Northern Bruce Rotary Hosts Coffee Break For International Fellowship Of Motorcycling Rotarians

Submitted by Jim Dilamarter

Our Rotary Club was pleased to assist with the bar at the Fish Fry held September 7th at the Lion’s Head Arena.  It was a huge success thanks to the hard work of the Barrow Bay and District Fish Club and the Lioness Club.

All proceeds will go to the MRI at the Bruce Peninsula Health Services site in Owen Sound.  The total profits haven’t been completely calculated at the time of writing this article. We shall have a picture and announce the total as soon as we can.

Thanks to the 400 plus people who attended and to all who worked so hard to make it possible.  Keeping medical care close to home is important to all the organizations that helped and all of us in the Northern Bruce Peninsula.

18 members of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians stopped by the Rotary Hall on their ride around Georgian Bay Friday the 13th.


Well it was exciting for our club to host a ‘coffee break’ for a ‘motorcycle club’ that dropped into the Rotary Hall on Friday the 13th.  This club is made up entirely of Rotarians.  Some were local and some were from clubs in other parts of Ontario and the United States. 

There were 18 members on this ride and it would take them all around Georgian Bay.  Members of our club were there to greet them and to share some fellowship.  Past President Cathryn Buckley was our hostess and she had lots of goodies for all to eat and hot coffee to warm their bodies and their spirits for, what turned out to be, a wet ride to the ferry in Tobermory and a wetter ride across Manitoulin Island to Espanola.  

All participants made donations to Polio Plus, one of Rotary’s important projects.  We raised over $125.00  in a short forty minute visit for this great cause.  

Eliminating Polio has been a Rotary world-wide project for over 30 years.  It has been doing well with 99% of the world free from Polio but recent statistics indicate that the battle is far from over.  

On October 24th, 2019, Rotary Clubs around the world try to hold fundraisers for this cause.  The money raised from this ‘coffee break’ will be part of our donation.  


The Rotary Club of Northern Bruce Peninsula has done well with getting new members in the last year and a half.  We have gone from 12 members to 23 but our search is not over yet.  

On September 17th, we were privileged to have Rotary District 6330 Area 1’s Assistant Governor, Pat Cavan share her knowledge of what we can do to enhance and build our clubs. Pat is a Past President of the Wiarton Rotary Club.  This was an area meeting with clubs from Wiarton, Hepworth-Shallow Lake, Paisley, Southampton, and Port Elgin in attendance.

We are all looking not just to get more members but to find members who really want to serve their communities.  We are encouraged to have a diverse membership with men and women from various walks of life as part of our wonderful organization.  

Most local people know Pat from her days as Principal of Bruce Peninsula District School.  Her skills in education are being put to great use in her role as Assistant Governor.  Her presentation both inspired us and challenged us to look to our communities for members with a keen desire to become ‘People of Action’.