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Guelph South

Coming together as strangers...working together as friends

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Springfield Golf & Country Club
2054 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON  N1L1G6
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On August 15th 2017 the Rotary Club of Guelph and Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre jointly hosted 45 children through "Better Beginnings, Better Futures" (Guelph) to visit the farm, enjoy the swimming pool and playground, play some soccer, visit the horses and enjoy a barbecue.  For many of these city children, this was their first visit to a farm!
Better Beginnings, Better Futures was introduced by the Ontario government in 1990 to discover effective ways of supporting the healthy development of young children and strengthening family and community life in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
A photo album from the event has been posted - see the "Photo Albums" links on the website home page.
...and how sweet it is!!
The Rotary Club of Guelph South celebrates its sixteenth charter year anniversary today (July 31st 2017). We are proud of the impact the club has made in the community and beyond in such a short time. It's all because of great ROTARIANS and FRIENDS! Happy Sweet 16 Rotary Club of Guelph South!
Rotary Club of Guelph South
Coming together as strangers.....working together as friends.
Hazel has been a Rotarian for a number of years, and was previously a member of Rotary Club of Guelph.  We were pleased to welcome her as she transferred her membership to our Club on July 20th 2017.
Hazel was welcomed by (l-r) Membership Chair Frank Oudesluys, sponsor Celia Clark and President Bruno Marziano.
2016-2017 President Richard Van Dyke was thanked for his service by new 2017-2018 President Bruno Marziano.  Bruno presented Rich with a special memento of his year as President and his "Past President" pin.
     (Past President Richard Van Dyke pins President Bruno Marziano)
 (President Bruno presents Past President Richard
   with a special thank you gift for his year)
Club members and spouses/partners also enjoyed a special Rotary Year Changeover celebration at NV Lounge in Guelph on Tuesday June 28th - a photo album is posted on the website.  At that event Cynthia Walker-Parks was surprised with an Honourary Membership - something to keep her connected to Rotary and us until she and David return from his term with Scotiabank in the Barbados.
 (Past President Richard presents Cynthia Walker-Parks
   with  her Honourary Membership certificate)
The 2017-2018 Rotary International theme for this Rotary year, from July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018:
We are embarking on a new era in Rotary.  We are the change makers!  Change energizes us and helps us to grow. Change can be exciting and fun.  It also has its challenges. We are part of an incredible organization.  We are transforming lives throughout the world.
It's true!!   It's what we do!!   Come join us....
Another successful event!  Of course we'll need to wait for the final accounting tally to be completed but it's looking already as if the $80,000 target will be exceeded.

A photo album has already been created and is available on the club website home page (look for the "Photo Albums" frame on the right hand side of the home page) and will be added to as we get more photos.
***   SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018:   SUNDAY JUNE 24th  ***
The Rotary Club of Guelph South was proud to welcome DAVID TURVEY as its newest member.  Dave comes to us very familiar with Rotary, both his parents having been members in Hamilton. Dave was formally inducted on Thursday May 25th 2017 and will be a wonderful addition to our club!
     (L-R:  Rotarians Brian Cowan, Margaret Nixon, David Turvey, Richard Van Dyke)
See the May 2017 Issue of Guelph SNAPd news publication - and watch for the photo gallery that will be available on this website very soon!
On February 24th over two hundred local diners crowded into the Puslinch Community Centre for the Rotary Club of Guelph South’s 15th Annual Pasta Dinner.   With live accordion music, yummy, all-you-can-eat pasta and wonderful silent auction items a great time was had by all. Everyone was moved by Andy Spencer’s impassioned speech about how much Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre has helped his daughter Cora.
Both rooms were buzzing with animated conversations.
Our grateful thanks to our table sponsors, Bella Hodginkson, Deb & Geoff Allen (Royal LePage Royal City Realty), Hammond Power Solutions, Rich Van Dyke – (The Co-operators), Robb Atkinson and Des von Teichman (Royal LePage Royal City Realty), Scotiabank Guelph.
Thank you also to our many generous donors, Build a Basket Creations Inc. Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate, Mandarin restaurant, Matthew Bulmer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Milburns Auto Sales & Service, Shelley Adlington, Snap'd Guelph, Springfield Golf and Country Club, Sue Wilson, Tamara's Esthetics and Reflexology, Zehrs Hartland as well as numerous Friends of Rotary and Friends of Sunrise.
We appreciated the discounted Puslinch Community Centre rental fee approved by the Township Council and the enthusiastic support of our local community. Thank you all for helping us raise almost $7,000 in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre as well as other Rotary Projects.
Save the date for next year (February 9 – just in time for Valentine shopping!)
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Focus on Nature
Focus on Nature

Connecting kids to nature through photography.

Focus on Nature is a registered charity based in Guelph Ontario that inspires young people to explore and connect with nature through photography. We conduct workshops in schools and day camps in the summer and during March Break.

​SIMON BELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:  Since being given a hand-me-down Box Brownie camera at the age of six, photography has been a thread through Simon’s life that links the many artistic, commercial, and now educational endeavors that he’s been involved with.  After studying at York University, Simon worked as a studio photographer before starting his own audio-visual business in Toronto, creating corporate presentations for over twenty years.  At the same time he was pursuing his passion for nature photography and developing new skills in stereoscopy, the art and science of 3D photography. These two interests came together in a series of children’s nature books, featuring his 3D photos of wildlife, published by Penguin/Ladybird Books and Somerville House Books. The series was very successful, selling over 150,000 copies in six different countries.

Simon is well known in Guelph as the former publisher and photographer for SNAP Guelph, the newspaper he co-founded in 2005. He continues to lecture on stereo photography and exhibit his photographic work around the province. He has been a volunteer instructor with Focus On Nature since 2011 and as Executive Director he continues to inspire young photographers to get out and explore their local environment with their cameras.

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