Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Assistant Treasurer-Shared
Assistant Treasurer-Shared
Membership Co-Chair
Youth Exchange Counsellor
Youth Exchange Officer
Program Committee Chair
Literacy Committee Chair
Web & Social Media
Executive Secretary
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Club Meeting Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of St. Marys

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
District Site
Venue Map
Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
Home Page Stories

Rotary's Rural Urban Auction on April 14th offers a bird's eye view of St. Marys. Guests can bid on a scenic flight over the St. Marys area, emanating from and returning to Stratford Airport. The approximately 45 minute flight will be for two people, sometime in the warmer months on a date mutually convenient to the successful bidder and the host.

The flight is donated and hosted by Dr. Ellis Scott, who is retired and lives in St. Marys. Rotary is indebted to Dr. Scott for his cooperation and generosity.


In the Rotary world, we acknowledge a different theme for each month of the year. March happens to be 'Water and Sanitation' which is one of Rotary's 6 areas of focus. In addition, March 22nd is recognized as World Water Day. 


From Rotary International: (A 2016 story that deserves to be told again.)

"Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives." For the rest of the story, click on the link below:






The first photo depicts Rotarians joining the fight to clean up the western basin of Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for millions of people.

The second photo - Rotary's target challenge to develop sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and education projects is being piloted in 5 countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Kenya.

The third photo - Rotary has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development to implement sustainable, long-term projects to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines.

Member Testimonial:
In 2015, we challenged our members to provide us with a testimonial outlining why they joined Rotary or the circumstances around their joining Rotary, why they stay and perhaps provide an 'aha' moment when they knew they were a committed Rotarian. We've had new members join since then and after giving them a couple years to take in what Rotary has to offer, here's the most recent testimonials that we have received.
Why I Joined Rotary:
I moved to St. Marys in 2009 and didn't know very many people. My out of town business was in the process of closing and I started making local real estate investments. It was important to me to make a contribution to this community. I noticed that Rotary was making St. Marys a better place to live. Mark Oliver introduced me to the club, and he showed me that Rotary supports more programs and initiatives than I imagined, including sponsoring exchange students. But Rotary has another part to play: the organization is active throughout the world, has made and continues to make life changing contributions to humanity.
The organization attracted me by it's visibility but the bonus is that it is a very social club. Dinner meetings are held every week with lots of time for interaction with others. The club encourages members to plan and become involved in local projects. The combination of friendship and participation in worthwhile community events keeps people coming back. For this reason most Rotarians tend to hang around. I plan to stay.
Bruce Radford
Why I joined Rotary:

I moved to St. Marys in 1991 to be with my husband, in the early years I was busy working and raising the children.  When they were older and didn’t need me as much I looked for something to fill my time.  While I enjoyed playing sports and still enjoy golf and paying darts, I felt it was time to give back. 

I started by joining the Army, Navy and Airforce as a Ladies Auxiliary and was secretary/treasurer for a number of years.  I then joined Habitat for Humanity and became very involved with Habitat, was the Board Treasurer and the Chair of the Restore for six years.  When Stratford-Perth joined forces with London I left as I could not make it to London for Board Meetings and they no longer needed me for the Restore.

After a little break in Volunteering I again looked for a new organization that I believed in.  I first tried to be part of the Stratford Boys and Girls Club but sadly the club did not make it in Stratford.

In September 2015 I started work at Veterinary Purchasing where we are very committed to sponsoring community projects.  Len Hawkins had been my neighbour for a number of years and was in picking up a donation to the silent auction and while in conversation with him convinced me that I would be a great addition to Rotary.

I read up on the many projects and committees that Rotary had and did indeed think that I would enjoy being part of that organization.  I joined in April 2016 and almost immediately joined the Literacy committee.  I enjoy coming up with project ideas that helps promote literacy in the community and hope to continue to be part of this committee.  In July 2017 I assumed the role of Treasure, this has allowed me to really see all aspects of Rotary and what we endeavor to do as a group.

I continue to enjoy the weekly comradery and have made many new friends in my short time as a Rotarian.   I hope to continue to be part of Rotary and all the great contributions to the community the make.

Rotarian Heather Ellis

It's going to be a fun evening!
Contact organizer Len Hawkins for more info - len.hawkins@rogers.com
or Club President Ron Aitken - raitken506@rogers.com

Tickets can now be purchased online

with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.



Find inspiration around every corner at the 2018 Rotary Convention. Register by March 31, 2018 to take advantage of the early-registration discount. Join us June 23-27, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
Please use this address to register for the Toronto Convention-  http://www.riconvention.org/en/toronto/register
We were delighted to have PDG Will Pugh (District 7080) as our guest speaker on March 5th. His enthusiasm for RI Conventions was infectious. He believes that by attending Rotarians will understand and appreciate the difference that each of us make in the world through Rotary.