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.
 
May is YOUTH SERVICES Month
 

 

 May is Youth Service (formerly called New Generations) Month when Rotary Clubs, around the world focus on youth services, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange.
 
INTERACT
 

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club comprised of 14-18 year olds.  Interact gives young people the opportunity to take part in fun, meaningful service projects.  Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.  Members exchange ideas, opinions and plans with other talented, energetic people, in an atmosphere free from negative pressures and distraction.  Interact strives to promote student leadership, local volunteer service, and to make members aware of the many global and world issues that effect people everyday. 
 
Ultimately, students can:

•   Become acquainted with a premiere service organization (Rotary International) and proven leaders from communities throughout Rotary;
•   Learn how to manage and head community service projects;
•   Learn about other Rotary club programs including Rotaract (service club for young adults), Earlyact (a service club for primary school students), youth exchange (a chance to live and study abroad ) and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).

The word Interact stands for “international action” and today there are more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries.
 
ROTARACT
 

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 18-30.  Rotaract clubs are usually community or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club, making them true “partners in service” and key members of the Rotary family.

Young adults augment their knowledge and skill and also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.  Rotaractors also often spearhead the formation of Interact clubs and participate in RYLA. 

Rotaract is one of the fastest-growing programs of Rotary service with more than 9,500 Rotaract Clubs with 291,000 members in 177 countries.
 
Rotaractors follow the motto “fellowship through service”.
 
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE

Rotary Youth Exchange is an excellent and inexpensive way for high school age students to travel and study in a foreign country.  

Youth exchange gives the participant the opportunity to improve their language skills and school and family experiences will teach them the culture of their host country.  They also act as ambassadors for their home country.  Each year the Rotary Districts that are part of CSRYE send approximately 300 young people to other countries and accept 300 young people from other countries in return.

Accepting a youth exchange student into your club, community and household can be a very rewarding experience.  It’s an opportunity for you, your family and your fellow Rotarians to learn about a different culture and also help a young person understand your culture.  The goal of Rotary Youth Exchange is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person to person level.
 
RYLA
 
      
                                        
Each year thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs worldwide.  Young people are chosen for their leadership potential to attend a seminar, camp or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice.  RYLA aims to:

•   Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
•   Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
•   Encourage leadership of youth by youth; and
•   Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Started in Queensland, Australia in 1959 and officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, the RYLA program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses or institutions and meet Rotarians, while having fun and making friends.  For participants, RYLA provides the opportunity to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with peers and elders; for Rotarians, RYLA offers the chance to help develop leaders, share valuable expertise and bridge the gap between generations.  RYLA can help lead to the strengthening and formation of Interact and Rotaract clubs and can be used as a recruiting tool for youth exchange.
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We meet at the Rotary Hall every Friday at noon; except for the last Thursday of the month when we meet at 6:30 pm
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4B Sheppard Street
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1V8
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