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.
Clean water is a basic human right that many are often denied. There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives.
During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to create healthier communities by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Here are just a few examples of club service projects that are creating a lasting impact:
  • The Rotary Club of Bangalore Metro in India installed a water purification plant in the village of Ramanahalli. Due to extensive mining, the ground water in this rural community is completely contaminated with fluorides and other contaminants. The new water purification plant provides reliable access to potable water.
  • In the rural community of Bharat Pokhari in Nepal, villagers walk 25 km to fetch buckets of water every day. Often times girls spend two hours a day bringing home water before and after school. In partnership with the Rotary Club of Williamson (USA), the Rotary Club of Pokhara installed a water tank in the village giving more than 500 families access to safe drinking water closer to home.
  • The Rotary Club of Suna Migori in Kenya provided a source of clean rainwater to students at four schools and a clinic. At each location, Rotarians provided new latrines and hand washing stations. The project has impacted more than 1500 students and their families, hundreds of patients at the clinic, and increased school attendance especially among girls.
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