Grimsby Rotary @ Noon

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Welcome to Grimsby Rotary@Noon!  We meet every Tuesday at Noon to share ideas about improving our community and our world.  Lunch, including coffee, tax, tip, is just $17.  Come as often as you can, and invite a Guest!  Let us know if you know of someone who would like to make a presentation to our club!

 

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Grimsby Rotary @ Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Judge & Jester Restaurant
17 Main Street East
Grimsby, ON  L3M 1M7
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Grimsby Rotary @Noon was pleased to host a representative from FORT, an organization that has been expanding its centres and serving more youth in a variety of ways.  We were happy to present a cheque in support of their programs.
Building the right habitat; Barking up the right tree
The 12th Annual Grimsby Rotary @Noon Mayor's Charity Gala was a huge success, and ended with a huge surprise!
 
District Governor Marlee Diehl greeted everyone on behalf of Rotary, and noted that the Rotary International theme for the year is "Rotary Serving Humanity".  She congratulated the small club for organizing such a big event.  The ballroom at the Casablanca Inn was full, and many local supporters and businesses contributed to as sponsors and as Silent Auction donors.  
Mayor Bob Bentley welcomed everyone on behalf of the Town, and expressed his appreciation for the work done to make this event successful, and to make our Town better.
Pat Jaskula spoke on behalf of the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs, the headline beneficiary of the 2016 Gala.  Under her leadership, the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs is one of the top 10 fundraisers of all the Guide Dog Walks in Canada.  
 
The 2017 Mayor's Charity Gala headline charity is Habitat for Humanity Niagara, who is building for a 2nd time in Grimsby.  Grimsby Rotaray @ Noon sponsored the first Habitat home in Grimsby, which was built on Main Street about six years ago.  Last October Habitat announced a second home is being build at the corner of Central Avenue and Baker Road, on donated land from Vera Engel-Ricer and her son David Engel of Dorchester Homes.  This home is now framed in, and Habitat is looking for volunteers to do interior and landscape work.  Habitat -Niagara also announced they are in the process of building a Re-Store on Grimsby's South Service Road, and they are very excited to be working with the community to bring used home renovation and furnishings to the area, and will be seeking volunteers to work at the Re-Store when it opens this year.  
 
The surprise announcement of the evening was when LJM Developments CEO Liaquat Mian announced the company will be donating a condo unit in the next phase of the Waterview Condominiums project to Habitat for Humanity Niagara.  Mian received a standing ovation for his announcement at the Gala.  
 
Grimsby Rotary @Noon appreciates all who attended or who supported this event in any way.  
 
Pictured above:  Mayor Bob Bentley, LJM CEP iaquat Mian, Rotarian Carolyn Webb, Habitat-Niagara CEO Alastair Davis
Photo Credit:  Grimsby Lincoln News
 
Grimsby Rotary @Noon is busy preparingn for our 11th Annual Mayor's Charity Gala!  This year the headline sponsor will be Habitat for Humanity- Niagara - which is constructing a home in Grimsby this winter!
The black tie event is Sat. Feb. 11, 2017
Cocktails and Harpist at 5:30
Gourmet Dinner 6:30
Followed by Silent Auction and Dancing
Tickets $150 per person all inclusive
To get your tickets, donate to the Silent Auction, or to become a Sponsor, contact Carolyn today at 905-945-7039 or email:  davidcarolynwebb@aol.com
 
Don't miss it!
 
 
Erin Kelly accepts a donation to CUSO from Grimsby Rotary @ Noon.  More news of her service above self can be found on her blog.
Page 3 and 4 of our May 2016 news special:   Our Gift to the World
Page 1 and 2 of our May 2016 news special.
There are three Rotary Clubs in West Niagara:  the Rotary Club of Grimsby meets in the evening, the Rotary Club of Lincoln has breakfast meetings, and the Rotary of Grimsby @Noon meets for Lunch.  Rotary's 2015-16 international theme is "Be a Gift to the World".  Our three west Niagara Clubs collaborated to put together this 4 page news insert showing what Rotary has given to the world!  Check out what our local clubs have done in the areas of Community Service, Youth Service, International Service, and Club Fellowship.  Contact any of the three West Niagara Clubs, come to an event, or drop in and join one of our meetings!
 
 
Niagara This Week:  May 19, 2016
News Now was in attendance along with a over 140 participants in the Grimsby Rotary @Noon Charity Gala 2016.  Proceeds from this year's event were raised for the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs.  Pictured on the cover story are the Mayor, his wife, and a few of our Gala Committee Members.  
Grimsby Rotary @Noon is sponsoring a 4-person team to compete in Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016.  This is a 6 km obstacle course at Bissell's Hideaway Resort on May 14th. All proceeds raised will support the End Polio Now campaign.  Pictured is President Amy Dancer presenting a $260 cheque to Frank Adamson of the Rotary Club of Fonthill.  Contact Grimsby Rotary @Noon if you would like to participate.
Rotary Grimsby @Noon is continuing to do BIG things!
 
November is Rotary Foundation month, and we were pleased to learn that there are now only 2 countries in the world that have not stopped transmission of polio:  Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in 2015 that Nigeria is now polio-free.  Polio is paralyzing and crippling disease, and has no cure.  However, it can be prevented through immunization and clean water and waste treatment.  Rotary International continues its 28 year campaign to #EndPolioNow.
 
Through our support of Rotary Foundation, our local club is eligible to apply for Rotary District Grants -- more on that later!
 
Grimsby Rotary@Noon is preparing for its Annual Mayor's Charity Gala, to be held Feb. 20, 2016.  This year proceeds from this event will be directed to the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs.  On Nov. 24th, our club was pleased to host three people who spoke on behalf of this organization:  Pat Jaskula, of Canadian Tire, who organizes this Walk, Steve McDonnell, and his seeing-eye dog, and Don Tadeson, a resident who raises guide dogs.  Grimsby is a strong participant in the program to train guide dogs, who can be used to help individuals with various services. 
 
On December 1st, we again had a good crowd in attendance at our noon meeting, and we heard the classification talk of one of our newer members, Shaun Adams, Grimsby Branch Manager, Meridian Credit Union.
 
Now is the time to be involved!  Get the word out about our upcoming Charity Gala, as we are now seeking sponsorships, silent auction items, and selling tickets.
 
For our final Tuesday noon meeting before Christmas, Tuesday Dec. 22,  the Judge n Jester will be serving us a turkey dinner with all the trimmings - so be sure to come for this fellowship time!
 
This week Grimsby Rotary@Noon was privileged to host Kevin Crosby, District Governor 2015-16.   Our District Assistant Governor was also represented.  We had a great crowd come and listen as he spoke of this year's Rotary International Theme "Be A Gift to the World".  It was inspiring to think of all the things that we have done as a local club and as an international service organization, and to dream a bit about what we may do in the coming years.
Pictured here is Amy Dancer, Grimsby Rotary @Noon's President, thanking Kevin for his visit.  
This week Grimsby Rotary@Noon celebrated the end of the year, thanking out-going president Carolyn Webb and president elect Amy Dancer.
Kacaba winery hosted a tour and tasting at their beautiful venue, and food was catered by August Restaurant.
Best wishes for the another year!
Grimsby Rotary @Noon heard reports this week from the two local students we sponsored to attend SLAPSHOT leadership training! Blessed Trinity seniors Laura Franciosa and Joslyn Galloway were selected to participate with teens from across the Best of Friends Rotary District 7090 in this weekend of inspirational speakers and team-building exercises in Ancaster, Ontario.
                                                                                                                           Photo Credit:  Mark Dawson, Grimsby Lincoln News
 
Grimsby Rotary @Noon was extremely pleased to be able to present a Paul Harris award again this year to a community volunteer that lives our motto of "Service Above Self".  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and members of the club must have collectively contributed US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for the privilege of recognizing a person in this way.  
 
This year, Grimsby Rotary @Noon is happy to present the Paul Harris award to Marion Thorp, General Manager of Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF), and long-time community volunteer.  Many staff, volunteers and family attended to share the celebration!  Speeches and certificates were presented from GBF Executive Director Stacey Elia, Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley, Regional Councillor Tony Quirk and Linda Arbuckle, representing MP Dean Alison.
Rotary's District Governor Jack Amico and his wife attended and Jack spoke of the wonderful benefits of Lighting up Rotary in our communities.
Thanks to Norm Beal and Peninsula Ridge for helping our club provide wine and delicious appetizers. The atmosphere was enhanced with cocktail music on the keyboard played by David Kelly and by Rotary Exchange Student Joanne Kuo of Taiwan.
What a happy celebration!
 
 
Garry Brown, past Paul Harris award recipient, with Marion Thorp, 2015 recipient; click for more photos!
 

Grimsby Rotary at Noon has had a busy fall so far.  We have heard from three mayoral candidates at recent meetings.  We were also involved in a very successful Doors Open Grimsby.  Please check the information about the upcoming Buffalo Bash under the Events section.  Please plan to attend the meetings as we have more speakers coming in the following weeks -  Grimsby Conservation Club (www.grimsbyconservationclub.com) and Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers (www.rosecottagevolunteers.com).  As always, if you know of a group that would like to present to us, please invite them to speak.   Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Come out and meet our new exchange students!

Gabo Melgarejo Yugovich  (Paraguay)

And

Joanne Kuo (Taiwan)

 

When:   Thursday, September 25TH at 6pm

Where:  Casablanca Winery Inn

Who:  Rotary Club of Grimsby and Grimsby at Noon members and their spouses.  Past exchange students to be invited as well. 

Appetizers will be served through the evening.  Cost is $22.00 pp.

Please RSVP to Jeanette Murphy (murphykj@cogeco.ca) by Sept. 20th

I hope to see many of you in attendance!!!!

A nice article in the Welland Tribune covering the Rotary Youth Exchange.

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2014/08/13/teens-exchange-stories-from-abroad

 
 
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