Local Service Projects
 
The Rotary club of Georgetown, working in partnership with other Rotary clubs in surrounding communities, are holding an online auction from Nov 7th - 21st.
 
There are over 1,000 items available for your bidding, from electronics, fashion, hardware, hobbies, household appliances, grocery store gift cards, home décor, services, sports, and much more…are all listed at www.rotaryonlineauction.ca
 
We have been helping people in our community for 65 years. A few of the many organizations we support include Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills, Georgetown Hospital, Food4Kids, Georgetown Breadbasket, Halton Women’s Place, and Links2Care. All proceeds from the auction support humanitarian projects and charities within our local communities and worldwide. Please help us help others.
 
March 22, 2020
 
Hello members of the Halton Hills Community
 
During this global pandemic, all Canadians have been directed to remain in our homes unless absolutely necessary, such as to purchase groceries or needed supplies.  This presents a challenge for seniors and those with pre-existing medical conditions who are at significantly greater risk of serious illness should they contract the virus.  Those who are already socially isolated and do not have someone close by to shop for them are in a terrible predicament.
 
We wish to make the community aware that the Rotary Club of Georgetown remains active.  Here is what we are doing in response to COVID-19:
  • We have suspended all public Rotary events in the community for the time being
  • We continue to hold our regular Rotary meetings via virtual online platforms
  • We are in consultation with our local community service agencies to determine how we can best support vulnerable persons in our community.  We will soon release more information about our plans
 
It is vital that everyone in the community work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to keep ourselves, our neighbours, our friends and family safe
 
What can you do to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19?
See the following Ontario Ministry of Health links regarding:
 
Social distancing does not mean social isolation:
Consider how you can remain connected to your friends, family and work colleagues via telephone, email, social media, or the following free-to-access online meeting platforms:
 
Looking for local restaurants open for delivery or take out?
 
If you are aware of vulnerable persons needing support in our community, let us know by contacting us at:
 
Thank you and stay safe and healthy.
Rotary Club of Georgetown.
"Service Above Self"
The Rotary Club of Georgetown honoured our healthcare heroes during International Nurses' Week.  
 
On Mother's Day we delivered cookies to Georgetown Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department for all the medical staff risking their own health and missing their Mother's Day festivities in order to care for others.  On Wednesday, we supplied lunch to all the staff at Mountainview Residence, who have spent many weeks on the front line of Halton Hills' COVID-19 hotspot.  We capped off the week with a Friday delivery back to the hospital with cookies for all staff.
 
We were pleased through this initiative to bring some needed business to Teddy's Greek Grill, Terra Cotta Cookie Company, and Heather's Bakery, all in Georgetown.
 
Our healthcare workers continue to put in long shifts in risky situations to care for others.  When we feel stressed about the impact on our lives of the pandemic, imagine how bad this would be without these dedicated workers in our community.  We owe them so much gratitude.
 
 
On October 3rd, 2020, The Rotary Club of Georgetown organized and led an ambitious project to plant 2020 trees along the Hungry Hollow Trail network in Halton Hills.  This initiative, “Planting For Our Future,” was part of the club’s goal to positively impact the natural environment of our town for generations while recognizing the club's 65th Anniversary. 
 
“We decided, what better way to celebrate our anniversary in 2020, than to come together with members of the Georgetown community, to plant two thousand and twenty trees,” said Mike Elsey, Club President and project lead.  “This would be ten times larger than any previous tree planting in Georgetown!”
 
The initiative was over one year in planning, involving extensive consultations with municipal government and local conservation authorities. The ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 created volunteer restrictions and several unforeseen challenges. The club adapted and persevered.
 
At 9am on October 3rd the Rotary Club of Georgetown, along with 80 volunteers, planted 1,750 trees, in thick grass, up hills, in clay and rocky soil, along the trail. Though it was VERY hard work, the day was filled with smiles, laughter, and socially distanced group pictures.  Together, with the community of Georgetown, we planted a forest.
 
While the sun was setting, our club and volunteers realized that our ambitious goal would take more than a day to achieve. Not to be discouraged, the unanimous decision was made to continue on. Finding time throughout the next week, members planted in the area. Within 6 days, all the trees had found a home in Halton Hills and the Rotary Club of Georgetown had met the goal of planting 2020 trees!
 
Our goal could not have been achieved without the funding provided by TD Friends of the Environment, the Town of Halton Hills, and a generous contribution by an anonymous club member.
 
 

On Thursday November 07, 2019 the Rotary Club of Georgetown celebrated the 65th Annual “Norm Bigg” Senior Citizens Dinner at the Living Hope Alliance Church.  This year, close to 200 senior citizens were treated to a delicious meal and entertained by the Georgetown Seniors Centre Band.  This is the Rotary Club’s way to acknowledge and give thanks to those who have contributed to the vibrant and caring community that Georgetown is today. This project is the longest, continuous-running dinner in Rotary International’s 35,727 clubs worldwide.

On February 17, 2005 the Rotary Club of Georgetown reached the milestone of providing service work to the town of Georgetown for 50 years.  On June 30, 2005 the Rotary Club of Georgetown was presented with the prestigious Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for outstanding service in the community for holding the annual Senior Citizens Dinner for 50 consecutive.

The club would like to thank all of the sponsors who made this event a success - 

    

    

The 19th annual Rotary Veterans Breakfast was held at the Hillsview Active Living Center in Georgetown on Monday November 04, 2019.  There were 52 attendees in total – 29 Veterans plus their 4 guests, 8 special guests/speakers and 11 Rotarians.
 
     
    
 
         
 
Another successful Georgetown Craft Beer Festival - Head for the Hills had it's biggest year yet! Close to 6,000 people enjoyed the perfect weather, great beer, cider, food and entertainment! This event is 100% volunteer run and 100% of the profits goes back into the community. Click here for more pictures of this event:  https://www.rotarygeorgetown-on.ca/PhotoAlbums/head-for-the-hills-2019
 
This event is proudly run by four of the local service clubs - Rotary Club of Georgetown, Georgetown Kinsmen, Georgetown Kiwanis and Lions Club of Georgetown.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Georgetown supported the Jurassic Park Halton Hills event on Friday June 7, giving out free pizza to hundreds of fans who showed up to cheer on our Raptors.  While the Raptors soundly trumped the Golden State Warriors by a score of 105 to 92, our club distributed 1440 slices of pizza.  It was a great family event which contributed to a strong sense of community spirit.
 
Donations of food and dollars was provided to the Halton Hills Bread Basket.
 
A special thank you to Georgetown Toyota for providing the space free of charge for the evening.
And kudos to Emma Mann for organizing this event.
 
GO RAPTORS!
The Rotary Club was pleased to contribute to the 2019 Georgetown Hospital Foundation Gala.  The club sponsored a live auction item, a private shopping spree for two at Studio 49 in Georgetown.  The bidding on the item closed at $2,250.
 
In total, the gala raised over $140,000.  Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase vital surgical and lifesaving equipment, such as 2 new defibrillators and resuscitation carts for the Emergency Department.
 
Rotary is proud to support Georgetown Hospital.
          
 
The Rotary Club of Georgetown cares about youth in our community.  We became aware of a significant funding gap for the Intensive Youth Worker who supports young people presenting with mental health issues at the two Town-operated Youth Drop-In Centers in Georgetown and Acton.   Our club reached out to other service clubs in the area, and formed a collaborative service club group that collectively donated $18,500 to the Town, to avoid interruption or reduction of this vital service, while longer-term regional funding is sought.  Click on this link to read the article as published in the Georgetown Independent.  https://bit.ly/2waaHqe
 
 
 
The Rotary Club planted 20 new trees in Joseph Gibbons Park, On Delrex Boulevard, on Saturday April 27, 2019, in celebration of Earth Week.  The new saplings accompany the 19 trees the club planted one year ago in response to a challenge to all clubs around the world from Rotary International to plant a tree per Rotary member - 1.2 million trees in total.  This year’s planting was only a local club event, but represents a continuation of a new worthwhile tradition here in Georgetown.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown is thankful to the Town of Halton Hills, Department of Recreation and Parks, and Planning and Sustainability, for their support in planning this initiative.
 
Click here for more pictures - 
 
 
 
 
Leading up to the Christmas season, the Rotary Club sold hams and cheese with all of the proceeds going to our international Impact Zambia Project.  In total, over $2,100 was raised for the project.  Additionally, 136 hams were donated to the Georgetown Bread Basket food bank. 
The 18th annual Rotary Veterans Breakfast was held at Ares Restaurant on Friday November 02, 2018.  There were 52 attendees in total – 20 Veterans plus their 7 guests, 9 special guests/speakers and 16 Rotarians.
 

On Thursday November 08, 2018 the Rotary Club of Georgetown celebrated the 64th Annual “Norm Bigg” Senior Citizens Dinner at the Living Hope Alliance Church.  This year, 250 senior citizens were treated to a delicious meal and entertained by the Georgetown Seniors Centre Band.  This is the Rotary Club’s way to acknowledge and give thanks to those who have contributed to the vibrant and caring community that Georgetown is today. This project is the longest, continuous-running dinner in Rotary International’s 35,727 clubs worldwide.

On February 17, 2005 the Rotary Club of Georgetown reached the milestone of providing service work to the town of Georgetown for 50 years.  On June 30, 2005 the Rotary Club of Georgetown was presented with the prestigious Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for outstanding service in the community for holding the annual Senior Citizens Dinner for 50 consecutive years!

On September 15, the Rotary Club of Georgetown, in partnership with other service clubs, hosted the fourth annual Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival in Georgetown.  There were 42 breweries present, 15 gourmet food trucks, and live entertainment all day.  Mother Nature cooperated, providing a hot humid day, perfect for tasting a few beers.
About 5,300 people attended the event, which was supported by over 165 volunteers.  Proceeds went to Food4Kids, The Georgetown Hospital Foundation, Cancer Assist Services of Halton Hills, and Field of Dreams and to fund other local projects of the four host service clubs.
 
Click here for more pictures of this event:
 
 
Mark your calendars for the upcoming festival which will be help on Saturday September 14th from noon until 6 pm at the Trafalgar Sports Park.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown was thrilled to sponsor the pancake breakfast at the Town of Halton Hills Bike-it-to Market event on Saturday, June 16th.
 
Rotarians had fun flipping pancakes, along with coffee and McDonald's "Orange Drink" provided FREE of charge to any cyclist, who pedalled to Market.  Fun day engaging with the community.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Tree Planting challenge was initiated when the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley (Rotary Club of Sandringham, Australia), asked ALL 1.2 million Rotarians across the World to plant ONE tree. In response, the Georgetown Rotarians set out to contribute to this goal by organizing a club tree planting event. 

On April 28th, in celebration of Earth Week, 19 members of the Georgetown Rotary Club and volunteers gathered to plant 19 trees in Joseph Gibbons Park, on Delrex Boulevard. (Tree varieties include: Red Maples, Sugar Maples, Paper Birch, Red Oak). Georgetown Rotarians are thrilled to contribute locally to the Rotary Tree Planting Challenge, as the
outcome Worldwide is significant. Our collective efforts will result in over a million trees placed in forests and open park spaces which are under threat from disappearing.
 
“Environmental sustainability…is, and must be, everyone’s concern.” 2017-2018 RI PRESIDENT IAN RISELEY.
 
We would like to thank the support received by the Town of Halton Hills, Recreation and Parks and Planning and Sustainability as we planned our tree planting event.
 
We plan to do more in the future! If you are interested to contribute to a future tree planting please contact our club http://rotarygeorgetown-on.ca/
 
Please also watch our video which captures our event. 
https://www.facebook.com/rotarygeorgetown/videos/1819662841423854/
 
 
 
Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, September 14th from noon until 6pm at the Trafalgar Sports Park. The Beer Festival is a community collaborative event hosted by four of Georgetown's Service Clubs: Lions, Kinsmen, Kiwanis & Rotary. You will be able to sample the best of small and unique craft beers and ciders, enjoy culinary delights, peruse the wares of local artisans, all while being entertained by folk and country musicians in a beautiful open-air setting.
http://www.headforthehills.ca
The Rotary Club provided a donation of $5000 to the Georgetown Hospital Foundation, supporting their $1.5 million Project X campaign to acquire updated digital x-Ray technology.  To acknowledge the donation, and provide comfort to those attending the hospital, a bench has been installed outside the main entrance of the hospital.
Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteers are involved with a number of activities in the community, including the Paws To Read reading program.
Please read more by clicking 'read more' link below to the right.
 
Photo: from the Paws To Read program that was running for the past 12 weeks at the Halton Hills Christian School with two dogs on the job... Summer in the foreground and little Gracie in back. The school has requested  the dogs return in the Fall since they  are making a difference to their students who are reluctant readers.

 
Thank you so much – to all of you - for the incredibly generous donation to Food4Kids.  I just did the math, and because of the efforts of the Georgetown Rotary, all five children in our one local Public School Program will receive food bags each week for the entire summer.  This is exceptionally special to me because this school was the first school we initiated into the program last September due to a significant need by three families in particular.  The littlest one in the program is only two years old!
 
The families have already started to worry about how they will feed their children throughout the summer, so it is with great happiness that we will be able to offer them such peace of mind.
 
You truly are a wonderful group of people!!  How proud I am to be part of Rotary.
Merry Little and Pat Stuart presented to our club last Friday and updated us on Cashh's mission statement, activities to assist Cancer patients and upcoming April Campaign.
 
Visit the Cashh website at http://www.cancerassistance.org/

Cashh is different
Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills is not associated with any cancer organization, nor do we receive any government grants to fund our services. We are entirely dependent on this community’s generosity and support. Our mandate is to help those touched with cancer.

Where does your donation go?
The majority of your donations go directly to our patient programs; only a small amount is used for fundraising, administration and overhead expenses.

Please be assured that your donations are managed responsibily, and stay within the Halton Hills community.

Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills 2014 Campaign Update

Letters from our VolunteersWhile it is still winter we are planning for spring!

We need your help as we get our team organized for the 2014 Campaign. 

We thank our wonderful campaign canvassers, teams and the generous people of Halton Hills who once again exceeded our goal for our annual April 2013 door to door campaign. The over $108,000 collected will ensure that our programs for practical help will be delivered with the same care and kindness that CAShh is known for.

We hope we can count on all of you this year to help keep our programs vibrant again this year.

I look forward to speaking to you soon. 

Marilyn Inglis
Campaign Coordinator
905-702-8886 or email me

- See more at: http://www.cancerassistance.org/events/campaigns/campaign-april-2014#sthash.2nuI3qti.dpuf

Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills 2014 Campaign Update

Letters from our VolunteersWhile it is still winter we are planning for spring!

We need your help as we get our team organized for the 2014 Campaign. 

We thank our wonderful campaign canvassers, teams and the generous people of Halton Hills who once again exceeded our goal for our annual April 2013 door to door campaign. The over $108,000 collected will ensure that our programs for practical help will be delivered with the same care and kindness that CAShh is known for.

We hope we can count on all of you this year to help keep our programs vibrant again this year.

I look forward to speaking to you soon. 

Marilyn Inglis
Campaign Coordinator
905-702-8886 or email me

- See more at: http://www.cancerassistance.org/events/campaigns/campaign-april-2014#sthash.2nuI3qti.dpuf

Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills 2014 Campaign Update

Letters from our VolunteersWhile it is still winter we are planning for spring!

We need your help as we get our team organized for the 2014 Campaign. 

We thank our wonderful campaign canvassers, teams and the generous people of Halton Hills who once again exceeded our goal for our annual April 2013 door to door campaign. The over $108,000 collected will ensure that our programs for practical help will be delivered with the same care and kindness that CAShh is known for.

We hope we can count on all of you this year to help keep our programs vibrant again this year.

I look forward to speaking to you soon. 

Marilyn Inglis
Campaign Coordinator
905-702-8886 or email me

- See more at: http://www.cancerassistance.org/events/campaigns/campaign-april-2014#sthash.2nuI3qti.dpuf
Thank you to all the club members who supported the Grade 3 Dictionary program by distributing dictionaries to all the local public schools in Georgetown the week of January 20!  As you can see from the Thank You note received, they were very much appreciated. 
 
Literacy North Halton joined the Acton, Milton and Georgetown clubs for an excellent dinner hosted by Acton at newly renovated Acton Town Hall.  The dinner was fabulous and it was a great turnout.  After the cheque presentation by Acton and Georgetown to Literacy North Halton, Anna Liisa Johanson (Estonia) and Nicola Fiori (Italy) presented an update on their home towns and their past 5 months in Canada.  The evening ended with announcements by each club and a challenge for the three clubs to support each other by attending the 3 upcoming Rotary gala dinners (stay tuned for details!).  
Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and the seniors for making the 59th Annual Norm Bigg's Seniors Dinner another great success!  Special thanks to Doreen Govas of Ares Restaurant for organizing and catering this years event.  Click on 'Read more' to see all the photos!
 
Vets    
 
This is Georgetown Rotary's 39th year hosting our veterans breakfast. This year we drew 27 of our finest.  
Our speaker was Lorne Scots regiment's Mike Kase.  A 15 year veteran of operations in Yugoslavia, Kabul, Afghanistan, and peacekeeping in Bosnia.