Mailing address
Rotary Club of Grimsby,
P.O.Box 152,
Grimsby,Ontario L3M 4G3
Rotarians from other Clubs are always welcome to attend our meetings and events. Normal costs apply.
We welcome any guest. We need advance notice by Friday proceeding meeting.
Please check calendar to confirm meeting location.
Please email Vocational Service  if you plan to attend .
If you wish to inquire about membership please contact our Membership Chair, Liz Fisk.
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All are WELCOME to join us !


Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 6:15 PM
Maplecrest Village
85 Main Sreet East
Grimsby, ON
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A number of local restaurants in Grimsby are able to provide delivery service while they are closed due to Covid-10 restrictions.  Please support our local business by using the following link to the web site.
Please support Local Business.  The will appreciate your support.
     Casa Tascana
     The Judge & Jester
     The Forty Public House
      The Olive Board
Vaccines Work For All
World Immunization Week (April 24-30) brings together a diverse coalition of partners to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year, and it is recognized widely as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. However, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today.
Thanks to Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation your contribution to Rotary's Polio Plus Fund will be tripled.
Covid-19 has upended the financial security of many of our residents, businesses, employees and pensioners.  The Rotary Internationl Foundation allocated USD20,000 to 20 clubs in our district 7090 to help with urgent needs in our communities.  The Rotary Club of Grimsby arranged to have the Rotary Foundation contribute goods with the value of  CAD $1,300 to community GBF services.  These goods will be distributed by the GBF food bank to assist people in need of support.
Covid-19 Disruption
For many years the Rotary Club has faithfully completed 2 sections of Main St ( Highway 8) on either side of the Town of Grimsby.  This program has bee suspended by the Region of Niagara in light of the COVID-19 crisis.  The Club will resume the clean-up during the fall of 2020.
We would ask the adjoining land owners to assist by picking up lose debris that has accumulated over he winter. 
We are following the advise of Rotary International and our governments and have cancelled our regular bi-weekly dinner meetings.  
The club will now hold virtual Rotary Meetings. By holding virtual meetings we will be able to continue our  fellowship, communication and community service. Our regular meeting is being split into 2 sessions with the first session running from 11:55 AM to 12:30PM.  This session will have a speaker and will be open to Rotary, family and Rotarian guests.  The second session will start at 6:20PM with a 6:45 adjournment. This session will cover the business of the club.
Please ask President Marshall Deeth for a link to the meeting if you would like to attend.
Please check calendar for more details.
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Membership of Grimsby Rotary Club grew by two members at the Feb. 20th meeting. Rotarian Bill Hughes gave an excellent presentation to the inductees, including a history of this local 1976-chartered club and general obligations of new members.  Inductees Mr. Mat Miller is a Secondary School Principal and Mr. Andy Daniels is a Retail Owner.  New Rotarians, Mat, and Andy were warmly welcomed by the club members.  Pictured below (from left to right): Rotarian Kathryn Drury welcomes inductee Mat Miller.  Pictured on left upper (from left to right): Inductee Andy Daniels is welcomed by Rotarian Patrick Brabant.
The Rotary Club presented the proceeds of its 20th Annual Fantasy of Trees raffle of $17,000 to eleven Registered Charities at the Grimsby Museum on February 6th. Pictured here is representatives from the charities, major sponsors and from the Club.
This event also raised $4,000 from an auction which is used to support the work of Rotary in the Community. 
Pictured here are the representatives of the charities and members of Rotary.
The 21st event will be held at the Grimsby Museum from November Thursday November 19th to Sunday December 6th, 2020
We are celebrating with our ‘red scarf’ event.  Our Fantasy of Trees founder, Bob Gowans, wore a red hat and scarf to every Fantasy of Trees event so we will carry on this tradition. Here is Bob and Lois at last year’s event.  Unfortunately Bob passed away earlier this month.
Bob Gowans with the help Lois was the inspiration for the Fantasy of Trees which is now a firmly established community event, open to all free of charge. Proceeds from the raffle and auction are directed to local charities.  This event has been held for 20 straight years.

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Presents the 20th Annual FANTASY OF TREES


Friday, November 22 To Sunday, December 8 2019

at the Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray Street, Grimsby
Open 12:00 pm - Closed Mondays

Win Trees, Wreaths and Prizes in the raffle

Win in the Auction

Draw takes place 4:15pm Dec 8th

Raffle Proceeds to Charities

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In 2019, the RotaryClubof Grimsby is celebrating 20 years of hosting the Fantasy of Trees. Every year there are giggles and sighs and wide-open eyes!

The Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray Street, is transformed into a wonderland display of dazzling trees and decorated door wreaths. For three weeks starting the end of November, the outside and inside of the Museum is holiday cheer.

The Rotary Club of Grimsby has contributed to local causes and projects for 50 years in Grimsby. The Fantasy of Trees is our signature event to raise funds for local charities supporting local residents.

The Rotary Club of Grimsby is part of Rotary International. Rotary has 1.2 million passionate individuals in 35,000+ cubs worldwide. We are both an international organization and a local community leader. We are dedicated to change in our own backyards and across the world. more at

Fantasy of Trees Hours 2019

Friday Nov 22nd 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday Nov 23rd 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday Nov 24th 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday Nov 25th Closed

Tuesday Nov 26th 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Wednesday Nov 27th 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday Nov 28th 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday Nov 29th 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday Nov 30th 10:00am – 5:00pm    SANTA DAY

Sunday Dec 1st 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday Dec 2nd Closed

Tuesday Dec 3rd 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Wednesday Dec 4th 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday Dec 5th 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday Dec 6th 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday Dec 7th 10:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday Dec 8th 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Opening Night Lighting

Friday Nov 22nd 5:30pm

Santa Day with photos

Sat Nov 30th  1:00 – 4:00pm

In support of World Polio day on October 24 a flag there was a flag raising at Town Hall.  Thanks to Mayor Jordon and Councillor Dunstall ( left of picture) and a group Rotarians for supporting the recognition.
Rotary has been working to eradicate Polio for more than 30 years and has helped to reduce polio cases by more than 99.9%. Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are celebrating a major milestone this World Polio Day: confirmation that a second type of the wild poliovirus has been eradicated, which is a significant step toward the ultimate goal of a polio-free world.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the historic feat in a video address during Rotary’s Global Online Update on 24 October. He said an independent commission of health experts certified the global eradication of the type 3 strain, which hasn't been detected anywhere in the world since Nigeria identified a case of polio that it caused in November 2012. The type 2 strain was certified as eradicated in 2015.

“That leaves just wild poliovirus type 1,” Tedros said. He also commended Rotary’s long fight against polio. “Everything you [Rotary] have done has brought us to the brink of a polio-free world.”

Tedros balanced the good news with a note of caution, saying that the biggest enemy of global eradication is complacency. He encouraged Rotary members to redouble their efforts.

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.

A collection of NHL Trophies were on display at the 19th annual Fergie Jenkins Celebrity Classic tournament held at Rockway Vineyards on September 12th and 13th.  The Fergie Jenkins Foundation supports numerous charities in the Canada and the US including charities in the Niagara Region. The Rotary Club supports the tournament by providing staffing for the event.
Pictured here is a group of Rotarians manning a water station on the race route.
The Rotary Club of Grimsby presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Marilyn Cornwall and Carl Kovacs at dinner held at the Casablanca Inn on May 23,2019.  This award recognized  Marilyn for her work as a Rotarian including being Chair of the Annual Fantasy of Trees and community work with the Grimsby Garden Club. Carl Kovacs was recognized for his work with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation . The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is a North American Charity organization based in St Catherines and has raised substantial money for more than 400 organizations through out North America.
Pictured here is George Wagenaar, President of the Rotary Club, Marilyn Cornwall, Carl Kovacs and Jeanette Murphy, Assistant District Rotary District 7090.
The 2018 Fantasy of Trees closed with its recipient celebration evening.  Representatives from the recipient charities along with sponsors, volunteers, decorators/designers, town representatives and other participants got together at the Grimsby Museum for a meet and greet, and cheque presentation.  
We were pleased to have Sam Oosterhoff with us, along with Doug Nielsen, our 2018 Santa. We took the opportunity to showcase our  red scarf campaign.  This is in honour of the Festival’s founder Bob Gowans, who with his wife Lois, started the Fantasy of Trees 20 years ago, in 1999.
Left to right - Sam Oosterhoff, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Pamela Blackwood, Russ Archibald, Arlene High, Beth Shaw, David Vandersteen, Mary Champs, Bill Thompson, Mary McNiven, Sherry Cain, Barb Jackson, Mario Bruno, John Murphy, Monika Patterson, Fred Cipryk, Doug Nielsen
The Rotary Club held its regular meeting at Nelles Manor with 26 people in attendance.  Pictured here is one of the dining rooms used.
Nelles Manor was completed 220 years ago. Nelles Manor was built during the period of 1788-1798 from locally quarried stone and is one of the oldest homes between Niagara-on-the Lake and Kingston.  The volunteers of the museum prepared and served dinner to the Rotary Club  as a fundraiser.
 For information on Nelles Manor please go
John Oddie, Board Member of The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is pictured here presenting a cheque to Rotarian Jeanette Murphy  in appreciation of the Rotary Club assisting with the Fergie Jenkins Charity Golf Tournaments held June and September of each year.  This donation of $7,000 will assist Rotary with its work locally and with our International projects including the eradication of Polio.
 Our 2019 Fantasy of Trees campaign has started! Pictured here is Marilyn Cornwell, 2019 Fantasy of Trees organizer, Mario Bruno General Manager of Grimsby Hyundai and Jim Howden, Past-President of Rotary Club of Grimsby.They are wearing the Red Scarfs that kick off the 20th Anniversary campaign. Thanks to Grimsby Hyundai for their support of the 2019 Lead Sponsor.
The Club was honored to induct two new members on January 24th.  Membership now stands at 35.
From left to right is Elizabeth Fisk, Membership Chair, Jeanette Murphy, Assistant District Governor, , Joan Whitson, new member, Jim Howden Past-President and Henry Dormans, new member. We are extremely pleased to have attracted these two community minded people to our Club.
 The Rotary Club presented a cheque for $500. to Tony Joose, Chair of the Save and Rebuild West Lincoln Memorial Hospital committee to assist with expenses.  Pictured here is Tony Joosse ,  (on the right )and Jim Howden, Past President of the Club at the Fantasy of Trees.
Pictured here is Assistant District Governor, Jeanette Murphy, presenting the Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Sandra Jaskula, Teddy Jaskula and Jim Howden.  Sandy and Teddy Jaskula are the owners of Teddy's Food Fun and Spirits bar in Grimsby and have been a strong supporter of many charities and causes.  Jim Howden  was recently the President of Rotary for two years and has served on several voluntary boards and committees.
The Paul Harris Fellowship recognition award , the highest award presented by Rotary International, was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary.  The award exemplifies Rotary's "Service above Self" motto through ongoing commitment and contributions to the community.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Club Service
Membership Chair
Chair- 2020 Fantasy of Trees
Assistant District Governor - 7090
The Rotary Foundation