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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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.

Grimsby Rotary@Noon will not be having a meeting Tues. Dec. 29th.  We will resume meetings Tues Jan 5, 2016, with a classification talk from Bob Beasley.

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 ( and Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers (  As always, if you know of a group that would like to present to us, please invite them to speak.   Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!





Come out and meet our new exchange students!

Gabo Melgarejo Yugovich  (Paraguay)


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 ( by Sept. 20th

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



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





A great time was had by all at our successful year-end BBQ. 

Special appreciation to outgoing President Elaine Kelly for all of your hard work. 

Thank-you to all who attended and contributed to the BBQ and to Brian and Sandy Glynn for hosting the event.


On Thursday May 27th, we were thrilled to host a special event to honour Pat Jaskula with the Paul Harris award at Peninsula Ridge Winery.  We wanted to recognize and celebrate the passion and commitment Pat has made through recent years with the Walk for Guide Dogs and her golf tournament for service dogs.  Through the  contributions Pat and her husband Ron have made with the Guide Dogs projects as well as through their Canadian Tire sponsorships they have truly changed lives in our local community.  It was a thrill to have so many of their family in attendance, as well as their staff, local dignitaries, past Paul Harris recipients, Rotary and community leaders and guests.  Thank you all for making this evening so special for Pat!Image


More than just man’s best friend

Work with dog guides, myriad of other charities, nets Pat Jaskula the Paul Harris Award

Grimsby Lincoln News

Pat Jaskula, co-owner of the Canadian Tire in Grimsby, was named a Paul Harris award winner by Rotary at Noon. The award is given to community members who give back in a significant way to charity. Jaskula supports many worthy causes, among them the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, which is set to take place on May 25.


GRIMSBY – For Pat Jaskula it all started as a way to cope with the loss of her two pet dogs.

Five years ago the co-owner of the Grimsby Canadian Tire needed something to fill the void after her two pets died. And it was local resident Steve McDonnell who gave her the inspiration to get involved with dog guides.

“He’s just the most amazing man,” Jaskula said of McDonnell.

McDonnell, well known in the community for his work preparing dog guides, would often come into the Canadian Tire store in order to get the young dogs acclimated to people and the public.

“I thought, I have to put this energy someplace,” she said.

A short while later she had raised enough money, $20,000 with the help of the Jumpstart program, to have a dog trained to help an autistic child in Okatakes, Alb. Jaskula went to the dog’s graduation ceremony, when it was handed off to the mother of the autistic child.


“It’s heartwarming,” she said about the graduation. “When you see the people who are receiving the dogs, you know it’s important to do what you do.”

From there, Jaskula and a few committee volunteers, including McDonnell, helped revive the local walk for dog guides. The Lions club had previously organized the walk, but that fell by the wayside as the Lions members retired.

And it was that commitment to dog guides, as well as the litany of other groups and charities Jaskula supports, that netted her the Paul Harris Award from Rotary at Noon. Rotary clubs hand out the award to residents who give back to charities in a meaningful and substantial way.

Now, with preparations underway for the fourth annual walk since Jaskula and company revived it, organizers are looking to once again grow what is already an impressive event.

Last year the Grimsby walk finished 11th among the 202 that took place throughout the country, raising $12,000 locally. That placed them among cities like Kitchener-Waterloo, Oakville, and Calgary. This year the goal is $15,000.

“What they (the dogs) can do amazes me,” said Jaskula.

The dogs aren’t just for the visually impaired. People with hearing or visual impairments, special needs such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or even diabetes can utilize dog guides.

Diabetes alert dogs are the latest advancement.

“They wake them (the patient) when the smell that their sugars are low,” she said.

The Grimsby walk takes place May 25. It starts outside the Canadian Tire plaza on Livingston Ave. with registration at 12 p.m. and the walk at 1 p.m. There’s a short circuit and a long circuit for walkers. Once they return there will be a barbecue, prizes and raffles.

To get involved, visit, and search for the Grimsby walk. You don’t have to participate to donate, and can also stop by the day of the walk to donate.

Despite her passion for dog guides, Jaskula supports a wide variety of groups. That includes Big Brother Big Sisters, the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Fire Department, YMCA, Grimsby Benevolent Fund, McNally House, local school fundraisers, sports teams and the list goes on.


Awards handed out May 29

For those who want to help honour Jaskula for her Paul Harris Award win, or who just want to have a nice evening, can come out to the presentation on May 29.

The event takes place at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and gets underway at 7 p.m. It features wine and cheese and will take place in the coach house.

Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased by calling Carolyn Webb at 905-945-7039. Rotary at Noon also encourages all former Paul Harris Award winners to come out and share in the celebration.




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