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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In 1916, Rotary founder Paul Harris shared his thoughts about the organization in an article titled “The Future of Rotary,” published in The Rotarian. Addressing the Rotary world, Harris concluded the short piece with wishes for the new year: “I wish you all of the prosperity which your good deeds merit.... May all things you ought have be yours. May your charities rank among your necessary expenditures. May you not fall into the popular error of thinking that happiness is to be found in outdoing your neighbors. May it always be yours to look beneath the veneer of life to the solid substance which lies beneath. May you be builders, not mere climbers. May you be able to appraise life’s blessings at their real worth. May you be free to act in accordance with the dictates of your own conscience and good judgment. May you not be slaves to meaningless customs, social or otherwise. May you shun the groove followers. May you have vision to discern the right and health, strength and will to do it. That is to say, I wish you a Happy New Year.”
From our family to you and yours, Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Claire A. Sherwin
Club President
Thank you Andrew Middleton for organizing this year's wonderful Christmas Party that drew a crowd of 51 people.  Good food! Good friends! Good golly Molly. It was swell. Entertainment this year was led by Heather Ellis who not only challenged us with the Four-Way Test (so many things to think about) while we played Rotary Bingo and she provided positive reinforcement of key words in Rotary: Truth, Fair, etc. Thank you Heather for your efforts in putting this game together for us. We were having such fun there wasn't a chance of anyone falling asleep after dinner. Well done! Here's a few photos from the party. (The rest can be found in the photo album.)
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. 
Heather Ellis set up the collection boxes with posters at Vet Purchasing, Meridian Credit Union and St. Marys Public Library on Nov 21st until Feb 28th. During this time period Grant Barton will check on the boxes and remove the school bags and supplies as the boxes fill up and will store these items in his shed. The committee will sort these donations and ensure that each bag has a few school supplies in them. If necessary the club will purchase school supplies to go into the bags. 
Kyle Burnside has agreed to post information about this literacy activity on Facebook and Instagram to keep the community informed. We will also submit a few articles about this activity to the Independent newspaper. 
The schoolchildren in the photo are now using desks and chairs provided through earlier shipments by the Global Literacy Project.
Let's work together to help the Rotary Club of Grand Bend with their Global Literacy Project. Don't forget our activity will complement their project. 
 Look! We already have some bags and school supplies!
Let's work together to help the Rotary Club of Grand Bend with their Global Literacy Project. Don't forget our activity will complement their project. 
Here's an opportunity to learn more about selfies, shares and social media from our Sarnia Rotaract Club.
What a great idea!
           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.

Building our Future Together!  

Have you considered taking your talent and skills and utilizing them in a role beyond your Club?  We are looking for Rotarians who are interested in future roles at the District Level or beyond.  What about chairing a District Committee, being part of the AG team, Support Membership, promoting our Rotary Foundation or being a Champion for the Eradication of Polio? We want you!


During this year we would like to hold some informal information sessions around the District to help answer your questions, assist you with your future plans and help us plan for the future Leadership in our District.


Please contact PDG Diane Chantler at to express your area of interest and your Club name.  We will contact you as we schedule our information sessions.


Let’s build our future Together!


No speaker - Club Assembly/Business Meeting
Jan 07, 2019
Approval of financial statements, budget
Ministerial Updates
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 21, 2019
Jan 28, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Abbie Luyten
Feb 25, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Rebound Student Presentation