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63 Tupper St. West
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Alliston, ON L9R 1E4
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Rotary's Support for the Community During the Pandemic

Under the current difficult conditions, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many individuals and businesses, the members of our club thought about what help we could provide for our community -- especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Support for Health Care Workers - Working with Fresh Co (Alliston) and the Carriage House Bakery in downtown Alliston the club purchased 450 ice cream treats and 450 individually wrapped cookies. Today Rotarians George Scott and Kelly McCague delivered these treats to the staff of four retirement facilities: Riverwood Senior Living, Good Samaritan Seniors Complex, Kingsmere Retirement Suites and Simcoe Village. Rather than hot meals that can only feed those on duty at the time, the ice cream and cookies can be stored onsite and served up over several days to ensure every staff member gets a treat. And these purchases help to support our local businesses at a challenging time.

Teamwork goes a long way during these times, that’s why Rotary Club of Alliston partnered with the Alliston Lions Club to donate a combined $1500 to the The Good Shepherd Food Bank | Alliston.
 
Thank you Alliston Lions! 

Photo: Rotary Incoming President George Scott and Lion Jaime Karsch presenting the cheque to the Good Shephard Food Bank of Alliston Vice President Dave Bradbury.
Incoming President George Scott talks on Rogers cable about how the Rotary Club of Alliston is reaching out to the community during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19.
 
Rotary President Elect George Scott delivers Hand Sanitizer on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alliston to Simcoe Manor, Riverwood Retirement Home, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Matthew's House Hospice and Kingsmere Retirement Home. Heretic Distillery in Collingwood made the hand sanitizer and graciously donated half the cost.
Big thank your to the Circle Theatre @AllistonCircleTheatre for helping the Rotary Club express our gratitude to the essential workers in our community...thanks Kelly McCague for taking the lead on this tribute.
 
Join us on May 11, 2020 on Zoom to hear Dan Carter talk about his incredible journey from homelessness to city hall.  An invitation will be going out to members shortly.  For non-Rotarians please contact Dave Green for a Zoom invite.
 
Elected in 2018, Mayor Dan Carter is serving his first term as Mayor of Oshawa after serving as a City and Regional Councillor from 2014 -2018. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City Standing Committees. At the Region of Durham, he currently serves as a member of the Health and Social Services Committee and President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation. 
 
Active in community development initiatives Mayor Carter lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours and has a deep commitment to making a difference to those in need. 
Mayor Carter takes his role as Mayor of Oshawa to heart and feels blessed that he has been given the opportunity to serve and to help people in his community every day.
 
He is committed to leading in a way that will bring out the best in all of us and be the light that brings hope, optimism, and pride to this great city. 

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Celebrate with us. We have some great ways to keep the kids entertained this month and have fun at home while staying healthy.

Visit www.brushamania.ca to see the details and how you can get your kids involved.

 
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SMH Launches PPE Drive

Hospitals across the province are managing anticipated shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the health system, and Stevenson is no different. To support our need for PPE, we are organizing a PPE Drive to encourage businesses and individuals with personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, to donate them to the Hospital.

We are grateful for the supplies that have already been donated by local individuals and businesses. We are not accepting any hand-made PPE at this time.

The demand for these items is critical, so we appreciate the support from our community.

We are still in need of more, in particular these critical items:
- Masks: Ear-loop ASTMF2100-11, Level 2 rating or higher
- Masks: N95 3M9105, 3M1870+, 3M8110S, 3M8210, NIOSH and CE
- Gowns: AAMI, Level 2 rating or greater
- Hand sanitizer: 70% or higher
- Gloves: Nitrile (all sizes) (must be powder free)

We will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired PPE. Please note we are a latex-free facility.
If you have items to donate, please call us at (705) 220-0868  or email mmclean@smhosp.on.ca and include picture of product if possible.

We will validate the product to ensure it meets our needs and arrange for drop-off at our location.

Social distancing practices will be enforced during the drop off. All PPE will be inspected, assessed, cleaned and disinfected (where possible) prior to use.

Company
Products/Service
Contact Information
Good Shepherd Food Bank (Alliston)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Clients will be served outside during COVID-19
705-435-3255
96 Victoria St. W., Lower Level, Alliston
Monday 1-3pm, Thursday 2-4pm, 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm
Our Town Food Bank (Tottenham)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Food hampers will be provided instead of shopping due to COVID-19
(905) 936-6293
3 George St., Tottenham
Tuesday 7pm-8:30pm
Helping Hand Food Bank (Bradford)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call to ask about picking up a package of food instead of shopping due to COVID-19
 
(905) 775-2824
123 Moore St., Bradford
Monday and Wednesday 1-2pm
Friday 6pm-7pm
Angus Food Bank
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call ahead for COVID-19 protocol
(705) 424-0204
8527 County Road 10, Angus
Wed and Fri, 1pm to 3pm
Dufferin Food Share
All food banks in Dufferin county are combining services during COVID-19 to continue to serve the Dufferin community who need emergency food
Salvation Army New Hope Church
690 Riddell Road, Orangeville
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wednesday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 10am-1pm
Friday 10am-1pm
contact@dufferinfoodchare.org
Cookstown Greens
Fruits and vegetables (organic)
Call to place order and pick up
(705) 458-9077
Little Rock Honey Farm
Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meats
Delivery Available
farmboxteam@gmail.com
Facebook – Little Rock Honey Farm
647-231-2822
 
Murphy’s Farm
Baked goods and supplies, vegetables, dairy, preserves
Call or place order online for pick up
(705) 435-4121
Lennox Farm
Farmer’s market to open in May
519-925-6444
Rosemont General
Baked goods and supplies, beans, eggs, fruit, cheese, cleaning supplies, frozen food
Deliver, take-out and curbside pick up available
(705) 435-6575
Sheldon Creek Dairy
Dairy, baked goods, frozen meals, pantry items, snacks, meat, fruit, eggs
Order online or call and pick up
(705) 434-0404
Vince’s Market in Tottenham
Grocery store
Will deliver ($15 within 15 minutes, otherwise  $25, up to 15km) or store pick ($5), processing order takes 2-4 days
(289) 318-0500
 
Country Cut Meats
Meat – call to order, pay over the phone and they will prepare it and put it in your car
(705) 424-2447
 
Del Zotto Butcher
Meat – call to order and will deliver on orders over $100
705-434-0070
Cookstown Foodland
Groceries
Delivers to Cookstown and Alliston area
$7 delivery charge, minimum $50 order
705-458-1611
Beeton Foodland
Groceries
Free delivery available
Monday – Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday – Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday – Bradford
Thursday – Beeton and Alliston
Curbside pick up is available Monday-Thursday
905-729-2513
Tottenham Foodland
Groceries
Curbside pick-up and delivery available
 
905-936-1077
 
Dash Delivery
Delivery service for restaurants
https://dashdelivers.ca/Alliston
Tottenham Health Foods
Vitamins, supplements and more
Call in orders Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
Curbside pick up
 
905-936-4477
 
Pet Grocer
Pet food and other pet essentials
Order online or over the phone
Delivery available within 30 minutes from Alliston store or curbside pick up
705-250-8383
Email: info@petgrocer.ca
Heart to Home Meals
Frozen Meals – Entrees, Soups and Desserts
Free Delivery
1-866-933-1516
www.hearttohomemeals.ca
CHATS 
Frozen Meals on Wheels – New Tecumseth
Sobey’s in Orangeville
Grocery Store – call to place an order
Sobey’s has partnered with Comfort Keepers to provide delivery in the Dufferin area
(519) 941-1339 – Sobey’s
(519) 942-9101 – Comfort Keepers
 
Compiled April 6th, 2020
The Rotary Club of Alliston wants to help in the community with information regarding essential services and businesses. We are compiling this information as it becomes available. The information is constantly changing please contact the business or location before heading as this information may already be out of date.  We will update the information as soon as we get any changes.  
 
Compiled Mar 27, 2020
 
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Assessment Centre (from a statement from SMH Mar 23, 2020)
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. We will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.
 
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
 
We are asking the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.
 
We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms. It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.
The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.
The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.
Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.
Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.
 
For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:

Public Health
Government of Ontario
 
Groceries 
Zehrs Alliston
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable population  7am-8am
Hours  8am-8pm
 705-434-9391
Order food on line for pick up
Paid for by credit card
Book well in advance to use 4 designated parking spots for pick up of groceries.
https://www.zehrs.ca/online-grocery-shopping
 
Walmart Alliston 
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable 7-8am
Hours 8am-8pm 
705-435-7100
 
Fresh Co Alliston
Hours for seniors and vulnerable sector 8-9am
Hours 8am-8pm
705-434-9512
No online shopping
 
Beeton Foodland- Updated April 1, 2020
Hours for vulnerable Monday-Saturday 8-9am, Sunday 9-10am
Hours
Food Orders may be emailed beetonfoodlanddelivery@gmail.com or call 905-729-2513
Paid for by credit card
Free Delivery to Vulnerable sector of population
Deliveries:
Monday- Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday- Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday- Bradford and Area
Thursday- Beeton and Alliston
 
 
 
Foodland Cookstown - Updated April 1
 
Hours are 8am-8pm
705-458-1611
Phone in for food orders and delivery, first come first serve!
Call Monday 8am-4pm for a Tuesday delivery
Call Wednesday 8am-4pm for a Thursday delivery
Minimum food order is $50
Delivery charge 
 
Pharmacies
Shoppers Drug Mart Alliston
Hours 8am-10pm
705-435-6051
Refills can be done online.
 
Rexall Pharmacy Alliston
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-6pm
705-435-7902
Orders from Pharmacy can be paid by credit card and delivered.
 
Wrays Drugstore
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
705-435-6011
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston has made a momentous $50,000 pledge towards the Because of you, we can Campaign! 
“The Rotary Club of Alliston is proud to make this donation to the Foundation in support of the redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital,” says Sue Leach, President of The Rotary Club of Alliston. “We are very fortunate to have this hospital meeting the health care needs of our community.” 
This donation will transform care at Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
Detective Harry Lawrenson is now the National Director of the Canadian D.A.R.E program, having educated over 22,000 students over his decades of service.
Harry gave us a great informative talk on scams and frauds ongoing in Canada yet originating in India and other countries. 
We heard about:
  1. Scam calls claiming to come from Service Canada stating that “Your SIN number has been fraudulently used”. The caller then attempts to have the person called give them their SIN number to confirm the number. Clearly we need to hang up when this call comes in.
  2. A call claiming to be from “Visa Canada” stating that they have seen “some unusual activity on your account” should throw you a red flag. The main reason being, we were told, is that it is the bank or credit union that is the issuer of credit cards and so a legitimate call would be coming from your bank, not from the parent network. Clearly, we need to hang up when this call comes in. 
  3. Many other scams are making the rounds, such as “Romance” scams on social media, Readers Digest or other publications telling you “you are a winner but need to pay the taxes,” and “house for rent” scams by a phoney landlord who doesn’t actually own the property.  Just hang up when you get those calls.
Harry left us with this key message, DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE, and HANG UP when you get a suspicious call.  
He also reinforced that the “Days of a handshake closing a deal are gone,” and strongly advised to get a written agreement in all your business dealings. 
Scamming seniors is a common occurrence.  Having a Power of Attorney in the hands of an adult child set up is a great way to reduce the possibility of a senior family member being defrauded. 
On a successful note, Harry related a story of the RCMP travelling to Mumbai India, finding a three-storey building filled with close to 400 people in cubicles making scam calls to North America.  The good news? Two hundred arrests were made.
What can you do if you’re approached by a scammer? Report the calls to the police and help our finest do their jobs.  After all, they are here for us. 
 

To download a PDF copy of Bill Edward's notes on Harry Lawrenson's talk visit this link

Rotary Club of Alliston and friends on Honda Plant Tour on Feb. 5, 2020
 
Grade 5 Students from Ernest Cumberland PS in Alliston receive Rotary Dictionaries.
Rotary Dictionary Covers front and back
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston visited two schools in Alliston to present Rotary Dictionaries this week. All grade 5 students at St. Paul's Catholic School and Ernest Cumberland Public School received their own dictionary to keep. The students had a chance to learn a little about how to use their dictionaries to read and write. Rotarians George Scott, Darlene Hunter and Sue Leach were all part of the presentation. Thanks to Joan Hayward and George Scott for organizing the project. We thanks the teachers and schools for their support in this local literacy project.
 
 
George, Sue and Dave at Cloverdale Mall in the middle of goalie equipment bound for northern fly in communities. 
Rotary Club of Palgrave and Etobicoke invited us to help sort equipment over 3 weekends.
Rotarians, friends and family were all welcome to help sort the equipment.
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $500 towards transporting the equipment.
 
Wow...What a great turnout for the 12th Night Bonfire Celebration - Burning of the Green on Friday, January 3, 2020.
The Rotary Club of Alliston has been holding this event for over 35 years. This year we had a crowd of about 600 people thanks to the warm weather and great publicity. The fire was lit at 6:30pm by the New Tecumseth Fire Service volunteers. Some of these firefighters came to our bonfire night as children with their parents. 
Thank you to Rafee from Country Meat Cuts.
Thank you to all the volunteers(Rotarians, Interact members, friends and family) who collected trees the day before and helped out at the event on Friday night! We had great coverage by CTV Barrie and New Tecumseth Times Newspaper. Special thanks goes to the New Tecumseth Fire Service for lighting up the fire and keeping us safe, Rotary Club of Palgrave for their Chuck Wagon and volunteers, Town of New Tecumseth for their support, Country Meat Cuts for providing the Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate, Alan and Jane Ann Downey for their straw bales for seating, Nu-tek Electric for lighting and generator, George Scott and Dave Green for organizing the event. 
 
 
Rotarians and Out of the Cold Volunteers pause for break from Yard Clean-Up at the Out of the Cold Shelter in Alliston. Missing from the photo is our photographer and President Elect George Scott.
Please see the thank you below from Out of the Cold Executive Director Jenifer Pergentile.
 
 
 
A big thanks to everyone for coming out and participating in the Rotary Club of Alliston Night Lit Santa Claus Parade.
 
Here are the winners:
 
  • Best Overall - Circle Theatre
  • WOW! – Alliston Community Christian School
  • Most Unique – Alliston Bassmasters
  • Best Use of Traditional – 1ST Everett Scout Group
Thanks to all the groups that entered the parade.
 
On the 5th and 6th of November, Alliston Community Policing and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit held its 11th annual R.A.C.E. against Drugs rally for Grade 5 students in Alliston.  Over the two-day event, more than 700 kids from 16 schools were bussed in to the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre Field House, where they assembled into groups of 15-20 and made their way around 11 “pit stops” at eight-minute intervals.
 
Each pit stop was designed to educate them about various risks – alcohol, tobacco, vaping, prescription drugs, cannabis, illegal substances and even gambling – at a time in their young lives when they may first be exposed to peer pressure and other influences.  “HOW TO SAY NO” was the message presented at every pit stop,” explained Patricia Middlebrook, President of Alliston Community Policing and a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Alliston.
 
 
“Our aim is to build awareness of addictions and encourage them to delay first use as long as possible” added Cathy Eisner, a public health nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Co-Chair of the R.A.C.E. committee with Patricia.  “The learning they get today will help them make more responsible choices in the future.”
 
Stop #1 on the layout was an artwork station, with a supply of plan brown LCBO liquor bags and colored markers.  The kids were invited to write messages, such as “Think of Me” and “Don’t Drink and Drive,” and add pictures to illustrate their feelings.  The finished bags are given to the LCBO to use during the annual RIDE program throughout the month of December.
 
 
For the past four years The Rotary Club of Alliston and The Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine have been in partnership to make a difference in the community of Rivne and beyond.  The Ukrainian Rotarians have developed and implemented a project worth $90,000 Canadian.  This has been made possible through funding from Alliston and District Rotarians, The Rotary Foundation, and the Government of Canada.
As a group, handicapped children and adults in Ukraine have been neglected and many spend their lives in orphanages and hostels poorly funded by the Ukrainian government.  The fourth highest cause of death in Ukraine is being handicapped.  To address this issue Rotarians between our two countries have just finished a large project focused on the blind and visually-impaired.   
 
First, the project has focused on providing educational aids and training for educators so that children between two and ten years of age across the region can be taught Braille using newly-developed resources which will allow these children to enter an integrated school system similar to what we are used to in Canada.  A new sound studio, where CDs are produced, and a new library that will distribute these have also been funded.  
 
Second, the project, for visually-impaired adults ages 20 plus, creates jobs.  Workers in the textile area have been trained on new sewing and embroidery machines, making uniforms for workers employed in industry. 
 
Other newly-created jobs involve the making of toilet paper which is cut, packaged, and sold for profit. 
Alliston Rotarians are committed to the Rivne area of Ukraine primarily because of the commitment to help their fellow citizens.  Ukraine is the poorest European country and Rivne is a former large manufacturing centre that is struggling to revive a strong economy.  Rivne Rotarians are a dedicated group of professionals and industrialists who are trying to help their community.  Alliston Rotarians are proud to be in partnership with them.  
On Monday, October 21st His Worship Mayor Rick Milne declared World Polio Week in New Tecumseth and raised the End Polio Now flag in front of the municipal offices in Alliston. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of continued efforts to vaccinate the children of the world, the flag will fly all week. Rotarians from the Alliston club were on hand to witness the ceremony and to show their support for the international partnerships that, since 1984, have been working together to eradicate this crippling, and sometimes fatal, disease. UNICEF, WHO, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the Gates Foundation, and the government of Canada have all committed to working with Rotary International to keep the promise to the children of the world that polio will be defeated.

Polio remains endemic in two countries only, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where geography, civic distrust, and political unrest create difficult challenges in getting the precious vaccine to vulnerable children. Early in 2020 polio will have been eradicated in the continent of Africa, once Nigeria has been declared polio-free. This gives the partners hope that the millions of dollars and the thousands of volunteers' time and effort will not have been given in vain.

We ask that citizens of New Tecumseth remain committed to vaccinating their children and grandchildren and not to let apathy and disinformation question the wisdom of regular inoculation. Measles has come back; let's not have polio return as well.

Photos: The flag raising ceremony and the proclamation signed and presented by Mayor Rick Milne.

World Polio Day, Thursday, October 24th

World Polio Day is 24 October! Mark your calendar to tune in for Rotary International’s World Polio Day Online Global Update, streamed on Facebook in multiple time zones and languages around the world.  President Sue has sent out a separate note about this unique opportunity.
 
This year’s program will highlight the heroes of polio eradication, with stories from polio-endemic and recently impacted areas.  This is the link:
 
 
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Rotary's Support for the Community During the Pandemic

Under the current difficult conditions, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many individuals and businesses, the members of our club thought about what help we could provide for our community -- especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Support for Health Care Workers - Working with Fresh Co (Alliston) and the Carriage House Bakery in downtown Alliston the club purchased 450 ice cream treats and 450 individually wrapped cookies. Today Rotarians George Scott and Kelly McCague delivered these treats to the staff of four retirement facilities: Riverwood Senior Living, Good Samaritan Seniors Complex, Kingsmere Retirement Suites and Simcoe Village. Rather than hot meals that can only feed those on duty at the time, the ice cream and cookies can be stored onsite and served up over several days to ensure every staff member gets a treat. And these purchases help to support our local businesses at a challenging time.

Teamwork goes a long way during these times, that’s why Rotary Club of Alliston partnered with the Alliston Lions Club to donate a combined $1500 to the The Good Shepherd Food Bank | Alliston.
 
Thank you Alliston Lions! 

Photo: Rotary Incoming President George Scott and Lion Jaime Karsch presenting the cheque to the Good Shephard Food Bank of Alliston Vice President Dave Bradbury.
Incoming President George Scott talks on Rogers cable about how the Rotary Club of Alliston is reaching out to the community during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19.
 
Rotary President Elect George Scott delivers Hand Sanitizer on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alliston to Simcoe Manor, Riverwood Retirement Home, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Matthew's House Hospice and Kingsmere Retirement Home. Heretic Distillery in Collingwood made the hand sanitizer and graciously donated half the cost.
Big thank your to the Circle Theatre @AllistonCircleTheatre for helping the Rotary Club express our gratitude to the essential workers in our community...thanks Kelly McCague for taking the lead on this tribute.
 
Join us on May 11, 2020 on Zoom to hear Dan Carter talk about his incredible journey from homelessness to city hall.  An invitation will be going out to members shortly.  For non-Rotarians please contact Dave Green for a Zoom invite.
 
Elected in 2018, Mayor Dan Carter is serving his first term as Mayor of Oshawa after serving as a City and Regional Councillor from 2014 -2018. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City Standing Committees. At the Region of Durham, he currently serves as a member of the Health and Social Services Committee and President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation. 
 
Active in community development initiatives Mayor Carter lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours and has a deep commitment to making a difference to those in need. 
Mayor Carter takes his role as Mayor of Oshawa to heart and feels blessed that he has been given the opportunity to serve and to help people in his community every day.
 
He is committed to leading in a way that will bring out the best in all of us and be the light that brings hope, optimism, and pride to this great city. 

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Celebrate with us. We have some great ways to keep the kids entertained this month and have fun at home while staying healthy.

Visit www.brushamania.ca to see the details and how you can get your kids involved.

 
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SMH Launches PPE Drive

Hospitals across the province are managing anticipated shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the health system, and Stevenson is no different. To support our need for PPE, we are organizing a PPE Drive to encourage businesses and individuals with personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, to donate them to the Hospital.

We are grateful for the supplies that have already been donated by local individuals and businesses. We are not accepting any hand-made PPE at this time.

The demand for these items is critical, so we appreciate the support from our community.

We are still in need of more, in particular these critical items:
- Masks: Ear-loop ASTMF2100-11, Level 2 rating or higher
- Masks: N95 3M9105, 3M1870+, 3M8110S, 3M8210, NIOSH and CE
- Gowns: AAMI, Level 2 rating or greater
- Hand sanitizer: 70% or higher
- Gloves: Nitrile (all sizes) (must be powder free)

We will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired PPE. Please note we are a latex-free facility.
If you have items to donate, please call us at (705) 220-0868  or email mmclean@smhosp.on.ca and include picture of product if possible.

We will validate the product to ensure it meets our needs and arrange for drop-off at our location.

Social distancing practices will be enforced during the drop off. All PPE will be inspected, assessed, cleaned and disinfected (where possible) prior to use.

Company
Products/Service
Contact Information
Good Shepherd Food Bank (Alliston)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Clients will be served outside during COVID-19
705-435-3255
96 Victoria St. W., Lower Level, Alliston
Monday 1-3pm, Thursday 2-4pm, 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm
Our Town Food Bank (Tottenham)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Food hampers will be provided instead of shopping due to COVID-19
(905) 936-6293
3 George St., Tottenham
Tuesday 7pm-8:30pm
Helping Hand Food Bank (Bradford)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call to ask about picking up a package of food instead of shopping due to COVID-19
 
(905) 775-2824
123 Moore St., Bradford
Monday and Wednesday 1-2pm
Friday 6pm-7pm
Angus Food Bank
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call ahead for COVID-19 protocol
(705) 424-0204
8527 County Road 10, Angus
Wed and Fri, 1pm to 3pm
Dufferin Food Share
All food banks in Dufferin county are combining services during COVID-19 to continue to serve the Dufferin community who need emergency food
Salvation Army New Hope Church
690 Riddell Road, Orangeville
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wednesday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 10am-1pm
Friday 10am-1pm
contact@dufferinfoodchare.org
Cookstown Greens
Fruits and vegetables (organic)
Call to place order and pick up
(705) 458-9077
Little Rock Honey Farm
Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meats
Delivery Available
farmboxteam@gmail.com
Facebook – Little Rock Honey Farm
647-231-2822
 
Murphy’s Farm
Baked goods and supplies, vegetables, dairy, preserves
Call or place order online for pick up
(705) 435-4121
Lennox Farm
Farmer’s market to open in May
519-925-6444
Rosemont General
Baked goods and supplies, beans, eggs, fruit, cheese, cleaning supplies, frozen food
Deliver, take-out and curbside pick up available
(705) 435-6575
Sheldon Creek Dairy
Dairy, baked goods, frozen meals, pantry items, snacks, meat, fruit, eggs
Order online or call and pick up
(705) 434-0404
Vince’s Market in Tottenham
Grocery store
Will deliver ($15 within 15 minutes, otherwise  $25, up to 15km) or store pick ($5), processing order takes 2-4 days
(289) 318-0500
 
Country Cut Meats
Meat – call to order, pay over the phone and they will prepare it and put it in your car
(705) 424-2447
 
Del Zotto Butcher
Meat – call to order and will deliver on orders over $100
705-434-0070
Cookstown Foodland
Groceries
Delivers to Cookstown and Alliston area
$7 delivery charge, minimum $50 order
705-458-1611
Beeton Foodland
Groceries
Free delivery available
Monday – Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday – Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday – Bradford
Thursday – Beeton and Alliston
Curbside pick up is available Monday-Thursday
905-729-2513
Tottenham Foodland
Groceries
Curbside pick-up and delivery available
 
905-936-1077
 
Dash Delivery
Delivery service for restaurants
https://dashdelivers.ca/Alliston
Tottenham Health Foods
Vitamins, supplements and more
Call in orders Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
Curbside pick up
 
905-936-4477
 
Pet Grocer
Pet food and other pet essentials
Order online or over the phone
Delivery available within 30 minutes from Alliston store or curbside pick up
705-250-8383
Email: info@petgrocer.ca
Heart to Home Meals
Frozen Meals – Entrees, Soups and Desserts
Free Delivery
1-866-933-1516
www.hearttohomemeals.ca
CHATS 
Frozen Meals on Wheels – New Tecumseth
Sobey’s in Orangeville
Grocery Store – call to place an order
Sobey’s has partnered with Comfort Keepers to provide delivery in the Dufferin area
(519) 941-1339 – Sobey’s
(519) 942-9101 – Comfort Keepers
 
Compiled April 6th, 2020
The Rotary Club of Alliston wants to help in the community with information regarding essential services and businesses. We are compiling this information as it becomes available. The information is constantly changing please contact the business or location before heading as this information may already be out of date.  We will update the information as soon as we get any changes.  
 
Compiled Mar 27, 2020
 
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Assessment Centre (from a statement from SMH Mar 23, 2020)
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. We will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.
 
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
 
We are asking the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.
 
We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms. It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.
The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.
The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.
Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.
Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.
 
For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:

Public Health
Government of Ontario
 
Groceries 
Zehrs Alliston
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable population  7am-8am
Hours  8am-8pm
 705-434-9391
Order food on line for pick up
Paid for by credit card
Book well in advance to use 4 designated parking spots for pick up of groceries.
https://www.zehrs.ca/online-grocery-shopping
 
Walmart Alliston 
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable 7-8am
Hours 8am-8pm 
705-435-7100
 
Fresh Co Alliston
Hours for seniors and vulnerable sector 8-9am
Hours 8am-8pm
705-434-9512
No online shopping
 
Beeton Foodland- Updated April 1, 2020
Hours for vulnerable Monday-Saturday 8-9am, Sunday 9-10am
Hours
Food Orders may be emailed beetonfoodlanddelivery@gmail.com or call 905-729-2513
Paid for by credit card
Free Delivery to Vulnerable sector of population
Deliveries:
Monday- Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday- Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday- Bradford and Area
Thursday- Beeton and Alliston
 
 
 
Foodland Cookstown - Updated April 1
 
Hours are 8am-8pm
705-458-1611
Phone in for food orders and delivery, first come first serve!
Call Monday 8am-4pm for a Tuesday delivery
Call Wednesday 8am-4pm for a Thursday delivery
Minimum food order is $50
Delivery charge 
 
Pharmacies
Shoppers Drug Mart Alliston
Hours 8am-10pm
705-435-6051
Refills can be done online.
 
Rexall Pharmacy Alliston
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-6pm
705-435-7902
Orders from Pharmacy can be paid by credit card and delivered.
 
Wrays Drugstore
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
705-435-6011
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston has made a momentous $50,000 pledge towards the Because of you, we can Campaign! 
“The Rotary Club of Alliston is proud to make this donation to the Foundation in support of the redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital,” says Sue Leach, President of The Rotary Club of Alliston. “We are very fortunate to have this hospital meeting the health care needs of our community.” 
This donation will transform care at Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
Detective Harry Lawrenson is now the National Director of the Canadian D.A.R.E program, having educated over 22,000 students over his decades of service.
Harry gave us a great informative talk on scams and frauds ongoing in Canada yet originating in India and other countries. 
We heard about:
  1. Scam calls claiming to come from Service Canada stating that “Your SIN number has been fraudulently used”. The caller then attempts to have the person called give them their SIN number to confirm the number. Clearly we need to hang up when this call comes in.
  2. A call claiming to be from “Visa Canada” stating that they have seen “some unusual activity on your account” should throw you a red flag. The main reason being, we were told, is that it is the bank or credit union that is the issuer of credit cards and so a legitimate call would be coming from your bank, not from the parent network. Clearly, we need to hang up when this call comes in. 
  3. Many other scams are making the rounds, such as “Romance” scams on social media, Readers Digest or other publications telling you “you are a winner but need to pay the taxes,” and “house for rent” scams by a phoney landlord who doesn’t actually own the property.  Just hang up when you get those calls.
Harry left us with this key message, DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE, and HANG UP when you get a suspicious call.  
He also reinforced that the “Days of a handshake closing a deal are gone,” and strongly advised to get a written agreement in all your business dealings. 
Scamming seniors is a common occurrence.  Having a Power of Attorney in the hands of an adult child set up is a great way to reduce the possibility of a senior family member being defrauded. 
On a successful note, Harry related a story of the RCMP travelling to Mumbai India, finding a three-storey building filled with close to 400 people in cubicles making scam calls to North America.  The good news? Two hundred arrests were made.
What can you do if you’re approached by a scammer? Report the calls to the police and help our finest do their jobs.  After all, they are here for us. 
 

To download a PDF copy of Bill Edward's notes on Harry Lawrenson's talk visit this link

Rotary Club of Alliston and friends on Honda Plant Tour on Feb. 5, 2020
 
Grade 5 Students from Ernest Cumberland PS in Alliston receive Rotary Dictionaries.
Rotary Dictionary Covers front and back
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston visited two schools in Alliston to present Rotary Dictionaries this week. All grade 5 students at St. Paul's Catholic School and Ernest Cumberland Public School received their own dictionary to keep. The students had a chance to learn a little about how to use their dictionaries to read and write. Rotarians George Scott, Darlene Hunter and Sue Leach were all part of the presentation. Thanks to Joan Hayward and George Scott for organizing the project. We thanks the teachers and schools for their support in this local literacy project.
 
 
George, Sue and Dave at Cloverdale Mall in the middle of goalie equipment bound for northern fly in communities. 
Rotary Club of Palgrave and Etobicoke invited us to help sort equipment over 3 weekends.
Rotarians, friends and family were all welcome to help sort the equipment.
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $500 towards transporting the equipment.
 
Wow...What a great turnout for the 12th Night Bonfire Celebration - Burning of the Green on Friday, January 3, 2020.
The Rotary Club of Alliston has been holding this event for over 35 years. This year we had a crowd of about 600 people thanks to the warm weather and great publicity. The fire was lit at 6:30pm by the New Tecumseth Fire Service volunteers. Some of these firefighters came to our bonfire night as children with their parents. 
Thank you to Rafee from Country Meat Cuts.
Thank you to all the volunteers(Rotarians, Interact members, friends and family) who collected trees the day before and helped out at the event on Friday night! We had great coverage by CTV Barrie and New Tecumseth Times Newspaper. Special thanks goes to the New Tecumseth Fire Service for lighting up the fire and keeping us safe, Rotary Club of Palgrave for their Chuck Wagon and volunteers, Town of New Tecumseth for their support, Country Meat Cuts for providing the Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate, Alan and Jane Ann Downey for their straw bales for seating, Nu-tek Electric for lighting and generator, George Scott and Dave Green for organizing the event. 
 
 
Rotarians and Out of the Cold Volunteers pause for break from Yard Clean-Up at the Out of the Cold Shelter in Alliston. Missing from the photo is our photographer and President Elect George Scott.
Please see the thank you below from Out of the Cold Executive Director Jenifer Pergentile.
 
 
 
A big thanks to everyone for coming out and participating in the Rotary Club of Alliston Night Lit Santa Claus Parade.
 
Here are the winners:
 
  • Best Overall - Circle Theatre
  • WOW! – Alliston Community Christian School
  • Most Unique – Alliston Bassmasters
  • Best Use of Traditional – 1ST Everett Scout Group
Thanks to all the groups that entered the parade.
 
On the 5th and 6th of November, Alliston Community Policing and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit held its 11th annual R.A.C.E. against Drugs rally for Grade 5 students in Alliston.  Over the two-day event, more than 700 kids from 16 schools were bussed in to the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre Field House, where they assembled into groups of 15-20 and made their way around 11 “pit stops” at eight-minute intervals.
 
Each pit stop was designed to educate them about various risks – alcohol, tobacco, vaping, prescription drugs, cannabis, illegal substances and even gambling – at a time in their young lives when they may first be exposed to peer pressure and other influences.  “HOW TO SAY NO” was the message presented at every pit stop,” explained Patricia Middlebrook, President of Alliston Community Policing and a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Alliston.
 
 
“Our aim is to build awareness of addictions and encourage them to delay first use as long as possible” added Cathy Eisner, a public health nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Co-Chair of the R.A.C.E. committee with Patricia.  “The learning they get today will help them make more responsible choices in the future.”
 
Stop #1 on the layout was an artwork station, with a supply of plan brown LCBO liquor bags and colored markers.  The kids were invited to write messages, such as “Think of Me” and “Don’t Drink and Drive,” and add pictures to illustrate their feelings.  The finished bags are given to the LCBO to use during the annual RIDE program throughout the month of December.
 
 
For the past four years The Rotary Club of Alliston and The Rotary Club of Rivne, Ukraine have been in partnership to make a difference in the community of Rivne and beyond.  The Ukrainian Rotarians have developed and implemented a project worth $90,000 Canadian.  This has been made possible through funding from Alliston and District Rotarians, The Rotary Foundation, and the Government of Canada.
As a group, handicapped children and adults in Ukraine have been neglected and many spend their lives in orphanages and hostels poorly funded by the Ukrainian government.  The fourth highest cause of death in Ukraine is being handicapped.  To address this issue Rotarians between our two countries have just finished a large project focused on the blind and visually-impaired.   
 
First, the project has focused on providing educational aids and training for educators so that children between two and ten years of age across the region can be taught Braille using newly-developed resources which will allow these children to enter an integrated school system similar to what we are used to in Canada.  A new sound studio, where CDs are produced, and a new library that will distribute these have also been funded.  
 
Second, the project, for visually-impaired adults ages 20 plus, creates jobs.  Workers in the textile area have been trained on new sewing and embroidery machines, making uniforms for workers employed in industry. 
 
Other newly-created jobs involve the making of toilet paper which is cut, packaged, and sold for profit. 
Alliston Rotarians are committed to the Rivne area of Ukraine primarily because of the commitment to help their fellow citizens.  Ukraine is the poorest European country and Rivne is a former large manufacturing centre that is struggling to revive a strong economy.  Rivne Rotarians are a dedicated group of professionals and industrialists who are trying to help their community.  Alliston Rotarians are proud to be in partnership with them.  
On Monday, October 21st His Worship Mayor Rick Milne declared World Polio Week in New Tecumseth and raised the End Polio Now flag in front of the municipal offices in Alliston. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of continued efforts to vaccinate the children of the world, the flag will fly all week. Rotarians from the Alliston club were on hand to witness the ceremony and to show their support for the international partnerships that, since 1984, have been working together to eradicate this crippling, and sometimes fatal, disease. UNICEF, WHO, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the Gates Foundation, and the government of Canada have all committed to working with Rotary International to keep the promise to the children of the world that polio will be defeated.

Polio remains endemic in two countries only, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where geography, civic distrust, and political unrest create difficult challenges in getting the precious vaccine to vulnerable children. Early in 2020 polio will have been eradicated in the continent of Africa, once Nigeria has been declared polio-free. This gives the partners hope that the millions of dollars and the thousands of volunteers' time and effort will not have been given in vain.

We ask that citizens of New Tecumseth remain committed to vaccinating their children and grandchildren and not to let apathy and disinformation question the wisdom of regular inoculation. Measles has come back; let's not have polio return as well.

Photos: The flag raising ceremony and the proclamation signed and presented by Mayor Rick Milne.

World Polio Day, Thursday, October 24th

World Polio Day is 24 October! Mark your calendar to tune in for Rotary International’s World Polio Day Online Global Update, streamed on Facebook in multiple time zones and languages around the world.  President Sue has sent out a separate note about this unique opportunity.
 
This year’s program will highlight the heroes of polio eradication, with stories from polio-endemic and recently impacted areas.  This is the link: