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We are excited to once again Return to In Person Events!!!  We look forward to seeing everyone back for our in person meetings, however there are some protocols in place that each person attending must adhere too.  We want to ensure that everyone's health and safety are at the forefront.
 
Each Rotarian will receive an email prior to the weekly lunch meeting requesting an RSVP.  We need to have exact number counts in place prior to the meeting.  Please reply to the email letting us know if you are able to attend!
 
Please review these protocols prior to attending each meeting.
 
Rotarians came together for a lovely picnic lunch at Rotary Community Park in August!  The sun was shining and everyone was very excited to meet, in person again!  We all practiced safe physical distancing and enjoyed an amazing picnic lunch from The Third Place Cafe.  
 
We discussed starting to meet in person again regularly in September and all Rotarians were excited at the prospect of getting back to what will be our new normal for awhile.
 
Looking forward to see everyone back at our usual meeting place, Mt. Peyton Resort and Conference Centre starting Thursday September 10th @ 12:30PM
 
Stay tuned for some changes that will be implemented for our in person meetings as we work together to follow all the guidelines given by the Chief Medical Office for our province.
 
Left to Right: Christine Gosse, Free Lee, Shelley Woolfrey, Greg Woolfrey. 
Unveiling our new banner! Thank you to Rotary International District 7820 for providing each club with a brand new banner to showcase!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Part...
 
Rotarians from our community have come together with the help from Rotary International District 7820 to give back to our fellow citizens in a big way!  During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have given $2000 to Status of Women - Central and $2000 to Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls Community Food Bank!  That is a total of $4000 to individuals in need.  
 
Status of Women - Central (Pictured Right Above) is an equality seeking feminist organization. Who seek to empower all women and enrich communities through advocacy, inclusion, education and partnerships.  Peggy Bartlett (Board Chair), Stephanie Janes (Program Coordinator) and Jackie Thompson (Executive Director) are stocking shelves with supplies all made possible by Rotary's contribution.  Status of Women - Central used the funds to purchase a long list of supplies they give to women and families in need.  YOU can help as well!  Next time to write up your "To Do" list, make it a "To Donate List" and drop off an item or two at the Status of Women - Central office on Bayley Street in Grand Falls-Windsor!!!
 
  Status of Women support women and families throughout our region, and during COVID-19 the need for that support is rising!  Join us and become a #PeopleofAction today!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We aren't done yet!!!! We also gave a $2000 donation to the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls Community Food Bank.  They too needed some empty shelves restocked.  The community Food Bank receives support from our club annually.  We also get together throughout the year and help stock shelves, sort donations and pack food hampers.  There are so many ways to support those in need in this community and beyond.
 
 
As Rotarians we all just do "our part" and you can to.  Support a local organization, shop local, volunteer with a great group!  There are endless ways to give back and we need it now more then ever!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To learn about our projects or how to become involved and be a #PeopleofAction. Reach out!  We are just a message, email or tweet away!!!!
 
 
  
The Rotary Club of Exploits "uncorked the spirit of giving" during our Annual Something to Wine About Wine Tasting event.  To date our Rotary Club is proud to have given over $150,000++ to community organizations and over $20,000 to international projects during the past 8 years.  Now in the 2020-2021 Rotary Year we have continued the spirit of giving again!
 
Thanks to the business community and local citizens who support our event each year in both Grand Falls-Windsor and the surrounding Central, NL region and beyond since 2012 !!! 
 
Receiving organizations applied for funding through our community funding application!!  Any organization can apply for funding through this process through out the year.  We review applications on a quarterly basis.  Please visit our Community Funding Application link to learn more!
If you are an organization that requires financial support, have a great project you are working on or need a little help!  Please take this opportunity to check out our Community Grant Application.  Through this process, we have helped several organizations in the South and Central region of the province.
 
 
 
If you have any questions or require any assistance completing this application please email us info@exploitsrotary.ca
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Rotarians came together for a lovely picnic lunch at Rotary Community Park in August!  The sun was shining and everyone was very excited to meet, in person again!  We all practiced safe physical distancing and enjoyed an amazing picnic lunch from The Third Place Cafe.  
 
We discussed starting to meet in person again regularly in September and all Rotarians were excited at the prospect of getting back to what will be our new normal for awhile.
 
Looking forward to see everyone back at our usual meeting place, Mt. Peyton Resort and Conference Centre starting Thursday September 10th @ 12:30PM
 
Stay tuned for some changes that will be implemented for our in person meetings as we work together to follow all the guidelines given by the Chief Medical Office for our province.
 
Left to Right: Christine Gosse, Free Lee, Shelley Woolfrey, Greg Woolfrey. 
Unveiling our new banner! Thank you to Rotary International District 7820 for providing each club with a brand new banner to showcase!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Part...
 
Rotarians from our community have come together with the help from Rotary International District 7820 to give back to our fellow citizens in a big way!  During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have given $2000 to Status of Women - Central and $2000 to Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls Community Food Bank!  That is a total of $4000 to individuals in need.  
 
Status of Women - Central (Pictured Right Above) is an equality seeking feminist organization. Who seek to empower all women and enrich communities through advocacy, inclusion, education and partnerships.  Peggy Bartlett (Board Chair), Stephanie Janes (Program Coordinator) and Jackie Thompson (Executive Director) are stocking shelves with supplies all made possible by Rotary's contribution.  Status of Women - Central used the funds to purchase a long list of supplies they give to women and families in need.  YOU can help as well!  Next time to write up your "To Do" list, make it a "To Donate List" and drop off an item or two at the Status of Women - Central office on Bayley Street in Grand Falls-Windsor!!!
 
  Status of Women support women and families throughout our region, and during COVID-19 the need for that support is rising!  Join us and become a #PeopleofAction today!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We aren't done yet!!!! We also gave a $2000 donation to the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls Community Food Bank.  They too needed some empty shelves restocked.  The community Food Bank receives support from our club annually.  We also get together throughout the year and help stock shelves, sort donations and pack food hampers.  There are so many ways to support those in need in this community and beyond.
 
 
As Rotarians we all just do "our part" and you can to.  Support a local organization, shop local, volunteer with a great group!  There are endless ways to give back and we need it now more then ever!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To learn about our projects or how to become involved and be a #PeopleofAction. Reach out!  We are just a message, email or tweet away!!!!
 
 
  
We are moving forward with flattening the curve.  Unfortunately to date there is no treatment, vaccine or cure for COVID-19.  Because of your diligence in physical distancing and practicing good hygiene we are slow the spread and giving our Health Care system a chance to prepare and maximize our facilities capacity to deal with COVID-19.  Because of this the health care departments we will be ready to help those who will need care.  Because of your personal sacrifices in your family, business, or loss of personal income the Government of Canada is rolling out the following measures.
 
Please see information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit / E-Services from Service Canada who have been reaching out to Canadians across the country.
 
CHARTERED MEMBERS IN PHOTO
 
FRONT ROW (L-R)
Jack Hynes,  A. Frampton,  Jack Greene,  Reg. Ball,  Rev. Ray Cole,  Desmond Kenny,  T. Baird,  Brother Batstone
 
BACK ROW (L-R)
Clayton Monk,  Boyd Cohen,  Peter Alaverdy,  Frank Howard,  Mun Ivany,  S.Inder,  Dave Green,  L.Alteen,  George Hutchings,  M. Oldford
 
Our Rotary Club was originally chartered by 18 men in the town formally known as Grand Falls on February 13th, 1970.  The Rotary club at that time was aptly named after the “Grand Falls” in the area.  Members consisted of men from the Town of Grand Falls and some from the neighbouring town of Windsor.
 
In 1991 the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor was incorporated with the two towns formally known as Grand Falls and Windsor amalgamated.  At which time to Rotary Club of Grand Falls, continued its tradition and name.
 
In 2017 our membership felt that the Rotary Club of Grand Falls no longer reflected our diverse membership, nor the growing number of communities we serve.   As Rotary International grows and changes with the times, so to does the grassroots of the international organization; the local Rotary clubs.  Therefore, we changed our name to the Rotary Club of Exploits.  We feel strongly that this name is more inclusive of the citizens, from many neighbouring towns that are part of our ever-growing club membership and we hope that this name also encourages more individuals from the central region of Newfoundland to learn more about our club, what we do and how they can get involved.
Our club was delighted to have Mr. Dave Noel, President of Exploits TrailNet Inc. speak to us today during our lunch.  What is the Exploits TrailNet? A Non profit organization dedicated to development of safe and sustainable year round trails in Exploits Valley/Badger region of Central Newfoundland, Canada.
 
The Exploits TrailNet Inc. is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers in Central West, Newfoundland,Canada.  With over 400km of trail and countless opportunities to get off the trail and ride, they feel they have some of the best country to explore in Eastern Canada.

Riders can visit Mt. Peyton, Hodges Hills, Seal Bay Bog, New Bay, The Gaff Topsails, The Buchans Plateau, Kippens Ridge and countless other scenic loops, ALL within beautiful Central Newfoundland.  Over the past year they have made significant strides to secure funding in an effort to improve the vast trail network in the local area . Stay tuned for exciting announcements and updates from Exploits TrailNet Inc. by liking their Facebook Page @Exploitstrailnet
 
Left to Right
Rotarian Kim McDonald-Wilkes and Dave Noel, President, Exploits TrailNet
Our club thanking Dave for coming to speak to us during our lunch meeting.
#volunteers #peopleofaction #thankyou

February 13th is the kick off to our clubs 50th Anniversary year!!!  River the Ro-terrier and all the human members of our club were so excited about our 50th Anniversary that we are starting the celebrations early!!!! Our first Anniversary Present is Literacy.  A gift that will continue to give...to others!!!

River and all the human members of our club will be visiting two primary schools in our area.  Forest Park Primary, Grades K-3 and Woodland Primary, Grades K-3.  Members of our Rotary Club, will be joined by come other community minded volunteers, and of course me PI Puppy River (I just have to really behave in school and no barking...I think I can do it! ), together we will visit both schools on Family Literacy Day, Jan 27th, 2020.  We will read a selection of books to each class through out the day, and leave a present, all the new books as a donation to the schools library.

Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC LifeLiteracy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

This years book list will be all about diversity and inclusion!  Please see the list of books, their authors and illustrators below.

We were proud to partner with PFlag GFW to collectively select a great list of reading material appropriate for the K-3 age group!!

Ester the Wonder Pig - Steve Jenkins & Derel Walter
Heather Has Two Mommies - Leslea Newman & Laura Cornell
A Family Is a Family Is a Family - Sara O'Leary & Qin Leng
A Tale of two Mommies - Vanita Oelschlager & Mike Blanc
Angus All Aglow - Heather Smith & Alice Carter
Love Makes a Family - Sophie Beer
I Am Jazz - Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
All Are Welcome - Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy - Susan Verde & Peter H. Reynolds
The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match - Monica Brown & Sara Palacious
Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall
Meet ClaraBelle Blue - Adiba U Nelson & Llene Serna (Series)
El Deafo - Cece Bell
We'll Paint the Octopus Red - Stephanie Stuve-Bodden & Pam DeVito
We're Amazing 1,2,3! - Leslie Kimmelman & Mary Beth Nelson
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Happy 50th Anniversary to us!!! We can't wait to spend all year celebrating and giving back to our local and global community!

 

Our club was proud to make an $1000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in Dave Stoodley's honor.  To celebrate Dave's contributions to the community we were delighted to recognize him with a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Today individuals and earn a Paul Harris Fellow for a variety of reasons.  Typically it is given to recognize ones contributions to their community or through a project on a global scale.
 

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and service to your community. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. 

We would like to thank everyone who came out and attended our Pints for Polio event at The Mount Peyton Resort and Conference Centre.  With your support and matching programs through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we were able to raise $1500.00 for help our fight to end Polio!!! That is 500 vaccines our club is able to purchase for help prevent Polio in the 3 countries where Polio still remains.
 
We were also proud to recognize an amazing long standing Rotarian during the evening.  We were delighted to bestow a third Paul Harris Fellow on, Past District Governor, Terry Goodyear.  Terry has been a Rotarian with our club for nearly 50 years.  His contributions to the Rotary Club of Exploits and to our community are endless.  He played an integral role in the starting of the YMCA, Francis Nichols Community Centre, Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association, ERMA and many more huge projects that still remain in the community today and are used by hundreds of citizens.
 
What an amazing evening!  River the Roterr-ier our clubs Public Image Puppy #PIPuppy7820 even came out for the occasion! Thank you again to all who came out to enjoy with us!
 
 
 
Left to Right:
PDG, Terry Goodyear receiving his third Paul Harris Fellow from Past President Shelley Woolfrey
 
PDG Terry Goodyear with Current Club President Greg Woolfrey
River the Ro-terrier had an educational time today at our meeting. They learned all about AED's (Automated External Defibrillator) thanks to Todd Potter, PCP from St. John Ambulance.  We learned all about how easy these life saving devices are to use and how inexpensive they are for a business/organization to purchase.
 
Our club was proud to have a better understanding and knowledge not just about AED's but some basic first aid tips!  River thought it was "paw"esome to be able to help the club members in using the AED!  Thank you to Todd Potter and to St. John Ambulance for teaching us all today! 
 
To learn more about AED's and First Aid please visit https://www.sja.ca/English/Pages/default.aspx 
 
 
Left: River the Ro-terrier assisting with the training AED as Todd Potter demonstrates its use to the club.
Top Right: Todd Potter, PCP receiving thanks from PI Chair, Kim McDonald-Wilkes for joining us today for lunch.  He receive a Rotary Can of Soup
Bottom Right: Todd Potter, PCP showing the club how the AED talks you through the step of use.
On Thursday Sept 5th, 2019 our club had the absolute pleasure of having Dr. Andrew Furey, CEO of Team Broken Earth speak to us.  The work Team Broken Earth is doing, is breathtaking.  Rotary is proud to be a small cog in giant wheel of support for these amazing individuals who volunteer their time to help countless people in a number of countries.  As Dr. Furey was speaking to us another amazing team was on route to the Bahamas to jump in and help! To learn more about this groups fascinating work, please visit https://www.facebook.com/teambrokenearth
 
 
Left to Right: Dr. Andrew Furey, CEO Team Broken Earth and Rotary Club of Exploits President, Greg Woolfrey
We would like to thank the Salmonid Interpretation Centre for a lovely breakfast meal this morning during our weekly meeting.  Our club was proud to make a check Presentation to Kim Penney, Interpretation Guide and Kim Thompson, Executive Director of ERMA today of $4400.00 for accessible chair lift upgrades!  Now the centre is fully accessible.  Even "River" the Ro-terrier was there to get in on the action!  We also learned that often when people visit the centre with their pets, if the pets are older or arthritic they also use the lift.  So even River's more seasoned friends can visit the centre and still access the beautiful viewing areas!  Did you know our club gave ERMA the seed money to start the centre back in the 1980's???  One of many projects the Rotary Club of Exploits has helped start in this community.  
 
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