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Fergus Elora

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Heritage River
25 Wellington Drive
Elora, ON  N0B 1S0
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Fergus-Elora Rotary Club is the producer of a stage play that will take place September 22, 23 and 24 at the Fergus Grand Theatre.  The name of the play is "Skips and Scoundrels".  Tickets for this play can be purchased directly from the theatre at their box office or on line at https://secure1.tixhub.com/tcwfergus/procurement/
 
 
                                     Skips and Scoundrels
 
       The more-or-less true story of curling and      rebellion in Fergus
 
In 1837, in Upper Canada (Ontario), there were two kinds of farmers. There were farmers who hated the colonial government because of expensive land, high interest rates and rotten roads! In fact, these farmers were so mad, they were prepared to attack the capitol city of Toronto!
The other farmers were angry too, but they remained loyal to Queen Victoria. Since "Canada" was still a colony of Great Britain, the people who lived here were considered British citizens. Many of these farmers felt that attacking the government was not only going too far, but was an act of treason!
So when politician and journalist, William Lyon Mackenzie, convinced some of the farmers to attack Toronto with pitchforks and shovels, it was farmer against farmer and town against town!
The Scottish village of Fergus was a Loyalist community. They were more interested in church, work and curling than they were in attacking Toronto. Although Fergus was only three years old when rebellion broke out, she still played an important role by protecting the capitol city from rebels!
And through it all, there was curling!  Fergus' earliest settlers were not only a hearty and colourful bunch, but they were obsessed with developing a curling league in the midst of the Canadian wilderness! The earliest "rink" was St. Andrews Street, and the earliest stones were carved out of maple, turned on a lathe and weighted down with lead! The club's meetings and banquets were held, naturally, at a bar - Black's Tavern, where most of our play takes place.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

John Jefferson cooking steak.

Rick Roberts getting some wieners and sausage  ready to eat.

Dorothy Henson was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary's highest honour) by Jim Dixon. 

Volunteers for Rotary events during the past year were presented with thank-you certificates.

 

 
 
 
 
Leanne Iravani, Director of International Service, Marg Frayne from SHARE, Jim Waites, President of Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and Les Frayne, Project Manager from SHARE.  A cheque for $3,000 was presented by the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora to S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation for the purchase of 44 eco water filters for 44 families (250 people) in a remote area of Guatemala where young community members help to improve conditions in their underserviced communities. 
There are few supports to communities in this area of Guatemala and the project work is done in Mayan villages which are very isolated and impoverished. All but a few of the communities are accessible by long and difficult jungle trails. A few communities are accessible by boat.  The families grow corn on the hillsides to feed their families. Some families have a pig or some free range chickens or turkeys. Some that live nearer the water are fishermen. The homes are traditional thatched huts with dirt floors and wooden walls. Women cook on open fires in the hut.  The water in many of the villages is sourced from streams and springs sometimes at a distance from the villages and it is polluted.  Families suffer from recurring intestinal illnesses from using this water.

 
 
 
 
Linda Kenny, CEO of KidsAbility receives a cheque from Fergus-Elora Rotary Club President Jim Waites.  The funds will be used to assist KidsAbility to provide a speech and language therapist at their Fergus office on a part time basis.  Over the years, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora has been a strong supporter of KidsAbility for the work that they do in supporting families and children.
 
 
 
 
Past President Bob Wright and President Ed Davis present a cheque for $1,000. to Linda Mark of Child Witness Centre.  Funds will be used toward their 2017 Youth Symposium for up to 1500 Grade Eight students and teachers in Guelph and Wellington County of which 230 are from Fergus and Elora.
During the course of the day students and teachers have the opportunity to hear 3 inspiring speakers.  Key messages include: You can be the change !  It takes ONE to make a difference ! Step outside your comfort zone and try new things ! Be an 'energy giver' not an 'energy taker' ! Students are given tools and strategies to help them face challenges in their own lives as they enter high school, a key point in their development.
 
 
 
 
 
Dave Beynon and President Ed Davis present a cheque for $3,000. to Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre, 187 Bristol Street, Guelph.  The centre serves women not only in Guelph but Wellington County.  Funds will be used to equip their teaching room at their newly opened supportive housing building.  Funds will be used for board room table and chairs, refinish floors and paint the room and the purchase of audio visual equipment.
 
 
 
Past President Paul Rogers and President Ed Davis make a presentation to Jackie Andrews of Centre Wellington Food Bank.  Funds from the donation are used to assist with rental costs of space at Centre Wellington Sportsplex for their Christmas hamper program.
 
 
 
 
 
For a number of years, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora has provided a Community Service Award to a graduating student from each of the local elementary schools.  The above picture is Leah Hutchinson, a student of John Black Public School who received the award that was recently presented at their graduation ceremony in June 2016.  Congratulations to Leah and all of the other students in Fergus and Elora who received this award.
 
 
               Canada Day Activities at the Sportsplex in the afternoon and evening:
 
Childrens Activities from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.                     
Super hero prince & princess fashion show & contest
Midway until dusk                      
Pony rides            
Dress your pet fashion show & contest
Rotary Interact Club facepainting
Canada Birthday Cake  (Free birthday cake for first 500 children)   
Children's Musical Show - feature band "Hot Tub Hippies"
Elephant Thoughts Interactive Activity
Other Activities
Car and antique tractor show
Bubble soccer - 6 man team - call 519-787-4668 to register
Paint ball - pre-registration required - call 519-787-4668 to register
Selfie contest
Poutine contest winner
Main Stage
Childrens music by Don Sawchuk
Fergus Elora Academy of Dance
Zumba with Sarah
Bears Cheerleading
Madison Galloway
5 Live Rock
Desmoreaux Brothers
Hot Tub Hippies
 
Food Available - 1 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers
4 p.m. Roast pork meal (sandwich, coleslaw, corn on cob) - pig roast by My Kitchen - advance tickets $15 519-787-4668
Domino's pizza
I Love Chocolate -  hard ice cream and fudge
Oven baked pizza
Pop & candy
 
Fireworks 10:00 p.m.
 
Entry Fee : Cash donation to new Groves Hospital
 
 
 
 
 
A HUGE THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Township of Centre Wellington
Zehrs
Canadian Tire
Meridian Credit Union
Scotiabank
RBC
CIBC
TD Canada Trust
BMO
Ostic Insurance
Ecclestone Financial
Bamford Electric Inc.
Highland Pines Campground
Ron Wilkins Jewellers
Ward Hearing Service
Geo-Solar System
Coldwell Banker Grand Realty
Dr. Bob Wright Veterinary Services
Heritage River Retirement Residence
CW Ball Hockey
Wightman Telecom
Wrighthaven Homes
 

 
 
Cecil Wolfe and Bruce Oldfield are both Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.  The club was officially chartered on May 26, 1966 and they have now been members for 50 years.  At a 50th anniversary club luncheon on May 31, 2016, they were presented with special gifts in commemoration of this event.
 

 
 
Past President Bob Wright and President Ed Davis make a presentation to Alissa Gibson representing Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre. Some of the funds will be used to purchase ribbons for their annual horse show.  Regardless of where they place, the ribbons are all stunning and the children are thrilled to receive them.  Many of the riders have never before had an experience of winning an activity, so it is a special moment.  The other part of the funds will be used to purchase new feed bowls and hanging water buckets as well as grooming supplies for the therapy horses.
 
 
 
 
President Ed Davis makes a presentation to Sara Wilbur, Executive Director,  and Richard Seibel, Board Member, of Grand River Conservation Foundation on behalf of the club. These funds will support the development of the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre, which supports about 1,100 students from the Centre Wellington Area each year (in 2014, thirty-one elementary classes and ten classes from Centre Wellington District High School.) Students at the Centre make essential connections with nature at a time when children no longer simply go out and play; the lessons learned there increase their interest in the outdoors, foster self-reliance and encourage our community’s young people to become our next generation of environmental ambassadors. Exposure to the outdoors helps promote physical and mental health in kids, reduces anxiety and offers young people who may not thrive in a traditional learning environment to feel good about their accomplishments.
 
 
 
       $100,000.00
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora has agreed to contribute the above amount to The New Groves Hospital Campaign which will be used in support of the New Groves Hospital located in Fergus, ON.  This amount will be contributed over a period of 5 years at $20,000 yearly commencing in 2016.  This club has been a strong supporter of Groves Hospital, and in addition to many yearly contributions, it provided $250,000 a few years ago to the Groves Redevelopment Campaign.  The first payment of $20,000 took place on May 31, 2016
 
 
 
     Welcome to our exchange student, Arni, from New Zealand
 

 
During the pre-Christmas season, members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora sold hams and cheese baskets to raise funds for community and international projects.  Pictured is the winning sales team.  Thanks to many local businesses and individuals who purchased ham and cheese baskets.  A special thanks to Zehrs Markets, Fergus who made this fundraiser possible.
 

 
On December 15, 2015 the club held it's annual children's Christmas Party.  Children from the local office of KidsAbility were invited to attend.  Everyone enjoyed the special menu of hot dogs.  Gifts for the children purchased by the Rotary Club were presented by Santa.
 

 
 
 
In the spring of 2015, the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club approved an application for funding from Arthur Trail Group.  Rotary President, Ed Davis (on top picture) presented a donation to that group to assist with the trail development.  The official opening of the trail was held on September 26, 2015 in Arthur.  Bruce McLeish, Secretary, John Campbell, Treasurer, and Bob Grant attended the opening ceremonies (included in bottom picture)  that were held in Arthur at a kiosk on the trail.  As a continuation of the Arthur Trail work already organized, carried out and providing  local benefits, the Trails Group is looking to link the existing trail with the Upper Grand Trail Dufferin.  This Upper Grand Trail Wellington would begins at Wells Street in Arthur and extend along the old railbed between the village of Arthur and the East/West Luther townline.  The project provides multiple environmental and community benefits: natural conservation; increased volunteerism; safe, varied fitness benefits; educational opportunities.  Approximately 1000 trees planted along the trail will provide cooling, erosion control, maintenance of the water table and shelter for wildlife. All trees are native species.
Local High School students will assist in the planting. Sowing of wildflower seeds is included.  These and the majority of the trees will support the needs of all kinds of native pollinators, at a time when many of them are in decline. Members of local 4H will be building birdhouses to place along the trail.
 
 
 
 
 
Ed Davis, President (on left) with some of our volunteers.  We appreciate the assistance of volunteers who often help with our fundraising projects. If you would like to volunteer to assist the club on our fundraisers, please contact any Rotary member. 
 

 
 
Scotiabank provided generous sponsorship funds to the club in the past year.  Ed Davis and Norm Manning present the Fergus Branch Manager with an appreciation plaque.
 

 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora formed a charitable foundation wherein funds for local community activities can be donated. Please see

http://www.photobar.com/ferf.htm

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Sep 06, 2016
Glenn McGinnis
Skips and Scoundrels Stage Play
Sep 20, 2016
Paul Rogers
New Member Proposer Recognition Program
 
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