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Rotary Club of Fonthill
P.O. Box 513
Fonthill, ON  L0S 1E0
 
 
 
 
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Fonthill

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Lookout Point Golf & Country Club
209 Tice Road
Fonthill, ON  L0S 1E0
Canada
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WELLAND, ON – With tears in their eyes, José and Claudia, alongside their three young children, entered their newly constructed house as homeowners for the first time today. Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the first Habitat home in Ontario to be built in a modular style on a college campus, in this case in the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.

This past spring, the house was trucked to and assembled on its permanent site on Martin Street, with the final stages of construction completed at that time by “volunteer” builders from local companies and community groups (Rotary Club of Fonthill), with support from Habitat’s volunteer Site Hosts and Build volunteers. The house was built through financial and gift-in-kind support from across Niagara.

As part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the Niagara College Construction Techniques program, seventy students constructed this home over the past school year. The students learned highly sought after skills in today’s job market and have the satisfaction of helping build a home – and hope – for people living right in their own community.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill also presented to the Palma Family a beautiful quilt that was made and donated by a very talented lady ...  Jennifer Allen.  Wife of our President Elect Paul Allen.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill celebrated its 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 11th, 2016 at Lookout Point Golf Club.  Pictured are from left-right:
Gail Levay, Sgt. at Arms, and Charter Member, Joe Eigner, PAG, PP Rotary Club of Welland, Gail Baltjes-Bazinet, Charter President, Doug Burr, PP &  Charter Member and DG Kevin Crosby.
 
Joe was the President of the Welland Club, who was the sponsor of the Club 25 years ago.  Joe and his wife flew in from Edmonton for the celebration and was awarded another Paul Haris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Welland and made an honorary member of the Fonthill Club.  Eighteen past presidents were in attendance and 6 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.  A very special night for all in attendance.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Need a little help on a snowy day getting excited about spring?    How about this?   Visit us and learn more about ‪#‎PelhamMudfest‬ 2016. Just a few more days to register for $65 each (then price goes up to $75) pelhammudfest.ca


https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pelham-mudfest-challenge-may-20…

 
 
 

 
 
Sarah Semerjian and Roy Kirkup from the Rotary Club of Fonthill promoting Pelham Mudfest Challenge May 2016.  Did you know this year the Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary?
 
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently donated $3,000 from the Pelham Mudfest 2015! This donation will go towards Wellspring Niagara's FUTURE home in Pelham!

We are hoping this year's event will be even MUDDIER and even more successful!   Come Play In The Mud on Saturday May 14 at the Pelham Mudfest Challenge!...

Run by the Rotary Club of Fonthill in support of Rotary International and local projects (including Wellspring Niagara’s Future Home in Pelham), the 6km mud-run obstacle course takes place at Bissell’s Hideaway in the heart of Short Hills!

Early registrants pay $65 to participate (before February 29th) while anyone who joins after pays $75. Participants receive admission to the Filthy Fun Obstacle Course, a T-Shirt, a Race Finisher Dog Tag, Beer or Wine, Lunch, Live Entertainment and a Chance to win some Fun Prizes!

For more information about the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016 – please visit www.pelhammudfest.ca
 
From Left to Right:  Deputy Police Chief Joe Matthews, R.R.P.S., Ann Mantini-Celima and our President Frank Adamson
 

 
 

We were privaliged to have Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack.  Karen shared the following with us and we would like to share it with you ...

Can you imagine what it is like to be a hungry child?

Think how hard it is to concentrate or function. You feel tired and lethargic. Your head may hurt. If you’re having a difficult time generally, being hungry makes everything worse. Now imagine you are sitting in a classroom struggling to make sense of your teachers’ instructions as you battle hunger pangs and fatigue.

Every day in cities across Canada, elementary school children arrive at school with empty stomachs, trying to learn without the benefit of proper nourishment.

Blessings in a Backpack is a unique program designed to support schoolchildren who simply do not have enough to eat on weekends. Families who struggle with hunger or who are ‘food insecure’ rely on food banks and other resources during the week, but many cannot satisfy weekend needs. This is where we step in.

The program works like this: kids take home a backpack filled with food every Friday and return the backpack empty on Monday, ready to start their week. How does this simple act help? The benefits and impact are immediate: attendance and productivity soar; students report greater attentiveness and improved energy; teachers see improvements in study habits and demeanour; parents feel relief and support for their own family. Above all, communities grow – and lives are changed.

And the best part? Because Blessings in a Backpack receives discounted food from sponsors, feeding a single child on weekends throughout the school year only costs $100! And 100% of every donation is directed towards the program.

Hunger doesn’t take weekends off. Blessings in a Backpack is a simple, effective way to ensure kids come to school on Monday ready for the week ahead. Every child in Canada deserves that support.

Please support Blessings in a Backpack and make a difference to a child today. On behalf of every hungry child we feed, thank you.

 

 
 
Oh yeah, people, it's time to think spring... and mud! Registration now open for Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016. Get down and dirty... Act now and save $10 off the registration fee!
 
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill kicked of the new year with inducting two new members ...  Our President Frank Adamson along with our Membership Chair Andrew Larmand were on hand to make the presentation.  We are so proud to have Mel Groom and Paul Snack join the Rotary family! 
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill and 1.3 million other Kiva lenders have helped open doors for people around the world, often at critical moments in their lives. For Lourdes, that support came at a time when she was abandoned by family and had to forge her own path. Her spirit, and your generosity, inspire us. We are so proud to be a part of this global community.
 
 
 

 
 

Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 1 December

 

Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. , 1 December, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world.

You can support the cause by going online on 1 December to to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month.

Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the district with the highest number of donors contributing to the Foundation on 1 December could receive a visit from Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith.

 

 

 
 
Another successful auction has come to a close, but the warehouse at the Pen Centre is open for the next two days, 12 to 8 Monday and 5 to 8 Tuesday, for those who need to pick up their items. Thank you to all who made it a great success!
 
 

 
 
Well, what are you waiting for? Book that party!!
 
 

 
 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning ...  WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Rotary Club of Fonthill president Frank Adamson laying a wreath at the Peace Park cenotaph during ceremonies organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613. Lest We Forget.
 
 
 

 
 
 "The Rotary Foundation - District Celebration Dinner took place November 6th, 2015.  Immediate Past District Governor, Jack Amico, was there to present our President Frank Adamson an award for "100% Sustaining Member Club" to name but a few ...  There were also several District Foundation Committee Chairs that were recognized for their continued fine accomplishments of their Rotary Foundation commitments. The evening will featured the recognition of our club membership for their ongoing generosity and support as Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Clubs, 100% Sustaining Member Clubs, as well as individual leadership support from our Paul Harris Society members.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
District Governor, Kevin Crosby stopped by our weekly breakfast meeting today.  The Rotary Club of Fonthill was very happy to present to him some of the proceeds from the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015. We are so very proud to donate to End Polio Now, the campaign that is soooooo close to eradicating Polio from our world!  From left to right; our Treasurer Randy Momot, District Governor Kevin Crosby, and our very own President Frank Adamson.
 
 

 
 
On September 26th, 2015 the Rotary Club of Fonthill joined forces with the Rotary Club of Welland for a social gathering full of fun and games!  Good time had by all.
 
   
 

 
 
We have a history of supporting peace education and conflict resolution. Ninety-four years ago our founder Paul Harris shared his goal of creating peace.

“Rotary believes that the better the people of one nation understand the people of other nations, the less the likelihood of friction, and Rotary will therefore encourage acquaintance and friendships between individuals of different nations.”   —  Paul Harris, message to the 1921 convention
 
 

 
 
Are you ready to count down to the LIVE event?! While Christmas might be 13 Fridays away, there are just 10 until Rotary TV Mega Auction time on TVCogeco! Mark the dates: Thurs Dec 3, Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5.
 
 

 
 
Oh what a view !!! what a beautiful start to the day to have breakfast looking out over this great view.  The Rotary Club of Fonthill held it's first weekly breakfast meeting this morning at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club.  Great start to everyone's day
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill has grown in numbers and had made the difficult decision to leave Cafe on Main in Fonthill after 5 years!  We would like to thank Patti Fagan, Cafe on Main for all of her hard work and dedication to the club. Thank you Patti!
 
The Rotary Club of Fonthill will now be meeting at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club, 209 Tice Road in Fonthill.  Our meet day and time remain the same, Wednesday at 7:15am.  You are welcome to stop by, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and breakfast.
 

 
 
 
Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.

Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.

One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”

For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.

 

 
 

Piece by piece, we are getting closer to ending polio. Today marks one year without a polio case in Nigeria and moves us closer to a polio-free Africa. Get involved with Rotary: http://www.endpolio.org/donate

 

 
 
Pelham's 2015 Summerfest was a scorcher of a day!  The weather was great, the music was great as was the atomosphere ...  The Rotary Club of Fonthill  was there to support the Town and it's community, keeping them hydrated!
 
 

 
 
 
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