Each year we award a $500 Rotary bursary to a student selected from each of six local High Schools. Recipients are chosen by the schools and must exemplify good school and community service, good marks and school participation, and get along well with their peers and teachers.
Rotary Brockville contributes $5000. per year to a fund for invalid children in the Chausey area of Belarus. This fund is managed by the humanitarian aid charity Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and provides services, equipment and medication for invalids whose families would not otherwise get help caring for these invalid children. Currently we have about 161 families in our care.
We sponsor a picnic for the Belarusian children brought to Brockville and area by Canadian Aid for Chernobyl for a 6 week respite from the radiation in their homeland. At this time the visiting children and their host families join with the EarlyAct executive from Vanier Public School and Rotarians for games and a BBQ.
Our Rotarians co-ordinate a fall food drive to help stock our local food bank. The drive takes place leading up to the Thanksgiving weekend. Virtually every Rotary member, many EarlyAct members and many Friends of Rotary volunteer to pick up donations, sort the food by category and deliver the cases of food to the food bank. We collect in excess of 25,000 pounds of food each year and approximately $25,000 in cash. Our food bank is entirely volunteer run and serves over 1400 individuals of which 40% are children.
Rotary Brockville has made a donation of $20,500 to our local library towards refurbishing and refreshing the children’s area and providing a kids technology centre. This fits into the Rotary International focus area of Literacy.
Each week at our club meetings we present a book in recognition of our speaker to the library of one of our local junior schools. We choose the books in consultation with the school librarians and to date have donated to three schools a total of over 150 books.
The goal of this 4 day adventure in the Nation’s Capital with students from across Canada, is to teach the students about the workings of our democratic institutions, and through discussions among themselves appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian Citizenship. We sponsor two local high school students to this program.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Nepean Kanata (Silicon Valley North) this 5 day program is for senior high school students who have an interest in pursuing careers in high technology. We sponsor up to 5 students to this popular program.
This 3 day program is for high school students who have a keen interest in history. They will learn about and explore the rich heritage of life in Kingston Ontario and the surrounding regions of Canada and the US. They will be exposed to vocational opportunities with tourism, museums and more. We send up to 5 students to this adventure.
Held in Cornwall Ontario this 4 day program gives students an opportunity to interact with scientists in field biology and environmental sciences. We send two students from Brockville area schools.
In 2011, under the guidance of our Rotarian Michelle Peters, and the support of Rotary Brockville, an EarlyAct club was chartered at Vanier Public School. The students form their own executive with members from each class and conduct monthly meetings. They have been very active and have raised over $30,000 for various causes including the Smiles Program, Shelter Box and most recently for a birthday party for the children in the Chausey Orphanage in Belarus. This spring a student and his mom and Madam Peters journeyed to Belarus to bring the party to the children. The party was shared with the EarlyAct club via skype.
Each November Rotary Brockville organizes the Santa Claus Parade through downtown Brockville. It includes the usual bands, floats and clowns as well as many groups of supporters. Did you know that Mrs Claus is a Rotarian?!
Each year Rotary Brockville donates $1000 to this end-of-summer local celebration. Part of the event is the presentation of back to school backpacks to needy local children.
Each year we sponsor two students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, a two day conference in June designed to build leadership skills in high school students. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential and share their experience with other students from Quebec, Ontario and Northern New York. In district 7040 RYLA is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Rotary Brockville has made a multi-year commitment of $5000 anually to the capital campaign of this regional camp for disabled children. We also contribute $2000 to the campership fund each year as well as $2000 to the Easter Seals general campaign. We visit the camp each summer and hold a BBQ picnic for Rotarians and the children. This is always a highlight of our summer.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown Guyana and Rotary Brockville along with the Porter Foundation have joined together in the support of 3 Nursing Research in Home and Community Care Scholarships at the University of Guyana. This is a 5 year project that will be completed in 2018. The scholarship is awarded annually to students pursuing studies in community health fostering healthy communities, one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus.
Each year Rotary Brockville recognizes several outstanding members of our community by presenting them with this award in memory of the Rotary Founder. Recipients may be Rotarians who have gone above and beyond in their Rotary service or non-Rotarians whose community contributions we wish to acknowledge. These awards are marked by a contribution of $1000 US to the Rotary Foundation and the recipient receives a medal and a lapel pin in addition to their citation.
Our members volunteer monthly at this local soup kitchen to serve dinners to individuals and families in need of a good meal and some friendly company.
Each Feburary Brockville Rotarians and Rotarians from some of the other clubs in our District gather for an evening of packing and hefting as we prepare approximately 600 boxes of food staples that will be delivered to needy families and individuals in the Chausey area later in the spring when the Humanitarian Aid group visits Belarus. Each box is personally delivered by members of the team and recipients are beyond grateful for both the food and the visit.
Rotary Brockville is proud to contribute substantial funds to this program in our area. Jump Start is the corporate charity of Canadian Tire, the title sponsor of our Golf Tournament. Through Jump Start we are able to make participation in various sports activities possible for children who otherwise would be forced to sit on the sidelines due to financial constraints within their families.
Like Jump Start, this program enables children to participate in programs otherwise beyond their financial reach. Activities such as dance, theatre and music programs help them to join their peers and reach out socially.
In 2008 we contributed $5000 to help create a safe place for our canine friends to play. Hopefully this area keeps dogs out of our children’s play areas thus keeping them safe also.
Rotary Brockville assisted the Brockville Police in the creation of this community service facility centrally located in one of our low income areas with a grant of $5000 from the Burns MacDonald Memorial Fund. The purpose of this building is to bring together many of the service providers that the local families need to help them cope with various lifestyle issues, right outside their doors.
Each fall we sell Christmas cakes and shortbread cookies to raise funds to contribute to the Rotary Foundation in support of various programs of Rotary International such as youth exchanges, literacy and water projects in developing countries and support for local projects of Rotary Clubs in our district.
Rotaract is a group of young people age 18 to 30 who wish to provide service to others working through Rotary. We do not have a local Rotaract group yet so we lend our financial and moral support to the Rotaract group from Queens University.
Interact is youth in high school reaching out to provide service to others through Rotary. Our Interact club is at TISS and carries out fundraisers and projects for local and international projects. We provide financial assistance where needed
With funds raised at our Golf tournaments over the past two years Rotary Brockville has replaced 50 beds at this local Retirement and Nursing home at a cost of $100,000. These beds have improved not only patient comfort but safety as well.
This is a Rotary initiated disaster relief initiative that provides the items needed by a family displaced in a disaster all in a big green box. Included is a tent to sleep 10 people a cooking stove, utensils, sleeping bags, water purification tablets and much more. These Shelter Boxes have been shipped to disaster areas all over the world. Rotary Brockville funds two boxes per year at a cost of $1,000 U$, to help make sure boxes are available when needed.
Rotary International’s major project for the past 31 years has been the drive to eliminate the polio virus world-wide. Each year Rotary Brockville makes a monetary contribution to this fund and has had a member travel to participate in an immunization day in India. We are “this close” to eradicating polio. Rotary Internationaly has contributed $1.5 billion dollars to this cause and has been joined by the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Unicef and Bill and Melinda Gates in the fight to end polio.
For eight years now we have assisted a locally based charity support women in small Indian villages by providing sewing machines and training so that the women can earn incomes from their homes and support their families, eventually bringing them to self-sufficiency and enabling more children to attend school for longer periods.
Rotary Brockville has made a commitment to provide $100,000 over the next 3 years to help open the “first railway tunnel in Canada” to the public. The tunnel is a Canadian Heritage Site.
We have made a commitment to provide $100,000 over the next 3 years to help build this river themed major tourist attraction in the Tall Ships tower here in Brockville. Rotary’s name and symbol will be showcased at the elevator entrance to the Aquatarium.
In 1992 Rotary contributed $40,000 towards construction of the original fieldhouse at the soccer park in the north end of Brockville. With the passing of time needs have changed and repairs are necessary. Rotary Brockville has committed $100,000 towards making the fieldhouse accessible and bringing its facilities up to date, as well as upgrading the surrounding play area. The total project is estimated to cost approximately $500,000.
Over the past several years we have spearheaded and coordinated a $2,300,000 update to Rotary Park, including a splash pad, basketball court, bike pad and 2 artificial ice surfaces. The Rotary clubs themselves raised $200,000 towards that total.
Annually we contribute $1000 so that as many children as possible can benefit from attending summer camp.
Rotary Brockville sponsors Brockville Little League Baseball, Junior Soccer and Christian Hockey League teams.
We hold joint meetings with other Brockville groups to share speakers and socialization. The Queens University Alumnae, and the Brockville Chamber of Commerce are two such groups.
We provide monetary awards to a male and female athlete from our local Community College to recognize good sportsmanship.
For over 20 years Rotary Brockville has sponsored this program that brings various artifacts from the Museum’s storeroom to shut-ins at nursing homes and hospitals to foster discussion and memory recall among this often forgotten group of seniors.
Leadercast is a one day simulcast that is set up to motivate, train and develop leaders. Rotary Brockville sponsored the May event at Centennial Road Church.
We lend financial support to the Brockville Police so that they can hold free Thursday Evening Movies in the Park for local families. This has been a well-attended and well enjoyed community event.
Rotary Brockville hosted the 2016 District 7040 walk to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. Utilizing the Brock Trail and showcasing Rotary Park, the walk raised just over $10,000 U$ and showed off our beautiful city to many visiting Rotarians.
We, along with the EarlyAct Club responded to the call to support Fort McMurray after the terrible fires there.
Teams of Rotarians delivered up to 16 orders of groceries weekly from Bretts’ Value Mart. Seniors and physically challenged shut-ins were happy to hear “Rotary with your groceries” at their front door. This was a very satisfying and social hands-on activity. We raised over $1200 from this activity and turned it over to the food bank.
We contributed $2000 towards this group.