Club Meeting Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of St. Marys
St. Marys

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Rotary Parkview building
22 St. Andrews St. N., St. Marys
Parkview banquet hall, lower level east entrance
St. Marys, ON N4X 1C5
Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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On Monday,  March 22nd we will have David Knoppert as our guest speaker.   David is a retired Neonatal Pharmacist from London, Ontario. In 2014 David joined the Rotary Club of London Hyde Park. In 2017 – 2018 he was Club President and currently serves as Club Secretary and Chair of the Golf Committee. In January 2017 David took his first trip with the group COMMIT to Nicaragua. He is on the COMMIT Executive and is an avid fund raiser, having hit over 6,500 golf balls in 12 hours in 2019 and currently is riding across Canada to raise awareness and funds for the people of Nicaragua.
David has asked that we share the COMMIT Winter newsletter with you to read before his talk on March 22nd.  
World Water Day that began in 1993 has become an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The theme of each March 22nd focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2021, the focus is 'valuing water'. What does water mean to people, what is its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource?
“At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water, a grim reminder for Rotary members who make providing clean water and sanitation an organizational priority. While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to provide toilets and latrines and other clean water initiatives in underdeveloped countries. Members also teach these communities to maintain new infrastructure, and organize educational projects to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.
Though 22 March is recognized as World Water Day, our commitment to these causes is ongoing.” By Adam Ross 
Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year
By Rotary International
For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive
4-star evaluations.
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

Rotary Club of St. Marys distributes 175 free masks

On Friday June 26th the Rotary Club of St. Marys distributed about 175 free masks at the Post Office. This was part of the club’s ongoing program of providing Personal Protective Equipment and service to the community during the pandemic. The club has secured and donated a combination of masks, gowns and caps to Happy Valley Health Care Team, Wildwood Nursing Home, Kingsway Nursing Home and others. Our Rotary Club has distributed over 1000 meals to residents of the community which we purchased from the following local establishments -Sunset Diner, Joe’s Restaurant, Gordy’s, Janice’s Catering, St. Marys Independent Grocery, Four Happy Restaurant, and Jennie’s Restaurant. Rotary thanks these businesses and the community and frontline workers. We also thank the Town of St. Marys for a donation towards the meals. Pictured left to right Rotarians Grant Barton, Claire Sherwin, Stan Malcolm, Andrew Middleton, Gary Cumming. Photos follow...

Rotary during Covid-19
Where is the Rotary Club of St. Marys during the pandemic?  Rotary is alive and doing what Rotary does “Serving the Community.”
A big first for us was meeting virtually on Monday, March 30th via Zoom.  Regular club and committee meetings have occurred since.  It hasn’t been easy. Having over twenty members on screen is a challenge but it works.  
            First of all, let us assure you that all of the financial commitments of our club will be honored for the coming year despite the fact that our major fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed. 
            We have made a substantial donation to a sister club Rotary District 6330 Passport Club under Rotarian Lynne Ternosky who was able to obtain Canadian made face shields to be distributed to compromised nursing homes in Perth County.
            We have reached out to health services, educators and the town of St. Marys asking how we could help.  These efforts are ongoing.
            Since the community dinners were cancelled, we have been testing a plan with the help of St. Marys & Area Community Living to deliver meals to those in need.  We have partnered with local businesses to deliver meals twice weekly to over 30 residents.  A work party led and organized by Rotarian Andrew Middleton distributes the meals in an acceptable and socially responsible manner.  Along with the meals, face masks made by President Lucie Stephens are also distributed.   A big thanks to the Sunset Diner, Gordy’s, Janice Mitchell, Joe’s Restaurant, Jennie’s and McDonald’s Independent for responding to the call.  Rest assured, whatever efforts being made now, and in the future are being conducted safely for the public and our members.
            In addition, a $5000 donation has been presented to the Salvation Army to assist with the food bank and additional contributions they make to the community.
            The Rotary Club of St. Marys will continue to monitor our service to the community based on the principles of Rotary.  Thank you to all of our supporters. For more information on what the Rotary Club of St. Marys is doing, please visit our Facebook page or Instagram feed @rotarystmarys.  Stay healthy and safe.
Club Assembly/Business Meeting
Apr 19, 2021
Part Two
Dr Shawn Marshall -Univ of Calgary glaciologist
Apr 26, 2021
Departmental Science Advisor with Environment and Climate Change Canada
May 10, 2021
May 17, 2021
Carolyn Welp (former RYE from Germany
May 31, 2021
Walk Down Memory Lane