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Guelph Trillium

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Guelph Country Club
133 Woodlawn Rd. E.
Guelph, ON
Canada
Meetings are in person and sometimes virtual by Zoom link.
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Donna B reminded us that Maureen Smith was a beloved member of the Rotary Club Guelph Trillium for many years until her death in January 2023.  As Chair of the club’s Sunshine Committee, she provided leadership to the care of and compassion for club members.  Proud of her 45 career as a nurse, she was a tireless volunteer for many charities and her community. 
 
Through the generous donation of Maureen’s family, represented by her husband Peter, our club will give out a scholarship every year to a high school student embarking on a career in nursing (either RPN or RN program). 
 
This year we are proud to give out two scholarships in honour of Maureen.
 
Ryl Garrido is graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and has been accepted into the BScN program at Western-Fanshaw.
Ryl credits his mom, who is a nurse, for inspiring him to pursue a career in caring for others.  Ryl contributed to the school community through leadership in the Athletic Council and Relay4Life Council.  He maintains a job at SportChek as well as at a nursing home.  His teachers let us know he is a driven student leader, who is admired by his peers for his exceptional academics, creative initiative as well as his kindness and compassion towards others – all desired qualities in a registered nurse.
Pictured with Donna and Peter are Ryl and his mother Jeryl
 
 April Guthrie is graduating from St. John Bosco Alternative High School and will be attending the RPN program at Georgian College.  April enjoys helping others and giving back to her community and has succeeded at school placements in long term facilities.   She has also played a large role in caring for her grandparents for the past while.   April was the school Senator last year and has represented the school at senate meetings with the Director of Education.  She was a member of the school Wellness committee and volunteers both in her Brant Ave Neighbourhood Group and her dance studio.  Her teachers say that April is welcoming, kind and compassionate – all attributes that will serve her well in her career as a Registered Practical Nurse.
 
 

Pictured with Donna and Peter are April and her parents Carla and Rob
Guelph Trillium is pleased to welcome two new members to Rotary.
Godfrey Moriasi joined on April 17th and Dominique O'Rourke was inducted on May 8th.
Photo courtesy Mahmud Hassain
In the photo from left to right is Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium President Anne Day, Anne McKay(Wellington Hospice), Trevor Barton (Enabling Garden), Lawrence Lutgendoff (Alzheimer's Society), Lynda Abshoff (Brain Injury Association), Lindsay Sprague (Sanguen Health), Kevin Coghill (Royal City Mission), Leslie Fisher (Guelph Dance), Jannette TenHag (Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium Allocations Committee Co-Chair)
 
On February 28, 2024 the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium presented donations to seven charities. While the charities serve different populations, there was a recurring theme of treating people with dignity and respect.
 
The Alzheimer Society received funds to support patients and caregivers attending their Mind in Motion program, while Enabling Gardens is using their funds to purchase five medical grade bariatric chairs which would better support people participating in their horticultural therapy workshops. 
 
Royal City Mission is creating a green space in the alley way by the church which can then be enjoyed by their clients and Hospice Wellington is purchasing new linens and warming blankets to provide comfort to their residents and their families.   Guelph Dance received funds to subsidize fees for families who could not afford to send their children to their creative camp programs.
 
Safety was another theme as funds were presented to the Brain Injury Association to provide bike helmets to children whose families could not afford them.  Through its mobile units, Sanguen Health will provide food, clothing, hygiene products, sleeping bags to people who are homeless. 
 
The Guelph Trillium Club received 33 applications for funding, representing a total of $73,000. After a committee review, a total of 13 agencies will be awarded funds from the club with the second cheque presentation arranged for early April. The $24,000 donated to these 13 community organizations was raised through two annual community fundraisers - Tour de Guelph and Ribfest.
 
Tour de Guelph, hosted in partnership with the Guelph South Rotary Club, will be held on June 23, 2024 and the main beneficiary will be the Guelph Hospital Foundation.  Anyone interested in volunteering for this event visit  https://tourdeguelph.ca/volunteer/
 
The 26th annual Guelph Ribfest will be held at Riverside Park on August 23-25, 2024. Volunteers are at the heart of Ribfest – anyone interested joining our team visit https://www.ribfestguelph.com/event-listing/guelph-ribfest-volunteer-sign-up   
 
We thank the community for their ongoing support of these events, which makes it possible for us to give back to worthy causes and organizations in the community.
 
 
 
 
Mike Toombs announced this year’s recipient – Donna Graham.
When your talents and the world’s needs cross – that is your vocation” Aristotle
During her 32 years in HR at J&J, Donna was frequently approached to find out more about HR as a career, always willing to listen, advise and support those wanting to enter the field, and being honest with those who were perhaps not as well-suited to that career choice, helping them explore other options.  She continues to be approached by young professionals interested in exploring HR as a career. She is willing to be a mentor to all.

In 2017, when the four clubs in Guelph decided to launch Food4Kids Guelph, Donna was the obvious choice to lead and represent our club. She became one of the four founders of Food4Kids and for the past two years has been the volunteer Chair of the board. As a grass-roots organization, Donna has helped solidify its foundation and continues to lead with courage and passion to ensure that Guelph children in food insecure households receive food.
No matter her HR role, Donna always took a strong interest in people, looking beyond the work environment to what was happening at home and their involvement in the community.  That attitude hasn’t changed and drives the way Donna continues to interact with people – be it at Rotary or Food4Kids, or more broadly in the community.

Congratulations, Donna.
 
This years Winter Clothing Drive during the month of October resulted in 87 winter coats and 3 car loads of winter clothing being donated to the Clothing Closet.
Pictured are President Anne and Mahmud delivering the donations.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to its success.  The coats are moving quickly off the racks.
 
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium, a sincere Thank You to our community for supporting Guelph's 25th Ribfest, August 25 to 27th, 2023.
 
Our 25th Annual Ribfest weekend saw almost 40,000 people come through the gates from Friday to Sunday. 517 Bikes were safely parked by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT); thousands of pounds of BBQ ribs were consumed; over 150 classic cars participated in the 24th annual Gregg Mitchell Memorial Car Show and much more.  
 
Congratulations to our Winner of 50/50 Draw was Kevin C of Guelph $4186
 
A big thank you to our sponsors, rib teams, food vendors, businesses, community partners and especially to a big thank you to our incredible volunteers.
 
During Ribfest 2023 over 220 friends, families, Rotarians and community members helped fill over 790 volunteer shifts, providing over 2376 volunteer hours to deliver another successful Ribfest to our community. We could not have had such a successful Ribfest without you! A special thanks to the following volunteer groups for their wonderful table and park clean up work:
 
We are happy to provide these groups with a donation for their service and help them with their fundraising efforts. The net proceeds from Ribfest Guelph 2023 goes back into the local community as well as a few international projects. Just as important as the funds we raise is the incredible community engagement Ribfest brings to Guelph. We watched old friends meet each other, young children clap with glee at the midway, families congregating at the family tent, and people singing and dancing to the music. 
 
Thank you and see you in 2024. 
 
Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium
 
Ribfest Website:  http://www.ribfestguelph.com
Ribfest Guelph is open. We are excited to welcome everyone this weekend Aug 25-27.  Check out the band times, vendor information and FAQs on https://www.ribfestguelph.com/ to plan your visit. See you soon.  
 
 
Foundation Chair, Donna Buchan presents multiple PHF pins to Donna Graham and Bruce Folkard in recognition of their continuing financial support of The Rotary Foundation
From February 2-4, 2023, the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium team of Donna Buchan, Clarence Haverson, Phil Allt and new member Dorothy Guerra curled in the 67th annual Rotary Can Am Bonspiel in Grimsby.  They made it to the Final game of the A Event Consolation.   Sixteen teams from Ontario and the US enjoyed curling and fellowship on and off the ice. Our team was one of the few that had all members from the same Rotary Club.  Next year's event will be held in Rice Lake,Wisconsin.
The Home for Good Campaign is a bold call to action to solve homelessness in our community.  Through the generosity of individual donors, corporate supporters, and government partners, the campaign will raise $5 million to build Homes for Good for people experiencing homelessness in Guelph and Wellington County.

The Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination (Poverty Task Force) had the vision to bring this campaign to our community.  The Task Force has a passionate motivation to eliminate poverty and homelessness.  Inspired by the determination of the Poverty Task Force, the Guelph Community Foundation and the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin have become partners on this project.  Together, they are leading the fundraising for the Home for Good campaign.

Chris Willard, Executive Director of the Guelph Community Foundation and Glenna Banda, Executive Director of the United Way (Guelph/Wellington/Dufferin) will provide an overview of the campaign, an update on the progress to date, and suggest ways that we can help ensure that every person has a Home for Good. 

Dominica McPherson, Director of the Poverty Task Force, will speak to how this campaign complements broader efforts to end homelessness in Guelph and Wellington County.
 
So excited Ribfest Guelph is in-person at Riverside Park, Guelph. Join us all weekend long - starting at noon on Friday Aug 26 to Sunday Aug 28.  Join Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium tastiest fundraiser. There is no admission - donations are welcome.  For more details visit https://www.ribfestguelph.com/
 
 
The weekend is packed with great food, music, and fun for the whole family. Don't miss out!  
 
10 + Live bands - Sandy MacDonald and Friends, Fresh Water Funk, Just Journey, The Killin Time Band, Bluesynergy. Keep the Faith, Symply Skynyrd, Blackwater Trio, Evermile, FOG Blues & Brass Bands, Practically Hip and More.
 
 
More Food from - Billy Bob's Bloomin` Onions, Ontario Corn Roasters & Pappy`s Soda, Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream, Alabama Lemonade, Festival Food Service, Taste the Tornado,  Aberfritter Snack Company, Chao Bistro
 
 
Classic Cars – join us for the 23rd annual Gregg Mitchell Classic Car Show (Sat and Sun) - Day of registration - $10/vehicle and 8 Award Categories: Best GM, Ford, Chrysler, truck, Import, Paint Job, Hot Rod and Vintage
 
Don’t forget to plan your visit by looking at the FAQs – parking is limited – consider taking transit or bike (there is valet bike parking with GCAT); Bring a refillable water bottle, many vendors only accept cash – ATMs will be on site. For more information visit https://www.ribfestguelph.com/faqs
 
The 24th annual Guelph Ribfest is back in-person at Riverside Park Guelph – August 26 to 28. This annual community fundraiser has raised over $1 million dollars to support local charities and has been voted Guelph’s best outdoor community event. With your support, we can make it even better in 2022. Spread the word with family, friends and colleagues and come out to volunteering. 
 
Guelph Ribfest starts at Noon on Friday August 26 and runs until Sunday August 28 at 8pm. The weekend has lots of fun, food and entertainment for everyone. Here is what you can look forward to at this year - 
Visit https://www.ribfestguelph.com/ for the latest details.
 
Gardeners are always planting and planning, so Rotary is selling tulip bulbs to support End Polio Now and the Rotary Foundation. You can buy beautiful bulbs for your garden, a friend’s garden or even to be planted in Marianne’s Park Guelph this fall. A box of 25 bulbs is $25, including tax. Pick up will be in Marianne's Park on October 1, 2022

We have already sold more than 70% of our supplies so order your box before June 30. Email info@trilliumrotary.org to place your order today. #rotaryclubguelphtrillium #rotaryfoundation #EndPolioNow
A big thank you to all our Rotarians and friends who contributed to the mother’s day gifts for @michaelhousepregnancy #serviceaboveself #rotary #michaelhouse #guelph
Together Rotarians transform and make a difference. 
 
For over 100 years we have been involved in local Canadian communities. Looking for purpose in 2022 ? Join Rotary. Read what our partners have to say about us. 
 
“In 2018, the four Rotary Clubs in Guelph jointly started a small pilot project to provide weekend food bags for local children in families struggling to make ends meet. Since then, the project has grown into the Food4Kids Guelph registered charity that now supports over 325 children every week at 27 elementary schools. In 2021, the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington raised over $26,000 for Food4Kids Guelph through their annual Duck Race, covering the charity’s costs for a full month!"  Terrie Jarvis, Food4Kids Guelph  
 
 
"The local Rotary clubs are such great supporters of Guelph General Hospital and we are so grateful. We’ve partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium to bring Tour de Guelph to our community. It began in 2014 and in addition to being a fabulous community-building event, we have raised more than $720,000, 75% for GGH and 25% for local Rotary projects. The Rotary Club of Guelph supported the creation of a Medial Education Centre to support medical students at GGH. Rotarians are among our staunchest supporters as volunteers and donors – there’s no question they make our community stronger.” Suzanne Bone, CEO, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
 The Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium knows that the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for the homeless and those experiencing chronic poverty.  With generous donations from Hunter Amenities from Burlington and with support from the  members of the club, 100 care packages were prepared for the Sanguen Mobile Health Clinic
 
Thanks to the work of Sanguen and the Guelph Community Health Centre for working every day to support those less fortunate than ourselves.
 
 
 
The Guelph-Wellington Cluster, in support of Elora House, a charity that provides short-term housing and support to women exploited by sex trafficking, helping them to make healthy and informed decisions about their lives.
 
What’s involved with Community Care Kits?  Think wedding registry, but this is a wish list from Elora House where they have selected items that they need for the women who stay at their shelter.
 
The donor selects what they want to purchase on behalf of Elora House and will receive a tax receipt for their donation.  The items are then shipped directly to the agency.  It’s easy and it’s seamless, and a concrete way to help.
 
 
 
 
 
Every year Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium has the honor of presenting community volunteers and builders with their Paul Harris Fellow Award. These recipients embody Rotary’s value of “service above self” by giving back to their communities through multiple avenues. Their kindness, compassion, wisdom and tenacity come through in their work, volunteerism and life. Here is a list of Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipients from this week.
 
Aaron Farrell: has tirelessly worked on humanitarian causes for over 25 years.  His goal is always to help lift people and communities out of poverty. Aaron’s projects have led him (and encouraged others) to build Schools in underserved communities and support Women’s Shelters. His international projects have touched many countries including India, Kenya, Uganda and Mexico to name a few. Closer to home Aaron is involved in Socks 4 Souls that provides socks for the homeless.
 
Dana Nuttley leads, supports and has grown organizations such as Shelldale Family Gateway. Through his community activism, Dana to worked with numerous outreach programs and agencies in the Guelph and surrounding areas. Dana’s purpose and focus has been on elevating poverty, advocating for marginalized communities as well as helping community members impacted by homelessness and addition issues. Dana has also been a strong ally and advocate for supporting indigenous communities.
 
Jan Craig is a positive, kind and tenacious change agent and community builder. It’s not only about the projects Jan volunteers in but also how Jan works to make Guelph a better place. She has served on numerous boards - Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Heart and Stroke, United Way and  is a leader in social justice issues. Jan has also supported to newcomers to Guelph, helping them make appointments and navigate rebuilding their lives and opportunities in our community.
 
John Dennis is a cofounder of the Guelph Tool Library. The GTL provides a low-cost option for members to access over 1000+ tools for construction, cooking, and garden projects.  Through the GTL, John has worked to launch projects such as: Repair Cafe Guelph, a free bimonthly fixing event; Good Call Program, that has repaired and returned over 100 cell phones to the community; and the Urban Sugaring Project. At the start of the pandemic, John started the Kitchen Bees at the Church of the Apostles. This volunteer run program will provide over 7500 meals this year to emergency food providers in Guelph. John’s creative energy continues this spring with the launch of “Free to Read”, a program to coincide with World Literacy Day April 23, 2022.  The program will collect 1000 comic books, graphic novels and paperbacks for local Provincial Correctional Institutes literacy programs.
 
Linda Busuttil’s family experience as immigrants to Canada has led to a lifelong support of newcomers to the Guelph area. She helps give new arrivals a voice while they navigate various health and education systems. Linda also helps to address inequality, inclusion and access issues within her community by volunteering with the West Village Coop’s after school, youth and food support programs. She also fits into her packed schedule Adopt A Family, toy collection, food drives with schools and neighbours, her  food support program & pilot hub as well as work with the Guelph Food Bank.
 
Ray Stultz helps local entrepreneurs at BDC and volunteers extensively in our community. Ray is a past volunteer with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, KidsAbility and Victim Services Wellington. As an avid volleyball player Ray volunteered as a coach and treasurer for many years with the Guelph Grizzlies Volleyball Club. Currently Ray is focusing on helping youth community members struggling with mental health issues by volunteering with The Grove Hubs – Youth Wellness. Ray was also just appointed to the board of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.
 
Shirley Hunt is an advocate for the environment and the health benefits that come from spending time in nature. Seeing the impact of our sedentary, indoor lives on community members of all ages, Shirley collaborated with local photographers, artists and educators to develop a school-based arts program called Focus on Nature to inspire young people to connect with nature through digital photography. Shirley was also the co-founder, first Executive Director, and Chair of an amazing non-profit charitable organization called Up and Running Guelph, which works to improve the mental health and well-being of women through inclusive, nature-based walking and running programs.
 
Stephanie Riley is a community driver who regularly raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society through fundraisers such as Chairing the Hope AND the City Gala. She is also one of the past Co-Chairs for the Royal LePage Royal City National Garage Sale for Shelter Foundation. During covid, Stephanie collected hygiene kits for the local Shelter and Chemo Care Kits for the Guelph General Hospital that her 9-year-old son helped to assemble.  Stephanie personifies our Club’s mantra of a “mile wide and inch deep”  as she can be counted on to participate in holiday adopt-a-family hampers, food drives and many other community initiatives.
 
Sya Van Geest is an incredibly active volunteer at Dublin Street United Church. She supports many of her churches amazing activities such as their work with the  LGBTQ + communities, climate change committee and the annual Dublin’s Christmas Dinner. In addition to these many activities, Sya supports the Guelph GoGo Grandmothers for Africa and is an active member/volunteer with the Guelph Storyteller’s Guild and Guelph Chamber Choir.
 
Mary Anne Allain regularly and quietly makes a difference in her community. Mary Anne volunteers with  Community of Hearts Box of Hearts Program. Her work supports adults with developmental exceptionalities to achieve the level of independence they desire. The Box of Hearts program is a social enterprise that brings adults together to develop job training skills by baking and packaging dog cookies as well as chocolate covered licorice to sell in the community. In addition to this work, Mary Anne is a regular volunteers at Food 4 Kids Guelph and the Guelph Clothing Closet where she is a valuable resource in their programming.
 
All of our recipients make the world and their communities a better and kinder place. Congratulations to all of Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipients – we are so grateful to have such incredible community leaders.
 
Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium has joined an exciting fundraising initiative – a raffle called “Catch the Ace.” This weekly raffle - https://rotaryraffle.online/guelph-trillium/ gives everyone a chance to support two amazing local charities:
 
Food 4 Kids (Guelph) whose mission is to close the weekend gap by providing food for children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. 
Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre whose mission is to develop the full potential of children and adults with special needs through therapy education, horse riding, recreation and life skills program.
 
Buy your tickets Now and make sure you select Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium
$20 for 80 entries
$10 for 20 entries
$5 for 3 entries
 
Play weekly for a chance to win the Jackpot. https://rotaryraffle.online/guelph-trillium/
 
Weekly ticket sales are split into three portions
  • 20%  to each weekly draw winner
  • 30% to the Progressive Catch the Ace Jackpot – to the weekly winner if the card number chosen reveals the “Ace of Spades”.
  • 50% (less nominal administrative costs) will go to the charities 
Please share this link widely with friends, families, colleagues, neighbours and the community so we can raise money for Food 4 Kids (Guelph) and Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre
 
The more you play the more you and our charities have a chance of winning! It takes just a minute to change the lives of so many deserving families.
 
If you have any questions please email us at mailto:rotaryguelphtrillium@rotaryraffle.online
Member pictureBruce is a Charter Member of our Club.  During his 30 years with the Club, he has been a very active and committed member exemplifying "Service Above Self".
Always one of the first to volunteer for a community service project or fundraiser, Bruce contributes his time and energies for the betterment of our community. 
 
Congratulations, Bruce!  Well deserved recognition.
 
Click HERE to read the People and Information Network Citation about Bruce.
 
Although World Polio Day was officially on Sunday our club will be marking the occasion Wednesday morning, October 27th, by raising the flag at City Hall.
 
Enjoy this short video and perhaps read a few of the included resources.
 
 
Foundation Committee: Patsy, Darlene, Jacqueline, Donna B, John B, Phil A, Richard 
 
Each October 24th is WORLD POLIO DAY as international health experts and partners share the world's progress on the road to polio eradication. Around the globe, clubs find ways of promoting Rotary's remarkable End Polio campaign.
 
This year in Guelph, the Rotaract Club of Guelph members fulfilled a goal of every University of Guelph student ... to paint the cannon, at least once!
Under cover of darkness on Saturday night, October 23, the Rotaractors painted "Old Jeremiah" purple with gold wheels. They spray-painted "World Polio Day 2021" on one side, and "Rotaract Club" on the other.  
 
The cannon is a British naval gun, rumoured to have been used in the War of 1812, and it stands in Branion Plaza across from the University Centre. It is a long-standing Guelph tradition for students to paint the cannon with messages in order to promote events and organizations. 
 
Well done, Rotaractors! We are so proud of you.
 
 
We are ever aware that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and has been home to a variety of peoples over the millennia. Today, this area has become home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. As a community, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. Today, we acknowledge the historic Mississaugas of the Credit, the First Nation people who were the treaty signatories of the territory on which we live. 
Regular Wednesday morning meetings are a combination of in-person and Zoom meetings.  The Zoom meeting is usually the fourth meeting of the month.
Check the Speaker Schedule to determine the weekly venue. Everyone welcome.  If you would like to join us via Zoom, email info@trilliumrotary.org and we will send you the link.  For in-person meetings, just show up by 7:30 am at the Guelph Country Club.
 
 
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Speakers
President Anne Day - In Person
Jun 26, 2024 7:30 AM
Highlights of Her Years as President
President Jon Macklin In Person
Jul 03, 2024 7:30 AM
2024-25 Club Plans
Lorenz Calcagno In Person
Jul 10, 2024 7:30 AM
Guelph to Goderich Trail
Arlene Slocombe In Person
Jul 17, 2024 7:30 AM
Water Watchers
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