Our Club awarded Francis Scarpaleggia (MP for Lac-St-Louis) and Ed Janiszewski, (who served as Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux for 33 consecutive years) the Paul Harris Fellow Award at this month’s evening meeting.
“The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is the Rotary way of expressing our appreciation for substantial and continuing contributions to the principles and ideals of service that we as Rotarians embrace.”
“To be named a Paul Harris Fellow is a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary, to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, high ethical standards and the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace.”
Our Club’s Youth Committee is awarding a $500 scholarship to WIBCA, The West Island Black Community Association. The scholarship can be used for either CEGEP or University.
One of the requirements is that the student who receives this scholarship must, in turn, provide a service to the community, by tutoring at Riverdale High School in the evenings or on Saturday or tutoring elementary school pupils.
Our Club recently received the following message from the Calliaqua Anglican School, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in response to our donation of books and laptop computers.
“The principal, staff and students of the Calliaqua Anglican School wish to express gratitude to the Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore for their generous donations. We ask that you extend heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to make the lives of our students and teachers better. Thank you and may all the blessing of the season and a prosperous new year be to you and yours.”
A Club Member (and her mother!) recently knitted these Izzy Dolls for HPIC (Health Partners International of Canada). This organisation sends them with humanitarian medical kits around the world to places in need. The dolls are given to children in these areas, and is sometimes a child’s first toy!
Club Members recently donated Christmas Baskets to residents at the Denis-Benjamin-Viger Residence. These included socks, body wash, Kleenex, coke, cheesies, and some Christmas decorations – all of which were needed items and much appreciated.
Club Members recently presented a donation of new comforters and bed linen to the residents of Cheshire Homes Quebec. These were purchased as a result of a very successful fun and friendship afternoon held by Maureen and Lawrence.
The photos show some of the residents with their gifts.
Our Club recently donated dictionaries to all Grade 3 students at Riverview Elementary School. Deborah Dixon (Principal) gave her heartfelt thanks on behalf of the school:
On behalf of the grade 3 class of Riverview Elementary, I would like to thank you for your beautiful donation of supplying the students with picture dictionaries. It was so touching to see their excitement and joy when you pulled the books out of the bag and explained to them what they were receiving. It really is wonderful to see students get excited over books! We need to see more of this happening within our schools!