Rotary Club of Penetanguishene

PO Box 5006, Penetanguishene ON  L9M 2G2
 

  We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at
La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie (aka The French Centre)

As of May 2017, we will be meeting on a somewhat irregular basis.  Be sure to check the "Speakers" column on the right to see what we're up to.

63 Main Street (North of Robert St.)
Penetanguishene Ontario  L9M 1M8
Canada

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Hospice Huronia

In lieu of providing our guest speakers with a gift, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene annually donates $500 to a charity in honour of our guest speakers.  For the 2017-2018 Rotary year, which began on July 1st, the club is supporting Hospice Huronia. 

Photo by Michele Gillesby
From left to right:  Rotarian Jill St Amant , Cherifa Heinz (newly inducted Rotarian), Vanessa James (newly inducted Rotarian) and Rotarian Jen Russell
 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 was a great day as the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene proudly inducted and welcomed their 2 newest members, Cherifa Heinz and Vanessa James.  Fellow Rotarians were very pleased to have these 2 members be part of their club and share their desire to serve the community.  Welcome Cherifa and Vanessa!!!
Members of the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene & some Foodland staff
Entertainer Brian Cusson
 
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene hosted their annual Random Acts of Kindness BBQ.  It was to promote kindness in the community which is the key to making the world a better place.  They served approx 400 FREE hot dogs and drinks to everyone who stopped by the event which was held outside the Penetanguishene Foodland  (Thanks to Chris Cherry) with entertainment by a local musician Brian Cusson which was his act of kindness!  We must also recognize Doug from Rawson's Meat & Deli as he provided most of the hot dogs for us to give away!!!  We would also like to recognize and thank Marlynn Buro Plus, Penetang Tim Hortons, Bright Ideas and Sell it Online Depot for their support.
Photo by Jen Russell
From left to right:  President-Elect Bill Montgomery , Craig Parr (newly inducted Rotarian) and Rotarian and Sponsor Brenda Slater
 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 was a great day as the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene proudly inducted and welcomed their newest member, Craig Parr who was sponsored by Rotarian Brenda Slater.  Fellow Rotarians were very pleased to have Craig be part of their club and share their desire to serve the community.  Welcome Craig!!!
Student of the Month (holding plaques) for March was Bryant Kouassi (2nd from left) with teacher Remy Bedard (left) and Student of the Month for April was Thomas St. Amant (2nd from right) with Odette Moreau (centre).  Also in the photo at far right is Rotary President Aaron Kontkanen
 
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the Club's Students of the Month for March and April from école secondaire Le Caron and welcomed their teachers for the presentation.  These students will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for their achievements.  The Club thanked the teachers for introducing these very talented students to the club and wish the students well in their future endeavors.
Photo by Jen Russell
From left to right:  Sue Cook (club Rotarian) and Awardee Gerry Light (club Rotarian)
 
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the club honoured their member Gerry Light for the second time with the Paul Harris Award.  Fellow Rotarians were very  proud.  Congrats Gerry!!!
From left to right:  Jeff Lees (newly inducted Rotarian),  Rotarian and Sponsor Anita Dubeau and President-Elect Bill Montgomery
 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 was a great day as the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene proudly inducted and welcomed their newest member, Jeff Lees,  CAO  of the Town of Penetanguishene who was sponsored by Rotarian Anita Dubeau.   Jeff is actively involved in supporting the community and therefore comes to the club with their  "service above self" approach.  Fellow Rotarians were very pleased to have Jeff be part of their club and their desire to serve the community.  Welcome Jeff!!!
Submitted Photo by Michele Gillesby
John Kurvink, Interim President and CEO of Georgian Bay General Hospital  (holding left side of the cheque) surrounded by Rotarians of the Penetanguishene Club
 
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Rotary Club ofPenetanguishene presented John Kurvink, Interim President and CEO of Georgian Bay General Hospital, with $5,000 for a Treatment Room in the new Emergency Department. The club has committed an additional $15,000 over the next 3 years for a total of $25,000. Our hospital relies on members of the community to provide the best tools – equipment and facilities – to ensure our hospital is able to provide the best care possible. The club is
extremely pleased to be able to support our local hospital!!
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene presented the winners of the 2017 Rotary Winterama parade with a cheque and trophy.   Although there were many great floats expressing the parade theme "Canada - 150 years!!", it was difficult to select the 3 winners who were:
1st place winner ($300) - St Ann's Catholic School
2nd place winner ($200) - Ecole secondaire St Louis
3rd place winner ($100) - Burkevale School
Congratulations to the above winners and to everyone who participated.  Hope to see you all again at next year's Rotary Winterama Parade!!
 
1ST PLACE WINNER:
Submitted Photo from Jen Russell
From left to right :  Lynne Angus (St Ann's Catholic School teacher), Rotarian Jill St Amant and Pam Atkinson (St Ann's Catholic School ECE)
 
2ND PLACE WINNER:
Submitted Photo from Jen Russell
From left to right :  Rotarian Jill St Amant and Ann Buttineau (Ecole secondaire St Louis teacher)
 
3RD PLACE WINNER:
Submitted Photo from Jen Russell
From left to right : Juila McLaren (Burkevale School Principal) and Rotarian Jill St Amant
 
Submitted Photo from Jen Russell
Front row  Students of the Month holding their plaques :
            December: Kylie Quesnelle (right)
            January: Madison Belcourt (middle)
            February: Jocelyn Belcourt (left)
Also in the photo from left to right : Odette Moreau  LeCaron teacher) , Jeff Gignac LeCaron teacher) , Danielle Cook  (LeCaron teacher) and  Rotary President Aaron Kontkanen
 
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the Club's Students of the Month for December,  January and February from école secondaire Le Caron and welcomed their teachers for the presentation.  These students will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for their achievements.  The Club thanked the teachers for introducing these very talented students to the club and wish the students well in their future endeavors.
From left to right:  Student Ian G. and ECE Ms. Atkinson and Rotarian Brian Angus.  Ian and Ms. Atkinson assist with the snack program.
 
On Friday, January 13, 2017,  The Rotary Club of Penetanguishene was pleased to present a $500 cheque to the St. Ann’s Catholic School’s Snack Program.   The snack program helps ensure students don’t go hungry while at school.
 
Pictured above:   Zehna Reddan a first time blood donor enjoys a slice of pizza and juice
 
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene assisted the Canadian Blood Donor Clinic.  As they do every 2nd month, the club helps out by ensuring the donors receive juice and snacks after kindly donating the gift of life .... blood!  The Rotary Club has changed it up a little, now offering a slice of pizza to everyone who donates blood.  Pizza Nova generously offers a discount off the pizza to the club.  The club is encouraging the community to give blood in order to save lives.  Every donor will receive a delicious slice of Pizza!!!!   To book an appointment, please call
1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).  Be sure to mark your calendars for the next clinic taking place on Wednesday, January 11th at the Penetanguishene Legion from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and GET YOUR SLICE OF PIZZA.
From left to right:  Rotarian Michele Gillesby presents cheque to members of the Beausoleil Fire Rescue Services.
 
On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene presented the Beausoleil Fire Rescue Services with $500 for the Taaswin Food Drive.  The Taaswin (cupboard in Ojibway) is a non-profit food bank/cupboard housed in the Beausoleil First Nations Native Child and Family Services.  The Taaswin supports approximately 50 families who are low income single parents or disabled community members who all reside on Christian Island.  The winter season sees the highest number of visits to the Taaswin as transportation is difficult at this time of the year for those who require assistance.
From left to right:   Rotary President Elect Bill Montgomery,  Jamilyn Hall (LeCaron student) and Danielle Cook  (LeCaron teacher)  
 
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the Club's November Student of the Month from école secondaire Le Caron and welcomed the teacher for the presentation.  This student will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for her achievements.  The Club thanked the teacher for introducing this very talented student to the club and wish the student well in her future endeavors.
Rotary Penetaguishene Festival of Trees  - 50 trees!!
Raffle tickets $5 for 6, 3 locations - fill in the ballot, place in the ballot box under your favourite trees..... There are THREE Gift Certificate trees, they are valued at $1486 at MCC, $1023 at Village Sq and $993 at Huronia Mall - Draw is 16 Dec, perfect timing for Christmas shopping! Starting NOW until Dec 16 - Come support!!!
Rotary President Paul Van der Wel,  Cassandra Gianetto (LeCaron student) and Marj Dubeau (LeCaron teacher)  
 
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the Club's October Student of the Month from école secondaire Le Caron and welcomed the teacher for the presentation.  This student will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for her achievements.  The Club thanked the teacher for introducing this very talented student to the club and wish the student well in her future endeavors.
From Left to Right:   Rotarian Jen Russell with Rotary President Paul Van der Wel
 
The club was honoured to present Jen Russell with the award of Rotarian of the Year!!!   We are so glad to have Jen as a new member and couldn't be more proud that she was nominated with this award.  She is an active member, dedicated, enthusiastic and very involved with the Club.  We enjoy having her and congratulate her for her exceptional support!!!!!  Thanks for all you do Jen!!!!
Submitted Photo by Jen Russell
From left to right:  Danielle Cooke (LeCaron teacher), Olivia Lalonde (LeCaron student) and  Rotary President Paul Van der Wel
 
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the Club's September Student of the Month of école secondaire Le Caron and welcomed the teacher for the presentation.  This student will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for her achievements.  The Club thanked the teacher for introducing this very talented student to the club and wish the student well in her future endeavors.
From left to right:  Rotary President Paul Van der Wel and  Michelle Laurin
 
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene presented Michelle Laurin of La Cle with $500 for their Emergency Baby Needs Depot.  In lieu of providing our guest speakers with a gift, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene annually donates $500 to a charity in honour of our guest speakers.  For the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which began on July 1st, the club is supporting "THE EMERGENCY BABY NEEDS DEPOT".  The Baby Needs Depot provides baby formula, baby food, a limited supply of diapers sizes newborn-6 at no cost to families in need and is a Community Reach program.   This Depot is located at Le Cle (aka French Centre) at  63 Main Street, Penetanguishene.  You can drop in or call 705-549-3116 between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  
From left to right:  Katie Prentice (PSS Teacher), Brayden Adamson (PSS Student) and Rotary President Glen Holmes.
 
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Rotary Club of Penetanguishene honoured the last PSS Student of the Month.  This student will also be recognized by MP Bruce Stanton and MPP Patrick Brown for his achievements.  The club was sad that this would be the very last Student they would  award as PSS Student of the Month now that PSS has closed their doors.   The Club thanked the teacher for introducing this very talented student to the club and wish the student well in his future endeavors.
On Monday, May 23, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene donated a $2,000 cheque towards the Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief Fund through Rotary District 5370.  The funds will assist our friends in Fort McMurray in their time of need in the rebuilding the city following this tragic fire.  Rotary International will be there to help them as long as it takes to get them going again!
Submitted Photo from Emma Bayfield
Karen McGrath, President & CEO of Georgian Bay General Hospital (holding left side of the cheque) surrounded by Rotarians of the Penetanguishene Club
 
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene presented Karen McGrath , President & CEO of Georgian Bay General Hospital, a $5,000 cheque for a Treatment Room in the Emergency Department. 
The club has committed another 4 more $5,000 cheques over the next 4 years for a total of $25,000.   Our hospital relies on members of the community to provide the best tools – equipment and facilities – to ensure your hospital is able to provide the best care possible.  The club is extremely pleased to be able to support our local hospital!!
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
World Polio Day March
Oct 24, 2017
Meet at Foodland at Noon
SERVICE Project: Making Meals for The Guesthouse
Oct 31, 2017
Meet at Paul van der Wel's house at 12:15pm (Pizza lunch provided)
Dave Hobson
Nov 07, 2017
Bruce Stanton
Nov 14, 2017
Update from Parliament Hill
Student of the Month & Kamerin Matheson
Nov 21, 2017
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
John VanLaar
Dec 05, 2017
The Back to School Project
 
 
 
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