Rotary Club of Port Perry
 
What's Happening
 
 
The 36th Annual Senior's Christmas Dinner was held at the Scugog Community
Centre in Port Perry on November 16th. There were 220 meals
served to guests and volunteers consisting of turkey with all the trimmings.

Pre-dinner entertainment was provided by the Port Perry High School Jazz Injection ensemble and after dinner music was provided by the Markham/Unionville Rotary Choir.

A number of volunteers assisted to make this a very special and festive
evening. There were volunteers from The Scouts, Coldwell Banker, Scotia
Bank, Canada Trust, Royal Bank, All Fit All Ages, Perceptor Gamma Xi, and
others too numerous to mention.

What a great way to start off the holiday season!

 
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Port Perry Past President's Dinner honouring Past President Robert Keeler and our former Past Presidents was held at Sunnybrae Golf Club on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Patricia Bayley, Jim Jenkins and Dave Cash were presented with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the community and rotary Club.
 
Past President Bob Brownson presents Pat Bayley with her Paul Harris Fellowship Award
 
 
President Jim Brady presents President Elect Jim Jenkins with his Paul Harris Fellowship Award
 
President Jim Brady presents Rotarian Dave Cash with his Paul Harris Fellowship Award
 
 
 
 

 
 
International Youth Exchange Student
Sophie Raae our youth exchange student from Denmark, arrived at the end of August and is quickly settling in to life in Port Perry. She is attending classes at Port Perry High School and is living with her first host family Dr. Merrilee Brown, Steve Gray, Alastair and Sophie Gray.
 
A Field of Dreams
A number of the Rotary Club members attended an evening at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology on Thursday, September 15th to recognize donors who support the university and hear about future expansion plans.  The event took place at Windfield Farms where the famous race horse Northern Dancer, is laid to rest. The Rotary Club has been supporting students from the Township of Scugog for a number of years, through bursaries that are matched dollar for dollar by the university.
 
Fall Golf Classic
Another successful Fall Classic was held on Tuesday, September 13th at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club.  There were 104 golfers who participated in the tournament to raise funds for community projects including the Seniors Christmas Dinner.  
Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors and golfers
 
 
 
 
 
A cheque for $25,000.00 was donated to The Port Perry Hospital Foundation from the proceeds of the Port Perry Rotary Waterfront Ribfest.
Jim Brady (President of the Rotary Club of Port Perry),  gives a cheque for $8,342.50 to Barb Brady (President Auxiliary to Lakeridge Helath Port Perry).
 

 
We were fortunate to have Dan Clancy, the legendary lead singer of Lighthouse, perform for us at our 1st ever Rotary Waterfront Ribfest. He rocked the stage and performed a great show for all the attendees. We were so fortunate to have him, and his band, play at our event. He wrote a heart-warming letter that needed to be shared. He truly "gets" Rotary and why we put on a Ribfest. And for that, we are very grateful.
 
Thank you so much for the honor of performing at last nights Rotary Ribfest in Port Perry...
I hope that the remainder of this weekend is well attended and the that the patrons are supportive and kind to Rotary and its many volunteers...
Thank you for improving the quality of life and making improvements in Port Perry and the surrounding communities through your tireless service for others...
 
Sincerely grateful...
Best wishes,
Dan Clancy
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Collective Music Group
Tel: 905.429.7087
 

 
 
 
 
Pancake and Family Fun Day a Huge Success!
 
For more photos - click the PANCAKE DAY tab at the top of this page.
 
 

 

Welcome to DKSHA

 
Dear Rotarians, Friends and Family of Narendran Sethi,
 
Greetings of love and Prayer filled regards to you all from Isaac Arulappan, the Founder of Cornerstone Orphanage functioning in Village Mullippadi in Tiruchirappalli District in Tamil Nadu State of South India.
 
I take this opportunity to thank you all on my own behalf and send you all the love and sincerest thanks of all 84 children from age 5 to 18 (boys and girls) and alll staff  living in CORNERSTONE ORPHANAGE at Village Mullippadi.  Your generous help sent through our Dear Narendra Sethi has just supported us to install 5 Solar Street Lights in our Orphanage Campus. This was our dream project since the past 7 long years and today this project is realized successfully with your loving financial help.
 
All in Cornerstone Family at DKSHA are filled with joy and happiness to receive Narendra and his Wife who are happily visiting us from 9th noon to till now. They are meeting the orphanage children, took part in our inaugural function of the Kitchen and Wash Project just completed a few days ago.
 
The Technician and his assistants are now getting ready the solar Lights that DKSHA Cornerstone managed to get ready using your financial help you all sent with love for the needy children and staff here in Cornerstone Orphanage.  
 
Narendra Sethi will come back to you with sweet memories and good stories + feed backs from Cornerstone Orphanage.
 
Once again Thanking you all with loving gratitude and prayerful regards, I remain.
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
ISAAC ARULAPPAN
Founder -  of DKSHA &
CORNERSTONE ORPHANAGE
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Rotary Club members

 

Attached are a few photos for you.  After 5 1/2 years of fundraising, I'm overwhelmed of the reality here.  "WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SKATEBOARD PARK"!!  The kids are loving every minute of it - even in the dark.  Mother Nature has been so good to us this year!  They love it!!  This would not have happened without your generous donation.

 

We had a minor unveiling on Friday, Dec. 4th for the locals, but please do not feel left out.  We are planning on a Grand Opening on Sat., May 14th, 2016.  We will keep you posted of details.

 

Also, we entered a float in the Port Perry Santa Claus parade this past Sat., thanking the community for their support.  

 

Will keep in touch regarding our grand opening.

 

Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year to you and your families!

 

Susie

 

 

 
 
 

 
Port Perry Outgoing Rotary President Bob Brownson (left) presents Dave Cash with the "Rotarian of the Year " award at the Past Presidents' Dinner.
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Rotarians Jill Wantola, Arch Evans and Bob Strickert who were presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship award for their contributions to Rotary
 
 
Past Presidents: (front to back from left)  Roy Goodwin 1990 - 1991  Elgin Knopp 2002 - 2003  Miles O'Riordan 1998 - 1999
Bob Brownson 2015 - 2016  Richard Gauder 2011 - 2012  Bob Buurman 2004 - 2005
Kathryn Chenier 2006 - 2007  Karl Herder 1991 - 1992  2008 - 2009  Mike Fowler 1984 - 1985  2012 - 2013
Dennis Bayley 2000 - 2001  Ted Blanchard 1988 - 1989  Terry Coyne 2010 - 2011
Robert Keeler 1989 - 1990  2015 - 2016
 
 

 
 
 
To the Host Club and Families:
My name is Sol Ajis.  I am fifteen years old and would like to introduce myself to my future host club and family.
 
I was born in Rio Gallegos, Argentina which is a small town in southern Patagonia.  I live here with my mom Alejandra, my dad Fernando, my sister Azul, my dog Mati and my tutle Antonia.
 
 
 
 

Message from Port Perry  Club President Robert Keeler for July 2015-2016 Rotary year.

 

I hope all of you and your families enjoyed Wednesday July 1st Canada Day this year, we all certainly are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful and free culture. Doris and I had a lovely trip to Kingston, Quebec City and Montreal 

 
 
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,

We’re delighted to report that [today] Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus.

This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way since the bleak years when the virus reached its peak. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa- three quarters of all cases in the world.

 

 
 
In his presentation on Wednesday July 15 Kevin Wodzak gave an insight into the techniques used to hunt wild turkeys.  Rule number one:  go where the turkeys are.  Rule number two: arrive before daybreak and don’t move.  Turkeys have very good hearing and sight.  They can see in colour, so full camouflage should be worn, including face paint.  Don't go shopping dressed like this.  This increases the danger of being shot by other hunters. 
 
Only bearded (male) turkeys may be shot from April 25 to May 25.  A shot gun is used and so the range is limited to about 35 yards.   Chokes can adjust the shot pattern and range.
 
Many “gadgets “ were recommended including calls, decoys,  IR motion camera, GPS, and head flash light.
 
Expected cost per pound :$1,000
 
 

 
Thanks to the members who donated their time to stand out in front of three supermarkets throughout Port Perry on Saturday, June 13th! We hope that other Rotary members, friends, family, and community members will come out to support this cause and help to fill up our food bags. This will help towards our goal of 3,500 lbs of food donated for Operation Scugog Food Drive. We hope to see you all there!!
 

 
Dave Cash, chairperson for the Food Drive Committee, would like to thank the following:
 
Vos' Independent for being our sponsor with the bags
Port Perry Print for printing the leaflets
To the Rotary members on the committee: Jim Brady, Arch Evans, Terry Coyne, and Ludger Kenny
 

 
Upcoming Budget Presentation: the Board of Director's will be presenting the 2015-16 budget for general membership approval on July 8.  All members please plan to attend!  
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Port Perry is pleased to announce they are donating $10,000 towards the project of builing a Skate Park in Caesarea. A bit of background about the project:
 
Caesarea is a small community located in the Township of Scugog.  It’s a sleepy town in the winter and thrives in the summer with cottagers and many children. The Caesarea Skate Park Committee (CSP) started 5 years ago when one woman, Susie Bollon, followed her dream to build a skate park for the kids of Caesarea, and surrounding towns.  After watching her son, Billy, and his friends skateboarding; bmx biking & skootering in the streets with cars passing by, she knew something had to be done to keep our children safe.  CSP is a not-for-profit organization and has been raising money through bottle drives, flea markets, tween Halloween dances and more recently adult dances. 
 

 
There is arguably nothing more rewarding than sweat equity in helping out a great cause! As has been our yearly sweat equity project for the past few years in conjunction with Camp Scugog, Rotarians rolled up their sleeves and built a new outhouse for the Camp. Looks great everyone!!
 
 
 
 

 
BIG NEWS!! We will be no longer meeting at Crabby Joe's for our weekly meetings. Instead, we will be having our meetings at Sunnybrae Golf Club!!!! Sunnybrae is located at 1430 King Street in Port Perry. Our first offical meeting at this location will be on July 8th. Same start time of 6:30pm.
 

 
Come out for good ol' fashion fun at Windreach Farm! Please invite guests, spouses to attend a wonderful evening including a tour of the farm, some amazing music, great food, and of course awesome company! Please RSVP with Richard Gauder
 

 

President’s Message

 

June 2015

For these past twelve months, I have had the pleasure of serving the members of The Rotary Club of Port Perry and the community of Port Perry in many ways, and, have enjoyed every minute of the journey.  I would like to thank all the members for their help in seeing that our fund raising and projects were successfully completed.  Beginning next month, Robert Keeler will take over the presidency of the club and I am sure he will bring new and exciting ideas to the job.

During June we will be meeting at Crabby Joe’s, ending a three year stay.  July 1st is Canada Day so there will be no meeting. During June, there will be one Wednesday, June 17th, when we will have a fun evening with our spouses and potential new members at Windreach Farms.  The festivities will start at 6:00 pm going to 8:00 pm, during which time, we will eat, enjoy live music and tour the facility at Windreach.

At our club forum on June 3rd the membership of the club approved the donation of $10,000.00 to Caesarea Skate Park For Kids.  Karl Herder will have the pleasure of presenting the cheque to Susie Bollon to be used for the construction of the Park.

Beginning July 8, our club will begin meeting at Sunnybrae Golf Club under the direction of Robert Keeler.

~President Bob Brownson

 

 
The following is an update from Kylie Santella from Germany:
 

This past month has been crazy full as will my next month be, I guess this happens at the end of the year. 

 

I have spent a lot a lot a lot of time with my friends here. There have also been way too many school free days in the last month, frankly I don't even know why we even go to school in May. So I spent the first weekend of May celebrating the day the church in my village was made holy. It was a crazy weekend of fun. I learnt a lot about the culture of the little villages all around Germany. There was a lot of dancing. The next weekend I went to yet another festival in a different village because they were celebrating the day that the duke (I think it was a duke) decided that the peasants of the village owned the forest. The whole thing was in a forest. The day before that I was in a neighbouring city visiting a girl who plans to go to canada next year who needed help. But first she showed me around the city (even though I've been there like 40 times already) it was cool to see how the people who actually live there feel about it though. And we had a barbecue which is really typical for my area of Germany. I then went to the capital of my state for a small exchange student get together. Yet another few days of fun. And I went to a confirmation the next day (that weeken was really full). What is really cool about the culture in Germany is that at 14 either you get confirmed with the church or you have a "jugendfeier" which is celebrating the coming of age of an atheist and it's actually almost the same thing outside of the fact that there's no 2 hour church ceremony, I was at one of those two weeks later, also cool. I also spent a few days in a town called smalkalden with my rotary club. There we saw the state garden show for the year (my rotary club is really into it because my town is hosting it in 2017) Other personal fun activity highlights of this last month are, kayaking with my family, driving 347 km/h on the autobahn, and learning how to make proper thuringer klöse.

 

My host family situation could not be described as anything other than excellent. They are actually the perfect family living in the perfect area. I was supposed to switch another time but my yeo is now letting me stay until the end here. Which is really excellent because of how great this family is. I have two brothers, but one of them is thirty so he's more like the cool uncle who once in a while gives me money for food. And the other brother is 16 and in my class at school so it's really easy to get along with. He even introduce me to all of his friends in our little village who are now my friends  and he ha no problems with that. The mum is also really sweet, she's constantly cracking jokes and making me laugh, the dad as we'll. he's a really big Rolling Stones fan and likes to talk a lot about them but it's really nice. 

 

In school it's been really boring. I still don't really have a proper class but I've made friends in every class that I have so it's really not a problem that I'm switching grade levels all the time. The real problem is that it's just boring. The teachers don't particularly care what I do and don't usually bother to let me work with the class (not printing enough papers etc.) bug most of the teachers are really nice. I still hae a private German lesson every week and my teacher is super sweet. Because I really don't have much to learn any more we spend most of our time just talking in German. Today for example we just walked around my city and talked about its history. There really isn't much for me to do in school which kinda sucks but I don't mind cause at least I see most of my friends there. 

 

I've recently been having problems with my bank in Canada. But I think that is now almost completely sorted out. Tomorrow I get the bank card from my counsellor and the rest shouldn't be a problem. Other than that I'm really problem free. 

 

I've decided I'm really going to use every last minute I have here because I'm really going to miss it but that slowly getting really stressful but at this point I wouldn't have it any other way :) 

 

Liebe Gruße,

Kylie Santella

 

 
Kelty Mckay, from Willowtree Farm, came out for a special spousal event at Sunnybrae Golf Club, and delivered a motivational talk on Gardening Techniques. A bonus that everyone came away with a planter of mixed greens. Hope everyone enjoys a great and fresh salad this summer!
 
 

 
Our one and only ... Larry Wright! Our own club member, Larry Wright, has done such a fantastic job with organizing our Exchange program at the Club level that he was sought out to head the Exchange Program for all of District 7070. Here he comes to give an informative talk on the topic.
 
 

 
A nice picture of former Exchange Student Tobias ...always an adventurer!!
 
 

 
Another great event organized by Rotarian Arch Evans! And the Blue Jays won this time!
 
Rotarians Frank Baxter, Ludger Kenny, Arch Evans, and President Bob Brownson getting ready to board the bus!
 
Rotarians and their spouses enjoying the game and festivities
 
Rotarian Dave Cash and his lovely date
 
Organizer extraordinaire, Arch Evans!
 
Fully packed bus!
 
Dr. Bob Allin and his adorable sidekick
 
 

 
Rotarian Mike Fowler organized another Spring Clean Up at the Port Perry Waterfront in association with Earth Day. Great job everyone! This day makes the waterfront all the more enjoyable for community members and the many people that visit Port Perry in the summertime!
 
Rotarians Jim Lawrence, Jim Brady, and Kevin Wodzak completing the "dirty work"
 
 
This day wouldn't be complete without a toast to their hard work accomplished
 

 
We received a request for support for an International project spearheaded by Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club. Please see below for detailed information on this very important and worthy project. The Directors of our Club met and approved $1,000 donation towards this project. Good work Club!
 
 

 
 

Rotary Gala, April 11, 2015 – Report

Well it looks like another successful fundraising gala for the club. Albeit that ticket sales were lower than last year, those that were there wanted to spend!

Our monetary donations increased by $2,000 largely due to Karl Herder’s efforts in securing more program sponsorships.

The 4 raffles were up by $1,250.00 from last year, netting $8,220. The triple raffle, Vacation, Vintages and Visa was very popular selling $3,380 in tickets. Our collection of Rotarians wines was beautifully displayed and was a big draw. Giving away all 3 of these prizes was very successful. Three lucky winners.

Our last minute donation of Spirits, Liqueurs and Fortified Wines from Robert Keeler’s friend also was very popular.

Special thanks to Dana Smith of Dana’s Goldsmithing for her custom designed pendant. This draw sold $1,760 in tickets.

Emily’s baskets were beautiful as usual with over $2,100 in ticket sales. Thanks to Rotarians and spouses for their donation of these items.

The Silent Auction was down by $1,200 but the Live Auction was $19,000, an increase of nearly $2,800. Jim Jenkins and Emily McDonald’s boat cruise set a record this year with a bid of $3,600. And Bob & Wendy Strickert generously donated a second dinner, netting $2,800 with the proviso of – This is the last year!! For certain this time.

Our experience Live Auction items – Toronto Sports Package, the Ottawa Bound trip, the cottage stay and Brad Martyn flight were very popular. Next year, we will work on adding more “experience” based items. Many people were bidding.

There are a lot of people to thank as follows: Gary & Marsha Hill who donate their time, ticket sellers Amber Herder and our exchange students – Lara Cadosch, Lauren O’Brien and Cal Graham, Debbie McGarry for doing the program, Richie Tripp at Hometown Printing for his service and expertise – the posters really show off our raffle and auction items, Mike Fowler - ticket seller co-ordinator and Occo Van Tijn for handling the money on the night of the event.

Very special thanks to Karl Herder in securing program sponsors, to Dave Cash who did an amazing job as MC and to Michael Stewart for co-ordinating ticket sales.

And to everyone on the committee, Marg Baxter, Vicki Wodzak, Kevin Wodzak, Emily McDonald, Pat Brownson, Barb Gaudet and Fran Herder.

And of course thanks to every Rotarian who brought in wine, lottery tickets, secured donations, sold tickets and helped with the setup at the Royal Ashburn. It is a real group effort.

Oh – how much money did we make? Last year we were just over $41,000. This year? $47,000!!!  

~ Chairperson Joanne Fowler

 

 
 
Dearest Richard, Sister Sandy and all in CMS + Port Perry Rotary Club,

Greetings of love and sincere prayerful kind regards from Isaac,
Isabella, Esli, Elbina and all children + staff in Mullippadi Village,
India.

Hope these few lines will find you in best of health and cheer. I am
doing fine getting ready for my trip to USA which seems now to be a
very challenging one for me.

Many things are going good but a few things just bother me...Natural
calamity occurred a few days ago..Too much rain damaged the entire
road infront of the boys home...broke away the little road i
constructed with the help of Rotary and a friend in Germany..We were
so happy for the good rain but so sad for the damage...

Likewise the few more project that needs our immediate
attention...kitchen and dining hall, security camera...and security
wall all around the campus...etc

Getting good and stable staff for the orphanage is our immediate need.

Esther Nancy has successfully completed her Final exams, submission of
projects and Reports etc  She is sending her sincerest thanks to you,
to the friends who lovingly supported her needs that enabled her
complete the course without any difficulties.

Did the letter She sent to the group reach on time?

We are going to have the Annual Day of the Cornerstone orphanage on
the 19th and also the opening of the Water Storage Tank built for the
orphanage with the help of Rotary eClub One on 19th..Preparations are
on.

I have written to Narendra requesting him to take steps to work on the
Kitchen and Dining Hall Project for the Orphanage.

More in the next mail.

Yours affectionately,

Isaac Arulappan.

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Children with no parental care must enjoy our love, care and support help.
All their rights need to be met.
Isaac Arulappan
DKSHA
CornerStone Orphanage,
Mullipadi, Manapparai
India,
 

 
You most likely have all heard by now, however, it is very exciting and BIG news!! Our Rotary Club of Port Perry has donated $50,000!! to the intended hospital renovations. We are very happy to be able to help out such a integral part of our community. We all have been touched in some way by the "helping hands" at the hospital. And this contribution will go to ensuring the Hospital remains a safe haven for our community members for many years to come.
 
Our Accountant and Director, Rotarian Ken Graham preparing the check
 
Dr. John Stewart speaking to the Club about the Renovations
 
Rotarians with the Rotary Club of Port Perry delivering the check to Dr. John Stewart.
Left to Right: President Elect Rob Keeler, Jim Lawrence, Dr. John Stewart, and President Bob Brownson
 
 

 
 
Every year the Gala committee work tirelessly to not only make it another successful year, but try to exceed the year before in terms of fun and excitement, as well making more money! Well, they did it yet again folks! Here are some pictures of this awesome event!! There are many photos (too many to document here) in the Photo Album on our website in a folder titled Gala 2015 ... please check them all out! Here are some of the wonderful memories from that night.
 
THE SET UP.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gala Committee Chair Joanne Fowler working hard!!
 
President Bob Brownson expressing his gratitude to the team from Coldwell Banker for generously donating $5,000 (again!) to the Rotary Club of Port Perry 
 
Past President Bob Strickert giving Dr. John Stewart his Paul Harris Fellow Award.
 

 
 
To celebrate Earth Day (April 22) the club along with my staff will be cleaning up Rotary Park and the Boat Launch area at the lake this Friday, April 24. 
 
Please meet at the Boat Launch at 2:00 pm. We can use all the help we can get! The day will be cool but clear. 
 
Please email me and confirm if you are able to attend.
 
All help appreciated.
 
Mike Fowler
 

 
Rotary District 7070 is joining forces to once again, set out to raise some serious funds for a serious cause. All are urged to come out and join the cause. Click on the image below to be directed to their website for more information.
 
 

 
Please take note that we will be at Sunnybrae Golf Club (NOT Crabby Joe's) for the following meeting dates:
 
May 13th -- Spousal Night at Sunnybrae!! Yeah!! Fun!! Get 'yer golf clubs out of storage, dust off those cobwebs, and join us for a (weather dependent) round of golf! Or if you aren't up for golf, just join us for dinner! Either way, we want you there!!! And your spouse too!!
 
May 27  -- Regular meeting held at Sunnybrae. 
 

 
Rotarian Glenn Van Camp was honoured for his (AMAZING) 30 years of service to the Rotary Club of Port Perry!! He was given a certificate at last night's meeting for his efforts. Thanks so much Glenn for all the time and effort you have put into making this such a special Club!!
 
 

 
 
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