Welcome to Grimsby Rotary@Noon! We meet every Tuesday at Noon to share ideas about improving our community and our world. Lunch, including coffee, tax, tip, is just $17. Come as often as you can, and invite a Guest! Let us know if you know of someone who would like to make a presentation to our club!
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Grimsby Rotary at Noon has had a busy fall so far. We have heard from three mayoral candidates at recent meetings. We were also involved in a very successful Doors Open Grimsby. Please check the information about the upcoming Buffalo Bash under the Events section. Please plan to attend the meetings as we have more speakers coming in the following weeks - Grimsby Conservation Club (www.grimsbyconservationclub.com) and Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers (www.rosecottagevolunteers.com). As always, if you know of a group that would like to present to us, please invite them to speak. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Come out and meet our new exchange students!
Gabo Melgarejo Yugovich (Paraguay)
Joanne Kuo (Taiwan)
When: Thursday, September 25TH at 6pm
Where: Casablanca Winery Inn
Who: Rotary Club of Grimsby and Grimsby at Noon members and their spouses. Past exchange students to be invited as well.
Appetizers will be served through the evening. Cost is $22.00 pp.
Please RSVP to Jeanette Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept. 20th
I hope to see many of you in attendance!!!!
A nice article in the Welland Tribune covering the Rotary Youth Exchange.
A great time was had by all at our successful year-end BBQ.
Special appreciation to outgoing President Elaine Kelly for all of your hard work.
Thank-you to all who attended and contributed to the BBQ and to Brian and Sandy Glynn for hosting the event.
On Thursday May 27th, we were thrilled to host a special event to honour Pat Jaskula with the Paul Harris award at Peninsula Ridge Winery. We wanted to recognize and celebrate the passion and commitment Pat has made through recent years with the Walk for Guide Dogs and her golf tournament for service dogs. Through the contributions Pat and her husband Ron have made with the Guide Dogs projects as well as through their Canadian Tire sponsorships they have truly changed lives in our local community. It was a thrill to have so many of their family in attendance, as well as their staff, local dignitaries, past Paul Harris recipients, Rotary and community leaders and guests. Thank you all for making this evening so special for Pat!
More than just man’s best friend
Work with dog guides, myriad of other charities, nets Pat Jaskula the Paul Harris Award
GRIMSBY – For Pat Jaskula it all started as a way to cope with the loss of her two pet dogs.
Five years ago the co-owner of the Grimsby Canadian Tire needed something to fill the void after her two pets died. And it was local resident Steve McDonnell who gave her the inspiration to get involved with dog guides.
“He’s just the most amazing man,” Jaskula said of McDonnell.
McDonnell, well known in the community for his work preparing dog guides, would often come into the Canadian Tire store in order to get the young dogs acclimated to people and the public.
“I thought, I have to put this energy someplace,” she said.
A short while later she had raised enough money, $20,000 with the help of the Jumpstart program, to have a dog trained to help an autistic child in Okatakes, Alb. Jaskula went to the dog’s graduation ceremony, when it was handed off to the mother of the autistic child.
“It’s heartwarming,” she said about the graduation. “When you see the people who are receiving the dogs, you know it’s important to do what you do.”
From there, Jaskula and a few committee volunteers, including McDonnell, helped revive the local walk for dog guides. The Lions club had previously organized the walk, but that fell by the wayside as the Lions members retired.
And it was that commitment to dog guides, as well as the litany of other groups and charities Jaskula supports, that netted her the Paul Harris Award from Rotary at Noon. Rotary clubs hand out the award to residents who give back to charities in a meaningful and substantial way.
Now, with preparations underway for the fourth annual walk since Jaskula and company revived it, organizers are looking to once again grow what is already an impressive event.
Last year the Grimsby walk finished 11th among the 202 that took place throughout the country, raising $12,000 locally. That placed them among cities like Kitchener-Waterloo, Oakville, and Calgary. This year the goal is $15,000.
“What they (the dogs) can do amazes me,” said Jaskula.
The dogs aren’t just for the visually impaired. People with hearing or visual impairments, special needs such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or even diabetes can utilize dog guides.
Diabetes alert dogs are the latest advancement.
“They wake them (the patient) when the smell that their sugars are low,” she said.
The Grimsby walk takes place May 25. It starts outside the Canadian Tire plaza on Livingston Ave. with registration at 12 p.m. and the walk at 1 p.m. There’s a short circuit and a long circuit for walkers. Once they return there will be a barbecue, prizes and raffles.
To get involved, visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com, and search for the Grimsby walk. You don’t have to participate to donate, and can also stop by the day of the walk to donate.
Despite her passion for dog guides, Jaskula supports a wide variety of groups. That includes Big Brother Big Sisters, the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Fire Department, YMCA, Grimsby Benevolent Fund, McNally House, local school fundraisers, sports teams and the list goes on.
Awards handed out May 29
For those who want to help honour Jaskula for her Paul Harris Award win, or who just want to have a nice evening, can come out to the presentation on May 29.
The event takes place at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and gets underway at 7 p.m. It features wine and cheese and will take place in the coach house.
Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased by calling Carolyn Webb at 905-945-7039. Rotary at Noon also encourages all former Paul Harris Award winners to come out and share in the celebration.