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

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Lookout Point Golf & Country Club
209 Tice Road
Fonthill, ON  L0S 1E0
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The Club presented Lori Grande of Pelham Cares with two donations at the same time earlier today!
We have again supported the Pelham Cares fall food drive financially and to their programming by donating macaroni and cheese meal packs for their client use.
The meal packs were prepared during the weekend's District 7090 District Conference held in Batavia, New York. Attendees (including from our Club) worked frantically to create 5000 individual meal packages, which is enough for 30,000 individual meal servings!   
The meal packaging program was coordinated for the conference by the Iowa based charitable organization "The Outreach Program". To date they and their food program supporters have prepared over 400 Million meal servings! To see what amazing work this organization performs please view their website, www.theoutreachprogram.org .  
Another GREAT example of our Club and Rotarians working with others to Serve Humanity!
Authored & posted Club Secretary - Jayne Watson



One of Fonthill's finest, Rotarian Frank Adamson, Assistant Governor participated in this epic 7 day, 24 hour bike ride from Oakville, ON to Miami, FL covering almost 3000km to raise funds.  There were 28 cyclists and 23 volunteers completed the Wellspring Peloton Challenge and by the time the riders crossed the finish line in Miami on September 30, they had each pedaled an average of 120 km a day, and climbed a total of 14,443 meters.

Greeting the team of riders and volunteers in Miami were a group of Wellspring Warriors – individuals who are facing cancer or who are cancer survivors, along with a large group of cheering family members and friends of the ride team.

Each rider committed to fundraising $10,000 and many have exceed this goal.

Since inception the Wellspring Peloton Challenge has raised over $2 million to help Wellspring continue to provide vital cancer support programs, at no cost, to people living with cancer and those who care for them.

Also, for the second time this year, 38 cyclists participated in the Wellspring Peloton Experience, a 1-day cycling event through Southern Ontario that launched the same day as the Wellspring Peloton Challenge. Participants had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to partake in the Wellspring Peloton Challenge without going the full distance. Cyclists completed either The Classic (60km) or The Turnaround (110 km) and collectively raised over $26,000 for Wellspring.

See highlights from the 2016 Peloton Challenge!


Welcome to Fonthill! A lucky 13 years after unveiling the first entry sign on Hwy 20 at Hurricane Road, we joined DG Marlee Diehl and members of Town of Pelham staff and council to unveil the new and improved version. Thank you all who supported this project.

Leon Von Ruden the German exchange student nominated by the Paderborn-Kaiserpfalz Rotary club arrived on Monday for his year-long Canadian adventure with our club! Once getting settled he was anxious to see his new school, E.L. Crossley ! The school also hosts a very active student Interact Club. Leon attended our Club’s meeting on today and was formally introduced as our guest of honour to the membership and received a gift of our club baseball hat from Assistant Governor Frank Adamson and Club President Paul Allen.

Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank
Frank Adamson (now our AG) of the Rotary Club of Fonthill had the vision to support the local food bank and he went right to work putting all the pieces together to make it happen. Needs were assessed, plans were developed and with the financial support of RBC Wealth Management and Rotarian Mel Groom the vision became a reality. In the sweltering heat of July, Rotarian Mike Taylor and the other strong backs at Youth Resources Niagara completed the garden framing and soil installation.
The gardens have already supplied tasty, nutritious, fresh produce to food bank patrons and some of the local critters!
Photos show – Garden being tended by Club President Paul Allen  and cheque presentation by Rotarians Mel Groom, Paul Allen, Mike Taylor and the volunteers of Pelham Cares.

The Positive Impact of Club Meetings and Guest Speakers
What started out in  May as a great human interest presentation by guest speaker Mrs. Gina Di Lorenzo of the Quilts of Valour- Niagara Canada Chapter (QOV) quickly offered an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Fonthill to get involved !
QOV is a registered charity, non profit, volunteer based national program that started in 2006. Since then, in honour of their service and dedication to our country, QOV has provided comfort to Canada’s veterans in their time of need by having donated over 5000 quilts!
Club member, President Elect Paul Snack was present during Gina’s club presentation and immediately identified a disabled veteran now living in a Long Term care facility who would be a worthy recipient of QOV’s generosity.
Wheels were put in motion by the club, to coordinate between the Niagara and Eastern Ontario QOV chapters. On Canada Day 2016, Major (Army) Jeff WILLIS was the surprise recipient of a gifted QOV quilt.
Jeff and his family were very touched and deeply grateful of the organization’s generosity and to Rotary for making this event happen!  He wrapped himself in the quilt clearly feeling the love honouring a very dedicated man.  His family also feels comfort that although Jeff is living in silence he isn’t living alone.
For more information about QOV please go to www.quiltsofvalour.ca
Just another example of Rotary Serving Humanity!
Photo taken during presentation left to right -
Mrs. Vicky WILLIS, Major Jeff WILLIS, Mrs. Jan EASTON, VP Quilts of Valour – Eastern Ontario, Zachary SNACK & President Elect Paul SNACK

Check out our Past President Frank Adamson exchanging banners during his visit to England, Frank was warmly welcomed by the Stratford Upon Avon Club!

Breakfast view for Rotary meeting this morning. Join us here for our 25th anniversary golf tournament on Monday July 25. Email Hugh Graham at rotary@ubkool.com for details!

New President Paul Allen's first order of business was to welcome new member Doug Dobrocky to the club!!  A big welcome from all the club!
Picture:  Left to right President Paul Allen, new member Doug Dobrocky and Club Administrator and sponsor Robert Eamer.


Welcome to our newest member, Bruce Elliott (welcome back, for some of us!)


The Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed an end of year celebration of Frank Adamson's presidential year of the Fonthill Rotary Club and a kick off for Paul Allen's start as the new President. ...And a coming together of truly outstanding members that make it all happen!




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 two very talented women ...  Jennifer Allen, wife of our President Elect Paul Allen & Maureen Larivee.






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



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.

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