Alison Brownlee, Andrew Zanier, Deanna Lavigne, Rob Wilding, Nancy Wilding pictured celebrating Rotary. Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka


The Rotary Clubs in Huntsville celebrate 90+ years of service! 

On Saturday May 11th all three Huntsville Rotary Clubs gathered together at the Huntsville Legion to celebrate some milestones. The Rotary Club of Huntsville celebrated a whopping 90 years of service, the Rotary Club of North Muskoka Celebrated 20 years and the Rotary Twilight Club celebrated 4 years. 

Clubs shared history and memorable projects, and awards were granted to Paul Harris Fellows, followed by cake, celebration and fellowship.  

Anne Wiega and president Lynne Doyle celebrate! Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka.

The Rotary Club of Huntsville has an extensive history, including the making of the Rotary Beach on Lake Vernon (now Hutcheson Beach) in 1940 and they have brought musicals to the community for 43 years. The Rotary Club of North Muskoka is responsible for the yearly Santa Claus Parade, and the new Sensory Garden located in Riverside Park. The Twilight club is known for their hands-on projects, whether it is helping to paint the Aspdin Wildlife Centre or rejuvenate Chrysalis, the local women’s shelter. 

Marc Yarascavitch and Vivian Paroschy deep in discussion. Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka.

A Paul Harris fellow is awarded to community members who exemplify the highest ideals in Rotary, demonstrating service above self. The Rotary Club of North Muskoka awarded three individuals on Saturday night. Marc Yarascavitch is a local orthodontist from Algonquin Orthodontics who volunteered with HHART on two missions in the Dominican Republic to supply free dental services to locals and volunteers his time to Brush-a-Mania, which promotes oral health and hygiene for school-aged children. Abdu and Jelnar Hlal own the Huntsville Place Mall Pharmacy and have made themselves available 24/7 for the people who access services at Community Living Huntsville.  Jelnar and Abdu go above and beyond for this organization and for many others in our community. 


Jelnar Hlal, Abdu Hlal and Suzanne Willett with Paul Harris award. Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka.


Thank you to everyone who came to this wonderful event to celebrate Rotary in Huntsville!