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Rotary Club of Gravenhurst - P.O. Box 888, Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1V2


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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Trinity United Church Meeting Room
290 Muskoka Rd N
Gravenhurst, ON  P1P 1T5
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Dear Citizens of Gravenhurst

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on a daily basis. It is recommended that organizations plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to change their operations as needed. We will continue to monitor the recommendations from Public Health and will react accordingly.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our weekly bingo. We will resume as soon as possible.

During this difficult time we are assisting vulnerable members of our community as much as we can. With the loss of bingo revenue this proves to be a challenge, however we are supporting G.A.P. and providing weekly grocery vouchers for those in dire need. We encourage those who can help to donate to our club or directly to G.A.P. Please see Rotary's latest press release on how to donate. 

Due to Covid-19, Rotary TV Bingo on YourTV is on a temporary hold. We thank you for your support and look forward tp resuming bingo as soon as possible.
Photo of Mary Anne Marshall presenting $1.000 cheque from our club to Steve Rutledge for his club (Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise) and their project, Adopt a Village in Laos
Photo of Mary Anne and Mike Cole and Julia Mortl following presentation of Rotary Wheels for Learning, which Mike is taking the lead on this year.
President Tawnya was able to attend this year's ceremonies at the Gravenhurst Legion and she was there to present the wreath on our behalf.  Thanks to Barb McCabe for the picture
This month our Rotary Club, along with wonderful assistance from students, Scouts, fellow Rotarians and friends walked the streets of our town picking up donations of food to assist the Salvation Army’s Food Bank. Door knockers were hung one week prior to remind residents of this drive. Good weather, wonderful volunteers and generous food donations were the result. We have just been advised by the Salvation Army that on the one day of the food drive over 8200 lbs of food was collected.  We wish to thank our giving community. We are sure that many in need had a happy Thanksgiving because of kind folks in Gravenhurst.
In honour of World Polio Day, our club participated in the efforts to END POLIO NOW as part of Rotary’s 32 year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.   42 clubs in our district joined in the walk in their towns to raise awareness of Rotary’s fight to END POLIO.  In 1985 Rotary launched its PolioPlus program; the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Some task ! Today, there are only 3 countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next 3 years with every dollar to be matched with 2 additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, lab equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding. The week of Oct 16 there were signs around Gravenhurst drawing attention to Polio Plus. Then on Tues Oct 24th  Rotarians, families and friends walked with red ponchos from Gull Lake Rotary Park starting at 5 pm downtown and then we went back to the park.  This was an amazing huge task to eradicate Polio worldwide and we are so close.   To find out more about this or about our club please refer to our website:
Every year the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Rotary clubs work together to host the Rotary Golf Classic.   This year's event was held on a very wet day although it could not dampen the enjoyment of the players.    Below you see a cheque with the proceeds of this year's tournament going to Gravenhurst Rotary Club in the amount of $9500 which is a fantastic endeavour.   Congrats to everyone involved and we thank all of the players who attended and worked on this year's tournament.   The picture below has Chair of the Golf Committee Barb McCabe presenting the cheque to President-Elect Gord McNeice. 
Here is a picture of our Rotarian Tawnya Habel and the Principal of Beechgrove Public School Paul Goldring who is receiving a $1000 cheque towards the Feeding Hungry Minds project.
Below is another photo of Tawnya Habel along with (on the left) Nicki Aldon of the Parents Council at KP Manson….who came to the meeting to thank Rotary for their $3,000 cheque to assist with breakfast/lunch program.   At the right is Olivia from the Muskoka Discovery Center….the plan is to build (with location donations) a Tree House Reading Center in the children’s area…..Olivia presented Rotary with a cheque for $300 from the children at the summer camp selling lemonade at Farmers Market.  This cheque is allocated to the Hungry Minds Project.  Special thanks to Barb McCabe for both of these photos.
We are excited to have just recently inducted our newest member into the Gravenhurst Rotary Club - Bryan Graham.   Bryan has retired from 37.5 years with the Peel Regional Police serving the communities of Mississauga and Brampton.  He retired as a Senior Officer with the rank of Inspector.  Now retired, he and his wife Susan make their home on Sparrow Lake not far from John and Denise.  Below is a picture of Bryan being inducted into the Club by Jim Cruickshank and his sponsor, John Cooper.
It appears a good time was had by all at this year's Rotary Christmas Party held at the Gravenhurst Legion last Monday night.  
We had the pleasure of getting an update from our exchange student Guilia on November 28th at our last Rotary meeting.   She gave us a presentation on some of her adventures to date and also shed a little light on where she lives.   Her home is in Northern Italia in Brescia which is not far from Lake Como - playground for George Clooney.   Guilia enjoys skiing which is handy as the Alps are not too far away from her.   She has already done some travelling having participated in an earlier exchange which she said really helped her prepare for this year long exchange.  Her family enjoys travelling so she has always had the travel bug.  Since arriving in Canada she has really enjoyed getting to know the other exchange students.   She has also been to Niagara Falls a couple of times and she states so far that is her favourite place in Canada.   Guilia is a wonderful young lady and has once again shown us how wonderful the exchange program.  She brings a wonderful energy to our Club and she speaks English very well too.  She was recently helping us out at the Rotary Auction last weekend.    
Last week some members of our club gathered together for a Rotary Social at Boston Pizza for some good food and bingo.  Special thanks to everyone who participated and below are a few pics from the fun evening last Wednesday. 
Kathryn and husband Stuart McGill moved to Gravenhurst in 2015.  She is a retired teacher and sport psychology consultant who worked at home while the kids grew up (they have 2 children) She has always been active in volunteer work wherever she lived and continues this effort here.  Kathryn would like to join Rotary to feel more connected to her new community and get to know more of its residents.  She and Stuart feel they have been very fortunate in their lives and enjoy “giving back” and working for the betterment of the community, its people and beyond. There are many internal rewards and a lot of satisfaction in diving into a project and seeing others benefit.  Let’s all welcome Kathryn  to the Gravenhurst Rotary Club and take the time to get to know her and involve her.
We, in the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, are delighted to welcome to one of our past meetings students who attended one of our wonderful Adventure programs.
In these two photos are:  left to right;   Chris McNeice, Jordan Fantuz, Dylan Hachmer     and in the other photo is Holly Smith
Chris went on a 5 day Ottawa adventure with other students from various Rotary Clubs in our area.  His comments were that it certainly opened his eyes to technology in schools, in the workplace and in life.  It was a great opportunity to connect with other students and share a common interest in technology today and into the future.
Jordan, Dylan and Holly all went on an Adventure in History in Kingston.  They all came away with new outlooks and information on subjects such a learning how to change young offenders vs sending them to jail.  The youth judicial system was explained to them both the way it was and the way it is today; encouraging (in their words) deep intellectual conversations.  Jordan commented that because of this experience she is now seriously considering becoming a lawyer. 
Our Rotary club is committed to continue to offer such great “Adventures” for our students.   The bonus for us is to hear in their own words the impact it has made on them and some of their future goals.
At the November 14th Rotary meeting Marg Walton and Linda Brouillette from the World Community Service committee of the Bracebridge Rotary Club presented a cheque for $1,000 to our Rotary Wheels for Learning project.  Thanks very much for your kind donation.   Below is a picture of Maryanne Marshall with Linda and Marg. 
Hi Rotary Youth Exchange Crew: What a great day with a fantastic group of young people!   Giulia from Italy (Gravenhurst), Matilda from Finland (Collingwood), Anna from Austria (Barrie), Lais from Brazil (Peterborough) and Noah the Rebound from Finland (Peterborough) all made it to the top.   Thank you to the individual Rotarians who helped coordinate the logistcs of this weekend.  A special thanks to Sally and Wayne Harding for hosting the young women.  A special 18th Birthday for Lais that she'll always remember.   As an added bonus, the United Way received well over $2,000 for our efforts with some staying in each of the Exchange Student's communities.  Since so many Rotarians assisted in the donations, please share this photo through your Club Bulletins.

Rick Storey
Rotary Club of Peterborough
Once again another wonderful project has been completed at Gull Lake Rotary Park.   Please see some of the pics below and see the finished product and those that helped in the creation of the Circle.   What a wonderful setting and no doubt will provide a wonderful experience for so many who come to visit Gull Lake Rotary Park. Kudos to Brian Ferguson, Barb McCabe and Bonnie Dart on the completion of the first phase of our Gull Lake Rotary Park enhancement plan.  Thanks to these three , the generosity of the Muskoka Rock Company, the assistance of Steve Waite and his Boom truck and the volunteer help of Curtis Humber , Rick Sellon , Jim Goodwin, Jim Reynolds and Jack Young , the Rotary Friendship Circle is now in place and already, several members of the community have given us nothing but positive praise for this endeavour.
So much fun to see the young ones playing baseball, be it Tee Ball or Mosquito league.  Our club is sponsoring two teams this summer.  A few members came out to a game for photo op (see attached)...great to have the kids sporting Rotary t-shirts.  Please try and make time to attend some of these games and cheer on "our teams" - if you can wear your Rotary shirt that would be great.
Schedules:  Teeball (aged 3-5) *all at Rotary Gull Lake Park
July 13 @ 5:45          July 20 @6:30
July 27 @ 5:45          Aug 3   @6:30
Hornet Baseball  (aged 10-13)
July 14 @5:45          July 21 @7:00
July 28 @5:45 and 7:00
Aug 4   @5:45 and 7:00
Hope to see lots of supporters out for these games and thank-you to Bruce Dart for the information.
Just wanted to put another note in the bulletin about our exchange student.  We are very excited to once again be participating in the long-term Youth Exchange program.   Special thanks to Gina Castelli and Norm Noble who are her first host family.   Bruce and Bonnie Dart picked her up at the airport Below are a few pictures taken from the reception.   Thanks to Barb McCabe for the pictures.  Contact Bruce or Bonnie to arrange some time with Guilia and keep her in mind with some of your activities please.
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst hosted a luncheon to recognize those in Gravenhurst who have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for their good works in and around Gravenhurst.Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and the first meeting was held in Chicago on Feb 23 1905.In 1917 the Rotary Foundation was formed and contributions to the foundation are used to fund good works around the world.In honour of those people in Gravenhurst who have contributed so much to the betterment of Gravenhurst the Gravenhurst Rotary Club donates a sum of money to the foundation in their name so that as well as doing good work in Gravenhurst they are also contributing to the programs that Rotary embarks on around the world.
Gravenhurst High School teacher, Erika Hemmington introduced two local GHS students selected as students of the month to the local Rotary Club at its latest meeting.
Abi Cameron has been recognized by her teachers as having a positive attitude and a great sense of humour.  She is eager to learn and is ready to tackle any task that’s assigned to her.  She is keen to ask “What’s next ?” and “How can I help “ which demonstrates her maturity and shows she is an excellent team player.  She takes initiative in the classroom to do what is needed and is a role model encouraging those around her to do the same.
Elisabeth Edwards is an integral part of the GHS activities; having acted as  G7 Rep and Deputy Prime Minister.  She has been involved in organizing AMIGO week, pasta week activities, school tours, the G7 leadership conference and various other student council activities.  She is the driving force behind Prom – creating and printing tickets, making ticket sales, crafting the seating charts – she has made it happen !
Elisabeth was the lead in the play Gypsy and delivered spectacular performances after devoting countless hours to rehearsals.
Mason Labrash (not in photo) was nominated as student of month for his positive role model in the kitchen and being so hard working in the Hospitality class.  He is eager to learn and is always willing to go the extra mile to do cleaning and dishes – even if it makes him late for math !
When he does get to math class he is a diligent student who works well with everyone.  He is always prepared for class, completes his work outside of class time and asks questions to make sure he stays on top of everything.
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst congratulates all three students of the month and wishes them well in their future educational endeavours.
Once again Rotary was happy to help support Meagan's Hug event at the Gravenhurst Public School on Friday, May 27th.   Here are some pictures from the event and thanks to everyone for their help.
Happy Bucks - Gord Durnan was very happy to report that he had played golf for 4 straight days and then his body said 4 was enough :-)  Norm Rippon once again put forth a passionate push to encourage each of us to carry paperwork in our pocket to help make it easier to sell Pathway stones.   Great idea Norm.  Theresa put in a loonie to give thanks to Pat Bongers for driving her to the Rotary conference in North Bay - she helped him to stay awake.   Pat Bongers then got up and backed up the notion that Theresa did indeed help keep him awake as she chatted with him on the way home.   MaryAnne Marshall met someone at Giant Tiger who travelled to Cambodia too as he was part of a Barrie Rotary Club.   Marg told us about the push to have every Rotarian donate $35.25 to go towards the Foundation.  This is the original amount that started off the Foundation so many years ago.  This is a fund-raising drive to raise funds for this fantastic Foundation.   Mark Clairmount gave us an update on polio and said that there are only 2 countries left with polio - Afghanistan and Pakistan.  
Speaker Notes - this week we had the pleasure of Peter Jennings as our speaker who is a noted author and TV personality and he was there to tell us about the real life victim of a vicious shark attack, Nicole Moore.  Of all the people he has met Peter has found her to be at the top of the list of the most incredible, positive people he has ever met.   Peter read excerpts from his book and gave us a peek at the forensic detail that he puts into his books.  He let us know how he approaches his research which was very fascinating.  He also wet into incredible detail of the savage attack which at times left some us rather queasy - Nicole having lost 60% of her blood during the attack from the bull shark.   It was without a doubt a very interesting presentation and he directed us to his website  and also had copies of his book available for signing.  
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New Generations
July 2020