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The Rotary Club of Sarnia is so proud of our members. Carolyn Leaver Luciani (Manleys) and Alex Botma (Botma Homes) each made a donation of an entire skid of food to The INN of the Good Shepherd. A skid of carrots and a skid of oatmeal will go a long way feeding families in need. They are living the Rotary motto of "SERVICE ABOVE SELF".

The Rotary Club of Sarnia has made a $4000 donation to help the INN of the Good Shepherd during the COVID-19 crisis.

President Sandra Graham said "we were planning to send a number of area youth to conferences in London and Ottawa this May, but due to COVID-19 they’ve been cancelled. So we decided to donate the unspent funds to Sarnia’s Inn of the Good Shepherd."

“Why not redirect the money budgeted for the cancelled Rotary events to the Inn,” said Graham. “We had it set aside already, and we know someone can use this money now. It’s the right thing to do. It’s like turning lemons into lemonade.”

Rotarian Michael John Kooy surprised the Inn’s Executive Director Myles Vanni with a cheque for $4,000 this week.

“It’s tremendous,” said Vanni. “We have to stay open during this period. These funds help us make sure that food is there for people who need it.”

The Inn has been forced to cancel major fundraisers, including its popular CANstruction event normally held at Lambton Mall, due to COVID-19.

The Rotary Club of Sarnia, a founding partner of Pathways, kicked off the campaign to refurbish the therapeutic pool at Pathways with a $600,000 pledge.

“When Rotary members heard about the need to revitalize the pool, they were immediately interested in helping,” said club president Alison Mahon.

The pool was closed for approximately nine months after a leak was discovered a year ago. It reopened at the end of the summer following repairs funded by $100,000 in donations. “Children and pool users of all ages have been delighted to start using it again.”

The approximately 11,000 people using the pool each year include 800 children and young adults with disabilities.

For those children and young adults the pool is “absolutely irreplaceable,” Jenny Greensmith, Exective Director of Pathways said.

Before the leak, officials at the centre had begun looking at refurbishing the pool so it could continue to operate “for the next generation,” she said.

That work is still needed even with the recent repairs, Greensmith said.

The Rotary Clubs of Lambton County made donations to pay for a circle of new cabins at Camp Attawandaron. As well, members enjoyed fun and fellowship helping with the construction of the bunk beds inside the cabins.
This month is Rotary Foundation Month which is probably the most important month to reflect on why we are in Rotary. 
The Rotary Foundation is the heart of Rotary; it’s where we continually see how we are making a difference in the world. Take the time to reflect on what’s happening within your local community through funding from District Grants or in overseas projects in third world countries funded by Clubs and the District through Global Grants. The outcome is we are assisting those less fortunate than us with a better life. The massive amount of effort which Rotary has put into the Polio Eradication Program is without a doubt inspiring at a world-wide level, but this doesn’t just happen. It happens because Rotarians in every club are making an effort to raise awareness and funds to ensure our Foundation is adequately funded so we may ensure the world is a better place and that we get on and rid the world of this debilitating disease.


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