RECENT CLUB NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
This fall, RCNS will be holding its second ZOOM Speaker Series.  This year's theme: Climate Change - Taking Action. 
Talks will be alternate Wednesday evenings at 7pm starting October 5 with Dr. Samantha Green of the University of Toronto speaking on "The Climate Emergency - our greatest health threat".
On October 19, Speaker from the University of Waterloo Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change 
Talks on November 2 and 16 are being finalized and are expected to include:
Lawrence Solomon of Energy Probe on Sustainable Energy 
A speaker from OMAFRA on the impact of Climate Change on Local Food Production
Details on registration (by donation) will be coming soon, with a recommended minimum of $40 for the series. Net proceeds will be used to support a local environmental project.
Following five, successfully-concluded licences of our ever-popular Catch the Ace (CTA) fundraiser, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, with the support of the Port Dover Legion Branch 158, is now well-advanced into the week-by-week draws of our sixth licence. It started on Friday 03 June 2022 and will conclude once the Ace of Spade is finally drawn.
Once a licence is concluded, a summary of the results is generated. This summary information is then shared with the local print media and can also be found on this web-site - ie see our FUNdraiser Tab at the top of this website to see the results and winners of our fifth licence.
For those who follow the CTA game on a more regular basis, the best way to stay abreast of the current results is to visit our FaceBook site. You may find an image of our FB Page as a panel on this web-page or you may wish to visit our FB Page by clicking on this link. Alternatively, the results are also posted to our weekly RCNS Bulletin (the 'Sunriser'). Normally, it is released to our members and friends on a weekly basis. If you are not a subscriber and you might wish to join the mailing list, please see the 'RCNS Bulletin Subscribe' panel as given at this website.
What an evening of club member recognition!
Following the 2021-2022 activity year, it was time to recognize those in our Club who have distinguished themselves - it was a great social moment to welcome our newest members, to recognize our most recent Paul Harris recipients, to induct our new Board for 2022-2023 and to re-appoint President Louise Schebesch into a second term. Moreover, we we're able to recognize several special district leader appointments, including District 7090 Governor Lisa Bishop, from within our own Area!
If that weren't enough fun, we were able to host 10 Rotary visitors from Latvia who were enjoying their exchange visit time in Norfolk County.
Go to the 'Read more ...' tab to read more and/or to see selected photos from each of these events.  Click on this link to see all of the photos of this event as kept on Club Runner.
Thanks to Club Services Gail Bouw for organizing the evening, the Simcoe Legion for the facility, John Wallace who lead us in prayer, Debbie Moffat and her crew who catered the event and Keith Jones who guided us through all of this, as the seasoned emcee that he is.
Cathy Harrop writes in: "What a couple of days! And, we did it! In spades!  If you ever get a chance to go on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you now have an idea of how wonderful the experience can be.  Tiring, but wonderful!
Go to the "Read more ..." tab for more of Cathy's visit details and photos.
Ed Note; ... and to our ever-ready, 'can-do' Club coordinator Cathy Harrop; the Club offers you our sincerest gratitude for all you do to make these sort of events as successful as they are. BZ.
During the pandemic, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as a Club.
As a marker to that event, we planted a Copper Beech tree along our portion of the  Sunrise Trail (click here to see more photos of the planting) but this was done in respect of the Covid restrictions at the time.
Now, we are back together (meeting like a 'new normal') and as Sunrisers, we gathered for a morning Sunrise group photo to mark the event.
In a surprise announcement at this morning's Club meeting, President Louise announced that the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise had been selected as the myFM and Domino's Norfolk Community Partner for the month of June 2022.
A better description of this award in given at the letter shown at the 'Read more ...' tab.
It is a great thing to receive this kind of community recognition for the community service work we are engaged in - it's all 'Service Above Self'!
As an RCNS Regular Member, did you know that almost all of the information found on your home-based, Club Runner (CR) desk-top computer access, can be found on your cell phone?
All you need to do is download the CR App from any App Store and install it on your phone. To download the CR App from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar.
The enclosed, ~1 minute, video provides for some information and instructional assistance.
Once installed, your phone will then provide you with easy access to data from our RCNS records such as;
  • links our club and district websites;

  • regular club member personal contact information (phone numbers, addresses etc);

  • an up-to-date schedule of events and speakers; and

  • recent stories.

Those who have it on their phones use it frequently - if you don't have it yet, why not give it a try!
Rudi Atkinson writes in:  You are invited to visit the local Rotary Sunrise Trail running north off of Davis St in Simcoe.
In two plantings, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe Rotary Club, Delhi Rotary Club, and Norfolk Rotaract Club have planted over 10K daffodil bulbs and multiple Redbud Trees.
The blooms are beginning to adorn the trail with their colours. Daffodils represent hope, rebirth, and new beginnings. We await the spring-time beauty of our RedBud plantings!
More photos at the "Read more ..." tab below.
Enjoy!! We did it for you, our beautiful community.
Following a very successful venture in 2020 (right in the middle of the pandemic!), we decided it was important to try collecting hygiene products for those in need, once again. Our aim was to partner with community vendors (incl two employers) to collect feminine hygiene products for distribution to our local Norfolk County food banks (five of them), the woman’s shelter, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
After securing the support of eleven retail outlets/collection points in four of our Norfolk communities, we were able to bring the total collection together and produce 3-5 boxes of product for each recipient location. 
Between 15-20 volunteers participated in this very worthy service project with representation from each of the three local Rotary Clubs.  With Area Co-ordinator Bob Stevenson's oversight, Joanne Kiefer and Mary Mercato (both from RCNS) organized and ensured that the event would be as successful as possible. They would like to thank all those who participated and helped out in any way to bring this project to fruition. 
Menstrual health supports girls/young women’s mental and social well being. Plan International Canada reported in 2019 that 34% of women/ girls had to occasionally or often make budgetary sacrifices to afford menstrual products and that 63% missed an activity regularly or occasionally because they were menstruating and had concern for access to product or proper sanitation facilities. 
We would like to think that we made a modest difference in the face of this very difficult community issue.
Rotary's aim was as simple as it was important - to work with others in the community to help with a cleanup of our local waterways - this as a part of a greater Rotary initiative to do something useful across the entire Great Lakes area, during this years Environmental Week.
With District 7090 vision, local Rotary Club coordination (so many thanks to Bob Stevenson and Jim Dawson) and Norfolk County help and cooperation (thanks to Mark Boerkamp; friend of Rotary), we gathered on a beautiful April morning (Happy Easter!) and spread ourselves out to several locations to retrieve everything from steel barrels to baby seats to pandemic masks to concrete blocks to tires from our local waterways.
Part of the aim was to bring community members together - here we brought together the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Simcoe, the Rotary Club of Delhi, Lions Club Simcoe, Lions Club Port Dover, the Haldimand-Norfolk Geo-Cachers, Norfolk Youth Unlimited and several other civic-minded individuals - quite a gathering of over 90 participants.
Part of the aim was to clean-up our local waterways - here we worked at locations at Alligator Park Simcoe, Wellington Park Simcoe, Quance Dam Delhi, Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point.
A small selection of group pictures from the day may be found by going to the 'Read more ...' tab shown below. A much wider selection of photos may be found by clicking here to go to the Photo Directory.
It was a great day (of action!) - our gratitude goes out to all who participated.
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