February 2016
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Welcome to Norfolk Sunrise!

Norfolk Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Best Western Little River Inn
203 Queensway West
Simcoe, ON  N3Y 2M9
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Feb 09, 2016
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Evening Offsite Meeting
Dave Bradshaw's Sugar Shack
Apr 26, 2016
Welshpool Students
Returning students report. Also, chaperones Louise and Tina tell all
May 03, 2016
World Community Service Day
WCS committee reports on status of projects
May 10, 2016
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Club Information

Welcome to Norfolk Sunrise!

Norfolk Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Best Western Little River Inn
203 Queensway West
Simcoe, ON  N3Y 2M9
District Site
Venue Map

Norfolk Sunrise In Photos

Norfolk Sunrise News
This group is preparing for their trip next week to India. All are seasoned travellers, so we might expect them to represent Norfolk Sunrise well while checking out the projects we've supported.  

Rotarian Harold Shantz presents pins to Rotarians Rusty Kooistra and Pete Wheatley in recognition of their curling prowess at the recent CanAm Rotary Bonspiel in Guelph.  Harold skipped the Simcoe team which placed second for the right to represent Ontario in a Canadian Rotary Bonspiel. 
Way to go Rusty, Peter and Harold!  The fourth team member shall remain anonymous.

Don't you wonder how Cheryl Peck manages it all? Entrepreneur, marketer, and business manager in one life.  Mother to two spectacular kids and wife to Scott, plus host mom to Fabio ... plus host mom to a short-term exchange student and 2 Welshpool exchange students. 
Cheryl and Scott are planning to travel more now, and visit their international family members.  Welcome back to Norfolk Sunrise, Cheryl.  We're delighted!

Four of our Norfolk Sunrise family members received Paula Harris Fellow Awards this week.  Linda and Jim Peters were recognized by the Rotary Club of Fountain Hills, Arizona, for their leadership on Microcredit projects.  Nancy Sherwin volunteers with several organizations in our community.  And Don Emerson is a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  Each of these recipients is a model for "service above self" in our club and in our community.

Jim Lewis updated Norfolk Sunrise on the success of this year's kettle campaign, run by the Salvation Army Church in Simcoe. 
Norfolk Sunrise members looked after the kettles at the Simcoe LCBO and the Port Dover LCBO.  The Simcoe LCBO kettle raised more funds than any other kettle in the campaign.
The campaign exceeded the Salvation Army Church's goal, and topped $75,000 this year. 

Suicide seems to have become quite visible in our community over the past few years, and help is available to people considering this desperate act.  
Experts believe over 4000 lives are lost to suicide in Canada each year, with over 200 attempted suicides per day in Ontario alone.  As a community, Norfolk County is above the provincial average for incidence of suicide attempts. What can we do about it?
Susan Roach M.S.W. (left in picture) and Norfolk Rotaractors Jason Schram and Lisa Crowder are certainly doing their part in our community.
When Rotarians join forces and challenge for a worthy cause, great things happen.
So if Lisa and the Rotary Club of Delhi raises $5,000, and Pete and Norfolk Sunrise raise $1,200 combined, with almost $500 from Simcoe Rotary - and submit to the Rotary Foundation of Canada, who can double that amount through matching grants by BOTH the Government of Canada and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that $7,000 of local donations multiplies to $35,000 for the Polio Plus Campaign.
Everybody wins!  Thanks to Lisa for the challenge, and for enticing Pete into the water with you.

Leanne Bond (left) updated Norfolk Sunrise this week about the outcome of our club's support to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show.  The Agricultural Awareness program at the Fair is targeted to Grade 4 students across Norfolk to learn about various aspects of agriculture, and is coordinated with the Grade 4 curriculum. Our funds provide bussing for students to attend.
Joyce Gowan (right) spoke about her role as a mentor with the Literacy for Littles program, administered by Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Brant Haldimand Norfolk. This is Joyce's third year year mentoring her "Little."  Their relationship started when her Little was in Kindergarten.  His face lights up whenever Joyce comes to see him. Norfolk Sunrise initiated this program, and provide funds and several mentors.  The 3-year grant provided by the  Ontario Trillium Foundation to get the pilot program off the ground will end in 2016, and BBBS intends to continue the program and expand it when the pilot is ended. 

At the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet this week Fabio was on stage to tell a story - presumably a story about Yvonne.  Can't wait for our next Norfolk Sunrise meeting when he will hopefully translate it into English so we can all laugh again. It's probably a story about a really tall Italian lady.

Rotarian Bill Clevette displays a gift presented by the Rotary Club of Welshpool, a twin of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, during a Friendship Exchange in Wales and Normandy in September.
The gift features a ceramic poppy, one of the 888,246 poppies in the historic photo floating in the river in front of the Tower of London. The poppies represent each English and Commonwealth soldier that died for King and Country during the First World War.
The treasured gift will be displayed in the Norfolk County Library.
Photo courtesy of Simcoe Reformer.

District Governor Kevin Crosby addressed the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise this week with a clear message.  “Rotary is what Rotary does” is a call to action for clubs large and small throughout District 7090. 
Kevin hails from Buffalo, New York, central in the horseshoe shaped international District that runs from Delhi at the western frontier, around Lake Erie to Jamestown New York, and as far east as Rochester.
Kevin’s call to action fits well with the 2015-16 Rotary International Theme “Be a Gift to the World.” He noted several ways that the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise lives out this theme through acting in our community and elsewhere.
Jim Oliver presented Kevin, in the photo, with a Ride for Rotary shirt and a cheque for $1,315, the proceeds from this year’s Ride.  This amount is part of Norfolk Sunrise’s commitment to the End Polio Now Campaign. When multiplied by matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Canada, Norfolk Sunrise’s contribution grows to $6575 which will vaccinate 10,958 children against the polio virus.  
President Jeff Mereweather presented Kevin with a cheque to fulfill Norfolk Sunrise’s annual commitment to The Rotary Foundation - $100 USD per club member each year.  
District Governor Kevin noted Norfolk Sunrise’s extensive work with youth and youth exchange and several other programs in the local and international community.     

On Saturday August 22nd, 2015 on a beautiful sunny day 19 motorcycle riders headed out from Simcoe on a ride to the Niagara area on the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise's annual Ride for Rotary to raise money towards Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. Through matching grants by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we raised enough funds to vaccinate 11,000 children.

We had a great day of fun & fellowship riding through some beautiful countryside and stopped for lunch, a raffle and door prize presentations at Cave Spring Winery's Jordan House, before heading back to Norfolk County later in the day.
Thanks to Dave Nicolle and Jim Oliver - Ride Organizers!

Our guest and speaker this week is District Governor Kevin Crosby!
Please come in good time to meet and greet, and get one of the good seats.
Following the meeting, Kevin will be meeting with the RCNS Board to find out what makes our club tick.

The weather held off perfectly last Monday for the Derby, a community service our club provides as part of the Lynn River Music and Arts Festival.  Keith Flexman's organizing team had done their planning and organizing well, and lots of RCNS members and other volunteers showed up to help out.  The corporate challenge, a first for this year and organized by Wayne Wormald, added some levity. 
There were several photo finishes, and Gail Bouw's camera provided the proof as Barb Tanner-Billings risked her life as flag person. 
All contestants were winners, but some took home more booty than others. Some photos below tell part of the story.

A wonderful evening at the Burning Kiln Winery as we inducted Jim & Linda Simpson and re-inducted Wayne Wormald as members; and inducted new officers for the year ahead beginning July 1st. 
More photos should appear in the photo album.

How many Rotarians and friends does it take to erect 3 sign posts?  Only five, apparently, if you have a tractor with auger to dig the holes.  The Community Garden will soon have a new sign, and a new name in memory of its founder John Race. The posts are ready now, and the sign will go up in few days. Stay tuned.

Community Services Committee Chair Nancy Sherwin accepts plaque from The Children's Aide Society of Haldimand Norfolk recognizing the continuing support from Norfolk Sunrise

Angi Shaer is clearly proud of her homeland Argentina, and she gave us some hints why.  Part of it seems to be weather related. "I was freaking out in October" at 1 degree Celsius. And school is out at 12:45 AM daily - what's not to like about that!  
Angi was very thankful and complementary about her host families: the Petrie's, Guilmette's and Schneiders - new lifelong parents, brothers and sisters now.
The Algonquin adventure in February made a real impression, though, and stretched Angi to do things she would never have expected possible, and to become someone she would never have anticipated. The Youth Exchange program has that effect on most. Life changing experiences, shaping amazing young people to become even more amazing young people with Rotary ideals and Rotary goals.  
Have a wonderful time on the bus trip across the USA, Angi.  We'll look forward to hearing about it!  Thanks for coming into our lives at Norfolk Sunrise.

In the picture Nancy Sherwin is presenting a cheque from Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise for $2000 to Dan Rielly, President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79 in Simcoe.  This will assist the Legion to purchase new tables for the upstairs Memorial Hall which is currently being refurbished.

Possibly our last opportunity for a group picture with the original Sunrise logo.  Time to move on.

1) Motion from Community Concerns Committee (to be presented at June 16 meeting):
That RCNS provide $2000 to Simcoe Legion to go toward purchase of new tables for the upstairs hall.
Background : The Legion is refurbishing the upstairs hall to provide an improved venue for community events.  Total cost of new tables is estimated at between $3500 and $6000.
2) Update on Sunrise Trail project : The widening has been completed between 13th and 14th Concessions.  As part of the trail improvement a link will be made with the Lions Ball Park at Davis Drive to facilitate access from the trail to the Park facilities.  This will complete the $10000 expenditure from the Sunrise Trail Restricted Account. 

From the  Brazil convention. Reiterated by Sec Gen John Hewko, originally spoken by our founder Paul Harris. Permission to do danged near anything with our clubs.

Thanks to Rotary members’ vision in 1985 of a polio-free world, we’ve made incredible progress and are closer than ever to ending polio. Get involved: http://www.endpolio.org/ — with Bill Gates.  Click on https://www.facebook.com/rotary/videos/10153969110089552/ for an important message from Bill Gates to mark the 30th anniversary of Rotary's Polio Plus Program


President's Message

Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians are vibrant dedicated men and women in active community service in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada and around the world.
Club Information

Welcome to Norfolk Sunrise!

Norfolk Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Best Western Little River Inn
203 Queensway West
Simcoe, ON  N3Y 2M9
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