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It's Time for Autumn Indulgence 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Ron Hunt

The 2017 Boardwalk’s Walk for Wellspring is dedicated to the memory of Wellspring member Ron Hunt. Ron was part of a very special Patients’ Support group that began in October, 2014.

Although the formal program finished 3 years ago, members of the group have continued to meet informally to offer each other encouragement, comfort and support!

Wellspring London Walk Sept 9, 2017 Sav Rinaldi 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Jan 22, 2017
The Canadian contingent of District Governors arriving at the International Assembly 2017 in San Diego, California.
Grand Bend club member, and District Governor Elect for District 6330 for the 2017-2018 year, helps lead the Canadian group into the opening dinner of the Assembly.
The International Assembly is held annually as the final training, and inspirational, meeting for the 540 incoming District Governors from throughout the world.
Rotary: Making A Difference in more than 140 countries.
International Assembly 2017 Martin Ward 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
2017-18 presidential theme announced Martin Ward 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Register for your  online Auction opportunity Arthur Lake 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 2nd at Southcott Pines 2016-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Be a SPONSOR of AUTUMN INDULGENCE Arthur Lake 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of July 12 Bryan Beattie 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
New President for Grand Bend Rotary Arthur Lake 2016-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2016
"Whenever I go doing my work in Africa, The Rotarians have been there before me. It Is very humbling thing to discover just exactly what "Service Above Self" adds up to when you see it in practice in the field" ~ Bono
Bono's Message to Rotary Members Martin Ward 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 25, 2015


Give the gift of Rotary around the world

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. When you give to Rotary, you enable local leaders to create sustainable solutions to their community's most pressing needs.

Although Rotary gives back in countless ways, we focus our service efforts in : promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

With your support we can do even more. By making a gift of any size, you can be part of this positive change. 

Learn more...

Give the Gift of Rotary Martin Ward 2015-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2015
The Grand Bend Rotary Club is now offering a special opportunity for donors. For the next two months, until December 24, a gift to PolioPlus will be matched ten times – once by the Rotary Club, four times by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and four times by the Canadian government. For example, through matching grants your gift of $100 will become a gift of $1,000. And you’ll also get a tax receipt for your donation.
For more information contact Brian Hall at 519-238-8892.
Donations can be made by cheque to Rotary Foundation of Canada, and either;
- mailed to Grand Bend Rotary, PO Box 1261, Grand Bend ON N0M 1T0, or
- dropped off to Brian Hall at Waypoint Financial Group at 45 Ontario Street North in Grand Bend.
Rotary Club Matches Community Donations to Eradicate Polio Martin Ward 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2015
Earlier this year Nigeria was delared Polio-free for one full year. This video tells the story of how that happened due to the efforts of thousands of dedicated volunteers, UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International, and more ...
It truly is a good news story, but there is much more to do, we cannot stop until we have finished ...
Polio Eradication In Nigeria Martin Ward 2015-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2015

Dry soup mix prepared by The Ontario Christian Gleaners is shipped when possible in containers with the school supplies.


Here's a new video describing the effect this work has on the recipients in South Africa.

New Global Literacy Project Martin Ward 2015-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2015
(This report from Terry Pook - in Tanzania)
Hello Rotary friends!
I am happy and healthy in Tanzania. We have completed the two weeks of surgery and it has been a wonderful experience. You can read about the mission at the Rotaplast international website. On the top right click on blog then scroll down to Arusha Tanzania 2015.
I am now headed out to a camping safari for one week and will be home next weekend.   See you all soon!
Grand Bend Rotarian Reports from Rotaplast Mission Martin Ward 2015-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Inducted - Sonya Croker Martin Ward 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Governor General presents Caring Canadian Award to Donald Tedford
Donald Tedford was one of 48 Canadians to receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards from His Excellency the Right 
Honourable David Johnston on Tuesday, April 15 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Grand Bend Rotarian Honoured 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Our Newest Rotarian 2015-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Mar 20, 2015
On March 21st at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Chartering of the London Club,  the Rotary International President Gary Huang presented new or upgraded multi-Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Pictured above from left - Bruce Shaw - Club President, Brian Hall (PHF+6), R.I President Huang, John Smits, Bob Kennedy and Peter Phillips - Club President Elect. Missing from photo were other multi-award recipients - Glenn Bartlett, George Shaw, Randi Ivey, Gord Britton and Martin Ward.
R.I. President Presents Paul Harris Awards Ron Hunt 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Dec 13, 2014
Save is on her way to live with Bruce and Darlene for the winter. She moves from Mary and Martin's home tomorrow (Sunday, December 14) morning.
For her last evening in Grand Bend she enjoyed a dinner at The School House with butter tart and ice cream for dessert.
Host Family Changes for Save Martin Ward 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0


The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Read more about The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2014
The Rotary Club of Grand Bend receives an award from Rotary International for it's contribution to the End Polio Now campaign.
Pictured are Club President Bruce Shaw accepting the award from Assistant Governor Martin Ward.  
Club Receives End Polio Now Award from RI Martin Ward 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? Can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day.

For World Polio Day, add your voice and spread the word that we are “this close” (99%!) to ending polio. Follow the conversation here.

Join Rotary on World Polio Day, October 24, for a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and special guests. Tune in at 6:30 CT to watch the live event and take part in the conversation.

World Polio Day - October 24 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Aug 06, 2014

Lambton Shores 8th Annual Volunteer Recognition BBQ

Rotarians are invited and encouraged to register ...

This free barbeque is hosted by Lambton Shores Council in honour of the hard work and dedication of our community volunteers.  The dinner will be served around 6:00pm, but guests are asked to come at 5:30pm to register.

The Volunteer Recognition Barbeque is open to individuals who actively volunteer their time with a Lambton Shores community group or service club. Spouses of volunteers may attend only if he or she is an active volunteer within your organization, or another Lambton Shores community group or service club. 

Please send RSVPs with your first and last name, along with the Lambton Shores community group(s) you are representing by Friday, August 22, 2014 by email to or phone 519-243-1400 / 1-866-943-1400. 

Full details available on the Lambton Shores website.

Lambton Shores Recognizes Volunteers Martin Ward 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Global Literacy Project - Documentary Video Martin Ward 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Jun 13, 2014

ImageAt the District 6330 conference in Walkerton this weekend Grand Bend Rotarian Peter Twynstra was honoured with Rotary International's Service Above Self Award for his tireless community work including the club's project to ship surplus school supplies from Ontario to South Africa.  The award was presented by Past RI Director and long life friend, John Eberhard. John spoke about the service that Peter has provided to his community over the past 20 years, continuing with the outstanding project he initiated and continues to make a huge impact.

On Peter's initiative, the project began approximately 6 years ago. To date 40 ocean container shipments have been made with co-operation from various Rotary Clubs. More than 30 of these shipments were bound for South Africa while the others went to Ghana and Haiti. The project has been expanded and named the "Global Literacy Project" by the club. It continues to grow providing incredible benefit to children in southern Africa with support from many sources including other Rotary clubs in District 6330 and neighbouring districts.

The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International’s highest honor. The award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians worldwide (from a membership of 1.2 million) each year who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.

Grand Bend Rotarian Honoured with Service Above Self Award Martin Ward 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on May 23, 2014

The recent community forum on Climate Change held at the Huron Country Playhouse was a very informative, and well-attended, event.  Almost 300 people attended the event and learned about the climate change reality and about what we can do locally to slow the pace of change and adapt to the new reality.

One way you can help is to support environmental initiatives through the Grand Bend Community Foundation - donate here.

Climate Change - Community Forum Martin Ward 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on May 19, 2014

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend will be hosting a Rotary Global Literacy Celebration at the Lambton Heritage Museum on June 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. - 9;00 pm.


To order a ticket click on TICKET ORDERING

After shipping 30 sea containers of school supplies to Africa and other countries it's time to stop and celebrate! Join us to learn what's been happening and where this project is going. Enjoy a wonderful chicken dinner by Pineridge BBQ, meet the organizers of the project and hear all about Africa today from our guest speaker Marius Botha of Pretoria South Africa. Donations to the project will be welcomed at the event!

Tickets are limited so please register early. Please pay by Credit Card on this website but if you wish to pay by cheque (Before June 9 only please) make your cheque for $30 per person to Rotary Club of Grand Bend, Box 1261 Grand Bend N0M 1T0

For information or tickets call Brian Hall at 519-238-8892  or 1-877-238-8892 

Rotary Global Literacy Celebration - June 17, 2014 Ron Hunt 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Apr 07, 2014

On April 8th Bob Down from the Exeter area joined the club to bring the total membership to 49.


Another New Member Ron Hunt 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Mar 09, 2014
Peter Warner recently receiving a Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva recognizing his assistance to Rotary’s Gift of Life Florida.Presenting the award is Mark Minoui, MD, retired Heart Surgeon who introduced the Club to the Gift of Life Program. 
Peter Warner Receives Paul Harris Award in Florida Ron Hunt 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Feb 27, 2014



As I begin the second article in ‘Rotary Corner’, I can only look back in awe as to what the Club has accomplished so since July and what it has planned for the next six months.  Our Autumn Indulgence Gala was the most successful in the ten-year history of the event. Thanks to the sponsors, the participants and the donors, over $70,000 was raised in one night (with six months of preparation, that is).

In another area, one of our keenest members (Brian Hall) suggested that we go directly to the community for a unique drive – it should be declared up front that we seldom go directly to the community to solicit funds. The drive would continue our thrust to eradicate polio within the next four years and give members of the community an opportunity to donate personally to this great cause. We set a target of $5,000, a reasonable number we thought, considering that we were looking at Grand Bend, Exeter and all points in between; and the Club would match the money raised with funds coming from Autumn Indulgence. The community was so generous that almost $10,000 was raised! With matching funding coming from other sources including the Gates Foundation and almost $15,000 from the Club, this small community generated about $70,000 in the fight against polio!

As well, on another happy footnote, we’ve gained three new members this year with more ready to join in the near future. (If you are interested in attending a meeting, just drop into the Colonial any Tuesday around 6.00.)

For the rest of the year, we will take our discussions with the municipality of South Huron to the next level as we attempt to extend the ‘Blue Flag’ area north to include Port Blake. This Rotary Club, for years, has aided the Grand Bend community by taking water samples from the beach regularly and supporting all clean water initiatives and proposals that the Ausable Conservation Authority and others have recommended. As a result, the club looks forward to this new partnership with South Huron to ensure our water is clean and our beaches are pristine.

Another member, Max Morden, is spear-heading a conference to be held in the Bend that will focus on climate change – the date is Friday, May 23 at the Playhouse. Guests will include scientists and experts on how communities can adapt to and reduce the impact of what’s happening around us and in the rest of the world.  Stay tuned for more details.

Last, we anticipate loading and sending our thirtieth container of school supplies to South Africa this spring. School supplies, desks, chairs, sports equipment, thousands of books and literally tons of other material that would normally have been scrapped or sent to landfill sites in our communities are now going to desperate educators in Africa who are waiting to show excited kids their first book, their first soccer ball, their first piano (if you can believe that). Peter Twynstra also of our Club initiated this program just a few short years ago, and it has taken off like a rocket as other clubs, school boards and ordinary citizens are contributing to our efforts and truly are making a difference.

In spite of the worst weather I’ve ever seen, it is a good year!

Rotary President's February Rotary Corner Ron Hunt 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Global Literacy Video Segment on CTV London Ron Hunt 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jan 21, 2014


Rotarian Brian Hall (above) is the Polio coordinator with the Grand Bend Rotary Club. Rotary International has almost achieved their objective of eradicating polio in the world. However, it will still take millions of dollars more to inoculate the remaining children in the countries where Polio still exists.

In a local funding appeal that starting last November, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend asked the community to help and the Rotary Club would match these donation dollar for dollar. They are thrilled to report that over $9,300 in donations were received from the community and with the matching funds from the Grand Bend club, the local donation reach almost $20,000! In addition, the club has donated 5,000 more to this cause. After more generous matching of funds through a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these total donations to fight polio increase to over $70,000.

 Although Polio has not existed in North America since 1994, it must be totally eradicated worldwide before everyone is safe from a recurrence. It is the only way to protect our children forever. There are only 3 countries left where Polio has never been stopped. 

In 1985 there were 1000 cases of Polio a day – last year there have been only 385 cases worldwide. This $70,000 will certainly help in the final effort.

The Grand Bend Rotary Club wishes to thank the generous Grand Bend and area citizens for your continued support for Rotary projects.

Grand Bend ROTARY Raises $9,316 in Community Donations Which Results in $70,896 to Fight Polio Ron Hunt 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jan 06, 2014




On January 7th, the club members gave Kevin Williams, the new CAO for Lambton Shores a cordial welcome and their best wishes.  Kevin , in his address to the Club, outlined his extensive background experience and his wish to form future partnerships on projects between the municipality and our club.


New CAO of Lambton Shores Addresses Club Ron Hunt 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Dec 30, 2013


Last September Grand Bend Rotarians asked the community for pianos that were not being used so they could send them to South African schools along with school supplies from educational facilities that were closing. This is part of the Grand Bend club's GLOBAL LITERACY program. Photo above shows Rotarians Jim Southcott, John Patterson & Brian Hall taking a break from that activity.

Rotarians Loading Pianos for South Africa Ron Hunt 2013-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Dec 16, 2013

The Grand Bend Rotary Club is fortunate to have Bob Kennedy join the club. Bob has lived in Grand Bend for the past 2 years and is active in the community. Previously, he had a prominent business career in the Toronto area.  This brings our current club membership to 48.

Bob Kennedy Latest Member to Join Club Ron Hunt 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Dec 16, 2013


And Fun Was Had By All!  Who has the biggest smile - President Edgar Bergen or Charlie McCarthy? Also featured the  Village Idiot People.

Our Christmas Party Ron Hunt 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates $2,000 to Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce for Christmas Light Program Ron Hunt 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Nov 14, 2013




Grand Bend Club helps turn each Community Donation Dollar into $6

The world is on the verge of eliminating one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century -- poliomyelitis. During the first half of the 20th century, polio crippled over half a million people every year. Even today, children in some developing countries continue to fall victim to the disease. But thanks in large part to Rotary International and to the 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, the disease will soon be just a memory. In fact, there were less than 250 cases worldwide in 2012! 

Before celebrating this public health milestone, the spread of the poliovirus must be interrupted in the poorest and most populous regions of the world, and surveillance must continue for several years to be sure the virus is completely wiped out. This is no easy task. Only 3 countries have yet to stop the spread of polio – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. (In 1988 there were 125 countries with polio) 

To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion to immunize more than 2 billion children against polio. But much more is needed. More than twenty five years of steady progress is at stake, and polio -- now on the ropes -- stands to stage a dangerous comeback unless the funding gap is bridged. Learn more ways to help at:

 In addition to raising money for polio eradication, Rotary members offer their time and expertise in the field to fight polio by providing support at clinics, transporting vaccine, contributing medical supplies, and mobilizing their communities for immunization and other polio eradication activities. Gord Britton, a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, is one of many Rotary volunteers who travelled to India to help eradicate the disease. “It’s difficult to imagine what polio does to children,” he says. “These children are so poor and disadvantaged to start with, and polio robs them of any chance they might have for a decent life.”

The final push to a polio free world is an expensive proposition. The remaining polio endemic areas are hard to reach, war torn and with an increasingly migrant population. The Grand Bend Club has raised over $40,000 for the effort.

The Club has agreed to match all community donations to the project up to $5000. This matched donation will be again matched 2 for 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a $6 donation for every $1 from the community.

Once eradicated, polio will join smallpox as one of only two diseases ever eliminated. 

Please make your cheque payable to The Rotary Foundation (Canada) and send it to The Rotary Club of Grand Bend Box 1261 or drop it off at Waypoint Financial 45 Ontario St.N. Grand Bend.

Tax receipts will be issued. For more information please contact Rotarian Brian Hall at 238-8892

Polio Challenge - Lakeshore Advance & Exeter Times - Nov. 20, 2013 Ron Hunt 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Nov 14, 2013


Rotary Corner

Editor: Rotary President - Bruce Shaw

Rotary Club of Grand Bend Website


Hi. My name is Bruce Shaw, and I am this year's President of Grand Bend Rotary. In this, the

first article that is to appear as a regular feature, I want to share with you, briefly, some of the

things we do for the community and some of the projects we are planning while helping you

understand what it means to be a Rotarian.


I joined Rotary about five years ago on an invitation by members who thought I could contribute

in some small way to the Club. I have been involved in many community organisations for about

45 years and have learned a great deal about the heart of our extended community. I know what

it means to serve and contribute, but I also know how to have fun while giving and sharing ideas,

projects and dreams. Rotary has offered me an opportunity to give back to others what others

have done for me. The Rotary Club of Grand Bend is unique in that our objectives are not to

promote business and advance some sort of elitist agenda, but simply to serve.


The charities and the communities of north Lambton and south Huron have benefitted from the

work of Rotary to the tune of $1,000,000 over the last 20 years. We have done everything from

helping boys and girls through our educational programs to building and  improving hiking trails,

renovating a beach and supplying seats to the Huron Country Playhouse. On a larger scale, we have

organised, loaded and sent 30 containers (and those are huge containers) full of school supplies

and equipment for Haiti and South Africa.


There are 47 of us, both men and women, who meet weekly at the Colonial Hotel in Grand Bend

- let me make it perfectly clear that no one is expected to make every meeting, although we do

have one guy who hasn't missed a meeting in 52 years - I couldn't do that in two life-times. Our

meetings start with dinner at 6.30 and end by 8.00 p.m.. We inform each other what we are doing,

laugh a lot and plan our next objectives - and there's always more than one.


If you want to join in the fun, help others and feel good about yourself, come on out to a meeting

and get a feel for what life is like as a Rotarian.



New Rotary Corner - Lakeshore Advance & Exeter Times - Nov. 20, 2013 Ron Hunt 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Nov 11, 2013



Recently the Grand Bend Rotary Club donated $500 to the Make-A-Wish fund to benefit children from Southwestern Ontario. Above Craig Scott, Chair of Rotary's Allocations committee presents a cheque to Stephanie Field.

Rotary Donation - Children's Make-a-Wish Fund Ron Hunt 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Oct 31, 2013

What does the Rotary Foundation mean to Rotary?

Simply put, the Rotary Foundation allows any and all Rotary clubs to do good in the world - locally and internationally.
Without our gifts to the Rotary Foundation, Rotary International would not exist as we know it.

Still not sure what the Rotary Foundation does?   Take a look at this 2 minute video 

November is Foundation Month Martin Ward 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Oct 07, 2013
Image        Sarah Palen is the newest member of the Grand Bend Rotary Club. She is the Pharmacist Owner of Grand Bend's Shoppers Drug Mart. The addition brings the club membership to 47. In this photo District Governor Don Moore (left) and Club President Bruce Shaw welcomes Sarah to the club.
New Grand Bend Rotarian Sarah Palen Ron Hunt 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Oct 07, 2013
Image         On October 8th, Rotary's District Governor Don Moore from Walkerton visited our Grand Bend weekly meeting. He is the district governor over 61 Rotary clubs that are situated in Ontario between Tobermory to Sarnia with about one third on the other side of the lake in Michigan. He praised the Grand Bend club on it's accomplishments. His message was "ENGAGE ROTARY and CHANGE LIVES". In the photo Bruce Shaw, Club President on the left is exchanging banners with DG Don Moore. 
District Governor Visits Grand Bend Club Ron Hunt 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Sep 27, 2013
Image          Thanks to Lynda Rapley and Jackie Southcott we have over 200 photos of our most recent Autumn Indulgence event posted on our website. Simply click on the icon  CLICK HERE   to see them.
Photos from Autumn Indulgence Ron Hunt 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Sep 12, 2013
ImageAt the Lambton Shores Volunteers Appreciation dinner held on  Sept. 13th, Jim Southcott receiving the 2013 Heritage Award. Shown with Jim is Mark Cullen, Home Hardware and Community In Blooms spokesperson and Mayor Bill Weber at the Thedford Community Centre ceremony.
Jim Southcott Receives Lambton Shores Heritage Award Ron Hunt 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Sep 10, 2013
Three karate kids from Grand Bend- Callum Sutherland-Rollings, Alexis McCreath Frangakis and Emily Mussio are on their way to Taranto, Italy to compete at the World's - with athletes from around the globe on October 14th and our club has donated $600 to help with their expensesImageImage
Grand Bend Rotary Helps Local Athletes Ron Hunt 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Sep 02, 2013

ImageOn the Labour Day weekend, Rotary again held it’s Charity Toll Road at the intersection of Highways 21 and 81. Over $8,300 was collected thanks to the generous public and all of this money will be spent locally to meet community needs mainly involving Youth and Literacy projects. Over 30 Rotarians and community volunteers helped with this year’s collection.



Thanks Grand Bend For Another Successful Charity Toll Road Ron Hunt 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Aug 19, 2013



The Rotary Club of Grand Bend says a big thank you to the community for all its support in helping the Club achieve $1,000,000 in donations. In picture Past Presidents Craig Scott, Randi Ivey, Roger Wallis and current President Bruce Shaw recently acknowledged this occasion. Since it was formed in 1991, the Club has raised $1,041,239 for a wide range of good causes both at home and in the world. Among them are the Rotary trail, the beachfront enhancements, the Clean Water Now initiative, the Grand Bend Community Health Centre, the Grand Bend Public School, Goderich tornado relief, global literacy, and the eradication of polio. Overall, 34 percent of the total funds have gone to community and local projects, 28 percent environmental initiatives, 12 percent to community health, 8 percent to youth and literacy, and 18 percent to international needs.

“This achievement has been a real collaborative effort,” says Club president Bruce Shaw. “A lot of people have worked hard to make this happen - not just Rotarians but many generous people and organizations in this community.”

Most of these funds have been raised through Autumn Indulgence, the Rotary Club’s gala charitable fundraiser held each fall at the Huron Country Playhouse.

Thanks a million! Ron Hunt 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Aug 19, 2013


The Grand Bend Rotary Club is fortunate to have an existing Rotarian from the St. Mary’s club transfer in. Here President Bruce Shaw officially welcomes her to the club.

Rotarian Terry Pook Transfers from St. Mary’s Club Ron Hunt 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 22, 2013




The Grand Bend Rotary is very pleased to welcome back Peter Challen to its membership (seen in picture on the left with President Bruce Shaw).   Peter was a former member of Rotary  but other commitments forced him to step down a number of year ago. Now Peter has decided to rejoin the ranks of this Club and Rotary welcomes him back. 

Rotary Member Rejoins Club Ron Hunt 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 15, 2013


 Last Tuesday Grand Bend Rotarians visited Christopher Wallis, Lakeview Studios just north of Grand Bend.

Christopher Wallis is probably Canada’s pre-eminent stained glass artist. Over the past 35 years, Christopher has designed, produced and supervised the installation of numerous stained glass windows in cathedrals and churches from coast to coast, as well as many iconic buildings such as Ottawa’s Rideau Hall. Following a short presentation, Rotarians, partners and guests were able to view an exhibition of Christopher’s designs, drawings and samples of his work from throughout his distinguished career, ask questions and meet his wife, Geri Binks, who is Christopher’s collaborator and a renowned artist in her own right.

Rotarian's & Partners Visit with Chris Wallis at Lakeview Studios Ron Hunt 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 09, 2013


On July 10th, the new Historical Plaques were unveiled in Grand Bend. This resulted because of the efforts of Rotarian Jim Southcott to preserve the significance of certain land sites in Grand Bend. It began with Jim's vision and then his efforts to get the necessary financing for this project from the Municipality of Lambton Shores, the Grand Bend Community Foundation and our own Rotary Club. Pictured in this photo is Bill Weber, Mayor of Lambton Shores and Jim. 

Jim Southcott Prime on Historical Plaques Ron Hunt 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 04, 2013
Since the inception of our Grand Bend Rotary Club in 1991 we have raised and given back to the community and international projects over $1,041,239 . In order to see what the club gave in donations for the most recent yearClick HERE
Record of Giving Ron Hunt 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 24, 2013


In June of this year George Shaw amazingly celebrated 55 years of Absence Free Service with Rotary. In attached photo local Grand Bend Club President  Craig Scott congratulates him on reaching this incredible milestone.

George Shaw celebrates 55 Years of Absence Free Service Ron Hunt 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 24, 2013



 June 25th, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend had their end of fiscal year meeting which about 50 members and their partners attended. At the event, the Presidency of the club was passed from Craig Scott to Bruce Shaw.

New Rotary President Ron Hunt 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 17, 2013
On June 18th the Grand Bend Rotary Club hosted a  visit with a group of young business people from South Korea. Pictured Club President, Craig Scott welcomes delegates from South Korea and local area Rotary Clubs.
Visiting Young Business People from South Korea Ron Hunt 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 06, 2013


The attached tribute to Don was posted on the 17th hole at the District Rotary Golf tournament held at Sawmill Creek on June 6th. Don was well known as past district governor and he will be greatly missed in future district activities.

Photos supplied thanks to Randi. 

A Tribute to Don Prowse at the Rotary District Conference Ron Hunt 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Canada Remains Global Leader in Polio Eradication Martin Ward 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Feb 25, 2013


In February Liz Place became the newest Rotarian to join the Grand Bend Club. She lives in Port Franks and is very active in the community volunteer programs. In photo congratulating Liz is acting President Peter Phillips and Paul Turnbull.



Liz Place Joins Rotary Ron Hunt 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Dec 20, 2012


Our Rotary Club is proud to announce that Martin Ward has been chosen for the position of Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6330 starting July, 2013. Martin now moves from his current position as Secretary at Club level to lending his many years of Rotary experience to helping neighbouring Clubs achieve their goals. We wish him well in his new undertaking.

Martin Ward to Become New Ass't District Governor Ron Hunt 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Dec 12, 2012


Above: Grand Bend Rotary President Craig Scott (left) presents exceptional service awards to Jacqui Krech and Bryan Beattie. At the Rotary Christmas party on December 11th, prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented to non-Rotarian Jacqui Krech and 2 Rotarians - Bryan Beattie and George Shaw (missing from photo). Jacqui was being recognized for her dedicated work for most of the past 9 years as the chair and coordinator of the successful Autumn Indulgence Decorating Committee. Bryan for his varied community volunteer work involvement as well as the many duties he performs within the club and George for his planning and leadership regarding the Autumn Indulgence fundraiser events since 2004. Each Paul Harris award helps fund the Rotary Foundation which benefits worldwide projects.

Surprise Paul Harris Awards Ron Hunt 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Carol Gledhill Presented with Paul Harris Ron Hunt 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Aug 20, 2012

On August 21st a double header was scored for membership with the induction of 2 new members Paul Wilson and Chuck Heipel. Above - President Craig Scott congratulates Paul and Chuck

A Double Header for Membership Ron Hunt 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Aug 16, 2012



If you go down to the main Grand Bend beach between 8:00 and 9:00 am most weekday mornings you will see people in blue t-shirts out in the water near shore with long poles and bottles. What are they doing?

They are volunteers doing water sampling in order to make the beach safer for your swimming pleasure. Also in order to keep the prestigious Blue Flag accreditation, the water quality must meet the Ontario safe swimming standard which is less than 100 units of E.coli (Escherichia coli) per 100 millilitres of water on at least 80 percent of the tests taken.

For the past 5 years, as part of a partnership effort between Rotary’s Clean Water Now committee and the municipality of Lambton Shores, the main Grand Bend Beach is tested most weekdays by one of the 15 volunteers shown below. The testers must wade into the lake at 5 locations on the Grand Bend beach to take water samples - rain or shine. These are then sent by Lambton Shores to a lab in London for E.coli testing. The Lambton County Department of Health does this function normally on Mondays but the local volunteers do this procedure the other weekdays during the main swimming season from June until Labour day in order to permit the beach to stay open for more swimming days. Although this program is coordinated by the Rotary’s Grand Bend Clean Water Now committee, about half the volunteers are non-Rotarians.


Grand Bend Rotary Coordinates Beach Water Testing for 5th Year Ron Hunt 2012-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor's Club Visit and Induction of New Club Member Ron Hunt 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 23, 2012

Of the 42 local Rotary members, three were honoured recently by being named recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for distinguishing themselves as leaders and for making outstanding community contributions and achievements. These medals were created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne as the Queen of Canada and were accompanied by letters from the Governor General. Shown from left to right – Jim Southcott, Bruce Shaw and Peter Twynstra.

Grand Bend Rotary Leaders Recognized Ron Hunt 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 18, 2012
On June 19th, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend had their end of fiscal year meeting which about 60 members and their partners attended. At the event, the Presidency of the club was passed from Randi Ivey to Craig Scott.
New Rotary President Ron Hunt 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 18, 2012

In June special Bequest Society Awards were presented to Jim and Jackie Southcott, Randi Ivey, Irene and Brian Hall and Barb and John Smits to honour their commitments for future giving to the Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund which supports the funding for world-wide projects.
Bequest Society Awards Ron Hunt 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Ed on Your Successful Teeth Implants Ron Hunt 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Monte McNaughton, MPP – Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Addresses Rotary Club Ron Hunt 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Our Prez, Secretary & Director at 2012 Rotary Conference Ron Hunt 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on May 21, 2012

ImageOn May 22nd, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend hosted an informational meeting at the Colonial Hotel for 17 community members in order to find out more about Rotary. The guest speaker was Neil Aitchison, who everyone knows from Drayton Entertainment. Neil who is a longstanding Rotarian from Waterloo talked in his normal humorous manner about volunteerism in the community.Rotarian, John Patterson who organized the event was pleased with the outcome. If anyone wants more information about joining Rotary, call John at 519 238-2392

Posted by Ron Hunt on May 21, 2012
ImageIn May Paul Turnbull became the newest Rotarian in the Grand Bend Club. For many years Paul worked for the community in many roles but he was always known for becoming involved and giving back through his volunteer efforts.
Paul Turnbull Joins Rotary Ron Hunt 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Apr 24, 2012

In April - John Silverman became a member of Rotary and was welcomed by club Presidend Randi. John is retired Educator who moved to Grand Bend from London a few years ago.
New Rotary Member - John Silverman Ron Hunt 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Mar 29, 2012
Image On March 20th - Bob Green , prominent businessman and owner of Grand Bend Sobey's was
inducted as a new Rotary member in Grand Bend with wife Kimberley in
attendance. In photo - Bob is welcomed to the club by club President, Randi Ivey
Another New Rotary Member Ron Hunt 2012-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Special Presentation of 2 Paul Harris Awards Ron Hunt 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Sep 19, 2011

On September 20th , Rotary’s District Governor made his annual visit to the Grand Bend club and assisted with the induction of a new member - Chuck Reid. Chuck was previously the Director of Education with the Avon Maitland District School Board. Pictured from left to right – District Governor, Joe Reynolds, Chuck Reid and Randi Ivey, Club President.

District Governor's Visit to Club + Induction of Chuck Reid Ron Hunt 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
New Grand Bend Beach Website Ron Hunt 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Aug 08, 2011

You see the Blue Flag flying but do you ever think about the quality of the swimming conditions at the Grand Bend beach?

These volunteer testers do!

As part of the "Clean Water Now" project initiated by Rotary 6 years ago, this group consisting of 16 volunteers assist Lambton Shores with the daily lake water sampling for Grand Bend? Most mornings at about 8 am volunteer testers wade into the lake at 5 different locations on the Grand Bend beach to take water samples - rain or shine. These are then sent by LambtonShores to a lab in London for e-coli testing. The Lambton County Department of Health does this function on Mondays but these local volunteers do this the other 6 days during the main swimming season from mid-June to Labour day. Also the Grand Bend Rotary club  contributed $5,000 to this project  as well as receiving a grant from the Grand Bend Community Foundtion for an additional $5,000 to help with this year's project. 

Grand Bend Water Sampling 2011 Ron Hunt 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jul 18, 2011

Another local resident joined the Rotary Club of Grand Bend recently. Cam Taylor (right) who is the President of the Men’s Probus Club is being welcomed by Rotary Club President Hank Krech.

New Rotary Member - Cam Taylor Ron Hunt 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on Jun 27, 2011

As of the end of June, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend changed it’s executive and incoming President Hank Krech  on the right is seen in the attached photo accepting the gavel from past President – Roger Wallis

Changeover of Rotary Executive Ron Hunt 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Jun 12, 2011

Interested in Rotary?

Want to find out more about what Rotary is?

Spend 4 minutes - take a look at this short video presentation - an introduction to the world wide work of Rotary International.

Video - What is Rotary? Martin Ward 2011-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on May 31, 2011

Autumn Indulgence returned to Grand Bend on Saturday, September 17, 2011 and it was a great success.

The 8th annual Autumn Indulgence was a "Royal" event.  Details are available on the autumn indulgence web site.


Autumn Indulgence 2011 Martin Ward 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on May 17, 2011

Recently, Bob Hosford from Grandpa Jimmy’s Scottish Bakery in Grand Bend and Tom McCann from Huron Tractor in Exeter were inducted into the Grand Bend Rotary Club by President Roger Wallis (centre)

Two New Members Join Grand Bend Rotary Ron Hunt 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Hunt on May 09, 2011
On May 3rd the Rotary Club of Grand Bend celebrated it's 20th anniversary. Many of the Charter members attended and of the original thirty-seven, twelve are still active Grand Bend Rotarians. At the event at which 100 people attended, there were some special presentations, three of which recognized 2 Rotarians - Peter Twynstra and Jim Southcott as well as non-Rotarian Helen White who received coveted Paul Harris awards. 
20th Anniversary of Club Ron Hunt 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Ward on Apr 17, 2011

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend  hosted an extremely interesting  "Evening with Stephen Lewis" at the Huron Country Playhouse on June 24, 2011. There will be more upcoming speakers that Rotary plans to sponsor in the future. Stay tuned!

More details are available - click on "More..." below, 
view the poster here 

Stephen Lewis at Huron Country Playhouse Martin Ward 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Why Join a Local Rotary Club Ron Hunt 0
Want to Find Out More About the Global Literacy Project? Ron Hunt 0
Presentation of Rotary Cheque to GBACHC Murray Thompson 0
Posted by Ron Hunt

At the June 21st meeting, Rotarian Peter Twynstra was presented with a Special Service Award by the District Governor for his outstanding work with the overseas surplus school supplies project. Also present at that meeting was Charles Deiner, President of the Rotary Club of Middelberg in South Africa whose club helps distribute the supplies to needy schools. 

Peter Twynstra - District Service Award Ron Hunt 0
Posted by Ron Hunt
On June 28th, our newest member Gerry Barclay was inducted into the Grand Bend Rotary Club by out-going President - Roger Wallis
New Rotary Member - Gerry Barclay Ron Hunt 0
Our Own Prima Ballerinas Ron Hunt 0
What is Rotary Ron Hunt 0
Posted by Bryan Beattie

Log on each week for an update to the ebulletin or send me an email and I will add you to the distribution list. If you would like to attend one of our meetings come out any Tuesday at 6:00 pm

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