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Since inception the Rotary Club of Grand Bend has contributed well over $1,200,000 to local community projects as well as to international initiatives. Over the past 11 years alone, over $600,000 was raised through the local annual Autumn Indulgence fundraisers.

Some of most recent and popular projects are detailed below:


Plastic waste is becoming a huge threat to our lakes and oceans. Every year hundreds of thousands of plastic water bottles are thrown away in this community, and many end up in our beautiful lake. At Autumn Indulgence 2018 we raised $71,900 in a special appeal for water refill stations, to encourage the use of refillable bottles instead of plastic. We are now working with the Municipality of Lambton Shores and adjoining municipalities to install 14 water refill stations in the community. The Rotary Club of Grand Bend has adopted a mission statement to combat plastic waste: The Rotary Club of Grand Bend cares about the environment and is committed to the reduction of plastic waste. Our goal is to work towards the elimination of single use plastics in our community.


Grand Bend Turing Circle

The turning circle at the end of Main Street now contains a nautical theme. The vision of Rotarian Ed Fluter and the help of Jim Southcott and many other Grand Bend members who particpated in getting the boat and landscaping done. Grand Bend Botanical Society contributed their time, talent and money to make the turning circle enhancement project a tremendous success. The Rotary Club of Grand Bend donating $15,000 to the project. Grand Bend Botanical Society donated $5,000 to this community project..

Donations to the Turning Circle

If you would like to donate you're encouraged to contact the Municipality of Lambton Shores or the Grand Bend Community Foundation and any donations will receive a charitable receipt.


Grand Bend Rotary is involved in many community projects throughout the year touching the lives of thousands of people.

Probus Clubs – our Rotary club originally furnished the funding for the start-up of the Grand Bend Men’s and Ladies Probus Clubs as well as the Goderich, Exeter and Forest Probus clubs
· Grand Bend Partners In Learning – is based on a peer-learning concept that has proven to be a great success in the Grand Bend area. In 2004, our club provided the “seed money” to get this club started.

· Sponsorship of Community Speakers -from time to time the club sponsors outside community speakers to address topical subjects. We also facilitate local forums such as municipal All Candidates Meetings and Environmental Presentations.

· Other Local projects that the club regularly contributes to both monetarily and through volunteerism include South Huron Big Brother/Big Sisters, the Canada Day Fireworks display, the Community Run medals and trophies, to name a few.

There are a great many projects that our club sponsors which benefits local students in our area.


Local Literacy Projects – Local literacy is a major thrust in Rotary. In order to help this cause, our club has donated $2,500 a year for the many years to local public schools in our area to spend in diversified ways to benefit this cause. Also each year the club donates dictionaries to grade 3 classes.

· Grand Bend Public School – $27,000 was given to the Grand Bend Public School to buy such things as Smartboards and new Playground facilities

· High School and Public Schools Awards – Each year our club presents “Service Above Self” awards to chosen students at local High Schools (South Huron and North Middlesex) and the Grand Bend Public School

· Grand Bend Soccer Pavilion – $10,000 donation

· Student Exchange Program – As part of the Rotary International program our club has accepted foreign exchange high school students from New Zealand, France, Mexico and Thailand for a year of study outside their home countries. In addition, we have sent local students to Japan and Thailand.

· Citizenship Training – Our club normally participates in the “Adventures in Citizenship” program where over 200 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada spend four days in our National Capital in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society.

· Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders – We normally invites area teens to apply for an outstanding leadership development opportunity which takes place at the University of Western Ontario in London in the spring. Most years, we select at least one student applicant from area secondary schools to join other students from Southwest Ontario and Eastern Michigan in a program that explores leadership styles and challenges participants to examine how they might lead others effectively. This program encourages students’ thoughts about leadership and their attitudes toward the world around them. Students have the opportunity to share their views with other participants.


Grand Bend Rotary contributed $75,000 to provide new seating for the Huron Country Playhouse during their upgrade.

The Grand Bend Rotary Club is a strong supporter of the local Huron Country Playhouse. Our latest project to help was the donation of $75,000 to provide new seating for their recent upgraded facilities. Also this is the venue for the club’s annual Autumn Indulgence fundraiser and speaker series.


Thanks to Rotary and its partners polio cases have been reduced by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in 1979.

Rotary International is passionate in its mission to eradicate Polio worldwide. Thanks to Rotary and its partners polio cases have been reduced by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. When Rotary began its work, polio infected more than 350,000 children annually. Today the disease is almost beaten with only a few cases still identified.


Grand Bend Rotary Club raised over $100,000 to fund the Medical Centre and Community Centre

Over $100,000 was raised to fund both the Medical Centre and the Community Centre. In
addition, local Rotarians were the champions and leaders of these 2 projects.


The beach enhancement has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors enjoying Grand Bend’s main beach.

$100,000 was contributed to this project by Rotary. In addition, a Rotarian co-chaired the leadership of the fundraising for this worthwhile project.