Rotary Club of Northern Bruce Peninsula July Update: Five Awards Totaling $3,500 Presented to BPDS Grads

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Submitted by Jim Dilamarter

This year’s graduating class at BPDS might not have been the largest ever but it was packed full of talent. Rotarians were honoured to be present to give out the many annual scholarships and bursaries that Rotary has provided for decades as well as a new addition to our award package.
President Doug Embleton presented the ‘Mary Cameron Award’ for most improved student to Kiana Benham. This award is given in memory of teacher and friend of Rotary Mary Cameron and is an annual $500.00 award. Kiana will continue her studies at BPDS in the fall.

Rotary President Doug Embleton (right) presents the $500.00 ‘Mary Cameron Award’ for most improved student to Kiana Benham (left).


Rotarian Rob Spearing presented the newest award the ‘J.C. Buckley Award’ to Ashton Nearingburg and Jacob Townson. Each recipient received $500.00. Ashton will pursue an electrical Apprenticeship at Conestoga College while Jacob will study Welding Techniques at Georgian College in the fall.

Rotarian Bob Spearing (right) presents the ‘J.C. Buckley Award’ for outstanding student(s) going into a technological area to Ashton Nearingburg (left) and Jacob Townson (centre). Each student receives $500.00.


Past President Cathryn Buckley presented the ‘Service Above Self’ award of $1,000.00 to Hannah Ehrhardt. This award is given to a student who demonstrates at school and in the community Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’. Hanna will pursue Police Studies at Georgian College in the fall.
Rotarian and Scholarship Chair, Robert Hiscott presented Rotary’s ‘Highest Average Award’ of $1,000.00 to Ethan Parker (see photo previous page). Ethan will enter the Environmental Sciences Co-op program at the University of Guelph in the fall.

Rotarian and Scholarship Chair Rob Hiscott (right) presents the ‘Highest Average Award’ of $1,000.00 to Ethan Parker (left).


Graduation is always a pleasure to see. Rotary thanks the administration of BPDS, the teachers, the support staff, and the parents for encouraging these young people to be such great citizens. We are all proud.

Rotary’s ‘Big’ Breakfast – Canada Day Weekend

Wow! We served almost 300 people on Sunday, June 30th. It was a beautiful morning and the crowd was so wonderful. Everyone seemed very happy and appreciative complementing the chefs quite often as they worked hard.
We apologize to those of you who didn’t get coffee when really needed. Our Chair, who we affectionately call Bonzaii, but who goes under the real name of Bob Spearing apologizes for every one of us for our problem with coffee serving for a time that morning. We had an electrical problem that will be fixed.
Everyone was in such great spirits that morning. What a wonderful spot to have a breakfast.
Therefore, DON’T FORGET TO COME TO OUR NEXT BIG BEACH BREAKFAST (THE BBB) on SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH. We shall all be back trying to serve you the best breakfast possible in the spot with the MILLION DOLLAR VIEW.
Thanks to all for attending and supporting Rotary. Through your attendance you allow us to continue our great work in the community and around the world.
Also a thank you to all the performers and the audience at the ROTARY CONCERT AT THE HALL following the parade. It was well attended and the audience enjoyed the three performances. Each group played for twenty minutes and the concert moved along with great energy. Thanks to all who attended and to our own Rotary President Doug Embleton for acting as Master of Ceremonies.

Rotary In Action: Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Maddie Perrault (shown)who, along with her sister Brianna, presented a report to Rotary on their Mission trip to Puerto Rico which we helped sponsor.

Maddie and Brianna Perrault attended our last meeting to report on their Mission Trip to Puerto Rico with ‘Youth for Christ’ to assist with the aftermath still existing from Hurricane Maria and to support others needing assistance on that island. The Rotary Club of Northern Bruce Peninsula provided financial assistance for this trip and both girls were very appreciative. Maddie made a wonderful presentation.
Rotarians were amazed at the work they did and the training involved before they even left Canada. Maddie and Brianna both felt it was an experience that taught them much.
Maddie has been asked to be a leader next year and all the Rotarians present were not one bit surprised.
We thank both Maddie and Brianna for coming and sharing their experiences in Puerto Rico.

Cameroon Project

L-R: Rotary President Doug Embleton welcomes Rotarian Yauba Ibrihim from Cameroon to the meeting.

Rotarians have been worried about the civil war in Cameroon and the possible impact on the projects that the Rotary Clubs of Northern Bruce Peninsula and Wiarton had been supporting. Yauba Ibrihim, Rotary president from the area in Cameroon with which we work to provide the aide, was present along with Wiarton Rotarian and Cameroon Chair Bob Carson to explain that the projects are still going well and have not been bothered at this time. They expressed optimism that both sides in the conflict seem to respect the need for anything that supported the people.
It was great to have Ibrihim talk to us and reassuring that people are still receiving support. Rotary International has provide money over the years for water projects, training in agriculture and other fields so that the people can earn a living, and other worthwhile endeavours that are directly supporting those in need.

Rotary’s New District Governor Picks RCNBP As One Of His First Visits

Newly elected Governor Tony Sheard from the Southampton Rotary Club will be visiting our club for his annual visit on July 23. Rotary’s theme for the year is ‘Rotary Connects the World’. We are happy to have Governor Tony visit us and discuss his thoughts on Rotary and how we can become a stronger and more vibrant club. We are excited by the growth we have had in membership and are sure that our new Governor will be pleased as well. Governor Tony and his wife Sylvia attended our Big Breakfast on Canada Day weekend. It is always good to see them both.