In Switzerland for a year....And he's home!
Mitchell Mahoney was selected as our 2015/2016 youth exchange student. He lived in Switzerland for almost a year! (Home July 2016) Rotary's Youth Exchange program provides opportunities for students to share their own culture and embrace a new one. Exchange fosters global peace, one student at a time. Students gain greater understanding of who they are and their own in country the process. Building world knowledge, tolerance and gratitude is what happens through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Read Mitchell's blog, see pictures, share his experience, watch the change.
A Huge THANK YOU!
Grandview Kids One Step Closer to New Headquarters
We Paint Too!
Concerned residents rallied to save the Rowe House when Judith Barker and the late Town of Whitby councillor Shirley Scott created the Whitby Heritage Community Association. Working with the developer they managed to acquire a piece of land from the Town of Whitby to move the historic home. The developer poured a new foundation and moved the house to its current location at 301 Front St. W.
As a tribute the Ms. Scott, at the suggestion of Councillors Derrick Gleed and Elizabeth Roy, (both great members of the club) the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise agreed to prepare, scrape and paint the house as a community service project on May 6.
|Community. St. Vincents Kitchen, the second Thursday of every month. Whitby Sunrise Rotarians are hands on to serve. But that's not all, Whitby Sunrise Rotarians are on hand in community projects all over. Adopt a Road clean up every spring and fall. New! James ROWE House revitalization and the list goes on.|
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|Superheroes! The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise is full of everyday heroes full of fun with fellowship. Join us for breakfast on a Wednesday morning and you'll understand more. Click here to contact us.|
A Fair View to Give
The Salvation Army Nourishes
WhitbySunrise club member extraordinaire, Steve Rutledge takes pride in helping those who truly need it. His efforts dramatically affect the children of the tiny village of Hat Kham in Laos. Although he needs no recognition, the story of how Steve founded the nonprofit organization call "Adopt a Village in Laos" and the impact it has made was highlighted in the August 2015 edition of the Rotarian magazine. We are very proud of our members, they give BIG, locally in our community, and internationally. Steve is certainly exceptional with his ability to give and care for others in a country where basic needs are the focus. In Laos, water + schools = education. In Laos 1,000 children in remote villages have schooling available because of Adopt a Village. 72.7% of the population in Laos is literate. 62.4% of the population in Laos lives in rural areas. The tiny village of Hat Kham now has clean water and a toilet bank - children no longer have to spend their day sick and working to collect water. Because of Steve and Adopt a Village in Laos, they can spend their day learning, growing and giving more to the world then they ever would have without the efforts of Rotarian Steve Rutledge - Great work Steve! Proud to have you as a member of our club.
Press release - Whitby, ON (March 2, 2015) As part of a National Immunization Day aimed at vaccinating over 172 million children under the age of 5 across India, a Whitby couple joined a Rotary International team of volunteers from Canada, Switzerland, Australia and the United States to give Polio vaccinations in rural India in late February. This team and others of international volunteers from Japan, Britain, Belgium and France joined local volunteers and health officials to carry out the two day national campaign.
Thursday February 12th, 2015 was another successful dinner service at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen, an extra special Valentine's Day one! We have such amazing, talented and dedicated volunteers that prepared a fabulous spaghetti & homemade meatball dinner for the guests at St. Vincent's. With fresh garlic bread too! Thank you to those who take the time out of your day to serve our community. And a BIG Thank You to everyone who donated their time, ovens and decorations. Special thanks to Petite Thuet bakery for the fresh bread!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thursday October 9th, 2014 was another successful dinner service at St. Vincent Pallotti's Kitchen, an extra special Thanksgiving one! We have such amazing, talented and dedicated volunteers that prepared a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for the guests at St. Vincent's tonight. With roast turkey, potatoes, homemade stuffing, squash and apple soup and all the trimmings. Thank you to those who take the time out of your day to serve our community. And a BIG Thank You to everyone who donated their time, ovens and decorations. Special thanks to Stroud's Farm for donating all the vegetables!
June 19th 2014 was a special day at Windreach Farm. They celebrated 25 years of giving to the community. Many of Windreach Farm supporters gathered for the celebrations and the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise was there to celebrate with them. It's fundraising events like our annual Ribfest in July and Savour the Flavour in February that give us the ability to help others in a big way. Watch this video to see how valuable Windreach Farm is to the community and thank you to everyone for supporting us so we can give more where it's needed.
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise gives big in our community. Many organizations benefit from the fundraising activities carried out by the dedicated members of this club. The three top fundraisers include the annual Ribfest held the second weekend every July, Savour the Flavour held before Valentines Day in February, and Charity Bingo at the Delta Bingo hall.
On February 7, 2014, Rotarians from Whitby escaped the frigid grip of winter and flew to the Dominican Republic for an unforgettable week of experiences. This group of twenty individuals included members from both of the Whitby Rotary Clubs as well as a number of spouses and friends.
This trip offered the opportunity to combine the volunteer efforts of distributing food, clothing and school supplies with a two day hike to the peak of the tallest mountain on the island, Pico Duarte.
Join us at the
Third Annual Polar Plunge - December 27, 2014
History......last year December 28th was a chilly but sunny Saturday on the shore of Lake Ontario, for the second annual Polar Plunge. 70 people, young and old, prepared inside Heydenshore Pavilion to brave the wavy waters. Under the watchful eye of Med-vents we headed down to the beach and readied ourselves physically and mentally for the Polar Plunge. The winter of 2013-14 proved to be one of the coldest in the recent past and created a water temperature cooler than last year's Plunge. The waves were rolling in as the horn sounded for the Plunge to begin.
After the Plunge the smiling and shivering plungers enjoyed Chilli Dogs and warm beverages prepared by the amazing Rotary Sunrise Event Crew. The monies raised at the Polar Plunge will help the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise with local community projects in Whitby and Durham Region.
See you on December 27th 2014! Join us and check something off your bucket list! Click the menu item to the left to register.
Steve Rutledge - member of The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise - sends his thanks. Below is an edited version of an email he sent while in Laos.
"We, are pleased to present photos of Lao families member receiving a water filter system, in our ongoing distribution (and hygiene training) in the northern region of Luang Prabang province in Laos. In this round we distributed 275 systems, with a total of 525 for the year. THANK YOU! The three water filter photos below are as a result of the District Matching Grant. We were able to purchase 13 water filter systems and will begin the main water project in Phonesavanh in the coming weeks.
Rotarian George Punyaprateep, That's what! George is a dedicated philanthropist whose drive never ceases to amaze us. His projects in Thailand, while centred on education, have a double function....to feed the students. His latest project involves aquaponics, basically a marriage of aquaculture and hyrdoponics to assist the development of students and offer a new farming alternative to the villages throughout northern Thailand. Follow the link to learn a little more about his amazing projects.
During a recent meeting, we were honoured with the presence of Victoria Kehoe from Distress Centre Durham. During our summer Ribfest, their amazing team cooked and served hotdogs, hamburgers, back bacon and other goodies to the Ribfest guests. As a result of their hard work, Victoria was presented with a cheque for the proceeds. Victoria taught us about their critical programs including crisis management and suicide prevention services.
Take a look at the fantastic work being done in the Dominican Republic by our very own Bob Jarvest and his amazing wife Margaret, along with a host of Whitby Sunrise Rotarians. Special Thanks to Rob Morton for providing content to this update. For more, click on the link below.
The Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise would like to thank everyone who had a part of making our second annual Ribfest a huge success. We could not have done it without our amazing sponsors, dedicated volunteers and all those who joined us to enjoy the sunshine and fun at Victoria Fields.
Early calculations are that 50,000 people walked through the gates between Friday July 12 and Sunday July 14.
Check out the Fundraising page for details and photos from the amazing weekend!