This busy club of 22 members, doing the work of 44 has been serving the Kapuskasing area since 1966.
 
This little club who can, is very well respected in this community; if there is something happening in town, you can rest assured that Rotary is there, supporting it.
 
The Rotary Club of Kapuskasing has always been and continues to be involved in numerous community events including the Kapuskasing Lumberjack Festival an event in which they have been platinum sponsors for many years.
 
The Rotary Club of Kapuskasing accepted the reins of the Kapuskasing Food Bank in June 2016, and immediately instilled professionalism, organization and enthusiasm in typical Rotary standard of excellence. All members of our progressive club became involved in the Food Bank operations in one way or another. The Food Bank is housed in the same building as our Rotary Hall, so it’s readily accessible by our members for involvement and participation.
 
The day to day workings of the Food Bank are run by dedicated Rotarians and are answerable to a Board of 6 Rotarians.
 
The operation was completely overhauled, upgraded and improved, with only the wellbeing of its clients being the priority. We initiated personal, individualized service, a point system for shopping, improved food selection, more variety, fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and packaged meats when possible.
 
Paramount to our mission, we injected dignity and respect for our 250 clients, and at the same time, made them accountable and gave them responsibility for their actions and decisions.
 
The Food Bank gave the Rotary Club an avenue to become more involved in the social services in our community and diversify our abilities to reach out and create more contacts to touch more members of our community. For example, partnering up with the Centre de Santé, a non-profit health centre focused on community health, is a unique and dynamic initiative, the first in Ontario, and allows us to broaden our impact on the Anglophone and Francophone members of our Northern municipality.
 
Our club is very proud of our impact in the lives of our citizens and the Food Bank is another perfect example of Rotarians doing what we do best...making a difference in the world!
 
If operating the Food Bank is not enough to keep the members of the Kapuskasing club busy, the following is a list of some of the other projects that they have been involved in:
The Hospice Suite at the local hospital.  Not only have they sponsored this unit with a $50,000 donation, a few of the club members were involved in the final design, selecting the furniture and decorating the suite give it a homey, comfortable look.
 
This past year, the club applied for and received a District Grant to supply therapeutic equipment for the Kapuskasing chapter of the Cochrane Temiskaming Children’s Treatment Centre.
 
To help with the local environment, the club, in partnership with a local group called GREEN TK (Growing Roots for Each and Every Northerner, Town of Kapuskasing) to build a park at a corner of the Ash and Cedar Street intersection.  This coming fall, the Town of Kapuskasing will be dedicating this park as the “Rotary Park”.
 
The club is also involved in developing a series of hiking trails that will start in the local park and lead hikers down the river to a set of falls that have attracted would be hikers for many years.  The planning stages are now finalized and will start this summer with the actual physical work on making the trails.
 
And again, assisting the community’s health care system, the club recently made a $75,000 donation towards the fundraising efforts for a CT Scan to the local hospital.
 
An ongoing fundraiser to assist the Youth Services committee raise funds for the Youth Services programs such as the Long-Term and Short-Term Exchanges and RYLA, is our Rotary Radio Day.  Not only does this event raise significant funds to assist our local youth, it is also a great venue for the club to create awareness by talking about the services we provide and what we do in our community.
 
July is Transition Month
 
There is no official theme for July in the Rotary Calendar.  But, it is a new year, a new beginning, the time of year when we line up our ducks and prepare to take on new challenges, act upon the goals that we've set for the new Rotary Year.
 
And the first of twelve months where and 50 some meetings where we gather to move our club ahead in a positive manner.
 
The Rotary International Theme this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and our District Governor chose “Don’t Stop Believing” as the theme for our District.  Both I Believe are very appropriate to help us navigate through the challenging times that face us.
 
So, this year, let’s make sure that we “Don’t Stop Believing” in the power of Rotary and that we take advantage of the situation to let “Rotary Open Opportunities” for our club to provide the service that our community deserves!
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Kapuskasing

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Rotary Hall
4B Sheppard Street
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1V8
Canada
We are temporarily meeting online until the COVID crisis allows us to meet in person.
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The Rotary Club of Kapuskasing
4B Sheppard Street
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1V8
 
Tel 705 335 5414

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