Posted by Vila Smith on May 15, 2018




Schedule of Events

Arnprior Rotary Day

    May 23, 2018


At Arnprior Town Hall:

10:30 am​ Raise Rotary flag with Mayor David Reid


At SW Corner of John St. and Madawaska Blvd.:


11:00 am​ Start Serving Refreshments and Timbits to General Public at SW Corner of John and Madawaska

Sell Mad Duck Race Tickets


11:00 am​Tree planting ceremony

Participants:​Mayor and/or Councilors 

​​Gallery Gift Shop Representative

​​​New Members, Rotary Club of Arnprior


11:30 am​Announce Rotary Club of Arnprior Donation of Equipment Item (Patient Lift with Scale) for Arnprior Redevelopment Project


Participants:​Board member(s) ArnpriorRegional Health 

Bruce Hill, Executive Director, Arnprior Regional Health Foundation


12:00 pm​Winning Ticket Draw for Rotary Day Prize, Arnprior Rotary Club Cash Calendar

​Drawn By:​Dave Pelkey, The Vintage Crate


1:00 pm ​End of Rotary Day Events


Event Contact:


Rodney Smith, President, Rotary Club of Arnprior

613-889- 2705





Arnprior Rotary Day

      May 23, 2018  


Rotary Day


The Rotary Club of Arnprior received its inaugural charter on May 23, 1987. To mark the 31st anniversary of the Club, the Arnprior Town Council will proclaim Rotary Day in Arnprior on this date and the Rotary flag will be flown at Town Hall.  


The flag raising ceremony will be attended by Mayor David Reid and Rotary members including Club founding member Rev. Leo Hughes.  


Tree Planting Ceremony


Rotary “recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself” (Rotary International President, Ian Risley).


To this end and to assist the community of Arnprior in its extraordinary downtown re-development and beautification efforts, the Rotary Club of Arnprior will purchase and plant a flowering crab tree in the plaza next to and owned by the Gallery Gift Shop.  Milliken Landscaping and Garden Centre will prepare the planting site at their expense. 


Invited tree planting “assistants” will include members of Council, owners of the Gallery Gift Shop and new members of the Rotary Club of Arnprior.


Rotary Club of Arnprior Donation of Equipment Item (Patient Lift with Scale) for Arnprior Redevelopment Project


The redevelopment of the Arnprior Grove will add a much-needed 36 beds to the 60-bed nursing home facility and will provide a central location for the delivery of expanded seniors’ wellness programs in the community.  The community must raise $5 million (including $1 million for vitally needed new equipment) towards the $24-$27 million project, the balance coming from the province.  The average number of seniors’ beds in the community has long been below the provincial average, forcing seniors in need to leave the community for care – resulting in family disruptions, nursing home residents living in unfamiliar circumstances and additional and often unsafe travel for the visitors of residents.  Because of these obstacles, many seniors in need have remained in the community, either without receiving needed care or staying in and overtaxing long-term care facilities in the hospital.  


By coming forward as an early contributor to the community fund raising campaign for new and very much needed equipment for the Grove redevelopment, the Rotary Club of Arnprior hopes to rally others in helping to serve seniors in need. The Rotary Club of Arnprior has responded positively to students at Arnprior District High School in helping them in their efforts to support the Grove redevelopment.


The item to be purchased is a “Maxi Move Lift with Scale” to move residents efficiently and safely while providing care. The equipment purchase will have a direct impact on the ability to furnish health care services to Grove residents and the quality of the services.  The item will cost $7300. 


Representatives of Arnprior Regional Health and the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation will participate in this announcement.


Winning Ticket Draw for Rotary Day Prize, ArnpriorRotary Club Cash Calendar


While having made and sold many calendars in the community over the years, the Rotary Club of Arnpriorredefined this fundraiser by changing it to a successful cash calendar for 2018.  Ads were sold in the calendar to promote local businesses.  Monthly prizes and other special draws have been held including one on Rotary Day, May 23, 2018.  


Dave Pelkey , owner of The Village Crate and an advertiser in the 2018 cash calendar, will draw the winning ticket at the Rotary Day event and a phone call will be made immediately to the winner.


Mad Duck Race Tickets

Rotarians will be selling Mad Duck Race tickets ($5) during the event. This is a long-standing and signature Rotary fundraiser in the community.  Each ticket number corresponds to a numbered rubber duck that will be dropped into the Madawaska River from the Madawaska Blvd bridge on July 1st. The first two ducks crossing the finish line will win a prize for their ticket owners. 


This is very much a fun event for the public and Rotarians and reflects the fundamental attitude of Rotarians to nurture fun and fellowship amongst ourselves and our many partners and benefactors.






About Rotary 


Rotarians are committed professionals and business leaders who share a common drive to provide service.


The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self”. 


There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries with over 1.2 million members worldwide.  Rotary works locally and globally. It is the world’s first and most international service club.  


The Rotary Club of Arnprior provides service through:


Expanding the Horizons of Youth

• Library Summer Reading Program
• Dictionary of Life texts for grade 3 students, 4-Way Test Awards for deserving elementary school graduates and Who is Nobody program
• Arnprior District High School student support including Rotary Interact Club mentorship, educational trip sponsorship (Ecuador 2018) and Science Fair entry support
• Rotary Foundation International Youth Exchange Program


Community Leadership

• Sponsors of the Canadian Blood Services Clinics held in Arnprior
• Leading role in The Town of Arnprior’s MilleniumProject – The Millenium Trails
• Initiated and erected The Arnprior Highway Sign in honour of Rotary’s Centennial (2005)
• Regular financial contributor to Arnprior Regional Health including the Community Physician Recruitment Campaign and the Grove Nursing Home
• Movable shelves purchased for Library
• Community benches purchased for downtown


International Leadership 

• Contributed to Rotary International’s final push to eradicate polio in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The most ambitious humanitarian program ever undertaken by a private organization. A handful of cases remain worldwide!
• Provided Shelter Boxes for immediate disaster relief in Nepal and Philippines
• Supported a Health Clinic in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
• Supported HIV orphan, eye glasses and drainage projects in Thailand
• Assisted in well-drilling projects in Africa and Guatemala
• Contributed to Syrian refugee relocation to Canada
• Contributed medical equipment to a hospital in the Caribbean and medical supplies in Belisle
• Supported school projects in Bolivia and Costa Rica



Fund Raising Activities

• Arnprior Rotary Cash Calendar
• Sale of holiday fruit cakes 
• Mad Duck Race on Madawaska River
• Sale of Arnprior-opoly game 


The Club meets every Monday at 7:00 pm at the Kenwood Corporate Centre, Rm 102, 16 Edward St S, Arnprior. All are welcome.

This special event notice was prepared by Rod Smith, President Rotary Club of Arnprior 

May 15/18