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Serving Our Community Since 1938

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Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
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39 Grey Street South
Southampton, ON N0H 2L0
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December 2023
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We are over half way........! Thank you for your support so far. As at November 8th, 2023.
Cheers to 85 Years: Southampton Rotary Club Unveils Exclusive "1938 Lager"
in Partnership with Three Sheets Brewing!
The picture shows members of Southampton Rotary and Three Sheet Brewing owners Jeff Carver and Curtis Thomas.
From Left to Right: Sylvia Sheard, Tony Sheard, Jeff Carver, Curt Thomas, Cathy Janveau, Jim Wade and Dave Bertrand.
Southampton Rotary Club is excited to announce we have partnered with Three Sheets Brewing to produce a limited edition special brew known as 1938 Lager.
Jeff Carver, the driving force behind Three Sheets Brewing said: “I have been a longtime admirer of the good work of the Southampton Rotary Club and in recognition I am delighted to offer a special edition brew to commemorate the club’s 85th Anniversary.”
Dave Bertrand Club President advised:
“The club was thrilled to have been selected by Three Sheets to brew a special beer in our honour.”
He went to say “Club members ran a competition to pick a suitable name and by a unanimous vote “1938” was selected to mark the year the Rotary Club of Southampton was established”.
Extract from the Brewmaster’s notes about the lager:
“A light, crisp, and very drinkable beer, this beverage represents something that brings people together to celebrate ties of friendship and service that unite us all.”
Where can you purchase 1938 Lager?
The beer is now exclusively available from the Three Sheets Brewery Tap Room, 1246 Goderich Street, Port Elgin.
The beer retails at $5 per can and 50% of the proceeds of every can sold will be donated to support Southampton Rotary Causes.
On Thursday, November 2nd. 2023 a $2000 cheque was presented to Fred Schlenker of the Bruce Ski Club in Hepworth, by Mary Ellen Harrigan, the chair of the Youth & Vocational Committee of the Southampton Rotary Club. The funds were given to Rotary by family and friends in memory of long-time Rotarian Peter Day. The Ski Club used the funds to build a shed to store the ski equipment for the Jack Rabbit equipment.
Photo shows, left to right: Brad Churchley, John Conlin, Mary Ellen Harrigan, Fred Schlenker, Bob Speight, Dave Bertrand and Ron Downie.
Tickets are NOW available at $25 each, or 5 for $100 from any Southampton Rotarian or by contacting Susan Macdonald at 519 797 3896.  
20th Annual Dinner Auction – Exceeds Expectations                             November 2nd, 2023.
Southampton Rotary held its 20th Annual Dinner Auction in support of Rotary Causes and the GC Huston Playground Project at the Walker House last weekend. The capacity crowd enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course dinner, and were entertained by the guest auctioneer, Bill Walker, former MPP and now President and CEO of the Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries.
GC Huston School Principal, Hugh Morrison gave a compelling address to illustrate the power of play and advised the new playground initiative transcends mere playground equipment; it's about crafting an inclusive space where children can play, learn, grow, and create cherished memories.
Dave Bertrand, President said “Businesses, citizens and friends once again demonstrated their unwavering support for Southampton Rotary causes on October 28th with a lively, sell-out dinner auction. The end result of all the very generous bids and donations was very positive indeed, and the Fund-A-Need portion of the night, by master auctioneer, Bill Walker, netted over $40,000 toward Southampton Rotary’s $85 000 goal to pay for a new state-of-the-art accessible play structure on the G.C. Huston school yard. Without such a generous, supportive community, ambitious goals like this would not be reachable. On behalf of our club and the community, thank you, to the friends of Southampton Rotary..!
Tony Sheard, the Auction Co-Chair said “We extend special thanks to National Bank Independent Network for being our Presenting Sponsor, Kelly and Sons for being our Table Sponsor and The Saugeen Team at Century 21, In Studio Reality for hosting the Bubbles Reception and all the businesses who donated items for the auction or took ads in our program. Without their support we would not be able to stage such a fun event., so we encourage everyone to support our community by continuing to SHOP LOCAL..!”
He further acknowledged “The net proceeds for the evening exceeded $65,000 and wished to thank all our Rotary members, partners, and friends who worked tirelessly to make this event such a success.”
Mark your calendars for next year’s event, which will return to the Walker House on Saturday, October 26th, 2024.
Picture Shows Auctioneer Bill Walker and Auction Co-Chair Sylvia Sheard.
Rededication of Southampton Rotary Peace Pole: Embracing Peace in Ojibwa and Japanese
September 21, 2023
Earlier today at Perkins Park Southampton, we came together for a momentous occasion to rededicate the Southampton Rotary Peace Pole. This powerful symbol of unity united community leaders, representatives, and residents for a day of reflection and peace.
The ceremony featured addresses from notable figures, including Club President Dave Bertrand and Deputy Mayor Diane Huber, Lori Kewaquom from Saugeen First Nation illuminated the translation process of the Peace Pole's message into Ojibwa. - "Bekaadesewin".
This year the club is hosting Rei Kaneda, a Japanese Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and the club added a Peace message in Japanese and Rei took the opportunity to bring greetings from her home country.
Past President, Jenny Amy gave a short address on the meaning of peace to conclude the ceremony and formally invited all present to reflect and rededicate the pole by saying the words 'May Peace Prevail on Earth'.
Peace Poles Originated in post-WWII Japan, and our Pole now stands as a beacon of Rotary's commitment to peacebuilding. Inscribed with 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' in eight languages, it embodies the collective hope for peace worldwide.
September 13th, 2023
Playground Project – GC Public School, Southampton – Everyone Can Play!
At a landmark signing ceremony this morning at GC Huston Public School, President Dave Bertrand and School Principal Hugh Morrison signed a Memorandum of Understanding to embark on an ambitious project to build an inclusive school playground that will benefit all students, regardless of their abilities.
The estimated cost of this project is approximately $115,000, and the school already has funds in reserve of around $30,000, which they will pledge to help make this playground a reality. With Rotary’s participation, we have an opportunity to bridge the remaining $85,000 shortfall together. 
The target is to raise all the funds by Spring of 2024 to enable the School Board to tender and install the play equipment, ready for the new school year in the Fall of 2024.
🎒✨Brightening Futures with Backpacks! 🌟🎓 - September 2023.
We're thrilled to share the success of our 2023 Backpack Program! With our help, students at GC Huston, Northport, Saugeen Central, and St Joseph are starting the school year with confidence and a smile. Together, we're shaping brighter tomorrows! 🌈📚 #CommunityStrong #BackToSchoolMagic" #RotaryPeopleOfAction "
Southampton Rotary and Rotary Hand Up Unite to Provide Clean Water to Guatemala
Southampton, Ontario - July 21, 2023 - Southampton Rotary, in collaboration with Rotary Hand Up, is excited to announce the receipt of a generous global grant of $34,000 CAD from the Rotary Foundation. This significant grant will contribute to a transformative project in Guatemala, aiming to construct eight Rain Harvesters with a total project value of $54,600 CAD. The Hand Up Clubs have contributed $19,600 to this project. As well as writing the grant application and leading the project on behalf of Hand Up the Rotary Club of Southampton has made a direct cash contribution of $2,000 CAD towards this vital endeavour.

The Rotary Club of Southampton and Southampton Arts are delighted to confirm the installation of a mural in the “Gateway to the Arts” alley between the Town Hall and the Art School in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
This whimsical mural of the High Street was originally commissioned by the Rotary Club of Southampton in 2022 for use as a tracking board for “Toonies for Tom”, a Rotary fundraiser for a CT Scanner for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, raising $20,002 for the campaign.
The painting was created by local artists and friends of Southampton Arts and the project was led by Darlene McConnachie and Jo Ann Sturgeon.
After the “Toonies for Tom” campaign, the artists asked if the mural could go on permanent display and Rotary suggested changing the title to reflect a “Shop Local” theme.
The mural was installed by Town staff on August 2, 2023 and a photo op with the artists, Sara Porter of the BIA and Art School Manager Michelle Casolino was held on August 15, 2023.
Toonies For Tom, June 12th, 11 am – 3 pm
Start collecting Toonies NOW and bring them to downtown Southampton for our fun family event to help us collect enough Toonies to go from the Flag to the Hospital and bring a CT Scanner to our Town. Come out and enjoy the Toonie Toss, live music, popcorn, children’s colouring competition, emergency vehicle displays, and more...!
The event is in planning....more details will be available in May.

Rotary Winterama 2022 - Winter Olympic Challenge..!


March 31, 2022 - Winterama pays back over $12,000 at award ceremonies at local schools around the area.
Local Elementary School Students Get Active With the Rotary Winterama Olympics Challenge organised by Southampton Rotary Club and Tara Rotary Club.
Local elementary school students earned important fundraising dollars for their schools, and embraced winter activities this past February through the 20th Annual Rotary Winterama campaign. Students brought in a collective total of over $12,000 directly to their schools, to help fund breakfast programs and important school projects.
Local corporations, businesses, and individual supporters generously stepped up as well, and donated over $12,000 to the campaign, allowing the participating Rotary Clubs to defray the costs of Winterama, and broaden their services to support youth programs in our area. This year’s Winterama offered a Winter Olympics Challenge to students, where students accumulated kilometres doing fun winter activities during the period of the 2022 Winter Olympics. High-achieving students in local schools earned bronze, silver, and gold medals if they met certain kilometre benchmarks. Top classes in each school were also awarded a recess activity bucket, hand-delivered by Bearama, to help them keep active at recesses.
Participating students in local schools logged a total of over 21, 000 kilometres during the campaign… more than halfway around the world! See some of the smiling faces below, skating with Winterama mascot “Bearama", and later wearing their medals. A total of 233 students skated, skied, sledded, hiked, and snowshoed their way to their Rotary Olympic Challenge medals, and many more accumulated kilometres trying their best.
The top four pledge-earning students in Winterama also won prizes for their hard work fundraising for their schools. In first place was Charlie Schaab, EPESCS, who raised $1200. Second place prizes winners were Serenity and Andre Saunders, G.C. Huston, who each raised $795. Third place went to Sam Stephenson, EPESCS, who raised $720 for his school.
Amabel Sauble deserves a special mention, despite being the smallest school population-wise (162). They accumulated a total of 6603 kms, or 41 kms per student!!!
A big THANK YOU to all 2022 Winterama participants, sponsors and supporters!!
Looking forward to a bigger and better event next year.
The picture shows 2022 cheque presentation at one of the area schools.
Winterama is a FUN AND FUNDRAISING PROJECT promoted by the Rotary Clubs of Southampton, & Tara held in February each year for the benefit of local schools and Youth Programs in our area.

This year we are asking that schools participate in the Rotary Winterama Olympic Challenge during the Winter Olympics in February 2022. Individual participants and students solicit cash pledges in support of their involvement in ice-skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, curling, and /or other winter activities at their schools. 

ROTARY WINTERAMA raises funds for youth in GREY-BRUCE. All funds stay local and new this year,  100% of the pledge money raised will go to the participating schools or youth groups for their specific projects and programs including breakfast programs.

Nearly $550,000 has been raised and distributed back to local schools and the community in the past 19 years.

To support an individual student, contact that student for their personal Winterama fundraising page link or you can donate directly. CLICK HERE

Check this 7 min video on how the Winterama Olympic Challenge works CLICK HERE

Rotary Exchange Student Kaedra Traynor Leaves For Germany
On August 4th, SDSS Grade 11 student, Kaedra Traynor, flew off to Aachen, Germany, where she will attend high school for the next 11 months. She will live with 3 host families during her stay, become immersed in the language and culture, and come back a different person. Kaedra is sponsored by the Southampton Rotary Club but was chosen among other applicants, by members of all three Rotary clubs in Saugeen Shores. She has become familiar with all three local Rotary clubs and spoke to them about her selection, the application process, and her feelings about becoming a Canadian youth ambassador to Germany. Kaedra participated in several training sessions over this past year, to prepare her for this role. All Canadian exchange students for 50+ years have donned the red blazer that Kaedra is wearing in the photo. She will miss her mom, Lee, and little brother, Koden, but is looking forward to the challenge of becoming a German teen for a year. 
SDSS, our community, and our local Rotary clubs wish Kaedra well on this life-shaping adventure. 
We also look forward to welcoming our inbound exchange student, Rei Kaneda from Japan, on August 21st. Rei will be hosted by the Southampton Rotary Club and will attend SDSS. 
Bucket Brigade Raises $5890 for Southampton's Canada Day Firework Display
The Rotary Club of Southampton extends its gratitude to the generous community members and visitors who made the annual Canada Day Firework Display a resounding success. Through their contributions, the Southampton Rotarians and their friends were able to raise a remarkable $5890 to help fund the cost of the fireworks.
At key entrances to the beach, a team of 16 dedicated volunteers donned their fluorescent jackets and collecting tins and ventured into the vast crowds, seeking donations on behalf of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce. Their tireless efforts paid off as they were met with an outpouring of generosity from residents and visitors alike. As a token of appreciation, Canada pins, temporary tattoos and small paper flags were handed out to the excited children who eagerly embraced the spirit of Canada Day.
The Southampton Rotary Club is delighted to present a cheque for $5890 to the event organiser, Christine Mitchell, Executive Director of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce,
Christine Mitchell said “This significant contribution will go a long way in ensuring that the Canada Day Celebrations remains a cherished tradition in Southampton.”
Bruce Waechter, a prominent member of the Rotary Club, expressed the organization's sincere thanks to the community for their incredible support. He remarked, "We are immensely grateful to the kind-hearted individuals who dipped into their pockets and donated towards the Fireworks. Their generosity embodies the true spirit of community and exemplifies the Rotary motto of 'Service Above Self.'
This year, the Rotary Club of Southampton also introduced an innovative way to facilitate donations. Through a partnership with Home and Community Services, the club utilized TipTap devices, enabling credit and debit card contributions. This added convenience allowed even more people to support the Fireworks.
Southampton Rotary Club Supports the Arts and Humanitarian Work
with Year-End Donations.
Southampton Rotary Club has approved a series of year-end donations totalling $8,050 to support local and international causes. Demonstrating their commitment to the Arts and humanitarian efforts, Southampton Rotary Club aims to make a meaningful impact in communities.
The donations include:
1.Southampton Arts: A $3,000 donation to fund a new photocopier, promoting artistic expression and community engagement.
2.Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: A $900 donation to provide critical assistance where it is needed most.
3.Canadian-Ukraine Surgical Aid Program: A $850 contribution to support their ongoing mission in a Polish hospital.
4.ShelterBox: A $900 donation to support their essential work in providing emergency shelter and supplies.
5.Operation Eyesight (Avoidable Blindness): A $700 donation to continue their impactful work in preventing avoidable blindness.
6.Guatemala Cook Stoves: A $700 donation to provide two cook stoves for healthier families.
7.Rotary Hand Up - Guatemala: A $1,000 donation to empower individuals and communities through development projects.
"Southampton Rotary Club is proud to support these causes that align with our dedication to the Arts and humanitarian work," said outgoing President Jenny Amy, "These donations will create a positive impact locally and globally, ensuring access to essential resources and opportunities for growth."
Photo: Shows Outgoing Community Services Director, Mike Roberts presenting a cheque for $3000 towards the cost of a new Photocopier to Linda Spruce, Community and Fund Developer, Southampton Arts.
Linda Spruce said “Southampton Rotary members are the consummate example of community support and positive change…we are so Thankful.”
Southampton Rotary Club Announces New Board of Directors, Led by President Dave Bertrand
The Southampton Rotary Club, which celebrated its 85th Anniversary earlier this year is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community and is thrilled to announce its newly elected Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Under the leadership of President Dave Bertrand, this exceptional team of individuals is poised to ignite a new era of community service, collaboration, and achievement.
The new Board was formally inducted on Wednesday evening, June 28th at Rotary Hall, 39 Grey Street at a “Pass the Gavel” Dinner catered by Southampton Thai.
The newly formed Board of Directors is committed to building upon the legacy of the Southampton Rotary Club by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, innovation, and community engagement. With President Dave Bertrand at the helm, supported by this energetic team, the club is primed to make an even greater positive impact in Southampton and beyond.
Dave Bertrand said: “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter and to stay tuned for an upcoming exciting new initiative to celebrate 85 years of Rotary in Southampton. Together, let us continue to build a brighter future for Southampton Rotary, our community and embrace the power of service at home and around the world.”
Group Picture shows, Left to Right:
Mary Ellen Harrigan, Youth, and Vocational Chair
Rob Hughes, Secretary
Cathy Janveau, Membership and Program Chair
Tony Sheard, President-Elect and acting International Service Chair
Dave Bertrand, President
Jenny Amy, Immediate Past President
Trish Saunders, Club Service Chair
Sylvia Sheard, Community Service Chair
Photo Frame Picture Shows - Outgoing President Jenny Amy passes the gavel to incoming President Dave Bertrand
More information CLICK HERE
Breaking news....More details to follow.
THE 2022/23 Draw is now complete.
We look forward to you buying tickets for our 2023/24 Draw that go on sale in October 2023.
AND...the winners for 2022/23 are:
1st  Prize $250 Gift Certificate
2nd Prize $100 Gift Certificate
January Winners
Dorothy Smart (Southampton) won the $250.00 Gift Certificate to the Walker House.
Ali McKinnon (Southampton) won the $100.00 Gift Certificate to Allan's Fireside Grill 
February Winners
 Jim Wade
won the $250.00 gift certificate to Rosina's.
Heather Briggs
won the $100 gift certificate to the Queen's.
March Winners
April Howlett, (Southampton) won the $250 gift certificate to The Elk & Finch. 
Tom Stockie, (Southampton) won
the $100 gift certificate to Little Black Dog.
April Winners

Roma Rolfe, ( Southampton) won the $250 gift certificate to The Highview.

J. D. McMillan, (Southampton) won $100 gift certificate to The Wismer House.

May Winners
Peter Petrik, (Southampton) won the $250 certificate for the Berkshire 
Leo Butler, (Southampton) won the $100 gift certificate to the Outlaw.
June Winners
Jim Wade, (Southampton) won the $250 gift certificate to 797.
Jim Barbour, (Southampton) won the $100 gift certificate to Southampton Thai.

(Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians - Port Elgin)

Thank you to our 2022 Auction attendees for making this happen.
You were so generous that the Fund A Horse component will enable us to fund a second horse and some equipment. We were also able to secure a District Grant from Rotary International District 6330.
PRANCE is actively seeking a second horse and which we look forward to handing over in the coming months.
December 21, 2022
Southampton Rotary "Has A Word" With Local Grade Threes
In late November 2022, Grade 3 students from G.C. Huston, Northport, Ecole Port Elgin Saugeen Central, and St. Joseph’s all received their own personal dictionary, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Southampton.
In the presentations, the students learned the reasons for using a dictionary in today’s digital world, and how to use alphabetizing and sequencing skills to locate words. The students used their dictionaries to hunt for words to attain their meaning, exact spelling and the part of speech a word they belonged to.
French Immersion grade 3's at EPESCS and St. Joseph’s received a French-English dictionary, and they hunted for French words, English words, grammar questions and the gender of words.
The Southampton Rotary Club has been presenting Grade 3’s in our area with their own personal dictionary for over 10 years as part of Rotary’s focus on improving basic education and literacy. This year  240 dictionaries were presented. (190 English and 50 French)
The picture shows Rtn, Dave Bertrand at Northport.
The Polar Express Steams into Town.
December 2022 Christmas Parade, Southampton, Ontario.
Photo credit: Thank You to Catherine Tolton for catching the mood so well..!
Southampton Rotary donates $1000 to Ukraine
to provide medical aid for war victims.
Following a recent impassioned and harrowing talk by Dr Paul Moroz on the challenges of providing medical treatment for Ukrainian civilian and military war victims suffering from horrendous injuries sustained through bomb and missile attacks, Southampton Rotary Club members were moved to act.
During the meeting the club held a mock auction that raised $150 and the Club International Services Committee matched this with a further $850 from the club’s disaster relief fund to provide a donation of $1000 to the ‘Canadian Ukraine Foundation – Surgical Aid Program’.
November 2022.
Save the Date for our next Dinner Auction.
Saturday October 28th 2023 at the Walker House. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Our Auction is SOLD OUT. Thank you to ALL our supporters.
You may still donate or offer items for the Auction. Click here for details.

Peace Pole...coming soon to Perkins Park..!

The idea came from the club's wish to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 and recognize Rotary’s focus on peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Unfortunately, the installation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This single pole will be one of over 250,000 that are located in almost every country of the world.

The pole will be inscribed: ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in the 6 languages

of the United Nations and Ojibwa.

We look forward to you joining us at the Dedication Ceremony on ‘International Day of Peace" Wednesday, September 21, 2022, @ 2:00 pm, Perkins Park, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.


Southampton Rotary Club donates a Barrowful of Toonies to the CT Scanner Campaign.
A BIG Thank You to our community and all the businesses who took a collecting tub and especially our elementary school students for rising to the Southampton Rotary Schools Challenge.
With ALL your support, TOGETHER we raised $20,002….! - July 26th, 2022.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday.
Can we top $20,000 with Toonies For Tom?
Great feedback on our Toonies for Tom event and some wonderful results
CALL Dave Bertrand on 519 386 0540 
Congratulations to our winners:
June 1st Draw (FINAL)
First prize - $250 gift certificate to The Walker House, Ed Braun of Southampton
Second Prize - $100 gift certificate to Queens Bar and Grill, Malcolm McArthur of Southampton
May 4th Draw
First Prize - $250 gift certificate to the Elk and Finch, Jeremy Roberts of Toronto, 
Second Prize - $100 gift certificate to the Outlaw Brew Co', Bill Bowden of Southampton,
April 6th Draw
First Prize - $250 gift certificate to The Berkshire Restaurant, Gerry Lambert of Port Elgin 
Second Prize - $100 gift certificate to Allan's Fireside Grill,  Jared Amy, of Southampton 
March 2nd Draw
First Prize - $250 gift certificate for Rosina is Bonnie Hobbs of Southampton, 
Second Prize - $100 gift certificate for the Wismer House is Brian Reich of Southampton. 
February 2nd Draw 
First Prize - $250 gift certificate for Rm 797 is Terry Milley of Port Elgin.
Second Prize - $100 gift certificate for Little Black Dog catering is Dave Martin of Port Elgin.
January 5th Draw
First Prize: Doug Johnson (Southampton) $250 gift certificate to Highview Food and Drink
Second Prize: Jim Stark  (Southampton) $100 gift certificate to Southampton Thai Cuisine
Watch out for our 2023 Draw...coming soon..!
SHRED-N-GO Join us at our Community Shredding Event
Saturday, April 23, 9 am - 1 pm - RESULTS ARE IN


Our SECOND community shredding event was a ripping success...! 

77 vehicles dropped by and we processed 320 boxes of confidential and personal documents for recycling, and BTW we raised around $3000 towards the maintenance of Rotary Perkins Park and other Rotary community initiatives.

See you next to be confirmed.

Quote: From Dave Lennon the event chair. 

“We are delighted with the turnout on a wet and cold morning and we like to thank all our sponsors and patrons. 

This event was designed to be a community service activity to raise environmental awareness during Earth Week and specifically:

- to provide an opportunity to recycle confidential documents and papers

- to provide education on the risk of identity theft

……and hopefully, raise some funds towards the maintenance of Rotary Perkins Park and other Rotary Projects.”

Thank you to our signature sponsor: