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Rotary Club of North Muskoka joined thousands of Rotarians around the world June 20 and 21 for the first Rotary International Convention held virtually since Rotary International was founded in 1905.  The ability to connect from the comfort of our homes during the COVID-19 crisis gave a moment to reflect on the purpose of Rotary as a "service above self" humanitarian service club.
 
Virtual sessions focused not only on the international efforts of Rotary on COVID-19, but also the responsibility to be leaders in diversity and peace abroad and at home, in addition to the humanitarian work that was already underway before the crisis struck, including clean water and hygiene projects and medical technology funding initiatives.
 
Mark Maloney, president for Rotary International, noted in a speech that positive change in the world will not come quickly or easily, but he encouraged clubs to take decades of building peace internationally and apply it to the communities where we live. He urged everyone to rise to this moment in history.
 
 
 

We've all been indoors – a lot – these days. So we turned our weekly online meeting on April 23 into an Earth Day recognition event! Club members, instead of attending a meeting, were asked to do something Earth-friendly, whether that meant collecting trash in their area if they felt it safe to do so, heading into the garden for some one-on-one time with nature, or tying their laces for a walk outside. Club members were also asked to snap and share photos of their activities. Rotarian Amber got down to business, safely collecting waste near her home. And it looks like she had an opinion on how much she was able to find. Thanks, Amber!

 
Mike Vadlja (left), fire prevention officer, and Gary Monahan, deputy fire chief, from the Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Department, are thanked by President Cara after sharing information about Children's Safety Villages some members of the department had visited in southern Ontario, during a club meeting in January. It was certainly a topic of interest for our club, which is focused on children and youth in northern Muskoka. Thanks for the enlightening talk, Gary and Mike!
 
The 2019 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade saw thousands of children and adults fill sidewalks along Main and King William streets to watch dozens of floats kindle the holiday spirit ... even if it was a little cold! But the parade, hosted by the Rotary Club of North Muskoka in partnership with the Huntsville-Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, wouldn't have been possible without our volunteers and sponsors. 
 
Beverly Lashbrook (left), executive director for Hospice Huntsville, and Melissa Polischuck, fund development and public relations co-ordinator, visited Rotary Club of North Muskoka president Cara and members in December to share a bit about the end-of-life care organization's programs and how club members could help.
 
Marcy Hill, ministry director for The Door Youth Centre in Huntsville, visited our club this fall to talk about the youth drop-in centre and what's in store for its future, as need continues in the community.
 
The 2019 Rotary District 7010 Conference came right into the Rotary Club of North Muskoka's backyard when it arrived at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville ... so club members made their way to the three-day event to learn the latest about Rotary, hear inspirational and thought-provoking stories from keynote speakers, hear about Rotary projects at home and abroad, and reconnect with friends from across the district at fellowship events, including the Poutine, Pints and Plaid dinner on Saturday night. 
 
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Rotary Club of North Muskoka's first PerogyFest a reality on Sept. 28! The nearly sold-out event at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville saw about 190 supporters attend for some homemade perogies, dancing, fellowship and fundraising. And a special thank you to our generous event sponsors Canvas Brewing Co., Bullock's Your Independent GrocerSoul Sistas Cafe and RestaurantPortage Promo and Hunters Bay Radio. The event raised ...
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North Muskoka

Service Above Self

Thursdays @ 7 a.m.
Soul Sistas Restaurant
68 West Road
Huntsville, ON  P1H 1L8
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