On Monday evening, BEL Rotarians gathered for the first time in more than a year and a half.  It was a very special occasion: the dedication of the gazebo in Rotary Park to Charter President Robert (Bob) Ash.  Bob was known as Mr. Rotary and worked tirelessly to make the community a better place. 
 
Bob’s motto was “doing good while having fun” and he did just that, with a smile and in his usual good nature, Bob put “service above self”.
Bob was remembered by long time Rotarian and friend Girv Devitt.  “Bob was instrumental in the development of the Bridgenorth Beautification Committee and for many years organized the annual street dance fundraiser. He represented the Rotary club at the Bridgenorth Cenotaph for Remembrance Day year after year and most recently became a champion for the Youth Emergency Shelter, working with the club to collect food and hygiene products for the residents. Quietly and without recognition or fanfare, Bob saw a need and ran with it.”
“One of Bob’s passions was the outdoors.  He was instrumental in reviving the Chemong Lake Regatta which grew into the BEL Rotary Chemong Lake Triathlon and key in the maintenance and development of Rotary Park.  Right to the end, Bob was responsible for co-coordinating the fishing derbies that ran out of Rotary Park.”
 
In 2005, the 100th anniversary of Rotary International, Bob took the lead in the planning and building of the gazebo at Rotary Park (at the west end of the James Gifford Causeway).  The gazebo has been enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike and has been home to picnics, family reunions, celebrations and wedding pictures.  “It is our honour to dedicate the gazebo to our Charter President and dear friend, Bob Ash” said Devitt.  Joanna (Jo) Ash was present to unveil the dedication sign, and thank the club for many years of good memories.