Arnprior Rotary Club supports Grandma Cares Program Vila Smith/Harry Kamen 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
10th Annual Duck Race Vila Smith 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Events in July 


July 1st - 10th Annual Rotary Madawaska Duck Race followed by Fellowship at the residence of Rotarian Terry and Joyce Dawson.

July 1st - No Rotary Meeting 

July 1st - Calendar Draw

July 8 - Official Hand Over, where Gerhard Peters will assume the duties as Club President. Meeting will be at Jane’s and Gerhard’s house. Pot Luck, will be at 6 p.m.



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Posted by Vila Smith on May 06, 2019

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

Rotary Day winner $400.00

Janet Simmonds

Father’s Day winner

Darlene Mullens 



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

February 4 - Adrienne Smith 

March 4 - Elliot Martin 

April 1 - Marion Neill

Special Draw Family Day

February 18 - Joseph Antrozi

March 3- Elliot Martin

April 1 Marion Neil

May 6 - Chris Jensen

June 3 - Kyle & Sarah Graham

July 1st - Jacques Lalonde


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Posted on Apr 29, 2019



On Thursday April 25, the Grade 3 students of A.J. Charbonneau Public School were individually presented with free beautifully illustrated dictionaries to take home and use throughout their educational development. 


The Dictionaries 4 Life program is a literacy program that had its origin with Rotary in the UK. It was first embraced by the Rotary Club of West Ottawa in District 7040 and more recently by more than a dozen other Rotary Clubs in District 7040. 

These dictionaries will not only help the children with the English language but stimulate their interest in various subjects. Children will learn to use dictionaries efficiently to explore the spelling of words and their meaning. 


Before making the book presentation we talked to the students about Rotary and the various projects we are involved in the community and also internationally. 

The looks of delight as the students received their dictionaries and printed their names in them is what makes the whole effort so worthwhile. 


Our thanks to Lisa Murphy Principal of A.J.Charbonneau School of the Renfrew County District School Board for making this possible and Rotarians David Grant, Rod Smith and Vila Smith for presenting the Dictionaries.

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Leo Hughes at home with his wife Margaret. .  Photo courtesy of Derek Dunn/Metroland.


Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, has granted the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Rotarian Leo Hughes of Arnprior.


The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is a Canadian decoration which recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. 


The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers will be awarded to Reverend Dr. Leo Hughes during a ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Arnprior on May 23rd. The 87-year-old Mr. Hughes has been an exceptional volunteer in the community, co-founding the Arnprior branch of the Rotary Club, providing support to the local Legion and veterans and for years as reverend of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

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Certificate of Recognition Gerhard Peters/ Vila Smith 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

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.

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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.


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Posted by Vila Smith on Jun 24, 2018
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
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Posted by Vila Smith on Jun 13, 2018

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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Posted by Vila smith on May 30, 2018

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


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Posted by Vila Smith on May 25, 2018
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. 
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Rotary Day celebrations link Vila Smith 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Terry the “Duck guy” takes his responsibilities very seriously! Check out the front seat.
Terry the Duck man Vila Smith 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Arnprior Rotary Members celebrates Rotary Day Vila Smith 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Day Cash Calendar winner Vila Smith 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vila Smith on May 23, 2018

 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






April Cash calendar winner Vila Smith 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0



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



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Posted on May 13, 2018
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.
The Ducks Are Back In Town Vila Smith 2018-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 04, 2018
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. 
Sharing Rotary’s Stories in the Community Vila Smith 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2018
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. 
Cash Calendar Larry Belcourt
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Posted on Dec 16, 2017
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.
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Rotary Cash Calendar Project Reaps Rewards for ADHS Students Jane Peters 2017-12-16 05:00:00Z 0 ADHS
Posted on Jul 01, 2017

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 8 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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Arnprior Rotary Club Canada Day Duck Race Vilasini Smith 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0 Canada Day,Duck Race
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Excellent Presentation of the full story of the discovery of the Franklin ship Erasmus.
Ryan Harris, Senior underwater archeologist with Parks Canada, was the presenter.  The Franklin Expedition has inspired and perplexed seamen and landlubbers alike, for decades. Erebus was discovered at Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.  The ship sits in 11 metres of water. Preserved in frigid arctic waters, the site provides a breath-taking view into the past.
Below:  Superfans Lucas and Evan Raz with Ryan Harris
Also enjoy the video of the pre-Presentation singing of Stan Rogers ' NorthWest Passage', by the one-performance Franklin Singers, featuring Steve Duffield.
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