Rotary Club of Sault Ste Marie North

The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie North

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OUR HISTORY

The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie North , ID 2275 - was formed and chartered on May 20, 1971. It was sponsored by The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie. At the time it was felt that there should be a second Rotary club in the city. With the help of Fred Wilson, a member of what some still call the "Downtown Club", our club was born. We have a long and proud history and continue to reach out into our community and the world to help others.

OUR FOCUS

The principal focus of the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie North is youth education and development. Our club supports the following local initiatives:

  • Each Fall we hold a Youth Leadership Awareness Conference and invite over 50 high school students from each of the high schools in the Algoma region to participate in a hands on and interactive learning environment. The event takes place on a weekend from Thursday night to Sunday at noon in a remote venue. It embraces sports and motivational activities to help youth develop leadership skills to take back to their respective schools.
  • Annually we support Send a Kid to Camp under the auspices of Big Brothers and Big Sisters to meet specific children's needs.
  • Our Academic Excellence Program recognizes the top 20 percent of all grade eight students by a newspaper ad placed in their honour in the Sault Star. A certificate of academic achievement is presented to the top 10 percent and to the most improved student in each class. High school valedictorians are acknowledged with a Sault Star ad and a luncheon in their honour. At the College level, our club supports the annual Jack Code Memorial Bursary to a Sault College Student.
  • In recognition of Rotary International's 100th anniversary in 2005, Sault Rotary and Sault Rotary North Clubs have jointly contributed to the installation of additional playground equipment which is handicap accessible.
  • Our members have joined in having a Stake in the New Sault Area Hospital, making a financial commitment of $5,000 annually over five years.

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION

Each Rotary club contributes to the object of Rotary, promoting the advancement of international understanding and peace, through the ideal of service. This is enhanced by participation in:

Youth Exchange

Young people are given the opportunity to spend a year in another country. Inbound students live usually with three families and participate with them in their daily routines. They attend school and learn a new language and usually take part in sports, cultural activities and form lasting friendships. Students and their families pay their own way, however Rotary clubs sponsor some of their activities such as attending Youth Exchange Conferences and a preset monthly allowance.

Rotary Foundation

"Rotary International's masterpiece is the Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities...it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve." - Paulo V.C. Costa, Presient, Rotary International, 1990-91

Polio Plus

In concert with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Rotary has eradicated 99.9% of Polio throughout the world. The eradication of Polio is one of the Rotary Foundation's major initiatives.

OTHER PROJECTS

Other projects supported by The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie North include:

  • Group Study Exchange - a group of five people between the ages of 25-40, one being a Rotarian, travel to various areas to study the economic and cultural differences.
  • Ambassador Scholar - opportunity for individuals who are interested in continuing their studies in health care and the environment abroad, in keeping with Rotary's goal to promote world understanding and peace.
  • Water Project - a humanitarian project to provide safe, clean, affordable drinking water to areas in need. Our district is involved in the placement of potable water purifers, BioSand Water Filters, in priority areas.