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Regular Wednesday morning meetings are cancelled for the month of June.
Instead, we will meet virtually at 7:45 am on Wednesday mornings, using Zoom.  Everyone welcome.  If you would like to join us, email info@trilliumrotary.org and we will send you the link.

Ribfest 2020 is Cancelled.  See media release below.
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Guelph Trillium

Service Above Self

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190 College Ave East
Guelph, ON N1H 6L3
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To help celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Guelph, and in keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Service above Self, the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium will recognize up to 100 volunteers who contribute in our city and the surrounding community. 

Please consider nominating someone. The process is simple, won't take much time, and will help us recognize some deserving members of our community.  Click HERE to download a copy of the nomination form.

Regular Wednesday morning meetings are cancelled for the month of June.
Instead, we will meet virtually at 7:45 am on Wednesday mornings, using Zoom.  Everyone welcome.  If you would like to join us, email info@trilliumrotary.org and we will send you the link.

Ribfest 2020 is Cancelled.  See media release below.
It is with regret that the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium has decided to cancel Ribfest 2020.  Over the past few months, we have been monitoring closely the COVID-19 developments.  We had been hopeful that with careful planning we could host Ribfest again this year.  Not only is it our primary fundraising event, it is also an opportunity for the community to come together socially before the start of the fall. We recognize that everyone is anxious to return to events such as this.  However, our priority must be to support the ongoing recovery efforts due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  We have determined that it would be impossible to maintain social distancing at such a large event, and thus could not ensure the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, vendors or rib teams. 
 
We look forward to seeing everyone next year at Ribfest 2021.  In the interim, we are examining event options for this fall or winter.  Watch for further announcements. 
The four Rotary Clubs of Guelph proudly came together as a Diamond Sponsor of the Beyond Borders Charity Gala for 2020. With Rotary celebrating 100 years in Guelph, it was a great opportunity to showcase Rotary in the Guelph community.   Pictured below are Hazel Dickie, Peter Marshall, Tracey Curtis and Noma Vales.  Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium was represented by Ave Edington and Donna Graham. 
 
Beyond Borders is a unique one-semester program offered to Grade 12 students in Guelph. The program focuses on leadership development, business, math, and global development and  sustainability. There is a strong emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning. This inspiring program is led each year by teacher Mike Parsons, in the Upper Grand District School Board. 
 
 
This year, 49 students participated in the Beyond Borders program, culminating with their Charity Gala at the River Run Centre on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020. All 750 show tickets were sold out. The  they also had a wonderful silent auction with over 100 items, plus exceptional food treats for guests in the lobby.
 
The students are only given about 6 weeks to prepare this huge Charity Gala event, and each year, the students do an amazing job. It's hard to imagine how each gala could possibly be better than the one before, but somehow they continue to raise the bar with their amazing effort and talent. The 2020 gala was called "Illuminate: Be The Light".  And wow - these students shone in a big way, raising $114,500 for charity!  
 
Photos courtesy of Frank Scott.
 
It was a good event with the breakfast and giving us a chance to mingle In addition to commemorating the continuing efforts to eradicate Polio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
This year, the Club had approximately $32,000 to allocate to community organizations, proceeds from Ribfest, Tour de Guelph and Scotch Nosing.  21 recipient organizations attended club meetings in February and March to receive their funds.  Pictured below are this year's recipients.
 
L-R: Dan O'Donnell, Allocations Chair, Peter Gill, Chalmers Community Service Centre, Laura Muirhead, Child Witness Centre, Mira Clarke, Action Read, Mike Treadgold, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Guelph, Brittany Webb, Diabetes Canada, Cherylynn Lumsasag, Beginning Family Services, Anita Macfarlane, Children's Foundation, Norm Greensmith, Club President.
L-R: Dan O'Donnell, Allocations Chair, Simon Bell Focus on Nature, Leslie Fisher, Guelph Contemporary Dance, Justine Morgan, G-W Women in Crisis, Susan Carey, St James the Apostle Anglican Church, Pat Stuart, Wellington Hospice, Kristin Tilley, Lakeside Hope House, Beth Harris, Michael House, Norm Greensmith, Club President.
 
Front L-R: Penny Jamieson, Power of Hope, Kim Rodrigues, Hopewell Homes, Karen Semma, St. Joes Health Care, Sharon Stewart, The Julien Project, Eric Charlesworth, YM-YWCA,
Back  L-R:  Dan O'Donnell, Allocations Chair, Colin McVicker, Sanguin Health Centre, Jackson Mathieu, Guelph Enabling Garden, orm Greensmith, Club President.
 
Community Funding  - Guelph Rotary Trillium 2017-8 Disbursement
 
 
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1
 
Action Read Community Literacy Ctre.
 
Membership for credentialing clients basic digital literacy skills
2
Beginnings Family Services
Support for prenatal classes for those in need (Note split in funding request)
3
Big Brothers - Big Sisters of Guelph
Continuing support of the Play On program for pre-teen girls
4
Chalmers Community Service Centre
Provision of coffee/snacks for patrons utilizing the food pantry
5
Child Witness Centre
Support of the Guelph Youth Symposium for 1,500 grade 8 students
6
Children's Foundation
Support of the Food & Friends program providing breakfast for students
7
Diabetes Canada
Funding to send a child with Diabetes to summer camp
8
Focus on Nature
Funding of 3 full day workshops at low income neighbourhood schools
9
Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival
Funding for 6 underserved youth to attend March Break camp
10
Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis
Funds to purchase a new washing machine for Marianne's Place shelter
11
Hopewell Homes
Funds to repair siding on home and replace 2 windows
12
Hospice Wellington
Funds to deliver their 8-week Adult Grief Group
13
Lakeside Hope House
Help to develop a social enterprise café operated by members
14
Michael House
Funding to complete maintenance & repairs at housing & office locations
15
Power of Hope
Support the "Basket of Hope" hygiene project for 75 homeless people
16
Sanguen Health Centre
Fund the purchase of supplies for "the van" in support of homeless people
17
St. James the Apostle Anglican Church
Support the "Living Better on Less" 8 week program
18
St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
Funding of 5 "comfort carts" in support of palliative patients for 1 year
19
The Guelph Enabling Garden
Funds to support the ongoing replacement of wooden garden bed structures
20
The Julien Project
Funds to be used to support local marginalized adult & youth cooking skills
21
YMCA-YWCA of Guelph
Support of the SHARKS swim program for 3200+ grade 3&5 students
 
 
 
 
 
 
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to volunteering and leadership in the community, the Club presented Suzanne with a PHF this past Wednesday, January 31.
 
Suzanne Bone is CEO and President of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital.  She joined the Foundation following a placement at Guelph General Hospital as part of her Masters in Health Administration in 1991, and since that time has directed fundraising activities for the organization that have raised more than $50 million. She is a certified fundraising executive, and the 19th Canadian to hold the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Fellows designation.
She is also a Guelph YMCAYWCA Woman of Distinction in the Public Service category and was a Guelph Chamber of Commerce board member.  Currently she is on the Board of Innovation Guelph.
 
She has been a very active volunteer including serving as a member of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington Leadership Advisory Committee and the Association for Health Care Philanthropy Canadian Cabinet, treasurer of the Hospital Development and Education Fund of Canada, and she is a past board member of the Victory Kids Club and the United Way of Guelph Wellington.
This years recipient is Seelan Moodley. 
 
Dr. Moodley has been a member of our Club since 2004.  He is a Past Board Member and has been very active in hands-on projects.  He annually organizes pyjama collection at Christmas time for the Power of Hope charity.  He also has organized hands-on Day of Giving at the Drop In Center.  He regularly mentors medical students from McMaster University.
 
Several Paul Harris Fellowships were presented on December 13th recognizing both Club Members and local community leaders
 
 
Two members were presented with their multiple PHF's - Patsy Marshall with her +7 and David Halls with his +5.
 
 
Rosemarie Coombs, recently retired founder of Michael House seen here with President Norm Greensmith and PHF Committee Chair, Peter Moore.
 
 
Penny Jamieson, Power of Hope
 
 
Glenna Banda, The Children's Foundation, seen here with colleague and Club Member, Laurie Lantaigne
 
 
Emma Rogers, United Way with President Norm and Club Secretary, Ken Boyd




Our Mission:

The Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local and international projects.

Our Beginnings:

The Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium was officially chartered in October 1991. The committee to form the club began its work in the early months of 1991 with the development of a list of potential club members. Committee members from both the Rotary Club of Guelph and the Guelph-Wellington Rotary Club submitted names of those who they felt would be potential Rotarians. A list of 30 potential members was drawn up and invitations were extended to the first provisional meeting which was held at George Michals Restaurant on Woodlawn Road. This meeting began at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday March 27th, with an attendance of 49 people, of which 20 were Rotarians from other Rotary clubs and the rest were potential Rotarians for our new club.

Today, the club has over 50 members and annually hosts one of Guelph's favourite festivals, Ribfest.

Speakers
Terrie Jarvis/Jaya James
Jun 03, 2020
Food4Kids Guelph/Hope House
TBD
Jun 17, 2020
Brenda and Donna G
Jun 24, 2020
Club Changeover