June 2021

Welcome to the Home of the Rotary Club of Palgrave!


Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
King's College School
16379 The Gore Road
Caledon, ON L7E 0X4
(416) 200-3806
Every two weeks on a Wednesday at 7 pm. At the moment online via Zoom.
Home Page Stories
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A new project for our club this year was the sale of Christmas Trees and Poinsettias via the internet. One of our members, Angie McDowell, took on the job of pulling this event together. It was a total success with a sold-out situation. The chuckwagon was also part of the 2 days of the sale and our member, Brenda Alderdice, made sure it would work out smoothly with free food for all the customers that were picking up their Christmas trees and Poinsettias that were preordered. All in all, it was a success all around. 
With the help of master painter Dan Petre and of our 3 members ( Angie McDowell, Paul Galer and Dennis Foss) we redefined our 20 ft sea container sitting in our Rotary Park area on hwy 50 from a rusty piece of metal to a beautiful dark blue container. We will now plan to decorate the side of the container with painted designs and our logo. Thanks also to Aldrey Ricardo, Ian Kittle, Gord Barr and Imtiaz Ahmad whom participated in sanding down and polishing this rusted container. Also the neighbor, Brad Vanlenthe connected and supply the hose and water to clean our container. The job is done and a good one it is. See on attached. Thanks gang. Bernie  
On June 24th, 2020 Palgrave Rotary celebrated our year-end Change Over event. We had 24 members that participated on a Zoom meeting celebrating the past year's achievement and welcoming a new president, Jeff Ercul and his new board of directors. The celebration also recognized and thank special members and our past president Ian Kittle for managing a very difficult year. The following special awards were presented to :
  • Brenda Alderdice for "The John Davidson" award.
  • Dr Imtiaz Ahmad for "The Rotarian of the Year" award. 
Ross Farrelly presented a celebration on the life of Pat Clifford who passed away this year. Pat joined our club 33 years ago. 
Angie McDowell was inducted as our first new member for the 2020-2021 year. 
An inscribed plaque with gavel was presented to our Past President, Ian Kittle thanking him for his dedication and hard work as our President for the year 2019-2020. 
Doug Nicholson did his Minute of the Week presentation for 3 or 4 minutes which was appreciated.... 
Our past president Ian reviewed the whole year by going over most of our events and meetings. It made the past year a very real and full of the achievements we all participated in. 
We all had a great evening on Zoom and I apologize for the photos attached considering the poor quality of some of them but Zoom will be Zoom. 
The Palgrave Rotary club has been approached by a very generous Palgrave family wanting to donate a significant amount of money to go towards a project that would embellish or improve our Palgrave community in some ways. Things like lighting for the pond on Hwy 50, some kind roofed stage in one of our parks for events, bicycle repair station (tools and air pump), summer musical concert by the pond, and more. We are looking for suggestions. Put your imaginative thinking cap on and write to us here or on our Palgrave Rotary Facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/PalgraveRotary/ The following suggestions have already been submitted by Denis.  We need more.
Thank you from all of us to all of you. Bernie
Zebra-crossing at the convenience store (it would be safer to cross the street to the cars on the other side)

- Public BBQs and picknick tables for get-togethers

- A dock in the pond. For a little walk over the water, swimming (is that actually possible in the pond?) and/or lunching paddelboats/rawing boats

- Public toilet next to the pond

- More waste bins

- Book/DVD/Games sharing station

- Palgrave Community Potluck event, Big Band evening, Swing in Palgrave, Local musicians sing for the area (some day in the future)

- Torch-lit/lantern walk at one of the trails

- Archery/Crossbow Range

- Barefoot path

- Little Community Centre/Hall

- Drinking water fountain (no chlorine taste, please ;-))

- Blackboard with information and offers from local producers and businesses. Or a "who is who" about different personalities from here.

- A community garden with shared places and family sponsorships.

- A herb garden. Don't buy them in the supermarket - get them fresh in Palgrave

- An information board about the different animals in and around the pond.

Indigenous Peoples Partnership of Rotary Clubs

(A Bird’s Eye View of Services and Projects)
Rotary Club of Palgrave joined the Indigenous Peoples Partnership Committee (IPPC) in 2019 which included Rotary clubs of Belleville, Trenton, and Wellington. Several other clubs have shown interest in joining this cluster of clubs. Even the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mills in UK has made a donation for service to indigenous people. IPPC has been working with several communities of indigenous people located in Tyendinaga, Kingston, and the remote northern Ontario community of Nibinamik located in Summer Beaver. Rotary Club of Palgrave as well as others in the cluster have made donations to the funds being raised by the Nibinamik Education Centre for a tour by their students to institutions of higher learning and educations sites in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) while staying at the University of Toronto. IPPC also received a wish list from the Nibinamik Education Centre consisting of requests such as LEGO toys for student creative activities, and learning materials such as books in Oji-Cree language. Toys have been shipped. List of books to be purchased is being developed in collaboration with GoodMinds publisher and supplier of Indigenous books in Brantford, Ontario. Some other items were sent to other indigenous communities based on the requests IPPC received from them. Examples are aids for art, Christmas gift packs, and mylar blankets.


IPPC has also been offering bursaries open to students in all Indigenous Peoples communities in Canada. Rotary Club of Palgrave has completed the processing applications it received this year. One student has been selected for award to study at a university and one at a community college. Other clubs in the IPPC cluster are also engaged in making similar awards.
Imtiaz Ahmad
Palgrave Rotary Active Member.

      Welcome to our club as a new member Denis Foss. We are pleased to induct you and look forward to your friendship and help. 
      Thanks Brenda and Imtiaz for shopping for the Lego sets. The club did agree for the $500 purchase of these sets that are destined to the Nibinamik Education Centre which is located 500 km north of Thunderbay. Imtiaz generously agreed to pay for the shipping. Thanks Imtiaz for your support.
      Our road signs administrators have again set up a new messages inviting the community to attend our Wines of The World event which will take place on June 5th. Thanks for keeping us all informed Bill Clarke and Doug Nicholson.  
r The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary’s founder, a Chicago lawyer, who started our organization with three business associates in 1905. 
One of our member John Cox  was awarded this recognition because of his generous participation and donations towards many of our projects. President Ian Kittle presented the award to John. Congratulations to you and many thanks for your many years of service John. 
Our director of Social Events, Brenda Alderdice and our President Ian Kittle were proud to present a $2000 donation to the Caledon Library to help them out with their new programs. Mary Maw and Colleen Lipp accepted the donation in the name of the Caledon Library at our last meeting.
Brenda Alderdice and her Chuckwagon crew were part of and serviced the Halloween Haunted Firehall which was organised by The Albion Collision and of course a large crew of our Palgrave Firefighters. The entire event was a great success with more than 500 people attending.
 We were very proud to host  "100 Women Care for Caledon " at our meeting last night. The Bolton Rotary Club also joined us for that event which is always fun to do. Thank you for helping Caledon "100 Women Care for Caledon " . Your donations to local charities (more than $80,000) over the past 3 years have certainly help our community.
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Palgrave Rotary Evening Gala. Please SHARE. Thank you. Bernie
Palgrave Rotary awarded the Rotarian of the year for our club last week. President Ian presented the award to Jeff Ercul at our bi weekly meeting. Congratulations Jeff, it was well deserved.  Bernie
 Thanks to Darrell and Helena for hosting again this year a very well attended BBQ with 42 guests. Michele Belanger and Allison Rende catered a very beautiful dinner eaten outside in the impressive gardens of Helena and Darrell. President Ian was very proud to be able to present to us all 11 members of his family. Thanks to Natalie, Mary and Imtiaz for coordinating and running the evening. Cheers. Bernie

Sunday Sept. 15, 2019 at 8:00 am for registration and 9:00 am for the run.

Stationlands Park corner of Hyw. 50 and Brawton Dr. in Palgrave. 
Palgrave Rotary is again running this event. Free pancakes and coffee. 
  • Walk, Run, Ride, 
  • Great family event – all are welcome including dogs and cyclists. 
  • Non-competitive,  go at your own pace
  • Raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or donate at the Run

  • Create your own fundraising page
  • Share your progress through email and social media
  • Have fun!

Everyone is welcome to participate in a Terry Fox Run, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the Run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation we do ask all participants to fundraise or make a donation.   You can raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or make a donation at the Run site. Whatever your choice, please know that every dollar counts.

Bethel Hospice celebrated Volunteer Week by creating a celebration dinner and inviting all their volunteers. Palgrave Rotary's Chuck Wagon participated in furnishing this dinner and Warren and Cheryl May were there to prepare and serve some of the food. See the following link for a thank you note from Bethel Hospice management to all their volunteers. 

The Doane House Hospice of New Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary. So to celebrate this occasion they undertook to refurbish their House that was originally built in 1845 and moved to its current location on Yonge st. 30 years ago. As part of the refurbishing Palgrave Rotary Club funded all the window dressings and a new dishwasher with the generous help of Tottenham's Budget Blinds management. Happy anniversary Doane House Hospice.

"Hope and Healing Through Connection"
DHH is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of non-medical support for those affected by or caring for an individual with a life-threatening illness, as well as bereavement support.

Thanks so much to Sandy and Doug Nicholson for hosting the Palgrave Rotary club for a BBQ evening at their beautiful property. Thirty one members of our club plus some friends of Rotary attended a beautiful meal catered by Michele Belanger  and Allison Witherspoon. Bernie
Today our Palgrave Rotary held the Change Over event which ends one year of administration by our President and all his directors. This important event took place at King's College School with champagne, appetizers and special dinner for all attending. President Jim Firth presented and announced the recipients of the John Davidson Award ( John Palmer), the Rotarian of the Year Award (Jeff Ercul), and three Paul Harris Awards ( Marie Jay, Pam Patterson, Diether Weeren).  He then welcomed President elect Ian KIttle and honored him with his new title as President of our club for the year 2019/2020.  It was a very nice evening attended by most of our members and some friends of Rotary. Lets wish President Ian and his new administration a great year of success and growth.  
One of our member, John Cox, celebrated is 85th birthday this week. More than 20 Rotarians and friends gathered at the Wishbone restaurant for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Brenda Alderdice organised the party and had a great birthday cake made with John's picture on it made of icing. A scrapbook with many pictures of John when he was a model for catalogues, were included. It was a very nice evening for John and much appreciated by him.  Happy Birthday John. Bernie
Our Palgrave Public School teamed up with its  students and parents to raise some monies to support SCAW (Sleeping Children Around the World). With all the students efforts the school was able to raise more than $1500. Palgrave Rotary for many years have offered and given a matching grant to what the school could raise. Hence we are all very happy to be able to donate over $3000 to SCAW this year  thanks to the Palgrave Public School students efforts, this will purchase 86 bed kits for needing children. Well done.  For more details look up the following  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62SCX8L_QlA
 Each $35 donation provides a bedkit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothes outfit, towel and school supplies. Bedkit contents vary from country to country depending upon local needs.
Palgrave Rotary was involved and participated in this year's Camp Enterprise which was held earlier this year. 
Camp Enterprise provides senior high school students with an introduction to professional, business owner and management careers, through 3 ½ days of exposure to the private enterprise system, the art of negotiation skills, insights into business concepts and the opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with business leaders. For more information paste the following link on your browser. 
Once again as we do every year the Palgrave Rotary Chuckwagon was at work helping with food at the registration day for the local tennis club. The local Girl Guides group offered to participate and sent in some volunteers to help with the serving and preparing of the food. Thank you ladies. Hope you had a good time helping out. Cheers Bernie
Natalie Saarimaki whom is the Youth Service chair for our Club presented a cheque to The Meaghan Zaremba Music room on behalf of the Palgrave Rotary. 
The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room is focused on providing music lessons to those who struggle with their own life challenges. To date, The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room supports over 55 individuals and partners with three community organization. 
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Executive Secretary
Foundation Chair
Club Service Chair
International Chair
Youth Service Chair