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Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Help Food Bank of Wiarton

Maiya Burgess and Candace White, leadership students at Peninsula Shores, are organizing a soup dinner with a twist. On Wednesday November 15th from 5 to 7 pm, Peninsula Shores District School in Wiarton is hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser. With the purchase of a $30 ticket, upon arrival at the school, attendees choose a unique, hand-crafted ceramic bowl and fill it with one of four delicious soups prepared by the PSDS Foods class. After eating, take your one-of-a-kind bowl home with you to enjoy.


Costs for the event have been sponsored by the Rotary Interact Club of Wiarton, so all proceeds raised by the event will be donated to the Wiarton Food Bank. Approximately 100 bowls will be available thanks to the generosity of many local potters including: Timothy Smith, Don Dubois, Steve Irvine, and many others.


Tickets are available for purchase at Josie’s, The Source, and Peninsula Shores, all in Wiarton.


Returning exchange student tells about his experiences in Sweden

Recently, Quintin Quan shared his adventures with his host families and new friends. He enjoyed many outings in this beautiful country, that included seeing the northern lights with his fellow exchange students. His Rotary families shared the rich culture and traditions of their country. Food was a great focus of learning and coffee times to meet new people and connect at a deep level. Quintin attended school while in Sweden and discovered psychology. Learning a new language was a challenge and an accomplishment. His mother says that this experience has touched their family in many ways that were not originally expected; he has become a citizen of the world. 

Hospital Foundation Funds

Ralph Sprague, Rotarian and member of the Hospital Foundation, presented the Rotary Club of Wiarton with a cheque for helping with sales of tickets during July and August. Each year the Club has made a donation each year for the last five to support the local Hospital Foundation in Wiarton.

President’s Message for 2017-2018


It is a great honour for me to take on the role of President of the Rotary Club of Wiarton for  this year. Our club is very active, with a number of major community fund raisers including the Village Fair, Amazing Race, Trivia Night and Maple Magic.

My goals for this year include continuing to strengthen the membership of the club both through attraction of new members and through our new Friends of Rotary Program. As a service club, it is vital that we continue to attract new members, who bring new ideas and energy.

We have completed the first stage of our Canada 150 project, with the installation of three park benches and musical equipment at Bluewater Park. Still to come are interpretive signs along the boardwalk.

Our International President, Ian Riseley, has challenged all clubs to plant one tree for each member. I am thrilled to say that we will be planting trees at the Peninsula Shores District School early next Spring to meet the President’s goal and to provide a wind break for future students attending that school.

The identification of a significant community project is another goal for this term. We are going to be hearing a presentation from the Town in regard to a proposed new Skate Board Park at Bluewater Park. This is a potential new project that our Club could contribute to.

One of my personal interests is international work. “The Hand Up Committee”, which is composed of Rotarians and supporters from area Clubs, is a priority for me and has long been supported by our Club. Hand Up has successfully partnered with Rotary Clubs in Cameroon to provide clean water and other community development projects in the rural areas of the region.. We are partnering on a major project this year that will bring clean water to over 10,000 people in the Mbororo District of Cameroon. This project is made possible through many partnerships including Rotary International Foundation funds and support from our local clubs.

Rotary International has called Rotarians “People of Action, where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change”. I believe that our members exemplify that definition, and The Rotary Club of Wiarton continues to strive for even greater lasting change in our community and the world.