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St. Marys

Service Above Self

We meet 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
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Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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Gord Surgeoner, OOnt, PhD 
When: April 8, 2017
Where: Pyramid Recreation Centre, St. Marys
Time:   Social   5:30 pm
            Dinner   6:30 pm
Bio follows:
Dedicated leader is perhaps the best way to describe Gord Surgeoner.  During his 30-year career, he has worked tirelessly to promote initiatives and champion causes that he believes are important to the well-being of the agri-food industry.
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1971 at the University of Guelph, Dr. Surgeoner went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Economic Entomology in 1973, also from Guelph and a Ph.D. in Forest Entomology in 1976 from Michigan State University.  Gord became an esteemed professor at the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and Plant Agriculture, where he remained on faculty until his retirement in 2004.
Seconded from the University of Guelph in 1999, Gord became the President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, a non-profit organization consisting of members from farm associations, universities/colleges, industry and regional governments.  The organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food. 
In September, 2005 Dr. Surgeoner was invested with the Order of Ontario.  This distinguished award recognizes Dr. Surgeoner's significant contribution to Ontario's agri-food sector.  
In addition, Gord has received the 1989 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Association, the 1994 T.R. Hilliard Award for Notable Contribution to Agricultural Extension in the Province of Ontario, the 2002 Award for Contribution to Advancing the Benefits of Biotech for Canadians, the 2007 University of Guelph Alumnus of Honour Award, the 2011 Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) Awards.  Most recently, Gord was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014, received the 2014 University of Guelph MBA Leadership Recognition in Agribusiness and Food Award, was inducted into the Wellington County Agricultural Hall of Fame in September 2014, received the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Advancement of Renewable Fuels in Canada in December 2014 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Gord is a strong advocate for Canadian agriculture, the Canadian regulatory system and the opportunities Canada has in a global marketplace.  
Effective September 2014, Gord retired as President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, but continues to advocate on behalf of Canadian agriculture as an Associate with OAFT and through various Board positions.  Gord is currently semi-retired and working with agriculture producers and food processors on sustainability initiatives. 

Faith Brinke, a Grade 7 student from Holy Name of Mary School produced this video about the History of St. Marys.... Enjoy!

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For 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians' work to create sustainable solutions to our world's most pressing needs. But there is still much to do, and we need your help.
Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We're also working hard to end polio once and for all.
Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference.

What your gift supports:
$10 Mosquito bed net
Bed nets provide a safe, peaceful night's rest in countries like Uganda, where malaria is a major health concern.

$15 Polio vaccines
Polio is still a crippling threat to children in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A gift of just $15 can protect children for life.

$26.50 Books
Share your love of reading by paying for books to start libraries in classrooms and community centers around the world.

$50 Water filter
In rural Guatemala, deadly waterborne diseases are common. Personal water filters fill the need for clean water.

$85 Business classes
In the United States, business classes teach low-income entrepreneurs the skills they need to be successful.

$100 Sewing machine
With a sewing machine, a microloan, and some training from Rotary, entrepreneurs can turn their sewing skills into a thriving business.

$500 Anti-bullying campaign
No child should live in fear of being bullied. Your gift helps communities create a safe and positive atmosphere where children can thrive.

$1,000 Midwife vocational training
In remote areas, midwives provide vital prenatal care. Mothers who receive care during pregnancy are more likely to have safe births and to seek medical care for their children.

$2,650 Irrigation system
In areas where food security is a concern, irrigation systems give farmers a reliable and efficient water source so they can grow crops and provide food for the community.

Contact the Rotary Club of St. Marys if you are interested in making a donation to support our local and international projects.
Your gift supports projects like those described here but may not purchase the specific items listed.


Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada and is held annually on January 27th to raise awareness about reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.      


Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing board and word games, singing, writing to a relative, making grocery lists, following a recipe and surfing the internet for fun and interesting sites.


ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have at least 15 minutes of fun every day with your child, your grandchild or a young relative in a literacy-related activity. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for children and parents or older relative. It establishes a culture of learning, an exchange of ideas, enriches family relationships and bolsters confidence and independent thinking.


(source: ABC Life Literacy Canada)  


It is sometimes easiest to tell a story with pictures instead....
Rotarians Gary Cumming and Grant Barton volunteered to man the Rotary booth.
They were accepting student volunteers at the Parent/Teacher Night at DCVI.
2016 Rotary Community Dinner. Rotarian Bob Stephens helping with clean up after the dinner.
The Santa Claus Parade Committee: Nikolas Cuello, Pierre Chateauvert, Grant Barton, Lucie Stephens and Heather Ellis.
Lucie Stephens walks with her new recruits.  The Rotary Float and the elves are ready for the parade to begin.
The new mobility bus with the Rotary logo on each side of the bus.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Rotary Club of St. Marys invited public school children and high school students of St. Marys to participate in our Canada 150-Voices of St. Marys Literacy Project. The project was divided into three categories:
·      Artwork (Grades 1-3) and  essays (Grades 4-6) to be displayed at 115 Queen St. E., St. Marys and at the St. Marys Museum throughout 2017.
·      Grades 7/8: video presentations to be displayed on the St. Marys Public Library and the Rotary Club of St. Marys web sites and the St. Marys Museum web site will have a link to the Library’s web site throughout 2017.
·      Education and Literacy is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary International that is shared by the Rotary Club of St. Marys. We encourage the student and their family to visit the display locations not only to see their stories, artwork or videos but also to explore the joy of reading and discover what else our local library and museum have to offer.
·      Special thanks to the teachers from Little Falls P S, Holy Name of Mary School, and St. Marys DCVI who had their class participate in our project.


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Polio partner named Outstanding Foundation

Rotary Foundation has been recognized as the Outstanding Foundation of 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Rotarians partner together on National Immunization Day in Moradabad, India.


The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”


Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in meeting humanity's greatest challenges! (This video premiered at the 2016 Rotary International Assembly.)
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Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Anna Doupe
Jan 30, 2017
Adoption from Ethopia
Nikolas Cuello. Exchange Student from Chile
Feb 06, 2017
Introduction to his home town and his country
Mar 13, 2017
Gord Surgeoner
Apr 08, 2017
Agriculture Beyond Food and Feed plus new technologies in the pipeline