Rotary Club donates cash for projects

The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora held its 42nd annual changeover night on June 16.

The event was held at the Heritage River Retire­ment Residence as the members cele­brated the conclusion of an excellent Rotary year and the beginning of a new one.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of cheques for funds raised over the year. 

The Rotary Aquatic Centre received half of the $100,000 committed to the community Sportsplex by the local club.  The club also donated $5,000 to each of KidsAbility and the Rotary International Polio Plus campaign.

KidsAbility is a local pro­gram started with help from Rotary Clubs to help children and young adults with devel­opmental, physical and com­mu­nication disabilities. The Polio Plus campaign was initi­ated in 1985 to eradicate polio from the world. Rotary is rais­ing $200-million to meet the challenge set forth by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in donating $355-million. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotarians will have raised $1.2-billion and donated hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours.

Rotary achievements were also recognized. The Fergus Elora club received a presidential citation from the President of Rotary International. That recognizes the success of service projects and growth of the club, indi­cating that the club is making a difference in the world. The highest award within Rotary, the Paul Harris Fellow­ship, was awarded to three members.  John Alliston, John Wheatley and Mary Mac­Gregor were all honoured for their selfless contributions to Rotary and the Centre Welling­ton community. The award is named after the first president of Rotary in 1905.

The night was capped off with the passing of the gavel from now past-president Wheatley to the 2009-2010 presi­dent, Russ Spicer.