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 We had a great time with Ms. Melanie Case at lunch on Monday.
Melanie gave us some great tips on how to market and promote our club
as well as reminding of the power of the media. She even let it slip how
we can get some free coverage on the radio station she works for.
Rotarian Greg Mitchell, Rotarian Elizabeth de Groot and Paul Harris
Service award recipient Dr. Dina Ghobrial contributed heavily to the
Fun and Fellowship fun so we all sang a heartwarming rendition of
Happy Birthday to them. Photos courtesy of our very own Mr.Bryan Davies
of Bryan Davies photography.
 
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 We enjoyed a Halloween themed meeting that ended with a great group photo that has been sprinkled all over social media.
Our guest speakers were Mr Josh Pallas Recreation coordinator and Mr Chris Roo Manager of Parks and Facilities.
Their informative presentation brought the club up to date with the visions of revamping the Oakview Skate Park.
Rotarian George Vadeboncoeur won Octobers bottle of wine for our monthly food bank challenge.
Our meetings are packed with alittle business and alot of fun.See you next week.
Be the one. Rotary: Making a Difference.
Oakview Skate Park 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Ewing on Oct 04, 2017
 
No Guest speaker but a LOT was covered...
 
We got an update on the corvette lottery, presented an award to Todd Young, reviewed Food Bank requirements for October, Successfully organised several committees and volunteers and reviewed the District Conference.
 
Keith's ticket was drawn but the money is still safe and building for next meeting after our Thanksgiving break.
 
Have a joyous holiday everyone.
Club Meeting Oct 2, 2017 Terri Ewing 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
  Today we were treated to a informative presentation by the recruitment chairman for our district 7010 Rotarian Bill Montgomery from Penetanguishene Ontario. His presentation was full of great ideas, pointers and was educational. Our membership and retention committee past president Rotarian Sylvia Bray and past president Rotarian Dr James Koehle will be presenting  on the 21 of August. A meeting not to be missed!
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 Today we learned all about Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay. The presentation was full of exciting pictures of the duplex all most at completion on Peel street Collingwood. We discussed screening of recipients, the restore, recycling of electronics, funding and financials of the organization. 
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Monday's meeting gave us the opportunity to tour the Wasaga Beach Fire Station.  We were able to see first hand how these first responders go above and beyond for our community.  Fellow Rotarians also got the chance to put out some flames themselves.
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Congratulations to President Angela on her first meeting as President.
A big thank you to Elizabeth de Groot for sharing with the club her experience at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta.
 
President Angela's first meeting 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Boat Cruise September 16, 2016 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 09, 2016
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Simon Ainley from Ainley and Associates generously donated a cheque for $5,000 to The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach Gala.   Ainley and Associates will once again be the Platinum sponsor of the event.   The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach is very pleased to accept this vital donation to support the development of one of our major fundraising evenings. The Gala theme this year is ``Dirty Dancing`` and will be held May 13, 2017.  .  Ainley and Associates has been a key supporter of The Rotary Gala for the past 23 years. Accepting the cheque for Wasaga Beach Rotary Club Gala are Co-chairs Elizabeth Koehle (left) and Elizabeth de Groot (right).  Picture by Bryan Davies
Simon Ainley - Ainley & Assoc. - Platinum Partner Gala Elizabeth de Groot 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2016
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Busy meeting today!!! Jim Wilson MPP joined us for lunch today and gave us an update on the controversial Wind Turbines as well as an update on Collingwood Hospital. Agathe and President James exchanged Rotary flags and then she is off on her Canadian Tour before returning to France. Dr. Kellie Leitch MP joined us to welcome Holly as incoming president.
Jim Wilson, Agathe and President James – June 27 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2016
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Tonight we welcomed the new Board of Directors and said ‘Thanks’ to those who were on the Board last year.   Congratulations to incoming President Holly who wears her crown well!!!
Changeover – June 24 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Ontario Volunteer Service Awards – June 9 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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Steve Wallace presented today about HHART 7.  Everyone has just returned and there are many stories to tell. Steve discussed community projects that were completed as well as the work done by medical and dental teams.  Great experience – planning already underway for HHART 8 if you are interested, please contact Steve.
HHART 7 Presentation – June 6 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor of Wasaga Beach Joins Us for Lunch – May 16 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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The new 2016 Corvette has arrived and the lottery has been officially launched!  Joining us for the launch today were representatives from the groups who benefited from the lottery in 2015!  It’s a  win-win all round!
2016 Corvette Launch – May 16 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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Congratulations to James, Lorrie, Holly, Sylvia and Peter for receiving Wasaga Beach citizenship awards on May 14.  You make us all proud!!!
Citizenship Awards – May 14 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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Have you seen our new Rotary Trailer?  It’s been parked in the best parking lots in town.  Thanks to the corvette committee for working hard to organize the acquisition of the trailer and to Susy Miranda for the great design work.
New! Rotary Trailer – May 2 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2016
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Congratulations to Ellen Rice who won one of our largest 50/50 draws.  She received $802.50 today and promptly donated back $250.00 to HHART7 – Fantastic!  Thanks so much!
50/50 Cheque Presentation – April 19 2016-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2016
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Five of our fellow Rotarians attended District Training in North Bay the weekend of April 15, 16 &17.  A good time was had by all whether training or fellowship with fellow Rotarians from across the district.  Fun fact – Bryan Davies does a great Sinatra!!!
District Training – April 15, 16 &17 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2016
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On the evening of April 12th our Rotary Club convened at Catch 22 for our annual Club Anniversary Dinner and Paul Harris Fellowship Evening.  A Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Dr. Peter Wilson and Mark Winegarden. Paul Harris Service Awards were presented to Dr. Ted Proctor, Anthony Beresford and Elizabeth Koehle. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pins were given to Kevin deGroot PH+3, Marilyn Ruttan PH+3 and Sylvia Bray PH+2.
Paul Harris Service Awards – April 12 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2016
John McGiven and Martin Oosterveld presented the African Literacy Project to our club today.  The project working in Mwanza, Tanzania to establish schools and provide supplies to students.  Currently they are filling a shipping container to send over – once emptied the shipping container becomes a library.  For more information contact either John or Martin.
African Literacy Project – April 4 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2016
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It was our pleasure today to present the Rotaract club with a cheque for $250.00 for their assistance at the Rotary Dance in February during Snowman Mania – Thanks so much for your help!!
Rotaract Big Cheque – April 4 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2016
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We had some very special guests at our lunch meeting today – Our exchange student - Agathe’s parents came for a visit to Canada and joined us for lunch! President James presented Agathe’s mother Sophie, a Rotarian herself in France, with a Wasaga Beach Rotary Club Flag.
Agathe’s Parents Visiting – April 4 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Mr. President! – March 21 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
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What a great turn out at the Food Bank for the annual Easter Hampers assembly and distribution.  Many hand make light work and that was certainly the case this year. Thanks to all who participated!!!
Easter Hampers - March 20 & 21 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2016
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It was a cold March morning when several brave individuals ran into the frigid waters of the Nottawasaga River to raise funds for their favourite charity and the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach.  Despite the cold temperatures a great time was had by all!!
Polar Plunge – March 19 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2016
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Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and South Georgian Bay Rotary Clubs raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters at Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Collectively we raised over $4000.00!!! And had a fabulous time – it had been many years since some of us had bowled making for some interesting scores!
Bowl for Kid’s Sake - March 4 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 04, 2016
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Fire Chief Mike McWilliams joined the WB Rotary Club for lunch today to discuss the current status of fire services in Wasaga Beach and the hiring of 6 more firefighters.  He also discussed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and their importance in the home – and changing their batteries twice a year. For more information http://www.wasagabeach.com/town-hall/fire-emergency-management
Fire Safety - March 14 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2016
Sheri Bufon joined our Rotary Meeting today to speak about the lack of programs for young adults with special needs once they graduate high school. She has formed a non-profit organization to provide services to these young adults in our community called CASLE which stands for Continuing Adult Special Learning Experience. CASLE is looking for funding and volunteers – contact Sheri for more information.
CASLE Presentation – March 7 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2016
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Ellen Rice – Corporate member for RBC has won the 50/50 draw with the purchase of a single ticket.  The money in the draw had been steadily increasing for months to a grand total of $802.50.  Congratulations!!
Big Winner 50/50 Draw – March 7 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2016
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Eric Dean visited the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach today to discuss the RVH Foundation’s new campaign.  The Hearts and Minds campaign focusses on cardiac care as well as mental health in our region. From a cardiac perspective we do not have an advanced cardiac care program and RVH is fundraising to make that happen. Secondly there is a need for child and youth mental health services. For more information http://foundation.rvh.on.ca/
Royal Victoria Hospital – February 29 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2016
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Great presentation today by the David Cubitt of the Wasaga Brewing Company outlining their plans for the next few months.  Rodney won a can of the Beach 1 – Cerveza one of the brews that will be offered this summer at Wasaga Beach.  For more information visit their website at http://www.wasaga.beer/
Wasaga Brewing Company - February 22 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
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Jarvis Strong presented about the Big Brother/Big Sister organization in our area.  Great stories!!! He was promoting their Mentorship programs both at school and through workplace engagement.  They are also looking for a Board Member from Wasaga Beach (and a treasurer and a lawyer). Holly Haire has served on the Board in the past. More information is available at their website http://www.bigbrothersbigsistersgeorgiantriangle.org/en/Home/default.aspx
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – January 18th 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
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Gary Cerontola gave an excellent presentation about the Wasaga Film Festival scheduled for April 30th.  He is scheduling events for the entire month of April to build up to the 30th.  The Wasaga Film festival has recently been rebranded. More information is available on their website at http://www.wasagafilmfest.com/
Wasaga Film Festival – January 18th 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2016
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The first meeting of the New Year was all about fun and fellowship – we all participated in a paper airplane challenge! Some of us built really great paper airplanes while others – not so good! Our auction today was ski hats! Great way to start off our Rotary club in 2016.

First Meeting of New Year – January 4th 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2016
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Two great presentations today!!! Deb James talked about working in broadcasting and Bryan Davies spoke about his career as a photographer. Thanks to you both for presenting!
Classification Presentations - December 21st 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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On December 6th we held our Kids Christmas Party at Stonebridge Beach House.   The children (and some adults!) participated in face painting and creating ceramic ornaments for the family tree.   A special someone (Santa Claus) stopped by so everyone could sit on his knee and ask him for their Christmas wishes. Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese as well as cookies and cupcakes were served for lunch….Mmmmmm!
Kids Christmas Party - December 6th 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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Our club Annual General Meeting was held on December 14th.  Meet your new executive team for 2016/2017!!! Congratulations!!!
 
President: Holly Haire
Past President: James Koehle
President Elect: Angela Piercey
Treasurer: Lorrie Good
Secretary: Eryn Hilliard
Sargent at Arms: Ehab  Masad
Directors: Andy Conroy and Kevin de Groot
Club Elections and AGM – December 14th 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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Darren Cunliffe, President of Simcoe County Sliders spoke about sledge hockey which is a sport that was designed to allow individual who have a physical disability to play ice hockey.  Players use a specialized sled that glides on an ice surface. For more information please visit www.simcoecountysliders.ca
Sledge Hockey - December 7th 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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Ashley Light was inducted into our club on December 14th. Ashley has lived in Wasaga Beach with his wife and three children since 2001.  He has coached soccer and hockey locally for many years. He also volunteers at the Georgian Triangle Anglers Association and enjoys fishing and hiking.

New Member – Welcome Ashley Light 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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Susie and Shawn Parker of Innisfil Rotary Club presented on Shelter Boxes. Shelter Box is an international relief agency which provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to communities who have experienced a disaster. For more information please visit www.shelterbox.org

Shelter Boxes - December 7th 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2016
The Annual Wasaga Beach Rotary Club Christmas dinner was held on the night of Friday, December 4th.  What a wonderful evening at Bistro 26 – Good food, good friends and good fellowship.
Christmas Party - December 4th Cathy Johnson 2016-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2015
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Great presentation by Deb Loosemore of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka today. Gilda’s Club, named for comedian Gilda Radner, provides free emotional and social support to anyone feeling the impact of cancer.

Gilda’s Club - November 23rd 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2015
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Following lunch today, Marilyn Ruttan did a presentation about Rotary Foundation today reminding us all about how important the foundation is and how the funds are utilized.  Our club is the recipient of several district grants this year for HHART 7 and the Wasaga Beach Food Bank.
Foundation Presentation November 16th 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2015
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The Wasaga Beach Rotary had the privilege and pleasure of serving lunch to local veterans.  Approximately 45 veterans, some with their spouses attended and were served a turkey dinner with all the trimmings by the Rotary members.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2015
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Oh what a night! The annual Wasaga Beach Rotary Gala (our 23rd) was held on November 7th.  A night to remember, with glitz and glamour galore!!! Fabulous food and great gaming!!!
 
Congratulations to Mark Winegarden our big winner of the night who will be off to Vegas sometime in the near future. Thanks to our sponsors and all those who contributed to the Silent Auction.
Gala 2015 – Vegas Baby! November 7th 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2015
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On November 2nd we had the pleasure of hosting our District Governor, Lise Dutrisac for lunch.  Lise presented an overview of the district plans for the year 2015 -2016.
District Governor Visit - November 2nd Cathy Johnson 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
New Member - Welcome Terri Ewing Cathy Johnson 2015-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2015
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Deb James has worked in Radio Broadcasting since 1988.  Her career has allowed her to move around a bit; she worked in North Bay, The Ottawa Valley, Newfoundland, Owen Sound, Wingham, Barrie and now Collingwood.

New Member - Welcome Deb James 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
How does it feel to give away $67,500.00….FANTASTIC! Cathy Johnson 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Thought it was a tough decision, as the applicants were extremely well qualified, we are pleased to announce this years Rotary Presidential Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000.00, was presented to DAISY ENRIGHT.
Daisy and her Mom were able to join us at our August 10th lunch meeting where her cheque was presented and she was able to share a little of her post-secondary plans and goal to become a Human Rights lawyer. Congratulations Daisy!
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Posted on Jun 28, 2015
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What a night of celebration when our club recognized Rotarians who sponsored new members and went above and beyond to support the club during the 2014/2015 Rotary year. President Sylvia passed the medal and gavel to incoming President Dr. James Koehle. A great night was had by all at Marlwood Golf & Country Club as we celebrated past achievements and move forward into a new Rotary year!
Changeover! 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
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A wonderful version of HAPPY BIRTHDAY was sung with much energy and enthusiasm for Rotarians Cathy Johnson and Steve Wallace at Mondays' meeting. they share the same birthday, May 25th!!
Happy Birthday Steve & Cathy! 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2015
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It is a great pleasure to announce the birth of a new Rotarian baby!  Rotarian Peter Wilson & his partner Tanya Lawrence are the proud parents of a lovely baby girl.
 
Maddison Margaret Wilson was born today, Tuesday May 19th at 10:35am and weighed in at 5lbs 12oz.
 
Reports from the proud Daddy indicate that Mom and baby are doing well and getting some well deserved rest.
 
Congratulations Peter and Tanya!!!
Baby news! 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2015
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Past President Marilyn Ruttan will be celebrating her birthday on April 24th and the club, with the help of our speaker and fabulous singer Sarah Ritchie, sang a heartwarming version of HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I'm sure Marilyn is feeling it was well worth a $20.00 investment in the clubs social fund!!  Happy Days Marilyn!
Happy Birthday Marilyn 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Each year our Rotary club may bestow a Paul Harris Service Award upon Rotarians or non-Rotarians from Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area who have distinguished themselves through noteworthy international, regional or local community service.  Our club contributes $1000 to the Rotary Foundation in the name of each recipient.  The members of our club that have been awarded a Paul Harris Service award vote to decide who will receive the award.  This year we are presenting three awards - Dr. Dina Ghobrial, Ms. Irene Walker and our own Past President and Rotarian Todd Young. 
 
Irene is well known around Wasaga Beach but of special mention is her involvement in the sponsoring committee of the Wasaga Beach Air Cadets and her involvement with all HHART missions trip (1 through to the current one, number 6). Irene is a tireless volunteer with a huge heart and well deserving of the recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Service Awards - Ms. Irene Walker 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Each year our Rotary club may bestow a Paul Harris Service Award upon Rotarians or non-Rotarians from Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area who have distinguished themselves through noteworthy international, regional or local community service.  Our club contributes $1000 to the Rotary Foundation in the name of each recipient.  The members of our club that have been awarded a Paul Harris Service award vote to decide who will receive the award.  This year we are presenting three awards - Dr. Dina Ghobrial, Ms. Irene Walker and our own Past President and Rotarian Todd Young
Paul Harris Service Awards - PP/Rotarian Todd Young 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Each year our Rotary club may bestow a Paul Harris Service Award upon Rotarians or non-Rotarians from Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area who have distinguished themselves through noteworthy international, regional or local community service.  Our club contributes $1000 to the Rotary Foundation in the name of each recipient.  The members of our club that have been awarded a Paul Harris Service award vote to decide who will receive the award.  This year we are presenting three awards - Dr. Dina Ghobrial, Ms. Irene Walker and our own Past President and Rotarian Todd Young. 
 
Paul Harris Service Awards - Dr. Dina Ghobrial 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Kevin de Groot has been around our club forever, first as a Rotary spouse and since December 2012 as a Rotarian, it’s hard to remember a Rotary event without Kevins’ cheerful face. He logs countless volunteer hours for the club and in recent years has taken a lead role in the HHART missions trips. Please join me in congratulating Kevin as he has made it to the next level and is awarded a multiple Paul Harris Fellow + 2 on April 14, 2015.
Kevin de Groot PH+2 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Walter is a founding member of our club, and at this our 31st anniversary we can acknowledge that’s a really long time!!  He’s a voice of calm, reason and experience and many Presidents have relied upon the good advice of Rotarian Walter.  You are an inspiration to many in our club and it was my pleasure to present you with your PHF + 2, a small symbol of how you have embraced Rotary's motto…Service above self.
Walter Borthwick PH+2 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
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Our club celebrated it's 31st anniversary as well as our annual Paul Harris awards night at Catch-22 on Tuesday April 14th - A good time was had by all as we were spoilt by a world class menu served attentively by Bob and his wonderful staff.  Being presented with their Paul Harris Fellow was Rotarian Angela Piercey and Rotarian Andy Conroy, both quietly support our club on a regular basis and demonstrate 'service above self' in their daily lives.  Congratulation Andy and Angela! 
Paul Harris Awards / 31st Club Anniversary 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2015
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Once again our club supported our local Food Bank with the assembly and distribution of 300 hampers for Food Bank recipients just in time for Easter, this hands-on service project is always a great club project with lots of Rotarians and their families getting involved!
Easter Hampers! 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2015
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In preparation for the HHART-6 missions trip to the DR to support Haitian refugees, our club gathered for a pot-luck meeting to assemble hygiene packs which will be distributed to the impoverished people they will be helping when they travel to the Dominican Republic in April.55 people will be supporting the team this year, lead by Rotarian Steven Wallace. Our club is the lead club for this years mission. In addition to our donations and assembly of hygiene packs the club donated $4,000.00 toward projects on the ground in the DR.
Hygiene Pack Pot Luck meeting 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Mar 08, 2015
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Welcome to our clubs' newest member Eryn Hilliard.
Eryn is a Realtor with Re/Max and has called Wasaga Beach home for the past four years. She's Mom to 10-year old Haydn and 6 year old Bella. Her love of sports includes; Crossfit, Snowboarding, Ball Hockey and golf. She also enjoys baking and cake decorating and is actively involved in our community. Eryn has support Rotary gala's for years and is one our best dressed Polar Plungers each year!! Welcome Eryn!  
Welcome Eryn Hilliard Sylvia Bray 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2015
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A joint ticket purchased by Past President Todd Young and Rotarian Jenifer Levesque earned the right to pick a marble from the greatly diminished bag of lucky marbles - Todd was able to pull the lucky blue one and they will share approximately $778.00 between them!  Congratulations!!!
50-50 winners! 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
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On February 23rd our club celebrated the 110th anniversary of Rotary International with a tasty cake prepared by our awesome caterers, Pina & Karemm of Taste of Paradise
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Rotary has so much fun giving back to this great community - Last Monday we presented a cheque for $4,500.00 to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, proceeds from our annual corvette lottery
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Posted by Elizabeth de Groot
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The folks from the YMCA made a great presentation including a wonderful personal story from Karen.  She let us know that we are touching the lives of our community and how one family truly needed a place to help escape from day to day struggle with a Mother's cancer.  We presented our cheque from Corvette proceeds in the amount of $4,500 to the Strong Kids Program.  A presentation was made to request $5,000 in funding for a weekly Rotary sponsored community free swim.  Volunteers are needed for our Snowmanmania weekend both Friday and Saturday.  The February 7th dance tickets are going well - only about 50 left.
January 26 Meeting Summary Elizabeth de Groot 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Dec 18, 2014
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Our club gathered Friday December 19th for a new format Christmas party - Appetizers and Desserts along with a festive beverage or two - we had many a Rotarian and/or their partner playing to win at a lively round of Pictionary and our raffle to 'Win a Wine Cellar' was a great hit with all and the de Groot family stocking their shelves with many a wonderful bottle of wine as they were the winners.  We also asked everyone to bring a box or two of cereal and were able to make a much appreciated donation of approximately 65 boxes to the Foodbank to help replenish the shelves for the New Year!
Christmas Party Fun! Sylvia Bray 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Dec 15, 2014
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Alison Fitzgerald, Executive Director, of My Friend's House was at our meeting on December 15th to pick up a cheque for $2,000 (Proceeds from our annual corvette lottery draw) which they will put to good use providing a safe haven for abused women and their children right here in the Georgian Triangle
My Friends House donation Sylvia Bray 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Dec 14, 2014
At Our December 8th Annual General meeting we held our election for Board positions for the 2015/2016 year. I am pleased to announce the board will be made up of the following:
James Koehle - President
Holly Haire - President-Elect
Lorrie Good - Treasurer
Cathy Johnson - Secretary
Bryan Davies - Seargent in Arms
Danielle Blanchard - Director at Large
Peter Wilson - Director at Large
Trevor Eby - Director at Large
Congratulations to all who voted, ran for a position, and those that will serve!
2015/2016 Board Elected Sylvia Bray 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray
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Wasaga Beach Rotary presents the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation with a $5,000 donation towards IV Pumps
 
The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach donated a $5,000 cheque to Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation (CGMHF), proceeds from The Wasaga Rotary 15th Annual Corvette Lottery. These funds will be allocated toward funding IV Pumps at the G&M Hospital.  
 
A fleet of Alaris IV Pumps have arrived at the G&M Hospital and are in use by patients thanks to community support. Alaris IV Pumps are considered to be cutting edge technology, leading the market in intravenous infusion therapy.  Thank you to the Rotarians of Wasaga Beach for their continued and generous support.  
 
Photo: Receiving the cheque is Jory Pritchard-Kerr, Executive Director of CGMHF (front row, third from left), Walter Borthwick, Past Chair of CGMHF and the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club.
 
Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation Donation Sylvia Bray 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Nov 08, 2014
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On Sunday November 9th I represented our Rotary club by presenting a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of our Rotary Club at the annual Rememberance Day service at Town Hall, held the Sunday before Remembrance Day as we do not have a legion in town.
 
The service was well attended and it was an honour to be there on behalf of our club.
Remembrance Day Ceremony Sylvia Bray 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray
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November 1st was not only our gala but also our gala co-chair, Elizabeth de Groots birthday... at Mondays meeting it was also our caterer Pinas' birthday and so a rousing round of HAPPY BIRTHDAY was sung to celebrate two birthday gals!! Happy Birthday Elizabeth and Pina!
Happy Birthday gals! Sylvia Bray 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2014
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Our club was excited to welcome new member Trent Collie to our club, with the formal induction ceremony taking place on Monday October 27th. Trent and his wife Sarah are the new owners of the Tim Horton's located on Mosley Street at 45th. Welcome Trent!
Welcome Trent Collie Sylvia Bray 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
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At today's meeting we had an update on the new campaign about to be launched by the RVH Foundation, by Eric Dean. The cheque we presented for $10,000 represented proceeds from our Corvette lottery and is the fourth installment of our 5-year $50,000 commitment towards a chemo pod - Way to go Wasaga Beach Rotary!!!
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Posted on Oct 14, 2014
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To raise awareness and funds to END POLIO NOW we have launched our 3rd annual POPCORN FOR POLIO campaign.... $5 from the sale of a bag of popcorn will 7 prevent seven children from contracting polio, a non-curable crippling disease!
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On September 13th our club had the honour of unveiling the first Rotary Town clock in the Town of Wasaga Beach.
On hand for the special ceremony was District Governor Brian Menton and his wife Dorothy, Assistant Governor Kim Giffen, our MP Dr. Kellie Leitch,  Mayor Cal Paterson and more than a hundred residents who were excited to see the towns' newest landmark unveiled. As the above photo shows, she's a beauty!!
Many thanks to Ehab Masad, Danielle Blanchard & Holly Haire-Ellis from the clock committee as well as the entire Rotary club of Wasaga Beach & Area for supporting this initiative.  If you haven't yet purchased a plaque, I suggest you do as its a great place to recognize your business, a loved one, or to record the memory of one no longer here.
Rotary Town Clock Dedication Sylvia Bray 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
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The Wasaga Beach Rotary Club presented a cheque for $15,000 to Ron Emo and Janet Fairbridge (L) of Hospice Georgian Triangle. The funds were allocated towards The Spa Room at Campbell House which helps palliative care clients to be lifted into a special whirpool tub to enjoy a soothing bath.
Monday Meeting - Cheque Presentation Hospice Elizabeth de Groot 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 16, 2014
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We had a busy meeting today with guest speaker Twyla Nicolson and her Assistant from the Town making a great presentation on “How to Vote” in the upcoming municipal election.  Times are changing and we are moving to internet and phone based voting.  The most important thing you can do today is make sure you are on the voters list.  You can contact Town Hall at 705-429-3844 or visit the website at www.wasagabeach.com.  Last election only 27% voted – Twyla is shooting for 75%.
Our newest Rotarian was inducted.  Cathy Johnson took the oath while her sister Rotarian and sponsor  Marilyn Ruttan stood by her side.  We welcome Cathy to our club.  She has already been quite involved in our club since her retirement in the Spring.
50/50 was drawn and guest Rotaractor Alex got the ticket but now the blue ball – the pot continues to grow.  Next week there is no lunch meeting but a Club Assembly at 7:00 p.m.
A reminder that a very special guest Bryn Styles will be attending our August 25th meeting.  We will also celebrate 30 years as a Rotary Club.
August 11 - Meeting Summary Elizabeth de Groot 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jul 27, 2014
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Today we had a great meeting with guest speaker Dr. Kelly Volmers and her son Ben to speak about their experience on the HHART5 mission.  Kelly brought slides and explained to us the connection she made with the AAASosua.  She spade and performed surgery on many dogs at a clinic.  She also travelled to the villages and looked at the various sick dogs and prescribed medications which will be followed up by the folks at the clinic.  Kelly was encouraged to do a distribution while she was there and gave out milk to a long line of children.  Ben is now 13 and he enjoyed his trip and helped with various tasks.  Dr. Volmers has already committed to going back on HHART6!  She and her son provided a wonderful new perspective on the aid we are providing in the DR.
Great new that Bryn Styles will be a Guest Speaker at our meeting on August 25th to talk about the restoration of the Paul Harris House.
 
Elizabeth de Groot proposed a general motion to the membership to vote on which was seconded by Peter Wilson. 
Motion:  The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach will provide 20 bar shifts for Blues fest September 12, 13 and 14 in exchange for 20 smart serve trainings done in a group.  The date is to be determined.  We will also receive a gold sponsorship which includes our logos on posters, ad in the program and recognition at the event.  They will also allow us to sell PopCorn for Polio.  PASSED.

50/50 - Elizabeth got the winning ticket but the white marble.

Reminder of Gala meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at Jennifer Levesque's house.

CORVETTE - only 193 tickets left to sell.

SAA - no singing today but had a great round of fines and happy bucks!
July 28 - Meeting Summery Elizabeth de Groot 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jul 25, 2014
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Today was a business meeting where all the chairs of various committees gave their reports.  We sang a good "$10.00" version of Happy Birthday to Rotarian Lorrie Good.  Good round of Happy Bucks and fines.  Our Rotary Exchange Student Jennifer is back from her month long tour of Canada and looking forward to the BBQ on Wednesday to say Good-Bye before she returns to Taiwan.  Rotarian Angela Piercey gave a very personal and powerful message for her 3 minutes of Rotary.  She summarized a trip she had made with many fellow travel agents and they announced if any Rotarians were in the crowd to go outside and say the "4 way test" and share stories.  It was then that Angela felt the power of Rotary and knew she wanted to make a difference and work hard in our club.  Corvette tickets are going well at 910 sold but crucial that Elvis and Kempenfest get good weather so hoping for some personal sales to put us over the top.  The clock is in and Danielle reported that the town is working on building the platform.  Todd is looking for some help of the membership committee to meet with potential members to explain "what Rotary is".  Please contact directly.  First meeting with 2 Collingwood clubs and Rotaract will take place to plan Rotary Day on Monday July 28 at 8 a.m.  Please contact Sylvia if you want to be part of this planning. 2 years in Rotary for Angela Piercey and 1 year for Holly Haire - Congratulations.  50/50 draw was WON by Patrice McCammon.
July 21 2014 Meeting Summary Elizabeth de Groot 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jul 13, 2014
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Great meeting today as Maurisa Doreleyers shared pictures and highlights of her Rotary Exchange trip to New Zealand.  She has many great adventures with her fellow Rotary Exchange students including white water rafting, site seeing, and a 4 day hike on Melford Trek which was 53.5 km.  One of the highlights was seeing dolphins close up in the Ocean.   She says that the trip has made her more independent and she thanked the club for sponsoring the trip.  Peter and Todd updated on Corvette.  We have ½ the tickets sold but need to rally as a club to make sure we sell out.  Reach out and sell some tickets if you can.  Evelyn’s granddaughter was with us today as well as Jacqueline Wallace and Lisa Doreleyers.  Good round of Happy Bucks and Fines.  A reminder to sign up for the BBQ for Jennifer’s going away party at the de Groot’s.
July 14th - Meeting Summary Elizabeth de Groot 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jul 07, 2014
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Sylvia conducted her first meeting of the year as President and informed us about theme for this year “Light Up Rotary”.   Good attendance with 26 people attending including some little ones.  Holly brought her two young ones and Abigail brought Isaac.  They were all very well behaved!  We sang a horrible version of Happy Birthday to George Watson for $5 in the pot!   Cathy Johnson was introduced as Marilyn’s guest and also her intention to join our club.  Our new SAA Danielle had everyone stand and dig in their pocket for change to all pay a happy buck to welcome Sylvia as our new President.  Peter Wilson gave a Corvette update and we are just over 700 tickets sold to date.   Marcel was congratulated on his 6th anniversary with our Rotary Club.  Elizabeth did 3 minutes on Rotary and talked about attendance.  It is Sylvia’s hope that each person can strive for 100% attendance and Elizabeth explained all the various makeups.  You can do a Corvette shift; attend a Board meeting or committee meeting.   You can also go to another club.  Elizabeth will be tracking attendance and makeups to help Val and Sylvia with the administrative load. 

Jennifer L was inducted as President-Elect as she was not able to attend changeover.  

Sylvia met with the two Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract club and we are looking to have a Rotary Day in the Fall to showcase our work.  Anyone interested should contact Sylvia.  Cathy Johnson got the 50/50 ticket correct, but failed to pull the blue marble.   The Gala meeting set for tomorrow was cancelled and Elizabeth will send e-mails to reschedule.  Next week Marisa D. will tell us all about her Rotary Youth Exchange trip to New Zealand.  Reminder for Jennifer’s Farewell party at the de Groot’s on July 23rd. July

July 7th - Meeting Summary Elizabeth de Groot 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to Rotarian Angela Piercey who was chosen as Rotarian of the Year, by President Ehab Masad. Angela has been a member of our club for only two years but they have been very busy years that have seen her involved with just about everything our club is involved with.  Angela will start her second term as Treasurer July 1st and is a valuable member of the Board of Directors. her cheerful disposition and "I can do anything" attitude has made her an incredible part of the Rotary family - Congratulations Angela!
Rotarian of the Year - 2013-2014 Sylvia Bray 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Jun 15, 2014
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On June 16th President Ehab Masad, passed the presidential medal (and duties) to Sylvia Bray who will preside over our wonderful Rotary club for the next twelve months. We had a lovely changeover dinner at Wasaga Sands and celebrated the new Rotary year by lighting up Rotary with sparklers!
Light Up Rotary - Changeover Sylvia Bray 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on May 24, 2014
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Thanks to all the Rotarians, Family and Friends who HIKED FOR HOSPICE and help raise more than $100,000 (between three local events) for Hospice Georgian Triangle.
It was a beautiful sunny day for a 7km hike along the beach followed by entertainment and a BBQ lunch. Our Rotary flag was proudly carried by our exchange student Jenifer.
A special thanks to Rotarian Lorrie who chaired the event this year!
Hike for Hospice Sylvia Bray 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Apr 27, 2014
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We had a busy meeting today with a little fundraising on behalf of the birthday song - a trio of our most experienced members sang to both Trevor & Marilyn and then the whole club joined together for the 'poor' version of Happy Birthday for Walter - HAPPY BIRTHDAY fellow Rotarians!!
Birthday Celebrations! Sylvia Bray 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
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What a great time we had at Rogers TV this morning with Catherine Thompson who interviewed Marcel and I about our incredible Easter Hamper project. It was a lot of fun to brag about the great things our club does and to highlight how the proceeds from our Corvette Lottery go back into our town with this hands-on project where we work with Foodland to buy the groceries, pick them up and deliver them to the food bank where a team of Rotarians then sorts them into 330 hampers which we help to hand-out and even deliver (where theres a need) the following day!!  What a great Rotary project, so proud to be a Rotarian!
Easter Hampers Sylvia Bray 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Apr 06, 2014
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How exciting that our Rotary club has grown again, Photographer Bryan Davies joined our club today. His sponsor is President Ehab Masad so I'm sure the club will have a lot of fun finding a reason to fine poor Bryan in the first few months of his membership while his sponsor covers the fines :)
We're growing again! Sylvia Bray 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Mar 30, 2014
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Spring is in the air and our Rotary club is growing, Please join me in welcoming our newest member, Alex Smardenka, owner of Boston Pizza in both Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.
Alex' sponsor is Marcel Doreleyers
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RI president-elect Gary C.K. Huang chooses 'Light Up Rotary' as the presidential theme for 2014-15.
Let's light up Rotary! Sylvia Bray 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Dec 08, 2013
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After a successful election today I am proud to introduce our Executive for the 2014-2015 year and offer a big thank you to all members for your support today (and in the year to come)!

President - Sylvia Bray
Past President - Ehab Masad
President Nominee - Jennifer Levesque
Treasurer - Angela Piercey
Secretary - Val Dickson
Director at Large - Marcel Doreleyers
Director at Large - Peter Wilson
Sergeant in Arms - Paulette Light

Sylvia Bray
President-Elect

It's election day! Sylvia Bray 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Nov 28, 2013
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Our Rotary family has grown again, Congratulations to Chris, Christine and Abigail who welcomed Daniel Christopher Webb weighing in at 7lbs 10.5 ounces on Friday November 29th at 12:46PM.  What a cutie!!

Congratulations Chris & Christine! Sylvia Bray 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Oct 23, 2013
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Our 3rd annual POPCORN FOR POLIO campaign is in full swing, Rotarians gathered at Grandma's Beach Treats on October 16th and popped and packed 100's of bags of popcorn, built and decorated display boxes and helped to sprinkle them throughout town so we can make this our best campaign ever!

Please promote this event, remember one bag of popcorn, a $5 donation saves 7 children from the crippling disease of polio!!!

* * Breaking news, as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation doubles all Rotary polio donations a $5 donation will actually immunize 14 children!!!  * *

For a popcorn box, or to purchase popcorn, please call Elizabeth de Groot at (705) 446-4742 or Sylvia Bray at (705) 429-2243

Popcorn for Polio in support of WORLD POLIO DAY! Sylvia Bray 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting October 21 2013 Elizabeth de Groot 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Aug 20, 2013
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Darlene K of Meaford, the grand prize winner of this years corvette lottery draw, picked up her brand new car today at Mike Jackson GM in Collingwood, Peter Wilson and Sylvia Bray were there to share in her excitement and hand over the keys! Congratulations to the club for another successful fundraiser that puts $54,000 back into our community!
2013 Corvette Grand Prize Winner! Sylvia Bray 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Jul 28, 2013
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Welcome Holly Haire-Ellis! 

The Rotary club of Wasaga Beach and area welcomed a new member today who had the privilege of being inducted by our visiting District Governor Marilyn Hanson, who was here to meet our club and share a bit about her Rotary experience and her goals for the coming year!

Holly works as an executive assistant for our MP, the honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, is sponsored by President Ehab Masad.

Our first new member of the 2013/2014 year! Sylvia Bray 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jun 12, 2013
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On June 13,2013 the Ontario Government recognized six members of the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach. The Ontario Volunteer Service Award recognizes individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. The reception was held in Barrie at the Liberty North Building, The Honourable Michael Coteau( Minister of citizenship and immigration) greeted the Audience via Video Conference. Volunteers were presented with stylized trillium service pin acknowledging their years of service.
Picture Left to right (George Watson, James Koehle, Elizabeth De Groot and John Dick.
Not Present Marilyn Ruttan, George Vadebouncoeur
Ontario Volunteer Service Awards Elizabeth de Groot 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 25, 2013
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We are one of the three clubs forming a new Rotaract Club.  1/3 of the meetings will be held in Wasaga Beach and will promote all areas.  Please help spread the word!
Rotaract Club - June 11 - Boston Pizza - Collingwood Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 12, 2013
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We had a great presenation from OPP on D.A.R.E. program and the wonderful results they are having.  Rotarian Peter decided to pay $20 to have Abigail sing him his birthday song.  He discovered her lovely voice singing O Canada and felt she should do a SOLO.  Lots of happy bucks and fines
Meeting - May 13th Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 12, 2013
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John Dick sing Happy Birthday to Marilyn and she adds $20 to our social fund for the solo.  Last time poor John will be wearing that blue and white!!!
Birthday Singing Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 08, 2013
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On Thursday May 9th, the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Awards - it was the 75th year of the chamber.  It was great to see so many Rotarians in the crowd.  Our very own Walter Borthwith was named citizen of the Year.  Dr. Peter Wilson and Marcel Doreleyers also were presented with awards. 
Our very own - Citizen of the Year - Walter Borthwick Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 05, 2013
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Mayor Cal Patterson visited our Rotary Club on May 6th. Thanks for updating all of us
May 6th Meeting Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Gala Committee accepts $5,000 Gold Sponsor cheque from Ainley & Associates Elizabeth de Groot 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Apr 13, 2013
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7 of your fellow Rotarians made the trip to North Bay to expand their knowledge of Rotary.  This picture was taken Sunday morning after the first session - good looking bunch!  Steve Wallace was also there but was not available for the picture.  We have lots of new great ideas for our club. 
North Bay - PETS and SETS training Elizabeth de Groot 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Todd accepted a certificate on behalf of our club from Kellie Leitch presented to our club in recognition of the amazing work we did on the Easter Hamper Project. 
Our MP, Dr. Kellie Leitch drops by Elizabeth de Groot 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Mar 10, 2013
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Todays meeting chaired by President Elect Ehab was a fun one as we had lots of auction items (from members recent travels!) and he got to induct a brand new member!

Abigail Hitchens  of Petals in Thyme, the newest floral design & gift shop in Wasaga Beach, is our clubs newest member. Abigails' sponsor is James Koehle.

WELCOME Abigail!

Here we grow again - Welcome Abigail! Sylvia Bray 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Our club has been busy growing, how exciting is that!! 

During our meeting on March 4th President Todd inducted  Trevor Eby, an insurance broker at Crewson Insurance, who looks forward to giving back to the wonderful town of Wasaga Beach which he has called home since 2004. Trevors and his partner Ashley are parents to three young children; Lincoln (3), Reegan (2) and Easton (1 in June). His Rotary sponsor is Patrice.
<<NOte: it tired me out just calculating his childrens ages, I'm sure its a very busy household!!>>  Welcome Trevor!!

WelcomeTrevor Eby Sylvia Bray 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Feb 10, 2013
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Greg Mitchell, a transfer from the Orangville Rotary Club, was formally inducted to our club today.  We all welcome him and look forward to involving him in our club.  Sorry for the blurry picture Greg - not the best I have taken!
Welcome Greg to our Club! Elizabeth de Groot 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jan 13, 2013
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Marilyn Beecroft attended our meeting to accept the cheque in the amount of $4,500.  This cheque represents funds from our 2012 Corvette Lottery.  Marilyn updated us on future events including a return trip of the Tall Ships.  John Fisher, Superintendent of the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park was on hand to update us on the signs with our Rotary emblem and future work on the trails.
Cheque Presentation - Friends of Nancy Island Elizabeth de Groot 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jan 06, 2013
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Danielle Blanchard and Evelyn Cadenhead were inducted today as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach.  Danielle is the manager of the RBC branch in Wasaga Beach.  Evelyn is retired from the manufacturing business.  We welcome both to our club.
New Members Inducted Today Elizabeth de Groot 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jan 06, 2013
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Eric Dean, CEO of the RVH Hospital Foundation attended our meeting today.  He presented an overview of the changes at the new RVH and information on the new Cancer center as well as all the recent upgrades to the hospital.  The club presented a cheque for $10,000.00 from our Corvette Lottery proceeds to Eric. 
Cheque Presentation - RVH Barrie - Cancer Center Elizabeth de Groot 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Dec 16, 2012
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On December 17th folks were on hand to give us an update on the vision for the YMCA and an update on the Storng Kids program.  We presented a cheque in the amount of $3,000. 
Cheque Presentation - YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Elizabeth de Groot 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Dec 16, 2012
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On Dec 17th, Kevin de Groot was officially inducted into our Rotary Club.  His sponsor is Elizabeth de Groot. 
New Member - Kevin de Groot Elizabeth de Groot 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Steve Wallace was presented with his Paul Harris plus 5. Ron Strickland our District Foundation Chair was in attendance to speak about Foundation. Steve was honored to receive his Paul Harris +5 pin from Ron. Steve is a strong advocate of Foundation and we are extremely proud, as he is, of his accomplishments and investement in this the very core of Rotary.

Congratulations STEVE!!

Paul Harris Pin Presentation Steve Wallace Todd Young 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 18, 2012
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Andrea Abbott Kokosin updated us on the work that BDB has been doing over the last year.  We presented a cheque in the amount of $6,000. 
Cheque Presentation - Breaking Down Barriers Elizabeth de Groot 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 18, 2012
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On November 19th Karen Webb attended our meeting and updated us on the great work of Big Brothers and  Big Sisters in our area.  We presented Karen with a cheque in the amount of $2,500.00
Cheque Presentation - Big Brothers Big Sisters Elizabeth de Groot 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 04, 2012
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At November 5th's meeting we presented a cheque to Jory Pritchard Kerr for $14,500 towards the New Care Campaign.  She gave us an update on the Collingwood G&M Hospital.
Cheque Presentation to G&M Elizabeth de Groot 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 04, 2012
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At November 5th meeting Sue Connell was on hand to accept a cheque for $10,000 to the Wasaga Beach Ministrial Food Bank.  This will be used with our $1,500 we receive from our Rotary District to provide Easter Hampers for 2013. 
Cheque Presentation to the Food Bank Elizabeth de Groot 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 02, 2012
Gala is held at the Country Life Estates in Wasaga Beach at
85 Theme Park Drive if you need driving directions.  Map from Google Map!
Gala Tonight Elizabeth de Groot 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Oct 28, 2012
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A great day at our Rotary Lunch Meeting.  Bruce West representing Hospice Georgian Triangle was on hand to receive a cheque in the amount of $10,000 from proceeds of our Corvette draw.
Cheque Presentation - $10,000 to Hospice Elizabeth de Groot 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Oct 09, 2012
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Last night, Ocotober 10th, many Rotarians gathered at Grandma's Beach Treats to prepare for our 2nd annual POPCORN FOR POLIO fundraiser.

Teams were busy assembling distribution boxes, popping popcorn, packing and sealing bags and applying rotary stickers - we accomplished a lot with many hands and the boxes are ready to be distributed by Mark and Kevin next week.

If you can think of any busy locations that would support this fundraiser by hosting a box on their counter, please give Mark Winegarden a call at (705) 443-2343 and he will make arrangements to drop one off.

THANKS to everyone who helped and everyone who will support this by campaign by buying and encouraging their friends and family to support buy popcorn, last year we rasied almost $500.00 wouidn't it be great to double it this year???
2012 Popcorn For Polio campaign kicks off! Sylvia Bray 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Young on Sep 09, 2012
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Sophia Miller our 2012 Presidential Scholar recipient.

Sophia attended our August Assembly along with her mother to tell us about her course studies and thank the club for their consideration and award.

Presidential Scholarship Presentation Todd Young 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 26, 2012
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District Governor John Gordon was on hand to induct Angela to our club on Monday August 27th.  Standing with Angela is Ehab Masad her Rotary sponsor.  John gave an inspiring story about his path through Rotary and his vision for the year.  We all welcome Angela to the club.
Angela Piercey - Our Newest Rotarian Elizabeth de Groot 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 17, 2012
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Winners of the 2012 Corvette are Bob & Lynne Fisher of Erin, Ontario, who also have a place here in Wasaga Beach. Ticket #299. They were there when we drew the winning ticket and are posing in their new car surrounded by Wasaga Beach Rotarians. Congratulations and thanks to all for your support. They bought their winning ticket at the Show'n'Shine in May.
WINNERS - 2012 Corvette Lottery Elizabeth de Groot 2012-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 06, 2012
Early Bird Draw Canadian Tire Wasaga Beach
August 7, 2012
Congratulations to Rob Simpson from Courtice, Ontario as one of our two early bird winners of $1000. Ticket number 1286.  Ticket was sold at Kempenfest.
Congratulations to Gord Andrews from Collingwood, Ontario as the second of our two early bird winners of $1000. Ticket number 63.  Ticket was sold by Rotarian Calvin Robertston at the scotch nosing in Collingwood.

Our early bird winners have had their tickets placed back into the draw in anticipation of our last early bird draw and grand prize draw.

Corvette Early Bird Winners - August 7, 2012 Elizabeth de Groot 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Young on Jul 09, 2012

Simon Ainley and Bill Hugget attended our first meeting of 2012/2013 Rotary year. Ainley's has stepped up as a platinum sponsor for one of our largest club fundraisers, our annual Gala.
Ainley support has been the corner stone of success for our Gala endeavor. Much appreciation to these visionary's and community builders for their investment in our community. Thanks for the hard work and diligence of our committee for continuing to foster and grow these relationships in our business community.
Ainley Gala Check presentation 2012 Todd Young 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Your 2012-2013 Board of Directors.  Picture taken at Changeover on June 25, 2012 - absent was Val Dickson.
2012-2013 Board of Directors Elizabeth de Groot 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jun 24, 2012
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At changeover on June 25th, we welcomed our newest member to our Rotary Club - Paulette Light.  Todd Young is her sponsor.

Paulette Light - Our Newest Member Elizabeth de Groot 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jun 24, 2012
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 We gathered together to welcome Todd as our new club President for 2012-2013. The club presented President Elizabeth de Groot with a plaque and a large royal red maple tree to plant in her backyard to remember her year.  There are more photos in the photo albums found on the left hand side of your home page on clubrunner.
Changeover Night Elizabeth de Groot 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Apr 23, 2012
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We gathered for fun and fellowship at the Bray/Winegarden household to celebrate Sammy, our wonderful exchange students, 17th birthday. Sammy had a little help from Jackson to blow out all those candles and the cake and ice cream was enjoyed by all!!

Happy Birthday Sammy! Sylvia Bray 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Apr 21, 2012
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A great big thank you to our club was received by Adrianna and Robert who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy at Geneva Park in Orillia April 20-22, 2012. Both students confirmed the highlight of the weekend was the outdoor team building activities but also had lots of stories of all the great things they learnt. They came home tired but happy to have been able to have taken part.  Once the school year is over, they have offered to come and speak at a club meeting and share a few more details. A big thank to Rotarian Patrice who drove to Orillia on Friday morning.  What a nice surprise it was to bump into past club member Erin who volunteered at the RYLA weekend when I picked the kids up on Sunday. I truly believe RYLA is an awesome opportunity that Rotary provides and I have volunteered to join the district committee to ensure this program continues.
Sylvia
RYLA 2012 - Thank You! Sylvia Bray 2012-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray on Apr 15, 2012
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What a great meeting this week, our speaker was George E. Bezaire of Esso-Imperial Oil. His topic was Canada’s Oil Sands: Responsible Development. But he also took the time to answer member questions on other energy topics, including gasoline prices.
April 16th meeting - what a great guest speaker! Sylvia Bray 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians raise over $1,000 as they bowled for Big Brothers and Big Sisters! Sylvia Bray 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Feb 13th Meeting - Dr. Peter Wilson - Newest Member Elizabeth de Groot 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Feb 05, 2012
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Great to have the Worsley School Band to perform at our meeting.  George Watson was on hand to introduce the band a give a brief history of Rotary involvement in the band.  The history is listed below. 


HISTORY OF THE WORLSEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND

In the early 1990s, Brian Hamlin, music teacher for Worsley Elem. School, was advised that the School Board had cut the music programme & his attempt to form a school band was not going to happen. Brian approached George as a parent and Rotarian to see if Rotary would be interested in becoming a sponsor of some sort. At that time, our youngest children were in that school and were to be part of the band. Rotary agreed, a committee was formed with Brian, other school parents & George as the Rotary liaison. The music programme first operated out of what was then Byrnes Ave School, which held grades 6-8.

The band was originally called the Wasaga Rotary Youth Band, and Rotary bought the original instruments for the students, adding a few each year. The students would lease or rent those instruments from the school & eventually through that process. the band became and still is self-sufficient. The last request for funding from Rotary was to sound-proof the music room when grades 6-8 were moved back to the 39th St location. That was done & a plaque put outside the room giving Rotary the credit for the creation of the band.

The students performed at several events over the early years, including Rotary meetings. They still participate in local parades as well various school concerts.



Feb 6th Meeting - Worlsey Elementary School Band Performs Elizabeth de Groot 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Young on Jan 23, 2012

 An update on our outbound Sammy Tripp

more to follow  

 

Can you tell by these photos that she can't wait to get home!?

Me neither!
We have booked Sam's return ticket ... she will be back in Canada on Monday July 16th 2012. It's hard to believe that less than a year ago this week we didn't even know she would have the opportunity to take a Rotary exchange. What a difference a year makes in one's life ... in all of our lives.
I have attached some photos from her south island tour (18 days), her holidays in Australia and her Christmas in New Zealand. Hmmmm ... I remember when I went down under, it is the one other place on earth that I truly felt I could happily call home. If only it weren't so far to fly! Sam tells me we can expects LOTS and LOTS of visitors to our home in the coming years - we can't wait!
Half way point Sammy Tripp Todd Young 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jan 08, 2012
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Gary Cerantola was our first guest speaker of the New Year.  He had a wonderful presentation ready for us on sustainability and what that means for Wasaga Beach.  He outlined the various advantages to be pro-active in leaving our World a better place for our grandchildren and that one person can make a difference.  Listed below are some websites Gary encouraged us to visit to learn more. 

 

Information about the Collingwood Environment Network:

info@environmentnetwork.org

 

Portland State University, Oregon Sustainability Centre You Tube Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L-kT98sVPk

January 9 2012 Meeting Elizabeth de Groot 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Dec 18, 2011
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                        Andrea Abbott-Koksin, Executive Director, Breaking Down Barriers, and Ted Ashwin, Vice Chair was on hand today to update on the programs helping our community. We presented a $2,000 cheque today.  Due to technical difficulties, we are encouraged to watch this video they were unable to show today.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r92iA7F990

December 18 2011 Meeting - Breaking Down Barriers & Cheque Presentation Elizabeth de Groot 2011-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Dec 11, 2011
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Position

 

Past President

Elizabeth de Groot

President

Todd Young

President  Elect

Ehab Massad

Treasurer

Peter de Boer

Secretary

Sylvia Bray

Sergeant at Arms

Patrice McCammon

Director at Large

Val Dickson

 

Marcel Doreleyers

New Board Elected today for 2012-2013 Year - Congratulations Elizabeth de Groot 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 27, 2011
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Christina Armstrong & Sue Connell were on hand to update date us and provide information on the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank.  It was sad to hear that they now are providing 200 to 250 boxes per month and have about 1000 clients that include 240 children.  Each box costs about $45.  They rely completely on volunteers.  They only buy food but people also donate toiletries and pet food to give out.  Bill Stockwell was also on hand looking for some volunteers to help with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles.  Please contact him directly at 705-352-0292

November 28st - Wasaga Beach Food Bank - Cheque Presentation Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 27, 2011
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The boys look great – bet they can’t wait to shave on December 1st and speaking as a wife of one of these upper lip fur dudes – I CAN’T WAIT!

Our Movember Motarians Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Nov 21 Meeting - Cheque Presentation - Wasaga Beach Air Cadet Squadron 714 Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 20, 2011
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Today was a great volunteer event.  We had over 20 Rotarians and partners on hand to serve our Veterans lunch.  There were many great conversations that took place and we were able to express a small token of appreciation to our heroes.  We also got to enjoy a wonderful lunch.

Nov 21st - Veterans Lunch at Waterside Retirement Lodge Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 13, 2011
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Marilyn Beecroft from the MNR gave an update on the changes and future of the Friends of Nancy Island.  She shared some great historic pictures.  A cheque for $5,500 was presented to Marilyn and John Ferguson from the Friends of Nancy Board.  Marilyn also mentioned they are looking for volunteers.  They also provide information to visitors about the Provincial Park.  They are also getting ready for Wasaga Under Siege: A War of 1812 Experience - August 17th, 18th & 19th 2012.

Nov 14th Meeting - Cheque presentation - Friends of Nancy Island Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Nov 13, 2011
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Karen Webb from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Georgian Triangle was on hand to receive our donation of $2,000.  She gave a great presentation to update us on all the programs.  Karen also provided a great shout out for our participation in the annual Bowl for Kids with our Rotary club raising more than $1,600 last year. 

Nov 14 Meeting - Cheque Presentation to Big Brother and Big Sisters Elizabeth de Groot 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Oct 30, 2011
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Eric Dean from the Royal Victoria Hospital was our guest today.  He presented an update on Rotary Place which will hold Rotary House which is a lodge for cancer patients and families.  The entire club is very proud to present a cheque for $10,000 from the proceeds of our Corvette Lottery Draw.   

October 31 Meeting - RVH Presentation Elizabeth de Groot 2011-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Oct 16, 2011
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Secretary Sylvia took over for President Elizabeth and ran the meeting.  A presentation by Harry Bell from Canadian Tire on the Jump Start Program was made.  It was followed by a cheque presentation from our Corvette Lottery Proceeds.

Oct 17 Meeting - Cheque Presentations - Canadian Tire Elizabeth de Groot 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Oct 02, 2011
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Secretary Sylvia & Mark along with President Elizabeth & Kevin went off to District Conference in Rousseau.  Rotarian Steve also attended.  Sylvia updated the club on the conference and the good work our District is doing.

Oct 3rd Meeting - District Conference Update Elizabeth de Groot 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 25, 2011
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Patrice’s sister and brother-in-law are visiting from New Zealand.  Bill Duncan has been a Rotarian for years.  He updated us on the devastation and rebuild from the powerful earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Sept. 26th Meeting - Bill Duncan Visits Elizabeth de Groot 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 18, 2011
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Monday Sept 19th was a good meeting.  We were able to present our first cheque for the 2011 Corvette draw to the Collingwood G&M Hospital.  Jory-Pritchard Kerr and Debbie Kesheshian were on hand to accept the donation on behalf of the hospital.  Jory gave us an update on the capital project.  It was fun and fellowship day so we learned a bit more about each other as each person took a turn at the microphone letting us all know where they were born, their dream vacation, and their dream job.

September 19 2011 Meeting - Cheque Presentation / Fun & Fellowship Elizabeth de Groot 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 01, 2011
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Please look at the home page under Photo Albums for a few of Sammy’s first week here.  Kevin and Sammy went on the new slide ride up at Blue Mountain – tons of fun.  We finished off our evening at Blue with dinner on the patio of the Firehall Pizza.  Off to Young’s boat and some great pictures of Sammy on his first ever tube ride.  Kevin and Elizabeth took Sammy over by boat to Todd & Krista’s boat.  Quite an adventure – will my tailbone ever be the same?

Sammy - Blue Mountain and Boating Adventures Elizabeth de Groot 2011-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 27, 2011
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President Elizabeth and Kevin picked Sammy up on Saturday August 27th.   His first night he met Todd, Krista and Jackson at the de Groot House.  Cute picture of Jackson’s new “big brother”.  A BBQ was held today for all Rotarians and family to drop by and meet Sammy.  It was a great afternoon.

Sammy arrives from Switzerland Elizabeth de Groot 2011-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Aug 14, 2011
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Tonight all budgets were passed for our 2011 – 2012 year.  They are available for viewing by all members by signing on to clubrunner, looking under club documents.  Scroll down to the bottom to the file called budgets and you will find all three PDF files there.  Great meeting!

Club Assembly - Budgets - August 15, 2011 Elizabeth de Groot 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Wallace on Jul 24, 2011
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The 2nd Early Bird draw for the Club's 2011 Corvette Lottery raffle occurred on Monday July 25, 2011. Congratulations to Wally Harvey (Wasaga Beach, ON - Ticket # 0595), Marcello Caning (Innisfil, ON - Ticket # 0674) and Debbie Smith (St. Catherines, ON - Ticket # 01388) who each won $1,000 cash. All winners have been notified. Wally's ticket was purchased through Rotarian Steve. Macello's ticket was purchased at Lobsterfest in Barrie on June 4th. Debbie's ticket was purchased at the Collingwood Elvis Festival on Saturday July 23rd around noon.

The final (grand prize) draw is on August 21, 2011. Visit www.CorvetteLottery.com for more info about the Club's 12th Corvette lottery.

Corvette Lottery 2nd Early Bird Draw Results Steven Wallace 2011-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Jul 06, 2011
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District Governor Brian Menton and his wife Dorothy made a wonderful presentation on the first meeting of our new Rotary year.  They told of us of their Rotary story and what it meant to both of them to be Rotarians.  They emphasized our new theme “Reach within to Embrace Humanity.  Assistant District Governor John Gordon was also there to lend support to our club.  Club Directors met with Brian before the meeting and discussed our clubs planning guide for Effective Rotary clubs.  He and Dorothy gave us some great ideas.  Rotarian Ehab M and Rotarian George V are working on a brand new community service idea of having our very own Rotary Splash Pad. 

District Governor Brian Menton visits our Club Elizabeth de Groot 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Jun 26, 2011
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Outgoing President Marilyn Ruttan acknowledged her 2010/2011 Board of Directors for all of their hard work during the last year and passed the chain of office onto incoming President Elizabeth deGroot and her new Board of Directors. The evening was hosted at Wasaga Sands Golf and Country Club and a good time was had by all.
Changeover June 27th, 2011 Marilyn Ruttan 2011-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Wallace on Jun 20, 2011
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The 1st Early Bird draw for the Club's 2011 Corvette Lottery raffle occurred on Monday June 20, 2011. Congratulations to Bob Fisher (Erin, ON - Ticket #0001), Larry Goddard (Collingwood, ON - Ticket # 0848) and John Simpson (Woodland Beach, ON - Ticket #0530) who each won $1,000 cash. All winners have been notified. Ticket #0001 was sold at a Wasaga Beach Corvette Club "show & shine" event at Mike Jackson Motors - Collingwood. Ticket # 0848 was sold at a Canadian Tire Collingwood sales venue. Ticket #0530 was purchased through a mail-in ticket request.

The next early bird draw is on July 25, 2011. Three $1,000 cash prizes will be issued at that draw. Visit www.CorvetteLottery.com for more info about the Club's 12th Corvette lottery.

Corvette Lottery 1st Early Bird Draw Results Steven Wallace 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Jun 12, 2011
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Mary Watson was our guest speaker today from the Wasaga Beach Archives. Mary showed a photo collage and spoke about days gone by. Mary also brought along some items for display including part of an old Wasaga Beach postcard collection as well as this years Archive Calendars which are now on sale.
Wasaga Beach Archives Marilyn Ruttan 2011-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Jun 05, 2011
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Ehab Masad, Marilyn Ruttan and guest Nadine Truax were the speakers yesterday to introduce the new Promote Wasaga Advisory Committee which is a sub-committee of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. The first project of this committee is to raise funds through their Promote Wasaga Golf Tourney on Friday July 8th. Another project in the works is a Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival/Contest a sample produced by Ehab is attached. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL4QyLrowYw 

Promote Wasaga Advisory Committee Marilyn Ruttan 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Jun 02, 2011
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Our shiny red corvette held court at the Georgian College Auto Show over this past weekend. This is the largest new car show of it's kind in Canada and is put on by the students of the college. We had a great location in front of the main stage and protected from the elements. Thank-you to everyone who took a shift over the weekend. Doesn't Patrice look happy at the wheel!
Corvettte Appears at Georgian College Auto Show Marilyn Ruttan 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 29, 2011
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Brian had double duty at this weeks Rotary meeting not only was he our chef preparing our meals with his partner Gail but he was also our guest speaker. Brian spoke about an organization formed in the United States called Mercy Chefs who go to trauma/devastated areas and prepare meals for those in need. Brian has traveled to earthquake torn Haiti as well as the eastern United States after a tornado. Brian and Gail own Goodies Cafe in Wasaga Beach
Mercy Chef's - Brian Edwards Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on May 23, 2011
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Rotarian Peter de Boer and President-Elect Elizabeth enjoy their first day in New Orleans.  Lots of fun and fellowship.  People from so many countries and such great sites.  Sharon is here with Peter and Elizabeth brought her Mom Mavis.

New Orleans - International Rotary Convention Elizabeth de Groot 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 15, 2011
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David Brunelle from the Ministry of Tourism visited our club on behalf of the War of 1812 BiCentennial Committee. Wasaga Beach will be participating in the events which will span a three year period starting in 2012. Wasaga Beach is also having a new 3000 sq ft Heritage Welcome Centre built at the entrance to Nancy Island. 
War of 1812 Bi-Centennial Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 15, 2011
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Simon Ainley and Bill Huggett presented a cheque for $5,000 towards our annual Rotary Gala to Gala Committee Chair Patrice McCammon on May 16th. Ainley Group has been a great supporter of our Gala for many years now and it is greatly appreciated.
Ainley Group Cheque Presentation Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 08, 2011
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Lysanne Cholette and Rodney Reynolds both joined the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club recently and were inducted on May the 9th. Lysanne is a local Lawyer and Rod is a Land Surveyor. Standing with Lysanne is her sponsor Elizabeth deGroot and with Rod is his sponsor Patrice McCammon.
Induction of New Members Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 08, 2011
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Members of the Corvette Committee, Steve, Andy, Peter, Todd and John gathered around the 2011 Corvette for a photo opportunity after our Rotary Club meeting on Monday May the 9th. Our club will be selling 1400 tickets again this year on this gorgeous corvette. This is our largest annual club fundraiser.
2011 Corvette Unveiled Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 08, 2011
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Alsion Fitgerald was our guest speaker on Monday May the 9th, speaking on behalf of 'My Friends House' woman's shelter in Collingwood. Alison is also a member of the Collingwood Rotary Club.
My Friends House Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 02, 2011
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Approximately 140 Rotarians throughout District 7010 gathered in Barrie for the annual Foundation Dinner. Special Guest for the evening was 2007-2008 Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson. Wilf presented a special Service Award to Bryn Styles who will be representing our District at the Zone level next year. Marilyn and Steve couldn't pass up the opportunity to have our photo taken with Wilf Wilkinson.
District 7010 Foundation Dinner Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on May 02, 2011
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Congratulations to Rotarian Steve on receiving his Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 at the District 7010 Foundation Dinner. Steve has donated to both 'The Rotarian Foundation' and 'Polio Plus'. The foundation dinner was hosted by the Barrie-Huronia Rotary Club at the Victoria Village in Barrie. Photo shows SteveWallace, Joyce Campbell and John Gordon.
Steve Wallace Receives PH+3 Marilyn Ruttan 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Apr 29, 2011
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Congratulations to Rotarian Glen Godovitz and the local RBC Royal Bank for having won the 'Community Involvement Award' at the 15th Annual Business Awards Presentation on April 30th. Customer Service Excellence Certificates were given to Rotarians, Todd Young - Home Hardware, James Koehle - Active Healthcare, Ehab Masad - Harveys and Stewart MacAlpine - MacAlpine 4 Eyes.
Chamber of Commerce Awards Night Marilyn Ruttan 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Apr 17, 2011
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Rotarian Terry Welte arranged to have 3 representatives from the Collingwood Campus of Georgian College speak at our April the 18th Rotary meeting. The news of a new campus which is under construction at the moment is very exciting for the Georgian Triangle area. Barbara Weider has been involved with Georgian College in Collingwood for 26 years and was very enthusiastic as she spoke.
Georgian College Collingwood Marilyn Ruttan 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Apr 08, 2011
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Congratulations to James and Elizabeth on the arrival of their baby boy named Benjamin Thomas Koehle who arrived safely on Friday April 8th at 2:54pm. Baby Ben is a very healthy 9lbs 11 oz. and as cute as a button as you can see in the attached photo.
The Koehle Family Stork has Arrived Marilyn Ruttan 2011-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Apr 06, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and Area is celebrating it's 27th Anniversary on April the 7th. Our Club was formed in 1984 with 22 members and Karl Fuhre Sr. as the Charter President. Karl Fuhre Sr was also our first Paul Harris Service Award nominee in 1987. Walter Borthwick is our only member today who was a charter member of our club in 1984.
Happy 27th Anniversary Marilyn Ruttan 2011-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Apr 03, 2011
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The Wasaga Beach Rotary Club was very pleased to welcome our newest member Paul Bailey who was sponosred by Rotarian Todd Young. Paul has lived in the area for several years and is the Pastor at the Lighthouse Assembly Church on Sunnidale Road in Wasaga Beach. Welcome Paul!
New Member Induction - Paul Bailey Marilyn Ruttan 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Mar 28, 2011
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Members of the HHART Trip to the Dominican Republic put on a club as well as a public presentation on Monday March 28th. They showed a slide presentation with lots of fabulous photos and told many exciting stories of their humanitarian trip. The Wasaga Beach Club members who participated in the HHART trip were Steve Wallace, Peter de Boer, Kathleen Casswell, Glen Godovitz and Ehab Massad.
HHART Presentation to our Club Marilyn Ruttan 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Mar 13, 2011
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A team of 33 individuals including members of the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach have returned home from a very successful trip to the Dominican Republic to aid displaced Haitians living in the North Western part of the Domincan Republic. While they were there they were able to administer medical, dental and humanitarian assistance. There are over 2000 photos posted at http://hhart.iwd.ca 
HHART Dominican Trip Marilyn Ruttan 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Feb 27, 2011
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President Marilyn has recently returned from the Rotary Friendship Exchange to El Salvador from February the 10th to the 20th. Marilyn did a presentation to the club on the exchange and the projects the Rotary Clubs in El Salvador are currently working on. A fabulous time was had by all 9 participants from District 7010.

El Salvador Friendship Exchange Marilyn Ruttan 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Feb 24, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach is looking forward to raising over $1,000 for the Annual Big Brothers/Big Sister's Bowl for Kids Sake. Todate our 12 team members have raised $840.00plus with our top fund raiser being Elizabeth deGroot at $400.00. Congratulations Elizabeth! There is still time to donate as our team bowls this Tuesday March 1st at 7:30pm.

Bowling - Big Brothers & Big Sisters - Support US! Elizabeth de Groot 2011-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Feb 20, 2011
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The tobogganing party held during Winterfest at the Wasaga Sands tobogganing hill was another great success. Fun was had by all and free hotdogs were given out by the our Rotary club while the Kinette club gave out free hot chocolate. Rotarians James and Todd look like they have everything under control.
Winterfest 2011 Toboganning Party Marilyn Ruttan 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Jan 12, 2011
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Rotarian's Marilyn and Todd travelled to Port McNichol to meet our new Outbound Exchange Student for 2011 - 2012. Samantha Tripp will be representing our club proudly during her year abroad. Samantha is very familiar with Rotary as her father Jamie Tripp has been a Midland Rotarian since the mid 1990's. Samantha is very excited to have this opportunity and we are looking forward to having the rest of the club meet her in the near future.
Meet Our New Outbound Exchange Student Marilyn Ruttan 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Dec 12, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and Area would like to welcome our five newest members who were inducted into our club in December, Kelly Robertson, Shelley LaPointe, Terry Welte, Rob Aspin and Marjori Medley. By inducting new members our club is able to extend the spirit of Rotary throughout our community while increasing our usefulness and influence as a club.
Five New Members Inducted Marilyn Ruttan 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Dec 12, 2010
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Today at our Annual Meeting we held our elections for next year. Congratulations to our new Board of Directors for 2011/2012. President is Elizabeth de Groot, President Elect is Todd Young, Secretary is Sylvia Bray, Treasurer is Peter de Boer, Sergeant-at-Arms is James Koehle, Directors are Patrice McCammon and Chris Webb & the Past President is Marilyn Ruttan.
New Board of Directors for 2011/2012 Marilyn Ruttan 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Dec 11, 2010
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Everyone had a great time at the Christmas Party held at Marlwood Golf and Country Club. Santa (John Dick), his Elf (Mary Watson) and their assistant Walter Borthwick had fun reciting the poems and having Rotarian's come forward to sit on Santa's lap. The meal was fabulous and as an added touch Steve volunteered to have his 'Movember' moustache shaved off to raise money for charity. $150.00 was raised, Congratulations Steve! Photo at left is Bonnie Cooper on Santa's lap.
Rotary Christmas Party Marilyn Ruttan 2010-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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The weather held out and it was a fun day this past Saturday for the annual Santa Claus Parade. Our Rotary Club entered a float as well as four clowns who handed out candy along the parade route. Thanks to John Dick, Walter Borthwick, Marcel Doreleyer and Jame Koehle for volunteering to be clowns again this year. Thanks to James Koehle, Andy Conroy, Jason Garbutt and Jason's father for constructing the float.
2010 Santa Claus Parade Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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George Vadeboncoeur was recently recognized by Rotary International for his contributions to Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation. George has been an active Rotarian for the past 13 years, 8 with the Penetang Rotary Club and 5 with the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club. George has demonstrated that he exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations on being our newest Paul Harris Fellow.
Newest Paul Harris Fellow Recipient Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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John Dick, Elizabeth de Groot and Steve Wallace each received their second Paul Harris Fellowships. Their contributions to Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation and both local and international service work has been greatly appreciated. All three of these Rotarians are very active within the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club. Congratulations John, Elizabeth and Steve!

Paul Harris Plus 1 Recipients Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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Patrice McCammon was very proud and emotional upon being awarded with the annual Paul Harris Service Award. Patrice has been active throughout our community and the surrounding areas continually for many years. Patrice is a member of the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club. Congratulations Patrice on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Service Award Recipient Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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Roy Wilson and Kay Wilson were two of the three recipients of this years Paul Harris Service Award. Roy and Kay have distinguished themselves through noteworthy international, regional and local community service for many years as our Town Crier and his Constant Companion. The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach bestows upon each award winner a Paul Harris Fellowship. A Paul Harris Fellowship is named after Paul Harris who was one of the the founders of Rotary International. The Fellowships were established in 1957 to express appreciation for contributions to the humanitarian and educational programs of Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Roy and Kay.

Paul Harris Service Award Recipients Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 29, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and Area is pleased to welcome Darryl Quirk as a new member. Darryl is an Insurance Broker with Co-operators on River Road West in Wasaga Beach. The club inducted Darryl at their recent Awards Evening in November held at the Wasaga Sands Golf and Country Club.
New Member Inducted Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Nov 05, 2010
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A great time was held by all at this years exceptional Gala. The Crystal Ball evening included a fortune teller, magicians, the Duelling Pianists and live entertainment for dancing. The choices on the silent auction tables was amazing, there was something for everyone. Special thanks to the Gala Committee Chairperson Pat Baty and her committee members for a fabulous evening.
2010 Gala - The Crystal Ball Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Oct 31, 2010
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During our 1st meeting in November fourteen club members attended a light luncheon and cheque presentation at the RVH in Barrie. We submitted our final $20,000 cheque towards our total commitment of $100,000. The actual meeting was off-site at the newly built Gilda's Club. Our club members were quite impressed with both the presentation made to us by the RVH Foundation pertaining to the new Cancer Centre and Rotary Place as well as our tour of Gilda's Club.

Final Cheque Presentation To RVH Marilyn Ruttan 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Oct 22, 2010
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Congratulations to Rotarian Ehab Masad for having collected $290.00 through the application of a coin donation box placed in both of his Harvey's Restaurants during the month of October. The donation to Polio Plus is very appreciated. Rotary International recognizes Sunday October the 24th as Polio Awareness day.
Harvey's Restaurant Donation to Polio Plus Marilyn Ruttan 2010-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Oct 15, 2010
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Saturday October the 16th turned out to be a nice sunny morning as we ventured out to clean-up the Rotarian designated section of Hwy #92 from the Wasaga Stars Arena to the Town limits. We were fortunate to have 8 volunteers so teams of 4 could tackle each side of the road. Thanks to Rotarians John, James, Greg, Marcel, Peter and Marilyn and Rotarian partner Sharon and Marcel's son Sheldon. Special thanks to Sharon deBoer for having the coffee and coffee cake ready at the end of the clean-up which coincidentally ends at the deBoer driveway.
Adopt A Road Cleanup Crew Marilyn Ruttan 2010-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Oct 11, 2010
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President Elect Elizabeth de Groot and Rotarian Eric and Pat Baty and Rotarian Peter and Sharon de Boer were on hand for the dedication of Rotary Place.  It was a great day and wonderful to be a big part of this event.

Our visit to RVH Rotary House Elizabeth de Groot 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 26, 2010
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$3,000 from the 2010 Corvette Lottery proceeds presented to Cathie Couttie from Big Brothers & Big Sisters  .  L to R, Rotarian Ehab Massad, Elizabeth de Groot, President-Elect, Cathie Couttie,  Secretary Todd Young, Future Rotarian Jackson Young and Rotarian Marcel Doreleyers
Cheque Presentation - Big Brothers Big Sisters South Georgian Bay Elizabeth de Groot 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Cheque Presentation - Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation Elizabeth de Groot 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Cheque Presentation - Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Wasaga Beach Squadron 714 Elizabeth de Groot 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 26, 2010
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$2,500 from the 2010 Corvette Lottery proceeds presented to Erin Beresford, Manager of the Wasaga Beach YMCA.  L to R,Elizabeth de Groot, President-Elect, Rotarian Patrice McCammon, Stewart MacAlpine, Treasurer, Erin Beresford and James Koehle, Rotary Director
Cheque Presentation - YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Elizabeth de Groot 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Sep 24, 2010
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Marilyn Ruttan was on hand at the District 7010 Conference to join in with fellow Rotarians who distributed wheelchairs in 2009. Marilyn and her daughter Katie helped other Rotarian's distribute over 500 wheelchairs in Ecuador in November 2009.
2010 District Conference Presentations Marilyn Ruttan 2010-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Sep 24, 2010
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Congratulations to our 2009/2010 club President Steve Wallace for being presented with the Presidential Citation during the District 7010 Conference in Peterborough. The conference was held the end of September and four club members attended Steve, Elizabeth, Henning and Marilyn plus one Rotarian Partner, Kevin de Groot and one Rotarian Sister, Cathy Johnson.
2010 District Conference Awards Marilyn Ruttan 2010-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Sep 22, 2010
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Three Rotarian's and one Rotarian Partner attended this years District 7010 Golf Tournament in Peterborough in September. The tournament was the kick-off to the Conference which started the next day. Henning, Marilyn, Elizabeth and Kevin all registered to golf and ended up playing on 4 different teams. A great time was had by all.
2010 District Golf Tournament Peterborough Marilyn Ruttan 2010-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth de Groot on Sep 16, 2010
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With an amazing and somewhat completely unbelievable score of 34, the team of Jane Groves,  Erin Beresfod,  Glen Godovitz and Todd Young captured this year's trophy.

2010 Rotary Golf Tourney Elizabeth de Groot 2010-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Corvette Winning Ticket Draw Marilyn Ruttan 2010-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
El Salvador Friendship Exchange At Nancy Island Marilyn Ruttan 2010-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Aug 21, 2010
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Congratulations to Loretta Thomas of Barrie, Ontario who was the winner of the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and Area's 2010 Corvette Lottery Draw. Loretta was thrilled with her win as you can tell by her smile. Loretta felt so lucky the day she bought her ticket that she actually went back and bought a second ticket. Loretta purchased her winning ticket #00072 at the RVH-Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.
2010 Corvette Lottery Winner Marilyn Ruttan 2010-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Ruttan on Aug 08, 2010
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Our club was pleased to be able to donate $2,000.00 to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program. Shown in photo are Rotarian's Marcel, Marilyn and Steve and Harry Bell from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program. Jumpstart is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Donation Marilyn Ruttan 2010-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Mogane's Departure At The Airport Marilyn Ruttan 2010-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
2nd Early-Bird Corvette Lottery Draw Results Steven Wallace 2010-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Morgane's Going Away Barbeque Marilyn Ruttan 2010-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Changeover June 2010 Marilyn Ruttan 2010-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
1st Corvette Lottery Early-Bird Draw Winners Named Steven Wallace 2010-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
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At our December 2nd meeting we were able to present cheques to the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation - $10,000, Hospice Georgian Triangle - $7,500 and Big Brother/Big Sisters - $2,500 and we received an update of all the good things they are doing. The donations are a direct result of all the hard work and success from this years corvette lottery draw in which we give $54,000 back to the community that is so supportive of our club. 


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"The residents of North Simcoe and Muskoka, north of Toronto in Ontario, have Rotary clubs to thank for the beautiful "Rotary House" , an overnight lodge for patients travelling for cancer treatment from parts of Rotary district 7010 and 7070. When planning began for new Cancer centre in Barrie's Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Rotarians were at the centre of the planning and fundraising with local Rotarians sitting on both the hospital board and the foundation board and the chair of the " I Believe " fundraising campaign.


Today, club presidents attended the unveiling of recognition signage within Rotary Place which lists all the participating clubs and included a tour of Rotary House which has now been operational for 8 months and has hosted more than 500 overnight stays of much appreciated accommodation for cancer patients and their family members.

Rotary Place is a four story building which includes "Rotary House". the home away from home for cancer patients, the Family Medicine Teach Unit and health center administrative offices freeing up space within the health center.

Rotary clubs in the area, 13 clubs, were successful in raising $1.55 Million Dollars to build Rotary Place. Rotary house includes 40 rooms and 80 beds to accommodate cancer patients and their family members.

Rotary Club of Wasaga beach was recognized by being fourth on the recognition sign measured by amount of contribution, representing the Rotary club of wasaga Beach Mr.Todd Young and Ehab Masad .
Rotary Place Dedication - Barrie Elizabeth de Groot 0
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Double Congratulations to Rotarian Marcel Doreleyers for being named BEST BOSS OF THE YEAR as well as winning the Community Involvement Award for Canadian Tire.

Congratulations also go to Dr. Peter Wilson who won in the category of Young Business Person of the Year! 

A well deserved Citizen Of The Year Award was presented to one of our founding members,  Walter Borthwick, Congratulations Walter!!

And a special mention to Rotarian spouse Krista Young of Waterside Retirement Lodge Inc., the Wasaga Beach YMCA and Canadian Tire who were also presented with Customer Service awards. It was a fun night celebrating the Chambers' 75th anniversary and so great to see some many Rotarians recognized for all that we do each and every work day for this great community!

Rotarians recognized at the 2013 Business Awards! Sylvia Bray 0
Steve Wallace District Paul Harris Service Award with Past International chair Wilf Wilkinson Todd Young 0
Posted by Sylvia Bray
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During our February 4th meeting, President Todd, had the privelege of inducting another new member! 

Sheri Kennington is a Wasaga Beach resident and the Founder and CEO of Sun Bear Inspirations Inc., as an Executive Coach Sheri specializes in organizational development and human capital - I can't wait for a vocational speech to learn more details about Sheri's work as I'm sure she has some inspirational stories to share!

Her Rotary sponsor is Ehab Masad.

Welcome Sheri Kennington - our newest member! Sylvia Bray 0
Posted by Todd Young

Early Bird Draw Canadian Tire Wasaga Beach
July 9th 2012
Congratulations to John Fletcher from Ajax as one of our two early bird winners of $1000. John purchased his ticket via ticket mail in. John is a previous ticket purchaser

Congratulations to Greg and Pam Morley from Barrie Ontario as the second of our two early bird winners of $1000. Greg and Pam purchased their ticket at the Base Borden Air Show weekend.

Our early bird winners have had their tickets placed back into the draw in anticipation of our last early bird draw and grand prize draw.

Yours in Rotary

President Todd
Early bird winners July 9th 2012 Todd Young 0
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Our club has generously sponsored two students who will be attending RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) at Geneva Park in Orilla April 20-22nd this year.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the youth in your community to develop their leadership skills & learn more about themselves, we had four applicants this year, and have chosen to send Adrianna McGinnis from Elmvale District High School and Robert Bray who attends Collingwood Collegiate Insititute.

Rotarian Patrice will be driving the students on Friday morning and Rotarian Sylvia will be picking them up on Sunday - We can't wait to hear about their experience!!

RYLA-3c
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Working on increasing polio awareness and collecting donations to meet our clubs commitment, a great new fundraiser emerged.  Secretary Sylvia put together these great boxes which are in various places around town.  It has been very successful and we hope to increase the exposure for next year.

Popcorn for Polio Elizabeth de Groot 0
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A record of 7 teams of 4 players showed up to golf on a beautiful Friday September afternoon.  Each team had one female captain and she carefully directed her golfers.  The last foursome out was lead by Lisa Doreleyers – all that Wednesday golf paid off and she was able to have her 3 men, James Koehle, Glen Godovitz and Jeff Ahonen, pull off the victory.  A huge BBQ was held back at the de Groot’s house that included well over 40 folks.  The food was “over the top” and the desserts to die for.  A great day and evening enjoyed by all.   We thank Roger for his kindness in allowing Sammy to golf for free and give him clubs.  Wasaga Sands was a great host. 

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Sammy Tripp arrived safely in New Zeland

 

We just got off the phone with Sam - she sounded like she was around the corner. The daughter that met her in Auckland was TRACEY PARKE - she was our very first Rotary exchange student that we hosted in 2005! Sam arrived safe and sound in Napier and is with her counsellor and his family. She will spend the next week or so getting organized before moving in with her first HOST family. The weather is cold there, they had snow yesterday. Sam said it's really not very cold - oh to be Canadian eh?!
Sam starts school on Monday ... will organize her uniform this week and then get registered and pick classes etc next.
They have plans to show her around this week and meet some of her school mates. She has a rotary orientation day on Saturday where she will meet the other INBOUND students from all over the world, also living in New Zealand for this year. Sunday they have arranged for dinner with two of her other host families ....
Her adventure has truly begun now - stay tuned ... I will try to share her stories, photos, etc over the coming weeks/months/year 

Our Exchange Student, outbound, arrives in New Zealand Todd Young 0
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Special guest speaker Doreen Rose talked about a wonderful program she supports through her personal work and also through her school.  The Send a Cow projects works hand in hand with poor families in Africa teaching them the skills they need. The project provides training, livestock, seeds and support.  These families then pass on the seeds, young livestock and training to others.  Doreen is visiting former Rotarian Ken Miller and his wife Jill.  We were happy to have all three as part of our meeting.  To learn more about this project, please visit:  http://www.sendacow.org.uk/home

Meeting August 8, 2011 Elizabeth de Groot 0
Membership Study Info Now Available Steven Wallace 0
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We have contracted ClubRunner to provide a web-based information centre that will revolutionalize the way club members access information about the club and inform each other about club events.
Welcome To Our New Club Information Centre! Steven Wallace 0
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New Club President and Board of Directors installed for the 2009-2010 Rotary year. Gala theme revealed.
Changeover is Over Steven Wallace 0