Gift Bags For Men 2023 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Hike For Hospice Muskoka 2023-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
August is....Membership month 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Friends at Work 2023-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Fun St. Paddys Day Supporting the Legion 2023-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Another Wonderful Fellowship Snowshoeing Event at Gary's 2023-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of BML supports BMLSS Robotics Club

Thanks so much for the sponsorship, our team really appreciates it! We have been putting your donation to good use and have been working hard on our robot.    Thank you,   The BML Robotics Team
Rotary Club of BML supports BMLSS Robotics Club Kim Rixon 2023-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Gracie Gilbert's Article in The Rotary Newsletter 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Fun, Fabulous Foundation Dinner

Several people were honoured with Paul Harris Awards and name badges.  Our guest speaker was Mr Bryn Styles who shared the importance of the International Rotary Foundation in the world today.
Fun, Fabulous Foundation Dinner PWI 2022-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Summer Painting Party Port Sandfield 2022-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Winners of the Kick Ass Auction - Golfing with Wendel 2022-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Andy's House 2022-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) 2022-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Great job team!

Our Twin Socks may have been in lockdown in January, but our Club has been active in the Out of the Cold Program both in January and yesterday. 
Great job team! 2022-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

The 'Sock Sisters' Adventure Continues

January 2022- Covid lockdown month
So the socks have been good isolating as mandated by Mr. Ford.
Lockdown and the extreme cold haven’t helped their mental state.
The only friend willing to hang around and go outside with them is the “Rotary Race Duck!”
The 'Sock Sisters' Adventure Continues 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Santa Came to Visit... 2021-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Steve Meadley Presenting 2021-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Supporting the 'End Polio' Campaign 2021-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Wood Cutting Service Project in Muskoka Lakes Township 2021-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Garbage Cleanup Aug 2021 2021-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Supporting the Rotary Club of Kapuskasing 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Neil Hutchinson, Pd.D., Guest speaker 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Patrick Boyer Guest Speaker 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

This is commitment...A retired member helping out

Danette is the Director of Pharmacy at Sunnybrook Hospital and past Director of Pharmacy at Muskoka Algonquin Health Centre.  She is still committed to serving our community whenever she is back home.  That's a true Rotarian!
This is commitment...A retired member helping out 2021-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Why Rotary...This is why 2021-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Past President of Bracebridge Rotary Speaks about Global project in Dominica 2021-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Helping the Environment in Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Come join us for our upcoming singing required 2021-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Danette Beechinor, Director of Pharmacy at Sunnybrook Presents 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Another Great Community Clean-Up 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
First Club Meeting 2021-2022 2021-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Nicole Van Stone, District Chair Indigenous Focus Guest Speaker 2021-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

President Changeover July 1st

Although not the 'official changeover', Past President Bruce Reville passed over the 'gavel' to incoming President Phyllis W. Ingram.
President Changeover July 1st 2021-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Changeover 

Our Club would like to congratulate Rotary Club of Bracebridge's Steve Meadley as new District Governor for 2021-2022.
District Governor Changeover 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Help take us over the top...Kick Ass Auction 2021-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Serving Our Community - Out of the Cold 2021-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Hard at Work Again at Kelvin Grove Park 2021-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Hard at Work Cleaning Hwy 118W 2021-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
'Sharing the Love' with hot crockpot meals for those in need 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
100 Christmas Bags for Men Donated to Salvation Army 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Claus Parade a Great Success

Almost 900 vehicles with over 3,600 children, adults and seniors enjoyed the Santa Claus Parade this year. The smiles and the Thank-you's made it so worth all of the effort in organizing during this pandemic year.
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2020 Rotary Coat Drive distribution continues

The 2020 Rotary Coat Drive distribution has moved from Fabricare to the Salvation Army Stores in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge
We transferred about 100 coats from Fabricare in Gravenhurst to the Gravenhurst Salvation Army Thrift Store. They are going to have a specific rack where customers who need a winter coat can select a winter coat for free.  Click 'more' for a heartwarming story...
Photo: John de Koning and Thrift Store manager Nancy Patchett hang coats 

2020 Rotary Coat Drive distribution continues John de Koning 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Muskoka Winter Coat Drive 2020

We were honoured to partner with Fabricare.  Their stores in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville washed distributed coats.  Please make sure you stop in and thank them for a job well done!
Rotary Muskoka Winter Coat Drive 2020 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Out of the Cold Oct 2020 2020-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Trash pickup on #118 Highway near Milford Bay John de Koning 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

'Rockin' Out of the Cold

Kim Rixon, Anita Greavette, Ron Ruthven & Bruce Reville know how to make volunteering 'FUN'
'Rockin' Out of the Cold 2020-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 60th Birthdays 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Cleanup at Annie Williams Park 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Three Paul Harris Fellows Presented 2020-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Pay it Forward Week 21

This week Bruce Revelle bought $25 worth of toys and donated to the Salvation Army Toy Drive. His wife and daughter matched the $25 which was pledged to the Salvation Army Radiothon during a "power hour" which doubled the donation to $100.
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Pay it Forward Week 20

Dave Nodwell recognized that the staff at Community Living do a lot to help their clients. He added to his Pay It Forward money to purchase 20 $2 gift cards from Tim Hortons which he dropped off at Community Living. He asked that the cards be distributed to staff and residents/clients.    
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Pay it Forward Week 19

In this edition of Pay it Forward Anita Greavette added to the club's $25.00 so that she could purchase and donate three larger toy gifts that went to the Muskoka Georgian Bay OPP Auxiliary  toy drive. 
Anita would like to remind us all how lucky we all are to have not only our Rotary Brothers and Sisters but also supportive friends and family to rely on while there are so many in our community and around the world, especially children, who may have very little under the tree.  Giving to the toy drive every year is Anita's way of Paying it Forward.
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Pay it Forward Week 18

Posted by Don MacLean
In week 18 it was my turn (Don MacLean) to pay it forward. I added extra cash to the club’s $25.00 and purchased four pre-loaded Bracebridge  “Wave”  transit passes.  As we all know, there are many in our community who can’t afford a personal vehicle and rely heavily on our public transportation system. I took the passes up to the Salvation Army Church where they will be handed out at their discretion.

Pay it Forward Week 18 Don MacLean 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Pay it Forward Week 17

Michael Duben was approached by an employee at the District of Muskoka who asked if they could start a food drive and challenge the surrounding municipalities. Michael liked the idea and decided to use his $25 to get the food drive started. He challenged members of his senior team to contribute to the food drive as well and to encourage their departments to participate. In less than a week, over 400lbs of food has already been collected and more is coming in each day. Besides collecting cans and boxes of food, they are collecting gift cards to give to food banks to allow them to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables as needed.   
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Pay it Forward Week 16

Bruce Kruger used his $25 as a prize in a contest he set up at 2 elementary schools in Bracebridge. He challenged students to write an essay about what Remembrance Day means to them. He reviewed the essay submissions and selected a winner, Joanna McMurray. The winner received a special certificate, $25, 2 Swiss Chalet chicken dinners that Bruce donated and the opportunity to read her essay at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day in Bracebridge. When she was given her $25, she said that she didn’t want it. She said that the prize money was not the reason she wrote her essay. Bruce asked her to keep the money and use it to continue paying it forward.  
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Pay it Forward Week 15

With funds for two weeks, Kim Rixon and Muskoka Party Rentals matched the dollar amount and MPR staff purchased supplies to fill 2 Shoebox Project boxes. Staff members had a great time picking items out and making sure they would fit in the boxes as well as wrapping the shoeboxes to be distributed at Christmas.  The Shoebox Project is using a portion of the MPR warehouse to assemble the boxes this year and it seemed like a good fit.  The organizers were very happy that Kim and her staff were donating 2 finished boxes.
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Pay it Forward Week 14

Phyllis Winnington-Ingram did us proud in week 14 of Pay it Forward by contacting  a local elementary school to see how she could pay it forward to benefit some of the students there. The school has a book fair where students can purchase books to read for pleasure and to enhance their literacy skills. Phyllis knows that there are always some students who would like to purchase a book, but they do not have the money to do so. She matched the $25 from the club and donated a total of $50 to the school to allow all students to be able to purchase a book. 
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Supporting Our Local Food Banks

This past Tuesday, our Club participated in supporting Manna Food and West Muskoka Food Bank's food drive.  These two boxes had additional food contributed to them after the meeting.  We are always grateful when we can support these great causes in our community.
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Pay it Forward Week 11

Week 11 is credited to Sandra Winspear.  Sandra heard Yvonne Heath speak and felt that her message about showing up for yourself and others was important. Sandra used her $25 to purchase “I Just Showed Up” bracelets which she is giving to people when she sees that they have shown up for someone.
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Pay it Forward Week 12

Week 12 features Marc Ius. Marc wanted to use his $25 to help someone who needed a hot meal. He started by trying to identify someone at a local high school but didn’t get much response. Instead, he went to the Salvation Army and donated the money so that a couple of people in the community could have a hot meal.
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Pay it Forward Week 13

Week 13 not only highlights Amanda Northey but also Her daughter Sophia. Amanda and her daughter Sophia went to the Laundromat and pre-filled some washers and dryers with coins. They left a little “Pay it Forward” note. Do you know that it costs $3.75 now to do a load of laundry?!  They pre-paid some double load washers and dryers too. They also offered to pay for the dryers of a young couple with a baby who were quite surprised and grateful. 
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Pay it Forward  -  week 10

Valda Hoar spoke to someone at the Salvation Army to see if he had any suggestions for how she could use her "pay it forward" money to help someone. It was suggested that she come back on Thursday since that's when many people come to get food and other items. Something came up and Valda was unable to get there until a little later in the day. Most clients were gone by then, but there was one woman who had stayed to help clean up. This woman was 87 years old and was confined to a wheelchair, yet she was there to help. Valda decided to pay it forward by giving this woman $30 to help with her expenses since she is on a fixed pension.
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Pat it Forward  -  week 8

Norah Fountain took a friend who is undergoing cancer treatment to the hospital. It was a difficult time and Norah recognized that it was also difficult for everyone else who was in the emergency waiting area worrying about their loved ones. When Norah went to get herself a coffee, she decided to pay it forward by buying $20 worth of coffee to share with those in the waiting area. Her gesture was very much appreciated by all and the Tim Horton’s employee actually used part of her break to help Norah bring the coffee up to the waiting room. When Norah left the hospital later that night, she struggled with her credit card as she was leaving the parking area and ended up dropping her card. This was the “last straw” for Norah after several very stressful days and she became upset. A kind man picked up her card for her then used his own credit card to pay her for her parking. When Norah said that it was not necessary, the man replied that of course it was necessary - because Norah had just bought him a coffee in the waiting room!    

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Pay it Forward  -  Week 7

This week in Pay it Forward Gary Lachance used his $25.00 to bring a ray of sunshine to extended care patients at South Muskoka Hospital. Gary purchased two dozen carnations and distributed  them to individuals who have had to endure 40 days or more .
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Pay it Forward  -  Week 6

This weeks Pay it Forward features Cathryn Willard who was waiting in the checkout line at a local grocery store. The woman in front of her had her hands full managing her groceries and her young children. When she went to pay, she realized that she had forgotten her wallet. She was upset and was ready to walk away and leave all of her groceries there. Cathryn decided to pay it forward by paying for the woman’s groceries!    
It's these simple acts of kindness that makes our world a better place.
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Pay it Forward  -  Week 5

Pay it Forward Week 5 highlights Katherine Rannie
Katherine Rannie is a great supporter of little community libraries, like the Little Free Libraries that our club had built and installed a few years ago. Katherine is working with a friend and former colleague to improve the little community library network in Muskoka. They are working to create a map of all of the little libraries in Bracebridge and to create a connection among the hosts of these little libraries. This would allow hosts to communicate with each other, share resources and find ways to promote their libraries. Katherine's friend is also making some donations to the community libraries, so Katherine is giving her the $25 to allow more books to be purchased and distributed so that more Muskoka residents can access and read books. Thanks for promoting literacy in our community, Katherine!
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Pay it Forward  -  Week 4

In week 4  Susan Keast Paid it Forward
Susan Keast knew of a woman who was in dire circumstances. This woman is deaf and used to deliver papers locally. She recently moved to Sudbury and when she was in town for a medical appointment, Sue paid it forward by giving her a $25 gas card to help her out. It was very much appreciated!
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Pay it Forward - Week Two 

In week two Debbie Walmsley paid it forward.
 Debbie has noticed that there is a group of people that seem to be struggling and living in the field behind a local grocery store. She went into the nearby Tim Hortons and the staff there said that they are very familiar with these individuals. Debbie used her $25 to purchase five $5 gift cards which the staff will give to these folks to buy breakfast when they come in.
Thanks, Debbie for helping to provide a meal for some of the vulnerable people in our community!
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This weeks Pay It Forward

Posted by Don MacLean
This year, members of the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club are going to “Pay It Forward”. If you have read the book “Pay It Forward” or have seen the movie, you will recall that the main character, Trevor is given an assignment by his social studies teacher – “Come up with an idea that will change the world – and implement it.” After much thought Trevor comes up with the idea that he will do something significant to help 3 people, then instead of anyone paying him back, he will ask them to pay it forward to 3 more people, who pay it forward to three more people each and so on. We want to do this on a smaller scale within the Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes area. Each week, one club member will receive $25 to go out and do something nice for someone and ask them to pay it forward. There are so many possibilities – buying a meal for a homeless person, buying a couple of backpacks/school supplies for needy students, buying a “Gift of Hope” through an international aid program, and so many more possibilities. 
Joanne Kidd was the first club member to take on the Pay It Forward challenge. She used her funds to buy several boxes of creamsicles which she delivered to the many volunteers at the Canada Day Fireworks evening in Bracebridge. Volunteers were hard at work in the heat, setting up the fireworks, collecting donations, etc. They all appreciated Joanne's kind gesture and we hope that they will "pay it forward" and do something nice for someone else. 
President Shelly
This weeks Pay It Forward Don MacLean 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Spring Gala raises $20,000 for Andy's House 2019-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

John De Koning

The Rotary Club of Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes is pleased to announce that Long time Rotarian John De Koning has been awarded his fourth Paul Harris.  John and his wife Michelle have been long time supporters of our club and Rotary International.  Congratulations John.
John De Koning 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Having a Great Time at Jan ‘Out of the Cold’ Dinner PWI 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Christmas 'Flash Mob' PWI 2018-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Recognizing Best Santa Claus Parade Floats

On December 11th, Don MacKay recognized our Santa Claus parade award winners: for the Best Community Float, the Girl Guides, for the best Private Float, Black Dog Farms, and for the Best Commercial Float, the Home Depot.
Recognizing Best Santa Claus Parade Floats 2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Two of our newest members are taking Africa by storm PWI 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Dave Nodwell - Honoured with Paul Harris + Two Pin PWI 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Mayor Graydon Smith - Presenter

We were honoured to have as our speaker this morning, Mayor Graydon Smith.  He spoke about a host of important issues facing our community and how the new council is looking to move several items forward in the next term.
Mayor Graydon Smith - Presenter PWI 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rebecca Paul - Paul Harris Community Award Winner

Rebecca Paul is another Community Champion!  Rebecca was the Executive Director for seven years with Big Brothers Big Sisters Muskoka.  She's recently moved on to s new role with another organization but she was instrumental in obtaining outstanding community recognition for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka in the community! She built it into a very well recognized and respected organization making a huge difference to many young people!
Rebecca Paul - Paul Harris Community Award Winner PWI 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Curtis Hillman - Paul Harris Award Winner

Curtis Hillman is a Community Champion!  He has been a badminton player and coach for over 30 years beginning his coaching career as soon as be finished high school.  He has been the coach of the BMLSS badminton team for 25 years of those 25 years the BMLSS badminton team has gone on to represent their school at OFSAA.

Curtis Hillman - Paul Harris Award Winner PWI 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary at Work: Bracebridge Out of the Cold DInner JOHN DE KONING 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
RELAY Project Update from Two New Members our Club PWI 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Author Judy Snodden speaks to the Club

Author Judy Snodden spoke to our Club this morning about her journey and book Finding Joy: A Mother’s Journey After Losing Two Sons.  She provided many thoughtful words of wisdom that left members moved and inspired.  
Author Judy Snodden speaks to the Club 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Sarah and Dan in Kenya

Sarah and Dan have delivered their soccer cleats to an excited group of students at Gikanga Kageche Secondary School, Githiga, Kenya.  What an awesome job our new members are doing!
Sarah and Dan in Kenya 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Our New Member 

Here we grow again.  Please everyone take a moment to welcome Debbie as our newest member. 
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Young, younger and younger preparing ducks for the duck race John de Koning 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Bench Rejuvenation Don MacLean 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary BML Student Led Project -St. Dom's John de Koning 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
R.E.L.A.Y. Zambia Project - Congratulations to Team Members Don MacLean 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
One Kid's Place Treatment Centre 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Muskoka Conservency Receives Cheque for $1100 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Muskoka Parry Sound Alzheimer Society 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Jan 11   Leslie McCann
Jan 27  James Murphy
Jan 31  Valda Hoar
Jan 31  Bruce Kruger
Personal Anniversaries
Club Anniversaries
Jan 31  - James Murphy
                 1 year
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Santa Claus Parade

Congratulations to John de Koning and his team of Elf’s for another successful Santa Claus parade.
Also, a special shout-out to Mike Warr for again this year kicking off the parade day with a Rotarian breakfast at the “Old Station”
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Santa Run

Fun was had by all!
Thanks to our organizers and runners we raised  $ 2375.00 .
Funds are being designated to our on going renovation work at Interval House
Santa Run 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Cenotaph Cleanup 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Wasn't that a Party...District 7010 Conference in Collingwood PWI 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
St. Dom's Presents Community Projects 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Lawn Bowling Social...a fun time was had by all 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Beer For A Year Winner Suzie Hammond 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Presentation of Tim Greavette Bursary 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Putting Final Touches at Interval House 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Art Therapy for Residents and Students 2017-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Memory Boxes for Children, Seniors and Alzheimer's patients 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday with Tulips in Port Carling and Bracebridge 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Operation S.E.E.D.S. - Garbage into Gardens St. Dom's High School 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Mike and Shelly Duben to lead R.E.L.A.Y. (Rotarians Enhancing Learning of African Youth) Zambia Project 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our newest member - Michelle Emson (left) 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Another Great Social at Kelly's Kitchen Pub 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Catherine Oosterbaan, ED Advisor, OMAFRA Speaker 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Student Led Service Projects 2017-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Hello Goodbye Host, Dale Curd Morning Speaker with Michelle Emson 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday January 31 to Valda & Bruce Kruger 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome To Our Newest Member - James Murphy 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
$10,000.00 Donation to Port Carling Nursing Station PWI 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Good News Story - Jean Polak Named Bracebridge Citizen of the Year 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Our newest member, Norah Fountain, Manager of Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Foundation Dinner 2016 - Honouring Hannah Lin, YWCA 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Over 30 attend BML Rotary Social at Kelly's Kitchen and Pub 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
BML Rotary Santa Run 2016 - 85 Santa's - Raised $3,600 for Interval House 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Foundation Dinner 2016 - Honouring Jane Templeton, Past Manger, ML Chamber of Commerce 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Great time had by the 24 participants at our recent social at Wabora's PWI 2016-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Lucas Metens, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium, presents to club PWI 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Barrie Colts vs Niagara Ice Dogs - BBQ Dinner & Game PWI 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
BBML Rotary Donates $1,700 & Plants over 1000 Canada 150 Bulbs in Bracebridge & Port Carling 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Ken Veitch shares history of both Bracebridge and Muskoka pwi 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Mayor Graydon Receives Cheque for $3000.00 for Annie William's Park 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Duck Race 2016 raises $7,000 to support 4 local organizations! PWI 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Barrie Colts vs Niagara Ice Dogs - BBQ Dinner & Game PWI 2016-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Fabulous BML Social at PIE in Torrance

We had a fabulous turnout at PIE in Torrance.  Between 9 people, we had 6 different pizzas (of course we had to give as many as possible a try) and a plate of wings.  Everything  was delicious.  This is a great story about a small rural community with virtually 1 business (a little variety store) and not much hope of anyone seeing it as a great location for an upscale wood fire pizza  shop.  Thanks to a local entrepreneur, Greg Knight, encouraging another entrepreneur from Barrie, Craig Russell, to take a risk, PIE would not exist and become  a 'destination' business where people come from as far away as Bracebridge and Gravenhurst to enjoy the food and the great pub atmosphere.  
Fabulous BML Social at PIE in Torrance 2016-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Adventure In Understanding

Had a wonderful presentation by the on their Adventure In Understanding Program which brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth together for a one week canoe ride at the end of August each year.  It targets youth 16-18 years old.  More information can be found at
Adventure In Understanding PWI 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting - Annie William's Park

It took 2 days to plant 80 trees at Annie William's Park but our Rotary Club was up to the task!  The weather was sunny and hot but the commitment of the participants was unstoppable.   The trees replace the ones lost in a major storm the year before.  A special thanks goes out to our own 'special organizer' Cathryn Willard.  
Tree Planting - Annie William's Park PWI 2016-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

'Choir Practice' at Wabora's

A great night on May 19th at Wabora's.  Both Huntsville and Huntsville Lake of Bays Rotaries came out to join us and a fabulous time was had be all.  Another joint event is in the works.
'Choir Practice' at Wabora's PWI 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Graeme Murray - Helping Youth

Graeme Murray spoke to the club about his passion and success in Sledge Hockey. For 16 years Graeme represented Canada for the Men's National Sledge Hockey Team.  Among his achievements include, a Paralympic Gold and Bronze, two World Championships and countless awards and tournament recognitions.

While representing Canada, Graeme kept Gravenhurst in his heart and takes every opportunity to give back to the community that raised him.

The product of his passion for an active lifestyle and his connection to Gravenhurst is the ACCOMPLISH TODAY FUND.

Simply put, the ACCOMPLISH TODAY FUND provides funding for youth with disabilities to attend a camp. This camp allows them to participate in sports where they may not have opportunities to at home due to availability or finances.

He shared that there was a wonderful upcoming opportunity to support the fund in an upcoming Golf Tournament on May 28th, 2016.  For more information please check out this link.  

Graeme Murray - Helping Youth PWI 2016-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Interval House Renovation of Rooms 2016-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Miss Kitty Visits BB Rotary

Miss Kitty and BB RotaryMiss Kitty, formerly of the Longbranch Saloon in Dodge is welcomed by Bracebridge Rotary Club President, Cheryl Kelly. Miss Kitty was on hand to invite members to the upcoming Grand Opening of the “Miss Kitty Saloon” at the Port Carling Community Centre on Saturday, May 7 during the Annual Gala hosted by the Rotary Club of Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes – “Wild, Wild, North” Details at
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Cheers to Ryde Community Co-op!

Exciting news for Ryde Community Co-op...Trillium Lakeland District School Board accepted their offer and the Co-op is now the proud new owner of the old school house!   Closing date is the end of January 2016.  Jennie Nice and Judy Campbell, from the Ryde Co-op, were guest speakers at Rotary recently.  We are thrilled for both them and the community.  It truly was a community effort.  Congratulations!
Cheers to Ryde Community Co-op! PWI 2016-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Winner of Duck Race 2015

​Menotah, mom of Jaxson, shared this picture of her son who was the big winner of the Rubber Duck Race at the Cranberry Festival this year.  Congratulations Jaxson!
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Duck Race 2015

Great pictures of Duck Race 2015.   The Annual Bala Cranberry Festival is the event we partner with to raise money for all the amazing community based projects we support.  The volunteer time in selling tickets and collecting hundreds of floating rubber ducks at the end of the day is all worth it.   Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and a special 'Thank you' to Bala and the Bala Cranberry Festival.  You totally 'ROCK'
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Passing of George Corn

It is with great sadness that our club announces the passing of George John Corn. George died Friday, October 16, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. George was the beloved husband of Marie (nee Bellhouse). Loving father of Brywn Perera & her husband Dexter. Proud grandfather of Sadie & Violet.   George touched all of our lives and brought a smile to those in need.  He will be greatly missed. This link shares some of George's background and accomplishments.
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Mayor Graydon Smith

We were please to have Mayor Graydon Smith speak at our morning Rotary meeting.
Mayor Graydon Smith PWI 2015-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Foot Golf 101

A great night was had by all as Muskoka Highlands Golf Course hosted a Foot Golf fundraiser.  The reason we had pictures of only men playing is because the women's team was too far ahead for them to catch up!
Foot Golf 101 PWI 2015-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

District 7010 2015 Conference in Sudbury

It is obvious from the pictures that a fun time was had by all.    Next year, the District will be hosting its annual conference at Red Leaves in Minett.  Please make sure you sign up and bring you partner and or friends to the Masquerade party Saturday night.
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Our District Dinner Raised $2.16 Million! PWI 2015-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

BB Youth Ambassadors visit Norway

Our club is please to have been one of the sponsors for the GOL Norway Friendship visit that took place August 5th to 16th, 2015.  We are thrilled that Bruce Kruger's grandson, Keegan Tannahill was able to participate as was Martha Gillian's daughter Kaelyn.  We are blessed with a large group of bright and dedicated youth in our community.  We send our best wishes for a safe trip home.   For more info 'click here'
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Annie William's Park & Moreen Miller, Fowlers CEO

We had a special meeting this morning that included members from the Bracebridge Rotary Club, members from the past Lion's Club and our club in celebration of all that has been accomplished at Annie William's Park over the years.   Also we were grateful to have Moreen Miller, CEO from Fowlers Construction Company, as our guest speaker.
Annie William's Park & Moreen Miller, Fowlers CEO PWI 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Yeah for Santa...Christmas in July!

A fun day was had by all.  With over 30 floats and dry weather (it was touch and go for a while), the parade went off without a hitch.  Families and children had a great time.   There were lots of smiles everywhere.
Fabulous turnout Thursday night to decorate the float.   Thanks to all the volunteers who donated items for the float, their time in decorating and/or participating in the parade.  A special thanks to Bruce Turner for lending us his flatbed, Michael Dubin for his truck and the Lion's club for their fabulous wooden candy canes.     Check out more pictures below....
Yeah for Santa...Christmas in July! PWI 2015-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Martha Gillan Chosen Rotarian of the Year

Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Rotary are thrilled to announce Martha Gillan and 'Rotarian of the Year' for our club.
Martha was instrumental in the design and implementation of this year's Gala.  As well, Martha has been at the forefront of assisting our club with marketing and promotional support.
She has been an active participant in many of our service activities and her warmth and kindness radiates all of our club's activities.
Congratulations Martha!!!   
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Dunk Prez Rixon

Way to go Kim!  Our President went beyond the call of duty on July 10, 2015 and in one of our Santa suits, took the plunge for a passionate cause - 'Big Brothers & Big Sister of Muskoka'.   According to Madam President, the water was cold and a little 'muddy'.   Having said that, it was a beautiful sunny day and fun was had by all.
Kim wants to thank all those who came out support her.  Of course that meant taking the opportunity to try and 'DUNK THE PREZ'
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Incoming President Kim's speech at Change of Officers 2015-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Canada Day Celebrations 2015 Jan Veitch 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Picnic in the Park

Posted on May 26, 2015
This past Sunday was a beautiful day for fellow Rotarians, their families and the our community at Picnic in the Park at Annie Williams Memorial Park.  There was free hot dogs, cake & ice cream, along with great activities and entertainment.  We would like to thank Rotarian member John deKoning for generous spirit supporting the 'bucket' event.
Picnic in the Park Phyllis Winnington-Ingram 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Update on Gary Froude

Exerpt from an email written by Daniel Bradbury:

On Saturday, Feb 21st I had the pleasure of visiting with Gary and I'm floored by his enthusiasm for life and his commitment to his recovery! 


I personally witnessed Gary's tremendous progress, including no longer requiring assistance when speaking and his ability to remain upright for longer periods of time. He was enjoying life - free from tubes, monitoring equipment and the activity of constant oversight. 


Gary has made huge strides and I know he will continue to do so. Throughout our visit he asked many questions and spoke of his eagerness to return to Port Carling and the care he will require when that occurs. 


I left our visit feeling inspired by Gary's resilience and positive attitude on life! Life is truly beautiful and a gift and Gary's outlook exemplifies this! 
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Posted on Mar 15, 2015
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou
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Something to think about

Posted on Jan 25, 2015
It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
Edward H. Harriman
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12th Annual Rotary Bonspiel

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our 12th Annual Rotary Foundation Bonspiel at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club this past Saturday January 24, 2015!!
Congratulations to Team Seymour/Ciphery from Huntsville on their win and to Team Willard on their "Not win"  Second place team was Team McCutcheon although Bill was pulled from his team they rallied and showed him how to really curl and 3rd place was Team Reville.  Thank you to all the teams for a great day, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
With your support, we raised over $2000 for The Foundation!
We were fortunate to have 16 full teams support us this year and at the last minute the organizers had to be dropped from their teams in order to make room for all the players!
Teams participated in the following added bonuses
A curling trivia game for a gift certificate donated by the Old Station  *Winners were the Seymour/Ciphery Team from Huntsville
A golf putting challenge for two tickets to the simulator at Muskoka Highlands  *Winners were Roland Beausoleil for the 2nd draw and Anita Greavette for the 1st draw (because Roland is from out of town he gave up his prize to Tom O'Callaghan who he beat out in the putt off)
A corner to corner contest for 4 vouchers for Brunch at South Muskoka *Winner was Alan Scott
And a 50/50 draw which paid out over $250.00.  Thank you to Karen Beatty for donating her portion of the 50/50 back to The Foundation. 
Thank you to our sponsors for your generous donations, it made our day more fun!
We're looking forward to another successful bonspiel next year!
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Rotary Congratulates our Santa Claus Parade Float Winners!

Thanks to all who made the 2014 Rotary Santa Claus Parade a great success with their excellent floats and entries!
Our 2014 winners are:
Best Corporate Float or Entry: French's Fine Homes
Best Private Float or Entry: Muskoka Dance Connection 
Best Community Group Float or Entry: New Beaver Shrine Club
Rotary Congratulates our Santa Claus Parade Float Winners! Jan Veitch 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Muskoka Lakes Chamber After Hours

Tuesday November 25
The Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club, Hammond Transportation and Muskoka Party Rentals co-hosted a Business After Hours.
Despite the bad weather for a second week in a row members came out to support our efforts and it was a good evening for all involved.
President Dave Nodwell was presented with a cheque by Greg Hammond of Hammond Transportation.  The cheque was the proceeds of a dinner and bus tour to see a Barrie Colts game co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Bracebridge.  $915.00 was raised by Hammonds and Rotary for our Interval House project.
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Gary Froude Learning to Drive his Wheelchair

Posted by Jan Veitch on Sep 03, 2014

Rotarian Gail Dempsey sent us this picture of her husband, Rotarian Gary Froude, learning to drive his new chair as his recovery continues at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto.


Gary Froude Learning to Drive his Wheelchair Jan Veitch 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Fabulous Social with Gary Froude

A wonderful night was had by all at Turtle Jack's in Port Carling.   We were thrilled when Gary Froude and Gayle Dempsy joined us.  They have both been truly missed.    Gary was in good spirits and enjoyed a 'cold' beverage with the gang.  See more pictures below...
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Recipient of the Tim Greavette Bursary Award

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 28, 2014

"BMLSS Graduate Aaron Noonan is the 2014 recipient of the Tim Greavette Bursary from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes.  Image

Rotarian Greg Hammond presented the $500 bursary to Aaron, who will be attending Durham College this fall.  Congratulations Aaron!"

Recipient of the Tim Greavette Bursary Award Kim Rixon 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 25, 2014

Rotarian Kim traveled to NYC to catch up with vacationing Past Rotary Exchange Student Sophia and her family!

For Kim it was a wonderful time to catch up with the family and see NYC at the same time.  So many sights to see and things to do, I think another week is in order!Image

L-R  Sophia, Kim, Matti, Ulli Sabine & "hang" out on Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Tower) as the men who built it did so many years ago!

NYC Kim Rixon 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

July 15 Meeting

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 14, 2014

We had a full house this morning and a lot to cover!  Thanks to President Dave for a lively, fast paced meeting!

Vistors from the Little Free Library were on hand to give us an update on the new library in Annie Williams Park for anyone who would like to read a book or leave a book.

Past member of our club Diane Chantler was in attendance from St. Thomas and she brought Rotarians Bill Chantler and Ian Chantler with her for a visit!  The visit is always too short when friends come to call!  It was so wonderful to see Diane & Bill again, they always bring smiles to my face!

Assistant District Governor Marg Walton was in attendance and busy with inducting new members and presenting Paul Harris pins to some of our members.Image

Two new members were inducted and we look forward to getting to know Shelly Duben & Phyllis Winnington-Ingram and welcoming them into our club!

Two members received recognition for multiple Paul Harris pins, Valda Hoar was recognized for her contributions in the form of a Paul Harris +5 and Jeff Hodges was recognized for his contributions in the form of a Paul Harris +6.  Thank you both for your dedication!

Alisa Drouillard spoke to us about taking care of our mental & spiritual health as well as our physical health, something we all need to remember in our busy stress-filled lives!

Wishing you all a happy & healthy week....oh and a week off next week for me, I'm off to visit Sophia, Ulli, Sabine and Matti as they tour NYC. 
For those who haven't met Sophia, she was our Rotary Exchange student 2010-2011.  Sophia's parents are Ulli and Sabine and Mattie is her brother.  I know they all extend greetings all around and I will give a full report when I return for the July 29th meeting.

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Gary Lachance Paul Harris x2 Kim Rixon 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Annie Williams Family Picnic Day a huge success!

Posted by Cathryn Willard on May 24, 2014

Over 150 hotdogs & cake pieces were given out at the 3rd Annual Annie Williams Park Family Picnic Day

A great turn out to enjoy the park and a beautiful day!Image

Annie Williams Family Picnic Day a huge success! Cathryn Willard 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris Fellows recognized at Change of Officer's

Posted by Margaret Carey on May 21, 2014

Our club honoured two very special people in our community and one local business for all of their tireless work in the community.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Tony Armstrong, Orville Hammond and Rocky Island Tire (Greg Smith and Jamie Vanderveer) for their efforts to make our community a better place.
Unfortunately Rocky Island Tire was not able to attend our event but we will have them to one of our regular meetings to receive their award.

Honorary Paul Harris Fellows recognized at Change of Officer's Margaret Carey 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Heroes & Villains Spring Gala

Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 11, 2014
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Thank you to all the sponsors and attendees of the Annual Spring Gala held April 12, 2014 in Port Carling

A good time was had by all and some of the proceeds from the evening will be directed to the Nursing Station in Port Carling

Heroes & Villains Spring Gala Kim Rixon 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

Morning Laughs courtesy of BMLSS Improv Teams

Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 01, 2014

A huge thank you goes out the BMLSS Improv Teams for getting up early and attending our meeting on Tuesday April 1!!

Congratulations to the teams for their placing in recent competitions and best wishes for their upcoming Canadian Competition!

A reminder that the Improv Teams are holding an evening show at the Rene Caisse Theatre Tuesday April 8 at 7pm Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Please come out and support these talented students!


Morning Laughs courtesy of BMLSS Improv Teams Kim Rixon 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Susan Keast on Jan 05, 2014

Due to 3 warnings issued for our area tomorrow, our first meeting of the year will be enjoy your lie in while we brace for


Stay warm & we'll see everyone for our "first meeting of the year" next Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

WEATHER CANCELS FIRST ROTARY MEETING OF THE YEAR Jan 7, 2014 Susan Keast 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Stacie Lachance~ winner of the $1000 Grand Prize William McCutcheon 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Bracebridge Flood- Wilson Falls Road Home Rebuild final reveal Kim Rixon 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

Gertie the Turkey

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 09, 2013
Gertie the Turkey has been making an appearance on Nicole's you think she'll stay until Thanksgiving?Image
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Donation to Interval House

Posted by Kim Rixon on Mar 04, 2013

This morning we were joined by Joy McCormack of Interval House.  Joy was present to receive a cheque for $3000.00 for Interval House.

Thank you for coming out so early to join us for breakfast Joy!


Joy McCormack or Interval House receives a cheque from Rotarian Nicole Binsted at March 5 meeting

Donation to Interval House Kim Rixon 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Generous Duck Race Winners help comfort children

Posted by Bruce Reville on Dec 03, 2012

Rotary Club of Bracebridge–Muskoka Lakes donated 10 bears from the annual Duck  Race held in Bala at the Cranberry Festival Weekend this year.

The 1st place duck is a cash prize and the following 10 ducks cross the line receive a bear, all the prize winners graciously donated their bears back  

to the Township of Muskoka Lakes Fire Department and EMS. The bears will be given to children in situations as house fires, car accidents etc., alleviating the  


L to R Rotarian Bruce Reville, Richard Hayes (Township of  Muskoka Lakes Fire Chief) and Rotarian Dave Nodwell.

Generous Duck Race Winners help comfort children Bruce Reville 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Visit to Orillia Lake Country Club Nov 22, 2012

Posted by Kim Rixon on Nov 21, 2012

7 members of our club woke up early on November 22 to attend the morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Orillia Lake Country.

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, great conversations and a terrific speaker.
L-R Gary L, Dave N, President Leslie M, President Chris P, Kim R, Don M, Dianna S, Cathryn WImage

Visit to Orillia Lake Country Club Nov 22, 2012 Kim Rixon 2012-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Nov 13, 2012

Posted by Kim Rixon on Nov 12, 2012

Thank you to Quinn Michell for speaking to us this morning about the District of Muskoka's Recycling and composting programs

Very informative session regarding what is and what isn't recyclable or compostable...not to mention fun, great sense of humour Quinn!Image

Speaker Nov 13, 2012 Kim Rixon 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bears for sale

Posted by Kim Rixon on Nov 12, 2012

Rotary Bears for Sale $20.00 each

Talk to any member of the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club to purchase your bear ... Your choice of colour until supplies lastImage

Rotary Bears for sale Kim Rixon 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Neandertal, Germany Kim Rixon 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Annie Williams Park Update

Posted by Cathryn Willard on Jun 19, 2012
The Annie Williams Memorial Park Extreme Makeover Committee is being presented with the Mayor's Award for Community Service on Thursday, June 21 7 pm at Rene Caisse Theatre. 
This is a gala event, with entertainment and reception, with many community awards being presented.  We are able to invite those who have supported us (family & friends). 
As Rotary has been a big part of the support for this project, it would be fantastic to have as much representation from Rotary in attendance as possible. 
A great opportunity to make a visual impression of the support wImagee provide our community.
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President Elect Leslie McCann and Kim Rixon visit the Rotary Club of Orillia Lake Country for their 10th Anniversary celebration

Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 26, 2012
At the leadership weekend in North Bay President Elect, Leslie McCann & Kim Rixon were invited to join the Orillia Lake Country Club for their 10th Anniversary dinner.
After re-arranging schedules Kim & Leslie were able to attend the evening and met with some Rotarians they met in North Bay along with DG Brian Menton and Dorothy Menton.  It was a nice evening with honours to the existing charter members along with past members and their newest member.
The evening was shared with the induction of the Orillia Rotaract Club induction, 27 members between the ages of 18 and 30, most were present for the occasion and Katina from North Bay travelled down with her sister to celebrate the newest Rotaract Club in the District.
President Elect Leslie McCann and Kim Rixon visit the Rotary Club of Orillia Lake Country for their 10th Anniversary celebration Kim Rixon 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party

Posted by Kim Rixon on Dec 10, 2011

The weather was a bit iffy on Thursday night (again) for our Christmas party but thank you to everyone who came out, provided food or services for the evening.

Thank you to Chris Thwaites and Martha Gillan, prospective members, for joining us and Chris for setting up his photography equipment to document the evening and taking profile pictures for the website. 

A special thank you to the organizers of this year's party, it was apparent that a lot of effort went into getting the night orgainzed and we appreciate your efforts.

Pictures will be uploaded to the membership directory shortly so be sure to login and check them out. 

Christmas Party Kim Rixon 2011-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

Sophia in Canada Inbound Rotary Exchange Student!

Posted by Kim Rixon on Aug 08, 2011
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 To follow Sophia's Blog click here :"My Canadian Adventure

The Countdown is on....Sophia leaves for home August 13, 2011 :( 

This has been a busy week for Sophia and family!

Valda had a great turn out for the Backyard party and Sophia and her family were quite impressed with the thoughfulness of everyone involved.  Thank you Valda for a wonderful annual party!

Paintball was a fun time and I came away with only one bruise this time!  Probably the last time for the year that this will happen.

Sunday at Don MacLean's island was a perfect day, we dodged rain drops & hid in the shed when the torrential rains came, then out for a tube ride and wakeboarding for the adventurous and a jet ski for those who prefer to stay drier.  Thank you to Don, Nancy, Dave & Sandi who go to so much trouble to make this a wonderful annual event!

Monday was a canoeing trip into Algonquin Park.  They saw a moose who stayed around for them to video!


Sophia in Canada Inbound Rotary Exchange Student! Kim Rixon 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0

Katie in Switzerland *Rebound Rotary Exchange Student*

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 26, 2011
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Welcome home Katie!

As you look back on the past year I am sure you have some wonderful memories and started some terrific friendships that you will carry on long into your life.

  We look forward to hearing your presentation.

Katie in Switzerland *Rebound Rotary Exchange Student* Kim Rixon 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks Rotary from 2010-2011 Exchange Students Kim Rixon 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Day

Posted by Don MacKay on Jul 10, 2011

 We are this close to wiping out Polio - golf with us and help us contribute to this and the other good works of Rotary. Tuesday August 9th we would normally be meeting at the Old Station. However, this year, we will meet at Muskoka Highlands for either a Morning Draw or an afternoon draw. Both will have a meal beforehand, and a pig roast meal at the end of the round.

There are hole sponsorships available ($100 per sign) and there is room to play ($135 per player).

Play the pictureseque and Scottish Muskoka Highlands Golf Links in Bracebridge and you will have a feeling of actually being in Scotland. 

There will be a draw at the end of the day for a significant travel voucher  - tickets will be $20 per.

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Visit from District Governor Brian Menton

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jul 04, 2011

July 5, 2011

 Our club had the honour of hosting District Governor Brian Menton and wife Dorothy Menton for breakfast this morning.

They shared with us their lives in Northern Canada and their entusiasm for Rotary.

We look forward to a wonderful year and wish them well on their travels around the District and beyond!

Visit from District Governor Brian Menton Kim Rixon 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Sophia!

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jun 12, 2011

June 12 was a fun-filled day at Back Country Paintball where Sophia celebrated her 17th birthday with fellow Exchange Students (Incoming & Outgoing), Rotarians, and friends.

Thank you to Don & Joyce MacKay for providing burgers & sausages after the paintball for the hungry!


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Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club is on Facebook Kim Rixon 2011-05-13 16:57:48Z 0
10 Best Summer trips of 2011 Kim Rixon 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 21, 2011

Join your local Rotary Club!

The benefits are endless.

Great people, great cause and LOTS OF FUN!

Become a member of a positive change.  Rotary provides benefits that go beyond our backyard and allows you to connect with interesting people around the globe.  

If you have been thinking about joining and haven't done it yet, ask yourself why?  If it's because you need more information, please come to a meeting.  Rotarians love meeting new people and you will have the opportunity to see for yourself the benefit of Fellowship and Service above Self..

For further information please click Rotary International site

Our club, the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Club meets 7:00am Tuesday's at the Old Station in Bracebridge and the Bracebridge Club meets 12:00 noon Friday's at the Rotary Centre for Youth on Wellington Street in Bracebridge.

Feel free to contact any of our members to arrange to come to a meeting...we'll even buy you breakfast!


This is RotaryEN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE TO DO??? Kim Rixon 2011-04-21 13:41:34Z 0

Today's Speaker ~ President-Elect Bruce Kruger

Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 18, 2011

Bruce introduced plans for next year as well as the criteria for various awards that clubs can earn….Presidential Citation, Club Achievement Award and Best Website award.  He also passed around sign-up sheets for members to indicate their committee preference.

Next years theme is:  Reach Within to Embrace Humanity


Time was spent encouraging members to sign up as soon as possible for the District Conference at the end of September.  You can register on our website at the following link…


Our club is hosting this conference so let’s be sure to have a knockout turnout!!

Today's Speaker ~ President-Elect Bruce Kruger Kim Rixon 2011-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Muskoka Mardi Gras

Posted by John de Koning on Apr 18, 2011
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Muskoka Mardi Gras

Congratulations and thanks to Don MacLean, Leslie McCann and the gala team for their huge success this past Saturday at our Muskoka Mardi Gras gala.  This was a fantastic, successful event that has once again been taken to great heights through the commitment, creativity and team effort of all our members.

Muskoka Mardi Gras John de Koning 2011-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

38th Annual Cancer Dance

Posted by Kim Rixon on Apr 04, 2011

To all Rotarians, Musicians and Friends,


I wish to sincerely thank everyone who so graciously donated their time, food, prizes, talents and most of all... your hearts... towards the 38th Annual Cancer Dance.

The two Rotary Clubs were able to donate a total of $1,132.00 to the Canadian Cancer Society all of which is used right here in Muskoka.

To the Black River Gang and your callers, please accept our heartiest congratulations and thanks for such an outstanding evening, filled with joy, fun and charity!


Best regards,


Bruce Kruger

Chair, Cancer Dance

38th Annual Cancer Dance Kim Rixon 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0

Today’s Speaker – Gary Lachance

Posted by Kim Rixon on Mar 28, 2011

(Mr. Athlete) entertained us with his life and work history during his re-classification talk today….with technology!!   He showed us some terrific pictures of his recent diving experience while in Dominican Republic as well as many other shots of significant moments in his life.

Today’s Speaker – Gary Lachance Kim Rixon 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Curt Dunlop & GSE Team in Central America Kim Rixon 2011-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Bob Neibert

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Mar 09, 2011

Bob Neibert was informed today that there was an excess of $1000 left over from the Appreciation Dinner we held on March 2nd.  It was our intention to let Bob decide where any excess funds should be directed and his choice was to donate this money to Polio Plus.


Pics of the evening can be seen on Tim Du Vernet’s Gallery at:


Once again, special thanks to all club members for making Bob’s dinner such a successful evening…in particular, thanks to our illustrious Master of Ceremonies, Gary Lachance, who kept us on track in his uniquely, humorous fashion.

Bob Neibert Sandra Morandin 2011-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Foundation/Polio Bonspiel on January 29, 2010…

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Feb 25, 2011

“The Bonspiel committee is looking for donations of prizes valued at $20-$25.00 from our club members for the Bonspiel. Please bring them to Rotary or make arrangements with me for  drop off or pick up. Gift cards would be accepted.”

Foundation/Polio Bonspiel on January 29, 2010… Sandra Morandin 2011-02-25 12:41:19Z 0

Looking for nominations for Vice-President 2012-2013

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Jan 17, 2011
Nominations are beind accepted for the position of Vice-President for next year's board.  This person will become our club's president in the year 2013/2014.  Elections will take place at our December club assembly on Tuesday, December 14th.  Please forward your nominations to President Sandra.  Remember, if you would like to take on this position you can nominate yourself.
Looking for nominations for Vice-President 2012-2013 Sandra Morandin 2011-01-17 14:18:18Z 0

Announcements and Reminders ~ Dec 14

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Jan 16, 2011


Special thanks to:

Patricia Murray and her team for organizing such a fantastic, festive Christmas celebration on Dec. 10th
Bruce & Kathy Turner for letting us use the Turner Centre and for all their help that evening;
Don MacLean for generously donating our beverages;
Patricia’s co-worker Vern for adding to the fun of the evening by being our DJ;
all members for contributing to the delicious buffet;
also to our special guests for joining us ...Doug and Debbie Fitzmaurice, Anita Greavette, Lean-Guy, Amy & Isaac, Terry Wakeling and John, Carol Wakefield & Neil. 
Mark your calendars for next year’s Christmas party – Friday, December 9th, 2011.

Nicole Binsted for donating $170 to Polio from the sale of glass Christmas ornaments.  Thanks Nicole for taking the time during this busy Christmas season and for your commitment to Polio.

Happy Anniversary  to Richard and Sally Onley for their 25th and Sandra & Bob Morandin on their 30th

Announcements and Reminders ~ Dec 14 Sandra Morandin 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Learning Academy

Posted by Kim Rixon on Jan 11, 2011

I would like to take an opportunity to promote and remind all Rotarians that our new Learning Academy with be launching this January 2011.

Click here to go to the District Website for more infomation on the Learning Academy

Details and applications are available in the Main Body or our District 7010 Web site.

This new program will consist of 5 assignments and  are 25 questions in length
They are all multiple choice and True and False.
It will begin in January and wrap up in May. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the District conference next September 2011.

Rotarians taking this program will find this a wonderful mentoring tool or a great way to brush up on their Rotary Knowledge.

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Announcements and Reminders ~ Jan 4

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Jan 03, 2011

*IMPORTANT*  CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION!!  Starting next week, January 11 through to Feb. 1st and possibly Feb. 8th - our meetings will take place at Muskoka Highlands as the Old Station will be closed – same time.

Happy New Year to everyone!!  According to Oprah…This is another chance to get it right!
Special thanks to:
…all club members who contributed to the Salvation Army when Gary Lachance passed the hat on Dec. 21st.  Thanks to all of you, we were able to contribute an additional $1400+  which was over and above the $1500 the club donated.  This was a wonderful gesture and on behalf of every person who may have benefited from your generosity, I say thank you!
Belated happy birthday to Barb Wright – December 16th – glad to see she’s feeling back and better!


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2010 Santa Claus Parade Float Awards

Posted by Kim Rixon on Dec 06, 2010
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December 7, three float winners attended our meeting to receive their official Santa Clause Parade award plaques….From left to right Janet Back from the Bracebridge Examiner, Andrew Bridle (for Cathy Anderson) from Classy Cuts, Marg Walton from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge and Gary Froude from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes.
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Donation of Polly & Frosty toys

Posted by Kim Rixon on Nov 18, 2010
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When Bruce Reville heard that the Muskoka Lakes Emergency Services were running out of toys to hand out to children in times of crisis, he quickly persuaded our club members to donate our remaining Polly & Frosty toys.

On November 18 Bruce presented 4 cases of the toys to Richard Hayes, Jim Schneider and Barry Quinton of the Muskoka Lakes Emergency Services.

Donation of Polly & Frosty toys Kim Rixon 2010-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

$5700 donation to SMMHF from our golf tournament

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Nov 15, 2010

A cheque presentation was made to Colin Miller of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation.  The $5700 donation was part of the proceeds from our very successful golf tournament held this past August.

Colin assured us that this donation will be used to purchase a very necessary piece of equipment....a pain machine.

$5700 donation to SMMHF from our golf tournament Sandra Morandin 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Nov 9 Speaker ~ Deborah Watson, District Chair of RYLA

Posted by Sandra Morandin on Nov 08, 2010

Thank you to Deborah Watson, District Chair of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) for making the trip from Orillia to inform us about this valuable youth initiative.

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop leadership abilities in our youth.

This year's RYLA will be held April 15-17 at Geneva Park on Rama Road in Rama.
The cost is $320.00 per student

Do you know a student who would be interested?  Contact Deborah for more information


Registrar : Deb Watson,

Rotary Club of Orillia-Lake Country


146 Brant St. W. , Orillia, ON  L3V 3P1


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Cheque Presentation to YWCA Muskoka for $5700

Posted by Kim Rixon on Nov 08, 2010
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Nov 9 ~ Jack Naulls and Terry Hodges presented a cheque for $5700.00 to Beth Ward of the YWCA of Muskoka.  Our golf tournament was held in August.

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Duck Race 2010

Posted by Kim Rixon on Oct 15, 2010
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It was another beautiful weekend in Muskoka for the 25th Annual Bala Cranberry Festival.

Bruce Reville did a fantastic job of organizing the crews and the weather.  Way to go Bruce!  I think from now on, we should call him "Bruce, The Duckman" Reville.

As usual our Rotary Club was out in force on Saturday selling duck tickets to anyone who would stop and listen.  The air was fill of cries such as "Ducks, ducks, ducks", "you can't win if you don't have a ticket" and "buy your duck tickets here"  As the day progressed, it changed to "Sorry, we are SOLD OUT!"  Great job to all the Duck Sellers.
The race was highly anticipated with people lining both bridges and both banks of the dam!  Some ducks found it difficult to continue down the course as they were distracted by the pools and eddys along the way.  Fortunately with help most ducks were rescued with thanks to the Duck Brigade in the bay & special thanks to "Spidey Erroll" who risked life & limb to rescue some poor ducks stuck in a swirling eddy at the start line!

This year's winner is duck # 532 bought by Yvonne Carbert.

Clean up and rescue were finished by 4:30pm and everyone made their way to the Corn's beautiful home in Torrence for a wonderful meal prepared by Marie Corn & Ron Ruthven.  Many people brought food to share and there was plenty of delicious food to go around.

 Thank you to everyone who sold tickets or supplied food or libations.  What a wonderful day of fellowship and fun!


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April is magazine month

Posted by Kim Rixon





APRIL 2014

Celebrate Magazine Month.

Today, with Rotary's club membership spanning more than 200 countries and geographical areas, its publications are more vital than ever. The RI Board of Directors has designated April of every year as Magazine Month, and it is a time to recognize the role that our Rotary publications play in our Rotary lives – and the role that we should play in our publications.

The Rotarian, which is edited here at RI headquarters in Evanston, Ill., USA, has a circulation of about 500,000. Around the world, 31 more magazines are published in more than 20 languages. In total, these 32 magazines reach more than 1.2 million people. To make this happen, it takes more than just an editorial staff – it also takes the good work of Rotarians. I always feel that the best part of reading any Rotary publication is the opportunity to find out what other clubs are doing. Each issue, each article, is a chance to be informed and inspired.

In an era when electronic communication seems to be everywhere, the role of paper magazines is still important to our organization, but we must be open to new formats to get the word out. That's why, this April, I encourage you all to explore The Rotarian magazine's new digital experience: Email the stories to friends and family. Share them on Facebook and Twitter. This is a chance to take the great ideas and great work of Rotarians even further and to inspire future generations to do the same. 

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Man Up

Posted by Kim Rixon


What is media teaching our children?...
That it is Ok to objectify women
That to be a man they have to take what they want
That if they buy a girl dinner sex is included
That using derogatory words is Ok
That bullying anyone (women, each other, GLTG, children, disabled) is a form of humor
That it’s Ok to judge a book by its cover

If you agree that this is something society needs to re-evaluate…..BE THE CHANGE

We are trying to get this important message into the schools. There are many programs in place to help girls deal with the media and the way it distorts and objectifies women. Currently there are no programs for boys and some schools are saying the boys don't need to hear the message that it is not okay to objectify women or bully others or how to recognize how the media distorts messages

Come and hear Nigel Wilson as he offers insightful and effective stories which may reshape the way we think about the media and its message. In particular, the challenges facing our youth.

Nigel Wilson was born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand. He now lives in Muskoka with his wife and three children. He runs a small custom woodworking and furniture business and does various public speaking engagements drawing on his experience as an ex-Royal Marine Commando with special duties in the British Forces. He is one of the founding members of the local group “Dads of Muskoka”. 

Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the event

March 10, 2014  6:30 pm

 Rotary Centre for Youth, Wellington St., Bracebridge

 For information please call Kim 705-641-8732

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Limited time Discount price for Spring Gala ticket

Posted by Bruce Reville

This year our theme is “Heroes and Villains”  (Think superheroes & villains or political or your 5th grade math teacher perhaps?)


Same great format for this all-inclusive night, cocktails & appetizers start at 6pm, dinner and dancing to follow until 11:30. 

Free shuttle bus from Bracebridge, Gravenhurst or Bala and back to your house at the end of the evening.

Please consider supporting your local Rotary Club for this fun evening!!


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Bruce Reville, he would be happy to answer all of your questions regarding the event!


Hope to see you April 20!



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20 Reasons to be a Rotarian:

Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02, Offers 20 Reasons to be a Rotarian:
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc...
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding
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Posted by Kim Rixon

Starting June 4, 2013 our morning meetings will be held at Patterson-Kaye Lodge 1360 Santa's Village Road, Bracebridge

Hope you can join us!

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Rotary Leadership Institute Invitation

Posted by Kim Rixon

On behalf of District Governor, John Gordon, I am pleased to invite you to attend the first RLI Part 1 workshop to be held in D7010.


The Rotary Leadership Institute is new to our District but this grass roots leadership program has been in operation since 1992 and at this time more than 200 Districts are involved. Rotary cannot rise above the quality of our club leadership. The future of Rotary and the service we give to our community locally and internationally depends on strong club leadership . Our District has always had a culture of training and this program will greatly enhance this.


D7010 has joined with D6330, 7070, 7080, and 7090 to form the Shining Waters Division of RLI.

Rotarians of all levels of experience will be encouraged to attend sessions for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the program at workshops held in all 5 Districts. Faculty to provide the training will be drawn from a pool of facilitators from all 5 Districts.


District 7010 is hosting a Part 1Workshop at the Days Inn at Barrie on Saturday May 11 beginning at 8:30 AM. This meeting will be facilitated by several experienced Rotary trainers from neighbouring Districts.


To register for the Faculty Development Workshop please email Jim Williams at For more information about the Rotary Leadership Institute please visit our website at

David Porter - Webmaster
District 7010

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Rotary Club of Hearst celebrating 25 years June 1, 2013

Posted by Kim Rixon

It is with honor that that we are inviting you to join us to celebrate our club’s 25th Anniversary!

Save this date to celebrate - Saturday, June 1st 2013

Place des Arts de Hearst, 75 Ninth Street, Hearst, Ontario



5:30 – Cocktail

6:30 – Greeting and presentations

7:30 – Diner

8:30 – Special presentation

9:00 – Dance with Live Band, Phil and Pat Norman

Entrance fee:

50.00 $ per person (a free drink during cocktail)

Masters of ceremony: Gaëtan Gosselin & Hélène Vachon


Tickets available:

Call: Diane at 705-362-4800 (bus.) or 705-362-8876 (res.)


For more information, call Hélène at 705-362-4884!


Hope to see you in June,

Carole Lambert

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District Conference Oct 4-6 Fern Resort, Orillia

Posted by Kim Rixon

I just wanted to remind you that 2013 District Conference at Fern Resort October 4th to the 6th is filling up fast.  There are  very few rooms left at Fern, and as a President/President Elect it would be ideal to have your room at the conference location as opposed to off-site.

There are 2 steps to ensure you are part of the conference. 

1.  Register online for the conference.

2.  Book your room in Orillia.

This link below has all the information you need including speakers, proposed schedule, maps, hotels and the registration link.

I look forward to working with you for a very successful year.

Yours in Rotary,

Marilyn Hanson CGA Professional Corp. 
Rotary District 7010 Governor Elect

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Bracebridge & Gravenhurst Rotary Clubs are hosting a Golf Tournament May 30

Posted by Kim Rixon
The Bracebridge and Gravehurst Golf Clubs are hosting a golf tournament at Club Link's spectacular Rocky Crest Golf Course on May 30th to raise money for polio plus.
The Registration Forms are attached. We would love to have you join us for this great cause. 

To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
2013Rotary Golf Tournament Intro and Registration Form 1doc.htm

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
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Spinning Reels by Rotary Club of Bracebridge

Posted by Kim Rixon
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge will be sponsoring the Spinning Reels movie April 8th at the Norwood Movie Theatre in Bracebridge. Please buy your tickets in advance so that you will not be disappointed. Information on where to purchase your tickets can be found on the Spinning Reels website.

We also plan to have a booth set up outside the theatre where you can get information about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate Polio. 

All of us can remember while we were growing up seeing family members, schoolmates or neighbours with splints and crutches to help them walk because Polio had struck them. Many more were confined to wheelchairs or bed. Those in our community under 30 years of age have little knowledge of this dreadful disease. Thank goodness for that. Sadly, the rest of us do remember what Polio can do to a young body. As the slogan says we’re “This Close” to eradicating Polio from the world. We need your help to make that happen.

You can see what Rotary and other well known organization are doing to in the fight against polio at these websites. Please take the time to view them.

April 8th you can see a great movie, have some popcorn and help us to “END POLIO NOW”Image
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Leadership Weekend in North Bay April 13-14 2013

Posted by Kim Rixon

District 7010 is holding its annual Leadership Weekend on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th at the Pinewood Clarion Resort in North Bay.  This weekend is for all Rotarians – not simply current leaders in your club.


Would you like to learn more about rotary; be inspired; meet other Rotarians from all around our district; and have a lot of fun doing it?


As District Governor Elect, I wanted to personally invite you to attend this informative and fun event.  We have put together an exciting program for you with some great speakers.  The Agenda is posted on the District website   At the home page, just click on District Leadership Weekend on the left.


One of our speakers is Rotary International Director, Bryn Styles (a member of our district) and Paul Beaulieu, Rotary International Coordinator for Zone 24 East.  I think you can learn a lot from them.


In addition, we have more than 20 breakout sessions on rotary topics of membership, public relations, service projects, technology, New Generations, social media, club conflicts and lots more.


A highlight of this weekend will be a presentation of the Group Study Exchange team from Taiwan, who are currently here, as well as a Youth Exchange presentation.


For President-Elects, attendance at the weekend is mandatory.  We certainly hope all the incoming Secretaries will attend, as well as Treasurers, Board members and especially new members.  There will also be a session for club President Nominees, lead by our current Governor Nominee.


As you are probably aware, the way club projects are funded is changing July 1st, 2013.  In order to participate in the new programs it is mandatory that 2 members of your club attend the Grant Management Seminar that we are offering in 3 parts over the weekend.


If your club participates in Youth Exchange it is mandatory that you have a club member certified in the Youth Exchange Training that we are offering.


Online registration is now open on the website.  Please sign up today!  I look forward to meeting all of you and especially working with the President Elects.


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An Evening with David and Warren

Posted by Don MacKay

The Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes presents

“An Evening with David and Warren”
An Economic Insight

Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 7 p.m.

Rene Caisse Theatre - Bracebridge

Tickets $60

David K. Foot is a Professor for the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.  Author of the best-selling Boom Bust & Echo Books.  His interests lie in the interrelationships between economics and demographics and their implications for both private and public policies.  Prof. Foot is a two-time recipient of the University of Toronto undergraduate teaching award and a recipient of one of the nations 3M Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Warren Jestin is Scotianbank's Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979.  He has worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several Canadian Universities.  Warren is Economist in Residence, College of Management& Economics, University of Guelph, and he has served on advisory boards for the University of Guelph and the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary's University.  He has been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council and been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.  As Chair of Scotiabank's Sponsorship and Donations Committee, Warren works closely with a wide variety of charitable institutions.

For tickets or more information contact

Scotiabank Port Carling  705-765-6099      Muskoka Highlands  705-646-1060

To visit our website for more information click here

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2012 Bracebridge Parade is Sunday December 2 at 1:00 PM

Posted by John de Koning


2012 Parade Theme -"British Invasion" (music)

Bring out your Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Elton John, Dusty Springfield costumes & music and get on the floats

Floats need to be in place along James Street by 12:00 noon

To Register your Float ~ Click HERE

-Immediately after the parade Santa will be available for the children in Memorial Park

Note: For the 2012 parade will be no food in the hall above the Bracebridge Arena and instead we will be offering free hot chocolate prior to the parade Image
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Speakers Today June 12

Posted by Barb Wright
Don Skinner and Mark Hvasti spoke about the ongoing project of “Rebranding Muskoka”.
The team is working on the transition from minor industry to arts and cuisine focus
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Club Business ~ Review

Posted by Barb Wright

1) Foundation: Marg reported that Hammond Transportation has made a significant donation of $447.00 from the War Horse event, in spite of it not being profitable for them. Thank You.

2) Public Relations: Angela reported that Marianna had done the research on T-shirts and the vote was for polo shirts. They will be $40.00 payable with your order. Next week we will have the colour selection to look at.

3)Community Projects:                     

a)The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka were presented with a cheque for $5000.00 to assist in their operations this year. Jennifer Jackson spoke briefly about the programme.

b)The YWCA Moose-Deer Point “Girls Unplugged programme was given a cheque for $2100.00 so they could run this programme this year. Jen Starratt and Molly Ross were on hand for that.

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Week in Review

Posted by Barb Wright

1)  Last week’s change of officer’s evening was well attended and awards were given to Paul Harris Fellows, both community and club members .

2) Perfect attendance awards were also handed out.

3) We honoured Don MacLean as our Rotarian of the Year this year for outstanding commitment to club activities.

4)Thanks to Susan and Leslie for their able management of the past 2 meetings

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50/50 draw

Posted by Barb Wright
Margaret’s name was drawn but unfortunately she wasn’t a winner today  *We're down to 5 cards!!!*
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Don't Be Chicken June 12

Posted by Kim Rixon

Sandra W had her name drawn

Q  What is the Rotary Theme for this month?

A   Fellowship

Kim was the winner this week *she didn't get the chicken dinner!*
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Joy & Sorrow June 12

Posted by Barb Wright

1) Don MacLean had the sorrow of having his boat stolen, one of many on the lake last week, and this week it was found abandoned by a neighbor – Yeah!

2) Bruce K had the opportunity to walk the trail with his name over in Grey County and saw a long snake that was deemed non-rattler for which he and Lynn were grateful.

3)Leslie had Gary’s help to remove the bat from her house and the event was amusing in retrospect

4)Valda was happy this week to be able to sing O’Canada instead of God Save The Queen which is part of life in Wales.

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Concession Stand opportunity *Volunteers Needed*

Posted by Dave Nodwell
August 11 & 12 at Annie Williams Memorial Park during the Multisport Triathalon.

There will be approximately 500+ people each day, from about 7 am to 1 pm held captive in the park during the course of the triathalon.

Thinking of peameal bacon on a bun, sandwiches, muffins, choc bars, etc and water, pop, coffee

Please contact Cathryn Willard or Dave Nodwell for more information regarding this event.


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Thank you to Alice for a wonderful presentation

Posted by Kim Rixon
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What a wonderful presentation by our Rotary Exchange student, Alice, this morning!

Thank you for sharing your home and family with us, it was nice to get to know you better!
For a small island Taiwan certainly is a busy place with lots of people but still very beautiful.
Hopefully some of our Rotarians will get over to visit your beautiful homeland someday soon!
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Santa Claus Parade ~ December 4, 2011

Posted by Kim Rixon

This year's theme was Saturday Night Fever 

Best Community Group Float:  Bracebridge Girl Guides 



Best Corporate Float:  Back Country Paintball 

Best Private Float:  Amanda Beaumont 

Thank you to Chris Thwaites of Blue Canoe Photography for the pictures


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Road Cleanup of Hwy 118W

Posted by Kim Rixon

Thanks to the terrific weather last Wednesday the road cleanup went as scheduled.

 Thank you to those who participated and Mike Clipsham for organizing again this yearImage

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Today, October 24, is World Polio Day

Posted by Kim Rixon

Observe World Polio Day on 24 October by making a contribution to help End Polio Now. During the week of 24-28 October, Rotarians will receive 2-for-1 recognition for every contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus at

The promotion will begin at 06:00 CT on Monday, 24 October, and end at noon CT on Friday, 28 October. Contributions on the Rotary website may be made in U.S. dollars or one of 11 other currencies: AUD, CAD, CHF, DKK, EUR, GBP, JPY, NZD, NOK, SEK, and ZAR.  

Online contributions cannot be made on behalf of another individual, club, or district. Double recognition cannot be used to designate others as Paul Harris Fellows.

Because a high volume of online traffic is anticipated with this promotion, please allow four to six weeks for the promotional recognition to appear in your account, and before requesting recognition materials. 

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2012-2013 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

Posted by Margaret Carey

Applications for the 2012-2013 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are now available from Rotary District 7010

The Scholarships are designed to further international undestanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad for 1yr in one of 162 countries andd 35 geographical regions where Rotary clubs are located.

Academic -Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one academic year abroad and provide funding for round trip transportation,tuition and fees ,room and board, necessary educational supplies and language training (if Necessary) up to a maximum award of US $23,000  or its equivalent.

During their studies abroad the Scholars act as ''ambassadors of goodwill''
 through appearances at Rotary Clubs and Districts Schools ,civic organizatios and other forums the students represent their homelands and work to further international understanding

The deadine for applications is Sept 4th 2011.
Required in person inerviews will be held on Sept 17,2011 in North Bay.

To find out more information and to see an application for, go to and click on Students and Youth .
To get a feel for the Scholarship go to the blog of Sharon McQueen. a recent Ambassadorial Scholar.

 If any of our members knows of anyone that would be interested and would meet the Ambassadorial Scholarship requirements please contact me or when I am away (Aug 7th to 17th) Bruce Kruger .

  It is an exceptional opportunity for the right person.

Margaret Carey

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Posted by Kim Rixon





CONTACT JESSICA TICKLE AT or 705-646-4379  OR CATHRYN WILLARD or 705-644-3235

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2011 Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Rotary Golf Tournament August 9

Posted by Kim Rixon

Register Early and you WON'T be disappointed!

$135.00 per player

Individual players welcome! 

*  Give-aways throughout the entire day!  Golf packages, dinners at fine dining restaurants and much more!

 *  FUN & FELLOWSHIP attitude is a must

*  HOLE IN ONE prizes and others for each par 3 hole

*  Live auction to be held during meal for each draw

*  18 holes of golf with power cart

*Draw tickets will be offered upon entry for a $1500.00 trip voucher for $20.00 per ticket.  (A maximum of 200 tickets will be SOLD!  Get yours NOW!) 

Morning Draw  (shotgun start at 8am)  Click here to register for the Morning Draw

*Continental breakfast from 7:00am - 7:20am

*Lunch to be served at 12:30pm  Fresh pig roast & salads 

*Four ball scramble

Afternoon Draw  (shotgun start at 1:00pm)  Click here to register for the Afternoon Draw

 *Lunch starts at 12:30pm  Bratts & dogs under the tent

*Fresh pig roast & salad dinner

*Four ball scramble 

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Katie’s Blog

Posted by Sandra Morandin

Our outbound exchange student, Katie O’Hearn is writing up a storm.

Her blog is like reading a live novel…please take a look and feel proud that our club is supporting this experience.   Katie's Blog
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District Governor Elect, Bob Neibert, with Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith in London, Ontario
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Thanks to Angela LeMaitre

Posted by Sandra Morandin

Thanks to Angela LeMaitre who gave an even more recent update….

Globally, there have been 767 new cases this year compared to 1337 cases at this time last year.  Read the following link to get the most recent updates on polio eradication as of November 9th, 2010:   (click on “monthly situation report”).   Additional terrific news is that we have now reached $152 million dollars of our $200 million dollar challenge.


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Polio Video Update

Posted by Sandra Morandin

Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva, made an impassioned speech at the Montreal Convention this past June regarding the current status of polio and Rotary’s success in wiping out this crippling disease.


      Dr. Aylward shared “terrific news” that polio is on the run, and that Rotary’s vision of a polio-free world is in sight.  He urged us to finish the task that we began 25 years ago and had much praise for all Rotarians and what we have accomplished in fighting polio.  “You have fundamentally changed the polio eradication game, and you have changed it in your favour”, he said.


      He added “But it is critical to finish the job, something made clear by the recent outbreak in Tajikistan, noting that 300 children in the country have been paralyzed by the virus, adults have died, borders have been closed, and travel banned.  This outbreak is a stark reminder of the consequences of global fatigue in this battle.  The stakes are now much higher because in the past 12 months you have proved, without a doubt, that polio can be eradicated.  The world has learned the consequences of failure.”


      Emergency funds from Polio Plus – a total of US $500,000.00 – were released within 48 hours of the Tajikistan outbreak, which is now showing signs of stopping.  Dr. Aylward also shared the encouraging news of the new bivalent vaccine, effective against both remaining types of the polio virus, and noted the absence of new cases in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India, in the past six months.


      “Rotarians have done the extraordinary in the pursuit of polio eradication,” Dr. Aylward said.  “You have truly put Service Above Self.  And you have truly put Rotary on the world’s stage.”

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November is Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Cathryn Willard

Your support of the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative makes it possible for The Rotary Foundation to continue its work of Doing Good in the World.

Please follow the Foundation links on our Home Page to learn more and to make your contribution today!

Nov 23 ~  Many thanks to Margaret Carey who presented a two-minute infomercial on the Foundation and how the dollars we raise have significant impact on global projects.

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Dan and Marla Willard & family wish to express their appreciation for the support and concern

Posted by Kim Rixon

Dan and Marla Willard & family wish to express their appreciation for the support and concern of the Rotarians of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club.

It may seem like a small thing to do - prepare and donate a meal - but having a meal ready to heat up at the end of extremely challenging days meant so very very much to them. Benjamin is well on his way to recovery and enjoyed sharing breakfast with our Club last week.
Marla is at home and continues to recover from her injuries - the cast is now off her left hand and we hope she will soon be able to take a few steps without the crutches as her pelvic fractures heal.
Thank you so much Rotary for your support !

PS If you provided a meal in a casserole dish or pan that you would like back, please get in touch with Cathryn - she has an abundance of such dishes, but is not sure what belongs to whom!

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Assistance is still needed for Marla & family

Posted by Kim Rixon
Update on Marla & Benjamin, Marla and Benjamin are both home and are doing well. Recovery for Marla will be a long process. Marla's mom is now living with them in order to help with the baby and day to day assistance for the family. Anyone looking for a way to help is urged to drop dinners off to Cathryn at Two Guys Auto.
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Town Crier invades England & wows the judges!

Posted by Kim Rixon
The photo shows mBruce receiving a beautiful plate received from His Worship, Mayor Bruce Tokens and Host Crier Brenda Wilson of Market Deeping. The others in photo are winners from various categories. This event was held at a large exhibition hosted by the Rotarians of the Deepings with thousands attending. (Wonder if I get a make-up for this?)
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A Happy 25th Anniversary goes out to Mike Warr & The Old Station Restaurant~! Way to go Mike & Staff! Here's to 25 more!

Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student Katie O'

Posted by Kim Rixon
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Exchange program offers student taste of Swiss culture

HEADING TO SWITZERLAND.. St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School student Katie O'Hearn will leave on a year-long trip to Switzerland in August as part of a Rotary Youth Exchange program. While in Switzerland she will learn about the country's culture and customs. Photo by Matthew Sitler BRACEBRIDGE — Katie O'Hearn, 17, will embark on a new chapter of her life this August when she begins a year-long trip to Switzerland as part of a Rotary Youth Exchange program. (story printed in Cottage County Now April 21, 2010
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Happy Daze

Posted by Kim Rixon
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The Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes is proud & pleased to report that a HUGELY successful event "Happy Daze" was held this past weekend at the Port Carling Community Centre. Main contributors were Mike Fry & Wendy Gray as MC's and many personal & corporate donors. The club raised over $30,000.00 thanks to many personal and corporate donors. The main beneficiaries this year are Hospice Muskoka and The Children's Foundation of Muskoka. Many other worthwhile causes are supported with the funds from this function as well.
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Facts about polio

Posted by Kim Rixon
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What exactly is polio?
Polio is:

A crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, polio (poliomyelitis) still strikes children mainly under the age of five in countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. Because there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US$0.60 worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. It can cause paralysis within hours, and polio paralysis is almost always irreversible. In the most severe cases, polio attacks the motor neurons of the brain stem, causing breathing difficulty or even death. Historically, polio has been the world's greatest cause of disability. If polio isn't eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of the disease. More than 10 million children will be paralyzed in the next 40 years if the world fails to capitalize on its US$5 billion global investment in eradication.
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Posted by Kim Rixon
A fter 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high. "If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio." - Bill Gates
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Ways to save the planet

Posted by Kim Rixon
This month marks the 40th anniversary of what some consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. On 22 April 1970, 20 million people across the United States participated in an environmental protest modeled after anti-Vietnam War teach-ins. This year, more than a billion people around the world are expected to take part in Earth Day celebrations. Rotary clubs have come up with countless creative ways to get involved; here are some projects to inspire yours:
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Joan Wilkinson, spouse of past RI president, dies

Posted by Kim Rixon
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Joan Wilkinson, wife of Rotary Foundation Trustee and 2007-08 RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, died on 22 March. She was 78. Joan, of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was a founding member of the Inner Wheel Club of Trenton and served in all of its offices, including president. She was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Trenton. "Joan was an outstanding first lady. She was deeply devoted to Wilf, her family, and to Rotary," says Foundation Trustee Vice Chair John F. Germ, who served as aide to the president in 2007-08. "I don't think she ever met a stranger, because she considered everyone she came across as a friend. She went out of her way to meet people and make them feel at home." After graduating high school, where she met her husband, Joan worked in the statistician's office of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. During her youth, she was active in the Girl Guides of Canada. Joan was a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and Hastings Manor senior citizens home. She was also a provincial board of inquiry member and was active in the Trenton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Trenton Memorial Library. She worked with local children in need and became the first chair of the Dufferin Street Preschool. Visitation will take place 25-26 March at Rushnell Funeral Centre, 60 Division St., Trenton. Funeral services will be held on 27 March at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Dundas St. W. and Queen St., Trenton. Joan is survived by her husband and their sons, Stephen, Bill, Peter, and John. In lieu of flowers, Wilf Wilkinson asks that contributions be made to The Rotary Foundation in his wife's memory.
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Happy Daze

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April 17, 2010
Port Carling Community Centre
Eddie & The Edsels will entertain you at our annual Spring Gala, Happy Daze
Tickets are $125.00
For more information please go to
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Posted by Kim Rixon
Do you have a message you would like to get out to local business people? 
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes is looking for speakers. To arrange a date, please contact Judi Moore 
*Please no sales.


Posted by Kim Rixon
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Through monies raised at our annual Leather to Heather golf tournament held in September the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes donated $5000.00 to the South Muskoka Memoria Hospital Foundation. Pictured are Valda Hoar ~ Treasurer BML Rotary and Colin Miller ~ Executive Director SMMHF
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The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Kim Rixon
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
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What would it take to change the world?

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
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RI president's message: Our two great strengths

Posted by Kim Rixon
In his November message, RI President John Kenny talks about the power of imagination and creating a better future through The Rotary Foundation. "In Rotary, we do not just imagine the future -- we will it, and we work to create it," says Kenny
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Bicycle Distribution in Cambodia

Posted by Kim Rixon
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The following are excerpts from emails from Lisa McCoy describing her adventures in Cambodia.
Lisa is also involved in Cambodia with building the "Muskoka School" and also with Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund.

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October 17, 2009

What a fabulous day we had on Saturday for the duck race! This year we sold over 1300 tickets!! The sun was shining, the people were buying & the duck blind was a hub of activity!

The main beneficiary this year is the West Muskoka OPP Ministerial Food Drive


Duck #1200 Kate Cummings from Toronto

#12 Leah O'Shaughnessy, Bracebridge
#445 Kate Kraus, Parry Sound
#464 Jessica Potts, Bala
#532 John Beggs, Arthur
#648 Kim Sterling, Aurora
#789 Gail MacDonald, Aurora
#847 Melanie Albermaire, Orillia
#915 Norma Leigh, Hawkestone
#1178 Beatriz Silvera, Barrie
#1287 Derrick Braiser, Beeton

Congratulation to all of the winners & Thank you for supporting your local Rotary Club!

Improv in the morning

Posted by Kim Rixon

A very special thank you to Robin Clipsham and her group of 6 Improv gold medalists who kept us guessing and in stitches this morning.  What a wonderful way to start the day...laughing!

Six members from the BMLSS Improv team delighted a full house at the Old Station this morning with tales of Sarnia, mountains, crazy optometrists and a two-faced Brittany Spears.

The Improv team is going to Ottawa April 14 and is looking for donations to "Make Dreams Real"  If you are interested in donating or would like tickets to the next show, please contact Mike or Robin Clipsham and they would be happy to point you in the right direction.

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7th Annual Rotary Foundation Bonspiel

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On January 31, 2009 our annual bonspiel for the Rotary Foundation raised $3300.00

Clubs from Barrie, Collingwood, Washago, Huntsville & Bracebridge attended with the team from Barrie carrying home the trophy in honour of Past District Governor Tom Ewen.

The fun continues in 2010 on January 30th....mark your calendars!

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February is World Understanding Month

Posted by Kim Rixon

In honor of World Understanding Month, dedicate your February club meetings to increasing members' awareness of life in other parts of the world.

Invite someone who is from or has lived in another country to speak at your club meetings. Your club can focus on a different area of the world each week. Discuss with your club different ways to become involved in international service projects or encourage members to participate in a Rotary Friendship Exchange.

Rotary offers many opportunities for expanding global perspectives. Make a concerted effort this month to take full advantage and build your club's goodwill and global friendships.

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Need to get your message out?

Posted by Kim Rixon

Do you know of something interesting going on that you would like to share with the club?  Why not get it in the bulletin & target all of our members at once!

To get your information in the bulletin please forward all information to Kim Rixon

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Polio Donation

Posted by Kim Rixon

Just before Christmas 2008 Nicole Binstead presented Club President, Don MacKay, with a cheque for $1000.00.  This money is the proceeds from the christmas ornaments Nicole created and sold.

Nicole will be creating again for this coming Christmas & is looking for volunteers to help paint and decorate the orders.  Please contact Nicole if you are interested in assisting with this project.

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Global Networking Groups

Posted by Kim Rixon
G lobal Networking Groups allow individual Rotarians from several countries to join together to focus on common interests. Through these groups, you can
  • Share fellowship and friendship with thousands of Rotarians
  • Meet other Rotarians with a similar hobby or vocational background
  • Collaborate with Rotarians from around the world who are dedicated to a particular area of service

To learn more about the different groups available click the link below

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Donation for Special Olympics Bonspiel

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Curling Donation.

Club President Don MacKay presents a cheque for $1000 from the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes club to go toward the Special Olympics Ontario Muskoka Curling Bonspiel on Feb.7 in Gravenhurst.

Curling skip Aimee Fleger and fundraising chair Mike Hines accept the donation.

Thank you to Special Olympics for mentioning our sponsorship on A Channel.

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Opportunities for International Service

Posted by Kim Rixon

District Governor, Tom Bennett forwarded an invitation from Past District Governor Doug Vincent of District 7080 to participate in a variety of projects.  Most of the projects are organized by District 7080 but they have extended an invitation to other clubs to participate if the space is available.

DG Tom mentions in his email that he often speaks about the fact that there are great travel opportunities in Rotary to go out and work on a project and see the world in a way a tourist never does.

To see the opportunities offered through District 7080 please click on the link:

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Cycling for Shelterbox

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The following is a letter sent to our club by Bob Robinson from the Rotary Club of Kapuskasking

Sept 12, 2008

Cycling for Shelterbox in northern Ontario has been a great success!

With very generous support from Rotarians and communities, I was able to cycle from Kapuskasing to Sudbury and raised awareness and support for the Shelterbox organization.

Pledges and donations will allow us to sponsor more than FIVE shelterboxes!  That means very tangible aid can be delivered to at least 50 disaster victims in need.

The trip was a challenge for five days; however, it went very well and I had excellent receptions along the way.  I left Kapuskasing on September 2nd and arrived in Sudbury on September 6th. (And I am happy to report that there were no major wildlife encounters.)

Thank you to Rotary Clubs in District 7010 who provided support, and to others in communities along the way.  This would not be possible without your very generous support.

Thank you again!

Bob Robinson, Rotary Club of Kapuskasing

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october 2008


We sold a record number of 1300 tickets this year!

AND...We were SOLD OUT and hour and a half before post time!!!!!!

2008 This year's winner of $1000.00 is Larry Miller.


Anyone who has not turned in money for books of tickets please get your money into Leslie McCann or Dave Nodwell ASAP!

Thanks for all the effort!

Special mention to Don McLean, Terry Ruthven & Ron Ruthven who cooked up a storm for the Duck officials and the GSE team!


Responsibilities of club membership

Posted by Kim Rixon
The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary clubs are responsible for four key elements: sustaining or increasing their membership base, participating in service projects that benefit their own community and those in other countries, supporting The Rotary Foundation of RI financially and through program participation, and developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.

What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. Many membership requirements are designed to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.

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Canada boosts global commitment to end polio

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By Dan Nixon 
Rotary International News -- 22 September 2008

The Canadian government has announced it is contributing C$30 million (US$28 million) toward eradicating polio in sub-Saharan Africa.

The funding follows C$60 million (US$56 million) earmarked in June to help end the disease in Afghanistan.

"Canada's contribution will ensure that millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan are protected against polio," says Beverley J. Oda, minister of international cooperation, on 4 September. "Our innovative partnership with Rotary International, along with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, will help ensure that we move toward destroying this crippling disease."

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Mission of Rotary

Posted by Kim Rixon
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
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Sales were brisk at the Bracebridge Rotary Club

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Don MacKay & Sandra Morandin visted the Bracebridge Club Friday to sell tickets for the East Coast Evening.  Great selling pitch!!!

I am sure the dog had something to do with sales! *L*

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What should Rotary clubs know about clean water

Posted by Kim Rixon

By Joseph Derr 
Rotary International News - 21 March 2008

Carolyn Crowley Meub, executive committee member for the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, past governor of District 7870 (Vermont and New Hampshire, USA), and executive director for Pure Water for the World, responds:

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Rotary disburses first US$40 million from Gates Foundation grant

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Nine countries and two World Health Organization regions have received The Rotary Foundation's first distribution from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication. Made in January, the US$40 million disbursement is being used by WHO and UNICEF to carry out immunization activities in the four remaining polio-endemic countries â?" Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan â?" plus five others where "imported" polio cases have been reported. Surveillance and technical support are also being funded in WHO's African and Eastern Mediterranean regions.
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East Coast Saturday Night

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Wow, what an accomplishment!  We raised over $42,000.00!!!  Final numbers will be out soon.

Great work, great fun, great fellowship!  This is what Rotary is all about!

Thank you to all that attended, all that helped & the generous spirits of everyone!

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The Object of Rotary

Posted by Kim Rixon

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
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The Four Way Test

Posted by Kim Rixon
In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Leather to Heather September 21,2008

Posted by Don MacKay
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Our first annual golf tournament saw a field of 106 golfers play for the Leather to Heather Cup. The weather was sunny and breezy. We were greeted by the lament of the bagpipes. A hearty lunch of burgs brats and dogs served by Rotarians Bruce Kruger and Ron Ruthven and we were off to the course. A true Scottish fare wandering dinner followed. Registrations can be made for 2008 at 705 646 1060.
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District 7010 and District 9250 (Southern Africa) have joined together to apply for a Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The grant has now been approved and funds are starting to flow from clubs within our district. We, along with a number of other clubs, have committed to a contribution of $1,000.00.

The project is to purchase blankets and jerseys for those in need in Southern Africa. The distribution is to take place this spring, in conjunction with our outbound GSE team's visit to the area.



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January 16, 2007. Barbara White of Junior Achievement received a cheque from Bob Neibert of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge - Muskoka Lakes for $3,000.00. The cheque is to fund six Economics of Staying in School classroom presentations for Grade 8 students in Bracebridge and Township of Muskoka Lakes schools. The funds are the result of projects undertaken by The Rotary Club of Bracebridge - Muskoka Lakes and a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation.


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On January 9th, The Rotary Club of Bracebridge - Muskoka Lakes presented a cheque for $7,500.00 to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation. The funds are to be used to help purchase a CT scanner for the new diagnostic wing at the hospital.

The money was raised through the sale of Teddy Bears. Diane Chantler chaired the committee responsible for this fund raising project.

Seen, left to right, in the photo are Barry Lockhart, CEO of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare and Rotarians Diane Chantler, Valda Hoar and Bob Neibert.



Posted by Bob Neibert
The Bala Cranberry Festival Duck Race held on Saturday, October 14th was a great success. 1,100 ducks went over the falls and raced to the finish line. After expenses and prizes, the net profit for this event should be in the $3,000.00 range. Although the weather was less than perfect, the crowd was large and ticket sales were brisk. It was a great opportunity for fun and fellowship while raising funds for the good works of our Club. A special thanks goes to Leslie McCann for organizing this year's event.


Posted by Bob Neibert
Many thanks to Jeff Hodges for hosting the Halloween Party on the 28th of October. The fellowship was fabulous and the costumes were well done. Again Jeff, thanks for being a great host. .


Valda Hoar and Terry Hodges have returned from delivering wheelchairs to Antiqua. They were well received and hosted by local Rotarians while in Antiqua. Valda reported that most of the wheelchairs delivered were for adults but the smaller chairs will be distributed to children on the island as the need arises.

Valda also reported that a second container of wheelchairs is being assembled for delivery to Jamaica at a future date.

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Posted by Bob Neibert
For a Rotary club that has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, The Rotary Club of Bracebridge - Muskoka Lakes has accomplished a great deal. All aspects of The Four Avenues of Service have been and continue to be addressed.


At this past Tuesday's meeting, Bob Neibert did a PowerPoint presentation and talked about the need for every Rotarian to become a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation.

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