Recently, our exchange student from Spain, along with other in-bound Rotary Exchange Students, discovered Algonquin Park in the winter; the essential Canadian winter experience!
Go to the 'Read more ...' tab to read Maca's accounting of her trip and to see several photos taken of the group's experience.
As Maca has said; "Thank you so much again for giving me this experience. I will never forget about this. I really appreciate it. The people I met were amazing and this trip will be stuck in my heart forever."
One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for an individual to make a substantial personal financial contribution(s) to the Rotary Foundation.
As a result, in 2024 the Rotary Foundation has once again recognized Wolf Lindemann with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his ongoing donations to the Foundation. The recognition pin was presented by D7090 Past-Governor Lisa Bishop at our routine morning meeting on 06 February.
A donation to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians such as Wolf, is the lifeblood of our corporate body, supporting projects around the world such as polio eradication, clean water, youth development and providing grant money back to Clubs for their local projects. We are so proud of our selfless and generous RCNS leaders such as Wolf.
The Dragons are coming back in June ... and we in the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise are now seeking help from the community to make the 2024 event even more successful than was the case in 2023. 
Last year, we raised $26,000, we supported the Cancer Support & Resource Program with a $6,500 donation and we made additional donations to 11 other local community charities. We hosted 23 teams (500 participants, including local community teams competitive teams from across Ontario) and we entertained 2,000 enthusiastic spectators many who shopped local while in Waterford for the day.
Given this exposure, we are seeking sponsors to help us. Your corporate sponsorship of $5,000 will ensure another successful fundraising event that benefits so many in Norfolk County. In addition, your business and your contribution will be advertised on the Invasion of the Dragons website and our Facebook page, on signage throughout the park at the event and by MC/DJ announcements throughout the event day.
Note the event poster at the 'Read more ...' tab below.
Are you interested in helping us? For further information just click here and send us your interest/query.  We will respond to every expression of interest.
On Tuesday morning, 06 February 2024, and on our collective behalves, Gail Bouw welcomed Jean Montgomery (employed with Indwell Residences as well as the Salvation Army) as our Guest Speaker. At our hybrid session, she spoke to us about mental health issues in general with some connections to Norfolk County. More specifically, she talked about; mental health vs mental illness, the impact of stress on our mental well-being, the prevalence and trends associated with mental well-being and the need for resources and support. Along the way, she showed a video clip that introduced us to the Home Share / Home Seeker program.
Following a burst of related questions, our own Scott Williams (with his own professional interest in the topic) offered RCNS appreciation for a most relevant presentation - well done, Jean.
The centre of our local, Haldimand & Norfolk County response to mental wellness issues is at Community and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - more about CAMHS does may be found by clicking here.
Recently, the RCNS offered our support to the Simcoe & District Humane Society with a view towards helping some of the rescues and local families this winter.  With the support we were able to provide, 90 animals will be spayed/neutered.
The photo shows Community Service Chair Scott Williams helping to load up some of the cats that are to be fixed, as well as presenting the RCNS cheque to Simcoe & District Humane Society President Cathie Hosken
Over the years, the RCNS have been active supporters of Abel Enterprises; we've met at their place, supported their fundraisers and contributed to their support needs. Most recently, the Community Service Cttee, provided funding for a new large-format monitor, so that Abel could continue with their bingo fundraising initiative. Seen here is Scott Williams, our Community Service Chair, accepting the TV on behalf of Abel.
More information about this donation may be seen at the 'Read more ...' tab below. Additional information about Abel Enterprises. is at this link.
Final report as provided by our RCNS Kettle Drive Coordinator; Joanne Kiefer;
I am happy to report that the Salvation Army met their Kettle Drive Goal (so well coordinated by Doug Montgomery!) of $310,000 with 90% of their possible shifts being filled. Congratulations fellow Rotarians because you helped to make that happen and what better time of year and cause to give your time to. The Kettle Drive would not be successful without clubs like ours stepping forward and assisting in this very worthy endeavour. To put some numbers to our Sunrise efforts, see below. Please note the numbers may vary slightly if I wasn’t aware of all cancelled shifts or shifts done at other locations.
  • 62 volunteer hours at the Simcoe LCBO;
  • 44 volunteer hours at the Port Dover LCBO; and
  • 40 different RCNS individuals participated and 10 were friends of Rotary.
I would like to make special mention of Scott & Heather Furtney of Port Dover who took 5 shifts, Jim Simpson who took 4 shifts and Gail Catherwood who took 4 shifts.  I have no hesitation in saying, RCNS you sleighed it!  Looking forward to working with all of you again next year, there’s snow one quite like you RCNS!
Following seven, 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,  plans to restart the contest on 02 February 2024; this to be our eighth licence - it 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  from our seventh completed 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.
On Tuesday morning, 28 November, we were privileged to welcome three new members to our club. 
Coordinated by our Membership Committee as led by Gail Catherwood and welcomed on our behalves by Assistant Governor Coordinator Ross Gowan, we welcomed Kristine Carey, Lynne Pereira and Andrew Watt. How lucky we are to have these brand-new members as a part of our growing Club
Go to the 'Read more ...' section to see individual photos of our newest members along with their sponsors. Read as well, the very appropriate induction comments as given by Ross to mark this special occasion.
'How are you?...REALLY'!?
In a recent webinar to the Rotary community, RI President Gordon McInally, expressed his lead perspective on the need to address mental health issues in our communities. As a result, it is not a surprise that our current-year, Rotary theme of "Create Hope in the World" has a clear focus on mental health issues. The webinar sought to provide early information on the proposed Rotary approach to this objective and may be accessed by clicking here.
An early initiative to advance this priority was to create a focal point at the RI level to co-ordinate information and/or action - the 'Mental Health Initiatives; Rotary Action Group'  was born. The work of this group can be found by clicking on this link - it is a trove of great ideas.
At our own District 7090 level, District Governor Scott Marcin has communicated his views on this topic; a summary of which may be found at this link.
Clearly, there is a lot of work to accomplish but if you're looking for a very simple thing to do, the next time you meet someone in need, try opening the conversation with; 'How are you? ... REALLY'.
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