Rotary Club of Parry Sound


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Our 15th GREAT YEAR – Annual Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival
Support your community, share the fun, join us on June 11th!
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Rotary Club of Parry Sound
Invites you to the
Honouring Bill Connor with a
Paul Harris Fellow Award​
6:00 social - 7:00 dinner
$50 per person (with tax receipt)
Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee available
Please RSVP to June Aylsworth - 705 378 0000 or

WOW!  Beer for a YEAR
In support of local community projects.
Winning ticket will win a case of beer each week for ONE YEAR!
Contact any local Rotarian for tickets.


The Rotary Club of Parry Sound and Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club (GNSCC) are organizing their fourth annual SKI-A-THON on


Saturday, February 13, 2016 to raise money for the GNSCC’s youth program.


Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm
at the Bobby Orr Community Centre
Join us as we celebrate our sixth year of indulgence.  Come taste, sip & savour your way through the evening. 
There will be wine samples, cheese and appetizers.
All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Parry Sound.
                                           AGE 19+   Tickets $100                                                 
Contact any Rotarian or Brandy at 705-938-8705 
Rotary Cash Calendars are now available.
Proceeds go toward Shelter Box, Rose Point Trail Project, and Hospice Parry Sound
Get yours early. Contact any Rotarian, or email Rotary at

The Rotary Club of Parry Sound has partnered with Scotiabank, Harry’s nofrills and the Salvation Army to donate Christmas hampers so families in our area who are in need can have a Christmas turkey dinner.
Please help us again this year.  A donation of $20.00 buys an aluminum roasting pan, potatoes, onions, carrots, cranberries, stuffing and gravy mixes, and a turkey that feeds at least 6 people.  Our goal is to feed 100 families.
Look for Donation jars at local business, go to Scotia bank or contact any Rotarian.  Please make cheques payable to the “Parry Sound Rotary Trust”.



In October 1976, Rotarian Ken Dobson and I attended the Canadian Rotary Institute in Peterborough , Ontario . One of the sessions dealt with fund raising. An idea that caught our attention was one where a Rotary Club sent a $10.00 cheque to one hundred Rotary clubs around the world asking them to send back an item of interest from their country. All items received were then auctioned off at a gala promoting world understanding. Not only did they receive interesting items at a far greater value than $10.00, most Rotary Clubs returned the $10.00 cheque. Ken and I discussed the idea and felt it had an interesting fundraising dimension but more importantly, it had potential to create a greater global awareness and an appreciation for others.


At the time, I was teaching Grade 8 at McDougall School, Parry Sound. Ken and I decided that I would approach my principal, Mr. Bud Stevenson, to see about involving my Grade 8 class in contacting one hundred schools around the world inviting them to send us a package of information and items from their country. In lieu of sending them $10.00, the McDougall students would prepare a package of items and information representing the Parry Sound area and send it to them. 



ADG Margaret Walton from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge spoke to our Club on April 2nd. Margaret is also currently chair of the World Community Service Committee.

Margaret spoke on the project spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst - Rotary Wheels for Learning.




Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...