Service Projects…The Foundation of Rotary

Hands on Service Projects and Service Above Self are foundational beliefs of all Rotarians. It has been a challenge to seek service project opportunities that keep everyone safe and sets an example for following Public Health Guidelines. There has been some Rotary Clubs that have had good intentions when conducting a hands on service project only to be criticized for not following distance, face coverings and Public Health guidelines.

Your Rotary Board of Directors has looked at Service Projects as part of our Rotary Re-Opens Plan. We will always follow Public Health Guidelines and try to set an example for others to follow such guidelines. We will take extra steps and precautions to offer programs and initiatives, and come up with creative ways to offer them during the COVID Pandemic whenever possible, as we did with our Rotary Summer Literacy Program in the Park. We want to make an impact in our community safely and COVID free!

There are still a number of ways that Rotarians and Rotary Friends can give back and support our community;

Little Library Box

There is a Little Library Box out front Cathy Wever School (160 Wentworth St N) that is always in need of books. A great opportunity to clear out your bookcase and donate books to the community – cookbooks, novels and children’s books are just a few of the examples. In addition to books, the Little Library Box has been filled many times with crafts, games and food (non-perishable). The Little Library Box has become more than just a book box. A great service project that can be done anytime, put a bag or box together with some books, food and crafts and place them in the Little Library Box.

No Child should go hungry!

During the month of October all donations to the Lunch For A Cause Campaign will be donated to support Food4Kids. There is no gala fundraiser this year and we know the need is greater, so we are encouraging Rotarians to donate the usual lunch fee ($25) and make a difference. No child should go hungry and we can help make sure by supporting Food4Kids

Adopt -a- Park

We have two parks that our Rotary Club has adopted and usually plan several litter clean-up and mulching/weeding events. This year we did not conduct such activities as a Rotary Club. There is always an opportunity for Rotarians with their family members to enjoy a walk through the park and do a small litter pick-up. Garbage can be placed in the containers in the park. Please wear gloves and wash your hands. The two parks that we have adopted are TB McQueston Park (Upper Wentworth south of the Linc) and Jackie Washington Rotary Park ( Wellington St North of Barton). Enjoy a stroll through the park and help keep Hamilton Clean & Green.

Support Local

Why not treat your self and enjoy some take-out. We know that there are a number of businesses that are struggling. Take this opportunity to shop local, seek out that small business or local eatery. Try a new restaurant, order delivery, shop online or do curb side pick-up. Seek out the local small businesses and try to support them. Check out the many great BIA areas that are filled with local shops and businesses. Think local when you need to purchase your next product or service.

World Polio Day – Oct 24th

World Polio Day will be different this year. We will be doing a social media campaign this year leading up to and on World Polio Day on October 24th. We will also be virtually cheering on Rotarian Paul Gordon as he is participating in the District’s Pedal For Polio bike ride from the Peace Bridge. We encourage you to share, like and help us spread the word about World Polio Day on your social media feeds

As active leaders in our community, we know that many of you are supporting other causes and organizations, helping out your neighbours and friends, and making life a little bit better. Have a service project idea or suggestion, send an email we would love to hear about it [email protected]

Take care, stay safe and thank you for your Service Above Self!