Jasper Memorial Gazebo

Posted on Sep 21, 2021
Planting of the Jasper Memorial Gazebo, a gazebo commissioned by Rotarian Tom Jasper in memory of his late wife Mary Ellen, has begun at the Rotary Cove. Shown is Rotarian Lynn Ferguson working on the plantings. Project lead is Colleen McGregor.
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Goderich BIA Farmer's Market

Posted on Sep 15, 2021
Goderich Rotarians are at the Goderich BIA Farmers Market on Saturdays with our 3rd puzzle in our Scenic Goderich Series.  Rotarian Alice Sikma is displaying the puzzle. Rotarian Carolyn Brown was at the market September 18.  Alice will be at the market for thanksgiving Oct 9. 
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New Member Inductions

Posted on Aug 10, 2021
Picture complements of Greg Presseault
We enjoyed our first in-person meeting in a long time where we formally welcomed our new members from the past year. (L-R) Neil Rittenhouse, Leah Noel, Doug Ellacott, Julie Moore, and Becky Deighton. absent Olivia Schefter and Christie Marquez
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History of Goderich Rotary Club

Posted on Aug 10, 2021
Pictures - complements Greg Pressseault
Speakers at our first in-person meeting of the new year were our current remaining charter member Mac Campbell and a former charter member Jerry MacPhee who is currently a Kiwanis member of the Sarnia Club.   We were pleased to be inducting 5 of our 7 new members from the previous year.  Mac and Jerry shared with the club the history of the formation of the club in 1962 along with many memories of the accomplishments of the club over the early years in serving our community.  So great to be spending time together.
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Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on Jul 19, 2021
Foundation Chair Mike Henry (R) presenting Ian Harper with a Paul Harris Fellow.  

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

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Annual Change Over Meeting

The first meeting of the new year was a fantastic success with 30 of our members attending the change over meeting to celebrate the year that was and to introduce the new year and look forward to the opportunities for the coming year.
To make the night special, as we were still hesitant to have in person meetings, the Public Relations committee put together fun bags that were hand delivered to each member prior to the zoom meeting. President Michael provided a powerpoint of our year's happenings and Pres-Elect Aurelio welcomed in the new year as we looked forward to a great 2021-22.
Fun bags contents.
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Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jul 06, 2021
At our change over event on July 6 the club was pleased to recognize two of our members for their dedication and work to the club. 
Bruce Thomasson named Rotarian of the Year 2020-21
Betty Southgate named Rotarian of the year 2019-2021
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Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Pickleball Courts 2021-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

New Member

Posted on May 18, 2021
Introducing our newest member Dr. Julie Moore.  We are pleased you have chosen to become a Rotarian.  Welcome
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Donation to Huron Hospice

Posted on May 03, 2021
Our successful second jigsaw puzzle fundraiser saw the club able to make a donation of $5700 to the Huron Residential |Hospice. We so appreciate our community for supporting our project.
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New Members

Posted on Apr 20, 2021
Olivia Schefter
Dr Neil Rittenhouse
We are pleased to introduce the newest members to the club.
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Paul Harris Fellow Presentations

Mel Farnsworth is presented with his Paul Harris +6 pin from club president Michael Strickland.
Betty Southgate is presented with a Paul Harris +2 pin by Rotarian Mike Henry.
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
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Rotary Volunteers @ HPPH Mass Vaccination Goderich Location 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Immigration Partnership Anti-racism Videos

The Huron County Immigration Partnership presents Humanizing our Differences, a panel series filled with real conversations that explore what a welcoming community looks like in the face of diversity, inclusion and immigration.
The series is now available on the Immigration Partnership webpage.
In addition there is a FREE 3-part workshop series available for in-depth discussions on the topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity in rural communities.
Understanding Cultural & Racialized Communities - March 17 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Explore the dynamics of culture, racism and cultural misunderstandings that shape the way we see the world. Facilitated by Leroy Hibbert.
How To Be An Ally - March 26 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am OR March 31 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Facilitated by Andrea Moffatt, this workshop helps people understand strategies to better amplify the voices of people experiencing oppression and be an agent of change.
Unconscious Bias & Micro-aggressions - April 8 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This workshop defines unconscious bias and micro aggressions, the negative impacts, and how it is manifested in day to day interactions. Facilitated by Dharshi Lacey.
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Blue Bayfield Group

Guest speakers at our January 19th zoom meeting were Betty Durst and Ray Letheren members of the environmental group Blue Bayfield. Blue Bayfield is committed to the protection of all waters in the Great Lakes region and was named Conservationist of the Year for 2020. They provided a great overview on the condition of the Great Lakes and how pollution is destroying the quality of our most important water source. They have written a great resource - The Great lakes - a Time of Reckoning Threats and Solutions
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Youth Programs Shared

Posted on Dec 15, 2020
GDCI Trip to South Africa
Visitors at our Tuesday Zoom meeting were Emma Kerr and Jana Stewart together with their teacher Melanie Ball.
They shared with us their expedition with a group of GDCI students  to South Africa last March 7-22 through Operation Wellacea to study biodiversity and conservation management.  An amazing trip, Rotary was pleased to help support the trip.
Rotary Youth Exchange - Lauryn Steinmen
Lauryn Steinman (R) who went on a Rotary Youth Exchange to Brazil last January to August is shown with one of her host families mom and little brother.  Lauryn gave a presentation on her experiences.  The exchange was cut short due to the pandemic but Lauryn agreed it was an experience of a life time.
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Paul Harris Fellow Presentation

Posted on Dec 01, 2020
In the age of Covid 19, past Foundation Chair  Mike Henry congratulates Paul Harris Fellow recipient Lynn Ferguson  with an elbow bump in recognition of his achieving a Paul Harris + 4 for his donations to the Rotary Foundation. Paul Harris Fellows are given in recognition of gifts to the Rotary Foundation to support their work around.
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Supporting the Goderich Christmas Bureau 

Posted on Nov 23, 2020
Club President Michael Strickland presented a donation to the Goderich Christmas Bureau on behalf the club.  With covid 19 it is a different kind of Christmas, we are pleased to put smiles on the faces of children in our community.  
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Support for Our Food Banks

Posted on Nov 23, 2020
Lt Derek Kerr of the Salvation Army with President Michael Strickland
Pat Clifford of St Vincent de Paul with President Michael Strickland
President Michael was out delivering the first installment of funds from our Jigsaw Puzzle Fundraiser to our local food banks in time for preparations of the Christmas food hampers. Working together our community  supports families and seniors who are struggling with food insecurity. 
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Light Up Rotary

Posted on Nov 20, 2020
2020 Festival of Lights celebrations this year include a Self Guided Lighting Tour and Map. A team of Rotarians assembled our display "Light up Rotary" , NO. 34, on Ken McGee's lawn  at 232 Britannia Rd W.  on Friday Nov 21st. The display will be lit each evening from 7-9 pm until Dec 26th.
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ShelterBox Donation

Posted on Nov 17, 2020
Allison Kingston of ShelterBox Canada  was featured at the Nov 17th zoom meeting sharing with the club the ongoing work of ShelterBox throughout the world.  Shown here receiving an donation from the club in support of the work they do.
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Charter Members Bench Dedication

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
Pictured is a dedication of a new bench on the square to honour the founding of the Rotary Club of Goderich in 1962.
In the picture is (R-L)2020-21 Rotary President Michael Strickland, Past President Malcolm Campbell, a charter member, and Past President Ken McGee, coordinator of this event.
Sitting is Muriel Murphy. Her late husband Daniel J. Murphy was a Rotary Club charter member, and with the Town’s cooperation, we were able to secure the bench position beside his law office.
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Recognizing World Polio Day

Posted on Oct 20, 2020
We had the pleasure of  having our District Foundation Chair, Martin Ward share with the club the work of The Rotary Foundation, in particular the upcoming World Polio Day held on October 24th. A day when we shine the spotlight on our top goal of eradicating polio, when global health experts and partners share our progress. 
DFC Martin had the pleasure of recognizing two Rotarians who support The Rotary Foundation with generous gifts that are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs through out the world 
Mike and Janet Henry's gift to the Bequest Society of the Foundation have enabled them to establish an Endowed Fund for Water & Sanitation as Level two contributors.
Aurelio Henriques commitment to the Foundation establishes him as a  Major Donor Level two.
The Rotary Foundation is truly grateful for the support of individual Rotarians.
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Terry Fox Virtual Run

Posted on Sep 20, 2020
The Rotary Club of Goderich participated in the 2020 Terry Fox Virtual Run/Walk/Hike today as a way to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.  Rotarian and team lead Alice Sikma walked while vacationing and took this shot on her route. Alice, Bruce, and Betty wish to thank everyone who supported the team! We were able to raise $2370 for cancer research!
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Victoria Park Redevelopment

Posted on Aug 25, 2020
Rotarian Vlorat Vitija kicks off Victoria Park Court revitalization with $500 donation while issuing a challenge to other business owners to support this great community project for young and young at heart.
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Open House Information Night Victoria Park Project

Posted on Aug 24, 2020
Sunday August 23rd was the open house kick off for the joint project of the Goderich Kinsmen and Goderich Rotary to redevelop the tennis courts at Victoria Park with pickle ball courts, a tennis court and new surface for the winter skating rinks.  Happy to be part of such a great community project.
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Rotary Day at Cove Beach

Posted on Aug 23, 2020
A spectacularly wonderful day shared by so many Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and patrons of Cove beach on Friday August 21st.
The day was made extra special by the appearance and back-in-action of Pete's Hotdog Wagon. We had a visit from our District Governor David Elliott   A special thank you to all who made this day happen and all who supported the day.  Wewere able to raise $565.10 to kick off  the polio+ campaign as an added bonus.
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Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

Posted on Aug 20, 2020
In the time of Covid 19 the club is pleased to be partnering with Gateway as they extend the Lonely No More Program to  another group of seniors in the coming months.  Club President Michael Strickland is shown here presenting a cheque to Nancy Simpson Secretary of the Board of Gateway CERH.
The Goderich Rotary Club is partnering with the Rotaract Club of Goderich at this year's Goderich Charity Golf Tournament on September 25 to raise funds for Gateway Lonely no More program. 
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2020 Terry Fox Virtual Run

Posted on Aug 05, 2020
The Rotary Club of Goderich is participating in the 2020 Terry Fox Virtual Run on September 20th.
The money raised will go to cancer research; a cause that affects us all directly or indirectly.
Join our team and commit to walk / run / bike a distance of 5 km, 10 km or 15 km wherever you are! Around your neighborhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. We won't be holding a physical event. 
Help by sponsoring a participating Rotarian and by encouraging others to sponsor our team!
Our club is matching donations (up to a team maximum of $1000). Help us reach our goal of $2000! 

 The link below will take you to our team page.  
Share with friends and family to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.
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New Member Induction

Posted on Aug 04, 2020
At our first open air meeting since the beginning of the Covid 19 shutdown we were pleased to welcome and induct our newest member Chris Walker. Seen here with AG Rosemary Davis making the presentation is President Michael Strickland with Chris as he accepts his membership Rotary pin.  Members welcomed Chris to the club from a socially acceptable distance.  Chris is the Manager of Fundraising at Huron Hospice Residence.
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Club Begins Zoom Meetings

Covid 19 seems not to be going away any time soon. The club launched its first zoom virtual meeting on June 9th.
.  It was great to see everyone even from a distance.  We caught up on what the club has been doing since the March lockdown followed by a social time.
Our next Zoom meeting is planned for July 7th at 7:00 pm, invitations will follow closer to the date. 
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Planting the Forget Me Not Garden

Posted on Jun 01, 2020
Rotarians Alice S, Stephen M and his son Adrew, Carolyn B, Lynn F, Bruce T and Colleen M took advantage of the perfect weather Friday May 29 to plant the Rotary "Forget Me Not " Garden at the top of the hill before turning onto North Harbour Road.
Colleen McGregor, committee chair appreciated the great support.  The flowers looked great.
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Partnership Effort for the Homeless

Posted on Apr 17, 2020
The Goderich Rotary club is honored to be part of a collaborative partnership with the Goderich Ministerial Association and the County of Huron.  With the Out of the Cold program winding down supports are needed for the homeless members of our community during Covid 19.  The County has been able to secure temporary housing and approached the Goderich Ministerial to assist with feeding the individuals during the pandemic.
The participating churches, Lakeshore United Church, Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Bethel Pentecostal Assembly, St Peter’s Parish and the Salvation Army Goderich Citadel have volunteers to prepare a daily meal to be delivered.  The club is providing funds to purchase food to support the program.  Working together we are meeting the needs of people in our community. 
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Covid 19

Posted on Apr 06, 2020


In consultation your Board of Directors have made the decision to suspend our regular Rotary Club Meetings. 

As you all know, the World is grappling with the COVID 19 pandemic and trying to mitigate the spread as much as possible. We did not make this decision lightly but the health and safety of our members and their families is our top priority.

We will also be reviewing our community-based programs and making decisions as required whether to proceed or suspend them. We will continue to communicate with our Members and the community through email, social media and our website.

While we are saddened that we will not be gathering as a Club, we are confident that we are making the right decision for all concerned. 

Please stay safe and healthy, and remember WASH YOUR HANDS!!

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Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Posted on Mar 20, 2020
The Rotary Club of Goderich was established March 1, 1962. Daniel Murphy, a charter member  was recently presented with a Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award recognizes and honours the "outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to Service Above Self"  over an extended period of time by a Rotarian in the club.  Daniel has given tirelessly of himself for the past 58 years. 
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Goderich Homelessness Initiative

Posted on Mar 10, 2020
Cheque presentation to John Clarke, Goderich United Way Manager Community Development for the Goderich Homelessness Initiative.  The Rotary People of Action team at the Coldest Night of the year event February 22 raised $1700 and the club added an additional $1500 in support of the Homelessness Initiative. Some of the Rotarians who participated were Colleen McGregor, Alice Sikma and Michael Strickland.
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Youth Exchange Program

Posted on Mar 10, 2020
Our long term youth exchange student Helena Karczmarska was our guest speaker this week.  Helena introduced us to her home country, Poland, her family and friends as well as her experiences here in Canada since her arrival last September.  She can't believe how fast her time here is going.  Shown here Helena is exchanging Rotary club banners of her home club with Youth Exchange officers Kristin Crane and Alice Sikma  from our club.
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Handbags for Huron Hospice

Posted on Mar 03, 2020
Christopher Walker, manager of Fundraising at Huron Hospice is shown receiving our Silver Sponsorship cheque for the upcoming Handbags for Huron Hospice event to be held May 21 at the Columbus Hall. With Christopher is Rotarian Parvesh Anand and club president Colleen McGregor.
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Coldest Night of the Year

Posted on Feb 24, 2020
Participating in the Coldest Night of the Year - Goderich event to support the  United Way's Goderich Homelessness Initiative, the Rotary Team - People of Action walkers were all suited up ready to walk on February 22nd.  The team raised $1700.  The club  adding an additional $1500.  Way to go team!!!!
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Paul Harris Fellow Presentations

Posted on Feb 18, 2020
(L-R) AG Rosemary Davis, Rosanne Field, Werner Ritgen, Doug Norsworthy
Rotarians Rosanne Field and Werner Ritgen were presented with Paul Harris Fellow +3 pins by AG Rosemary Davis. Individuals who have contributed a $1000 or more to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Multiple-time Fellows are recognized as they continue to contribute. Shown with the group is the club Foundation Chair Doug Norsworthy. 
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New Member Induction 

Posted on Feb 18, 2020
Our newest member Lt Derek Kerr was formally inducted into Rotary at our recent meeting by Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis.
Present for the ceremony was Derek's wife Angela.  Members individually welcomed Derek into the family of Rotary.
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John Clarke - Homelessness and the Coldest Night of the Year Event

Posted on Jan 28, 2020
(L-R) Michael Strickland, President Elect;John Clarke Manager, Community Development Goderich-Huron United Way Perth-Huron

Speaking at our meeting January 28th, John Clarke gave a  presentation about the United Way's newest initiative focused on supporting and eliminating 'Chronic Homelessness' in our local community.  A few facts he highlighted: 1) in 2018, there were 100 identified individuals in Huron County that were experiencing homelessness, 2) affected individuals are not just those we see wandering the streets with shopping bags full of all their possessions; in fact this represents a small percentage of those affected.  Rather an estimated 80% of homelessness is hidden and not easily visible particularly with youth, 3) people who are homeless often also experience additional vulnerabilities such as physical disability, chronic health issues, mental health challenges, and solving the former can often dramatically improve the later issues.

We were invited to support the Coldest Day of the Year event in Goderich on February 22nd. 

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Knox Presbyterian Church - Welcome Project Syria

Posted on Jan 28, 2020
(L-R) Doug Norsworthy, Past President, Mo Nickels, Knox Presbyterian Church, Michael Strickland, President Elect
At our January 28th meeting we were pleased to present to Mo Nickels a donation to their Welcome Syria Project.  The church has sponsored refugees for many years most recently two families in 2016/2017.  The church is in the process of sponsoring additional relatives of those families in order to bring the families together here in Goderich.  
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Gateway Centre of Excellence - Lonely No More Project

Posted on Jan 16, 2020
Pictured (L-R) Nancy Simpson, Bruce Thomasson, Sarah Versteeg, admin lead for LNM
Rotarian Bruce Thomasson is pictured delivering our donation to Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.
We are pleased to support the relaunch of the  Lonely No More program for Seniors.  The program provides support for isolated seniors through telephone communications.
The original project saw senior involvement in the project of 257 seniors who took part in the project or experienced the activities from across the 4 targeted counties (Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey), in addition to the 17 seniors directly involved in carrying out the project and its activities (including the project organizers and volunteers).
   Due to interest by the community, the program’s relaunch will extend into Lambton County. Seniors who are interested in becoming a part of the program use the telephone to register so they have all the equipment necessary to become a part of the program
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Gateway Centre of Excellence

Posted on Jan 07, 2020
We were privileged to have as our speakers Gwen Devereaux, President and Nancy Simpson, Secretary of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.  Founded in 2008 Gateway is Canada's only community based rural health research institute.  With a commitment to engaging health care professionals in rural settings, the goal is to improve health care and health care delivery. The current focus is for Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey Counties.  In operation for 10+ years the hope is this will become the model for rural Canada that will link health research, education, practice and economic development through innovation.
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Tom Fincher - Good Reads

Posted on Dec 17, 2019
We were privileged to have our local book guru Tom Fincher of Fincher's bring us a sampling of his reading picks for this Christmas season.  Always a popular speaker for book lovers and gift givers alike. Childrens' books to adults, local authors, fiction, non fiction, sports, he covers a wide range of tops sure to please someone on your list.
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Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on Dec 11, 2019
 Mike Rogers was presented with a Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award  by the club at its recent Christmas party.  The award has been created to recognize and honour  the "outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to Service Above Self"over an extended period of time by a Rotarian in the club.  Mike joined the Goderich Rotary Club in May 1966 and has given tirelessly of himself  during that time.
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Immploy - Solutions for Today's Workforce

Posted on Dec 10, 2019
At our December 3rd meeting we were fortunate to have as our guest speakers Izabela Jucha and Antwayne Stewart, Virtual Mentorship Advisors from Immploy, a company that connects employers with immigrant talent to foster economic prosperity.  They help local employers to attract and retain skilled immigrants who provide businesses with  global advantages.
Two of their many  important programs are Immploy Job Match which provides employers across Southwestern Ontario coordinated access to qualified Canadian newcomer talent and Immploy Mentorship  which brings together immigrant talent with volunteer mentors at regional companies to strengthen leadership, coaching and cross-cultural skills of employees who volunteer their time and knowledge as mentors to skilled Canadian newcomers. Shown here with Club President (M) Colleen McGregor  it was a very informative presentation on how employers can solve their pressing hiring needs.
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Tis the Season for Giving

Posted on Dec 02, 2019
  Helping to give a happy holiday to children in our area the Rotary Club membership  donated about $2500 worth of toys to the Goderich branch of the Huron County Christmas Bureau. Pictured accepting the toys are (L-R) coordinators Karen Kirk and Betty Thomasson, HP Children’s Aid Society Trish Harris, from Rotarians Colleen McGregor and Alice Sikma.
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Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

Posted on Nov 05, 2019
Erinn Lawrie (R), Executive director for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation is shown here with Club President Colleen McGregor. Erinn spoke at our Rotary meeting giving insight into the issues affecting Lake Huron, high lake levels, the pressures on the shoreline, the environment, effects of pollution and climate change.
 The Lake Huron Centre is a non-government charitable organization  whose goals are to protect and restore Lake Huron's coastal environment, and to support a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research projects.   The club gained a better understanding of the important work carried out by the centre.
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Club Welcomes New Members

Posted on Oct 22, 2019
We were thrilled to welcome three new members to the club. Shown left to right Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis with new members Mark Bennett, Carolyn Brown, and Vlorat Vitija  together with Club President Colleen McGregor.
The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
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Kids First Read to Baby Bundle

Posted on Oct 08, 2019
Pictured (L-R) President Colleen McGregor, Jodi Regier, Teaching & Learning Coordinator AMDSB
The Rotary Club has  proudly supported the ‘Read to Baby’ project for several years.  Thanks to Kids First Huron Perth Early Learning Network and the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, parents of every newborn from Perth and Huron counties have been receiving a ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle – a special gift given to new parents that is designed to engage little minds, bring support and tools to the parents and to help nurture the bond between parent and child.

 The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle consists of a sturdy and colorful baby book, a specially designed booklet of rhymes, songs and developmental milestones and a complete list of service and support agencies – all housed in a reusable cloth bag displaying tips for reading to baby.

We were pleased to have Jodi attend our meeting to share with us the  ongoing success of the project.   Approximately 1300 babies are born in Huron and Perth each year.  Research shows that learning begins at birth and good literacy skills, built from the beginning, provide children with the best chance to live happy and productive lives.  

The cost of one bundle is approximately $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle project is funded solely by way of community support.

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The Bluewater Recycling Association

Posted on Oct 01, 2019
(L-R) Rotarians Mike Henry, Mac Campbell, Rosemary Davis chat with Wendy Yamamoto- Chapman, Special Projects Coordinator  for Bluewater Recycling Association
Recycling and the environment are top of mind these days.  Members  had the opportunity to speak one on one with our recycling service provider at our regular meeting.  Bluewater Recycling Assoc was founded in 1989 as a non-profit corporation owned by the municipalities they serve which include Huron, Perth, Lambton and Middleseex counties.  The unique structure of the Association enables it to operate at arms length from its municipal owners providing a management environment similar to a private company focused on efficiency.  The Bluewater Recycling Association believes that in essence waste does not really exist. We prefer to think of all materials as resources that we may or may not have a use for, hence leading to their value determination as a commodity. The result is that we think in terms of resource management.
As markets for the materials change so too this changes what is considered recyclables and what is destined for landfills.
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District Governor Visits

Posted on Sep 17, 2019
The club was please to host our DG Tony Sheard and wife Sylvia for his official club visit.
We had a great discussion about the clubs goals, accomplishments and how best to grow Rotary for the future. Seen here is (L-R) Sylvia Sheard, DG Tony Sheard, board member Bruce thomasson, Club President Colleen McGregor, Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis and Past President Doug Norsworthy.
We took advantage of the visit to induct our newest member Kristin Crane shown here with her sponsor Doug Norsworthy and club president Colleen McGregor as DG Sheard presented her with her rotary pin and new member toolkit.
The DG also had the honor of  recognizing several Paul Harris Fellows The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” 
Club President Colleen McGregor received her first Paul Harris Award.
Gary McRae and Brian Petrie each received a Paul Harris plus 1, meaning this is their second time to be recognized.
    Ross Barnett is shown being presented with a Paul Harris + 2 for his contributions.
The presentations culminated in the awarding of the Major Donor Status Level 2 to Mike Henry and to Janet Henry.     Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation are those individuals who generously contribute an outright or cumulative gift of at least $10,000 to the The Rotary Foundation.  The recipients receive crystal and Major Donor pins.
The club thanks everyone for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation who in turn advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
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Huron and Area Search & Rescue

Posted on Sep 10, 2019
Guest speaker at Tuesday's meeting Heather Boa, Public Relations Officer (R) for the  Huron and Area Search & Rescue organization.  Founder  Adam Seltzer envisioned the idea of a volunteer long term  professionally trained civilian search and rescue organization and together with Patrick Armstrong and Jamie Mitchell made that happen in 2018.  To date there  are 60 volunteers registered in various stages of training. The organization is overseen by a board of directors  and is made up of three areas of focus, Field support, Field operations and the Marine branches.  HASAR received its AdventureSmart accreditation this year and has deployed to help the Ottawa flooding as well as other activities locally.  HASAR is a member of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA).  The club is pleased to support this valuable asset in our community, presenting Heather with a $500 donation.
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Rotary Exchange Student Arrives

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
 Arriving at Pearson International Airport August 28 is our newest exchange student, Helena Karczmarska.  Her home country is Poland. She is shown with Rosanne Field, Exchange Student Coordinator and initial host family.  The Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) lasts one year, during which Helena will attend school and live with several families here in the host country.  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens while meeting new friends and forming lifelong international friendships. 
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Optometrist Dr Dean Nisbett Mission to Nicarague

Posted on Sep 03, 2019
Dr Dean Nisbett, Optometrist with Rotarian Michael Strickland
Dr Nisbett shared with the club the highlights of his mission to Nicaragua last May.   Organized through Vancouver-based Ascenta Foundation Dr Nisbett and his two vision therapists Leslie Dixon-Rose and Laurie Donnelly of Huron Optometric Centre  together with a team of doctors, nurses,dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, translators, drivers, cooks and security people travelled to Riscos de Oro Nicaragua for a 4 day clinic.  Ascenta works in partnership with Calibre Mining Group, completing missions every three years.  Riscos de Oro is in a remote area an hour's drive from Rosita.  The makeshift clinic was set up in an old school.  They took just over 800 pairs of donated glasses from his clinic here in Goderich.  During the campaign, the overall patient count was 2,353 of which 1028 were seen by optometry and 413 pairs of glasses were distributed. The experience was life changing to the local residents, plans are being made to return to Nicaragua in another three years.
Optometrist Dr Dean Nisbett Mission to Nicarague 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

New Generations Service Exchange

Posted on Sep 03, 2019
(L-R) Rosanne Field, Rotarian/Exchange Student Co-ordinator, Aurelio Henriques, Rotarian, Manuel Gutierrez. Agronomist
Manuel is our NGSE professional from Chihuahua, Mexico. he is an agronomist.   Arriving June 26 he has had placements  in Mitchell at the VanBakel farm, TLC Landscaping in London, and currently is at Alton Farms Estate Wineries near Forest for September.  Manuel will be with us until November and is interested in a 4th placement for October at an agribusiness or farm related business. He is very excited about his Canadian experience.
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Expansion to Harbour Hill Retirement Suites

Posted on Aug 20, 2019
Invited to our August 20th Rotary meeting was President & COO of Nautical Lands Group shown here with club president Colleen McGregor.  

Harbour Hill Retirement Suites is a Nautical Lands Group community in Goderich that is excited to be undergoing a 75 unit expansion. Nautical Lands Group (NLG) is an award-winning designer and developer committed to creating senior housing solutions throughout Ontario, all based on resident feedback and needs. For over 23 years, NLG has provided affordable and comfortable senior housing solutions in Ontario communities, and is proud to offer rental apartments designed and built with top-notch amenities and features. NLG seeks to improve the comfort and convenience of everyday life in a community residents can call home.

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David Yates shares book "Out of the Woods"

(L-R) Carolyn Watson, Lynn Ferguson, David Yates
 Historian, author, retired teacher  David Yates was guest speaker at our regular meeting.  He regaled with us with a lively account of his book "Out of the Woods" chronicles and characters of Huron County. David is in the process of writing another book which is expected out in the fall.  We hope to have him back at a later date to share details of his new book.  
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Club Welcomes New Members

Posted on Aug 06, 2019
(L-R) Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis, Alice Sikma, Gary McRae
We'd like to send out a big welcome to our new member Alice Sikma and a big welcome back to new member Gary McRae.  Alice and Gary will undoubtedly bring lots of energy and enthusiasm to our club. We are very excited to have them as members.
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New Generations Service Exchange

Posted on Aug 06, 2019
The club is pleased to be hosting  a New Generations Exchange student, Sam Luckman  who comes from England. He attended the University of York to study psychology and will be returning to York to work. He is placed here with Betamarsh residential therapy for youth as well as Probation and Parole Services.  Sam shared with us his story and exchanged club banners and will be with us until August 26th.
New Generations Service Exchange is a short term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30.
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Students on a Mission

Posted on Jul 23, 2019
(L-R) Jana Stewart, Mikayla Skyring, Club President Colleen McGregor
Speakers at our meeting July 23 were two GDCI students who are working hard to have a positive impact on the quality of life of our world.
Mikayla Skyring was the recipient of the YMCA Celebration of Youth Perseverance  Award sponsored by Rotary  and shared with the club her trip to Peru last spring on a research mission with 5 other students from GDCI.  A total of 40 students from all over were on the trip.  Jana Stewart shared with us a similar planned trip to South Africa in March 2020 that she will be taking.
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More Water Filling Stations in Goderich

Posted on Jul 17, 2019

In collaboration with the Town of Goderich’s Environmental Committee, the Rotary Club of Goderich contributed to bringing the newest water filling station to town.

New water filling stations were installed at the Wheelhouse and Tourist Booth in the spring. Goderich Rotary Club contributed with the most recent installation at the Beach Hut.

In addition to the Rotary Club, Huron Water Ltd. assisted with the sourcing process for new bottle filling stations installed at the beach.

Supporting the newest filling station Rotarian Ann McCauley said this is one of many initiatives to help reduce single-use plastics in the community.

“I thought it was a great collaboration and it adds to public awareness for the reduction of single-use plastics,” admitted McCauley.

“I thought it was a great opportunity for education and awareness that I approached the environmental committee for partnership.”

The Town of Goderich has developed and instituted the Environmental Action Committee, which is engaged in putting forward progressive policies and visions for the community.

Early last week Mayor John Grace officially opened the filling station at the Beach Hut alongside Rotary Club members.

“We have been working with the Rotary Club of Goderich on a single-use bottled water project,” he said.

Mayor Grace added that he believes the environment is at a critical stage across the world and said that with its location to Lake Huron and the shoreline, Goderich is no exception and needs to step up to make a difference.

“It’s about community pride, leadership, moving our community forward and creating a culture of environmental awareness and action,” added Mayor Grace.

“It’s our future.”

Council has recently approved a motion and will bring two more water refill stations to Goderich within the next year.

Additionally, Council has approved the purchase of two electric vehicle-charging systems, with plans to have one located at the main beach and the other behind Town Hall.

Council and the Environmental Committee have stated that they are committed to developing environmental awareness, action and change to the town.

In addition to the water filling stations in locations across town, there are limited, branded re-fillable water bottles available for purchase to limit the amount of plastic used at the beach and in the community.

Bottles are available for purchase at spots where filling stations are located, such as at the Tourist Booth, Beach Hut, Wheelhouse, as well as at Bluewater Cleaners.

Added to the list of refill stations planned for Goderich, it was recently announced that a water filling station would soon be added to Lions Harbour Park in time for the Celtic Roots Festival in August.

More Water Filling Stations in Goderich 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

New Generations Service Exchange

Posted on Jul 16, 2019
Introducing Camille Leiee, shown with Club President Colleen McGregor, is one of our New Generations Service Exchange  young professional visiting from Brazil.  Camille is a law student shadowing Quinn Ross at The Ross Firm .  New Generations Service exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30 to gain training in their professions in another country. Camille will be with us until August 5th.
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Stratford Summer Music Season

Posted on Jul 09, 2019
Invited to our meeting this week is the new Artistic Director of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Mark Fewer pictured with Club President Colleen McGregor.   Mark Fewer is an accomplished violinist and leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim.
The Music Festival is an annual multi-week music festival that presents 100 events featuring 350+ artists, is set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford.   The Festival which runs from July 15th to August 25 is full  of diverse and exciting musical performances by local, provincial, national and international artists and provides the widest possible range of musical genres on its stages A calendar of this years events can be found HERE.  It promises to be a  very tantalizing season.
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Huron County Local Immigration Partnership

Posted on Jul 02, 2019
(L-R) Mayor John Grace, chair of the Local Immigration Partnership Board; Trudy Kernighan; Kunle Onabanjo, Support Officer.
Attending our regular meeting were representatives of Huron County Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)  a community-wide, multi-sectoral partnership working to strengthen our community’s capacity to welcome immigrants and improve integration outcomes through enhanced economic, social, political and civic participation. The Local Immigration Partnership, is committed to bringing stakeholders together to build a welcoming community that attracts, employs and supports newcomers.
 The Huron County Local Immigration Partnership was established with the recognition that: immigration is important to the future of Huron County; but immigrants’ current settlement and integration outcomes have many challenges, and too many immigrants remain on the margins in our communities.  
We need immigration to ensure our population and workforce continues to grow if we are to realize economic development goals.
Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools will increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first we must have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation.
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532 Maitland Air Cadet Squardon

Posted on Jun 18, 2019
(L-R) Club President Doug Norsworthy, Warrant Officer 2nd Class Noah Reco, Warrant Officer 1st Class Emma Pentland, Captain Ryan McClinchey
The culmination of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of 2018 was the trip to the Canadian Battlefields of Europe in March 2019.  The group of 19 participants  had a 10 day excursion and the Rotary Club was pleased to invite Warrant Officers Reco and Pentland and Captain McClinchey to share their impressions of the trip at our Rotary meeting.  The Rotary Club was happy to  share in supporting this adventure. 
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Forget-Me-Not Rotary Garden

Posted on Jun 12, 2019
Rotary maintains one of the flower gardens in the town of Goderich.  Rotarians were out last week planting the flowers. 
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Rotary Youth Exchange

Pictured with our club president, Doug Norsworthy is our exchange student Suzanne Thierry from France.  As Suzanne 's year draws to a close, she spoke to the club about her family and culture,  and her most enjoyable experiences and impressions about living here in Canada.  Susanne is very athletically inclined, passionate about basketball, and is watching the Toronto Raptors NBA finals.
 Leaving in July at the end of her exchange Susanne will be returning to Canada in the fall to attend Laval University in Quebec and plans on visiting her Canadian friends in Goderich as often as she can.
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One Care - Home & Community Support Services

Posted on Jun 04, 2019
Shelley McPhee-Haist, Communications & Engagement Specialist at One Care, was guest speaker at our regular rotary meeting this week.  ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services is a community based, charitable, not-for-profit health organisation providing supportive care to families in Huron and Perth Counties and surrounding area. The agency was formed in 2011 when three long standing Huron and Perth organisations came together as ONE CARE.  One Care helps older adults and  people with health challenges live at home within a network of support in a caring community setting.
A wide range of services are provided for a healthy life.
We know seniors and people with disabilities want to be at home as long as possible,  this is the agency that helps ensure that happens.
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Host Families for Exchange Student


We are seeking host families for our incoming exchange student for the Rotary year Sept 2019 to July 2020.  Your family may have young children, teenage children, or no children living at home.  All that is expected is that you provide a friendly caring home that includes accommodation and meals. Our student is a girl from Poland this year. 
Host families voluntarily open their homes to our students for a period of time during the students stay.  The time provides an opportunity for everyone to develop lifelong friendships.  Exchange students are between the ages of 15 and 18 years and must attend secondary school in Goderich.
Rotary provides a well managed infrastructure to support our student, and host family and everyone else involved in the exchange. 
Like to know more? Contact us.
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AMGH Foundation - All In... For Your Health Campaign 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Dave Cook, Writer & Historian

Pictured with Rotarian Aurelio Henriques, is Dave Cook, former newspaper reporter, radio broadcaster, municipal councilor for Mississauga, and author of  several books, two of which "Fading History volumes 1 & 2 include  the history of AVRO and the Arrow, CF100 and C102, the AVROCAR (flying saucer), and the manufacturer of the Lancaster bomber.
Invited by Rotarian Mac Campbell Mr Cook shared his historical perspective of the Arrow. 
The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow (the Arrow) was a supersonic interceptor jet aircraft designed and built in the 1950s by A.V. Roe Canada (Avro). ... Though the Arrow was widely praised for its power and beauty, the program was cancelled in February 1959 by the government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
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Blyth Festival Theatre - Gil Garratt

Posted on May 14, 2019
Live, original, Canadian, Theatre.  Shown with our club President, Doug Norsworthy, is Gil Garratt the Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival Threatre.  The guest speaker at our regular meeting, Gil, shared with the club brief snippets of this year's plays, some special events being planned and a new Deeper Roots Series of talks, panel discussions, presentations, receptions, and artist talkbacks over the season.  Of special note is the 45 years celebrations taking place. A season not to be missed.
Blyth Festival Theatre - Gil Garratt 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Larry McCabe - Chief Administrative Officer

Posted on May 07, 2019
(L-R) Doug Norsworthy, club president, Larry McCabe, CAO for Goderich,  Andrea Fisher, Deputy Clerk/Administrative Assistant to CAO
We were pleased to invite Mr Larry McCabe, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Goderich, to our Rotary meeting.  Mr. McCabe shared with the group information about P3 Projects.  P3 Projects are “Public Private Partnerships” which are a long-term approach to procuring public infrastructure where the private sector assumes a major share of the risks in terms of financing and construction, from design and planning, to long-term maintenance.   The Canadian model of Public-Private Partnerships (often called P3s) is considered one of the most successful in the world. There have been major political commitments to P3s across Canada, and among governments at the federal, provincial and municipal level.  For us the Port of Goderich Expansion is an example. Mr McCabe updated the group on progress,  and future plans for the habour.  There was an active Q&A on many topics of interest to business and residents alike.
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Rotary Clubs Organize Relief to Mozambique

Posted on Apr 23, 2019
On March 14 Cyclone Idai devastated much of central Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. In addition to the growing number of dead and homes destroyed, cases of Cholera have risen from 5 on March 27 to over 1000 by April 2 and over 4700 by April 11. In addition over 700,000 Hectares of crops ready to harvest have been destroyed!
The Rotary Club of Grand Bend’s Global Literacy Committee is preparing a 40’ sea container for shipment to the Rotary Club of Donda, near Beira Mozambique. Rotary Clubs will distribute the goods to those in most need. Container and Shipping costs will be $10000. Container will be loaded in Cambridge in early May and will include:
Dried Soup Mix from Ontario Christian Gleaners http://www.ontariogleaners.org/ 
Kidney Beans from Ferguson Bros. of St. Thomas http://www.fergusonbros.com/
Gloves, Isolation Gowns - Warehouse of Hope https://www.warehouseofhope.com/
Milk Bag Mats from all over (additional needed)
Women’s menstrual kits from the Exeter HUGS group
Baby kits made by Westover Layettes
Medical items from the Stratford Medical Depot & Jean Aitcheson
This container is only possible thanks to the support of our product donors above and our Partner - The Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation. Financial assistance from Rotary Clubs in Stratford, Port Elgin, Goderich, London, Sarnia, Southampton Watford and D6330 Passport Club.
Would You Like to Help?
Donations to this project will receive a tax receipt. Please make your cheque payable to The Foundation for Education Perth Huron and send it to box 1261 Grand Bend ON N0M 1T0 or donate online at http://bit.ly/GlobalLiteracyProject
 Brian Hall Rotary Global Literacy Project Rotary Club of Grand Bend 519-238-6116
Rotary Clubs Organize Relief to Mozambique 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

The Growing Challenges of Homelessness

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
(L-R) Captain Laura Hickman, the Salvation Army, Doug Norsworthy club president, Erin Schooley Homelessness Programs Supervisor Huron County
We were pleased to welcome our guest speakers  Captain Laura Hickman and Erin Schooley to our Tuesday meeting to share with us the growing impact of homelessness in our community.  No longer a challenge just for big cities.  Homelessness describes the situation of an individual, family or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. Causes are very complex, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioral or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, unhealthy, unsafe, stressful and distressing. Captain Laura shared with us the "Out of the Cold" program located at the Salvation Army citadel and changes that are being identified.  The program has seen active usage since it opened this past Dec 1 but what is changing is what was once short term emergency guests for perhaps one or two nights is transitioning into much long stays. With limited resources, possible mental health challenges, addition etc it can be very difficult to become self sufficient.   Support services will continue to be challenged.
The Growing Challenges of Homelessness 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Visit by the Honorable John Grace - Goderich Mayor

Posted on Feb 12, 2019
We were privileged to have as our guest speaker at the Feb 12th Rotary meeting  his Worship, Mayor John Grace seen here with club president Doug Norsworthy. Mayor Grace shared with us his vision for Goderich, the priorities we need to embrace to ensure Goderich prospers, the need to adapt and engage youth, technology, open up the downtown keep it relevant, vibrant.  Goderich will be a place to go a destination that is progressive, inclusive, the envy of rural Ontario. 
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Impact Zambia Leaders Club Visit

Posted on Feb 05, 2019
(L-R) Rotarian Ross Barnett, club president Doug Norsworthy, Impact Zambia leaders Florence & Daniel Mayapi, Rotarian Rosanne Field, ITeams team member Bonnie Borchardt
We were please to have as our guests Impact Zambia leaders Florence and Daniel Mayapi who are visiting from Itezhi-tezhi, Zambia. They  provided an update on the progress being made on a project in their community that has been supported by the club for several years.  The project supports community development intiatives to break the cycle of poverty through education and vocational training.  The life-changing vocational Training Centre in Itezhi-tezhi grew up out of a sewing club, which has provided sewing and business training to women in partnership with Rotary.  The need for skills and leadership development, resulted in the construction of a multi-purpose training centre, which offers classes in leadership training as well as employable skills like sewing, agriculture, woodworking, building dams, and mechanical repair. The project is changing lives.
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Chili Cook-off 2019

Posted on Feb 02, 2019
Rotary's 2019 Chili Cook-off experienced perfect weather, 10 great chili teams and wonderful support from the taste testing community, Food Basics and the Suncoast Mall.  A huge thank you to everyone.
Congratulations to the top three chili teams:
1st Place - Part ll Bistro
2nd Place - Cowbell Brewery
3rd Place - 101.7 The One
For pictures of the day please visit the photo album on this page.
 The Rotary International project partner ShelterBox Canada had a   ShelterBox and ShelterKit on display. The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away. The representative is with Rotarian Mac Campbell.  The club has provided an donation to support the work of ShelterBox Canada.
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My Community & Why I Choose to Invest In It

Posted on Jan 08, 2019
Invited to our inaugural  meeting of the new year our guest speaker was Kimberley Payne, who has been Executive Director of the South Huron Hospital Foundation since 2013. Pictured here with our Club President Doug Norsworthy, Kim has had a long and distinguished career with community minded organizations such as  the Stratford Chefs School, Tilbury Information and Help Centre,  Huron United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Maple Tree Housing among numerous others.   Kim is passionate about community involvement , making communities better, making a better world by turning passion into action.
She shared with us the ideals of service and how to apply it to every day life.
Kim's current community engagement includes Goderich Celtic Folk Society, as a Board Member; the Chair of Sponsorship
Huron Waves Music Festival – formerly Bach Music Festival of Canada Huron County Board Member; Co-chair Huron Harp Fest;  Goderich Fermented Femmes – Principal Huron County, and 100 Women Who Care – Huron County.
My Community & Why I Choose to Invest In It 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Giving, the true spirit of Christmas

Posted on Dec 14, 2018
(L-R) Colleen McGregor, President-elect and Pat Clifford, President St. Vincent de Paul, Goderich
Colleen McGregor, President-elect and Captain Laura Hickman of The Salvation Army , Goderich 
President Elect Colleen McGregor delivered  donations to the local  Food Bank/Christmas Hamper Programs from the Rotary Club of Goderich.  We know families feel added pressure at this time of year to provide a special Christmas.  By providing funding we're hoping to lighten the load helping them to enjoy the holiday season.
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Tom Fincher of Fincher's - Great Reads

Posted on Dec 11, 2018
With Christmas not far away we were fortunate to have as our guest, Tom Fincher of Fincher's, a master of great reads, who brought suggestions for books for all ages to give or just enjoy.  Tom has an uncanny knack for knowing what readers want from a broad range of genres.  Pictured with Tom is our club president Doug Norsworthy. 
Tom Fincher of Fincher's - Great Reads 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to the Goderich Christmas Bureau

Posted on Nov 30, 2018
Christmas is coming and with it the season of giving and sharing.  Pictured are Trish Harris, Huron Perth CAS, and Karen Kirk, Manager of the Goderich Bureau accepting toys donated by the Rotary Club from Club President Doug Norsworthy.
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Cheque Presentation for the Rotary-YMCA Golf Tournament

Posted on Nov 29, 2018
The Swinging for Kids Charity Golf Tournament hosted by the Rotary Club of Goderich and Goderich-Huron YMCA  last August 17, 2018 was a great success.  Rotarian Gary Gravett presents Anne Marie Thomson, General Manager and Brittany Kueneman, Community Engagement Coordinator at the  Goderich YMCA with a cheque for $2843.87
Cheque Presentation for the Rotary-YMCA Golf Tournament 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

The United Way Perth-Huron - Understanding Goderich

Posted on Nov 13, 2018
(L-R) John Grace (Chair GCC), Colleen McGregor (Club President Elect, John Clarke (Manager , Resource Developement and Community Impact)
The United Way Perth-Huron 2018 campaign is well underway running until March 2019.  We were pleased to have at our meeting today the Chair of the Goderich Community Committee, John Grace and the newly hired Manager of Resource Development and Community Impact of the GCC, John Clarke, who shared with us the mandate of the committee; to identify social issues directly impacting the Goderich area .   The goal through community consultation over the next year is to develop and put in place a strategy to deal with our most pressing needs.  It was stressed the monies raised by our community stay in the immediate area.  The fund raising goal for Goderich is $67000 of a UWPH goal of $1.44M.
The United Way Perth-Huron - Understanding Goderich 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Goderich Recreation Park

Posted on Nov 06, 2018
A proud supporter of the Goderich Recreation Revitalization Project, the Club made its second installment towards its total commitment on the project.  In addition the club will be providing additional support when the tree planting phase is reached.   Monies raised at our Oktoberfest dance on October 20 have been ear marked towards that project. Thank you to all those who supported the dance. 
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Rotary Foundation Donor Recognition

Posted on Oct 02, 2018
(L-R) Mike Henry (Club Foundation Chair) Doug Burnard (District Foundation Chair) Doug Norsworthy (recipient and club president) Norman Pickell (recipient)
|At our regular meeting we were pleased to have as our guest District Foundation Chair Doug Burnard who presided over our donor recognition event.  Doug Norsworthy and Norman Pickell became Bequest Society members by pledging to  give $10,000 or more via their estate plans. Bequest Society members are recognized with an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin.
(L-R) Mike Henry, Club Foundation Chair, Rosemary Davis (recipient), Doug Burnard (District foundation Chair)
Rosemary Davis was recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Felllow (P+1) for her donations to the annual fund, polio plus, or an approved Foundation grant. Absent but also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow was Ian Harper. Paul Harris Fellows are recognized with a Paul Harris pin.
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St Joseph's Kingsbridge  Community Centre Event

Posted on Sep 18, 2018
Doug Norsworthy (club president) presents Marianne Hogan a representative of the St Joseph's Kingsbridge Centre fundraising committee with a cheque  from the Goderich Rotary Club to help with sponsoring  the upcoming event "a John McDermott Family Christmas" being held at the Community Centre November 24, 2018.
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District Governor Jim Schlatman Official Visit

Posted on Sep 11, 2018
We were privileged to have our district governor Jim Schlatman and his wife Audrey visit our Rotary meeting. DG Jim outlined the year's goals and vision. He brought greetings from RI President Barry Rassinn whose theme this year is "Be the Inspiration".
Membership, public relations and RI Foundation giving are our main priorities over the coming year. Rotarians as the people of action we are: leaders who work together in communities to inspire, transform, connect, and celebrate what's possible.
Rotarian Jeff Wilson was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow +2  for his donations to the Rotary Foundation.
Bob Nephew, one of our 2 remaining active charter members (chartered 1962)  was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow +4 by the club as we thanked him for his many years of service to the club and our community. Bob is moving to Calgary to be closer to family. Best wishes were extended for this new chapter in his life.
On behalf of the club  president Doug Norsworthy announced the club would be making a donation to Polio Plus in District Governor Jim's name to immunize 500 children against polio as part of Rotary's on going effort to eradicate polio in the world.
DG Jim wished the club continued success.
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2018 Municipal Election Voter Information Presentation

Posted on Aug 14, 2018
(L-R) Lori Rounds (Deputy Returning Officer), Doug Norsworthy (Club President), Janice Hallahan (Clerk, Returning Officer), Andrea Fisher (Deputy clerk, Administrative Assistant to CAO)
Invited to our regular meeting were representatives from the Town of Goderich who spoke to us about the voting process for the upcoming  Municipal Election in October. The new process has been adopted by all municipalities in Huron County this year with the goal of making it convenient and accessible to all eligible voters. Electors will be voting by Internet and Telephone only. There will not be any polling locations and there will not be any paper ballots for the 2018 Municipal Election. Internet and Telephone Voting will be available from October 11th at 9:00 a.m. to October 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Full details are available on the town website.
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Karin Chongsarit - New Generations Service Exchange Participant

Posted on Jul 24, 2018
                      Her Placement                                                   Her Drawings
Karin is our newest NGSE participant who recently arrived from Bangkok, Thailand.  She is a second year student majoring in Movie Design of Media Arts at King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi Thailand. Karin has been interested in the arts since she was a child and enjoys painting, drawing, making costumes and design.  Karin hopes to build her work skills as well as to have the opportunity to improve her English language skills.  Fauxpop is her placement here in Goderich. She is looking forward to her time in Canada building her skills and learning more about her profession.  During her time here Rotarians Ross & Rosanne will take her to  Niagara with two other NGSE professional from Taiwan.  In her free time she looks forward to beach time, sail boating, fishing and hiking and other "Canadian" activities to enhance her experience.
Karin Chongsarit - New Generations Service Exchange Participant 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Chris Watson - Huron County Economic Development Officer 

Posted on Jul 10, 2018
(L-R) Doug Norsworthy, President,  Imran Khalid -  Huron County Engineering Project Manager Roads, Chris Watson - Huron County Economic Development Officer 
 Chirs Watson, EDO for Huron County, spoke at our meeting about Huron County's Workforce Attraction and Retention Strategy through to 2020.  The strategy looks to fill labour gaps along Ontario's West Coast.  With an unemployment rate in Huron County of 2.9% employers are having difficulties filling their job requirements.   We want to be as open and welcoming as possible to attract and keep our workforce so we can continue to grow and prosper. Our world is truly global we want to build a community that attracts business and people and makes them want to stay.
Imran Khalid, the Huron County project manager for Roads  came to Goderich from the Toronto area and is an avid cricket player. With his guidance the Goderich Cricket club was formed in 2017 and currently has 18 members.  The club is hoping the construct a cricket pitch at the Goderich YMCA, expand its membership, and hopes  to hold cricket matches in the area. We have the opportunity of bringing a new sport to the area that many can enjoy.
Chris Watson - Huron County Economic Development Officer 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

New Sound Equipment for the Goderich Little Theatre

Posted on Jul 06, 2018
Picture provided by Kathleen Smith - Multi Media Journalist - Goderich Signal Star
(L-R) Nina R, Cara S, Colleen M, Shelley M, Adam S(in back), Jenna U, Mike H, John L, and Mike M
The Rotary Club of Goderich is pleased to support The Livery Theatre (Goderich Little Theatre), recently donating $10,000 to go towards a new sound system. Purchased were 6 speakers cabling and a new digital mixing board. Rotarians Colleen McGregor and Mike Henry  together with representatives from the Livery were on hand for the presentation.
New Sound Equipment for the Goderich Little Theatre 2018-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Installation of 2018-19 Executive

Posted on Jul 03, 2018
It is the end of an awesome year at the Rotary Club of Goderich.  As the 2018-19 Rotary year begins, Werner passes the gavel to Doug Norsworthy. Doug, in the Rotarian "Service Above Self" way, volunteered to take the position of club president when unfortunate circumstances left the club with no incoming president.  The club is looking forward to his leadership and another great year.
Doug introduced his 2018-19 executive. 
(L-R) President Doug, Treasurer - Betty Southgate, Service Projects Chair - Bruce Thomasson, Secretary - Rosemary Davis,  Membership Chair - Tom Jasper, Past President - Werner Ritgen, Rotary Foundation Chair - Mike Henry, and Club administration Chair - Aurelio Henriques. Absent:  President Elect- Colleen McGregor and Public Image Chair - Roland Archer.
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Paul Harris Fellow Presentation

Posted on Jun 26, 2018
(L-R) Jeff Wilson club member, Mike Henry (Foundation Chair), Scott Tousaw, Werner Ritgen (Club President)
At our regular meeting today we wished fellow Rotarian good wishes as he makes his move to his new home in Stratford.  Scott has been a member of the club for over 24 years.  Mike Henry our club Foundation chair was on hand to present Scott with a Paul Harris + 4 pin in honor of his substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation over many years. We will miss Scott and his  dedication to "Service Above Self"  in the club and our community.
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AED Donation

Posted on Jun 19, 2018
(L-R) Colleen McGregor, Art McNaughton (Huron County Paramedic Service), Anne Marie Thomson (Goderich YMCA), Lynn Ferguson
 Colleen McGregor and Lynn Ferguson, of our Rotary Club were pleased to be on hand to present our donation of an AED to the Goderich YMCA as part of Huron County's PAD replacement program.
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Awards Presentation

Posted on Jun 12, 2018
(L-R) Doug Burnard (District Foundation Chair), Doug Norsworthy, Sylvia McGee, Ken McGee, Martin Ward (District Governor)
Attending our meeting this week were DG Martin Ward and DFC Doug Burnard as we recognized and honored Ken and Sylvia McGee who have generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation, achieving Major Donors status.  Ken and Sylvia are among a select group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to serving others. DG Martin presented them with  crystal and Major Donor pins on behalf of The Foundation's Trustees.  Our second honoree Doug Norsworthy  was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin in recognition of his multiple contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary is thankful for the support  these dedicated Rotarians.
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John A Miller - Artistic Producer - Stratford Summer Music

Posted on Jun 05, 2018
 Full details of the Festival
(L-R) John A Miller - Founder & Artistic Producer, Werner Ritgen (club President)
For the past 34 years John Miller has devoted his considerable energies to matters cultural by developing a specialization in Canadian arts and artists and, in particular, a keen knowledge of music by and about Canadians. 

After being encouraged by a 1993 invitation from the Stratford’s mayor to bring back summertime music, John’s dream came to reality with the first season of the new Stratford Summer Music in 2001. 

In its 2011 survey of North American summer music festivals, the respected British music journal, Gramophone, named Stratford Summer Music one of the top festivals on the continent and the only Canadian festival to make the distinguished designation of being in its top twelve summer music sites.

On Canada Day, 2014 the City of Stratford awarded John its ultimate honour – the naming and placing of his star at the heart of the city – where his name joins other prominent arts figures such as Glenn Gould, Loreena McKennitt and Christopher Plummer in this public recognition program.

This is Mr Miller's final year as Artistic Producer at  Stratford Summer Music. The Festival runs from July 16 to August 26 with 122 performances in and around Stratford.  Pictured with John is the Museum of the Moon which arrives on Tom Patterson Island for the last 10 days of the Festival for a variety of concerts and events. We wish John the very best as he embraces the next chapter of his distinguished life.

John A Miller - Artistic Producer - Stratford Summer Music 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Blyth Festival Theatre representative Guest Speaker

Posted on May 29, 2018
    Mark Crawford, actor and playwright 
We were pleased to have as our guest speaker renowned actor and playwright Mark Crawford who gave us an outline of  the playbill for the 2018 Blyth Festival Theatre  season. Crawford is well known for his smash hits The Birds and the Bees and Stag and Doe and will be bringing his newest comedy to the Blyth stage The New Canadian Curling Club June 20th through August 23rd.  The comedy is about a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario with an ice rink, a refugee resettlement program, and a “Learn to Curl” class.  What follows is a hilarious and inspiring story of an unlikely group of would-be athletes who face off against local prejudice to become a true team, and end up competing in the most prestigious local bonspiel tournament: the highly coveted Royal Highlander trophy. It promises to be truly hilarious.
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YMCA 2018 Celebration of Youth Awards

Posted on Apr 30, 2018
The YMCA Celebration of Youth Awards 2018 were presented April 28, 2018. Elizabeth and Justin were the recipients of the awards sponsored by the Rotary Club.  We are truly pleased and honored to be a part of the YMCA commitment to our youth.The Rotary Club  has partnered with the YMCA since the program was established eight years ago.  The awards  honor youth whose outstanding talents and achievements have made a difference in our community and have contributed to the well-being and future of our society. The YMCA  and community partners are extremely proud of the opportunity to recognize 9  remarkable individuals in our community. Each recipient receives a $1000 scholarship. 
Other award recipients included:
Kyle Prouse - Personal Achievement Award  sponsored by Barb Major-McEwan
Joleen Otten - Personal Achievement Award sponsored by Huron Women's Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services
Sarah Mitchell - Personal Achievement Award sponsored by Huron Women's Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling          Services
Haley Bowman - Philanthropy Award sponsored by K2 Wind
Myles Krahn - YMCA Youth Leadership Award sponsored by the YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario
Liam Shore - Technology & Trades Award sponsored by Akromold Ltd
Kaleigh Allinson - Health & Wellness Award sponsored by AMGH Medical Staff
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Roman Turczyn - Architect (Retired)

Posted on Apr 03, 2018
Living and Working in Qatar - a Land of Extremes
(L-R) Roman Turczyn, Doug Norsworthy, Club President Elect
Guest speaker at our regular meeting was Roman Turczyn a local retired architect who for 40 years played a leading role in the completion of a significant number of projects in Ontario and the Middle East. Roman and his wife Libby spent eleven years in the peninsula Arab country of Qatar.  Libby, a silversmith by profession taught the Metal Arts program at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Roman was the Director of the Centre for Research, Design and Entrepreneurship  at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar during the last six years of his professional career. His efforts focused on developing design solutions for issues addressing the needs of a growing nation. He shared a fascinating insight into what it was like to live,  work and play in Qatar.
Today, retired, Roman devotes as much time as he can to his life-long fascination with art and design, which he considers amongst the most important foundations of our civilization.
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Ben Lobb MP, Huron-Bruce

Posted on Mar 06, 2018
(L-R) WernerRitgen (club President), Ben Lobb MP, Huron Bruce, Ben Vandiepenbeek (Reeve ACW)
At our regular meeting, to a packed room of guests and Rotary members, our guest speaker was Ben Lobb, conservative MP who represents the federal riding of Huron-Bruce in the House of Commons.  Mr Lobb currently is a member of the standing committee on industry, science and technology .  Since first elected in 2008  and re-elected in 2011 and 2015 he has sat on or chaired several standing committees.
Mr Lobb presented commentary on Canada's economy touching on where we have been, where we are today, the current bright spots and headwinds and where the economy is likely to be headed given the world situation.  The floor was opened for a Q&A.
Reeve Ben Vandiepenbeek ACW and Deputy Mayor Jim Donnelly brought greetings from their respective municipalities.
Ben Lobb MP, Huron-Bruce 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation

Posted on Feb 13, 2018
(L-R) Shannon Lahay ( Foundation Coordinator), Werner Ritgen, (Club President) Branda Teichert (Foundation Vice Chair)
We were pleased to have as our guest speakers Shannon Lahay the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Foundation Coordinator and Brenda Teichert, the Foundation Vice chair as well as an AMGH Board Committee member.  In the summer members of the club attended interviews held by the consulting firm Ketchum Canada Inc who are working on a proposed plan to look at the future needs of the communities across Huron County served by AMGH and how the hospital can best meet those needs as they strive to provide the highest quality of health care.   As the plan comes together the Foundation is at the ready to support the work that will be needed to ensure the continued excellent care we receive. 
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Goderich Little Theatre

Posted on Feb 06, 2018
(L-R) Jim Mulhern (Little Theatre director), Werner Ritgen (Rotary club president), Jenna Ujiyue (Little Theatre president), John Lodge (Little Theatre treasurer)
We welcomed representatives of the Goderich Little Theatre at the Livery to our meeting. Jenna Ujiye, the president, shared with us details of the successful 2016-17 season and introduced the 2017-18 performance season. The Livery had activities happening on 180+ days of last year.  She expressed sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that make it possible to bring this venue to the Goderich community.  John Lodge, treasurer, provided a summary of the successful HVAC project that was undertaken in 2017 and talked about what lies ahead for the capital projects still desired to make further improvements to the facility. An acknowledgment was made of the municipal and community support in helping to make this a reality.   visit  www.the livery.ca
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Chili Cook-off Winners

Posted on Feb 03, 2018
     Congratulations to all the participating teams.  Some pretty fine chili was enjoyed by all the tasters.
And the winning teams are:
First Place
  101.7 The One Radio
Second Place
  Cowbell Brewing
Third Place
   Country 104.9 Radio
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Rotary Club.
Chili Cook-off Winners 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Impact Zambia - July 2017 Report

Posted on Jan 30, 2018
(L-R, Back) Allan Studd, Joann Willis, Bonnie Borchardt, Cheryl, Ross Barnett, Lianti Muller
(L-R, Front) Allison Stoecker, Sylvia Bate, Rosanne Field
Ross & Rosanne provided the club with a presentation on their trip to Zambia  last July 2017. Pictured is the Zambia Team. Impact Zambia has been a multi year program. It’s first project in 2012 was to build a facility that doubled up as an office and school on the site of the Itezhi-tezhi church, and to build new church buildings in Mumbwa and Namwala. Through partnerships with Canadian and South African churches, International Teams Canada, the Share Your Knowledge group, and Rotary International, they have since expanded their programs to include community development initiatives designed to break the cycle of poverty by limiting isolation and providing education and vocational training. While there this year Rosanne taught sewing classes during the day and met with health care professionals in the evenings to help deal with health issues of the surrounding communities.   Ross was the "do what ever needed to be done" guy. for more information visit -  https://iteams.ca/programs/impact-zambia/   and go to "visit our website"
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New Member Induction

Posted on Jan 23, 2018
(L-R) - Dianne Yundt, Roland Archer, Werner Ritgen
We were pleased to welcome the newest member to the club on January 23rd. Roland Archer was formally inducted as a member by ADG Dianne Yundt . Werner Ritgen who sponsored Roland and is the  club president presented the Rotary pin and new member kit to Roland.  Members welcomed Roland with greetings and warm hand shakes.  ADG Dianne in her induction comments recapped the  purpose of Rotary and the opportunities it provides for service, professional development, networking and fellowship.
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New Rotaract Club Forming

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
Emma Bartz and Jordan Nairn attended the Rotary Club of Goderich meeting today to make a presentation to the club, canvassing for support in starting a Rotaract Club in Goderich. Rotaract is a club for individuals ages 18-30, with an interest in community service and professional development. The Rotary Club of Goderich is proud to support the development of a Rotaract Club in our Goderich community.
(L-R) Ross Barnett (Past President), Jordan Nairn, Werner Ritgen (President), Emma Bartz.
If you missed the information meeting on January 18th but are still interested please contact Emma Bartz @ 519-955-6563

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Delivering Christmas Hope

Posted on Nov 29, 2017
(L-R) Mike Henry,  Lieutenant Laura Hickman, Werner Ritgen (president) at The Salvation Army Citadel on Suncoast Drive, Goderich.
(L-R) Mike Henry, Mrs Pat Clifford, Werner Ritgen at St Vincent de Paul Society - MacEwan St location, Goderich
Rotarians Mike Henry and Werner Ritgen (club president) delivered  donations to the local  Food Bank/Christmas Hamper Programs from the Rotary Club of Goderich.  We know families feel added pressure at this time of year to provide a special Christmas.  By providing funding we're hoping to lighten the load helping them to enjoy the holiday season.
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Rotary Youth Exchange

Posted on Nov 29, 2017
Our newest exchange student Doubleu Patranit Chanjaraspong is settling right in to life in Canada. Doubleu arrived here in September from Bangkok Thailand  He is taking drum lessons from Stefanie McFarlane and marched with the Celtic Blue Highlanders in the Christmas parade.
Photo by Kathleen Smith/Goderich Signal Star
(L-R) Maurice Wilkinson (Piper), Matt Hoy (Pipe Major), Stefanie McFarlane (Drum Sergeant), Doubleu , Rosanne Field (Rotarian/ billet mother), Ray Elgie (Piper), Ross Barnett (Rotarian, billet father), and Don Arscott (Bass Drummer).
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Goderich Santa Claus Parade 

Posted on Nov 18, 2017
The Weather Man was a little confused for the Goderich Santa Claus Parade on Saturday night and brought rain instead of snow but that did not dampen the Christmas cheer in the air. The parade route was lined with happy children and their parents all bundled against the weather.  Rotarians  together with Frosty the Snowman waded into the festivities.
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Swinging for Kids Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Jenn Evans and Anne Marie Thomson of the Goderich Huron YMCA were presented with a cheque for $2959.52 by Rotarian Gary Gravett. Rotary and the YMCA partnered for the Swing for Kids Charity Golf Tournament last August 18, 2017.
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Bayfield Optimist Club 

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Pictured: Glen Steinson, Mike Dixon, Rotary Club president Werner Ritgen.
Guest speaker at our Tuesday meeting was Mike Dixon of the Bayfield Optimist Club. Mike was introduced by the Optimist Club president Glen Steinson.   Mr Dixon outlined a new tutoring program for local students established by the Optimist Club to meet a need in the community. The hope is to expand the service into other communities in the area.
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District Governor's Visit

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
We were pleased and honored to welcome our District Governor, Martin Ward and his wife Mary Ruston  to our October 31st meeting. District governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs.Governors act as officers of RI, fostering achievement in their district at the club level. DG Ward was introduced by our Assistant District Governor Dianne Yundt  a member of the Festival City club Stratford. His message was the evolution of Rotary in a changing world, the importance of remaining relevant into the future. Rotarys' eradication of polio is so close with only 12 cases identified this year along with the importance of immunizations for the next 3 years to ensure it does not return.
DG Ward bestowed 8 Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to - left to right - Tom Jasper, Dean Whalen, Lynn Ferguson, Mike Henry  (Club Foundation Chair), Werner Ritgen, Gary Gravett, Scott Tousaw,  also pictured is ADG Dianne Yundt and DG Martin Ward. Absent Rosanne Field.
Receipants have made donations to the Rotary Foundations Annual program Fund of $1000 or more.
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New Generations Service Exchange

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
Merna Bahaa Eldin pictured with Werner Ritgen, club president, is our newest New Generations Service Exchange young professional.  Merna is visiting Canada from Egypt in order to further her professional development as a dentist at Van Beek Family Dentistry in Goderich.  She has completed 5 years of dentistry training in Egypt.  The New Generations Service Exchange is Rotary's short term exchange program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.
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A Musical Celebration and Salute to our Veterans

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
Our guest Marianne Hogan seen here with club President Werner Ritgen attended our meeting to receive and thank the club for the donation made to the St Joseph's Kingsbridge Community Centre in support of their event on November 4, 2017. Canadian tenor John McDermott and the Waterloo Regional Male Police Chorus are providing A Musical Celebration and Salute to our Veterans. The community purchased the previous church, are completing restoration work, and use the facility as a community centre.
A Musical Celebration and Salute to our Veterans 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker

Posted on Oct 03, 2017
We were pleased to have the Past President, Paul Thorne, of the Goderich Legion as our guest speaker.  Paul gave an overview of the history of the Goderich Soldier's Memorial and the Legion’s involvement as caretakers of the monument since 1927. He indicated following the 2011 tornado the Legion as a proprietary stakeholder and care taker of the cenotaph for the Town of Goderich participated in community consultation forums. With the development of the Downtown Master Plan the cenotaph area was expanded to include the Veteran's Reflection Garden funded in part by the Legion and Veteran's Affairs Canada Community Monument Restoration Program. The garden was designed to be a place of quiet reflection to be enjoyed by the general public at large while maintaining the decorum and respect to be afforded our War Dead.  Due to an oversight in 2014 the Town inadvertently allowed vendors to utilize the Veteran's Refection Garden for Festivals and Special Events. In September the Legion made a request of Council to protect this space from commercial activities, and to apply the policy adopted by Council for the Cenotaph as intended and approved by the Downtown Master Plan. He indicated the outcome had been decided by council and an appropriate bylaw was approved and has been passed.
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Oktoberfest Event 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

New Generations Service Exchange

Posted on Sep 08, 2017

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, exchange program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.  Candidates make connections in their host countries, build their professional skills and gain international experience through travel and exploring a new culture while giving back through service.


Isela Dominguez is visiting the Goderich Rotary Club as a New Generations Service Exchange candidate.  She is in Canada furthering her professional development as a clinical psychologist. She has completed her psychology degree from Claustro University. She lives in Chihuahua, Mexico with her family. Her father is a member of Chihuahua San Felipe Rotary Club. Isela is hoping to see her first snow fall before she goes home in December.
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Goderich Recreation Park

Posted on Sep 05, 2017
The Rotary Club is pleased to support the Goderich Recreation Park project. A long-time supporter of the skate park project, Rotary has pledged an additional $75,000 towards the Recreation Park Project bringing our total donation to $82,000.
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Containers Unloaded in Sierra Leone 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fitness Trail

Posted on Jul 21, 2017
A great way to get outdoors and have fun. 
Ladies early morning fitness group work out.
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Heading Home 

Posted on Jul 11, 2017
We said goodbye to our exchange student, Adele Manise, as she headed back home to Belgium.
We wish her many happy memories of her time here, her host families, new friends, new experiences. We will miss her genteel presence.
The year just flew by. 
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Rotary Book Sale 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Winners of the Decorate Your Home or Business Competition

Posted on Jul 04, 2017
Thank you to all the participants for making Canada's Prettiest Town, Canada's most decorated and patriotic town.
The 50 certificates of excellence are on their way.
1st Prize
Roelie Leggatt - 124 Lighthouse St.
2nd Prize
Bruce Carrick - 197 Bayfield Rd
3rd Prize
Joan Guikema - 124 Cambria Rd N.
Vals Beauty Salon - 108 Lighthouse St
Winners of the Decorate Your Home or Business Competition 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

Installation of Club Officers 2017-18

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
At or meeting on Tuesday the new executive of the club were installed for the 2017-18 year.
From Left to right - Wilfred Higgins (President Elect) Werner Ritgen (President) Ross Barnett (Past President)
Left to right - Aurelio Henriques, Mike Henry, Lynn Ferguson, Rosemary Davis, Colleen McGregor Wilfred Higgins, Ross Barnett, Werner Ritgen.   Absent Karri Sonke and Betty Southgate
Installation of Club Officers 2017-18 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Goderich Gymnastics

Posted on Jun 27, 2017


                                                                                                                                                         The Goderich Rotary Club, in the spirit of supporting new entrepreneurial businesses and mindful of keeping our community fit and active, donated a large exercise mat to Ashley Kappas owner and head coach of Goderich Gymnastics. Ashley's business provides gymnastics training.


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Global Literacy Haiti Container

Posted on Jun 25, 2017
Rotary at its best. The Rotary Club of London sponsored the latest container shipment of school and medical supplies this time going to Haiti.
The Rotary Club of Grand Bend organized the packing of the container and the Rotary Club of Goderich contributed a truck load of tables, chairs, books and sewing machines to the overall shipment. Members from all the clubs supplied the people power to get the container loaded.
Great team work everyone.
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Rotary Cove Fitness Trail Installed

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
The new Fitness Trail equipment was installed this past Monday.  The Rotary Club investment for the community was made possible through the endorsement of our town and the expertise and skill of our municipal staff and crews who provided much of the labor. Partnerships like this drive our community forward.  First impressions suggest the equipment is being well received.
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Guest Speaker Lt Col Bill Anderson (retired)

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
At our meeting on Tuesday we were pleased to welcome our guest speaker Retired Lt Col Bill Anderson. A local WWII veteran who gave a poignant presentation about his experiences in the war including D Day.  Also recognized by Mr Anderson was a guest attendee Peter Vancook whose contributions to the war effort included  his involvement in the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
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Presentation by Stephen deBoer - Ambassador to Poland

We were privileged and honored to have as our guest speaker at our recent Rotary meeting, Stephen deBoer, Canada'a Ambassador to the Republic of Poland and Republic of Belarus.
Among the many guests attending the meeting was Kathleen Smith, a journalist for the Goderich Signal Star who published this excellent article about the Ambassador's visit.
Presentation by Stephen deBoer - Ambassador to Poland 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Join the Celebrations 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows Presentations

Posted on May 09, 2017


Rotary International has a unique way of recognizing contributions to the organization in the name of Rotary’s Founder, Paul Harris. People who make a contribution of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International — or have one made in their name – can become Paul Harris Fellows.
Today at our regular meeting we invited our District Governor - Diane Chantler - to present 11 Paul Harris Fellows. Present to receive their award are from left to right Mel Farnsworth, Wilf Higgins, Michael Strickland, Irene Gordon, Elizabeth Lotz, Doug Norsworthy, Ross Barnett with DG Diane Chantler.
All recipients are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.

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Paul Harris Fellow Presentation

Posted on May 09, 2017
At our Rotary meeting today the club presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Irene Gordon, spouse of the late John Gordon, as an expression of our appreciation and to say thank you to Irene for the  many years of support she has provided to the club.  
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Healthy Hearts equipment arrives

Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The new machines are in place. One priority is a new version of a recumbent bike because it is easier to get on/off as you can step through to get on the seat.  If anyone has hip or knee issues it is hard to swing their leg over the center console of older styles.  A second treadmill will also be added to the program giving people an increased option for fitness and relief of joint issues as back, hip or knee pain sometimes does not agree with sitting on a bike. Additionally some members like to use the treadmill before they have their stress test to get used to walking on it.
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Healthy Hearts Program Donation

Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The Goderich Rotary Club has donated $6300 to the Healthy Hearts Program at the Maitland Recreation Center in memory of Malcolm Harrison, a long time Rotarian and Healthy Heart program advocate. In receiving the cheque, Healthy Hearts board chair Dr. Kent Gillin celebrated this support of their members in pursuit of health after suffering the challenges that participants face as a consequent of a significant cardiac event.  The funds will be used for equipment purchases, permitting the most challenged participants to engage in the first stages of health after their cardiac event
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New Playground Equipment Installed at Rotary Cove

Posted on Apr 15, 2017
Out with the old, in with the new. the new playground equipment installed last summer is ready and waiting for this summer's season.
A Rotary project in partnership with the Town of Goderich. 
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New Dialysis Unit Opens - April 7, 2017 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0