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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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Past RI President Cliff Dochterman gave a humorous speech in 2011 about "When did Rotary begin". He discusses origins of Rotary in Ancient Greece and President Julius and goes on to talk about all of the "historic" Rotarians. Of course, we all know that Rotary started in Chicago on February 23, 1905 by Paul Harris and three of his friends. Sit back and enjoy! (My apologies -Some hand held devices may not be able to open the video. Please review on your computer.)

On February 23, 2017 Rotary will celebrate 112 years in service to others.
It all began with these gentlemen…
                The first 4 Rotarians -
(Gustavus Loehr (L), Silvester Schiele, Hiram
Shorey and Paul Harris, circa 1905-1912.
"The Rotary Way Works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment; they can find peace if they will," Paul P. Harris, January 1946.
The RI Theme for the month of February is Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

How Rotary makes help happen

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

REBUILD:  We help refugees integrate and find jobs.
TRAINING: We help leaders learn how to prevent and mediate conflict.
IN ACTION: Rotary supports peacebuilding in communities and regions affected by conflict.

Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:

Improving quality of life -

Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.

Raising awareness of bullying -

Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.

Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families.

The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Local Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.


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





In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

The Rotary Club of St. Marys presents Gord Surgeoner as keynote speaker at their 2017 Rural Urban event on April 8, 2017. 
His topic:  Agriculture Beyond Food and Feed plus information on some new technologies in the pipeline.
Gord Surgeoner, Ont, 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. 


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)  


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.)
Click on the title or the video frame to view a very short video...

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Kriss Snell - Listowel CAO
Mar 27, 2017
The Carbon Footprint Initiative
Gord Surgeoner
Apr 08, 2017
Agriculture Beyond Food and Feed plus new technologies in the pipeline