Rotary Club of Amherstburg

Montreal Canadiens Alumni lineup set for Dec. 1 charity game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni lineup is set for the Dec. 1 charity game.

The Alumni will battle a group of police officers, firefighters and business owners from around the community who will be representing the Rotary Club of Amherstburg. The Rotary Club is presenting the game at the Libro Centre with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

The Canadiens’ lineup will feature players from the 1980’s, 1990’s and the 2000’s, some of whom have won Stanley Cup championships with the team.

Former Vezina Trophy winner Richard Sevigny will be in goal for the Montreal alumni with other players set to include one of the first Russian-born players to play for the Habs, Oleg Petrov. Keith Acton, who played part of his 15-year career with the Canadiens, is also scheduled to be in Amherstburg that Saturday night as is Pierre Dagenais, who called Montreal one of his homes during his NHL career.

Gilbert Delorme, the Habs’ top pick in the 1981 draft, is also scheduled to appear, as is Sergio Momesso, a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup championship team and current colour commentator for Habs’ games on TSN 690 in Montreal, is also listed as one of the players scheduled to attend.

Another 1986 Stanley Cup champion and TSN 690 personality, Chris Nilan, is also scheduled to play that night. Nilan, a renowned enforcer, holds the NHL record for most penalties in a single game with ten during a 1991 contest.

Mike Weaver, who played the final two seasons of his 14-year NHL career in Montreal before retiring in 2015, is also scheduled to be at the Libro Centre that night. Another former Hab defenseman, Marc Andre Bergeron, is also listed as coming to town.

Patrice Brisebois, the recipient of the Jean Beliveau Trophy in 2009, spent 18 seasons in the NHL, most of them with the Canadiens where he won a Stanley Cup ring in 1993. Brisebois is also scheduled to attend, as is Guillaume Latendresse, who played four of his seven NHL seasons with the Canadiens and is now a hockey analyst on the French sports network RDS. Latendresse was also part of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The coach of the team that night will be Yvon Lambert, who scored more than 200 goals in his eight seasons with the Canadiens and won four Stanley Cups. Perhaps his most famous goal was the overtime winner in Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semi-finals to eliminate the Boston Bruins.

Tickets are available at snapd.com and will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand. Tickets are $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets are also available.

Rotary Club chips in for the fight to eradicate polio once and for all

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg marked World Polio Day last Wednesday night with a presentation and some music.

The service club’s regular meeting featured a presentation from Peggy Little, a Harrow Rotarian and also the assistant district governor. Little travelled with a group of other Rotarians in Pakistan and India earlier this year and plans to return to help conduct more polio immunization clinics in January 2019.

“I’m a student of polio,” said Little. “I’m learning all the time.”

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg accepts a $300 cheque from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 Oct. 24. Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh made the presentation to the Rotary Club.

Little noted the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was celebrating its 30th anniversary and that countries impacted by the disease have dramatically decreased in the last three decades, though it was still a problem in countries in Asia and Africa. According to Little, who obtained much of her statistics from The Rotarian magazine, 17.4 million who are currently healthy would have been paralyzed by polio without Rotary’s eradication efforts since 1988. She noted that Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization days in 2017.

Little said if a football stadium were filled with 100,000 people infected with polio, 90,000 of them would not suffer any symptoms. Another 5,000-10,000 people would suffer from mild symptoms while 0.5 per cent would experience muscle weakness, atrophy, loss of muscle tone and muscle twitching.

There is no cure for polio, said Little, but there are “safe and effective” vaccines. Those few nations where polio is still problematic are also difficult to get to, she indicated.

“It’s a long road to get to that one per cent in the world,” she said.

Peggy Little, assistant district governor, shows an article on polio in a recent issue of The Rotarian magazine. Little, who is a member of the Harrow Rotary Club, was part of a group of Rotarians that went to India and Pakistan in an attempt to immunize citizens there.

Little said that the group flew into Karachi, Pakistan and stated that country has made it their mission to eradicate polio. She said the Rotarians visited community centres where volunteers work to gain trust of the citizens before they immunize the people in the village. Little noted that families are “very mobile” and the clinics are busy.

The group also went to Lahore, Pakistan and, like in Karachi, visited schools where they also distributed materials to the students.

“They were so happy with everything we gave them,” she said.

Some of the schools were directly adjacent to slums that the children were living in.

“When we saw that, tears came to our eyes,” said Little. “These children try so hard.”

The group also travelled to Chennai, India where they visited maternity wards and made donations there.

Little noted she met Rotarians from around the world and found they share the same goals.

Members of the Amherstburg Rotary Club sing “We Are The Champions” during a karaoke fundraiser Oct. 24.

“We are trying to improve the lives of others,” she said.

Following the meeting, the Rotary Club of Amherstburg held a karaoke fundraiser at the Legion to raise money for the fight against polio. Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 also presented the Rotary Club a cheque for $300.

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 for their Twitter handle @RAmherstburg.

Rotary Club celebrates Park House’s National Historic Significance status

 

 

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg has stepped forward again in the public interest, most recently achieving for the Park House Museum the federal designation as a structure of National Historic Significance.

The Park House pre-dates the American revolution in 1776 as a former trading post and was relocated to Amherstburg in 1796 when the British forces decamped from Fort Detroit to Amherstburg. Its design typifies a trading post with numbered logs for disassembly.

The building survived the American invasion during the War of 1812 and later acquired the Park name from prominent merchants.

In 1972, the building was slated for demolition when rescued by the Rotary Club led at that point by then-president Hazen Prize and it was moved to King’s Navy Yard Park. Ownership was given to the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association, presently led by president Bill Wark. Annual funding comes from the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.

Bill Wark (left), president of the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association, stands with Rotarians Terry Hall and Hazen Price. The latter have saved the Park House so that it is a site of National Historic Significance.

To seek federal funding, Rotarian Terry Hall proposed an application to the Government of Canada for designation as a National Historic Site, similar to Fort Malden. The application’s success required extensive assistance from the Park House curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak.

At the Rotary Club’s meeting last Wednesday night, Wark thanked Hall and Pouget-Papak for their work in ensuring the success of the application.

“We’re certainly thankful for their good work,” he said.

Wark noted that Hall helped lead efforts to apply for the National Historic Significance designation while Pouget-Papak did a lot of research to support the application.

The Park House Museum is located at 214 Dalhousie St. Their phone number is 519-736-2511 and their website is www.parkhousemuseum.com.

Rotary Club bringing Montreal Canadiens alumni to town for charity game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A charity hockey game will be coming to the Libro Centre Dec. 1 with some NHL heroes pitted against some local heroes.

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg has announced that Amherstburg will be a stop on the Montreal Canadiens alumni tour with the Habs alumni going head-to-head with local heroes and business owners. Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Joan Donaldson said they are trying to line up local firefighters, police officers and business owners to play against the Montreal alumni.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni to bring this unique event to Amherstburg,” said Donaldson. “It’s going to be an exciting event at the Libro Credit Union Centre Dec. 1, with local players from our police force, fire department, and businesses.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club was approached about taking on the event and decided to do so.

“The (Montreal Canadiens) alumni does charity events all over the country,” Donaldson explained.

All funds raised will continue to support the work of the Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“We looked at the organization and what they do for the community,” said Donaldson.

As for which former Montreal players are coming, that won’t be known until later in the month, but Donaldson assured “these are high calibre players that are coming.”

Donaldson said “this will be a big event for us” with the Rotary Club possibly entertaining more such events, depending on how the Dec. 1 game turns out. She said manager of recreation services Rick Daly has been very supportive, as has Brian Da Silva from the Montreal Canadiens Alumni.

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni will be at the Libro Centre playing against local Amherstburg heroes Dec. 1. The game is presented by the Amherstburg Rotary Club with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team is composed of some of the Habs’ most loved players over the years,” stated Da Silva.

The game will take place at the Libro Credit Union Centre and tickets will go on sale Oct. 9 for $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets also available.

The VIP tickets also include a pre-game reception and “meet and greet” with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team. Donaldson said there will be a limit of two items that can be signed for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets are available at snapd.com and in person at the Libro Credit Union Centre, though Donaldson stated advance tickets may not be available at the Libro Centre until roughly one week before the event. Tickets will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand.

In addition, super fans can purchase a chance to share the ice with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni with spots as referees, linesmen and assistant coach with the Habs.

“This event brings together all that is truly Canadian about hockey and promises to delight fans of all ages,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo in a press release. “We are honoured to welcome the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team to our premier facility, and we extend a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Amherstburg for their tireless fundraising efforts within our community.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club of Amherstburg is very excited to be hosting the event and that she is pleased with how engaged club members are in presenting the game.

“We are ongoing in looking for people who want to contribute to our program or be a sponsor,” she added. “The more we make, the more we can give to (ACS).”

For additional information please contact Joan Donaldson 519-817-5728, or Susanne Bergeron at rotaryclubofamherstburg@gmail.com.
Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. The Rotary Club of Amherstburg can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofamherstburg, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RAmherstburg or the public can visit the club’s website at www.amherstburgrotary.com.
The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team plays 50 to 60 games a year and last year raised over $1 million for different charitable organizations.

 

Rotary Club of Amherstburg earns 2018 Fire Safety Award

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg, in partnership with the Amherstburg Fire Department and Amherstburg Community Services, has resulted in an award for Rotary.

The Rotary Club has received a 2018 Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Fire Safety Award. Rotarians Laura George and Carl Gibb were in Toronto recently to pick up the award.

“It was a total surprise,” said George, who was president in 2017 when the project was initiated. “(Amherstburg Fire) Chief (Bruce) Montone came up to us at a council meeting and said he had nominated us.”

The project was to have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms placed in the homes of those in need, such as seniors or low income households.

“Out of 11 recipients, two were Rotary Clubs which says a lot for what Rotary does in their communities,” said George.

George said over 600 carbon monoxide alarms were purchased. The Rotary Club, with funds generated by the Ribfest, contributed $2,500 and obtained a matching grant of $2,500 through Rotary International. The town contributed another $2,500, George added.

“It was nice to get to work with Chief Montone. It was one of his first projects when he came to Amherstburg.”

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg received a a 2018 Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Fire Safety Award in Toronto recently. From left: Amherstburg deputy fire chief Paul Acton, chair of the awards committee Dan Langlois, Rotarians Carl Gibb and Laura George, Amherstburg fire chief Bruce Montone and Fire Marshal of Ontario Ross Nichols. (Special to the RTT)

George and Gibb thanked ACS for their assistance as well, as ACS helped identify homes that the CO alarms went into.

“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have been able to keep the project going,” said George.

The idea was generated thanks to a similar project done by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg, as several years ago, the local club embarked on a smoke detector project.

“If not for all of the volunteers and the hours they put in at Ribfest, we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did,” George added, noting “it’s nice to keep the money locally.”

Montone called working with the Rotary Club and ACS “a significant partnership.”

“It was beginning to unfold when I arrived in Amherstburg,” said Montone.

The partnership had a positive impact on those who are most vulnerable and noted he was able to reach out to First Alert so that the donated funds could be used to purchase the CO alarms at cost rather than at retail value.

“That has a significant impact on the number of people you are protecting,” said Montone.

Noting there were 600 CO alarms purchased, the fire chief noted that translates into roughly 3,000 people who are protected.

“That is worthy of being recognized,” said Montone. “It was awesome (the Rotary Club of Amherstburg) was selected.