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Rotary Club of Grimsby,
P.O.Box 152,
Grimsby,Ontario L3M 4G3
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Rotarians from other Clubs are always welcome to attend our meetings and events. Normal costs apply.
We meet at various locations with the address shown in the calendar.
We need to advise venue on the number of people attending so that the proper number of meals are prepared.
Please email our Club President if you plan to attend.
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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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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.
The Rotary Club of Grimsby donated $1,000 to the annual Amethyst for ALS fundraiser. This money will be used to in support Patient Care and Equipment Services for residents suffering from ALS in the West Niagara area. Hamilton Health Services currently assist 350 patients with ALS ( Lou Gehrig's disease) and as yet there is no cure. Pictured here is President Jim Howden presenting cheque to Amethyst for ALS supporter Paul Murphy.
 Past President Clarence McCloskey, on the right, and his neighbor Ben Orszulak updating Rotary Clock to LED lighting.
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.
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.
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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