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
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Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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We acknowledge the excellent article written about the tribute paid to Rotarian Ray Bennett in the February 7th, 2019 issue of the St. Marys Independent. The article follows:
Ray Bennett honoured by Rotary Club
On Monday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Marys, Bob Stephens gave an eloquent and fitting tribute to Ray Bennett in recognition of his three decades of service towards the realization and continued operation of the Parkview West and Parkview East developments, which include sixty-nine life lease residential dwellings for seniors.
Excerpts of Stephens’ tribute are as follows: “Dedicated and committed volunteers are ‘the coin of the realm’ for service clubs, and little can be accomplished without them. And the fact that this club successfully completes the number of important projects each year that we do is a testament to the quality of the volunteers. We Rotarians have been meeting weekly in this room for thirty years. How this room and this building became our permanent home is part of a much bigger story about how a small number of Rotarians in a small town, without capital of their own, set out to resolve what they considered to be at the time the community’s greatest need: the absence of housing for seniors.







the 4 way test


Here is a story that every Rotarian should know


In 1932 the USA was in the midst of The Great Depression. Herbert J. Taylor was a Rotarian in Chicago and had been a Rotary member since the early 20's. He was also the president of a nearly bankrupt company which sold cookware door-to-door.


Sales were poor and he believed that his employees were in need of an ethical yardstick.

He wrote down four simple questions and took them to four of his managers: a Roman Catholic, a Christian Scientist, an Orthodox Jew and a Presbyterian to make certain that nothing in them conflicted with their religious or moral beliefs.


Once they were approved, Mr. Taylor sent each of his employees the four questions on his list:

1.   Is It The Truth?

2.   Is it Fair to all Concerned?

3.   Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?

4.   Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?


Soon after his staff began to apply the questions he had asked them, his business began to turn around and it became profitable.

This year, the district introduced Public Image and Social Media Committee webinars: opportunities for you and your club to learn more about public image. The dates of upcoming webinars, as well as the link to register for them, are below, and you can find recordings of past webinars a little further down.


Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Kirk Langford, District 6330 Public Image and Social Media Chair


Upcoming Webinars:

  • Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 pm: Using Facebook Pages
  • Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 pm: Increasing Your Club's Curb Appeal
  • Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm: To Instagram or not to Instagram?
  • Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm: Hashtags, sharing, and commenting... oh my!
  • Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm: Using images and videos from The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International

Register for these upcoming webinars here!


Past Webinar Recordings:


On February 23, 2019 Rotary will celebrate 114 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.
Tickets can be purchased online with
Visa, MasterCard or American Express
Click on "Upcoming Events"
(upper left on our website)
As we look back on 2018 and reflect upon the lives of lost ones and of our successes over the past year, we will ultimately look forward to 2019.
I recently read a small book about the celebration of your dreams. May we all reflect on "What will your legacy be?"
"I hope my achievements in life shall be
these... that I fought for what was right
and fair, that I took risks for things
that mattered, that I helped those in need, 
that I left the earth a better place
because of what I did and who I was."
- author unknown
The Literacy Committee wanted to involve our club with an international literacy activity and in October we started to organize the collection of gently used or new backpacks, computer bags, or small bags with straps and zippers, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and any suitable school supplies which would be delivered to the Rotary Club of Grand Bend during one of their container loading events at either the Hensall Co-Op Warehouse in Exeter or the Thames Valley School Board Warehouse in London.
Our club will deliver the bags and school supplies to the Rotary Club of Grand Bend to be included in their Global Literacy Project. Surplus school supplies, furniture and books are salvaged from schools that have been closed in our area. These supplies that would otherwise have been destined for landfill sites have been shipped to South Africa, Haiti and Guyana where many schools have very little.
Once we heard about the Town of St. Marys participating in the #Giving Tuesday event, we decided to extend our collection efforts to be involved in this community event. We have three locations in town where anyone can drop off bags or supplies. If it's more convenient for our club members, you may bring the bags and school supplies that you wish to donate to any club meeting. Ron Aitken and Pierre Chateauvert have spoken with the three schools in town to check for their interest in being involved with our activity. We have made arrangements to discuss further in January and will set up presentation dates. We have made arrangements with the Library to set aside for us any children's books that were not sold during their sale of purged books. Any copies of old children's magazines will also be given to us. 
           Using Your Paul Harris Points: 

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Paul Harris Points Presentation Notes

Foundation Points Fact Sheet

History of The Paul Harris Recognition


The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is a prestigious acknowledgement that the owner of this pin cares about making the community and world a better place. Rotarians who earn this pin through their donations can also acknowledge others for their contributions. This acknowledgement is done through the use of the Paul Harris points earned by Rotarians who donate to The Rotary Foundation. Here are the ins and outs of using your points.


Every dollar that a Rotarian donates to the Foundation puts her or him a dollar closer to the coveted Paul Harris Recognition. Every dollar also earns the donor one Paul Harris Point which may be used to recognize family members, friends and community leaders who have also worked to make the world a better place.


Please take a look at the files on this page to see how you can participate and can utilize your Paul Harris Points.

 (Source: November 2018 District Newsletter)

Drop anchor in Hamburg
Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, is the third-largest port in Europe, a thriving hub of global trade. The city will host the 2019 Rotary International Convention 1-5 June. Local Rotarians are hard at work planning activities that will help you capture the moment. In the September issue of The Rotarian, you will learn more about what you can expect during your visit to Germany's gateway to the world. Register by 15 December to take advantage of the early registration discount.
Abby Luyten
Feb 25, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Rebound Student Presentation
Brent Kittmer, CAO for Town of St. Marys
Mar 11, 2019
Budget, Future plans/direction for Town of St. Marys
Mar 18, 2019
Pat Donnelly, Mgr, Watershed Programs, London, Ont
Mar 25, 2019
Was the Feb 2018 flood of the Thames River an anomaly or should we expect more extreme flooding
Meeting will be held in Stratford
Apr 01, 2019
Festival City Club Spaghetti Dinner
Local Community Food Centre
Apr 08, 2019
Dinner and meeting to be held in Stratford
No meeting at Rotary Hall
Apr 15, 2019
Private tour of new CBHF Museum
Simon Lu's Farewell
Jun 10, 2019
His year in St. Marys and Canada