2021 Paul Harris Award

Congratulations Michael Pascoe!

Most often the recipient is a member within the club, but this year’s winner is a resident of Strathroy. 
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All Wheels Park

Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden and Strathroy Rotary Club President Fraser Macdonald officially kick off the All Wheels Park project to be located at the Fair Grounds. The Strathroy Rotary Club has committed $200,000 towards the project. Work is expected to start next summer with completion in early fall.​​​​​​
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary cultivates a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

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Rotary Trail Repairs and Upgrades 

Strathroy Rotary has teamed up with the St. Clair Conservation Authority to fund this project to redirect the run off and fix the berm erosion so bikes can safely go up and down.
Pictured here are the repairs made next to the wooden stairs.
Rotary also collaborated with the Municipality and a private donor to help finance the cost of the trail repair that was requiring branches being trimmed back and new chip dust being laid along a privately owned farm field.
Admiring another successful collaborative project!
Pictured here from the left;
Rob Lilbourne - Strathroy-Caradoc Parks & Recreation 
Greg Wilcox - St. Clair Conservation Authority 
Art Kaster - Strathroy Rotary Club.
Thanks everyone!
Rotary Trail Repairs and Upgrades Judy McNeill 2021-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

50th Anniversary RYE

On June 5th, District 6330 will be hosting a celebration of the district's 50 years of participation in Rotary Youth Exchange. The Rotary Club of Strathroy is proud to have been part of the youth exchange program for the past 30 years.
The celebration will be a reunion from across the years and the planet: an opportunity for all of the District 6330 Rotary Youth Exchange alumni. Rotarians and host families to reconnect and catch up.
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Congratulation Gustas 

 Our exchange student Gustas Dementavicius academic
year may have been cut short by
Covid-19 but he was still able to
receive his final academic award virtually!
Gustas maintained an average over 80%
in the 2019/20 academic year.
Watch Mr. Marinelli, Principal of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, vitually present to Gustas the Principal's Honour Society Award.
Assisting with the presentation is Rotarian Brian Anderson, Youth Exchange Counsellor.
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End Polio Now Triathlon Wrap-up

The End Polio Now Triathlon was held over a three day period starting October 22nd and wrapping up on October 24th, World Polio Day. The event was a surprising success, given the short two weeks where it came together, raising $1800 U.S. plus to go towards Polio eradication efforts. There was much awareness brought to the event, and polio itself, through great social media updates of how our traithloner were progressing and a trivia quiz presented to each aquafit class at Over the Deep End. Next year our president, Alisha, hopes to engage other community members and groups to participate in one of the three events and possibly kick off World Polio Day with a pancake breakfast.
Three events...running, swimming and cycling...were taken on by members of the Rotary Club as well as the community.
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SWIM - October 22-23
Over the Deep End/Teresa Fischtner.
Rotarian Judy McNeil and fellow Instructors of both aqua fit + land-based classes will swim for an hour each at a time with the goal to complete 2,400 laps in a 24 hour period. 
RUN - October 23-24
Mill Pond Massage/Owner + Registered Massage Therapist Brian Groot.
Brian will be running for 24 hours on the Rotary Memorial Trail.
His run will be primarily shirtless to create awareness for our warm clothing drive.  A warm clothing donation box will be available at the Rotary Pavilion in Alexandra Park.
BIKE - October 23-24
Rotarian Tom Enright will cycle 24km outdoor route in and around Strathroy - this will be completed multiple times. 
1.  DONATE TO END POLIO NOW!!!  Please use link:   https://raise.rotary.org/Thomas-Enright/challenge
2.  Get out on the Rotary Trail Oct. 23rd or 24th for a walk or run + cheer Brian on! 
3.  Drop off new hats/mitts in the donation box located at the Rotary Pavilion in the park! 
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Jennifer E. Jones

Jennifer E. Jones to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23
  Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, (District   6400) has been nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
  A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as   vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.
Jennifer E. Jones  Thomas Enright 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Splash Pad 

Strathroy Rotary Club Splash Pad Opens!
Children and parent’s alike were elated to discover that the Strathroy Rotary Club Splash Pad finally opened for the 2020 season on June 17th and it couldn’t have happened at a better time with the hot, steamy, summer weather coming in on us.  
It’s open daily from now until Labour Day from 8:am till 8:pm. 🤞 
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Strathroy Rotary Club Memorial Trail

The Rotary Club of Strathroy Memorial Trail is just steps away from our downtown area.  It meanders through the municipality allowing those taking advantage of it to enjoy nature at it’s best. 
The trail, on the south and north ends of Strathroy, connects with the Conservation Authority's trail system creating a city-wide public trail system.  The trail begins just east of the corner of Albert St. and Carrie St, and extends all the way through town, continuing through the Conservation Area and up to Second Street. 
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Donation - Canadian Mental Health Association

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.

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Donation - $5,000 Salvation Army Food Bank

On behalf of The Salvation Army Community & Family Services Food Bank, I want to thank the Rotary Club of Strathroy for your generous donation of $5,000.00 to assist us in responding to our clientele during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Your donation will enhance our ability to give more nutritional value to the hampers we provide by purchasing perishable items, along with donated canned and packaged goods, allow us to give needed food to families and individuals each month.

Again, The Salvation Army is extremely grateful that you are assisting us in ‘Giving Hope Today’ to the marginalized and needy in Strathroy-Caradoc and surrounding area.

Yours in Rotary,

Roland Shea

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Weekly meetings continue (virtually) during COVID-19


2013-2014 Rotary Exchange Student Mackenzie Van Hoof was this week's guest speaker.  Mackenzie shared her experience of a year in Poland where she attended the equivalent of grade 12.  The Youth Exchange experience led Mackenzie to study economic development, and international co-operation relative to international development projects.  Her post secondary education includes 2 years in Poland, and 2 years in Spain.  She is presently completing her thesis which is focused on Peace & Conflict studies.
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Service Above Self Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Strathroy is pleased to announced their "Service Above Self" Scholarship for students in grade 12. Interested students who meet the criteria and demonstrate Rotary International motto "Service Above Self" are eligible to apply for this $1,000 Scholarship.
Please download application form, complete, and email to strathroyrotaryscholarship@gmail.com
Application deadline is June 1, 2021.
Link to download - Information  
 Link to download - Application  
Service Above Self Scholarship Thomas Enright 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Strathroy Hospital's NEW Palliative Care Suite

“ Palliative Care is end of life care for a patient and their family and friends. It’s a time of mixed emotions, and a time for patient privacy and dignity. This is why we are overwhelmed with emotion at the Foundation about the opening of a dedicated Palliative Care Suite at Strathroy Hospital. We want to recognize our Hospital President & CEO Todd Stepanuik, and the VP of Clinical Services & CNO Rosemary Frketich for having the vision to move this project forward, but mostly we want to thank the Strathroy Rotary Club and the more than 200 donors, without whom this beautiful, private space would never have happened.”
Susan McLean, CEO
Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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