Rotary Club of Northern Bruce Peninsula: Santa Claus Came to Town!

BPDS crew gather in front of their 1st Place float. Lots of Christmas Spirit here!

Submitted by Jim Dilamarter

Rotary would like to thank Santa, his two elves, Jingle and Bell, and ALL who entered floats, walked, brought their horses or ponies, or simply watched the parade on December 1st. Particular thanks to the many companies and individuals that sponsor the parade each year. Without your support it would not be a success. The weather was perfect and Santa had a great time meeting the children afterwards at the Rotary Hall.

Santa had a full day. After visiting with all the children he headed downtown to visit several of our local businesses and then he headed over to see all his friends at the Golden Dawn. He told the Rotarians that he had a wonderful time and couldn’t find one person that was on the ‘naughty’ list.

Thanks to the judges Gerty and David Purdy and Susan White who had a tough time deciding who to declare winners. Nevertheless, here are the results:

• 1st – BPDS our local school

• 2nd – The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula

• 3rd – The Lioness Club

• 4th – Golden Dawn

The judges said they couldn’t stop at three….. they also named:

•Best Pony and cart – Liam and Quintin Mast

• Best Horse – Murvin Myles

Great job judges! Really, everyone was a winner this year. Special thanks to Harbourside Music for bringing in the McLaren’s Pipes and Drums Band from Wiarton. Music was also provided by the Wiarton Salvation Army Band. In fact it was a very SPIRIT FILLED parade thanks to everyone who participated.

The lineup to see Santa was long but worth the wait. Santa was even seen playing the piano for Jingle and Bell. He sure had the Christmas Spirit.

Rotary wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.


Rotary continues to grow in our community. Steve Woeller was inducted as our newest member at our meeting on November 27th. Steve has taken the lead with the new Northern Peninsula Co-Work Project supported by our municipality recently. This is hosted at the Rotary Hall and will be a real asset to our entrepreneurs and those with small businesses in the area. Already more than 30 unique visitors have used the facilities since NP Co-Work’s opened. Rotary is confident we shall be hearing great things from this group in the future.


Rotary volunteers will be helping, once again, with the Christmas Baskets for the Food Bank. Rotary is proud to have been one of the initial sponsors of the food bank in this area and commends the work of all the volunteers and helpers who continue this support for our community.

MOVIES AT THE HALL will start up again in January with a Friday evening show and a new SUNDAY matinee each week. Check out the Rotary Club on facebook to see which movies will be showing each week.


If you are interested in joining our club we would be pleased to talk to you. Please leave a message on our phone message machine at 519 793 4040 and someone will get back to you. Or, just speak to one of our members and any one of them will be pleased to tell you about our club and what you can expect.

You might also wish to consider being a ‘corporate sponsor’ and part of Rotary’s service to this community and the world. The Northern Bruce Peninsula Rotary has several businesses who act as corporate sponsors to our fundraisers. This is a great way to serve the community and be part of Rotary in our area. If you are interested in learning more about being a corporate sponsor then call our number 519 793 4040 as well and leave a message or speak to one of our members.