Rotary Club of Port Perry
What's Happening
The Rotary Club of Port Perry honours and awards Chief Kelly La Rocca and Councilor Laura Colwell with the Paul Harris Award for distinguished community service and support. Rotary President Christy Stone-Curry presented the award at the Rotary Gazebo in Palmer Park on July 3rd. Present to recognize the effort of the MSIFN community are Rotarians: Michael Stewart, Jim Brady, Daren Jones and Terry Coyne.


The Rotary Club of Port Perry, in our endless pursuit of community care and do gooding, make

the following unfortunate and necessary announcements:

Due to the Covid 19 Virus, we are canceling our Rotary Spring Gala and the Port Perry Rotary

Waterfront Ribfest for 2020.

The Gala, held annually for the past 11 years, has raised over $400,000. We have every

expectation to resume our Spring Gala in 2021.

This year’s Port Perry Waterfront Ribfest was scheduled for the last weekend of July (24th,25th

and 26th). The current government projections are that self distance restrictions will likely still be

in place until August or September. Out of an abundance of care for our community and

partners, we have elected to cancel this event now and begin our preparation for 2021. We will

certainly miss the opportunity to celebrate with our town in our mid-summer festival. Since

inception, the Ribfest has raised over $200,000.

We realize the health and economic impact of the Covid 19 crisis is extreme. To help where we

can, we have donated $10,000 to Operation Scugog, our local food bank. We hope this will help

provide assistance during this crisis to those in need, and impacted by this disaster. We have

also donated $2000 to Community Care Durham (Scugog) to help with a new food packaging

and distribution program.

As we make these difficult decisions to cancel our fundraising efforts and pledge what we can to

assist our neighbours, we would certainly like to do more. If you find you have the ability to help

financially, please do. You might donate to either of the two noble institutions: Operation Scugog

or Community Care Durham (Scugog). You can also send funds to our Rotary Club and we will

find a way to help our community further. Donations made to the Rotary Club will receive a

charitable receipt. Please include your name, address, and phone number on all donations.


Operation Scugog

P.O. Box 353. Port Perry, ON, L9L1A4.

Community Care Durham (Scugog)

16100 Old Simcoe Road,

Port Perry,ON, L9L 1P3


Rotary Club of Port Perry

P.O Box 711, Port Perry, ON, L9L1A6

Etransfers to: : search business number: 886285196RR0001 or Port Perry Rotary

With tremendous care and concern,

Michael Stewart


Your Rotary Club of Port Perry

Arch Evans
A great man was lost on Monday evening. Arch Evans was a huge supporter of our community and beyond. He dedicated his life to helping others, and was the most sincere and caring person you could ever meet. Arch was a Rotarian for many years, first in the Markham club, and an integral part of the Port Perry club since 2009. He was loved by everyone he met. At every Rotary meeting, he would go around the room and would make sure to greet every single person with a handshake or a hug, welcoming them to Rotary. If a member hadn't been to a meeting for awhile, Arch would either call them or go see them in person - just to see how they were doing. Arch never had a negative thing to say about anyone, quite the opposite, he always had a smile and a gleam in his eye. The loss felt by the members in our club is huge. This loss reverberates among all the people that have been lucky enough to have this man in their lives. Our Club is a family. And Arch was a huge part of our family that will be so sadly missed. His legacy will live on for all of us. We will make sure that it does.
Everyone seemed to have an absolute blast last night at the Halloween Past President's Dinner. So many people came out and dressed up - it was really a sight to see! 
A BIG congratulations to Larry Wright for receiving the Paul Harris pin for his dedication to Rotary and our Club. Well done and well deserved!
Another BIG congratulations to Occo van Tijn for receiving the Rotarian of the Year award - a.k.a. Rotarian of Many Years ... haha ... he sure has been a blessing and a hero for all the work he does as Treasurer. Thank you so much!
We were so honoured to have Geoff Lloyd, Ambassador for Shelter Box and a member of the Oshawa Club, come to visit us. He gave a very informative talk about Shelter Box - it's beginnings and impressive numbers on how many displaced people have been given shelter in camps due to conflict and natural disasters. It is a truly impressive organization and Geoff is the embodiment of an Ambassador and Rotarian. The Club surprised Geoff with a check to pay for two Shelter Boxes. These Shelter Boxes will give shelter to two families in dire need, along with providing water filters, solar lights, a stove, and many other essential items for daily living.
President Jim Jenkins reading a recognition award from MP Erin O'Toole.
Anne Wright - Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd.  *(
Presenting a progress report on the project.
Joanne Fowler - Her committee is hard at work organizing this years' Gala
Mark your calendar for April 21
Our exchange student, Mathilda Ingestion, will be participating in the Polar Plunge on Saturday.  The event is organized by the Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary.
We are so pleased to announce our newest member to the Rotary Club of Port Perry - Brien Stewart! He has so many wonderful qualities that make a perfect fit to our Rotary family. Welcome Brien!
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
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,
Founder -  of DKSHA &

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!





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
K.R. Ravindran
President, 2015-16
T +1.847.866.3235
F +1.847.866.3390

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!
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