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 our Past- President if you plan to attend .
If you wish to inquire about membership please contact our Membership Chair, Liz Fisk.
20th Anniversity
Nov 22th - Dec 8th
Celebration - Nov 21
Opening- Nov 22
Santa Day- Nov 23
Lead Sponsor: Grimsby Hyundai
Target for 2019
Major sponsors - 2
Trees- 40
Auction items- 40
Raffle items-40
Visitors - 3,000
Funds raised for Charities - $20,000
Volunteers required 180
Held at Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray St
Free Admission
Raffle tickets are sold for the decorated trees and other prizes.  Progressive  auction.
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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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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.
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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.
Our District Governor, Melisa Schrock, of District 4070 visited our local area clubs on October 11th.  Club members of Rotary Club of Grimsby,together with Rotary Club of Lincoln and Rotary at Noon donated personal hygiene supplies to Gillian's Place at the meeting.  Pictured here is a representative of Gillian's Place acknowledging the gift.  Jeanette Murphy, Assistant District Governor and District Governor, Melisa Schrock are on the left.
Gillian's Place provides emergency and transitional shelter and support services to mothers and children. Housing units are located in Grimsby, Beamsville & Smithville.
Planning for the 19th Annual Fantasy of Trees is underway. Each year, free of charge, several thousand adults and  children enjoy the glorious,twinkling display at the Grimsby Museum. The Fantasy of Trees has a silent auction and raffle tickets are sold for decorated trees and holiday items at the close of the event. There are many ways to get involved.
Pictured here is the 2018/18 President George Wagennaar receiving the Chain of Office from out-going President Jim Howden.  The chain includes the names of all Presidents since the club was formed in 1976.  The ceremonial ball was also passed to George.
The ceremonial passing of the chain was held at the Past-President BBQ  which was held at Bob Martin's farm on July 5th.
Happy New Year- The 2018/19 Rotary started on July 1st.  We welcome Barry Rassin as the incoming Rotary International President.  Rotary's President presides over the Board of Directors and is elected to a one year term.  The President's theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other.
Rotary Club of Grimsby welcomes George Wagenaar as our incoming President. George has been an active Rotary Member since 1992. 
Rotary Unites 1.2 million members in 35,000+ clubs from all continents and cultures.
More than  25,000 Rotarians from almost every country in the world converged on Toronto to find inspiration ,fellowship and friendship.  The six areas of Rotary was discussed which are Promoting Peace; Fighting Disease;Providing Clean Water;Supporting Education;Saving Mother and Children and Growing Local Economies.
Rotary unites 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs from all continents and cultures.
Five members for the Rotary Club of Grimsby attended the convention.
Our Rotary Club provided to over 80 migrant workers at the St Alban's Church Hall in Beamsville which supports an Migrant Workers program managed by volunteers.  Pictured here are members of the club and their spouses getting ready to serve a wholesome meal.
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 a community Sunday night meals are provided together with transportation in order to address social isolation. The program receives considerable support from the local community.
The local farms and greenhouses are an important driver of the local economy and the positive impact that these workers contribute goes largely unnoticed.
Rotary Club is holding its 4th annual Garage Sale on June 9th.
Time: 7am-12pm; Sellers set up at 6am.
Where: Parking lot of Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main St, East, Grimsby
Cost: $25 for two parking spots, $35. for four spots
Community groups, Charities, Private sellers all welcome
To reserve spot. Call 905 945 7056 or email                                                                                                                                                                       Ian Riseley, President of Rotary International, asked each of the 85,000 Rotary Clubs to considering planting one tree for each of 1.2 million members worldwide for World Earth day.  Rotary Club of Grimsby joined with other local Rotary Clubs to plant Breadfruit Trees in underdeveloped countries with an expected 500 trees to be planted.  Our Clubs 35 trees will be planted in Haiti  being one of the poorest countries and where an effort is underway to restore the agricultural sector.  Rotary has partnered with The Trees That Feed Foundation and the cost was $15 US per tree.
Breadfruit trees is one of the highest yielding food plants with a single tree producing up to 200 or more grapefruit-sized fruit and is a staple food in many tropical regions.
This is a wonderful project as these trees will improve the environment while providing food for a local population in a very poor country.
Bill Hughes, Sharon Rizzuto,Wayne Fertich, and Charles Daly are representing the Grimsby Rotary  Club at the Rotary Worlds Curling Bonspiel being held at the Lanarkshire Curling Club, Hamilton Scotland from April 9th to April 14th. They completed the Friendship Round Robin in first place.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Club Service
Membership Chair
Chair- Fantasy of Trees
Assistant District Governor - 7090