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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.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg welcomes new president



By Ron Giofu


There is a new person at the helm of the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.

Joan Donaldson was sworn in as the local Rotary Club’s president at its meeting last Wednesday night at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. She takes over from Dan Hunt, who was the president for the last six months.

Donaldson will be president for the 2018-19 term. She unveiled a banner reading “Be The Inspiration,” the 2018-19 theme from Rotary International president Barry Rassin, and encouraged her fellow Rotarians to inspire others.

Joan Donaldson receives her president’s pin from past president Dan Hunt.

“We could inspire people to who wish to serve but don’t know how,” she said, adding one way to do that is to simply ask people.

Donaldson said youth can be inspired to serve and by doing that, they can grow up to protect citizens in need and people who are vulnerable.

There is a need to get more people to join the Amherstburg club as well, Donaldson added, as she has a goal of having over 20 people in the Rotary Club by the end of 2019. There are 14 members currently in the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.

“We know that more hands will make the work lighter,” she said.

Donaldson thanked Hunt for stepping into the role of president in January “when we had a need” and both Donaldson and Hunt mentioned the accomplishments the club has had in recent months including hearing from the students that went to the Rotary’s RYLA conference, the Martin Breshamer Memorial Pasta Dinner that raised over $2,500, a $500 donation towards polio eradication in Pakistan, the club’s involvement in the recent bike rodeo and the new five members that have joined in recent months.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Joan Donaldson (right) with husband Scott.

The new members include Jean Hunt, John Sutton, Susanne Bergeron, Ann Marie Favot and Corey Rainhard.

The party celebrating Hazen Price’s seven decades in Rotary and 95th birthday was also cited by both Hunt and Donaldson.

“I think one of the highlights of the whole six months was Hazen’s birthday and the time he has spent in Rotary,” Hunt said of his presidency.

Rotary members have also logged more than 1,500 volunteer hours over the past year, Donaldson noted.

Donaldson also thanked fellow Rotarian and former president Laura George for her efforts as George was credited for trying new ideas and also for her efforts as part of the Ribfest committee.

The Ribfest, which is this Friday through Sunday at Centennial Park, is run by a committee and those committee members were also thanked. Carl Gibb, who is also a Rotarian and Ribfest committee member, was thanked for his ongoing service as club treasurer while Susanne Bergeron was welcomed as secretary.

Hunt expressed confidence that Donaldson will do a good job, calling her “a driving force” in the Rotary Club.

“I think the club is going to go far with Joan,” he said, using a sailing metaphor to describe the direction he thinks the club will take.

Rotary Club past president Dan Hunt (right) with wife and fellow Rotarian Jean Hunt.

“With more members, the better we’ll sail,” said Hunt.

Hunt also said that Bergeron will serve the Rotary Club well as secretary.

“I know she’ll do a great job,” he said.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Amherstburg, visit www.amherstburgrotary.com, “Like” their page on Facebook by searching “Rotary Club of Amherstburg” or follow them on Twitter by searching that name or their Twitter handle @RAmherstburg.

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg welcomed Joan Donaldson as its new president June 27.

Two new members join Amherstburg Rotary Club



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Rotary Club welcomed a pair of new members last Wednesday night.

Ann Marie Favot and John Sutton were officially inducted into the service club at their meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. Club president Dan Hunt pointed out that with the two new members, the Amherstburg Rotary Club now has 13 members.

“We’re still growing,” said Hunt.

Surrounded by his family, John Sutton (centre) was welcomed into the Amherstburg Rotary Club Feb. 28.

Sutton, who was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Bob Pillon, said he had been thinking about joining for roughly one year and started coming out to meetings in January. Community service was the main reason he wanted to join.

“I think it’s the whole idea of service and giving back to the community,” said Sutton.

Sutton pointed out the Amherstburg Rotary Club has a long history of giving back to the community and indicated he will do what he can to support the club’s goals. Among the projects that the Rotary Club has spearheaded include the Ribfest, the clock in the Navy Yard Park parkette and the Miracle League baseball diamond at the Libro Centre.

“It’s a great way to stay connected and give back to the community that has given so much to me,” said Sutton. “I’m looking forward to getting officially involved.”

While Favot is a new member, she is no stranger to helping the Rotary Club.

“I’ve always been part of the Ribfest committee,” she said. “I’ve been helping out with Ribfest for seven years.”

Noting that her children are getting older, Favot said she is now able to join the Rotary Club itself. She was sponsored for membership by Hunt and fellow Rotarian Tony Ross.

Ann Marie Favot (left) officially receives her Rotary pin from one of her sponsors Tony Ross (centre). Her other sponsor was club president Dan Hunt (right).

Favot said she is looking forward to supporting the Amherstburg Rotary Club’s goals and objectives and “coming up with ideas of my own.”

The Amherstburg Rotary Club meets every Wednesday night at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. When inducting both Sutton and Favot, Hunt said Rotary is a non-political organization open to everyone.  There are 1.2 million Rotarians and 33,000 clubs worldwide.

For more information on the Amherstburg Rotary Club, visit www.amherstburgrotary.com.