Rotary Club of Grimsby

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Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Thursday of month at 6:15 PM
Maplecrest Village
85 Main Street East
Grimsby, ON  L3M 1N3
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The Grimsby Rotary Club is holding its annual Tailgate Community Garage Sale on Saturday June 17th. The location is the parking lot of Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main St East, Grimsby. Sellers may book two parking spots for $20. and three parking spots for $30.  At end of event JUST JUNK will haul away unsold stuff (within reason). 
Time is 7am to 1pm.  Sellers set up at 7:00am.
Sellers can book spaces at IPC Securities, 18 Ontario St, Grimsby or call 905 945 7056.
Rotary and Community Living,Grimsby,Lincoln and West Lincoln held the annual Festival of Arts on June 3rd. The weather was ideal and over 1,500 adults and children attended. Over the years the event has expanded from local artisans to food and entertainment, beer and wine garden and this year a Harry Potter Kids Zone, This event has been held since 1964.
Funds raised is shared equally between Rotary and Community Living. Community Living provides services to support people living with intellectual disability.
Pictured here is a group enjoying the Harry Potter Zone.

June 3rd, 2017

“To showcase quality artwork by artists and artisans and to raise funds
for the betterment of the community”

Since 1967, the Grimsby Festival of Arts has been showcasing the talents of artists and artisans in West Niagara, Hamilton and surrounding areas.

The Grimsby Festival of Arts is a festival full of talented exhibitors, local entertainment and food.  Consistent with this quality of work is an annual expected attendance of over 2,000 collectors, art lovers and people who simply want a fun day of shopping for Canadian Art and crafts.  Shoppers can enjoy music, have a glass of local wine or craft beer, and enjoy a meal from one of the food trucks. Families will have a great time with the Harry Potter-themed play activities throughout the day.

This is an indoor and outdoor event at the Grimsby Peach King Centre at 162 Livingstone Ave, Grimsby ON.  This year the even is on Saturday June 3rd, 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Through the generosity of a number of sponsors we are able to keep the entrance fee to a very affordable $5.00 per person with no admission cost for children under 16 years of age.

The Festival is jointly hosted by the Rotary Club of Grimsby and by Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln as partners in this annual fundraising event.  All proceeds from this event go to fund programs and causes of the Rotary Club of Grimsby and Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.

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The Rotary Club donated $9,000 to a group of twelve local charities at our dinner meeting on February 16th. The funds were raised from the annual Fantasy of Trees event. A wonderful and rewarding evening was enjoyed by all in attendance;it was especially gratifying to hear of the good work being done in the community by these local charities. Pictured are representatives of the various organization. President of Rotary, Jim Howden is standing on the extreme right, Roger Bradley, Chair of Fantasy of Trees is on the extreme left and Gerry Vandermolen, Director Community Service , is the tallest person at the rear.
The annual Service Club Bonspiel was held at the St Catherines Golf and Country Club with 10 club participating.  The 2 rinks entered from the Rotary Club of Grimsby placed first and second. Pictured here is Dick Cross holding the broom, and Rich Hueston and Charles Daly reviewing the layout of the rocks.
The speaker at our meeting on February 2nd was Mike Hahn who is very active with the Migrant Farm Workers Project which is operated out of St Albion Church in Beamsville.  The Migrant Farm workers is primarily directed at the 600 Spanish migrant workers that work on the surrounding farms and greenhouses but migrant workers from other countries are also assisted. The initial program focus was providing donated bikes to the workers so that they have a means of transportation. The bikes are refurbished before being provided ,together with helmets, bike lights and reflective vests, to the workers.  The program now offers suitable clothing to new arrivals, a volunteer driver pool, ESL training and other programs. Church Services are provided in Spanish and community Sunday night meals are provided together with transportation in order to address issues related to a feeling of isolation. The program receives considerable support from various local Partners and Sponsors.  The local farms and greenhouses are an important driver of the local economy and the positive impact that these workers contribute goes largely unnoticed.
In addition to being a passionate supporter of the Migrant Farmworkers Project Mike is a Rotarian . He was a member of this club for many years and is now a member of the Rotary club of Lincoln since relocating to Beamsville. 
Pictured above is a group of volunteers unloading donated bikes for refurbishing.
The Cub was delighted to induct two new members to Rotary at our regular meeting on January 5th,2017. Seen here is Sherry Cain and Brian Golden receiving their Rotary pins from Charter Member Bob Martin. Bob joined this Club when it was Chartered in 1976.
The Club now has 36 members.
At the annual Christmas Dinner on December 15th the club was honored to induct two new members into the Club. Seen here is Charter Member, Alan Goddard; President Jim Howden, new members Bas Opdenkelder and Kathryn Drury.
The Rotary Club of Grimsby hosted a group of Scottish Curlers at a reception on November 24,2017 .The picture features a group of curlers from Scotland entertaining everyone with "songs from home".
The Scottish curling tour has happened every second year for the past 60 years with either the Canadian Curlers going to Scotland or Scotland coming to Canada on an alternating basis. The Rotary Club of Grimsby has participated for at least 30 years.
The tour spans a 4 week period with visiting curlers staying at the homes of Rotary members as they tour various curling clubs.   This is a fellowship event with all costs covered by the curlers themselves.
Between Nov 25th and December 11th the Rotary Club of Grimsby presented the Annual Fund Raiser at the Grimsby Museum, the site for over 40 beautifully designed Christmas trees, wreaths,outdoor urns and displays as well as other items for the raffle and silent auction. The event raised over $15,000 for local charities and scholarships and for the work of Rotary.
Rotary Club of Grimsby acknowledges our community-minded individuals, businesses and organizations for their contribution and donations as well as the many friends of Rotary that decorated the trees that again made this annual event such a great success.
Seen here, the crowd favourite tree- the Harry Potter themed tree.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.    The disease remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  After an international investment of more than US$9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
Polio crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until the Salk vaccine was introduced in 1955. Last known cases of Polio in Canada occurred in 1959.
Pictured here is our President presenting a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of the Club to Karen Oaks of Rotary Polio Plus at the Rotary District Conference on October 24,2016. Rotary donations for Polio eradication are matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary members are welcome at any meetings of other Rotary Clubs anywhere in the world. Harry Pelissero enjoyed the fellowship of Rotary at a meeting in Pudu, Malaysia on September 19,2016
Rotary Club of Grimsby was honored to present Barry and Linda Coutts with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards . The presentation was made on Thursday September 22nd at a dinner held at the Casablanca Winery, Grimsby.
The couples efforts in restoring the 220 year old Nelles Manor over 40 plus years and turning it over to a Trust for the enjoyment of future generations exemplifies the Rotary's Motto of "Service above Self". Both Barry and Linda Coutts  have been active in many community organizations since moving to Grimsby 50 years ago.
From left to right is Rotarian Shirley Martin; Linda Coutts, District Governor 7090 Marlee Diehl, Barry Coutts, President Jim Howden and Assistant Governor Margaret Andrewes.
Our regular September 15th was held at Rockway Glen Golf Course & Winery in conjunction with the 16th Annual Fergie Jenkins Celebrity Golf Classic. Several Rotarians golf in the tournaments and many others volunteer at the event. The golf events are held June and September each year. Pictured is Fergie Jenkins presenting a cheque for $7,000 to President Jim Howden. 
Fergie Jenkins is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher from 1965 to 1983 and first Canadian to be inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame. Formed in 1999 the Fergie Jenkins Foundation supports numerous organizations in Canada and the US. It has it offices in St Catherines and is managed by Grimsby resident Carl Kovacs.
The Rotary Club and Community Living, Grimsby, West Lincoln and Lincoln had a successful Festival of Arts on June 4th. It was a completely revamped event with Foods Trucks, Entertainment, and a Beer and Wine Garden. This was the 49th year that the event has been held.  Shown in the picture is Samantha Morris of Community Living presenting a cheque for $5,000 to President Jim Howden at the regular bi-weekly Rotary meeting on July 21st which represents 50% of the proceeds raised at the event. Community Living also received $5,000 from the event. Also in the picture are Rotarian Marilyn Cornwall and Robert Walhout who served on the organizing committee. Planning is already underway for the 50th event to be held June 2017.
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Past President
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Director Community Service
Director Vocational Services/New Generations
Director International Service
Director Club Service
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