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
Home Page Stories
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

“Peace on Earth - Goodwill to men”. So goes the song in the 1939 animated short film narrated by the voice of Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny and so many more). It’s a theme that is often repeated but never more so than at this holiday season.


Peace and Goodwill are themes close to the heart of every Rotarian.


A past President of Rotary once said that if every teenager in the world was to participate in the Youth Exchange Program there would be no more wars.  About 9,000 students experienced the program last year, in more than 100 different countries. That does indeed do much to advance Peace and Understanding between Nations but it is not the only contribution to Peace and Goodwill that Rotary makes on an international scale.



During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects. 
Our Memories - Highlights of 2018
Three new members joined our club: Ed Parkinson, Kyle Burnside and Peter Quigley along with returning Andrew Middleton. It was with great sadness that we lost long time Rotarian, PDG Maurice Oliver.
Here's some photos to help you recall happier times for our club in 2018. 


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)

  Thursday, April 4th, 2019!        
The Rotary Club of St. Marys will hold their annual Rural Urban event on Thursday,
April 4th, 2019 at the Pyramid Centre.
Entertainment for the evening will be Glen Foster, "That Canadian Guy". Glen has been one of the top comedians in Canada for over thirty years. He has a unique blend of clever, observational humour with a uniquely Canadian slant.
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.

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!


Jan 21, 2019
Kyle Burnside
Jan 28, 2019
New member classification talk
Henry Wydeven- Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Feb 11, 2019
The new USMCA agreement - pending NAFTA replacement
Abbie Luyten
Feb 25, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Rebound Student Presentation