Members of the Rotary Club celebrating 100 years of Service above Self.  front row Andy Humphries; Lona Logan-Scully; Tanya Wojcik; Jennifer McGrath; Marg Mcnab-Tubman; Janet Springer; Guest Speaker, Director Rotary International Valarie Wafer;  Suzanne Wong Kee Song; Exchange Student Giulia Bassi from Italy.  Back Row:  John Wilson; Bill Sears; Chris Wojcik; Doug Ryan; (honourable member) Mac Dewey; Kent Tubman; Brian Corbin; Bill Ringrose;  Joe Fontes; Ron Lavigne; Kathy Lofthouse;__; DG Michel Wong Kee Song; AG Gerhard Peters,
Current Members missing Dennis Yakaback; Shawn Bulger; Charlie Briscoe; Joan Skebo; Bruce Rozycki; Rory Richards; Dan Thompson; Christine Jarrett; Natasha Goulet Bistko; Neil Ritchie.  


Thursday Nov 10, 10 am  Members of the Rotary Club of Renfrew were present for the ribbon cutting for the completed playground at Central Public School.  
 Rotary Club of Renfrew Celebrates 100 year anniversary
Members celebrate century milestone and look forward to continuing the club’s legacy of
“Service Above Self” for Renfrew and Area
This year marks the 100th anniversary for Renfrew Rotary, a service club, chartered in 1922, that has raised more than 2 million dollars for local organizations, worthy causes, and international projects. Members plan to honour the rich history of the club with a renewed focus on increasing membership diversity and dedicating club efforts to “Rotary Helping Kids” in 2022.
“Rotary Helping Kids” projects this year include:
  • $75,000 in improvements to the Rotary Splashpad at Mateway Park
  • Assisting Central Public School to build a $120,000 playground in partnership with No Frills and Canadian Tire – The fundraising campaign begins in Spring 2022
  • Continue to facilitate international exchanges for Renfrew students
  • Provide additional support for Renfrew Teachers Against Poverty (TAP)
  • Fund four post secondary scholarships
For many years, Renfrew Rotary has been focused on improving access for youth to mental health care and resources by supporting The Robbie Dean Centre.
“In 2011, I lost my 18-year-old son Robbie to suicide.  After this loss I became determined to ensure Renfrew County families would have somewhere to go to get help for their youth. The Renfrew Rotary Club was one of the initial funders that believed in me and with their help, the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre was born. The on-going support from Renfrew Rotary is crucial to the Centre's sustainability and growth” says Monique Yashinskie, founder and Executive Director of The Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.
The club is well known for the “World Famous Bacon on a Bun” booth at the Renfrew Fair in addition to the successful International Youth Exchange Program that has sent over forty local students on a one-year adventure in a foreign country. An equal number of local families have hosted students from all over the world as part of this exchange program. 
“As a 51 -year member of Renfrew Rotary, I continue to be inspired by the generosity of the good people of Renfrew and the hard work of club members in supporting the community and the immediate impacts of our efforts.  My most vivid memories are what we accomplished with Meals on Wheels, Rotary Club Homes and the Music Festival” says Dr. Ron Lavigne.
More recently, Renfrew Rotary initiated annual multi year $5000 donations to:
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • Renfrew Hospice
  • Robbie Dean Centre
  • Renfrew Food Bank
“When I joined Rotary, I was amazed at the incredibly diverse portfolio of causes the club has supported in the past 100 years. From helping eradicate polio worldwide to building Rotary Club Homes  for low-income seniors to helping returning WW2 vets to supporting Easter Seals for disabled children to helping build Hospice Renfrew and Rotary Hall at Bonnechere Manor. The club has made a notable impact both globally and within the local community.” says Bruce Rozycki, current Club President.
                                                                                                         (Youth Exchange and Interact students hold a BBQ at town square)
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The motto of the Renfrew Rotary Club is “Rotary brings community minded people together to exchange ideas and take action to improve the local and international communities – and we have fun doing it!”
“One of the things I find most rewarding about Rotary is the collaboration between our members and the community to achieve hugely impactful results. I encourage anyone interested in joining Rotary to contact us to learn more about our work.” says Rotary Member and Past Club President Marg McNab-Tubman.
For media inquiries or information on membership  please contact Bruce Rozycki, President, Rotary Club of Renfrew
Phone Number:613 880 8114
Congrats To Emily Saumure from St Joe's High School and Alexa Narezny from RCI.
Through our partnership with Delta Bingo we are able to continue to provide our annual scholarships
Every wonder what the Rotary Club does with the money we raise?
Every Year we commit to help support other organizations,  Our current ongoing commitments are
* Hospice Renfrew
* Robbie Dean Centre
* Foodbank
* Nursing Scholarship
* Scholarships at RCI and St. Joes
* Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Club of Renfrew organizes the following projects
* International Youth Exchange Program
* Meals on Wheels in partnership with RVH
* Music Festival; Annual festival since 1945
* RCI Interact Club
* Rotary Homes
Projects in the area
* Ma Te Way park washrooms, 2018
* Existing  Splash Pak at Ma Te Way
* Centennial Project is a New Splash Pad, 2022
* Teachers Against Povery
* BMX Track Renfrew
* Sledge Hockey Renfrew
Delta Bingo will be offering Drive In Bingo Saturdays starting in May (when permitted for safety reasons)
This is a fun way to help support your local charities
The Rotary Club of Renfrew has made significant contributions to Hospice Renfrew over the years.   Our own Art Dick (now passed) was very active in bringing this service to Renfrew.  It has been a very worthwhile project to give residents of Renfrew and surrounding area the chance to spend their final days in a homelike setting.  Hospice Renfrew was the first rural residential hospice in Ontario and precisely built to Hospice Palliative Care standards. Hospice took its first resident in 2008.  
We are able to continue to support the ongoing costs of hospice in part from funds received through our affiliation Delta Bingo and Gaming in Pembroke .
Our club meets regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month beginning at 12:10 p.m.
If you would like to join us for a virtual meeting, please contact our President for private link.
Guests and Members are encouraged to join the meeting early for a pre-meeting chat.
Hope to see you soon.
Mailing Address
Rotary Club of Renfrew
Box 221
Renfrew, Ontario
K7V 4A3

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