Santa’s Visit Was So Exciting!

On the chilly morning of December 4, students from BPDS anxiously awaited Santa’s arrival, doing jumping jacks to keep warm. The Grade 8s (wearing safety vests) as a leadership activity helped to maintain the social distancing rules. Photo Credit: Joanne Rodgers, Bruce Peninsula Press.

Northern Bruce Peninsula Rotary Club News

Submitted by Jim Dilamarter

Santa had the best time visiting the Northern Bruce thanks to Rotarians Edwin McCutcheon, John White, Dave Mansfield, Rob Hiscott and, of course, one of Santa’s best friends, Doug Embleton. It is rumoured that Rotarian Doug and Santa have known each other for years. 

It was good we had so many Rotarians helping because there were issues to be looked after that even Santa’s best elves could not solve. The wiring on the trailer carrying Santa’s sleigh needed fixing and Rotarian John White was right there to do the job. Santa wanted to hear ‘Jingle Bells’ as he approached the schools and Rotarian Dave Mansfield was right there to make that happen. Pictures needed to be taken for Santa and the elves and for all of us and Rotarian Rob Hiscott was there to do that. Santa was grateful to them all. He especially wanted to thank Rotarian Edwin McCutcheon for storing his sleigh every year and keeping it in such great shape.

We want to thank Santa himself for coming and putting so many smiles on faces in our community. His visit was deeply appreciated. Thanks Santa!

The children of Bruce Peninsula District School, Lion’s Head Dare Care, and St. Edmund’s School enjoyed Santa’s visit. The Seniors in Hayes Subdivision were outside cheering as the sleigh moved along. The Residents of Golden Dawn loved seeing Santa peeking in their windows and waving. It was, as Santa himself put it, a ‘jolly good time’ for everyone. 

Rotary presented a cheque to Principal Matt Pickett to help with the lunch and healthy snack programs at both Bruce Peninsula District and St. Edmund’s School.

All I can say is the day was fabulous and Santa was so thrilled. He asks everyone to BE SAFE and to remember that he will be back CHRISTMAS EVE.

2020 is Almost Over

This year has been a challenge for us all. It has been extremely difficult for Rotary to do fundraising and even to get together as a group since the middle of March. But, despite that, Rotary has still been able to achieve a great deal.

As we thought about this recently, Rotarian Rob and I made a list of just what Rotary has been able to accomplish despite this Covid-19 Pandemic.

• We have made donations to Golden Dawn Seniors Home for flowers and planters.

• We have donated to the local Food Banks.

• We have donated to the Lion’s Head Fire Department towards the purchase of a rescue ATV/UTV.

• We have donated towards the new Lion’s Head Lighthouse project in part through the sale of Lion’s Head Lighthouse Christmas tree ornaments.

• We have purchased Wreaths for Remembrance Day at local cenotaphs in Lion’s Head and Tobermory.

• We awarded $6,000.00 in scholarships to local high school graduates this year. (usually, we have only given $4,500.00 in scholarships but, thanks to donations from two Rotarians, that could be increased this year.)

Also, of special note, our club held ‘Hybrid’ Rotary meetings with members participating at the Rotary Hall and on-line via Zoom. This allowed us to keep as many Rotarians as possible active and involved in the club during this pandemic.

In January and early March, we hosted ‘Harbourside Inside’ and operated bars at Curling Bonspiels at Lion’s Head Arena. 

In cooperation with Christ Church Anglican, together we hosted a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. 

We held ‘virtual’ Pancake Breakfasts in May and July. 

Local musicians held a ‘Busk-a-thon’ in August and proceeds went to the Rotary Club for our projects. 

We supported the Hospital Auxiliary clothing drive in October by providing a tent and putting it up and taking it down. 

We co-operated with the Municipality and organized a ‘silent auction’ with proceeds going to the Lighthouse Project. 

As part of our ‘Honey Help’s project, Rotarian Doug Embleton has been selling Georgian bay Honey with profits going towards Rotary funding priorities. 

Then, of course, we did a ‘Santa Claus’ Drive by for the children and seniors this December. You might want to keep Santa’s friend Rotarian Doug happy by picking up a jar of that honey and then you will not be on anyone’s ‘naughty list’!

Plans are under way for a ‘Pansies for Polio’ project in the spring. 

I guess, given all the challenges, we did have a remarkably successful year. But that is only thanks to the generosity and support of our wonderful community in the Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Our Rotarians say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped us through this year. Be safe and keep well. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and the absolute best for 2021!