Happy Canada Day!
 
Click here for a colouring page from the Rotary Club of Dundas to enjoy. Please use the hashtag #rotarypancakefun or email us your finished creations to dundasrotaryclub@gmail.com and we may just feature you on our page.
Our 26th Annual Lobster & Ribfest has been cancelled in light of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.
What's Happening at the Rotary Club of Dundas
The Rotary Club of Dundas is proud to have supported the great work of Routes Youth Centre over the years. Please consider putting your empties to good use at this year's Bottle Drive!
 
 
 
EVENTS CANCELLED:
Victoria Day Fireworks | Dundas Driving Park
May 30th Lobster & Ribfest | Harry Howell Arena
Canada Day Pancake Breakfast | Dundas Driving Park
 
 
While very important to stand together against COVID-19, charitable events raise the majority of funds Rotarians donate annually to the Dundas and international communities.
 
For decades, Rotarians have supported youth with school awards, Youth Exchanges and Routes Youth Centre development. They helped build the Senior Centre, Dundas Park Skating Rink, Rotary Creekside Parkette, the Canal Park, and support Community Gardens. Both slubs are committed to assisting with developing Margaret's Place Hospice. On the world scale, Dundas Rotarians contribute to health, education and clean water projects.
 
If you wish to help Rotarians continue their good work, please proceed to canadahelps.org. Under heading "FIND A CHARITY" enter ROTARY CLUB OF DUNDAS CHARITABLE TRUST, and select "SPRING 2020 SUPPORT" Fund. Donations will also be accepted by mail to PO BOX 65595, DUNDAS ON, L9H 6Y6.
 
We are grateful to our volunteers, sponsors, and donors. Only with your help can we continue to make a difference.
 
We salute the many workers and volunteers putting their lives at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
While we have had to forgo our annual fundraising events, we look forward to supporting future efforts as our community recovers from this pandemic. Stay safe!
 
SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
These are difficult and very unusual days for the world, and we must take care. 
 
Part of our national caution required us to cancel Rotary events until the end of March and practicing social distance to reduce COVID-19’s spread.
 
We remind ourselves of Rotary’s very fine motto - "Service above Self’. Being sensible and cautious is about service as we don’t want to spread the virus to others – however there are practical ways that we can still serve:
  • We can make a phone call to those we know are shut in; or.
  • We can ask a local church or Dundas Community Services for a name and number of someone who seems alone to call; or,
  • We can send an email to those we know who are working on the front line –medical, emergency responders and people working in shelters, grocery stores and pharmacies.  Let them know we appreciate their efforts.
 
As our enforced rest starts, we likely will enjoy finally being able to give attention to the several projects we have around our homes.  By the time we enter the second week, however, I suspect everyone will be tiring of the ‘isolation’.  That becomes the perfect time to sharpen our ‘service’ skills – think of ways to bring cheer to people in our community.
 
I look forward to you sharing practical and helpful ideas here.  Even under the circumstances, there is something we can do as a Rotary Club that could make a difference.  All ideas are welcome!
 
Meanwhile - take care, follow the cautionary steps and we’ll soon be meeting again.
 
Marguerite
 
At our March 3 meeting, we prepared the Club for International Women’s Day by having Lenore Lukasik-Foss, Director for Barrett Centre for Crisis Support from the Good Shepherd as our guest.  Lenore has over 30 years of experience working with women.
 
Following her spirited presentation, we introduced the idea of sharing a few gifts to recognize some leading women in our community on International Women’s Day.  The photos show the candle that we sent, including a greeting that indicated how much the Club appreciates the ‘light’ they share through their commitment to Dundas.
 
Added to their gifts, we provided a second candle requesting them to encourage a younger woman, in the spirit of this year’s theme - bridging generations.
 
Several recipients have sent ‘thank you’ messages, acknowledging how much they appreciated being remembered, adding their interaction with the younger women they chose to champion.  Those Rotarians who delivered the packages also reported how much they enjoyed connecting with community women on behalf of the Club.
 
 
 
 
 
This Valentine's Day, the Rotary Club of Dundas worked to spread the message of love and kindness in our community. Rotarians put together small gifts for several seniors in the Dundas community containing a few treats (chocolate, toffee, and cookies) and personal items (toothpaste, toothbrushes), hand delivered to each person. 
 
Rotarian Sarena and guest busily wrap gifts for distribution.
 
Rotary Club of Dundas President Marguerite and guest contributing to the wrapping frenzy.
 
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the efforts. A reflection from Rotarian Jennifer on the experience: "Just a little shout out that spreading a bit of happiness can really go a long way! I was fortunate enough to spend some time this afternoon with an elderly woman in my neighbourhood, through a lovely Valentine's Day initiative with our Rotary Club & Dundas Community Services. I heard all about her life, her (now deceased) husband and she showed me lots of photos. Great memories The gifts that I dropped off "made her day" and I'll be sure to visit with her again! We're never too busy, too young, too old, too near, too far, too rich or too poor to reach out and be kind ️#spreadthelove #rotaryclubofdundas #lovedundas"
 
 
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