Recent Stories

 

 

Rotary Member Emeritus 

During the year-end changeover dinner meeting on July 9/18, the Rotary Club of Arnprior awarded John Litva with a Rotary Member Emeritus award in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to Rotary. John is a Past President of the Club.

Photo below from Left to Right, Leo Hughes, Dave Palmer (in coming President) and seated is John Litva

 

 

Paul Harris Fellowship Award

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions.  Several Rotary Club of Arnprior members were awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship on Monday during the club's annual changeover meeting at the residence of Rod & Vila Smith’s . This year the award went to three Rotarians. They were Dave Palmer for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation, Rod Smith and Mike Steeves for “service above self.” These Rotarians have joined past and present Rotarians in receiving this prestigious honour.

 

Rod presenting the Paul Harris Award to Dave Palmer

 

Another sellout year for the Annual Mad Duck Race ticket sales 2018.

The Rotary Club of Arnprior 9th annual Mad Duck Race took place on July 1. This year saw another sell out in ticket sales. Fifteen hundred ducks floated down the Madaswaska River.  Money raised from the sale of these tickets will go towards the Grove Re-development in Arnprior. 

The winners for this year’s Mad Duck Race were

1st ........ Forrest Williams     ...   $1000.00  

2nd....... Kim  Palmer             ...   $500.00

Thank you to all those who supported us by purchasing tickets.

The ducks will be resting up for next year.

All photos below are courtesy of Buena Dejoode

Rotarians, family and friends showed up in kayaks, canoes and a boat to help catch the ducks as they floated away on the mighty Madawaska River. 

Photo above showing Terry Dawson reading the winning numbers. 

5 members from the Rotary Club of Arnprior are attending the 109th Rotary Convention in Toronto.
At the opening day of the Convention are Gerhard and Jane Peters, Bruce Buie, Vila & Rod Smith
 
 
 

Induction Of New Members
On June 4th 2018, the Rotary Club of Arnprior welcomed two new members with the induction of Larry Moher and Diana Tomazin. 
Terry welcomed Larry to the Club with a brief introduction. 
Larry grew up in Ottawa and pursued a career in electrical merchandise sales.  After his retirement in 2008 he moved to Arnprior where he works part-time at Home Hardware. Larry is an avid traveller and has made 6 major overseas trips. Larry particularly likes the international focus of Rotary and hopes to get actively involved with Rotary. 
Terry Dawson presented Larry with a Rotary pin and badge.
Larry will be mentored by Terry. 
 
Bruce Buie welcomed Diana to the Club with a brief introduction.
Diana grew up in St. Catherine’s and has relocated  herself along with her mother to Arnprior where she has had a Family Law practice since 2011.  Diana enjoys travelling and her travels have taken her mainly to Europe. Diana is very encouraged by the global involvement of Rotary and is looking forward to getting involved with Rotary.
Bruce presented Diana with the Rotary pin and badge. Bruce will also mentor Diana. 
Welcome Larry and Diana to the Rotary Club of 
 
From left to  right
Bruce Buie, Diana Tomazin  Larry Moher, Terry Dawson and Rod Smith
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In the Spring of 2018, a group of "Me to We" students from Arnprior District High School (ADHS) travelled to Quito, Ecuador and the surrounding areas on an educational trip.  The students learned much about life in Ecuador including the interests of similarly aged students and did a number of activities such as planting trees on a farm, constructing a new kitchen for a school, visiting a cacao farm, and, as a highlight, visiting the Amazon rain forest. 

 

Students Tessa and Kaylee along with their teacher Mark Wroe presented a 4 1/2 minute video of their trip to the Rotary Club of Arnprior on May 14. The Club donated $2,200 to the group of  students to assist with the trip out of proceeds from the 2018 Arnprior Rotary Cash Calendar fundraiser. Art students at ADHS partnered on the project by providing most of the artwork for the calendar.

Pictured below Rotarian/Treasurer Jane Peters, Students Tessa and Kaylee, Rod Smith President of The Rotary Club of Arnprior and in the background ADHS teacher and one of the chaperones Mark Wroe

 

 
ROTARY DAY IN ARNPRIOR
May 23, 2018 was proclaimed “Rotary Day by Mayor David Reid and the Arnprior Town Council.
A number of events were organized to celebrate Rotary Day.
The celebration started with the raising of the Rotary flag at Town Hall by Mayor Reid and Rotary founding member Leo Hughes. Joining in the special occasion were Town Councillors, members of the public and Rotarians.
 
 
 

Refreshments and snacks were provided to the public at a Rotary booth at the corner of Madawaska Blvd and John St. S. Rotarians sold Mad Duck Race Tickets to be drawn on Canada Day for a cash prize of $1000 for 1st prize and $500 for the runner up. Tickets were also sold for the 2018 Rotary Cash Calendar.
 
 

A Tree planting ceremony was held at the corner near the Rotary community benches by the Mayor, Gallery Gift Shop representative Tara Pocket and new Rotary Club of Arnprior members Buena Dejoode and Larry Moher.
   
 
 
 
 
 
The President of Arnprior Rotary Club Rod Smith announced a Rotary 
Club of Arnprior donation of an  equipment item (Patient Lift with 
Scale, $7300) for the Arnprior Grove Redevelopment Project. Present 
for this announcement was Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board 
member Chris Coady. Rod was pleased that the Rotary Club of Arnprior 
could show early leadership in supporting the Grove fundraising 
campaign along with other service clubs, businesses and individuals and 
urged the community to jump on board the campaign 
 
 
 
Wrapping up the day’s celebrations was a draw for the winning
ticket for the special $400 Rotary Day Prize, from the sale of the 
Arnprior 
Rotary Club Cash Calendar. The draw was made by Dave Pelkey of the 
Vintage Crate and the winner was Kim Peters. The winner of the April 
Cash Calendar monthly draw, Roberta Ferguson, was awarded her $200 
 
 
 
A short video capturing the highlights of the day is available  by 
following this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBofagSqdAI
The Rotary club of Arnprior would like to thank Paul Lavictoire for
video taping this event. Paul is a Friend of Rotary. 
Terry the “Duck guy” takes his responsibilities very seriously! Check out the front seat.

 

 

New Member Induction

Andrew Simms was welcomed to the Arnprior Rotary Club by Club President Rod Smith. Pictured here is Brian Patterson who is Andrew’s mentor donning the Rotary pin during the induction.

 

Welcome Andrew

 

 

 The winning ticket for the special $400 Rotary Day Prize, from the sale

of the Arnprior Rotary Club Cash Calendar was made by Dave Pelkey of 

the Vintage Crate and the winner was Kim Peters.

The winner of  April Cash Calendar monthly draw, Roberta Ferguson, was awarded her 

$200 prize

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Rotary Club of Arnprior is proud to present the 9th ANNUAL ROTARY
DUCK RACE 
A fundraiser to support the many good works of the Club in
the local community. Buy your duck for only $5.00 each and watch it float
to victory on the Madawaska River on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1st, 2018.
1500 rubber ducks will be released into the Madawaska River to race for the
finish line. The Grand prize for $1000 will be awarded to the winner and the
runner up will receive $500.
 
 
You can buy these tickets from Rotarians at the following locations:
Canadian Tire, Metro, No Frills and Giant Tiger.
Breakfast ‘N Learn is a monthly education session held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. This program is both a social and educational affair organized by the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program.
The morning starts with a delicious hot breakfast followed by guest professionals speaking on chosen topics of interest to all Seniors age 55 and over.
At a recent Breakfast N learn session held at East Side Mario, members of the Arnprior Rotary club spoke about Rotary and what services the club offers both at the local and international level. Present at the breakfast were Rotarians Terry Dawson, Rod Smith (President), and Brian Patterson. 
 
The $200 Cash Calendar February monthly draw was rewarded to Larry Belcourt at the Feb 12/18 Rotary Club of Arnprior meeting at the Kenwood Corporate Centre. Larry is seen in the middle of the attached photo, flanked by Rotarians Buena Dejoode on the left and David Grant on the right. Larry expressed his sincere thanks to Rotary members for their many good works. He very generously donated his prize back to the Rotary Club to be put towards supporting ongoing efforts in the community. Together with the $1000 early bird draw and January monthly prizes, this is the third Cash Calendar prize awarded to date. 
Rotarians Jane & Gerry Peters hand over $2,200 to some of the ADHS students going on the Me to We trip to Ecuador, shown with teachers Nicole White and Mark Wroe. ADHS Students helped with Arnprior Rotary’s 1st Cash Calendar Project which are still for sale at Keller Williams.
We selling Cash Calendars with total prizes of $5,000 on 18 different dates!!
 
Artwork done by ADHS students, celebrating different aspects of Rotary.
 
Early Bird Draw of $1,000 won by Ann Walsh, of Arnprior.  Congratulations!!  The tickets for winners are put back in the Drum for the next draw.

As Canada turned 150, the Arnprior Rotary club celebrated Canada Day with its own celebration of “The Annual Rotary Mad Duck Race”. This event has been going on for 10 years. 

1500 ducks were dumped in the Madawaska River.

Retrieving the ducks came in various forms. Motor boats, a dog, seadooers and kayakers. Happy Birthday Canada and a good job done Rotarians. It was another fundraiser sellout year. 


 
 
 
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