2021 Santa's Light Up the Night Map is Here! 2021-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Sign Up for Santa's Light Up the Night 2021 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Media Release - Santa’s Light Up the Night returns in 2021 as Huntsville parade postponed to 2022 2021-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tulips to Bloom in Huntsville in Spring 2021-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rallying for Rotary and Community 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pinches a Pile of Perogies in 2021! 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Caffeine for a Cause in North Muskoka 2021-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
A Bundle of Books for Do-Goodery 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Mystery Bag Book Sale on September 4! 2021-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Cheers and applause for our newest Paul Harris Fellow 2021-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
An Introduction to Water First 2021-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Coffee Fundraiser Returns! 2021-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
An unexpected year – and the Rotary president who led us through it 2021-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
The power of summer literacy and how Rotary helps 2021-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Sweet Life of Honey Bees in Muskoka 2021-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
A pandemic and why inclusion is essential 2021-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
A helping hand is the Rotary way 2021-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
A hefty haul for Earth Day 2021-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary shows community spirit on Earth Day 2021 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

The Road So Far for Huntsville's The Door

A Zoom screenshot of Marcy.
 
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members invited Marcy Hill, ministry director for The Door Youth Centre in Huntsville, to share some stories about the nonprofit organization's road so far in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Road So Far for Huntsville's The Door 2021-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Mix It Up with a Muffin Workshop

A laptop screen shows nine Rotary club members as they make muffins in their homes.
(Photos by Rotarian Nick)
 
What's a breakfast club without muffins? Rotary Club of North Muskoka members put their pastry skills to the test with a virtual muffin-making workshop hosted by Rotarian, and former Soul Sistas Restaurant and Cafe owner, Lorraine for a fun meeting activity in March. But how did they turn out?
Rotarians Mix It Up with a Muffin Workshop 2021-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome, Rotary District Governor-Elect! 2021-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Native Tree Fundraiser

A poster for the Rotaract Club of Muskoka's Native Tree Fundraiser.
 
The Rotaract Club of Muskoka is selling native white pine, white spruce, silver maple and white oak trees for $15 each and has partnered with area Rotary clubs, like our Rotary Club of North Muskoka, to offer pickup locations across Muskoka.
 
Rotaract Native Tree Fundraiser 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Talks Housing in Huntsville

A screenshot of Huntsville town council member Nancy Alcock.
 
High market prices, low rental vacancy rates, and demand on the rise as more people relocate from cities to smaller communities like Huntsville. The housing crisis in Huntsville, Muskoka and Ontario is on everyone's mind. And our club asked Huntsville deputy mayor Nancy Alcock, chair of the town's planning committee, to share her perspective and what solutions are on the table.
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A Murder-Mystery Night In with Rotary 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Sky River Meadows

A photo of a woman sitting in a meadow. She is surrounded by miniature goats.
(President Cara meets some of the goats at Sky River Farm in Utterson. Photo courtesy President Cara)
 
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members welcomed Angee Pell, founder of Sky River Meadows in Utterson, as a guest speaker in January.
And here's what we learned ...
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Huntsville and Area Lights Up the Night in 2020 2020-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
A Virtual Tour of the 2020 Santa's Light Up the Night Homes and Businesses 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
LIVE: Santa's Light Up the Night 2020 2020-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Spot the Rotary Signs to help Light Up the Night! 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Santa's Light Up the Night Contest and Tour 2020

(Muskoka Seniors gets in the spirit for Santa's Light Up the Night 2020. Photo courtesy Muskoka Seniors)
 
 
 
Limited paper copies available at Christmas Tyme, 78 Main St. E., in downtown Huntsville
 
Then cast your vote for Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Business
 
Santa will announce the winners during a Facebook Live virtual event broadcast from Christmas Tyme on Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 7 p.m.
 
Visit our website or find Rotary Club of North Muskoka on Facebook to tune in
Santa's Light Up the Night Contest and Tour 2020 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Santa's Light Up the Night 2020 Tour Nov. 20 to 27 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Nothing Can Stop Rotary Perogie Weekend

 
When life throws you lemons, set them gently aside and make perogies instead.
 
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members, with help from volunteers and our fellow Rotarians with the Rotary Club of Huntsville Evening Satellite Club, were determined to continue our annual handmade Ukrainian perogie fundraiser, despite all the roadblocks 2020 has put in the world's path.
 
So, with physical distancing, masks, participant limits and other additional safety measures in place, volunteers assembled more than 100 dozen of the potato-and-cheese-filled dough pockets for sale to a hungry and compassionate public! 
 
All the work happened in the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation's commercial kitchen. 
 
And a most important thank you to Rotarian Nick and his wife, Vivian, for their tireless and essential leadership in this labour-intensive but fun and fulfilling weekend of Rotary at Work!
 
Nothing Can Stop Rotary Perogie Weekend 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Finds a New Way to Meet

 
While the weather held out, Rotary Club of North Muskoka members got creative with our weekly meetings! We launched hybrid meetings twice a month where members who felt comfortable meeting with physical distance in person could do so, while others could connect to the meeting from home via video conferencing ...
Rotary Finds a New Way to Meet 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome, District Governor!

 
Rotary Club of North Muskoka members welcomed Rotary District 7010 Governor Lynne Chant as our guest speaker on Nov. 5!
 
Lynne's inspiring words reminded us that, while the world is quite different these days, a little creativity can go a long way, not only in how we host club meetings, but in how we aspire to serve our community. 
 
She was particularly impressed with how our club has embraced digital technology for meetings. We also often host hybrid meetings - some members meet in person with physical distancing and masks as others join in via video conferencing from home - to create a flexible environment that allows people to feel most comfortable as they continue to engage with their club members. 
 
And our district governor was also pleased to see that, while the COVID-19 crisis has led to public health and municipal direction to postpone the annual Huntsville Santa Claus Parade until 2021, club members had created a new community engagement initiative called Santa's Light Up the Night to help keep community connected through the festive winter season. 
 
And we continue to strive to serve our community in other ways - including a physically distanced perogie making weekend in October so we could offer the delightful potato-and-cheese-stuffed dough pockets as usual to community members and raise funds for club youth service projects - and are always open to new ideas. Have an idea, or do you see an unfulfilled need in the community? Send us an email to let us know!
Welcome, District Governor! 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Get Ready to 'Light Up the Night' in 2020, Huntsville! 2020-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Huntsville 2020 Santa Claus Parade cancellation notice

The Rotary Club of North Muskoka regretfully announces that, due to restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Huntsville Santa Claus Parade has been postponed to 2021.
 
The decision is based on direction from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit officials and the Town of Huntsville. 
 
However, to all the children and community members of Huntsville, and the businesses that have supported the parade in years past, we want to assure you that we are hard at work coming up with a safe alternative event for the 2020 holiday season. We are hopeful that Santa will still be able to make an appearance during this special event, too!
 
Find more information as it becomes available on our website, rotaryclubofnorthmuskoka.com.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Rotary Club of North Muskoka
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Rotary Reaches Out for Literacy

 
Rotarian Amber (left), who is also the youth services librarian for Huntsville Public Library, accepts a $400 donation from President Cara – with proper physical distancing of course! – toward the library's 2020 TD Summer Reading Program initiative. The program celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, while inspiring kids, teens and adults in a lifelong  love of reading. Funds helped support prizes to encourage reading at all ages this summer.
And did you know? Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary International's six areas of focus. Those areas of focus aim to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts!
Rotary Reaches Out for Literacy 2020-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connects Around the World ... Virtually!

 

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.
 
 
 
Rotary Connects Around the World ... Virtually! 2020-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary for Earth Day ... COVID-19 Style

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!

 
Rotary for Earth Day ... COVID-19 Style 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
How our Rotary club is coping with COVID-19 2020-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Children's Safety Village

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!
Children's Safety Village 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

How Hospice Huntsville Helps Youth

 
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.
How Hospice Huntsville Helps Youth 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

What's The Door Youth Centre?

 
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.
What's The Door Youth Centre? 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

A-Conferencing We Will Go!

 
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-Conferencing We Will Go! 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You, 2019 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors!

 
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. 
Thank You, 2019 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors! 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
2019 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade 2019-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You for Helping Make PerogyFest 2019 a Success!

 
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

Summer camp in Muskoka, Rotary-style

 
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

For he's a jolly-good Rotarian

 
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

Welcome, Sue!

 
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!
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Happy Birthday, Jim!

 
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. 
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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 Starts a New Chapter with President Cara

 
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 ...
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Rotary at the Rodeo 2019 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

What's All the Hubbub at The Hub in Huntsville?

 
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

The Low-Down on Downtown Construction

 
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

Snowshoe and Fellowship in Winter

 
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 ...
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Thank You, 2018 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade Sponsors!

 
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

The Rotary Pooch Parade

 
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!
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Where's Jim? The Rotary District 7010 Convention!

 
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

Planting the SEED for Community in Muskoka

 
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

Get Choppin' for Hungry Students!

 
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

Rotary Helps Give Muskoka Kids Summer Camp Memories

 
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

Helping kids create summer camp memories in Muskoka

 
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

Cheers to Canvas Brewing Co.

 
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

Happy Birthday, Nancy!

 
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

The future of development in Huntsville

 
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

Making new friends at the 2018 Rotary Convention

 
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

Hittin' the ol' floatin' trail on Hunters Bay

 
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

Welcome back, John!

 
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

The power of horses in Huntsville

 
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

Attainable homes in Muskoka

 
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

Goin' to the Huntsville Kids' Bike Rodeo

 
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

A Visit From One Kids Place

 
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

So Many Perogies!

 
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

A Bit About Muskoka Community Foundation

 
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

Learning More About a New Rotarian

 
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

Books and Good Works

 
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

A Rotary Honour

 
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

Our Newest Rotarian ... Andrew!

 
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
Rotary Family Fun Day at Muskoka Heritage Place 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations, Lynne!

 
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

Rotary Gets Choppin' for Hungry Students

 
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 Adopts a Family for Christmas

 
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!
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Join Us for Our 2018 Robbie Burns Bonspiel in January!

 
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

Making a Difference at Christmas

 
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

A Little Christmas Cheer

 
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!
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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 Walks to End Polio Now

 
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

Rotary Presents 2017 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade

 
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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

Tourin' a Brewery

 
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:
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Welcome, Mr. District Governor!

 
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

Hikin' in Huntsville

 
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, Nick!

 
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

Rotary Learns About Needs at Huntsville Hospital

 
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

Rotary learns about Enliven Muskoka

 
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

Snakes Alive! It's a Rotary Earth Week Cleanup

 
 
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

'Tis the Season for Rotary Perogies!

 
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

Newest additions to our Rotary family

 
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.
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Introducing Rotarian Stacey Van Schyndel

 
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

Remember a Season of Giving

 

 
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.
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