Rotarians Helping with the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival 2024-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Bob and Dale Barnes Donation

story thumbnail
Richard Augustine gratefully accepts this VERY generous support for our project from Dale and Bob Barnes! This philanthropic couple donated shares they owned that converted to $10,388.12!! Thank you, Dale and Bob for your ongoing support for the Rotary Club
Bob and Dale Barnes Donation 2024-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Wheels for Learning Update

story thumbnail
The Rotary Wheels for Learning team completed their second bicycle distribution on Tuesday, 2 February at Tateav Primary School, Bavel District, Battambang Province. Despite the 36 degree temperatures,  they managed to set a RWFL record for time - 104 bicycles completed in 4 hours!!
Rotary Wheels for Learning Update 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Donation of $10,000

story thumbnail
Gerry Flaherty has been a proud Rotarian for over 40 years including president of our club! Gerry personally donated $10,000 to our Anniversary Project at the park.
Donation of $10,000 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

GHS Students of the Month

story thumbnail
Rotary is so pleased to recognize “Students of the Month” from Gravenhurst High School. Rotarian Julia Reinhart (L) presented gift cards to these three worthy recipients who not only
GHS Students of the Month 2024-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

2024 Begins with 2 New Members

story thumbnail
An exciting start to 2024 as we inducted two new members into our Club.    Here Rotarian Pam McDivitt welcomes her new recruit Cheryl Weisbloom on the left.   Click more to see our other new member
2024 Begins with 2 New Members 2024-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rocks Tender is Released 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Three New Members

story thumbnail
An exciting day for our Rotary Club as we welcomed three new members into our Club.    We are thrilled to bring Jane Bradford, Tom Long and Chris Tyrrell into our very active Rotary Club of Gravenhurst! They have already been contributing to our club and community.   We look forward to hearing their classification talks.    
Three New Members 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

A little update! 

story thumbnail
Here is a YouTube video clip showing some of our Club activities over the last year.   Happy Holidays to everyone!
A little update! 2023-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
First Responders Recognition 2023-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Online Auction David Reid 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Support for Food Bank 2023-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome John Latour 2023-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Presidents Night 2023-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

A Celebration of Peace

A fantastic collaboration between the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst and Gravenhurst High School!  The idea of peace poles was first thought up by Masahisa Goi in 1955 in Japan. The peace pole project today is promoted by The World Peace Prayer Society as well as other groups, like Rotary International!

A Celebration of Peace 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
First Responders Recognition 2023-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament Success! 2023-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Poles 2023-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award Recipients

story thumbnail
March has been a busy and rewarding month, recognizing our Paul Harris Award recipients! Ross Jefferies was honoured and acknowledged for his many years of contributions to the foundation with the addition of his fourth sapphire to his existing Paul Harris recognition. Thank you Ross for your ongoing support over many years! Norm Rippon spearheaded our club's 85th Anniversray Committee and has hosted the weekly meeting at his home for over a year.
Paul Harris Award Recipients 2023-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Honouring our First Responders! 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Community Meeting February 07 2023 2023-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Theresa Trott

story thumbnail
Jim Goodwin (L) helps welcome our newest club member, Theresa Trott, with a brief history of Rotary. Theresa has been the Manager of Accounting and Deputy Treasurer for the town of Gravenhurst for 15 years. Ross Jeffery (R) introduced Theresa with some of her vast experience. Welcome Theresa!
Welcome Theresa Trott 2023-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award Nominations 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Dan Johnston!

story thumbnail
President, Barb McCabe welcomes our newest member, Dan Johnston to our club. Ross Jeffery provided the introduction. Dan is a returning Gravenhurst resident and branch manager at Scotia Bank. Welcome Dan!
Welcome Dan Johnston! 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Local Business Donation

story thumbnail
Our committee chair, David Reid hired Richard Break and his expert services to create an Elm, live edge, bar top for his home. Richard very kindly donated his sales earnings back to David for our Rotary Rocks the Barge campaign! Thank-you, Richard.   Port-A-Mill Services plus custom work with wood - 706-687-9312
Local Business Donation 2023-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Inspirational Donation to Rotary

story thumbnail
Early in 2022, Rotarian Norm Rippon, initiated an idea to celebrate our club's upcoming 85th Anniversary of serving and working with the community. After a series of brainstorming meetings with a committee of 6, it was agreed upon to tackle a legacy project at our Gull Lake Rotary Park in the form of permanent, safe, granite amphitheatre seating overlooking the popular lake, which is utilized by local and tourist groups year round!
Inspirational Donation to Rotary 2022-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Tournament 2022

Posted by Barb McCabe
story thumbnail
The golf committee of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst is pleased to present a cheque to their club representing the proceeds of the recent Muskoka Rotary Golf Classic.  This tournament has been co-hosted by both the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Rotary Clubs for over 20 years.  Proceeds are shared equally and distributed to our communities. 
Rotary Golf Tournament 2022 Barb McCabe 2022-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to Rotary Rocks the Barge

story thumbnail
Wow! Thank you Allyn and Rob Abbott for your HUGE donation of shares that were converted to cash for our Rotary Rocks campaign. Did you know that you can donate any shares you own, receive a charitable tax receipt and not pay capital gains on the shares? This is just one of the many ways the Abbotts have supported our club and its many projects.
Donation to Rotary Rocks the Barge Kathryn McGill 2022-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Club Visit to Bracebridge Club

story thumbnail
On Friday, November 4th our Rotary Club of Gravenhurst had the pleasure of visiting our friends from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge.   We had 18 from our club make the trek and we enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Mike's Catering and lots of great fellowship.   
Club Visit to Bracebridge Club 2022-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

First Responders Recognition

story thumbnail
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst awarded Gravenhurst Firefighter Tyler Theriault the First Responders Recognition Award for his timely actions at the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision. The Club provides $100 for the recipient of this award to donate to a charity of their choice. Tyler selected G.A.P.!
First Responders Recognition 2022-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Gravenhurst Rotary Bursary Fund 2022-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Gull Lake Rotary Park Seating

story thumbnail
Norm Rippon and David Reid are leaders in this campaign to bring attractive, permanent, safe seating to Gull Lake Rotary Park! Here they are attending the Sunday Community Market to help spread the word and garner support.
Gull Lake Rotary Park Seating 2022-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Imagine Peace

story thumbnail
President Barb welcomed District 7010 Governor, Richard Denton from Sudbury…and special representation to remind us to “imagine peace”. Welcome also to our foreign exchange student, Elise from Belgium!
Imagine Peace 2022-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rocks Website is Live

Our 85th Anniversary project is going full speed now as our committee continues to meet every Wednesday morning at Norm's home.    We are excited that we have our website up and running with an ability to provide tax receipts immediately.   We have our forms on there too which allow people to donate through a traditional cheque or even with the gift of stocks to our Club.     If you want to help donate we can make it happen anyway that you want!   For donations of $1000 and up we will have a donor plaque recognizing everyone who has supported the project and we are actively raising funds now.   We have been speaking to various organizations and sharing information.  We have brochures and cards to provide and if you have any questions please reach out to any of us on the committee.     Our committee consists of Barb McCabe, Pam McDivitt, Norm Rippon, Kathryn McGill, Ken Little, Richard Augustine and David Reid.    Our email is    
Rotary Rocks Website is Live David Reid 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

In-person Rotary Meetings Resume

It is exciting to let everyone know we are meeting in-person once again as a Rotary Club and also it is important to note that our Meeting Day has also changed from Monday to Thursday.   We meet at the Gravenhurst Opera House in the Trillium Court which we is a location we used to meet at a number of years ago.   It is nice having a central location in town in such a beautiful, historic building.     We welcome visiting Rotarians!
In-person Rotary Meetings Resume 2022-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rocks the Barge

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic as a Rotary Club we are excited to share that we are 85 years young this year!   To help celebrate this milestone one of our most Senior Rotarians Norm Rippon embarked on assembling a committee to determine a great project worthy of this occasion.     After considering many different ideas the committee came up with the idea of Amphitheatre seating at the Gull Lake Rotary Park in front of the iconic Barge.   Originally opened in 1959 by the Queen we feel this is an outstanding project and will have a tremendous impact on both the park and the town.   Our goal is to improve the usage of the Barge, make it safer to access, and provide a wonderful aesthetic to the Barge too.    We presented to the Town Council and they are very excited about the project and we will be getting a website created and a fundraising campaign will be beginning soon too.   Stay tuned for more info on Rotary Rocks the Barge !
Rotary Rocks the Barge David Reid 2022-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary/YourTV Internet Auction

It is that time of year again - on Sunday, November 28th, 2021 we are going to have our very popular Gravenhurst Rotary Auction hosted on YourTV.   Once again we will have our website filled with all of the wonderful donations our fantastic community has provided for us.   The website is and it will be going live soon.     You will be getting a flyer in the mail if you live in Gravenhurst and we are very thankful for YourTV for hosting us once again at their studios.   Always a fun event and it helps us raise a lot of money for our community.    Thank-you to everyone who has kindly donated to our Club.
Rotary/YourTV Internet Auction 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Press Release re COVID-19 MaryAnne Marshall 2020-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message re: COVID 19

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. 

President's Message re: COVID 19 MaryAnne Marshall 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary TV Bingo is temporarily on hold

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.
Rotary TV Bingo is temporarily on hold Patrick Bongers 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day Ceremony

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
Remembrance Day Ceremony 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Pics from the Fall Social 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Food Drive

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.
Rotary Food Drive 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club News - End Polio Now Walk

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:
Rotary Club News - End Polio Now Walk 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Gull Lake Rotary Park Additions

Posted by Barb McCabe
New additions to Gull Lake Rotary Park - brought to you by the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst

Please stroll down to our own Gull Lake Rotary Park in this beautiful fall weather to have a look at the changes and additions that are being added to
this beautiful park by your Rotary Club. The picnic shelter, which was built by Rotary in 2005 to celebrate Rotary's 100th year, is now in the process of being doubled in size.  Many groups use this shelter for picnics (even weddings) so the extended covered area will add greatly to the usage year round.   While in the park please check out our Rotary Friendship Circle (unfortunately graffiti has been noted on these lovely stone benches).   Also, and brand new to the park is our 5-hole Frisbee golf course (photo attached).  So, kids and parents and grandparents, time to challenge one another and hone your throwing skills to conquer this course.  Once you have mastered it change direction and order of "holes" and create more challenges.

Still to come (and soon) will be another swing set in this same area.  We, in Rotary, are very pleased to continue to enhance this park for the
enjoyment of all of us.
Gull Lake Rotary Park Additions Barb McCabe 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Tournament update

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. 
Rotary Golf Tournament update 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange - Climbing the CN Tower

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
Rotary Exchange - Climbing the CN Tower 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Friendship Circle at Gull Lake Rotary Park

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.
Friendship Circle at Gull Lake Rotary Park 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Baseball Teams

Posted by Barb McCabe
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.
Our Rotary Baseball Teams Barb McCabe 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Community BBQ support for Banna Family

Posted by Bruce Dart
Many thanks to the 16 Rotarians , many with partners present,  and the over 700 community members who came out to support the Banna Family at the Community Barbecue last night.   Close to $ 4100 dollars was raised for the family in a true expression of the community's support after their recent robbery.
The Rotary Theme " Be a Gift to the World "  was certainly evident.
Community BBQ support for Banna Family Bruce Dart 2016-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Day Meeting

This past meeting was our annual Paul Harris Day where the club hosted a number of past Paul Harris fellowship recipients. It was wonderful to see so many in attendance and thanks to Brian Ferguson for taking the lead on this and this is some information that some of our newer members might find interesting.   Paul Harris is the father of Rotary International and this info is taken from the Rotary International website

After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. On 23 February 1905 Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. During his presidency, he formed the Executive Committee, later called the Ways and Means Committee, which met during lunch and was open to any member. The noon meeting was the foundation for Rotary's tradition of club luncheon meetings.

Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.

Harris recognized the need to form an executive board of directors and a national association. In August 1910 Rotarians held their first national convention in Chicago, where the 16 existing clubs unified as the National Association of Rotary Clubs. The new association unanimously elected Harris as its president.

At the end of his second term, Harris resigned, citing ill health and the demands of his professional practice and personal life. He was elected president emeritus by convention action, a title he held until his death.

In the mid-1920s Harris became actively involved in Rotary again, attending conventions and visiting clubs throughout the world. Download his speech book.

Paul Harris Day Meeting 2016-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

No Pathway Stone left unturned

Once again on Saturday, August 22nd a group of Rotarians and friends/spouses helped to install more Rotary Pathway Stones at Gull  Lake Rotary Park.   Special thanks to Barb McCabe for the photos below showing some of the work crew.  Thanks to everyone for their efforts and remember to keep selling !
No Pathway Stone left unturned 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

New member induction

The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst is pleased to welcome Dan McCoy as a new member.   Dan is a native of Gravenhurst who attended both Beechgrove Public and Gravenhurst High School where he was a Gordon Sloan Bursary Winner. After doing undergraduate work in Toronto Dan travelled abroad to go to school in Europe and returned home to be Music Director at Trinity United Church.  Dan not only teaches music on many instruments but also has been Choir Director along with helping out in the English Department at GHS.  It is obvious that with young leaders such as Dan our town will benefit in so many ways.

Dan is shown be congratulated by Rotary District Governor Lise Dutrisac and
Rotary President Bruce Dart - Photo by Barb McCabe
New member induction 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

President's Night Picture Gallery

As I understand it this year's Presidents Night was another success !  President Mark was saying goodbye and now President Bruce Dart has taken the reigns for a second time.   Special thanks to everyone who looked after setting it up and Tawnya was definitely front and centre in getting things to come together.   Muskoka Bay Club was a wonderful venue for the festive occassion.    The meal was wonderful, the dessert was off the charts good I am told and the speeches were well done and some wonderful presentations to some richly deserving people.   Thanks to Barb McCabe for the pictures she provided below.  
Mark Wigston receiving Paul Harris award from Mark Clairmont
Norm Rippon receiving a Paul Harris award from Bruce Dart

President Bruce Dart trying to pry the gavel from Past President Mark's steel grip
President's Night Picture Gallery 2015-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Members in Our Club

Posted by Barb McCabe
Our Rotary club is very pleased to welcome our newest member, Tara Gregor, the Manager of the YWCA in Gravenhurst.   We know that the knowledge, experience and relationships she has developed in her current position will enhance our club.  Welcome, Tara , we look forward to your involvement in our Rotary Club !   In the photo, John Cooper, the sponsor of Tara and Jim Pattinson, the Rotarian who led the induction ceremony, welcome Tara.
It is also indeed a pleasure to welcome another new member to our club recently.   Helen West has shown a great interest in our community and wishes to be able to work alongside our Community Services Committee to assist those in need in Gravenhurst and this area. Helen, with her vast knowledge of small business workings will be a great asset to our club.  Welcome, Helen.
New Members in Our Club Barb McCabe 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Conference

Posted by Barb McCabe
One of the most exciting parts of our weekly meetings is to listen to students who have experienced one of our RYLA programmes.  For years our club has sponsored several students from Gravenhurst High School at the Rotary Youth Leadership programme run over a weekend in the spring.
Two students from GHS , Jordan Fantuz and Jazmine Enger have just returned from this event with enthusiastic comments on what they learned about themselves and about others.  We are always amazed at the experiences these students share with us.  Comments such as “learned so much about leadership – learned how to work with others – found out new things about myself – “
In the words of Jordan and Jazmine “this was an awesome experience”
Our Rotary club is proud to have students of this calibre represent themselves, their school, Rotary and our town.
RYLA Conference Barb McCabe 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month

Posted by Barb McCabe
The Gravenhurst Rotary Club is pleased to recognize each month students from Gravenhurst High School.. These sudents  are selected by their teachers and the staff as great examples of the calibre of students attending school in Gravenhurst.
Chris McNeice , a grade 9 student leads by example.  He is always working with other people to bring out their best…by helping them in the classroom; by challenging them to match his enthusiasm and by kindly and respectfully accepting everyone for who they are.  He throws himself at every extracurricular opportunity that comes his way; he’s a high achiever in the classroom who is committed to doing his best work all the time and is electric in his characters both off and on the stage.
Jazmine Engel was selected for her positive attitude.   She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone who crosses her path.  She encourages everyone to express their individuality and tries to make others feel comfortable and supported.  Jazmine works hard to help her classmates practise acceptance and to see the good in one another.  She is enthusiastic about her academics and extracurriculars and her positivity is radiant throughout the school. 
McKenzie Barnes and Jenna Godfrey were selected as a team for their outstanding 2nd semester work on the GHS yearbook.  Self-motivated and exceptionally reliable they readily took on this project from the first semester class and completed independently this huge job, working tirelessly taking photos of all the events and supplying written content.  Their hard work has paid off as the yearbook looks awesome.
Congratulations to all the winners.   We are proud of each and every one !   (Photo by Barb McCabe)
Students of the Month Barb McCabe 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Project Pathway Begins !

The day has finally come and construction of the Rotary Pathway Project began in earnest on Saturday, May 23rd at 9 am.   An excellent group of nearly 30 people showed  up to see this project get "on" the ground.   The pathway looks great indeed and we look forward to making it larger as we move forward with the sale of these stones.  It is a very worthwhile project both in terms of fundraising and the fellowship.  
Project Pathway Begins ! 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Partnership Forum in Ottawa

Posted by Barb McCabe
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst was delighted with the calibre of students from GHS who were selected to attend Forums in Ottawa.  This 5 day adventure allowed the students to experience the workings of our government, including  our House of Commons, Senate, etc.  Comments included “fantastic – learned so much”  Our five students met other teens from all across Canada and shared stories of their day to day living in the various towns, cities.   This type of exchange remains with the students for many many years.  Some even mentioned that they are now seriously considering a career path in politics.  Our students continue to make our town very proud !
Students as shown: Alexandra Perry, Alissa Reid, Jenna Godfrey, Rotarian Tawnya Habel, Mckenzie Barnes, Brianna Bedford-missing from photo Elizabeth Edwards - Photo by Barb McCabe
Partnership Forum in Ottawa Barb McCabe 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Notes from April 27th Meeting

Happy Bucks - Mark Wigston was still full from eating steak and lobster the night before at the birthday for his mother-in-law.  Pat Bongers had an event at his workplace where they were showcasing some of the techniques used in their construction process.  Terry Pilger was in St Catharines where he was excited to see the end of the snow and yet suddenly he came home to find the snow had returned. 
Speaker Notes - The speaker was Doug Wilson who is a CPGA professional (Golf pro) and has been in the golf industry all of his life.   He has also taught in the golf program for Georgian College for over 20 years and truly has a passion for teaching and leadership.   Doug shared some stories that have really impacted him and he did a wonderful job of weaving them into a very interesting speech.   One of the people who had a huge impact on him is a person some of you may know from town - Andy Baston.   Andy had a wonderfully positive impact on Doug and one of the major lessons Andy taught Doug was how to treat people.   Even in his last days Andy still found a way to make those around him feel so important and he was so interested in them.   A truly selfless person - service above self which is the foundation Rotary has been built on.   Overall it really was a great speech that everyone in the audience could relate to and enjoy.   Jim Cruickshank did a great job thanking Doug. 
Notes from April 27th Meeting 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

New member Inducted

Cathleen MacLennan is welcomed into the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst by Rotarians Jim Goodwin and Barb McCabe.  Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Corporate Law and Family Law Agreements are the focus of Cathleen in her office of MacLennan Law in Gravenhurst. Our club is very pleased that Cathleen made the decision to help Rotary help our community - Welcome, Cathleen!
New member Inducted 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Gerry Flaherty Ceremony

At our most recent meeting the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst paid tribute to one of its important members. An honourary membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can bestow and is conferred only in exceptional cases.   Gerry Flaherty, a member of our club since 1993 and a member of Rotary for 40 years was selected to receive this recognition. Gerry has not only been the President of the Gravenhurst Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow but he also started our very popular and long-running TV Bingo .  He has been an integral part of our fundraising over the years and certainly a well respected member.
Congratulations, Gerry.
Gerry Flaherty Ceremony 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

GHS Students of the Month

Posted by Barb McCabe
The Gravenhurst Rotary Club is very pleased to honour the selected Students of the Month from Gravenhurst High School. Our club relies on the teachers within the school to recommend outstanding students.
Alec Sader exemplifies the term “team player” every day in the school, whether it be by being actively involved in Heroes in the Hallways, or assisting other students with his positive energy, enthusiasm and his leadership in making things better within  his school.   You might recognize his name as he is a great goalie for the Shield. 
Dylan Hachmer is also a great example of one of many student leaders in the school.  He works extremely hard within the Drama Club as well as being very active with Heroes in the Hallways.  He motivates himself and those around him to do their very best.
Amanda Hartlen was selected for being such a positive role model in PALS art.  She is friendly, always willing to lend a hand and has a lot of artistic potential
Congratulations to all three students !   (photo by Barb McCabe)
GHS Students of the Month Barb McCabe 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Dates

Posted by David Reid

As you know we have a Wednesday morning coffee time, to change things up a bit, the last Wednesday of the Month will be an evening social instead of a morning meeting. So if you would, please mark your Calendar - March 25, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9 pm. we are meeting at Sawdust City, in Gravenhurst. It's open all Rotarians and to family/friends. You can bring your own food. Each person will be responsible for their own munchies/beverage. If you can't make it at 7:30 then arrive when you can. Marg will reserve a table - could you RSVP by the Monday prior, March 23. Thanks

Rotary Golf Tournament at Bigwin Island is Thursday, May 28th. Everyone in the Club has been mailed a registration form now and also a donation form. Looking forward to another great tournament and the request has been placed for great weather.

Upcoming Dates David Reid 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Rotary Golf Tournament

Christmas is over !   Snow is still here !  BUT we can dream about summer golf..... The date of Thursday May 28, 2015 is booked back at the gorgeous Bigwin Island Golf Club.  We had a sell out (almost) last year and anticipate the same numbers this to mark your calendars and contact your fellow foursome members (or new golfers who would like to join in)......  We will be following this initial email with more details later on but wanted to make sure you have this date marked.   Also, as our club members know our Gravenhurst Club originated this golf tournament many years ago, and in our wisdom invited the Bracebridge Rotary Club to join us.  It is an amazing full day of golfing fun, and lots of great reconnects with fellow Rotarians and fellow golfers.
Our club is again chairing this event, we usually do 2 years with our club, and then 2 years with BB club. Thank you to returning committee members, plus a big thank you to the day volunteers from our club ....   We are hoping to have some more of our members on this committee this year.   We start our meetings usually in March (one meeting) April (meet every other week) and then in May (each week)
It is up to our committee to
         (1) book venue ..all done
          (2) send out emails to golfers from 2014 
          (3) collect Silent Auction items, hole sponsors
          (4) work on details of the day,  menu, 
 ,                 etc (almost all done)
So, as you can see, it is not an onerous undertaking to be part of our committee....meetings only last 1 hour.  Please consider joining us for this year's tournament.  Hope to welcome lots of new members.
2015 Rotary Golf Tournament 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Notes from November 17th Meeting

Speaker Notes - We had the pleasure of Cliff Flavell who made a return visit to us along with his sister Mary Leger.   Cliff had a very informative session which explained some of the history of Polio and also the effects of Post-Polio syndrome.  Some of the statistics were staggering and the debilitating nature of the disease was terrible.  10 per cent of those afflicted died as a result but many more were left with very difficult futures.    Cliff told us how he became afflicted at the age of 14 and in his words it was a miracle that he was able to come back from it.  He was paralyzed initially and spent time in hospital.     Many of those less fortunate had a difficult time and thanks to Jonas Salk's incredible creation of a vaccination for Polio it made a world of difference literally all across the world.  Rotary has taken a very great interest in working to remove this disease from the planet and has done an incredible job.   Thanks in large part to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their generosity, every dollar raised towards polio is matched 2-1.     We have really helped stop the spread of polio for sure however post-polio syndrome is very real and has impacted many people who had polio originally and felt "cured" of it, only to have symptoms come back later in life.    Cliff did a wonderful job in telling the story of Polio to our Club and we thank him for this excellent, informative presentation.
Notes from November 17th Meeting 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

A number of Rotarians attended the Empty Bowls at GHS recently….Rotary sponsored one of the tables…hopefully a good amount of revenue was raised to be donated to our local Food Bank.   HEre are some pictures of the event.
Empty Bowls Fundraiser 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Adventure in High Tech - true Adventure !

Elias Trivett, Alexander Trivett and Ariel Beard recently attended our Rotary Club’s Hi Tech trip to Ottawa.   All three of them attended our recent meeting to tell how much they enjoyed the experience.  Ariel, in particular, came away with such enthusiasm that she is now continuing her education in this particular field.  These students happened to be in Ottawa at the time of the shootings…so they had lots to remember , besides all the learned.  Rotary should be very proud to be able to offer this time of program to many of our local students

Adventure in High Tech - true Adventure ! 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Update on Rotary Pathway in November

We did our last “pour” of the season this past Friday (Halloween Friday)… another bunch done….all looking very good….will now wait until the spring to start again…..thank you to those who helped over the weeks with not only the mixing of concrete, but the detailed preparation of the names to be imbedded.  Another great job done.   Here are  a few pictures of the work crew.

Update on Rotary Pathway in November 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Notes from Nov 10th Meeting

Meeting Notes - this meeting featured primarily two topics in a Club Assembly format.   Firstly Dick Augustine with help from Enno presented a summary of the information which was later emailed to the Membership.   The current Treasurer job was broken down into assistant treasurer, treasurer, finance committee and front desk.  Each of the jobs was given a job description and also a timeline was given - the highest priority is to find an Assistant Treasurer by the end of this calendar year.   Dick has done an admirable job since 2001 and it is about time he was given an opportunity to relax from that position.   Please think about filling this position if you have some aptitude at the necessary jobs.    Secondly Theresa gave an update on the TV/Internet Auction which takes place on Sunday December 7th.   We have over 300 items and the flyer has gone to press and additional items have been entered into the system.   Thanks to everyone for getting their items in however we still end up with some last minute items that always seem to come in and make some of us scramble to get things entered.   It is an exciting new website that we have for our Auction this year so no doubt we may have some growing pains but take a peek as items are uploaded now and soon will be opened up to the public for bidding.
Notes from Nov 10th Meeting 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bursary Update

A special thank-you to Ken Little who by all accounts did a very impactful, emotional presentation on just what the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund has done to help provide additional funds to students moving on with their Education.  Ken gave this presentation to the Probus Club and was once again a wonderful ambassador for Rotary in his quest to educate the public on the benefits and impact of our tremendously successful Bursary Fund.  Great job Ken !
Rotary Bursary Update 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

Latest News on Rotary Pathway Project

We did our last “pour” of the season this past Friday… another bunch done….all looking very good….will now wait until the spring to start again…..thank you to those who helped over the weeks with not only the mixing of concrete, but the detailed preparation of the names to be imbedded.   Here are some more photos from some of the work crew showing good form :-)
Latest News on Rotary Pathway Project 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

Notes from October 27th Meeting

Posted by David Reid
Happy Bucks - we are sad to see Jack Young take off south but he put in a loonie to express his extreme sadness at his pending departure.    He works very hard at maintaining the books at the front desk during meetings however he has worked hard to get good quality help while he is away.  Thanks Jack and enjoy Florida.   Terry Pilger was understandably excited at his first foray into life a a Grandpa which means he is now in the majority of the Club I would think :-)  Congrats.  Tawyna announced the Christmas party is arranged for December 15th at the Centennial Centre and it will be $ 22 per adult and $ 10 per child and the food is catered from Well Fed. 
Speaker Notes - It was an excellent presentation from Cathy Tait of the Muskoka Steamships who was joined by Jordan Waynes.   It was a little slower year no doubt because of weather issues and it is tough to pack in everything into about 145 days of sailing.   They still had about 40-45,000 per year come aboard and another 20,000 visits to the aptly named Visitor Centre.    Cathy had numerous interesting factoids about the steamship and some of the very interesting ones included the fact that 183 tons of coal are used per year.    Since 1981 there has been approx 1.577 million dollars spent on obtaining the coal which is sourced out of the US.   They really do an incredible job at trying to cater to various visitors as they have their standard cruises that have been mainstays for years ie. Millionaire's Row Cruise and Dinner cruises - but that have added a wide variety of themed events including Pirate Days for the kids,  re-creation of the 100 mile cruise but a host of other cruises.   Take a surf over to and get an idea of just what they are doing.  Some wonderful gift ideas and such an incredible asset to have here in Gravenhurst.   Special thanks to both Cathy and Jordan for sharing their information.    
Notes from October 27th Meeting David Reid 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0