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Welcome to the Rotary Club of St. Marys
St. Marys

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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
Canada
Mailing Address: 12-20 Huron St. N, St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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World Water Day that began in 1993 has become an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The theme of each March 22nd focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2021, the focus is 'valuing water'. What does water mean to people, what is its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource?
 
“At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water, a grim reminder for Rotary members who make providing clean water and sanitation an organizational priority. While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to provide toilets and latrines and other clean water initiatives in underdeveloped countries. Members also teach these communities to maintain new infrastructure, and organize educational projects to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.
Though 22 March is recognized as World Water Day, our commitment to these causes is ongoing.” By Adam Ross 
 
Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year
By Rotary International
 
For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
 

 
The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive
4-star evaluations.
 
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
 
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
 
On Monday, December 14th a meeting was held at St. Marys Townhall to discuss the possibility of having fireworks on New Years Eve.  The idea was proposed by Rotarian Homer Rath to Town Events Coordinator Andrea Macko-Hodgins and K & H Fireworks.  More details will be announced shortly.  Pictured above at top is Victor Arbor - K&H, Andrea Macko-Hodgins, Rotarian Homer Rath, Rotarian Len Hawkins, Rotary President Andrew Middleton and Rick Beauchamp- K&H.  The project has been approved by the St. Marys Rotary Club.
(photo by Rotarian G. Cumming)
 
 
The District Polio committee planned a noon zoom meeting for Saturday October 24th during World Polio Day, however with so much actviity happening at different times we decided to give you a recorded Polio message featuring 2 Polio survivors and our District Polio Chair sharing her experience of giving vaccine to the children.
 
Watch for Michael O'Shea in this video along with a cameo appearance by our member Diane O'Shea.
 
Here is the link for the District 6330 Polio video
 
Every year on October 24th, World Polio Day represents a global opportunity to rally around the fight to eradicate the disease forever.
This year's theme is "A win against polio is a win for global health".
 

Rotary Club of St. Marys distributes 175 free masks

On Friday June 26th the Rotary Club of St. Marys distributed about 175 free masks at the Post Office. This was part of the club’s ongoing program of providing Personal Protective Equipment and service to the community during the pandemic. The club has secured and donated a combination of masks, gowns and caps to Happy Valley Health Care Team, Wildwood Nursing Home, Kingsway Nursing Home and others. Our Rotary Club has distributed over 1000 meals to residents of the community which we purchased from the following local establishments -Sunset Diner, Joe’s Restaurant, Gordy’s, Janice’s Catering, St. Marys Independent Grocery, Four Happy Restaurant, and Jennie’s Restaurant. Rotary thanks these businesses and the community and frontline workers. We also thank the Town of St. Marys for a donation towards the meals. Pictured left to right Rotarians Grant Barton, Claire Sherwin, Stan Malcolm, Andrew Middleton, Gary Cumming. Photos follow...

Rotary during Covid-19
 
Where is the Rotary Club of St. Marys during the pandemic?  Rotary is alive and doing what Rotary does “Serving the Community.”
A big first for us was meeting virtually on Monday, March 30th via Zoom.  Regular club and committee meetings have occurred since.  It hasn’t been easy. Having over twenty members on screen is a challenge but it works.  
            First of all, let us assure you that all of the financial commitments of our club will be honored for the coming year despite the fact that our major fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed. 
            We have made a substantial donation to a sister club Rotary District 6330 Passport Club under Rotarian Lynne Ternosky who was able to obtain Canadian made face shields to be distributed to compromised nursing homes in Perth County.
            We have reached out to health services, educators and the town of St. Marys asking how we could help.  These efforts are ongoing.
            Since the community dinners were cancelled, we have been testing a plan with the help of St. Marys & Area Community Living to deliver meals to those in need.  We have partnered with local businesses to deliver meals twice weekly to over 30 residents.  A work party led and organized by Rotarian Andrew Middleton distributes the meals in an acceptable and socially responsible manner.  Along with the meals, face masks made by President Lucie Stephens are also distributed.   A big thanks to the Sunset Diner, Gordy’s, Janice Mitchell, Joe’s Restaurant, Jennie’s and McDonald’s Independent for responding to the call.  Rest assured, whatever efforts being made now, and in the future are being conducted safely for the public and our members.
            In addition, a $5000 donation has been presented to the Salvation Army to assist with the food bank and additional contributions they make to the community.
            The Rotary Club of St. Marys will continue to monitor our service to the community based on the principles of Rotary.  Thank you to all of our supporters. For more information on what the Rotary Club of St. Marys is doing, please visit our Facebook page or Instagram feed @rotarystmarys.  Stay healthy and safe.
Speakers
Steve Lack - Past District Governor District 5160
Mar 08, 2021
Beer Time - Fun fellowship time online
Peter McAsh
Mar 15, 2021
Classification Talk
David Knoppert, Rotary Club of London Hyde Park
Mar 22, 2021
Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation - COMMIT to Nicaragua
Pres Andrew Middleton -RI Theme for March
Mar 29, 2021
Water and Sanitation-Life without access to potable water and basic sanitation