Club Stories
Over this past weekend, the Sarnia Interact Club built a snowmobile made of canned goods in the Lambton Mall. Our group has spent the last couple months preparing to take part in the event CANstruction. We raised $2200.00 and our materials costed $1653.98, all of the left over money will be donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd. The Sarnia Interact Club thanks everyone who made this day possible, with a special thanks to our engineers. We encourage everybody to stop by the mall to check out the structures! You can vote for ours by making a donation in the box beside the structure.  ​
After less than a year in operation, the Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton is already making a name for themselves on the global Rotary stage! In March, Rotary International celebrated Rotaract’s 50th birthday. To commemorate the event, our Rotaractors posted #50ReasonsWhy they love Rotaract in the 50 days leading up to the anniversary. Some of their posts were featured on Rotary International’s official social media platforms, and was shared and seen around the globe.
In service, the Rotaract team also assisted in a local food drive, and sent over 250,000 water purification tablets through UNICEF- one for every Rotaractor in the world. Follow all that Rotaract does by liking them on Facebook, here:
April-May 2018
A diverse group of Canadians will travel to an island off the coast of Haiti at the end of April to work alongside local community members to rebuild an elementary school damaged during the most recent hurricane.  The group includes individuals from youth to seniors, from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary, the United Church and International Development students from Humber College. 
The group will fly into Port-au-Prince, the Capital city of Haiti and its most populous city at just under 1 million inhabitants (metro area 2.5 million).  Port-au-Prince, is reported to be one of the world’s most dangerous cities.  Our group will be met at the airport and escorted across town to take the ferry to the island. 
This is anything but an all-inclusive resort trip.  Our accommodation on the island will be fairly basic and the food that will be provided for us will by and large be the local cuisine, lots of rice, beans, and fish, some chicken.  We are renting a house in the community to stay in and hiring locals to prepare food for us, so it will be a real cultural experience.  Ile de la Gonave, a few miles off the Haitian mainland, is a small dot of an island.  The island is made up primarily of small fishing villages.  It is 37 miles long by 9.3 miles at the widest point (287 sq. mi.) with a total island population of 87,077 (2015). 
The pace of life is simple and quiet.  There are few vehicles, far more donkeys.  The roads, really rocky, rutted, coral paths, have been described by travel veterans as some of the worst.  But the place is safe, and the people smile.  Gonave couldn’t be further from the frenetic anger that simmers on the streets of Port-au-Prince.  It is reported that not too many white folks make it out to Gonave - a poor corner of the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation.  One visitor, after he had spent some time on the island, realized that even in the poorest of places, the human spirit can find joy.
As a group we will spend the next 8 days working on the school.  We anticipate that the temperature will be in the 90s every day with high humidity and the chance of rain most days, as a result we won’t work day and night.  We will pace ourselves, there will be down time to swim and relax a bit.  Then eight days after our arrival we will take the ferry ride back to Port-au-Prince and a flight back to Canada. 
The Project includes:  Building two class rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and an office for the principal.
The group has hired a local contractor to secure the materials and supervise the project along with translators, and cooks.  So along with the rebuilding of a much needed elementary school the project will inject a significant amount of money into the local economy.
Total building cost is:  1405,279.60 Haitian national currency, which is $22,665.80 USD.
The group consisting of 10 participants and including the on the ground costs while in Haiti in the total cost of the project we need to raise an additional $4,500 USD for a grand total of $27,165.80 USD.
To date the group has received:
  • A grant from the Rotary Club of Sarnia of $4,000 US
  • A grant from Rotary District 6330 of $2,000 US
  • A grant from the United Church of Canada for $3,000 CDN  ($2,340 US)
We are anticipating receiving an additional grant in the amount of $5,000 CDN ($3,900 US)
Individual team members have been asked to raise money through donations from friends and relatives and a number of small fund-raising events are taking place both in Sarnia and at Humber College.
You can support the efforts of the group by making a donation (all donation will receive an income tax receipt) by using the following link:
Each member of the team is required to cover the cost of return flights from Canada to Haiti. 
The group departs Friday April 27th with a return date of May 6th
Trip Organizer
Michael Hurry is the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton.  He is also the current President of the Rotary Club of Sarnia.
Since 2009 he has taken many groups on trips to various locations around the world including climbing trips to Everest Basecamp in Nepal (2011, 2016), Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2014, 2015), Mount Kenya in Kenya (2013), Mount Elbrus in Russia (2009), Aconcagua in Argentina (2009, 2010, 2017), Choquequirao Peru (2015).
He has taken a group of 20 teens to build a kitchen at a school in a remote village in Kenya.  Taken part in a house building trip to the Dominican Republic, assisted in raising money for overseas projects in Nepal, the Caribbean, Peru and Tanzania.
The Rotary Club of Sarnia, the Rotary Club of Sarnia-Bluewaterland and the Rotary Club of Sarnia-Lambton After-Hours are proud to partner together to raise money for local projects.  One ticket will be drawn at the First Friday event at the Black Water Coffee Company at 8:00pm throughout 2018.  Each ticket is valid for ALL draws. 
For the $100 per ticket, winners will have three choices:
Option 1: Choice of 2 trips valued at $3000.00
Option 2: Maritime Travel Gift Certificate
Option 3: $1500.00 cash
A monthly consolation ticket draw will win $100.00.
Ticket sales for 2018 are now closed.  Thank you and good luck to all!
The winners to date are: 
Winner of our early bird draw held on December 1st - Maggie Miller
January Trip Winner                         Derwin Frewin
$100 Cash Prize                                Pete Seabrook
February Trip Winner                      Anna Madajczuk
$100 Cash Prize                                Jocelyn Reeve
March Trip Winner - Ticket #522   Bob Bork
$100 Cash Prize - Ticket #901        Lorna Cooper
April Trip Winner - Ticket #281      Sheila Fitzsimons
$100 Cash Prize - Ticket #773        Joe Donais
On this day which is recognized as 'World Polio Day' our club members gave final approval for a US $25,000 contribution to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus campaign. With thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for matching contributions our gift becomes US $75,000. 
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Sarnia Charitable Foundation.
Thank you Sarnia for coming out and supporting our fund raising efforts for Hurricane Relief.  Over $7,000.00 CND was raised to help support those in the greatest need through the local Rotarians in the affected areas. 
Rotarians support Betty Dee’s Glowing Heart’s Trek and St. Joseph’s Hospice!

On August 9, 2017 our local Rotary Clubs presented a cheque, alongside Betty Dee Black, to St. Joseph’s Hospice in the amount of $6,200. The Rotary Club of Sarnia, Rotary Club of Sarnia-Bluewaterland, and Rotary Club of Sarnia-Lambton After-Hours put together a team to trek the Bruce Trails with Betty Dee Black for her Glowing Hearts Trek for Hospice for Canada’s 150th birthday. Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined Betty Dee and her crew on her Trek for Hospice and for those that supported them in their fundraising efforts!

In photo from, left to right:
First Row: Roger Kameka, Pat McGill, Betty Dee Black, Camilla McGill, and Michael Hurry
Second Row: Henry Kulick, Deborah Renaud-McDermott, Tanya Wolff, and Marie Watson
Third Row: John Hus and Bob Bork
Rotary Club of Sarnia and Rotary Club of Sarnia Charitable Foundation
Service Projects, Initiatives and Events
Local and International
Bluewater Health - $1,000,000 over 10 years
Pathways Health Centre for Children and Youth new addition - $600,000 over 10 years
Pathways Health Center for Children and Youth – Annual Operating Donation - $54,000
St. Joseph’s Hospice - $100,000 over 5 years
Good Shepherd Lodge - $100,000 over 4 years
Polio Plus - Rotary's #1 Global priority
Global Literacy Project
Sponsor a student for Adventures in Citizenship – Ottawa
Sponsor a student for Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders Workshop – London
Music Festival Award
YMCA Celebration of Youth Award
Youth Exchange Student
Gazebo – $15,000 over 5 years
Special Children donations such as – Community Living Christmas Party
Community Garden
Area #5 Int. Project – changes annually as each club becomes the lead club - $2,000 annually
Disaster Relief when needed
 International activities have included – medical lab in Haiti, community betterment in Belize, Rotaplast, Avoidable Blindness, Polio Immunizations etc.
YMCA Leadership Project in Paraguay
Fundraising and Fellowship Activities:
Mackinac Pancake Breakfast - July
Wacky Golf   - September
T.V. Auction - November
Rotary Roses – March
Christmas social
Other Fellowship/Fun  Activities

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