2019 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2019-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
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 ...
Thank You for Helping Make PerogyFest 2019 a Success! 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Sometimes volunteers need a moment to relax, connect and have fun. And in true Rotary Club of North Muskoka-style, we embraced our inner child was a summer camp-themed social at Rotarian Rob A. and Lynn's place! There were ...
Summer camp in Muskoka, Rotary-style 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Hats off to Rotarian Rob A. (left), who accepted the Rotarian of the Year Award from President Cara in September. The decision came after a club vote. Was it Rob's legendary baked goods? His tireless sense of humour? Being one of the first to volunteer for every club project, activity or event? His work spearheading Rotary Foundation fundraisers, community book sales, social events and more? Or taking on a leadership role within the club as membership chair? We're guessing probably all of the above, and then some. Plus, he's a pretty nice guy. Oh, and he can play the piano. Congratulations, Rob A.!
For he's a jolly-good Rotarian 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Sue (left) is our newest Rotarian! President Cara and Rotarian Rob A., membership chair, officially welcomed Rotarian Sue to the club as a fully inducted member on Sept. 12. Hooray!
Welcome, Sue! 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
It's not every day you have a club founding member celebrate a 75th birthday! Rotarian Jim S. (centre) had a chance to indulge in a sweet treat at a morning Rotary Club of North Muskoka meeting in September, after a round of Happy Birthday, of course. And a special thanks to Rotarian Rob A., who baked one of his renowned lemon cakes with which he surprised Jim S. 
Happy Birthday, Jim! 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Learning about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Perogy-Fest 2019 2019-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Businesses Care When It Comes to Huntsville Hospital 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members hosted their 2019 Presidential Changeover and Membership Social at the Hub in Huntsville on June 27. The event gave us an opportunity to thank President Steve (right) for his two years of leadership and dedication to both the club and community, and to watch President Cara (left) pick up the baton for the next two years. Members and guests ...
Rotary Starts a New Chapter with President Cara 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary at the Rodeo 2019 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Daniel thanks Mike Harrower, of Harrower Properties, after he shared some of the interesting developments happening on Crescent Road in Huntsville, home of The Hub business incubator and revitalized Algonquin Automotive property.
What's All the Hubbub at The Hub in Huntsville? 2019-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Hits Huntsville Bowl for Good Times and Fellowship 2019-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
A Helping Rotary Hand in Nepal 2019-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
What will downtown construction mean for Huntsville? Molly Ross (left) with the District of Muskoka visited our club on April to share details about several major district infrastructure projects planned for the community's core starting in 2019.
The Low-Down on Downtown Construction 2019-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
What do Rotarians do when the temperature drops and it gets dark too soon? Grab some friends, snowshoes and food for some outdoor fun and fellowship, of course! The Rotary Club of ...
Snowshoe and Fellowship in Winter 2019-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
The 2018 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of North Muskoka in partnership with the Huntsville-Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, wouldn't have been possible without the volunteers, traffic officers, spectators, more than 70 parade participants and more than 40 sponsors, including:
Thank You, 2018 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors! 2018-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Is it time to go for a walk? Join the Rotary Pooch Parade and have a paws-itively un-fur-gettable evening strolling down Main Street with your furry friends.  Don't forget your festive costumes, especially for your canine buddies!
The Rotary Pooch Parade 2018-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Rotarian Jim (left) for representing the Rotary Club of North Muskoka at the 2018 Rotary District 7010 Conference at Deerhurst Resort in October! Not only did he gather inspirational messages and important information about Rotary work at home and abroad, but he also connected with longtime friends, like Rotary District 7010 past-district governor Tom Bennett!
Where's Jim? The Rotary District 7010 Convention! 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
President-elect Cara (right) thanks Jeff Osler, case manager for community engagement and social enterprise at the District of Muskoka, for sharing information with the club about the regional government's community services department SEED (socialize, engage, educate and develop) program. What's a SEED program?
Planting the SEED for Community in Muskoka 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members and volunteers kicked off the start of the new school year with an evening in the kitchen! Here's a look at our first Helping Hungry Students monthly prep night at the Table Community Kitchen of the 2018-19 academic year, which resulted in roughly 300 meals for students in need of a warm meal:
Get Choppin' for Hungry Students! 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
How does your support of Rotary Club of North Muskoka programs help under-served kids in Huntsville and area? Melanie McLearon, director of communications and community relations for Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, shared the details of one way at a club meeting in September.
Rotary Helps Give Muskoka Kids Summer Camp Memories 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Camp Rotary takes over club meeting in August! 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Your support of Rotary Club of North Muskoka events and fundraisers helped us make a $4,000 donation in June to the Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions Kids to Camp Program, an initiative that helps at-risk children experience summer camp in Muskoka. The program offers children confidence building, life skills, leadership opportunities, a chance for fun and friendship, and memories to last a lifetime. Thank you!
Helping kids create summer camp memories in Muskoka 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Steve Koncan (left), co-founder of the new Canvas Brewing Co. in Huntsville, shares stories of the company's creation and an update on the ongoing brewery and event space construction off John Street with members in August. Oh, and he also brought beer! You can learn more about Canvas Brewing Co. at canvasbrewing.com.
Cheers to Canvas Brewing Co. 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Nancy (right) celebrates her birthday with a Death by Chocolate cake during a club executive meeting at President Steve's home held the same night as her birthday in August. And Rotarian Rob (left), who is also Nancy's husband, was one of the Rotarians helping her celebrate by enjoying some of that cake. Happy Birthday, Nancy!
Happy Birthday, Nancy! 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Kirstin Maxwell (left), manager of planning for the Town of Huntsville, joins us as a guest speaker in August to share information about the town's official plan review. The official plan, she explained, would guide development in the municipality for the next 10 to 20 years and the latest version focused on affordable housing and environmental protection. The more you know! You can read more about the official plan review at huntsville.ca.
The future of development in Huntsville 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members trekked to Toronto for the 2018 Rotary International Convention in June to join roughly 24,000 Rotarians from around the world -- including this Rotary couple (back row) from Nebraska -- in five days of fellowship, learning and inspiration. An evening at the Distillery District, a home-hosting dinner at the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club, speeches by world leaders and more filled the agenda. Check out some of our convention photos here ...
Making new friends at the 2018 Rotary Convention 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
When the summer sun is shining in Muskoka, what better club social idea than an evening hike on the new Hunters Bay Trail floating dock extension in Huntsville? Rotary Club of North Muskoka (and a four-legged friend!) spend an evening in the Great Outdoors before enjoying a potluck picnic at the Avery Beach Pavilion. Summer memories made!
Hittin' the ol' floatin' trail on Hunters Bay 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian John (right), who joins our club as an energetic member every summer, presents President Steve in August with a 2018-themed Rotary Youth Exchange conference T-shirt and a sample of Rotary Beer, a fundraising initiative in which his home club, the Rotary Club of London, participates. Was the can full? We can't remember ... Welcome back, John!
Welcome back, John! 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
How can horses help with anxiety, confidence, leadership and more? Rotary Club of North Muskoka members welcomed Sue Dixon (right) of Partnering Horses with Humans, a new Huntsville business dedicated to introducing people to the power of interacting and connecting with equines, in August. And President Steve thanked her on the club's behalf. Learn more about Partnering Horses with Humans on the company's Facebook page.
The power of horses in Huntsville 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Muskoka has an attainable housing shortage caused by, among other factors, high market prices, limited stock and low incomes, but there are innovators creating solutions. Rotary Club of North Muskoka president Steve (right) welcomed Muskoka Founders Circle representatives, including Sawdust City Brewing Co.'s Rob Engman (left), Morley Accounting Services' Theresa Morley (third from right) and Stuart Morley (second from right) in June, as they introduced 2018 Muskoka Founders Circle award winner Kim Aitken, whose innovative design would allow new-build homes possible on less-desirable rocky land in Muskoka, Parry Sound and Almaguin for attainable prices. Learn more about Muskoka Founders Circle at muskokafounderscircle.com 
Attainable homes in Muskoka 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of North Muskoka joined the 2018 Huntsville Kids' Bike Rodeo as volunteers to help area kids learn some road safety skills for riding their bikes around town. Here's a few photos of the action:
Goin' to the Huntsville Kids' Bike Rodeo 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
On April 12 we welcomed Dennis, Adele and Catherine from One Kids Place.  One Kids Place provides children from ages 0 -18 with speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and more, from Muskoka, Parry Sound and Nipissing.  For some of our group, this was the first time we had been introduced to One Kids Place, and we left with a new appreciation for the work they do!
A Visit From One Kids Place 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Club members spent a weekend peeling potatoes, rolling dough and pinching pockets!  Over 370 dozen perogies were made during our third annual fundraiser.  Here are some photos of the perogie-making action!
So Many Perogies! 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Goes to ... Huntsville Bowl! 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Gord Durnan, vice-chair and founding director for Muskoka Community Foundation, joined us in March to share the foundation's story of philanthropy in Muskoka and building a smart and caring community. 
A Bit About Muskoka Community Foundation 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Rob (left) thanks Rotarian Andrew, our newest member, with a gift for acting as one of our guest speakers in March. Andrew presented his new member classification speech, or get-to-know-you speech, to let us know a bit more about his career in records management. Welcome, Andrew!
Learning More About a New Rotarian 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Rob (left), our Rotary Foundation chair, gifts a Paul Harris Fellow to Peter Schwarzl after Peter and his wife, Carol, donated roughly 8,000 (for real!) books to our 2017 Canada Day Book Sale. What's a Paul Harris Fellow?
Books and Good Works 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Nancy, our membership chair, accepts a Paul Harris Fellow from President Steve, in honour of her dedication to financially supporting the good work of the Rotary Foundation. What the Rotary Foundation?
A Rotary Honour 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
After five years of being an active member of our Rotary family – storing Rotary gear at home, helping to host Rotary fellowship evenings and helping at Rotary events – Andrew has finally joined the club as an official member! Welcome, Andrew. Here, Rotarian Nancy, our membership chair, presents Rotarian Andrew with his club membership documents, pin and name tag on Feb. 15. It's official!
Our Newest Rotarian ... Andrew! 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Muskoka and the Rotary International Convention in Toronto 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Our club joined in Rotary Family Fun Day hosted by the Rotary Club  of Huntsville at Muskoka Heritage Place – a free afternoon of hot dogs, hot chocolate, bonfires, marshmallows, snowshoeing, skating and more – on Feb. 19.
Rotary Family Fun Day at Muskoka Heritage Place 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Rob, our Rotary Foundation chair, presents Rotarian Lynne with a Paul Harris Fellow, in recognition of her tireless efforts for club and community, during our Feb. 8 meeting. Lynne is the chair of our Helping Hungry Students hot lunch program at Huntsville High School and sponsorship co-ordinator for the annual Huntsville Santa Claus Parade, as well as a ready volunteer for every service project and fellowship event and a major donor to club fundraising initiatives, just to name a few. Thank you for everything you do to change lives in your community, Lynne!
Congratulations, Lynne! 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and volunteers get busy with chop night, a massive once-a-month meal prep for our Helping Hungry Students program that feeds students in need of a warm lunch at Huntsville High School, in January. And you better believe this bunch is a blast in the kitchen. How many students do we support?
Rotary Gets Choppin' for Hungry Students 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays elves Alison (left), Jim S. and Cara pop on some festive hats and get to shopping, as part of our club's support for the annual Salvation Army adopt-a-family Christmas campaign.
This year, we were able to help provide a bit of festive cheer, including presents and dinner, to two anonymous area families that found themselves unexpectedly on hard times.
How did we do it? Our club members generously offered freewill monetary donations from their own pockets or their businesses to help purchase a few items such as socks, pajamas, toys and more, while area businesses joined in with gift cards and additional items, too.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!
Rotary Adopts a Family for Christmas 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Register your team today! Contact Rotarian Stacey for details (contact information above). Funds raised support our at-risk youth and youth leadership programs for kids and teens in Huntsville and Lake of Bays. Hope to see you on the ice.
Join Us for Our 2018 Robbie Burns Bonspiel in January! 2018-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Huntsville and area community came out by the hundreds to welcome Santa for the 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays in partnership with the Huntsville-Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, on Nov. 24.
Making a Difference at Christmas 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
It's all fun and games at the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays' annual Christmas party, held at Portovino Wine Bar in Dwight, Lake of Bays, on Dec. 1. President Steve shows off some of our 20-member party's games, which had everyone laughing and learning a bit about each other.
Thanks to the great crew at Portovino for another memorable social event, and to Rotarians who brought their friends and families for the evening. 
Be sure to join us in 2018!
A Little Christmas Cheer 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Thank You, 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors! 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Parade Your Pooch for Prizes at the 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays and Rotary Club of Huntsville members joined forces to battle poliovirus on Huntsville's main street on Oct. 24, as part of a Rotary District 7010-wide End Polio Now campaign. Check out some of our photos:
Rotary Walks to End Polio Now 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Presents 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Presents 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
New! Rotary Pooch Parade at the Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members hit the road for a trip to Baysville, where we toured the Lake of Bays Brewing Co., for our monthly evening social Sept. 28. Check out our photos of the event:
Tourin' a Brewery 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays grabbed a coffee and welcomed Rotary District 7010 Governor Mike Kinsey at its Sept. 14 meeting. Mike shared his Rotary story and urged members to 'Be the One' to make a difference in their club, community and world.
Welcome, Mr. District Governor! 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
A stormy August didn't stop Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members and their guests from trekking for fellowship and fun in Huntsville.
Hikin' in Huntsville 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Flippin' Burgers for Rotary Projects in July 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Book Sale Raises $2K for Kids in Huntsville and Lake of Bays 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Rotarian Nick Paroschy, who Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members named their Rotarian of the Year for 2016-2017! Over the past year, Nick volunteered as our Sgt. at Arms, co-chaired the club's handmade perogie fundraiser using his family recipe, volunteered for every club project, connected with other Rotary clubs through visits and socials, and more. Three cheers for Nick!
Congratulations, Nick! 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Huntsville Hospital Foundation executive director Katherine Craine shared some of the challenges of raising millions of dollars for hospital equipment, renovations and education programs – and how the foundation plans to tackle those challenges in 2017-2018 – during a Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays meeting on May 25.
Rotary Learns About Needs at Huntsville Hospital 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Help Rotary Turn the Page on Youth Hunger and Poverty 2017-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Gets Sweet on Maple Fest 2017 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Supporting Huntsville High School's Breakfast Program in 2017 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Empowering cancer patients. Supporting family members and caregivers. Connecting health-care professionals. Educating the public. Enliven Centre for Self-Care told the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays in March that it has given itself a tall order.
Rotary learns about Enliven Muskoka 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
This is an image snapped right before the sky burst open over Huntsville with a thunderstorm on Thursday, April 27. Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members and family collecting trash for an Earth Week cleanup at the Highway 11 intersections in Huntsville didn't panic. Not about the storm anyway ...
Snakes Alive! It's a Rotary Earth Week Cleanup 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
What has potato and cheese and helps raise funds for hungry kids in Huntsville and Lake of Bays? Rotary perogies! It's the second year for the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays' homemade perogie fundraiser and once again the creation process included a lot of laughs, wine and, of course, work. Read more to find out how to get your hands on some of these delicious cheesy potato wheat pockets.
'Tis the Season for Rotary Perogies! 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays was honoured to host Rotary District 7010 governor Margaret Walton (centre) on April 20, as she led an induction ceremony for our seven newest members.
Newest additions to our Rotary family 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Stacey Van Schyndel, one of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays, shared her journey from working at McDonald's in Bracebridge to becoming a physiotherapist in Huntsville, as part of her classification speech on Jan. 19.
Introducing Rotarian Stacey Van Schyndel 2017-01-28 05:00:00Z 0


It may be January, but this photo of two Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members surrounded by gifts for our Salvation Army Huntsville adopt-a-family family reminds us that the feeling of joy we get from giving can last us throughout the year, if we let it.
Remember a Season of Giving 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Helping Hungry Students 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members were joined by roughly 20 guests for our first
Prospective Members' Social, held at the Hub, 1 Cres. Rd., in Huntsville on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Prospective Member Social at the Hub 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Summertime means party time means beach time for the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays. The club hosted its monthly evening social at Hutcheson Beach in Huntsville on July 28. And we drew the first two names for our 2016 Dine Around Huntsville-Lake of Bays restaurant raffle. Want to know who won?
A Party at the Beach and Our First 2016 Dine Around Draw 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations, Rotarian Steve! 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Dine Around Huntsville and Lake Of Bays 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0


It's official! The latest TD Summer Reading Club has made its way to the Huntsville Public Library and with it comes a new library annex for Huntsville. Librarian Beth, left, poses for a photo with Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays president Alison and fellow librarian (and Rotarian!) Amber shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony on June 30.
Rotary Helps Launch New Library Annex and Summer Reading Club 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Lynne Doyle Named 2016 Rotarian of the Year 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotarians were hard at work helping in the 2016 Kids' Rodeo at the Huntsville Public School on June 9.
This fun and educational clinic for kids aged five to 12, organized by the OPP, the Town of Huntsville's Sustainable Huntsville program and the sport therapy experts at The SportLab, ensured that they have the equipment and cycling safety skills they need for a great cycling season!
Safe Kids Bike Rodeo 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Youth exchange student offers insight into Denmark 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
A night of fellowship at 'Choir Practice' 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians kick trash to the curb for annual roadside clean-up in Huntsville 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
A Tour of the Table Community Kitchen 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Huntsville OPP Detachment Staff-Sgt. JP Graham says collaborations between police officers and services clubs in the area are part of a new approach to police services here.
A Word from the OPP 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Gets Sweeter With Maple Harvest and Potluck 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Welcomes Community Living Huntsville 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Lowell Greib of The SportLab in Huntsville joined the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays to talk about the 2016 Mayor's Bike Ride and propose a partnership with the club, on Jan. 14.
An Opportunity for Service 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays member Nick Paroschy, centre, was taken by surprise at the Rotary Christmas Party, held at Hidden Valley Resort, on Dec. 16, as club member presented him with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition, one of Rotary's most prestigious acknowledgements. Club president Alison, left, and Rotary District 7010 Governor Lise Dutrisac congratulate Nick on the accomplishment.
Rotarian Nick Becomes a Paul Harris Fellow 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Sure, it's a little late, but we just had to share these photos from our holiday breakfast meeting, held Dec. 17 before our two-week hiatus. 
Holiday Fun at Rotary 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Finding an adorable holiday gift and saving children from poliovirus? Well, that sounds like a very Merry Christmas indeed! ‪#‎Rotary‬ was at the Huntsville Place Mall this weekend! 
With that one event, over a 1000 children will be saved from poliovirus! A great Thank you from them. 
Thank You From a 1000 Children!!! 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Nov 26, 2015
Santa's Parade this year again was made possible,  thanks to the great work and generosity of a lot of people and businesses in our community.
Great thank you to our sponsors: 
and the many elves!!! 
Santa's Parade and all his Helpers Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7010 Governor Lise Dutrisac, left, visited the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays' evening meeting on Oct. 29 to share her vision for the Rotary year, enjoy some fellowship with club members and induct Rotarians Nancy and Cara with the support of Rotarian Jim, the club's membership chair. But wait, there's more ...
New Club Members as District Governor Visits 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0


Scott Ovell, community development officer for the Town of Huntsville, joined Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members as their guest speaker on Oct. 22. Scott spoke about the need to create not only economically viable communities through planning policy and job creation, but also vibrant and welcoming communities in which potential business owners and resident want to live. Service clubs such as Rotary, he said, play an important part in that.
Service Clubs and Economic Development 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members joined more than 200 Rotarians in Sudbury from Thursday, Sept. 10, to Sunday, Sept. 13, for the 2015 Rotary District 7010 Conference. Outstanding guest speakers, inspirational projects, engaging fellowship and some fun and games at Science North were just a few of the items on the weekend's agenda.
A Sudbury Saturday Night 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
OK, so nobody wants to think about blustery winds and frozen water falling from the sky, but members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays were hard at work at their morning meeting on Sept. 10, 2015, preparing for the annual Huntsville Santa Claus Parade.
And the Work Begins ... 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays members hiked the Fairy Vista Trail along Highway 60 on Aug. 27, in place of our evening meeting, before travelling to Grandview Golf Club for drinks, dinner and fellowship.
Rotary Takes a Hike 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Our assistant district governor, Janet Stead, paid a visit to our club on Aug. 13 to tell us a bit about herself, the district governor's upcoming visit and Rotary International goals for the coming year. She also brought a Rotary International President's Citation for the club, which she presented to past-president Rob Wilding. The presidential citation is a certificate acknowledging the club's achievement of the international president's goals for clubs in 2014-2015.
Assistant District Governor Janet Stead Comes to Visit 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

... Shaped Their Vision of Service Abroad.  


Late last fall these two Rotarians from the Huntsville noon-hour club came to tell us about their “Dream Team” fundraising plans to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest in support of SOS Children’s Villages and Dreams Take Flight charities.  Finally, after months of planning and fundraising, they arrived in Nepal on April 25th – the earthquake struck the country on April 26th


Kelly and Brandy shared a moving and thought-provoking slide show outlining their experiences over the next five days – it has to be seen to be believed - and even then it is hard to fathom.  The devastation, the death, and the near misses, along with stories of survival and rebuilding were riveting and humbling.


A detailed, striking slideshow helped us measure what they meant by devastating event. 


Brandy Van Gelder and Kelly Hammond sharing their experience 

Sharing Their Experience of the Earthquake in Nepal and How It... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
President Alison started the meeting today by awarding Rotarian Jim Schiedel a well-deserved Paul Harris Award.
Congratulations Jim!  
Congratulations Jim!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
...with a full house and new President! Welcome President Alison!  
Starting with new technologies as well, our Treasurer Lynne introduced a "square reader" which will allow everyone to pay direct with a credit card. No more need for our treasurer to go to the bank.
Starting a new Rotary Year... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Gilmer on Apr 26, 2015

On Earth Day, April 22, Rotarians gathered to do a bit of spring cleaning along local roads.  Here the team is all smiles as they get ready to embark on their clean-up mission.

Kevin and Brian pose with a couple trophies.

Lorraine and Susan having a great time.

Lorraine, Andrew and Susan cleaning things up.

Harry and Chris rappelling the side of the road to clean up!!! 

Earth Day Clean-Up Brian Gilmer 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
We were delighted to present a $1000 cheque to the Huntsville High School Breakfast Program. 

This program offers students a healthy breakfast including bagels, toast, corn chips, cheese, yogurt and various fruits.

Huntsville High School Breakfast Program Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jan 11, 2015


Last Monday night a team of Rotarians set on a special Culinary mission:  Provide hot, nutritious, lunches to the local hungry students.


By the end of the night kilos and pounds of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, beans, tomatoes, squash, celery, meat.... and more were cut and prepped for cooking, packaging and freezing.

On Thursday, frozen squash soup, chowder and chili were picked up from Soul Sistas kitchen along with a extra "still-warm-just-out-of-the-oven" batch of biscuits by the HHS students.  

The team is already planning to work on a carrot soup and a tomato soup, and of course some more biscuits to have ready for early next week.  

Helping Hungry Students Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Bonspiel 2015!!! Come and celebrate! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Nov 27, 2014

This are the people and businesses who support the Santa Claus Parade and make it possible.

Thank you!

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Santa's Sponsor's Wall Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Bestest Halloween party!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Guess who's coming soon!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Oct 15, 2014

ImageWe are so happy to welcome Estelle Laville, Egle Yarascavitch, Karin and Fred Maynard in our club and the Rotary family.  :)


Welcome to 4 new Rotarians!!! :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Sep 12, 2014

We were there to help :)


Alison, Marc and Ecle waiting for the crowd and ready to help people find perfect parking so they can be with the music :)

Muskoka Sound Music Festival!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
President's BBQ! Always a great opportunity for fellowship :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
A visit from the Interact Club! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Great Presentation from Ron Strickland on District Grants Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 12, 2014

Awesome BBQ at Robinson's Independent Grocer, great treats and happy Rotarians to serve you!




Fundraising BBQ ~ Yum! :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 09, 2014

It was the most fantastic team working for the community unloading the truck for the local Food Bank!
Rotarians Lorraine, Brian, Harry, Catherine and a dynamic team from Cairn Camp gmi.ilovecamp.org 



Helping the Food Bank Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Dinner Around Huntsville and Lake of Bays ~ WINNER!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on May 28, 2014

Nothing like a classification on a sunny day!  Rotarian Mark delighted us with the story of his life and his dedication to make the world a better place.  :)


A summer classification! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on May 14, 2014

Lorraine Van Luit from Motivations Fitness (www.motivationsfiness.com) told us about the benefits of exercising for health and quality of life...

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...and got us all through flexibility, cardiovascular and strenghth fitness exercises and evaluations. It was quite something!!!  :)

And we had a Birthday boy at our table !! Happy Birthday Brian!!Image


One Active Club!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 30, 2014

Our committees at work, planning and crafting the good work for next year...

Service committee

Youth Committee

Membership Committee

and the New Polio Moose has arrived...

Business meeting! Preparing for next year! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 23, 2014

Three brand new Rotarians inducted in the Rotary Family!  Marc, Lynne and Brian.  Welcome!! :)Image



And Classification speech from one of our newest Rotarian Brian Gilmer




A busy dinner tonight! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 23, 2014

It has been a long time coming but it finally happened Nick has made this classification for us this morning.


and we got to see he's always been that feisty, just came that way :D

Nick's Classification at last!!! :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Cleaning the Earth starting here! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 16, 2014

Gave us the opportunity to review the club's projects and bring a final touch the committees organization for next year.  

Lots of work and fun ahead!!! 


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Pleasant visit from Margaret our Assistant Governor this morning! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 09, 2014

Today we welcomed Barbary White from the Junior Achievement Program as our speaker.

We've learned about the benefits of that program. The core pillars of Junior Achievement are: Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Work Readiness. 
The Financial Literacy program provides important life skills that fit nicely with promoting youth volunteering.
The program is dependent on local business professionals to deliver the various programs. It is important that the children receive the programs from those who have hands-on experience in the various fields and can relate their life experiences to the class. 

The programs offered include: 


  • Grade 8 program called Economics for Success; 
  • Grade 3, Needs, Jobs and Tools where they discuss the community and how money moves around in the community; 
  • Grade 5 program entitled, Our Business World where students learn to run a business which includes deciding on a product, building a business plan, developing a budget, costing materials and labour, and putting together an advertisement to promote their product; 
  • there is also Dollars and Sense, a Grade 7 program focusing on money management, smart consumerism, fraud, credit card use, budgeting, and investing. 



Junior Achievement Program Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Apr 02, 2014

President Rob giving giving our club's participation to support great groups and projects in our community 

Kim Williams and Steve Spiers, Huntsville High School


 Family, Youth and Child Services of Muskoka


 Jo Walton, Ontario Early Years Program



Giving to the community Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Mar 19, 2014

Breakfast with MP Tony Clement this morning made for an interesting conversation over coffee and healthy food :)Image

And I mean good food :)

Special Guest Speaker MP Tony Clement Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Mar 12, 2014

Our latest contributions, Rotarian Amber and Club President Rob presenting $500 in contribution to the Ontario Early Years program for nutrition initiatives.


and another $500 to the Huntsville High School representatives for the secondary school's daily breakfast program...  :)


Contributing to our community... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Mar 05, 2014

What is media teaching out children?... and is it what we want our children to learn this is the crux of the Man Up! project Rotarian Kim Rixon from Bracebridge Muskoka Lake came to present this morning.


Man up! an education project! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Feb 21, 2014

Preparing the room for our guests:



And it all starts by welcoming our guests with beautiful music performed by the Huntsville Suzuki School of Music and all the details explained by our Masters of Ceremony Alison and Christopher!


A pretty full house...


Happy guests...


Fascinating speakers...



The Sponsors without whom we could not have done it...


  Muskoka Inn  


 Colorworks Express Autobody Centre


 Comfort Inn


 Dr. Marc and Egle Yarascavitch



Flanagan’s Food Service




Hidden Valley Resort


Huntsville High School


Maple Bluff Farms


Muskoka Party Rentals


On the Docks Pub



Robinson’s Independent Grocer


Seven Main Cafe


Soul Sistas


Sprucedale Quality Meats


Stellabratori Floral and Event Design


Stewart Food Service


Terry Gill (Artist)


Janine Marson (Artist)

Windmill Bakery

Peter Schwarzl

The Davis Family

Kevin and Susan Billingsley

It was a great way to celebrate 10 years of Service and Fellowship! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrating a Decade of Service and Fellowship!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Coming very Soon!!! FEW TICKETS LEFT!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jan 29, 2014

It is our tradition that the last meeting of the month is a dinner meeting instead of a breakfast one.
And every month it is a great opportunity to invite guests, friends and family and enjoy warmth and fellowship in a more social settings.


President Rob took the opportunity of the first dinner meeting and the mid point of the year to recap the many successes of the past 6 months, and encourage everyone to keep going with our coming projects namely the 10th year anniversary gala coming up on February 22nd and that promises to be quite an event!!  



Good food, good wine, intense conversation makes for an interesting evening :)






Our dinner meeting of the month was fantastic as always!!! :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jan 24, 2014

Don't our Scotts look great on the ice?!!  :-)









It was a great Bonspiel!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Coming soon!! Bonspiel fun!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2014-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Dec 27, 2013

Some people in our community have enjoyed great food in some of the best restaurants in Huntsville - Lake of Bays


For $5 they have won a $200 gift certificate in one of six restaurants: 3 Guys and a Stove, On the docks Pub, Tall Trees, The Norsemen, Blackburn's Steakhouse or Momiji Japanese Restaurant.

Our Winners: 


   Christina Locke branch


  Scott Aitchison receives his gift certificate from John Davis


   Susan Billingsley give her gift certificate to Janice Hay


  Nick Paroschy gives his gift certificate to Barry Bowers


Winners of our Dine around Huntsville and Lake of Bays in 2013 Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Nov 28, 2013

Community Support has been fantastic!!! 

Santa Claus Parade Sponsors:


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Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors. Thank you! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Nov 28, 2013

Thanks to everybody effort and participation, Santa was here this year again for everybody's joy!  :)


Look who's come to town!!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Nov 13, 2013

Soul Sistas Restaurant Santa's Parade headquarters.  

It is 7am, and like every thursday morning for the past few weeks we are all on the edge of our sits listening to Nick and checking what are the next steps in the organisation of the Huntsville Santa Claus Parade.





Preparing the Santa Claus Parade Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
He's Back!!! Get ready... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Oct 05, 2013

We can be proud of our representation at the District Conference, it seems though it was not a difficult commitment. Because every body came back delighted by the speakers, the fellowship here is a testimonial which I found was share by all the participants:

"I loved the conference, it was only my second time attending a conference and my feelings at the end are the same this time. I came away feeling very motivated and very blessed to be part of such a great oranization and friend to so many wonderful giving people. I enjoy very much meeting the exchange students and spending time with them at the Gala on Saturday night.  One thing I remember, top of my head, the guest speakers were awesome!!!"


Forget about Ocean's Eleven, we have Wilding's Six!!!


Exchange Students


Parade of Flags


Our Club's Gang at the District 7010 Conference Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Sep 25, 2013

Terry Gill dedicates his paintings to the healing of our environment. As he sees it is crucial that we honour the earth as sacred and protect our air and water; our lands, forests, and oceans; our wildlife; our children's future; and our planet's climate. He tries to express that love of nature in his "Impressions of Nature" These paintings reflect the many facets of nature one can find and enjoy in the natural forests of Canada. In Ontario, the Georgian Bay in the area of Parry Sound and the lakes of Muskoka has been a particular inspiration.


For more awe inspiring painting, check his website impressions of nature

Monthly evening meeting: Dinner at the Soul Sistas with Terry Gill painter of muskoka Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alison Brownlee on Sep 18, 2013

Summer camp can mean fun, friendship and fresh air, but some children are left out.

Rob Wilding, president of the Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays, said his service club wants to help change that.

The club donated $1,500 to Family, Youth and Child Services for its summer camp program on Sept. 18. The donation is half of the club’s commitment to sending at least 10 children to camp next summer.


“Without support from groups like Rotary, our program wouldn’t happen,” said camp co-ordinator Jocelyn Suddaby.

Suddaby said the agency sends about 40 kids to camp every year. The kids eligible for the program are either children in care or are connected with children’s mental health programs.

The agency works with a variety of day camps and overnight camps in the region to help give a camp experience to children between the ages of four and 16.

Suddaby said it costs the agency about $300 for one week of overnight camp, which is a substantial discount in most cases since some camps can cost more than $1,000 per week regularly.

And some camps provide spaces for free, she said.

“The camps have been great,” she said.

She said she sometimes drives kids to camp if the families are unable to get them there, which is when she gets to hear them talk excitedly about the experiences they had during the week.

She said there is an endless stream of chatter at the end of the week about new friends, inspiring camp counsellors, swimming lessons and other activities the kids may otherwise not have had access to.

Wilding smiled as he and his fellow club members presented the donation.

“This is why we raise money,” he said. “It’s great to be able to help kids.”

We help give children Summer Camp experience Alison Brownlee 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Sep 11, 2013

...and told us all about this morning.  I was fascinating!


And there is nothing like getting a presentation from somebody who had been there and met the people, including some precious time with local Rotarians.




Nick went to Ukraine... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Aug 28, 2013

 Beautiful Social event on the Beach!!!

BBQ and Fellowship Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Aug 16, 2013

Fist we do it to raise fund for the community and it turns out to be real fun on a hot summer day!!!


I can get her in the water?

Image Dunkers recruiting team...

Image I can SO get her in the water? :)Image 

Image ...the Fantastic Dunkees!

Dunk Tank Fund and Fun Raising Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Aug 07, 2013

Packed program today: First a warm visit from our District Governor Marilyn Hanson, who shared with us her inspiring Rotary life and accomplishments.

Then we welcomed a new Rotarian in our family, Lorraine Morin who has been feeding us fantastic breakfasts at her restaurant, Soul Sistas, for the last few weeks has officially joined the Rotary World family. Welcome aboard!




A Full Breakfast!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 31, 2013


The sight of happy Treasurer Amber and happy President-elect Alison, announcing our last fundraising event raised over $1300 to make the local and global world a better place.  Yess!!  :)

Start your month by making the world a better place! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 27, 2013

We have Super Bears, they save children.

For $15 you can take a Super Bear home and save 30 children from Polio.


Be a Hero! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Hotdogs! Burgers! Saussages! All proceeds for the Community! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 10, 2013

Rob Wilding our new president had a full house this morning.

Perfect opportunity to check the proceeds made with our Dunk Tank at the Huntsville Bathtub Derby Event last Saturday, and start organizing all our coming projects to make the world and our community a better place!


And when we get inspired there is always a little bit of magic in the air :)


Full house for our new President's First meeting! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jul 03, 2013

 Great attendance!


Image Beautiful gift!



President Catherine handing the gavel to President-Elect Rob...



President Changeover 2013-2014 Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Jun 20, 2013

and win a $200 gift certificate to dine in The Norsemen Lake Side Bistro, Spencer's Tall Trees Restaurant, Three Guys and a Stove, On the Docks Pub, Mimoji...



Get a "Dine around Huntsville and Lake of Bays" ticket... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
WE NOW MEET AT THE SOUL SISTAS RESTAURANT Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on May 15, 2013

Picking up winters remain on Huntville's trails...


Spring Clean up... Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Feb 25, 2013

A fantastic breakfast, Rotarian Carole and Morris delighted us with a fantastic breakfast this morning!

Doesn't it look yummy?!


The best way to start the day!

Join us for Breakfast! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on Feb 02, 2013

At the beginning of our Rotary year Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President, has brought forward the theme of Peace through Service. At the end of his speech he asked us "to understand that peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary. Peace is not something that can only be achieved through treaties, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways."

I want to put forward that the warmth of Fellowship in our club is also part of that Peace we can bring in the world. This has been the intend of the event on February 3rd, to share Peace and Fellowship with Rotarians, friends and family.

Start with warmth...


...add good company...



 and some more good company...


 good drinks...


and good food to finish...


Snowshoes and Marshmallows, a recipe for Peace and Fellowship Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2012

Image Alison Brownlee


Reporter 'humbled' with Rotarian of the Year honour

by Mandi Hargrave/Huntsville Forester

Service club has place in family history

HUNTSVILLE - Many Rotarians have good leadership skills, but as a "born leader" it wasn't too surprising that one of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville/Lake of Bays was awarded the Rotarian of the Year honour.

Alison Brownlee joined the club in July 2011 and was tasked with being the chair of the new generation committee.

"She's very ambitious and she's also very caring," said John Davis, past-president of the club. "She's always happy to come out and be involved in fundraisers and things that we do. She's a born leader."

Davis said the vote this year for the honour was an interesting one as originally it was a three-way tie between himself, Brownlee and Debi Davis. Much to her own shock, Brownlee came out on top in the second round of voting.

"In a sense it's humbling because you go into Rotary as a volunteer, you're volunteering your time because you want to give back to the community and you believe in what the organization does locally and internationally, and then when you're given an award like this you're humbled because you don't really feel like you deserve it, you don't feel like you've done anything spectacular over and above what your other club members have done," said Brownlee. "But to be recognized by them, by those amazing people, it's really special and it makes you smile, but it also makes you feel like you need to work harder so you deserve those accolades they're giving you."

While Brownlee became an official Rotarian in 2011, the service club played a role in her life as she was growing up.

"Growing up, Rotary was an organization my grandfather always wanted to belong to," she said. "When he got in it was such a privilege as far as he was concerned."

Watching her grandfather dedicate his time to the club and community inspired Brownlee to become involved as much as she could while in high school and earned her community service hours, as part of the school curriculum, by assisting at various Rotary events.
So when she moved to Huntsville and was approached by Davis to join the club she didn't hesitate.

"I was so honoured even to be asked to join this organization that I know is so important around the world and has such a great impact on the community that I jumped at the opportunity," she said. "It's an organization that I respect and one that I'm glad to be a part of and any opportunity I could take to join it, absolutely."

Being named chair of the new generation committee made Brownlee appreciate the club even more.
"At that time I was the youngest member of the club and they put me in a leadership position," she said. "I wasn't being treated as this young, new person who wouldn't be given any responsibility and I'd have to watch how it was done, they were kind of throwing me in and seeing what I could do and giving me the opportunity to try new things and learn and make mistakes and fail at trying to get projects started and succeed at others."
Her enthusiasm for the club is ever growing and she looks forward to many more years of service.


Rotarian of the Year 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Oct 02, 2012
This is a brief story about how Rotarians come together to help those in need. When the mall in Elliot Lake colapsed a few months ago they lost a great deal, one of which was their Library. Upon acquiring a new location the Rotary Club of Elliot Lake sent out a please help to our District. John Coxon from the Lindsey Club contacted our club, and so it began. With help from individuals such as the Past Mayor of Huntsville Hugh Mackenzie and his wife Anne, both avid readers, our collecting of books jumped off to a great start. Having Amber McNair a Librarian as a member of our Club also added not only to our book base but to our requirement knowledge as well. Add in the Ebbs family, Sandy a past member of our club and Vice-Principal Kelly also well read individuals and community minded with a very eclectic collection from childrens books to how to do it manuals, a few bags here and there from our members and from the giving citizens of Huntsville. Voila! We had over 75 cases of books picked up and shuffled off in Stellabratori's Flower van to meet and exchange with Mr. Coxon in the parking lot of Robinson's Independent Grocers. Thanks to all those who helped us, you share in the joy of giving learning, intrigue and literary enjoyment back to a city.    
Book Drive for Elliot Lake John Davis 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on May 16, 2012
Winding down our bingo money seemed more difficult than we thought. But at last we have two great causes out of many in our area that we can put our fundraising efforts to use in building a better place for us all to live. The first of these is Habitat for Humanity who will be building two homes in Huntsville this summer and the second you will see in the near future.

It was fabulous to have on hand at our weekly meeting two members of  Habitat for Humanity Muskoka, Ellen Frood Executive Director and Emma Platts-Boyle Volunteer Coordinator. Their explanation of what it takes to construct these homes was not only interesting but very informative to members of our club which besides giving the $2408.26 to their cause is also excited about getting our hands dirty by contributing some sweat equity to this project as well, Service Above Self not just a Motto.Image
Giving money to a great cause John Davis 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on May 16, 2012
ImageImageSorry folks for getting so far behind on some of these stories. Unfortunately a bad aortic valve does slow you down a great deal. I do however wish to post a few pictures for you to view of great events in our clubs history and there are never more important events than adding new members to our club. So here are a couple pictures of Amanda Nguyen's induction into our club.
Amanda's Induction John Davis 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Dec 21, 2011
Reverend Derek Shelly has for a number of years been kind enough to be our guest speaker during the month of December and this year was no exception. Derek's stories always brings a smile to your lips and reality to our hearts. His story telling abilities are next to none and his generocity of time and talent are much appreciated by those who have the honour of his presence. Derek Thank You.                                                                         Image
Derek Shelly's Christmas visit John Davis 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Dec 14, 2011
Our December15 meeting was a look back on 2011 and the first half of the year. We shared our success in selling Polio Bears and Polio Moose to raise money for Polio Plus and the We Are This Close Campaign. We celebrated that 10 members of our Club attended the District Conference, more than half for the very first time. We celebrated a good year with the dunk tank in spite of the weather but with the dedication of our members. We celebrated another very successful Santa Claus Parade and a great turn out for our Christmas Party.We celebrated Harry and the three A's (Alison, Amber and Amanda) all excellent new members to our club. We also set the wheels in motion for 2012 with a New President and a full compliment of executive members.  
Last Club Business for 2011 John Davis 2011-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Dec 07, 2011
December 8, saw the President of the Huntsville Hospital Auxilary  Helen Sparkes address our club about what their organization does to assist the Hospital and to ask us to support their Calender campaign.This is a great organization with many dedicated members working to assist us all.

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Hospital Auxilary John Davis 2011-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Nov 30, 2011
Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your opinion I have no pictures of the Santa Claus Parade. I do however have much praise for everyone for coming out and doing your share and that goes for the spouses, the children of club members, and the friends and family members who are great friends of our club for all your assistance. Once again we put on a parade we could be very proud of. I do however have pictures from our Christmas Party at the Norseman Restaurant. I am not sure we made a great impression on the other guest at the restaurant with our pitifull singing of O'Canada but we were proud and loud and maybe we should be happy with that. The food was fabulous the company, well they were Rotarians and Spouses and Friends, could you ask for anything better than that? You will see from the pictures of the Muskoka Moose that we were also generous with others and those ImageImagecombined with the $1000.00 cheque made the Salvation Army happy as well.
Christmas in Huntsville John Davis 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Nov 23, 2011
ImageIt is always great to have a new member join your club and even greater when that person has a perpetual smile on her face. Such is the character and disposition of Alison Brownlee.She told us a bit about her upbringing and how she lived and worked on farms and picked fruit and learned how to trim the trees for better access to the fruit as well as to increase the yield of the harvest. She didn't complain about the moving or the hardships that caused at least one of those moves but instaed she spoke proudly and glowingly about her parents and her brother. Alison talked about her grand parents and how her Grandfather was a Rotarian who gave back to his community and how this had influenced her to join when she had been ask by me to become a member of our club. Alison failed to say that at the ripe old age of seventeen she was already attending Guelph University. We are glad that Alison brought her sunny disposition and desire to emmulate her Grandfather's dedication to Rotary, here to Huntsville and more particular the Rotary Club of Huntsville Lake of Bays where she is already Chair of the New Generations Committee.
Alison Browlee's classification presentation John Davis 2011-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Nov 16, 2011
November17 saw us visit a possible new home and club assembly. This was a visit to Robinson's Independent Grocers and a chance for everyone to visit a new site proposed by Jim Schiedel. Jim shopped for the food and many were on hand early to help set up the room and get the food out.The meeting was very well attended which was good because we also talked about the Rotary Club of Huntsville Lake of Bays Santa Claus Parade to be held next week. This is a giant undertaking so everyone is expected to be at their stations to make this a safe a memorable event for the children of Huntsville and area. We also have a number of friends and either past or hopefully new members come out to assist. We also talked about our Christmas Party happening on December ! and again reminded members about bringing family and possible new members to this evening meeting. Everyone seemed very impressed with the cleanliness and delivery of breakfast. we wi vote on whether to stay at our present location or relocat here at out next regular meeting.  
Club Assembly John Davis 2011-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Nov 09, 2011

Image   ImageIn keeping with the Foundation Theme of the month DG Brian Menton had been invited a few months back to present Two New Paul Harris Fellowships to John and Debi Davis. Luck would have it that Brian would have the opportunity to participate in a larger Paul Harris Ceremony as William Corrigan had donated to the End Polio Campaign making him a Paul Harris Fellow Plus Two recipient, a very prestigious honour to him and his family as well as to the Club and a great example to all in attendance.

We were also fortunate to have a great new member awaiting induction into our Rotary Family. A brand new ceremony to our club was used to Induct Amber McNair to the Rotary Club of Huntsville Lake of Bays. This new ceremony allowed for the participation of more members of the executive as well as the sponsor in the ceremony itself. I hope Amber felt the warmth and the support that this ceremony was intended to give her and that she is more than just a member of a Rotary Club she is a Rotarian and will be seen as such around the world. I think both of these ceremonies went well if only from my biased view. DG Menton finished off the meeting by sharing with us a few of his many visual memories in his visits across this great District of 7010. Brian mentioned that each club was different in its make up and its way of raising funds or even delivery of Rotary's message. What he did say was that the message was always the same "Service Above Self" and that we should all be proud of what we had accomplished as individual clubs, as a District and in our Global efforts for Peace, Education and Compassion.

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Posted by John Davis on Nov 02, 2011

November as many of you know is Polio month so what better way to start off the month than with a visit from the District Chair of End Polio Now, Janet Stead. Janet's passion for Rotary in general and Polio in particular was evidenced in the power point presentation she had compiled for us. It is very hard for my mind and I am sure others to comprehend in this new world of miracle drugs and daily research breakthroughs of advancement in HIV, cancer, heart disease and others that an old disease such as polio should still have such a dabilitating hold on such a large segment of the world's population. Janet's message certainly grounded me and I know others to the importance we must continue to place on the eradication of this disaease. We can take great pride in how far Rotary has come in it's fight to eliminate Polio and the many partners we have attracted to assist, but we must not rest, for Polio won't and any decline in our efforts will certainly see an increase in Polio cases around the world. How fortuative it was to have Dianne Litchfield a victim of polio herself give us a testimonial of just how frightning this disease was and still is. Certainly an eye openner for us all and I believe we are more determined than ever in our efforts to sell our Moose and contribute to what one hopes will be the last and greatest victory in this war against Polio.   

End Polio Now, Janet Stead John Davis 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Oct 26, 2011
This week was a fabulous time to get to know one of our very own. Harry Schulz gave his classification speech which we all thoroughly enjoyed. There won't be a picture with this story because unlike many of us who like to see our picture far and wide Harry prefers anonymity and his privacy. Harry has done many things from working in a factory, offices, flipping houses to managing the overall maintenance of a large resort. He has traveled a fair bit, retaining much of the knowledge he acquired on those journeys Harry has cheated death and even over come debilitating circumstances that lessor humans may simply have succumb to.He enjoys the simple things in life, the smell of nature, the sights and sounds of thing around him every day and the thrill of hitting the open road with his beautiful wife Catherine behind him on his new BMW. Harry is someone who questions why and why not and is naturally philanthropic in nature. He is a great addition to our club and I look forward to his greater involvement with fundraising and giving as we move forward and the club continues to grow.
Harry tells all John Davis 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Janet and Dan, John and Debi more Polio Fund contributors John Davis 2011-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Some Glamour shots of those willing to pay $20.00 to End Polio Now Fundraiser Alison, Susan & Darlene John Davis 2011-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Oct 19, 2011

October was a month of reflecting on what we saw and heard at District Conference. A time to look within to embrace humanity, not just for today but into the future and not just within ourselves but our communities and our club as well. The benefit of writing this article later affords me the opportunity to say that we looked inside our club and we have learned very well as will be evidenced in future stories. 

Wow how did I get so far behind? John Davis 2011-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Sep 28, 2011

ImageThursday morning as ten of our club members prepare for the Annual District Conference we had the privilege of meeting and hearing from our sister clubs exchange student. Viktor Ozec is a student from Croatia in fact the very first Rotary Exchange student from his country. Viktor's command of the English language is truly exceptional which will make his stay in Huntsville even more memorable for him and for his host families. Viktor told us about his country and his education system which is quite different from ours, at home he would be studying 16 different subjects where as here he will only study 4 each semester. School in his homeland begins at 8 in the morning and finishes at 2 with all extra curricular activities such as sports or music etc are carried on after school is excused for the day. Viktor is a master saxophonist and is already part of four different bands in the school, the one difference he articulated between the two countries was that at home his music is mostly theory with little practicum  and here he gets to play a great deal in class and out. Viktor is also an accomplished athlete in Handball and Volleyball so he has become a welcome addition to Huntsville Highs Volleyball roster. I am sure with Viktors fine manners and out going personality that he will add much to the local scene and take many fond memories home to Croatia.

Viktor was accompanied on his visit to our club by Rob Saunders member of the Huntsville Rotary Club and at present Host Family to Viktor. Rob took a few minutes to make are club aware of the benefits of hosting an exchange student as well as some of the draw backs, some of the great joys a host family can experience as well as the obligations they undertake in bringing a stranger into their home. He talked about the life time friendships that have developed over the years with students who have come to Huntsville and how they have returned with their parents and siblings honoured to introduce them to their extended families. I can tell you from my own experience of sending a child to a foreign country and taking one in from somewhere else that the experience is well worth the effort and perhaps our club in the near future will participate in this adventure.   

Exchange Student Viktor being thanked by Alison with Ebbs Maple Syrup (YUM) John Davis 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Sep 21, 2011

ImageOur Guest speaker for September 22, 2011 was Ellen Frood, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka. Two of the biggest issues facing residents of Huntsville are poor wages and poor housing. Ellen was here to share her knowledge on how we could help with the two builds in Huntsville in 2012 by Habitat.

During the course of her presentation Ellen answered many of the questions involved with a project of this magnitude, from acquiring land, materials, financing and man power. She informed us how Habitat is the builder, the banker, the insurer and the friend. She explained how members of our club can participate not just financially but we can swing hammers and saw boards as well. She also explained some of the other positions that are required for a successful building, these include project manager, materials acquisition and volunteer co-ordinator just to mention a few. The selection process for a family to own a home was also very interesting and we were informed about the number of hours a family must give to their own home in order to receive one. Members of Habitat teach them how to budget their money first in order to qualify and secondly how to keep up their payments and how to maintain their new home so as to build equity in it for their family. How to keep their property neat and clean and properly cared for so as to contribute their part in their new community.

It was a very informative meeting with some great questions afterwards, like can these families sell their house, who gets first choice of it and any other restrictions? Knowing Habitat gets first choice means some other deserving family may also receive a home. One very important point is these homes are not given to the people but are paid for by the fortunate chosen family. Cost however are kept very reasonable by the many subsidized items that Habitat gets including some materials and labour.

I felt good about having Ellen in our midst and Habitat in our community. I hope we can give some time and energy to this project as well as a little money. 

Pictured with Ellen is our Chair of Administration and Co-ordinator of our Guest Speakers Dan Duke. Ellen was one of the first to purchase a Polar Bear for Polio Eradication for just $15.00. Thanks Ellen. 

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Induction of New Member Harry Schulz, Sponsor Catherine Cabrol Schulz & Past President Morris John Davis 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Noah LaPierre " Can you say Dunk" John Davis 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Morris receives Paul Harris from DG Brian Menton John Davis 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Aug 23, 2011

ImageImageImageImageImageOur first social of this Rotary year was hosted by Rotarian Rob Wilding and his wife Nancy at their home on Brunel Road. Although this was to be an evening at and in the water the weather man had a different thought so it was moved to the farm house which didn't diminish the good times one bit. Everyone arrived with a special dish in hand be it desert or salad there was plenty for all and with Rob and Nancy supplying the corn and burgers you knew no one was going home hungry except maybe Debi who was on a restrictive diet, having unfortunately made an appointment for a medical procedure the next day which did not allow for anything other than liquids.

Many of the Rotarians brought along guest which was one of the purposes of the evening as this event was organized by the Membership Committee and it's Chair Jim Schiedel and members Susan Billingsley, Rob Wilding and Darlene Hunka. Those who were fortunate enough to bring a guest had their names put in a hat for an opportunity to win a new jacket embossed with our Huntsville Lake of Bays Rotary Club Logo on it, this was a highly sot after prize which was won by Past President Morris Eccles. The true winners of the evening were those in attendance, for they had the opportunity for some fun and fellowship not just with Club Members but their significant others and the perspective new Rotarians that were are guests. I hope we will see most of these guest at our next regular meeting of September 1, 2011 when we will have an excellent Guest Speaker in Ms. Heather Moore from the District of Muskoka. 

The evening ended with some exceptional fireworks put on by Mother Nature. Thanks to all who attended it was a great evening and I for one look forward to doing it again soon, perhaps with a little less food. As they say at the Zoo "please don't feed the animals, especially the over weight ones". I will have pictures of this event and the Dunk tank if I can get them out of the camera (technical stuff) and into my computer.

Celebrating Summer at the Wildings 08/24/2011 John Davis 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Aug 10, 2011

This weeks Guest Speaker was Leah Blenkinsop a past Exchange Student from Kincardine Ontario who went to South Africa. This however was not the purpose of Leah's visit, she came to tell us about her position as Project Leader for Katimavik-Huntsville. 

Leah and two of her house leaders came to tell us about their experience in Katimavik and just a few of the volunteer jobs they had taken on so far. They also reminded us that they are available to assist groups such as ours in the Community. These 17 year old individuals came from British Columbia and New Brunswick with the intent of serving as volunteers for six months in our community. It is Katimaviks policy not to place students in their home province but rather to combine English and French speaking youth together in a different Province, thus affording them an experience of culture, language, topography and weather as well as the warmth of Canadians in different regions. Did I mention various forms of mosquitoes, deer flies, black flies etc. 

They live, work, prepare their own meals, eat and sleep in their own house within the community. It is a great experience for them and for us. Anyone wishing to contact Leah her email is huntsville@katimavik.org. For more info try www.katimavik.org

 Three Katimavik Volunteers @ Chartwell along with Employee. 

                                                                                           Leah, John Stewart, Alexa, Nick and President John

Three Katimavik helpers at ChartwelImage 

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Posted by John Davis on Aug 03, 2011

Our meeting of August 4, 2011 saw a number of visitors to the Huntsville Lake of Bays Club. They included John Stewart from a London Rotary Club an annual summer visitor, Kim Rixon a member of the Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Club visitor and Guest Speaker as well as Janet Stead -Past President of the Rotary Club of Washago & Area-Centennial, Chair of the Polio Plus for 7010 as well as organizer and promoter of RI International Conference 2012 in Bangkok Thailand. Special Guest Assistant DG Dan Herbert.

After opening ceremonies and breakfast we had a RI Foundation Minute from Chair Debi who pointed out some interesting things in this month's Rotarian, she also gave a date that Janet Stead will be back as our guest speaker. Jim Schiedel gave us a membership minute by reminding everyone of the up coming get together at the Cox's beach on August 24. Bring a potential member and friend to join in the fun special draws will be made. Kevin Billingsley gave us the dates for upcoming Dunk Tank events run by us as well as rentals. (see pictures further along)

At this point Miss Alison Brownlee was formally introduced and her Induction Ceremony was performed by Assistant District Governor Dan Herbert. It is always nice to have a District Officer perform some of these ceremonies so I as President can take it all in and glean something new. Dan did an excellent job of laying out the duties and responsibilities a new member has to herself and the club and finished it off with a presentation to Alison of her certificate of membership, a copy of the Four Way Test and her Rotary pin as well as this years theme pin ( reach within to embrace humanity). Alison immediately thanked the members of the club for being so warm and open to her and for making her welcome in our club. Alison stated that she not only likes the people in the club but enjoys how much everyone is involved in the community and the topics and information that is part of morning conversation.

We finished with our draw which was won by Debi who drew a card that said collect .25 from every member not here. So those of you away last week bring an extra quarter for Debi. 

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New Month New Member Inducted 08/04/11 John Davis 2011-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Jul 20, 2011

Rotary Club of Huntsville Lake of Bays # 64678


Executive Committee Members



Past President Morris Eccles, President John K. Davis, President-Elect Catherine Cabrol Schulz,                Secretary Carole Ann Stoddard, Treasurer William Corrigan

Board of Directors Executive Board plus Committee Chairs and Sergeant-At Arms

Peter Redwood

Service Committee Chair- Steve Lavigne, Members—Kevin Billingsley, Doreen Corey, Bill Corrigan

Foundation Committee Chair -Debi Davis, Members--- Morris Eccles, Peter Gleed, Sandy Ebbs, Harry Schulz

Administration Committee Chair-Scott Conner, Members---Peter Redwood, Dan Duke, Carole Ann Stoddard

Membership Committee Chair-Jim Schiedel, Members---Susan Billingsley, Darlene Hunka, Rob Wilding

New Generations Committee Chair – Alison Brownlee, Members—Rob Wilding, John Davis

Note -President John K. Davis and President-Elect Catherine Cabrol Schulz are ex-officio members of all Committees.

Santa Claus Parade Committee Co-Chairs—Susan Billingsley and Peter Redwood

Special Events Chair—Rob Wilding


Membership Chairs and Committee Members John Davis 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Davis on Jul 20, 2011

Club Business

July 21, 2011

The Meeting kicked off with Past President Morris recognizing President John and Foundation Chair Debi with their perfect Attendance pins for 2010-2011 and acknowledged Sergeant at Arms Peter Redwood for being just one meeting short. Over all a very successful year for attendance but it is our hope, to have many more members receive one of these pins.

Dunk Tank

Kevin reported on the successful Firefly Festival held Friday, July 15th where we added $752. to the bottom line.  Suggestions for future Dunk Tank events include:  wider fencing for wayward balls, better location with less traffic in line of ball throwing, water to have extra shot of chlorine or bleach.  John expressed gratitude to the dunkees and has sent a card of thanks to each participant on the wet seat.

Future dates for the dunk tank include:

Sat. August 13th                       Water Festival/ River Mill Park                      1pm to 5pm

Sat. August 20th                       Sidewalk Sale/Main Street Huntsville                        11am to 3pm

Sat. August 27th                       The Pines (Bracebridge)   Private function rental.

Dunkees must be over 10 years old and tall enough that his or her head is above the water.  All participants under the age of 18 must have parent sign off.  Minimum 4 people at a time for each event  (preferably for shifts of 1 to 2 hours each).  Concern was expressed over # of dunkees required and various ideas were presented on where to obtain dunkees.  Family of Rotarians were available for the Firefly Festival.  Susan will email schedule for members to sign up.

Rainbow Bingo – Bill reported he expects final cheque due in another week.  Bill also reported there is a drop safe available for sale.

Foundation Committee– Debi has teddy bears for sale where profits go to Polio Plus.  Bears are $15.00.  Foundation meeting scheduled for next week.

Administration Meeting/Guest Speakers – we need help from all members to provide guest speakers – another thought was to move the meetings around to showcase some local businesses in the summer months. This will be discussed further when Chair Scott calls a meeting of his Committee.

Membership Committee – meeting to be held soon (memo out for Tues. July 26)

Board Meeting – scheduled for 3rd Wednesday each month.  TBA on next Board Meeting.

Clubrunner  - John requested all members go onto the clubrunner for information or to the Rotary Club of Huntsville/Lake of Bays (no password required)

District Conference – John reported our club is involved in the home hosting either by volunteering or through donations.


Community Service Meeting – Chair Steve held an emergency meeting the week of the Firefly Festival in order to acquire and arrange individuals to assist Kevin in setting up and operating the Dunk Tank. An email went out with a list of dunkee names the very next day with many contributors.


Executive Meeting 8pm 07/21/2011

Attendance:  Debi, John, Jim, Bill, Carole, Morris, Peter

Membership was discussed with great news expected on Thursday July 28, 2011

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Posted by John Davis on Jul 13, 2011

Mentor Program
by John Davis

David Holman was our guest speaker at the meeting of July 14, 2011. We had two guests in attendance for a very informative presentation by Mr. Holman on how our club could become involved in a new initiative. This new program deals with the mentoring of individuals with disabilities in our community or even outside it. This new program is a joint venture of Provincial, Federal and Rotary participants working together in order to generate more opportunities for employment by those with mental or physical challenges. Many times the only thing holding these individuals back is a lack of confidence, lack of interview skills or even a lack of knowledge on the part of the potential employer. We have much to learn but this program is geared to teaching us and I think there was a genuine interest for a high level of participation from club members.

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Posted by John Davis on Jul 06, 2011

What a visit we had with our District Governor Brian Menton and as I said in the title Governess Dorothy. These two individuals are what Rotary is all about. They could not have driven home Ri President Kalyan Banerjee's theme more if they had written it themselves. This couple is loving of each other, their family, their Rotary family, their community and the world.

They are and will be, here for us throughout this year and I think well beyond. They are very genuine in wanting our club to grow and for each one of it's members to prosper not just in monetary wealth but in philanthropic knowledge and giving. We can and must help others in need, whether they live next door, in the next community or the next country. We must look within ourselves in order to truly embrace Humanity, I know Brian and Dorothy already have and their guidance will be a beacon to us all to emulate. It is to bad we can't have them visit every week as they are so very inspirational but they will be back for the District Conference in Rosseau so plan to attend.  

Distict Governor and (Governess) Brian and Dorothy Menton John Davis 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William (Bill) Corrigan on Jun 30, 2011

On July 1, 2011, Catherine Cabrol-Schulz was sworn in as a Canadian citizen in Orillia


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Posted by John Davis on Jun 29, 2011
Past President Peter Schwarzl was on hand to induct the New Executive for 2011-2012 Past President Morris Eccles, President John K. Davis, President-Elect Catherine Cabrol Schulz, Secretary Carole Ann Stoddart, Treasurer Bill Corrigan, Sergeant-at-Arms Peter Redwood, Foundation Chair Debi Davis, Administration Chair Scott Conner, Community Service Chair Steve Lavigne and Membership Chair Jim Schiedel.
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Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz on May 26, 2011

The Rotary Club of Huntsville/Lake of Bays Dunk Tank is available for your strategic planning this year.
  • Excellent fund raising opportunity for your group.
  • Great for corporate events and team building.
  • Good fun for family events this summer.
  • The rotary club will transport it and set it up anywhere in Muskoka including supply of water
Minimum Use time is 3 hours.

Dunk Tank comes already insured for your event.

For information and rental, please call: Kevin at 705-789-7086 

Dunk Tank Fun is Back! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz

$5 to win a $200 Gift Certificate at That Little Place by The Light, On The Docks Pub, Soul Sistas Restaurant, Bo's Authentic Thai Cuisine, Muskoka On The Rocks Pub Restaurant or The Moose Cafe.  Draws start on June 26th. 2014 and will take place on the last Thursday of each months for 6 months. 



Dine around Huntsville and Lake of Bays !!! We're doing it again :) Catherine Cabrol Schulz 0
Rent our Dunk Tank!! Have fun!! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz

This morning President Catherine walked through the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual report. An opportunity to look all the major accomplishments achieved this year and the tangible results of our work and contributions.

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Santa is in town! And so was Joy! Catherine Cabrol Schulz 0
Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz

Image Jim Schiedel and Chris Watson

It was our joy and privilege to welcome Chris Watson as a new member of our club. 

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ImageAlan Patton and Rob Wilding

Alan Paton, former board member for the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation, came to our breakfast meeting and spoke with the club about the foundation's plans to relocate to a new site, which will support both the food bank and a men's shelter.

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Posted by Catherine Cabrol Schulz

Rotary International’s 2013 convention in Portugal is fast approaching, but Rotary Club of Huntsville Lakes of Bays member Alison Brownlee is still reveling in her trip to Thailand for the 2012 convention in Bangkok this past spring.  Alison says her experience in Thailand was one of the most memorable she will ever have, not only because the country she stayed in for two weeks was stunningly beautiful, but also because the international convention opened the new Rotarian’s eyes to Rotary’s impact worldwide.

   Alison with RC Sudbury President Lisa Demers at an outdoor market in Bangkok 


The first five days of Alison’s trip were dedicated to the conference. After travelling 25 hours to Bangkok from Toronto (with a brief stopover at the Shanghai airport in China), the wearing traveller welcomed the rest afforded by sitting in a chair at the convention.
But while in that chair, Alison says she heard some of the most impassioned speakers discuss topics such as Rotary’s collaborative projects that bring water, education and health care to people in developing countries. Others spoke about youth’s increasing involvement in humanitarian leadership. And still more spoke about Rotary’s ceaseless commitment to ending polio.

 A beautiful view of the river Kwai


“Going to Thailand as a Rotarian not only gave me an opportunity to see what a diverse and influential humanitarian organization Rotary International is, but it also enabled me to experience firsthand Rotary’s purpose of building peace through international fellowship and understanding,” says Alison.
Polio eradication was in the spotlight for much of the convention. Rotary Foundation trustee John Germ told the more than 35,000 Rotarians attending the convention that Rotary had exceeded its $200 million fundraising goal to help eliminate the debilitating disease, but more help was needed.
John said the final one per cent of the disease was the hardest to treat because those affected are largely in war-torn, remote or politically unstable regions in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  Rotary’s leaders urged members to continue the fight against polio.
“We can’t stop until the world is polio free,” said John. “That was the promise.”


    Convention main stage designed with 2011-2012 theme "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity"


Rotary International’s 2012-13 president, Sakuji Tanaka, was introduced during the convention. Tanaka spoke about his vision of peace as more than just the absence of war. But he explained Rotary also helps create peace in the simplest sense – by reducing conflict. “Peace means different things to different people. No definition is right or wrong,” said Tanaka. “No matter what peace means to us, Rotary can help us achieve it.” He then unveiled his presidential theme of Peace Through Service.

Alison, as her club’s new generations chair, attended seminars geared toward youth involvement in Rotary. Speakers discussed how important it is to instill Rotary’s message of service above self in youth in our communities as earlier as possible, whether through Interact clubs, youth exchange programs or volunteer opportunities.

The convention was also filled with cultural demonstration that included traditional dance routines, Muay Thai boxing, and musical performances.  Alison’s travels to the Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Kho Chiang regions in Thailand after the convention enhanced her cultural understanding of the country further.
She regaled the club with stories of visits to elephant sanctuaries, sacred Buddhist temples and national rainforest parks (it was in the parks that she discovered spiders the size of her face, she says).

Alison encouraged every Rotarian to attend an international convention not only to participate in Rotary International’s principle annual event, but to learn more about the countries in which the conventions are held.

Bangkok Rotary Convention tales Catherine Cabrol Schulz 0
House keeping at the Club, Suzanne Willett gave us a very informative update on her life John Davis 0
Morris receiving club awards (his expression says "is that all?") and a view from our room John Davis 0
On the bus--Debi and John partying and Alison trying to sleep or was she pretending she didn't know us? The Bright Yellow jacket gave her away. John Davis 0
At the Gala Ball with Catherine, Harry, Morris, Carole, Alison, Caine (GSE Leader from Japan) and Debi, can you say Saki John Davis 0
Darlene, Susan, Carole, Debi and Alison Cruising on the RMS Seguin John Davis 0
Sergeant At Arms or (four tough broads) You know when they are smiling you have to be in trouble John Davis 0
If you have ever tried to herd chickens you will know why there are only Morris, John,Jim, Alison, Darlene,Carole, Susan and Catherine in this picture John Davis 0