating presentation of his full line of fire resistant protective outer wear clothing marketed under the Thor Brand.   This is in addition to his original garments - safe protective work-wear, designed to protect people in a variety of dangerous and explosive locations. 
Zukowsky has over 30 years of wide experience in textile garment manufacturing across Canada and abroad.    Recently, Dennis has created Thor (Brand) Fire Retardant Fabrics. These are used to create comfortable protective outer garments for many active workers, who could be exposed to sudden, very dangerous, fire flare-ups, even explosions, in the work place.   Example locations may be in the oil and gas industry, defense, traffic police and  perhaps construction sites and forests, where flash fires may occur. Such workers are at risk to deadly burns when they wear conventional clothing made with conventional, unprotected, fabrics.
These are patented, modern garments that are both attractive and comfortable to wear, while greatly improving worker protection from the hazards of flash fires in both industrial and other risky situations.These are designed in Canada and fabricated in North America for world-wide markets.
Mr. Zukowsky held his Rotary Club audience, most of whom are business owners and active or retired executives, spellbound with photographs and film clips demonstrating his unique line of Thor (Brand) safety outerwear.
Rotarian Dennis Zukowsky, Quenches Fire with Thor (Brand) Safe Clothing Ron Baker 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
“Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling 
millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information 
which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and 
creates alternatives for building a better life.”` Kofi 
March is Rotary Literacy Month 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0



2014-15 Presidential Theme

RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference -- every day, in every club, and every country we serve."

2014-15: Rotary Theme - LIGHT UP ROTARY 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy FitzGerald on Mar 11, 2014


SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014  



District assembly is for ALL Rotarians, but especially those in club leadership roles for the upcoming year and those who want to know what is happening in Rotary.   

Attend and learn:

  • how to help your club utilize social media to seek new members and to tell your club’s story;
  • learn what our Foundation is doing in the world; how your club can support it, and how it can support your club’s project;
  • discover how close we are to eradicating polio and what your club can do to help complete the task.
  • What is a vibrant small club? How does that help your club attract and retain members?
  • Find out why “Youth” is the new name for the New Generations pillar.

This year’s Assembly will have 27 sessions. Some sessions are targeted for club leadership or those who are moving into leadership positions. Others are for all Rotarians.  It is important to have several of your club members attend to cover the variety of topics being offered.  Watch for the final plan so you can choose which sessions you may attend.

Pre-registrations and on-line payment is mandatory this year. While pre-registering you can also choose the three sessions you wish to attend. Your choices will be printed out on your name tag. 

Pre-register your members and fill those cars and make it a Rotary road trip to District Assembly. This is where all members, new or seasoned, will enjoy a day of learning, making new friends and renew connections with all of our District Rotary family. This is an important part of strengthening your club .



Two minutes south of the Rainbow Bridge

ROTARY DISTRICT 2014 DISTRICT ASSEMBLY SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014 Timothy FitzGerald 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Rotary “Back to School activities in Cebu , Philippines. Ron Baker 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim FitzGerald on Mar 03, 2014
Youth and Community Service - Robert Stevenson - Director of Youth and Community Service introduced our outbound Rotary Exchange Student, for 2014/15, one excited Ashley Abraham. At the time of the meeting, Ashley was waiting for a weekend Rotary  gathering of our international District 7090, in Welland, ON , to learn what country she would be going to. We now know this to be Brazil . When Ashley was eight years old she met a Rotary Exchange Student.
Ashley Abraham our Outbound 2014/15 Rotary Exchange Student to Brazil Tim FitzGerald 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Exchange Student - Madeleine (Madi) Mahoux's "Classification Talk" Timothy FitzGerald 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox Canada Thor Olsen 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Albert Madill on May 21, 2013

A New Interact Club Established at Waterford District High School

New Interact Club Albert Madill 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
President Bob, Paul Harris Fellow Bob Hill, DG 7810 AllanMacLellan. John G. R. Hastie 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship by Allan MacLellan, DG 7810, to Bob Hill John G. R. Hastie 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0