“69 Years of Rotary in Tillsonburg”

The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg has been active in servicing the community of Tillsonburg for 69 years.  Our activities benefit the town locally and internationally.  The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg is committed to “Service Above Self”. The Trip of The Month Heritage Draw is our largest fund raising project and we thank you for purchasing a ticket.

This past year, the 2018-2019 Trip of the Month proceeds have gone to support a variety of programs.  A few examples below.

School Projects

Rotary has provided a free dictionary to each grade three student in our local schools in Tillsonburg and surrounding area. Additional information on this project is available at dictionaryproject.org.  Donated monies to support high school bursaries, Cluster Medals program awards, two student school scholarships and a university scholarship. We also supported the Rotary Youth Exchange Program where local high school students spend one year abroad studying the culture and history of that country. Supporter of Rotary’s Free Reading Program. Started an Interact Program at Glendale High School. Rotary supported two students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Adventures in Leadership, a one week program in Ottawa to learn about politics and to spark ideas as to how they can make a difference.

Community Projects

Money raised has helped people and organizations in our community who needed financial assistance. With the help of the revenue from Trip of the Month tickets, Rotary has completed the Outdoor Fitness Project along Veterans Memorial Walk Way (blue and yellow fitness equipment) and is currently working on a revitalization program at Memorial Park next to Tillsonburg Community Centre, for area beautification and new playground equipment.

 

Seniors Projects

Rotary also runs our local Seniors Phone Check Program, supporting Seniors who are living on their own in their homes. Daily calls and a predetermined safety plan for emergency contact information ensures the welfare of our senior population. Volunteers are needed for this free call service, contact Bob Marsden at 519-842-9728.

International Projects

Our other fundraising events helped to raise monies for Rotary International projects. Proceeds from these events went to an e-learning project in India, and supporting our Rotary International Polio Plus program designated to eradicate Polio throughout the third world. Twenty Years ago there were 300,000 cases of Polio annually. To date there has been eleven cases reported.  Please see rotary.org for more information.

The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg is looking for new ideas for projects and members, men and women, who want to be involved with community and international projects, and to team up with other volunteers for fellowship and fun.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit the club website or contact John Lohuis at ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

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