Fall 2021 Action Grants

Our latest Rotary Action Grants were awarded to:
Access Open Mind – BWH Foundation
$ 10,000
Lambton Mental Wellness Centre
$ 7,500
Lambton Mental Wellness & Family Counselling Centre
$ 7,500
Huron Home Boys’ House
$ 10,000
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!
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Alzeimers Society

The Rotary Club of Sarnia is pleased to announce the recipient of our October donation in collaboration with Jackpot City Bingo.
We are giving $1,500 to the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia Lambton for their “Pamper Day for Care-Partners” Project.
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Lambton Literacy

The Rotary Club of Sarnia is pleased to make a donation of $2,000 to Literacy Lambton for their “Give-a-Book 2021 Holiday Campaign”.
The plan is for Literacy Lambton to give new books to numerous local agencies so that every child in Sarnia-Lambton will be able to enjoy a new book on Christmas morning.
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Boys and Girls Club Donation

Thanks to the collaboration between Jackpot City Gaming, and The Rotary Club of Sarnia, $500 has been donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia Lambton. The funds will be used for food and snacks during the club’s after school program.
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Back to School Kits Donation

Thanks to Jackpot City Bingo, the Rotary Club of Sarnia is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to the Inn of the Good Shepherd to go towards the Back to School Kits which are backpacks filled with the school supplies students need as they start a new school year.
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Mayor Bradley

Today at the Rotary Club of Sarnia we heard from Mayor Mike Bradley and all things Sarnia! It was great to hear so many exciting things about the City of Sarnia! Thanks for sharing Mayor Mike!
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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thanks to Jackpot City Bingo, The Rotary Club of Sarnia is making a donation of $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters as part of Mike Hurry’s post-pandemic cycle trip across Canada.  
We hope this donation will help  the organization to continue  to provide needed services for the kids in our community.            
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Canadian Mental Health Association

The Rotary Club of Sarnia made a donation of $660 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) virtual "Ride Don't Hide" fundraiser. This will help 2 persons get the help they need. Funding for this donation was provided by our fundraising partners at Jackpot City.
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Community Action Grants

Recently, The Rotary Club of Sarnia distributed over $48,000 to five deserving organizations for their community projects.
Family Counseling Centre, Community Living Sarnia Lambton, Kineto Theatre in Forest, the Eat Your Veggies program operated by the North Lambton Community Health and the YMCA Sarnia.
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Rotary Youth Conferences

Thank you to Jackpot City Bingo for your continuing support to the Rotary Club of Sarnia. We are sponsoring a student, Chloe Williams, to attend the Virtual Adventures in Citizenship Conference in Ottawa from May 1-5, 2021 and Annabelle Rayson, to attend the Virtual Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders in London on May 14-15, 2021. Total cost is $440.00 as these are virtual conferences rather than in-person.
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Eat Your Veggies Project

Some of the funds raised for The Rotary Club of Sarnia through bingos at Jackpot City will be used to make a donation to the Eat Your Veggies program operated by the Opening Doors project.
The Opening doors project supports people in our community with mental health issues. This program provides clients and their families with garden fresh vegetables during winter months so they can eat a more healthful diet to support their mental health as well as redirecting money that would have been spent on vegetables to be use to purchase cleaning supplies during this pandemic.
Eat Your Veggies Project 2021-03-13 05:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Sarnia purchased 100 environmentally friendly birdhouses (recycle wood from new construction sites ) and donated them to Community Living Sarnia Lambton, Pathways, 39th Sparks, Girl Guides and Boys and Girls Clubs for their youth programs.
Clayton and his wife are the builders and are shown with their van full of birdhouses.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated houses on Earth Day.
Birdhouses Bill Boynton 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Youth


Rotary Club of Sarnia Sponsors

Y Celebration of Youth Award   "International Ambassador Award"

The Celebration of Youth Awards is one example of the Y's commitment to invest in young people. Recognized regionally as one of Ontario's most prestigious awards for youth, the Celebration of Youth honours local youth, 17-20 years of age whose outstanding talents and achievements have made a difference in our community.  
The awards focus on youth who have demonstrated leadership, sensitivity to others, innovation, development of personal talents, overcoming personal challenge and service to community.  Special consideration is given to youth faced with financial barriers. 
Award recipients embody the YMCA core values of: 

  • Caring - we can be trusted to do the right thing; 
  • Honesty - We keep our promises, and we do what we say we will; 
  • Respect - We believe in the good within people; 
  • Responsibility - We are leaders, and set an example for others; 
  • Inclusiveness - We create a place for everyone at the YMCA.  

After completing a comprehensive application and interview process, the successful recipient receives a $1,000 award from proceeds the Rotary Club of Sarnia funds received from Jackpot City Bingo. 

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Community Paul Harris Awards

10 Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to Community Members During Covid-19
Bluewater Health’s Dr. Michel Haddad is among ten local recipients of Rotary’s highest honour, A Paul Harris Fellowship. Named after Rotary’s
founder, the awards are granted by local club members and honour the immense contributions individuals have made in 2020. This year’s award winners have all have one thing in a common: a determination to help the wider community through the COVID challenge.
As the Chief of Staff at Bluewater Health and also an intensivist, Dr. Haddad has been part of the leadership guiding the treatment of patients with COVID-19, and also preventing the spread within the hospital and the wider community. He exemplifies Rotary’s vision of “a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.” Through his Twitter account, Dr. Haddad has been educating the public about COVID-19, strategies to protect oneself, and details on the latest research and evidence. He is widely recognized as a trusted source of information for the community on this topic. An early, strong advocate of masking, he encouraged local councillors to implement the mandatory mask bylaw we have today.
“I feel quite honoured and surprised actually to have received this recognition,” said Dr. Haddad when he heard the news from Rotary. “I truly didn’t expect it as I feel that I was just trying to fulfill my mandate to the best of my abilities as a hospital medical leader during these difficult times to ensure patient and staff safety and ensure best care to all of our patients while attempting to inform the community about what we can all do collectively to concur this pandemic.”
Other recipients have been named this year.
 Sharon LaPier, of LaPier’s Flowers and Gifts (Corunna), is being recognized for her “Service Above Self” in spear-heading a Mask-Making Team who have made and distributed over 3000 free masks to children and adults in our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The team has given masks to school children, nursing homes, Aamjiwnaang and Kettle and Stony Point First Nations, and The Inn of the Good Shepherd for emergency use. Sharon's generosity continues as the team is still providing masks to those in need.
 Mike Germain, of Service Master (Sarnia), is being recognized for his generosity in supporting the Rotary Club of Sarnia’s annual pancake breakfast and work with the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Mike has donated his services and staff from Service Master on a consistent basis to assist Rotarians with their fundraising efforts and service projects.
 Zoya Shetty is being recognized for her commitment to giving back to our community. For several years she has donated exclusive Indian dining experiences to the St. Joseph’s Hospice Gala and the Rotary Club of Sarnia, as fundraisers. Zoya Shetty has raised thousands of dollars to support these initiatives in Sarnia during 2020.
 Marianne Hyatt is being recognized for her talents as the garden planner, leader of volunteers, and most dedicated gardener of the vegetable garden at Rotary. Marianne works part time at the West Lambton Community Health Centre. The harvest from the garden is distributed to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and other food banks in Sarnia and Forest, as well as to clients at the Health Centre. The garden serves as a source of therapy for the volunteers.
 Joan Spalding is being recognized for sharing her musical talents with Sarnia-Lambton during COVID-19. Joan is a singer/songwriter who plays many instruments including the guitar, double reed harmonica, banjo and mandolin, and also a three-time winner of the Canadian Open Singing Contest in Ontario. Since mid-March, she has performed daily online concerts to entertain those at home.
 Melanie Rogers and Jenn Cooper are being recognized for exemplifying Service above Self. They organized two very successful drives for the Inn of the Good Shepherd during the pandemic – Drive By Food and Drive By Bottle. The food drive saw over 45 volunteers collect over 16,000 lbs of food over 4 days. The bottle drive raised an astonishing $27,000 (sorting, counting and bagging took 13 days and filled four Beer Store transport trucks).
 Mike and Zack Fiddick are being recognized for their generous donations of meat to lunches at the Inn of the Good Shepherd for the past two years, serving approximately 80-90 meals on each occasion. The quality of the Fiddicks’ grassfed beef raised locally could not be matched, providing guests with the best possible meats.
A Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who have made a significant impact in their community, which the local Club acknowledges by making a US$1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in their name. These contribution are spent on humanitarian efforts around the world. Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905. He was founder of the Rotary idea, and the first president of the worldwide organization, Rotary International. Paul Harris died in 1947.
In 1957, the idea of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition was first proposed as a means to promote voluntary giving to the Rotary Foundation. The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow, lapel pin and certificate have become highly respected symbols of a substantial commitment to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians, friends and honoured recipients around the world.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs - it is support solely by voluntary contribution Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 as an endowment fund for Rotary and has grown from an initial contribution of $26.50 us to more than US$1 billion. Polio Eradication has been a long term focus for the Foundation. Throughout the years Rotary has committed more than US$1.4 billion to global polio eradication. Rotary has received US$355 million in challenge grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates
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Inn Donation

Our Rotary Club would like to thank Jackpot City for funds provided to our organization through volunteering at Bingo Games and now during the Covid-19 Pandemic through other Bingo funds.
We have supported Operation Christmas Tree in past years and wish to support it again this year in memory of Maddy Hayes.  Maddy was the Charity Coordinator for Jackpot City Bingo and passed away from cancer in 2020. We have decided to give $2000 to the Inn of the Good Shepherd to support their many Christmas Programs that will help make Christmas a little more joyful for many community members
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Mask Donation for Covid19  2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary gives games and devices to Community Living residents Bill Boynton 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Gardens for The INN Bill Boynton 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zoom Meeting include Exchange Students

Regular weekly meetings as well as Board meetings have been occurring on ZOOM during COVID-19. It allows the good work of Rotary to continue in the community as well as club fellowship among members. We have passed our meeting links to former inbound youth exchange students who have been joining our meetings and updating our members on their lives since their exchange.
Rotary Zoom Meeting include Exchange Students Bill Boynton 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Swiss Chalet provide Lunch 

Swiss Chalet and The Rotary Club of Sarnia provided the clients of The Inn of the Good Shepherd with a 1/4 Chicken dinner and dessert recently. The hot meal was enjoyed during these difficult times in our community.
Rotary and Swiss Chalet provide Lunch Bill Boynton 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members living SERVICE ABOVE SELF

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".
Rotary Members living SERVICE ABOVE SELF Bill Boynton 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates to Pathways Pool Refurbishment Bill Boynton 2020-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Donates to the INN Bill Boynton 2020-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supplies New Cabins at Attawandaron

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.
Rotary Supplies New Cabins at Attawandaron Bill Boynton 2020-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor connects during Foundation month

November 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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Rotary online auction still looking for donations as volunteers prepare for Nov. 12-17, 2019 event J.D. Booth 2019-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

Local Rotary Clubs continue to engage in fighting Polio

Posted on Oct 17, 2019
Members of the Rotary Club of Sarnia are gearing up to mark World Polio Day by partnering with other Rotary clubs in the area.
On Sunday, October 20 there will a "Polio Walk in the Park" taking place from 10 a.m. to noon at Canatara Park.
But even before that—from October 17-24—Global Donuts and Deli—will be featuring a special donut with proceeds going to fight the battle against polio.
Local Rotary Clubs continue to engage in fighting Polio J.D. Booth 2019-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Pancake Breakfast a 'great success'

Posted on Aug 02, 2019

Hundreds of hungry watchers of the annual Port Huron to Mackinac race gathered on Saturday morning, July 20 in Point Edward’s Waterfront Park for a feast of pancakes and sausages in one of the area’s most popular fundraising events in support of the club’s community initiatives.

2019 Rotary Pancake Breakfast a 'great success' JD Booth 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Sarnia Habitat Build

Thank you!
Hello Rotary Club of Sarnia Team! I just wanted to send you a note to THANK YOU for all your help with drywall on our Guthrie Drive Project. It was a great pleasure working with such a hard-working and friendly group! Our homeowners will be so grateful and excited to move into their new homes which you helped to build!
Rotary Club of Sarnia Habitat Build 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Relief September 2017

Thank you Sarnia for coming out and supporting our fund raising efforts for Hurricane Relief.  Over $7,000.00 CND was raised to help support those in the greatest need through the local Rotarians in the affected areas. 
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