The 16th annual trivia night fundraiser, under the direction of our own Stefan Kolbinger as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, enjoyed the momentum of a lively sell-out crowd that moved merrily through question categories. In the spirit of Canada 150, Quiz Master Bob Firth had developed questions based on our country and its history thus giving trivia players an opportunity to test their knowledge on everything Canadian from people and places to food and photography.
Additional highlights of the evening included 
  • presentation of  a cheque in the amount of $10,000.00 by our President, Tom Everson, to Amy Gillespie, of the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation.  These funds are being directed toward the new Community Addiction and Mental Health Services facility at the Cornwall Community Hospital
  • president-elect Martin Nadon presented a cheque in the amount of $2,500.00 to the Aultsville Theatre group to help upgrade the sound and lighting systems at the theatre
  • Sunrise Rotarian Katelyn Beaudette donated her lengthy hair to Angel Hair for Kids, a nonprofit organisation that creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness. The hair was cut during the event by Cornwall hair stylist Angie Fontaine. Ms. Beaudette raised funds prior to and during this event in excess of $550.00 that will go toward sponsoring a wig for a child. 

    L to R
    Christie Hollingsworth, Development Coordinator, Events, Communications and Fundraisers
    Tom Everson, President, Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise
    Amy Gillespie, Executive Director, Cornwall Hospital Foundation


    Shown L to R.
    Janet Martel, Manager, Aultsville Theatre
    Krystle Mitrow, Vice President and Treasurer, Aultsville Theatre
    Felicity Svenson, President & CGO, Aultsville Theatre
    Martin Nadon, President-elect, Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise


    Angie Fontaine making the cut on Katelyn Beaudette's tresses
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Another successful Staples Back-to-School program partnership year concluded with the distribution of gift cards representing the $3000 generated by this program to benefit the educational needs of young people in the Cornwall-Akwesasne area. Some changes to the program led to the program targeting a somewhat different some different groups this year. This year the program organizers took into account local not-for-profit organizations that benefit youth as well as continuing to provide some ongoing support by providing school supplies to schools serving Akwesasne students.  All of the supplies made available through this program directly benefit students by providing educational materials that parents normally help students acquire.
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Posted on Aug 29, 2017
Surprise someone with a gift of Thanksgiving 'Mums!!
Our MUM's for Thanksgiving campaign is underway and you can send a pot of mums to show you care. We will personally deliver your plant during the last week of September. We are happy that we continue to be able to provide these lovely plants at the same cost as in previous years .... $15.00 each.
Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go towards supporting local organizations such as the Boys' and Girls' Club, the Children's Christmas Fund, Cornwall Comfort Quilts, Cornwall Hospice, the Cornwall Community Hospital, Mental Health and Seniors' Day Away to name a few.
For more information, check out the download files and site page link on the left hand side of our home page.  Contact any member of the club, leave a private message on Facebook today or email  to place your order.
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One week ago the Williamstown Fair opened and members and friends of Rotary we there to assist as parking attendants for the duration of the fair. Being a part of this great Glengarry tradition is always a fun and enjoyable experience. The help of our members as well as friends and family was much appreciated again this year. At times a couple of downpours made the  parking was a bit of a challenge for everyone to keep things running smoothly but good humour and smiles prevailed and we hope everyone enjoyed the fair.
A huge Rotary Thank You to all of our partners Rotary Club of Cornwall D7040, CanadaRotaract Club of Cornwall - SDG&AD7040 Rotary Passport ClubCornwall Rowing Club for the extra help and smiles at Williamstown Fair.  
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June 28th saw the changing of the guard in preparation for the offical change of officers on July 1st. The actual changeover will is a two part affair this year.  President Christopher Bookhout passed the gavel and ceremonial gown of office to incoming president Tom Everson. 2017-18 District Governor Susan Bellor from Massena, NY was on hand to outline her plans for the coming year and to assist in recognizing two of our members as multiple Paul Harris Fellows. 
The second part of our changeover will take place on July 5th and see the remaing officers installed and  Past President Chris will review the activities and accomplishments of 2016-17. 
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On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Cornwall held their annual Paul Harris Dinner and Awards ceremony at which several individuals from Cornwall and area were recognized for their contributions to the community through community service and the support which they bring to the Rotary Clubs of the city. The Paul Harris Fellowships are presented annually by the local Rotary clubs in recognition of the contributions the honorees have made to Rotary and to their community - whether that community is local or international.  The recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship have been generous with their time, their energy and their financial contributions and are deserving of this prestigious recognition.
Recipients of Paul Harris Fellowships for 2017 from the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise were Christine Marceau who has been extremely active in supporting a wide assortment of club activities and whose leadership, insight and wisdom are essential elements in the club.  Martin Nadon was recognized for his leadership and dedication to the establishment of a thriving Rotaract Club at St. Lawrence College and has also contributed  a great deal to the activities of the club. As a coach, John Flannigan has contributed greatly to the development of youth in Cornwall.
Earlier this year, Emmanuel Agumah  of Kumasi, Ghana, was recognized for his contributions and leadership in education and treatment of Buruli ulcer (a flesh-eating tropical disease) and other neglected tropical diseases.

The Recipients


Christine Marceau,  presented by Sharon Miller


Martin Nadon, presented by Terry Brouillet


John Flannigan, presented by Gilles Renaud



Emmanuel Agumah, presentation by Peter Labelle

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Amazing Rotary Rally - Postponed to June 3 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Carolyn brought us up to date about the really good work being done in our community by the Tri County Literacy Council, a non-profit community based agency. Volunteers play an important part in program delivery which  serves citizens of all ages and all levels of formal education and informal education. Following interviews and assessments, a wide variety of literacy-related individual needs and aspirations are addressed by methods that range from one-on-one tutoring, homework and study skills, English as a second language, to programs that address the ever changing need for skills that enhance one's readiness for the workplace.  
We are especially proud to have supported the Tri-County Literacy Council in several ways. Most recently, we helped promote their work by providing the digital sign that lets a large number of their clients know what programs are being offered. As well, pictoral dictionaries have been provided, these are particularly helpful to adults who are learning English as a second language.  Visit Tri-County Literacy at 
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We sponsored Joshua Wilson to attend the Adventures in Hi Tech program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata. This is an outstanding opportunity for high school seniors interested in a career in technology to have a close look at some real businesses and programs. Thanks for sharing this most interesting experience, Joshua.

Earlier this year we sponsored Liam Labelle to attend the Adventures in History sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston. As Liam recounted for us, it was a fascinating look at the history of Kingston ranging from the home of Canada's first prime minister to the penitentiary and the evolution of the treatment of delinquent juveniles. The theme of this conference was criminal law with emphasis on youth justice and how youth have been treated under various legislation since Confederation. Liam was able to listen to various speakers, including the Honorable Peter Milliken who was the former speaker of the House of Commons. Mr. Milliken spoke to the delegates about the legislative process and the various phases of law making in Canada. Liam toured the Kingston Police Station, the Kingston Penitentiary and concluded this conference by speaking to a group at the Kingston City Hall Council Chambers. Liam thoroughly enjoyed this conference and suggests that it be somewhat longer as he felt constrained by time. Great program and super presentation. More details at n-history-2016 )  

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At this time of year, thoughts turn to sharing with the members of our community.We've already had some really cold days, as low as -25C one morning.  We're happy to have supported Project Warmth here in Cornwall with a donation to help supply window coverings that will reduce the amount of cold air drafty windows let into some homes. We're also delighted tp have again supported and participated in the Children's Christmas Basket program. Special thanks to the members of our sister club, the Cornwall Probus Club, for again helping to supply cereal  
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Dictionaries 4 Life is a program that provides grade 3 children with a beautiful illustrated dictionary of their very own. Staff at Bridgewood Elementary School were delighted to see smiles of delight on the children's faces as they examined their new book.​​​​​​
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Trivia Night 2016 was great evening that abounded with lots of laughs and challenging trivia! Fantastic Silent Auction. SPECIAL THANKS to all our sponsors and participants; you are what makes Trivia Night a success. Can't wait for next year!!
On the competitive side, The Secret Chords were the big winners followed by the Guess Goods. The most interesting costumes were worn by The Mad Hatters. Many different teams claimed category prizes for the incredible amount of information they were able to draw from the team's collected bank of trivia.
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Last year's champions are back and ready for the challenge!!
Trivia Night is always a fun filled evening that brings out a sellout crowd from our community!
Participants share in an evening of fun and frivolity with lots of never before heard of trivia to challenge the brain. Rotary information for our non-Rotarian friends is generously added to the mix to focus so they could understand how fundraising dollars can help both at home and abroad whether it's helping our youth, our community or eradicating polio! 
This year's event is Friday, November 17 with doors open at 6:00 pm; the venue is the Best Western Parkway Inn.
To register visit the Download menu (at left) for registration form and instructions.
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First Home Appearance of Cornwall Nationals 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night is always a fun filled evening that brings out a sellout crowd from our community!
Participants share in an evening of fun and frivolity with lots of never before heard of trivia to challenge the brain. Rotary information for our non-Rotarian friends is generously added to the mix to focus so they could understand how fundraising dollars can help both at home and abroad whether it's helping our youth, our community or eradicating polio! 
This year's event is Friday, November 18 with doors open at 6:00 pm; the venue is the Best Western Parkway Inn.
To register visit the Download menu (at left) for registration form and instructions.
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Looking forward to His Worship Leslie O'Shaughnessy cutting the ribbon and accepting the Rotary Outdoor Gym as a gift to the people of the community on Thursday, September 22 @ 5:30pm in Lamoureux Park.. Come out and be part of the celebration!
The Outdoor Gym is already in use it's time to check out some of the equipment ...demonstrations of the techniques for using the equipment are planned as part of the celebration when this amazing facility will be presented to His Worship the Mayor for local citizens to use.
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Adventures in the Environment 2017 2016-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
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Here's an opportunity to help the SLC Rotaractors help others! 
The St Lawrence College (Cornwall) Rotaract Club has undertaken the collection of new or gently used shoes in partnership with Soles 4 Souls, a not-for-profit organization that was founded as a disaster relief organization.

The Rotaract members will have their boxes to receive shoes at Rotary's District Training Assembly this Saturday at the NavCentre, Cornwall.
Boxes to receive shoes are strategically placed throughout the community
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April 1-3 is the ideal time to make arrangements for a brick at the Rotary Outdoor Workout Park. Sample bricks are on display at the RayJans
booth where a Rotarian will be happy to provide details about this addition to the facilities in Lamoureux Park. Visit the site page for details and download the information brochure (at left)
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Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Service Club Council annual dinner at the Legion with a great representation of volunteers from the various service organizations in Cornwall area. Our Rotary members of Cornwall Sunrise were extremely pleased to be announced as the 2015 winners of the Blood Donor Challenge trophy ..... more than 160 units donated at the June clinic we sponsored. Club president Stefan received the award from our regional Blood Services coordinator on behalf of the club.
Bill Gosewitz, a past governor of Kiwanis, spoke of the power of Paying It Forward. Coincidentally, our president Stefan was able to put the message into action as he won the draw and donated it to the new Cornwall Mental Health facility that all local service clubs are supporting.
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Karla recently attended an orientation for the Rotary District 7040 students who will be going abroad for the coming Rotary year. Here she proudly displays the flag of her country, Venezuela and some of the memorabilia she brought with her. Her role was to help prepare the new group for their experience as exchange students and ambassadors for their country as they learn new languages and customs. 

Karla - Our Exchange Student 2016-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Always plenty of action at the River Kings Hockey games both on-ice and off the ice surface!! Besides exciting hockey, there's Chuck-a-Puck; 138 Tire Roll; Shoot to Win a trip and the 50/50 we manage.   ​The great search is on to find a name the River Kings' Mascot. 
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The Rotary Clubs of Cornwall and Cornwall Sunrise invite you to attend the sod turning ceremony for the new Rotary Outdoor Workout Park to be installed in Lamoureux Park between the splash pad and the Wood House Museum. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at 3:00 pm.
Considerable planning has gone into making sure that this outdoor gym will provide a site and workout equipment to meet the needs of citizens with a wide range of abilities and ages. The use of the equipment at this facility will be free to everyone and accessible at all hours; the equipment itself has been selected for durability and user friendliness.
While both Rotary Clubs have made substantial financial commitments to this endeavour, the support of a number of Cornwall and area businesses is extremely important and appreciated as this project moves toward reality. The site will include an area featuring stones of various sizes; these stones, which can be engraved, are available to individuals and corporate sponsors who make a donation to help defray the cost of making this facility a very attractive addition to Cornwall’s waterfront park.
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Rotarian Peter Labelle and his son Liam left for Ghana in mid-October to renew friendships and partnerships. This trip has involved visits in Sekyere Afram Planes where our partner BUVA Foundation has been educating the members of the various communities about Buruli ulcer, yaws, leprosy and general hygiene. Rotarian Emmanuel Agumah, himself a Buruli ulcer survivor, is the president and driving force behind the BUVA Foundation and Peter Labelle is a health care professional. Caught early, Buruli ulcer is quite easily treated with a course of oral antibiotics, however, if it is not treated early, it can become extremely serious as well as expensive to treat because of the skin grafts, hospital care and family time away from earning a livelihood. Most frequent victims of Buruli ulcer are children under age fifteen, however, anyone can become affected by this non-contagious disease.
Our program involves training healthcare workers and local volunteers as well as working with members of Ghana Health Services. The BUVA team conduct a training session for the farmers after they return from the fields. The following morning all school children a screened for Buruli ulcer, yaws, ringworm, leprosy, etc.  As cases are identified, they are treated or directed to the appropriate place for treatment depending upon the condition. Although the initial mandate of this project centred upon Buruli ulcer, the team of health care workers have recognized the need for other services that can be provided at very little addition cost in time or money. We have added Yaws to our mandate at the request of the World Health Organization because once it’s identified, Yaws treatment involves a single injection that saves a person from a seriously debilitating condition.
Sekyere Afram Planes is a remote and largely rural area where Buruli ulcer is endemic; the education and screening program was been put in place to address the situation. Districts with similar economic conditions have been targeted for similar education and screening programs. Because all of these areas are remote and difficult to access it is a contributing factor for the assortment of untreated conditions. Along with the new areas, periodic follow-up visits will be made to reinforce the training that has already been done in Sekyere Afram Planes
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Rotary, SLC give polio the (pinky) finger
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Rotaract Club of St. Lawrence College and the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise joined forces in recognition of World Polio Day at the Cornwall campus on Friday.

Photo and Story - Adam Brazeau, Cornwall Seaway News, October 23, 2015
Pictured from left Stefano Delacosta, Madelaine Roy and Sharon Miller
The local volunteer-driven non-profits collected $1 donations in Moulinette Hall with one twist - the donors left with a purple pinky.
"Almost every young person we asked donated," said Sharon Miller, Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise member. "For one dollar, you can help fund polio vaccinations overseas."
Miller had a helping hand from CCVS Grade 12 student Madeline Roy, a former youth exchange student with the club, and Stefano Delacosta, SLC student and owner-operator of Perfect Pairings.
"We have 1,200 students and 200 faculty - so we can reach people quick," said Delacosta.
In addition to raising awareness, the trio collected a few hundred dollars for the following initiatives and Each dollar is being matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and will therefore pay for three children to be immunized.
Infants and children who have been immunized against polio are marked by dipping their little finger in a medically sanctioned purple dye, hence, the name 'Purple Pinkie' event.
Thumbs up to Provisional Rotaract Club based at St. Lawrence College, Cornwall. They are doing some interesting and amazing things. Of special note is their Purple Pinkie event on World Polio Day, October 23 ..... celebrating that we are so close to wiping polio from the face of the earth and raising funds for the final push.
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Summer 2015 has been a busy time for all Cornwall Sunrise Rotarians, their families and their friends! The activities have varied from helping to park cars (and trucks) at Williamstown Fair and our follow-up ribfest hosted by Tom and Virginia, to helping to gather books for the Staples' Back-to-School campaign, preparing for the arrival of our Exchange Student from Venezuela and the arrival of the participants in our annual Adventures in the Environment for budding environmental scientists. Of course, too, there has been the effort to keep the construction of the Outdoor Workout Park moving forward. (Photo album "Summer 2015" for photos of these and related activities)
The greatest highlight of the summer activities was the visit of ten Salvadorians from the Rotary Clubs of San Salvador Noroeste and San Salvador Cuscatlan in El Salvador. We have partnered for many years on humanitarian projects with these two Rotary Clubs and it was wonderful to host them in Canada and extend some Canadian hospitality. Individual Rotary families provided home hosting for our guests and all Rotarians from the Cornwall area were invited to enjoy the great hospitality of Victor and Kathy Mayeron for an informal "Welcome" supper and a potluck supper and pig roast beside the beautiful St. Lawrence at Point's Wharf. (Additional photos "2015 Visit of Salvadorian Rotarians") 
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 Welcome to a new Rotary year! Incoming president Stefan Kolbinger recognized the great leadership of outgoing president Scott Sayers and welcomed the new Rotary year  and our members with enthusiasm.  A highlight in 2015-16 and beyond will be the opportunities and challenges that will come as part of being selected as a pilot club by Rotary International to introduce innovative and flexible ways to our meetings and activities. 
The annual Change-over and social took place a week earlier with some bittersweet events:- farewell to exchange student Kaan Gun but welcome to his parents; farewell to our youngest member, Landon, who is moving on to other things and of course the changing of the guard as a new board moves into place. 


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A heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all our participants and sponsors.Without this great support from all of you, it would have been impossible for this event to be the great success it was. Let's remember, too, that while the various team members were having fun, programs in our community are really the greatest beneficiaries.

The teams performed some amazing activities as they checked out some of our much appreciated sponsors and community attractions.

Last year's winners retained their title, too!!


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International Plowing Match and Rural Expo chairman, Jim Brownell, shared insights about the history and features of this great event that is coming to Finch in Stormont County from September 22 -26 this year. This will be a great time to see what's new in agriculture and of course,to see the work some of the local high school students have been doing to restore a vintage tractor or two, or, to watch plowing being done the old-fashioned way using horses and oxen!. 
We learned that the art of plowing is a highly skilled activity and along with the other featured attractions for all ages, this Rural Expo event has a very significant economic impact for the host area!   Already, accommodation is becoming somewhat limited as the influx of visitors .... exhibitors,plowmen, tourists and many people who attend annually to visit with friends from across the province and beyond.
The assistance of volunteers is in great demand as it takes thousands to make this regional showcase a success. Landon, our own young Rotarian-in-waiting was quick to offer assistance and bring thanks to our speaker!
International Plowing Match & Rural Expo 2015 2015-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Last year the participants had so much fun that we decided to make this year's event bigger and better... here are the details and some of the pics from last year!
What?  The Second Annual Amazing Rotary Rally will take place on Saturday June 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration will start at 9:00 am or pre-register at
Who?:  The teams are to be made up of 4 individuals who will be given a list of things to find, information to cull, and objects to collect over the course of 6 hours.  Economy of time and imagination are the keys!  The registration fee is $100 or $25 per person for a team of 4.
Where?:  Teams will meet at the Agora Centre (formerly Nativity Hall) 301 McConnell Avenue
Why?: This is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise with proceeds going to CMHA Mental Health Promotion’s local health initiatives and local Rotary projects such as the Outdoor Workout Park in Lamoureux Park; and for international projects such as the Education and Identification of Buruli Ulcer in Ghana, West Africa as well as water projects in El Salvador in Central America.  The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise also makes contributions to a number of worthy local charities in support of their programs.
For further information please contact Chris Bookhout at or  613-363-3204 OR Peter Labelle at 613-933-5845.
The Defending Champions with the co-chairs of the event organizing committee
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The Curious Chefs have just completed their course at the Agape Centre under the direction of Margaret Malyon. They prepared lots of good food and their enthusiasm was tremendous, On top of that, these young people acquired food related skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime.... this was a win-win project for everyone involved.




Some of the delicious food prepared and the graduation ceremony
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Paul Harris Night 2015 was an opportunity for the Rotary Clubs of Cornwall and Cornwall Sunrise to honour members of our community for their contributions to our community and beyond. We thank all of them for what they do to make the world a better place. The honourees were Dr. Agatha Forson for her ongoing support of projects we have undertaken in Ghana; Bob Firth, our Trivia Night Wizard and his wife Louise Lanctot who has been active in our community as well as having served as the president of our club.Thank you all, for what you have done and continue to do to make our world a better place!
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Now that the 2014-15 Hockey season is over for the Cornwall River Kings there has been an opportunity to become better acquainted with owner Steve Moreau who spoke to us recently, We gained some insights into his philosophy and goals for the future as the team's owner; we look forward to continuing our partnership with his organization. The River Kings provided an exciting playoff series for its fans and the team has all the ear-marks of an organization with a bright future as it moves forward under the current ownership. Go, Kings, Go!!.
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Brian Hull, an economist and retired chairman of The Hunger Project, spoke passionately of the importance of grassroots communication and the involvement of beneficiaries, especially women, as the key to the alleviation of world hunger. As one of the founding volunteers in Canada, he has been active for over 35 years in all aspects of The Hunger Project's activities both in Canada and globally. The mission of the Hunger Project which is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. By placing emphasis on sustainable management practices coming from the grassroots, especially through empowering women would go along way to ending deaths caused by both visible and invisible hunger. Visit The Hunger Foundation at!the-hunger-project-difference/cea



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Help Us Make the Outdoor Workout Park a Reality! 2015-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Adventures in the Environment 2015 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Spring is just around the corner and what better time to think about working out in the fresh air and sunshine? Imagine a gym area where there is no membership fee and it is available 24/7! We are excited that the Rotary Clubs of Cornwall Sunrise and Cornwall have joined in a partnership with the City of Cornwall to make this a reality. The Rotary Outdoor Workout Park will provide all of this in Lamoureux Park at a location close to the bike path and with a great view of the river.
Project co-chair Sebastian Warner was checking out the site just before the snow melts!. Photo courtesy of Cornwall Standard Freeholder
Donations to this great community initiative will be welcomed by or at Warner Insurance, 215 Sydney St, Cornwall, ON K6H 3H3. 
A download of our brochure is available on the left side of this page.
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We were honoured to learn more about the Cornwall Sea Lions ..... Cornwall's amazing competitive swimmers' club. Head Coach Clayton Delaney, Club president Pam McAlear and Swimmer Sadie McAlear of the Cornwall Sea Lions provided a comprehensive outline of the vision and philosophy of the club which strives to create a happy environment in which members strive for excellence with the support of the community made up of parents, business and partnerships within the community. 
The hard work and lots of self discipline are paying off with great results!  Training for the 87 swimmers begins in mid-September and continues for 45 - 47 weeks ending in mid-July.  Club members are divided into three groups ... Sea Pups; Youth; Junior + Senior with sub-groupings at each level with the most highly competitive swimmers training a minimum of 14 -15 hours each week. 
Congratulations Sea Lions .... we're proud of you and your accomplishments!.
Cornwall Sea Lions - Cornwall's Competitive Swimmers 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Have you noticed?  The Tri-County Literacy Council have a new sign at the corner of Second Street West and Augustus Street. The sign is larger and brighter than their former sign and it will allow them to promote the wide variety of programs and opportunities they offer for members of our community.
Watch the New Sign at Tri-County Literacy 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
 This has been an interesting season for the Cornwall River Kings who have worked hard and earned the ongoing support of loyal fans. We have enjoyed working with their new team owner, Steve Moreau,who took over mid-season. This winter, we have enjoyed meeting many of these great fans as we manage the 50/50 at the home games.  As the season draws to its  its conclusion, we look forward to using the proceeds from this to help support community initiatives that will help to make Cornwall a better place to live.
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We were happy to welcome Dale McSween along with Hospital Foundation Chair, Roy Perkins and  Executive Director Erin Killoran at our meeting. They brought us an update on the most recent plans and upgrades at the Cornwall Community Hospital.

There were two  major highlights, both of which will improve the quality of life for local residents, The first will mean that for those needing chemotherapy, it will be available right here at home… a saving in both time and transportation costs as well as reducing the stress caused by uncertain weather.

 The second priority will place the Cornwall Community Hospital a leadership position in the way they address the national challenge of integrating addictions and
mental health services from multiple sites into one location. It will also integrate these services across the age spectrum from children to seniors, all under one roof.
Cornwall Community Hospital ... Our Hospital! 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
All of the curlers representing our Rotary club had a great time at the annual Service Club Council Bonspiel which is held each January. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our newer members and exchange students to the roaring game! This year they were particularly excited  to bring home the top trophy!  Exchange student Kaan receives his curling award from skip Martin.
Service Club Council Bonspiel 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the ‘Curious Chefs’ program in cooperation with the Agape Centre. This program is designed to teach young children about nutrition, cooking nutritious meals and food preparation skills. The children are under the tutelage of Margaret Malyon, a local teacher, and are introduced to basic cooking skills while learning about healthy foods that are new to them. The program was started last summer and was so successful that it is being extended as a way to help more children develop skills that will last a lifetime.

Each child receives a small cooking kit which includes kitchen tools to help them get started on the path to a healthy diet which can serve them 

for the rest of their lives. We are pleased to support this venture with a cheque for $4,000 presented to Alyssa Blais by Rotarian Martin Bray.





Rotary's Hunger Awareness Day - January 24 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Stephen Eastman, Sales Manager, Cornwall Nissan presenting our past president, Larry Gaunce, with a cheque towards the purchase of 100 boxes of cereal for the Children’s Christmas Fund. The support received from Cornwall Nissan is extremely important. 

The Children's Christmas Fund is a major community project undertaken and organized annually by our local Service Club Council... we are proud to help out and appreciate the help of community members and businesses like Cornwall Nissan!
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Christmas dinner came early for the clients of the Agape soup kitchen Sunday luncheon. Rotarian Diane and her team completed the two day undertaking of roasting turkeys and preparing the vegetables along with a special.dessert so that they could provide this special seasonal dinner.
Early Christmas Luncheon at Agape Centre 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Again this year the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise and a number of Friends of Rotary have been actively assisting the Rotary Club of Cornwall to reach the 2500 boxes of cereal pledged to the Children's Christmas Fund.  Our Club has purchased 200 large family size boxes and we are grateful that Gabbie of Cornwall Nissan has added another 100 boxes. All contributions of cereal and other food items will be delivered to the Cornwall Armories in time for the annual distribution which takes place on Thursday, December 18. 
Cereal Drive (Children's Christmas Fund) 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
We enjoyed a fine day delivering Staples Back-to-School gift cards to some schools and educational programs in the area. The gift cards will be used for student school supplies and are the result of almost $3000 raised as a result of the support our community gave to the partnership between our Rotary club and Staples (Cornwall). Beneficiaries included schools in Cornwall's downtown core, Akwesasne and the Beyond 21 program.
Beyond 21 is a local, community based, innovative program that offers a structured, meaningful environment for young adults over the age of 21 who have developmental disabilities. This program makes use of volunteers as well as a professional team to help meet the needs of the participants. An objective is to  providing opportunities for the participants to utilize assistive technology, including the internet, as an integral part of their daily learning. There is also a focus on opportunities in life skills, independent living and community volunteer placements.
For more pictures, please visit the photo album.  
Back-to-School 2014 Finale 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
The results are in for the 2014 Staples Back-to-School campaign for which the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise is a partner. The generosity of shoppers at Staples (Cornwall) has been remarkable; they purchased books during the used book sale, donated school supplies and/or cash This has meant that just over $2279 was raised as well as a generous quantity of basic school supplies to assist students in the our area. The school supplies have been donated to the Agape Centre for distribution and the funds raised through donations are being given to schools to help ensure all children in our community have the basic supplies they require.

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Anyone who likes fun and good company will enjoy our annual TRIVIA NIGHT where encountering 10 spectacular categories of amazing trivia allows one to divulge never before exposed bits and pieces of trivia! This exciting event takes place on November 14th at the Best Western Parkway Inn, Cornwall; doors open at 6:00pm.
The Silent Auction is a great place to find all sorts of gifts to help out with seasonal shopping needs, too!!
The cost to participate is $120 per team consisting of a maximum of 8 people.
TRIVIA NIGHT 2014 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

‪‎Rotary‬ has contributed more than US$1.3 billion and committed countless volunteer hours to fight polio.

Join us on World Polio Day, 24 October, via Livestream at to learn why polio exists and how we can end it.

End Polio Now 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 19, 2014
The Irish Memorial of Cornwall which commemorates the period of June - Ocbober 1847 when 52 Irish immigrants died in Cornwall having arrived at the temporary hospital suffering from typhoid, was dedicated on Saturday, October 18th, the 167th anniversary of the date the hospital closed.
The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise is a proud supporter of this project which was developed the Irish Memorial Committee, a subcommittee of the S.D.G. Historical Society.  
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Posted on Oct 12, 2014
Our members extend a sincere "Thank You!" to everyone who supported our 2014 'Mums for Thanksgiving campaign.
 It is because of the support we receive from our community that we are able to give back to it. This project was started in 1989 toward the end of the year following the chartering of the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise. Among the Club's first projects were annual contributions to palliative care at both hospitals (when we had two) and a day-away event for seniors which is still an annual event. 
As times changed, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise contributed $50,000 to CareFor to help establish a hospice in Cornwall and $50,000 to the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation.
Some of the other community projects that have benefited:-
The Aquatic Centre        $50,000 
Children's Playground Equipment at Lamoureux Park      $40,000
Boys and Girls Club (start-up funds)       $25,000
Benson Centre  (3 + 1 arena complex)    $50,000
Cornwall Community Hospital (MRI campaign)    $10,000
Both the Children's Christmas Fund and Agape receive ongoing support as do a number of other local charities and organizations.  
Over the years, the Agape Centre has benefited monthly through the preparation and serving of a monthly Agape luncheon by Rotarians as well as the contribution of funds for the snowsuit fund and equipment upgrades. Over the years our Club has been proud to regularly support several youth programs as well as an assortment of smaller endeavours 
Internationally, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise is committed to assisting in humanitarian programs such as eradicating polio; restoring eyesight through cataract surgeries; making clean water available to those who do not have access to it; supporting literacy and general maternal and child care projects and assisting in the elimination of Buruli Ulcer, a flesh-eating disease related to leprosy.
Thank You for Your Support 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2014
On October 2nd we were delighted to induct Carol Bennett Bray as a member. Carol has been a Friend of Rotary and helped out and participated in many of the Club's activities for several years. Her skill and knowledge as a business woman and her enthusiasm are qualities we greatly appreciate and welcome.
Welcome Carol! 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2014
From Sunday Sept 14 to Thursday Sept 18, 7 students from different parts of the District took part in Adventures in the Environment, an environmental science and field biology program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise.
Assisted by the staff at the St Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Sciences, they took part in activities such as seining for fish, a visit to the eel ladder at the Saunders Dam, fish identification, fish surgery, a visit to an old growth forest and a visit to bat caves.  Through the activities, the students learned about the sensitive balances in our environment as well as some of the threats to species and the research that is being undertaken to find solutions to environmental issues.  Highlights of the week included a visit to the bat caves and learning about white nose syndrome which is decimating the population of some bat species and the discovery of a map turtle, a species which is endangered.  The BioBlitz at the end of the week rounded out the activities.  All in all a good week, with lots of fun and learning. Check out the photo album (right) to see more.
Adventures in the Environment 2014 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2014
Surprise someone! Brighten their day and wish them a happy thanksgiving! Our annual MUM's for Thanksgiving campaign is underway and you can send a pot of mums to show you care. We will personally deliver your plant during the first week of October.
Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go towards supporting local organizations such as the Boys' and Girls' Club, Agape Center, Cornwall Comfort Quilts, Cornwall Hospice and the Cornwall Community Hospital, to name a few.
For more information, check out the download files and site page link on the left hand side of our home page.  Contact any member of the club or leave a message on Facebook today to place your order.
Now's the Time for Rotary 'Mums for Thanksgiving! 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2014
On the second Sunday of each  month Rotarians from our Rotary Club meet at the  Agape  Centre to prepare a delicious meal.
This month we served a beef stew with vegetables.  Claude Legault donated two giant cabbages to serve with it…. we made them into coleslaw.  Marcelle Guay, a friend of Rotary and Terry, one of our members, had a good time chopping the cabbage and carrots and seasoning it. Although they made a big mess on the counter and floor as they cut and shredded, we really appreciated their help and the gift of the cabbages. With the 2 cabbages, there was enough coleslaw for a lovely addition to the meals for over 100 people!
We usually plan next month's meal as we wait for our clients and during the month we shop for bargains and come up with a healthy meal that we can prepare within our budget allowance.

Thank you Larry, both Dianes, Terry, Danielle and Marcelle for helping to prepare the meal and feed 105 people. We all enjoyed ourselves and our Agape clients were very appreciative. Next month we will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving weekend and we are looking for two extra volunteers to help.
Our Agape Luncheon 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

On the second Sunday of each month, Rotarians and their families prepare and serve a hot lunch to approximately one hundred members of our community who would otherwise be unable to enjoy such a meal. 

Meals are carefully planned to ensure good nutrition as well as variety from one month to the next and to include some of the little things associated with special days such as Easter and Mother's Day.

Sunday Luncheon at Agape 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 06, 2014
September 3rd was a busy day! We welcomed our District Governor for her Official Visit; we met our inbound Exchange Student, Kaan Gun, from Turkey; honoured Terry for bringing new member Martin to Rotary and we said "so long" to Katelyn who is returning to university to continue her studies in a new area.
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Supporting Agape Snowsuit Drive 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Recognition 2013 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2014
Again this year, our Rotary club is partnering with Staples, Cornwall. The annual Staples Back-to-School fundraiser has been in full swing and on Labour Day Weekend featured a book drive and sale. This is a great way to support our community and meet people. Lots of super books were available at a very reasonable price, thanks to the generosity of everyone involved.
Staples Back-to-School Book Drive & Sale 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
This morning, Emily Bray regaled us with some of her adventures in El Salvador. Last month Emily   traveled to San Salvador to stay with Fausto, Lissett and Sofia Castro. During her month in         Central America she had the opportunity to visit historic Antigua, Guatemala as well as many places in El Salvador. She recounted her experiences as a first time international traveler which included some an interesting time at the Guatemalan border as she was returning to El Salvador.  Her other experiences included trying Salvadorian candies (an experience in and of itself), and being able to see a movie for $2.25.

Emily said of her trip: There are two kinds of people in the world; those who are too stupid to be scared and those who are scared but decide to go anyway. Though she was scared Emily said she was very glad she went.

We were very happy to hear her stories and look forward to hearing about her adventures in the future. Well done, Emily! Best of luck this school year!
Emily's Wonderful Adventure in El Salvador 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2014

Rotarian Peter Labelle spoke to the club about the project in Ghana that will combat the endemic disease, Buruli Ulcer. Buruli Ulcer is a flesh eating disease caused by a bacteria from the same family as leprosy and tuberculosis. Although some research is being conducted and treatment is available, for many, this condition remains shrouded in fear and superstition. Caught at it's earliest stage, treatment is relatively simple and inexpensive. 
This project is based upon early detection and treatment by educating local community leaders, teachers and health care workers who will be able to provide assistance in obtaining the proper medical care at an early date. During the first year, the project leaders will work with our partners in Ghana and will it encompass the villages in one of the Ashanti districts where the disease is endemic.  For the less fortunate for whom the disease has progressed beyond the earliest stage, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration are also components of the program.  
End Buruli Ulcer Now! 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Chesley's Inn - A Cornwall Treasure

Chesley"s Inn is a Cornwall Treasure and the oldest operating inn in Ontario! Owner Robert Prowse proudly showcased his recently opened historic inn (1814) Auberge Chesley's Inn as a  B&B at our meeting. When he purchased it, the building was in a state of serious disrepair and has undergone major renovation and restoration which now features historic era rooms. It is a popular spot for guests looking to stay downtown and enjoy the many gourmet restaurants, shopping and the beautiful walking and biking paths along the St. Lawrence River. Robert

's hard work has made this a splendid addition to Cornwall's historic and tourist attractions.


Chesley's Inn was built by Allsaints Chesley, a veteran of the War of 1812. The Inn contains original flooring and fixtures. After standing empty for three years, its owner is going to great lengths to ensure that everything matches the ambiance of the history of the building.


Chesley's Inn - A Cornwall Treasure 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Sun, service, socializing and satisfaction summarizes our weekend helping to park cars (and other vehicles) at Williamstown Fair. Rotarians along with their friends and families helped to make this a major opportunity to provide hands-on assistance within our community. The weather was gorgeous and the heavy flow of traffic carried Glengarrians from distant points back home for a weekend enjoying the many attractions at the fair with family and friends. For the Rotarians directing the parking, the experience has always been interesting and rewarding.
After several hundred hours assisting with the parking, the annual get-together and ribfest at Mystic Meadows is a great way to finish off a fine weekend by enjoying  great food and relaxation.
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Posted on Aug 05, 2014

Cornwall's Historic Waterfront

We were delighted to welcome local artist Pierre Giroux as our guest speaker. Pierre spoke about the interpretive plaques he is designing for a Historic Waterfront Walking Tour. The plaques feature watercolour paintings of a moment in Cornwall's history with photographs and text superimposed using photoshop
This painting shows the swing bridge ca. 1900 (before the 1908 collapse). ​
Cornwall's Historic Waterfront 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Garry Atchison, Williamstown Fair director in charge of parking arrangements, visited the Rotary Club of Cornwall-Sunrise this morning to update volunteers (Rotarians, Friends of Rotary and their family members) about the 2014 parking arrangements for the Williamstown Fair. For a number of years, the club has helped with parking cars at the fair and we look forward to continuing this partnership as everyone looks forward to another great weekend at the oldest fair in Canada (and perhaps, North America).

Getting Ready for Williamstown Fair! 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2014
Rotarian Tom Wallace has been volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross for 15 years, providing emergency and disaster relief to families and individuals. He shared some of his experiences with the Rotary Club of Cornwall-Sunrise this morning along with some interesting facts about the organization (did you know the cross in the logo is actually five squares, representing five continents?). It was wonderful to learn about some of the great things the Red Cross does. We usually only hear their work when a disaster has occurred.
Red Cross Emergency Measures 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2014
Neil, our shared exchange student with Rotary Club of Cornwall regales his "Life in a Year". Neil recounted some of his experiences during his year with his Canadian host families and school. He truly appreciated the opportunities to become a member of each of his host families and to share in experiences with them ranging from skiing to visiting New York City and Niagara Falls as well as many other activities. His year as a Canadian high school student was highlighted by the prom, academic successes and being named athlete of the year.
One of his host mothers reports that he  has been an absolute delight and has certainly promoted the ideals of Rotary and the long term Youth Exchange Program. He has been a credit to his family and sponsoring Rotary Club in France. We wish Neil all the best and hope he will remember us and stay in touch, and we promise to do the same! 
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Posted on Jul 02, 2014
The passing of the ceremonial gown took place at this week's meeting. Outgoing President Larry robed incoming President Scott and the new executive was sworn in. Several years ago, the ceremonial gown was a gift from our partner club, Kumasi-East in Ghana.
We are looking forward to an eventful and exciting Rotary year and give thanks to those who served on the executive this past year and to those who have agreed to serve for the coming year.
Our club remains small but mighty; we donated over $22,000 to the community for a variety of humanitarian causes and $10,000 to complete our pledge to the Benson Centre. We continue our undertaking of a project in Ghana as well as raising money to help end Polio worldwide. Once again we look forward to bringing home the ceremonial walking stick for our contributions to the Rotary Foundation Walk.
Way to go club members! Each of you are valued for the contributions you make and for the service above self you so valiantly display.
Changing the Guard 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dave Tierney, Manager, BMO, Finch presents a cheque in the amount of $1200.00 to Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, President, Larry Gaunce and Club Treasurer, Diane Legault.  The amount received supports the purchase of the monthly meal provided by the club for the weekend AGAPE Centre clients.  Dave Tierney, Larry Gaunce, Diane Legault along with other club Members, friends and volunteers purchase, prepare and serve the noon meal every second Sunday of each month at the AGAPE Centre, Cornwall
Thanks for Your Help BMO! 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2014
The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise kicked off its new fundraiser,The Amazing Rotary Rally, on Saturday, June 7th with the kind of great cooperation that made it a most successful venture. Teams for four competed for bragging rights by hitting the streets of Cornwall in search of landmarks, answers to local history questions and challenges that were recorded in photos.  The teams had 6 hours to complete their tasks and return to the Agora Centre (Nativity Hall) with their treasures, their answers and their photos. Visit our photo album on this website or 
The winning team of Justin Wheeler, Nancy Paquette, Melanie Paquette and
Russel Racine with event organizers Christopher Bookhout and Peter Labelle
The Amazing Rotary Rally 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2014
On Monday, April 28 2014, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Cornwall held their annual Paul Harris Dinner and Awards ceremony at which several individuals from Cornwall and area were recognized for their contributions to the community through community service and the support which they bring to the Rotary Clubs of the city.
Paul Harris Night 2014 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
The annual Adventures in the Environment program runs from September 14 - 18, 2014. The program provides a unique opportunity for senior high school students interested in obtaining hands-on experience in environmental science. Sponsor Rotary clubs should submit their application no later than June 30.  Program details are located by clicking on the Club Activities tab.
Adventures in the Environment Bette Miller 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Amazing Rotary Rally Bette Miller 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2014
The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise has reached a milestone: 25 years of service! The Seaway News article about the achievement is linked here
The Rotary Club will also be setting up a ShelterBox mid-afternoon on Friday, January 17th in Lamoureux Park, which will be occupied by Rotarians until Saturday morning.
Four hardy Rotarians, Ted Castle, Larry Gaunce, Sebastian Warner and Peter Labelle, spent the chilly night of January 17 in the ShelterBox tent.
Ted in a Tent 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2014
The high point of the final meeting of 2013 was the induction to membership of Martin Nadon, a professor at the Cornwall campus of St. Lawrence College where he instructs in the mathematics and physics related  areas of study. We appreciate that Terry sponsored Martin and we all look forward to becoming better acquainted and to sharing Rotary with him. 
Other high points were the opportunity to hear Dr Brian Hickey of the St Lawrence River Institute provide us with an overview of the initiatives taking place at the Institute. It was especially encouraging to him expain his "hands-on" approach to science for students such as those who participate in our annual Adventures in the Environment program. 
At this meeting we took the opportunity to thank the kitchen staff at Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge for the great breakfasts they serve us every Wednesday morning.
Welcome Martin! Bette Miller 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Back to School Elizabeth Miller 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Miller on Aug 13, 2013

Cornwall Sunrise members were out in force to park cars at the Williamstown Fair the second weekend in August, contributing a total of 210 hours of person-power. It is a great opportunity to meet members of our community; enjoy providing hands-on community service in a beautiful outdoor setting and have a lot of fun! The funds raised at this annual agricultural fair, (the oldest continuous one in Canada) will go right back into our community and Rotary projects this coming year! This event always is  "Fun with a Purpose"!

Williamstown Fair Elizabeth Miller 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0