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On a chilly Monday morning in March, several members from the Rotary Club of Arnprior, came with their shovels, picks and hand tools to put up two Grove Fundraising Campaign progress signs (aka the Thermometers). The first Grove Thermometer sign is now located on Madawaska Blvd in front of RONA whilst the second sign went up on Daniel Street at Desjardins Insurance (formerly State Farm Insurance) across from Canadian Tire).

Thanks to the following, Arnprior Regional Health Foundation for providing the supplies, Wayne Croft for the construction of these signs, RONA/Sullivan’s for donating the materials and cement blocks to hold the signs in position and Robert Hughes from Hughes Brittle Printing for the printing of the signs and providing assistance in delivering the structures to the sites. 

The campaign goal of the Arnprior District Hospital is to raise $5 million towards the Grove Nursing Home of which $4 million is needed to help build the new Home and $1 million for the purchase of new hospital medical equipment.

Photograph courtesy of Vila Smith (Rotarian).

Rotarians from left to right: Bruce Buie, Gerhard Peters, David Grant, Dave Palmer, Mike Steeves, Rod Smith and Bruce Hill, Executive Director, Arnprior Regional Health Foundation

A.J. Charbonneau Public School in Arnprior offers a variety of programs and services that help students succeed at school. The school has been offering a Snack Program for the past few years, with the assistance of the Renfrew County Food for learning grant and community partners. They offer healthy snacks at both nutrition breaks, prepared by their life skills program.  This program is offered to all grades, JK through Grade 8.  

By promoting healthy eating and providing nutrition programs in school settings, students have the potential of achieving optimal health, growth and intellectual development. Many children come to school without breakfast, for a variety of reasons.  This translates into a child’s inability to concentrate, increased restlessness and disruptive behavior, which affects the learning conditions in the classroom.

The Rotary Club of Arnprior is pleased to support this program and seen here presenting a cheque to Ms. Lisa Murphy, Principal of A.J. Charbonneau, is President Elect and Foundation Chair Gerhard Peters. 


Photograph courtesy of Vila Smith 




2019 Cash Calendar Winners 

Congratulations to the following winners.

The Early Bird winners drawn on the Nov. 24th Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale


Lucien Clouthier $500

M. Sullivan & Sons $300 Sponsor and donated it back to the club  

Donna Gunn $200



January 7 - M. Sullivan & Sons Sponsor and donated it back to the club

February 4 - Adrienne Smith 

March 4 - Elliot Martin 

Special Draw Family Day

February 18 - Joseph Antrozi 

Rev Leo is at it once again, selling the newly released 2019 Rotary Cash Calendars.

Leo Hughes is well known throughout Arnprior and the Valley for his benevolent activities and is working again to support good causes.

A major portion of funds raised will be going towards the redevelopment of the Grove and Arnprior Hospital including equipment and other things in the community such as support to the Mobility Van.

In mid July, Marlayna Griffin a grade 11 student at Arnprior District High School attended the 2018 Students On Ice Arctic expedition. 

Many local businesses and charitable organizations including the Rotary club of Arnprior were happy to help Marlayna achieve this amazing educational opportunity.



The Rotary Club of Arnprior has helped with Shelter Boxes by providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disasters. In appreciation, to continue to support disaster relief the Club has received a ShelterBox Canada Hero Bronze certificate.




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

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


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 
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:
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
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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2019 Cash Calendar Winners 

Congratulations to the following winners.

The Early Bird winners drawn on the Nov. 24th Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale


Lucien Clouthier $500

M. Sullivan & Sons $300 Sponsor and donated it back to the club  

Donna Gunn $200



January 7 - M. Sullivan & Sons Sponsor and donated it back to the club

February 4 - Adrienne Smith 

March 4 - Elliot Martin 

Special Draw Family Day

February 18 - Joseph Antrozi 

Early Bird Draw November 25, 2017
Ann Walsh (Arnprior) $1000
Monthly Winners 
January 8, 2018
Lina Mancuso (Kanata) $200
February 5, 2018
Larry Belcourt (Dunrobin) $200
March 5, 2018
Diane Major (Arnprior) $200
April 9, 2018
Roberta Ferguson (Arnprior) $200
May 7, 2018
Brian Syme (Pakenham) $200
June 4, 2018
Morgan Jones (Arnprior) $200
July 9, 2018
Zoe Zamojski (Arnprior) $200
August, 2018
Dorothy Aube
September 2018
Sharon McCallum
October 2018
Jean Cassidy 
November 2018
Patrick Smith
December 2018
Tom Hughes
Congratulations everyone
Special Day Winners 
Family Day - February 19, 2018 
Rod McCallum (Arnprior) $300
Mother’s Day - May 13, 2018
Nancy Maynard (Calgary) $300
Rotary Day - May 23, 2018
Kim Hammond (Arnprior) $400
Father’s Day - June 17, 2018
Thomas White (Ottawa) $300
Thanksgiving Day Winner
Leslie Dagleish
DUCK RACE - JULY 1, 2018
1st Prize Winner - $1000 
Forrest Williams
Rod Smith presenting the cheque to Forrest Williams winner of the $1000 prize for the Mad duck Race
2nd prize winner
Kim Palmer - $500
Presenting the cheque for $500 to Kim Palmer 2nd prize winner are Rotarians David Grant (L) and Terry Dawson (R)
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 1, 2018
Thanksgiving - October 8, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 3, 2018
NEXT EARLY BIRD DRAW - November 24, 2018
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Service Above Self

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Kenwood Corporate Centre, Room 102
16 Edward St South
(corner Edward St S & William St W)
Arnprior, ON  K7S 3W4
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