Bob Pillon

Amherstburg Rotary Club aids ERCA with $1,000 cheque

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Rotary Club is teaming up to help make our Earth a little greener.

A cheque worth $1,000 was presented to Danielle Breault-Stuebing, director of communications and outreach services for the Essex Region Conservation Authority on behalf of the Amherstburg Rotary Club to help with the creation of a legacy forest.

“This is part of a very large project that included the ten Rotary Clubs in Windsor and Essex-County plus a global E-club,” said Stuebing. “All these Rotary Clubs have come together to help us create the Rotary Legacy Forest in the town of Essex. We are so thankful to all the individuals who have supported this project. It really is creating a legacy for the future.

Dan Hunt (left) and Bob Pillon (right) present Danielle Breault-Stuebing (middle) with a cheque for $1,000 to help fund the Rotary Legacy Forest project.

According to Stuebing, the idea of creating a forest came last year when the president of Rotary International, Ian Wiseley challenged every Rotarian in the world to plant a tree.

“There’s about 340 Rotarians in Windsor-Essex County but we thought of the idea to create a forest,” added Stuebing.

The project will consist of the planting of 50,000 trees and restoring 70 acres of land in the Cedar Creek area, purchased by ERCA specifically for restoration. The forest will be named the Rotary Legacy Forest in honour of the Rotary Clubs who have helped with the project.

The first tree planting will take place May 4. Stuebing encourages Rotarians and anyone who has an interest in Rotary to come out and take tangible hands on action to create the forest.

Amherstburg Rotary Club welcomes Bob Pillon as newest member

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Rotary Club has a new member and he is a familiar face to many in town.

Bob Pillon was officially inducted into the club last Wednesday night during the Rotary Club’s meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The former town councillor was inducted by Rotarian Bill Pook. Pillon was sponsored by Amherstburg Rotarian Carl Gibb, with Gibb officially putting Pillon’s new Rotary pins on the latter’s lapel as part of the induction.

Amherstburg Rotarian Carl Gibb (right) welcomes new member Bob Pillon (left) into the club March 9.

Amherstburg Rotarian Carl Gibb (right) welcomes new member Bob Pillon (left) into the club March 9. Gibb presents Pillon with his new Rotary pins.

Pillon said he has thought about joining the Amherstburg Rotary Club for the past three or four years, but his previous obligations on town council made him too busy in the past.

“I thought about it for a long time,” said Pillon, who was joined by his wife Carol for the ceremony.

Having been off of town council for about one year, Pillon decided the time was right to join Rotary.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with people and I’ve enjoyed helping people,” he said. “I think this is a club that can fulfill that part of me.”

Pillon said he was happy to become a Rotarian and said he is able to help out.

“It’s good. I’m part of the group,” he said. “I think it’s going to be rewarding. I’m looking forward to doing what I can.”

Pillon said he is not joining the Amherstburg Rotary Club with specific goals, but wants to help the club and help the community. He also recognized the Rotary is an international organization and wanted to help other areas too.

“I will definitely dedicate myself to this,” said Pillon.

One initiative Pillon is working on is trying to bring a dog park to Amherstburg and is working with the club and the town to try and make that a reality.

“Hopefully we can move ahead with it with the town,” said Pillon.