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Club Meeting Information
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
Home Page Stories
On November 1st, 2021, Andrea Macko, Events Coordinator, Town of St. Marys brought greetings and congratulations from the Mayor and Town Council. The Rotary Club of St. Marys was presented with the 'Strong As Stone' award for all that we do for the community.
 
 
 
Andrea Macko announces that the Rotary Club of St. Marys has received 
the 'Strong As Stone' award.
 
 
Three Board members accept the 'Strong As Stone' award on behalf of the Rotary Club of St. Marys.
Pictured in the forefront (L-R) Rotarian Ron Aitken, Club President John McGarry and Rotarian Doug Goudy.
Rotarian Ron Aitken, organizer of the Rotary Club of St. Marys' environmental project advises that DCVI students helped plant 400 trees at the Meadowridge Park (Meadowvale & Southvale area). Our club purchased a variety of trees from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA). Thanks to the Town of St. Marys and UTRCA for working with the Rotary Club. There will be more trees to be planted in spring 2022.
 
We are very thankful that the DCVI students helped with the planting of the trees.!
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
Look who won the Presidential Citation in 2020 - 2021!
 
District Passport
Global Passport   
Festival City (Stratford)
Flushing
Grand Bend
Greater Flint Sunrise
London Hyde Park
Meaford
Sarnia
St. Marys
St. Thomas
Stratford
 
Congratulations to all your Clubs!
 
 
World Polio Day: Theme 2021
The theme of this year is” One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio – delivering on our promise of a polio-free world”. It is a promise of a polio-free world for current and future generations.
 
World Polio Day is observed on October 24 every year to raise awareness for polio vaccination and eradication of polio. The World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
 
The last stronghold of poliovirus is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Several critical challenges stand in the way of achieving eradication, including the global pandemic.
As per WHO use of the poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.
 
Since 2013, the Rotary Club of St. Marys has been donating books to the St. Marys Public Library in honour of their guest speakers. To date, almost 400 books have been donated to the library. On
September 10, 2021, members of our Literacy Committee presented Library CEO, Sarah Andrews, with a cheque to cover the cost of the books purchased for this program. Pictured in the Rotary Reading Garden at the library are Literacy Committee Chair, Linda Schuyler (seated L), Library CEO, Sarah Andrews
(seated R), and standing are Rotarians Ron Aitken (L) and Pierre Chateauvert (R).
 
 
 
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.
We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Consider these facts:
 
 1. If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
 2. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
 3. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
 
 
On June 28th, the Rotary Club of St. Marys ended the Rotary year by welcoming the new District Governor Erin Shankie and the new Assistant Governor Paul Roulston to preside over our meeting to induct our new President, John McGarry and install the 2021-2022 Board of Directors.
 
We thank Andrew Middleton who served his entire year as our President during the pandemic. It was not a typical Presidential Changeover as we are still living under COVID restrictions. Even though this was an unusual meeting, it was none the less an auspicious occasion.
 
Congratulations, President John!
 
Pictured below- L-R: John McGarry and Erin Shankie. 
 
          
 
Rotary Club launches new St. Marys Keepsake Tote Campaign
The Rotary Club of St. Marys has teamed up with local sponsors to release a freshly designed reusable tote bag featuring scenic imagery of the town that’s Strong as Stone! Available now at select retailers, the Rotary Club’s new Keepsake Tote is sure to be the ideal replacement for everyone’s shopping needs.
A collaborative effort
In cooperation with the Town of St. Marys, Rotarians coordinated the design to include a collage of unique local photos as well as the town’s new slogan. In support of the Rotary Club’s fundraising efforts, many local businesses helped finance the project. Their company logos proudly frame the design and serve to remind everyone of our town’s resilient and enduring character.
 
Perfect for many purposes
The totes will become a great keepsake memory for visitors to St. Marys and also make a perfect gift or promotional item for those who appreciate beauty and function. The polyfabric bags hold up to 30 lbs, are durable and consist of 10% recycled material.
How to get yours
Look for the Keepsake Tote poster in store windows to identify the local businesses who are selling the totes. Buyers can also shop online by visiting www.rotarystmarys.ca to purchase the bags in quantities of 5 for $25. Rotarian Len Hawkins will arrange pickup of online orders.
 
Support St. Marys
The Rotary Club of St. Marys is always seeking ways to better serve our community. It’s been more than ten years since the Rotary Club introduced its last tote bag fundraiser, so it decided, what better time to breathe new life into a community cause? As we turn the corner on COVID-19, let’s focus on the shared beauty, strength and distinction of our town. Please patronize valued sponsors and watch for Rotary Club thank-you ads featuring these dedicated businesses.
 
Help spread the news
If you’re online, participate in the social media coverage by liking and sharing Rotary Club of St. Marys posts.
 
 
 
 
                                                      
 
Members of the Rotary Club of St. Marys volunteer at the COVID vaccination clinics at the St. Marys Pyramid Centre and the Rotary Complex in Stratford. Pictured above are 3 of our members, L to R, Pres Andrew Middleton, Pierre Chateauvert and Ron Aitken who are ready to volunteer at Stratford location on June 8th.Members of the Rotary Club of St. Marys volunteer at the COVID vaccination clinics at the St. Marys Pyramid Centre and the Rotary Complex in Stratford. Pictured below are 3 of our members, L to R, Pres Andrew Middleton, Pierre Chateauvert and Ron Aitken who are ready to volunteer at Stratford location on June 8th.
 
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.
 
Speakers
Susan Grieve
Nov 29, 2021
Hybrid Meeting -Education: Passport to a Better Future
Club Assembly/Business Meeting
Dec 06, 2021
Hybrid Meeting
Christmas Party
Dec 13, 2021
Location: River Valley Golf Course
TBA
Dec 20, 2021