November 2018
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Service Above Self

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm.
To be announced
Caledon, ON

(905) 583-0200
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Palgrave Rotary was  happy to participate in the haunted house created by Albion Hills Auto Collision to celebrate Halloween. Many children from our community visited the Haunted House. On the evening of October 31 owners Sandra and John Barbaro transform the whole bodyshop into a haunted house for the local community. Thanks to you both for creating this event. Our Chuck Wagon will continue to participate in this event.  
The last step for the Norma Bangay Park planting of two Vimy Oak saplings, total renovation of the park and finally the recognition plaque which was planted today. I was very happy to dig this emplacement today ( See pics) for the plaque that recognizes the great effort that was put forth by both Krysta, Derek our club and the town of Caledon. Thanks to Derek and Krysta for this accomplishment for our community. 

One of our member Jeff Ercul has offered to run in Palgrave Rotary's name at our Terry Fox Run event on September 16th. We have accepted his offer. To all of you that would like to donate but cannot attend or participate Jeff will run for you. Here is an easy way to be part of the Terry Fox Run this year. Just respond to this post to with the offer to donate. We will pick up the cheque (made out Palgrave Rotary) from you or you can mail it to Bernie Rochon 17350 Regional Rd. 50 Caledon L7E 0L1 . Rotary in turn will donate 100% of the received donations to the Terry Fox Run. Please be generous and support Jeff and Terry in their efforts to eradicate cancer. Thank you so much for your consideration and participation. Bernie

Jeff run was a real success and accumulated $1400 worth of donations. Well done Jeff. 

Our Rotary Club of Palgrave was invited to share an evening of BBQ at President Jim and Samantha Ferens beautiful home. Twenty one of us attended this beautiful garden party. Thank you. Bernie
Long Ride Home: Guts and Guns and Grizzlies,800 Days Through the Americas in a Saddle (Journey America Book). Filipe Masetti Leite addressed our club and the Bolton Club at our weekly meeting. He rode from Calgary on his horses to reach the most southern point of South America in Argentina. It was an exciting evening. He did write a book about his trip titled "The Long Ride Home". The book serves as inspiration for others to follow their own dreams.
Our Past President Doug and his wife Sandy invited our club to come and share a BBQ evening with them. It was a perfect evening weather wise and the food which was catered by The Kitchen of Mono Mills was abundant and delicious. Friends of Rotary and members (30 in all) had a great evening of friendship.
So the Toronto International Rotary convention is now over. It attracted over 25000 Rotarians from all around the world. Palgrave Rotary hosted a dinner for 44 international members. They were met in Toronto and bused to our beautiful Palgrave which they visited. Dinner was served at the Caledon Estates Banquet Hall following a cocktail hour. See the attached photos for the opening ceremonies at the Air Canada Centre and the dinner in Palgrave. The whole event was a great experience for us all. Bernie
On a blistering hot day (felt like plus 40 degrees) 16 of our dedicated members and friends of Palgrave Rotary manned the entrance at the Albion Hills Conservation for the July 1st Canada Day event. We were passing out programs, Canadian flags, and melting chocolate bars to all the arriving families. We spent 5 hours of drinking lots of water and collecting donations for Rotary. It was a hot, fun time.

June 20th this year marked the year end of our club's  current administration. We saluted and recognized members with the Paul Harris award Joe Sheppard, Doug Nicholson and Bernie Rochon; the John Davidson award went to Bernie Rochon; the Rotarian of the Year award honored Derek Clark. We also presented the plaque of President for 2017-2018 to Doug Nicholson with flowers going to his wife Sandy. Also noted were Joe Sheppard, John Cox and Susan Hicks for their great attendance record. Many friends of Rotary were in attendance to celebrate the end of another successful year at the Palgrave Rotary Club. Congradulation to those dedicated members. 

President Doug was very proud to be able to announce the induction (sometime known as the inducement) of 3 Associate members as Active members. After a year of being Associate members and considering their option of becoming a full member , John Palmer, Myrna Roy and Andrew Saarimaki accepted the invitation. The Club was very pleased to accept these new members that have already been very active in participating in many of our events and challenges over the past year. Welcome to our Club Myrna, John and Andrew. Bernie 
Twenty three members of the Palgrave Rotary club attended the weekly meeting of the Bolton Rotary club. This was the second time this year for these meetings. Thank you Bolton Rotary for a great meeting and some fun game of business accumen. See you all in the fall. Bernie
John Lomax is the Chair of District 7080 Indigenous Resource Committee (CIRCLE). He  talked about the many great projects they have under way.  Our clubs project headed by Susan and Gerald is one that is key in the District.
Palgrave Rotary is proud to announce that the refugee family that we have been helping to immigrate to Canada has finally arrived after 2 years of work. Thank you to our dedicated members and more specifically Diether Weeren and Susan Hicks. Much more information and request for help will be forwarded. Bernie
Palgrave Rotary members and Friends of Rotary join together to set up, serve, take down and clean up for the Volunteer Luncheon Celebration at the Senior Center in Bolton every year. It is a super occasion for our club and friends of our club to meet and mingle with all the volunteers that give so much of their time to help make the Bolton Senior Centre such a success. Bernie
From: Maureen Wainwright <>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7:03 PM
Subject: ... a facebook post made by one of the parents who picked some of the equipment that the Palgrave Rotary Club donated to our community ...


My future hockey player, 🏒🥅💙 he was so happy to try his equipment on, he hasn’t took them off yet. 😛he’s trying out his skates now too, teach him how to balance first before I get him on the ice.


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-- Take care,
Maureen Wainwright
KiHS Teacher / Nibinamik Classroom Mentor
This was the first of what we hope will be many meetings between the Palgrave Rotary Club and the Bolton Rotary club. We had 38 people in attendance and the energy ran high. 
It seems that Malcolm wine instructions were well received and many questions were answered. Thank you Bolton for coming over and see you soon at your club meeting.  Bernie
Join in for breakfast to help out for the Special Needs Programs in Caledon Schools. Help Bolton Rotary with this cause. 

The Rotary Club of Palgrave was excited to attend the Sleeping Children Around The World school assembly at Palgrave Public School this morning in support of their amazing fundraiser for this charity. Students attended in pyjamas in recognition of the fact that their fundraising efforts provide bed kits for children in less fortunate countries.

The photo shows the student fundraising committee with their awesome teacher Patrick Patten just prior to the assembly.

The result was announced. The school had raised $2459.00 which meant they will give 70 bed kits to the charity for use overseas for school aged boys and girls.

The Rotary Club has pledged to match the school's fundraising efforts, so now 140 bed kits will be purchased.

Our club is so proud of Palgrave Public School's students and staff who were involved in this venture.
Brenda Alderdice, the owner of Downsizing Divas and member of our club, educated all of us how to de-clutter our home and or downsizing our home. 
The presentation was very professional and very instructive in many ways. Planning our future for seniors is a very important item that should be addressed while seniors are still healthy and in early retirement. Brenda 
described many situations that she had experienced with seniors and told us about all the services that are available to achieve and easy and well planned future. Thanks Brenda. 
The Rotary Club of Palgrave has partnered with the Town of Caledon to fund and retrofit the Westview
Park located in the Village of Palgrave and make it completely accessible to adults and children alike. 
The park is located at 19 Brawton Drive has been renamed the Norma Bangay Park.
The goal of the $85,000 project is to make this park a fully inclusive and accessible play and gathering
space for the entire Palgrave community to enjoy.  The new playground equipment, excavation work
and accessibility upgrades will allow seniors, families and individuals with special needs to access and
use new upgraded park facilities.  Construction for this project is scheduled for the Spring of 2018. 
The park is dedicated to Norma Bangay to commemorate her contribution to children’s education in the
local community.  Norma began teaching in 1959 at the one room schoolhouse in Castlederg.  Upon the
closure of this school in 1962, she moved to Palgrave Public School where she taught kindergarten until
her retirement in 1994.  Norma continued to volunteer at local schools well after retirement, working
with young readers who needed extra attention.  Well loved by students and the community, Norma
had a positive and lasting influence on several generations of Palgrave students.
The Rotary Club of Palgrave gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Brampton and Caledon
Community Foundation, a public, community foundation serving the people of Brampton and Caledon. 
We would also like to thank Brampton Brick Limited and Sierra Excavating Enterprises Inc. for their
generous sponsorship and contributions towards the park upgrade.
The Rotary Club of Palgrave is accepting donations to assist in meeting our financial commitment to this
Community Project. All funds raised will be dedicated solely to Project. Please contact us at or 647-290- 9126 to make a donation to the Westview Park (Norma
Bangay) Accessibility Upgrade Project.  Thank you for your support.
Ross Farrelly and his wife Cathy had the occasion to meet with one of our past exchange student, Bam, in Bangkok on their recent trip to Thailand.
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service Chair
Community Service Chair
International Service Chair
Social Media Coordinator
Youth Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair