Pictured from the left; Nate Parsons - Strathroy Rotary Club President, Sandra McCabe - CMHA Strathroy Office Manager,
Wendy Sanderson - CMHA's Senior Fund Development Associate, Mark Graham - Owner of Clock Tower Bistro and Judy McNeill - Rotarian


On Saturday May 30th,  amid all the shutdowns and social distancing, the Strathroy Rotary Club, along with several other clubs across the region,  managed to bring the East Coast to Ontario with exceptional Eastern Canadian food and entertainment.   Each club offered a chance for participants to order their meal from a restaurant in their hometown and then treated everyone to a free virtual show of Celtic music, dance and comedy.  Chef Mark and the Clock Tower Bistro treated the Strathroy crowd to a wonderful meal of Corn and Seafood Chowder or Roasted Red Pepper Soup with a main dish of Panko Crusted Halibut on a bed of rice pilaf with grilled zucchini and carrot fingers.  Dinners were priced at  $30 each with $10 of that going to our local Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, the charity of choice for this event hosted by Strathroy Rotary Club.

Meals were picked up curbside and then taken home so all could enjoy the free virtual show at 7 pm.  The entertainment didn’t disappoint with the likes of Shane Cook  and the Wood-Chippers, J.P. Cormier and Tommy Leadbeater all bringing us music, songand dance you would only come to expect from Canada’s Eastern roots. Peter Garland was the host and Ron James finished the evening off with hilarious Canadian comedy. 

The whole evening gave us reason to smile and be proud to be Canadian in a time where being isolated and unsure seems to be the norm. We trust all those who joined us in this special evening had their spirits lifted and are grateful for the country we live in. Through meals and online donations we raised $1,395  for our own local charity. The Strathroy Rotary Club thanks all who joined us in this special evening to support the CMHA Middlesex.

Story submitted by Judy McNeill