The winner was Christina Course of Fergus who selected envelope #6 that contained the king of spades. She won $290. Next week's jackpot is expected to be over $1600.  Tickets available now at Fergus Legion.
Catch The Ace Update -Draw #2 2018-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
What is Catch the Ace?
A "Catch the Ace" progressive (accumulating jackpot) raffle lottery is a multiple draw game in which participants purchase tickets for a chance to win:
A. a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of tickets from one draw and;
B. the draw winner also gets a chance to win a progressive (cumulative) jackpot by selecting a new card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
• The person who holds the winning ticket selected in each draw has an opportunity to select one playing card from the single deck of 52 playing cards. If the Ace of Spades is selected, in addition to winning a percentage of the proceeds from the draw, the person will win the progressive jackpot.
• If the card selected is not the Ace of Spades, the selected card is removed from the deck and the progressive prize portion of the ticket sales for that draw is rolled over into the progressive jackpot for the next scheduled draw.
• The licensee conducts the scheduled events until the Ace of Spades has been selected and the progressive jackpot has been awarded.
• Tickets are valid only for the draw they are purchased for. Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container and a new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw.
Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora
 Catch the Ace - General Rules
  • All draws will be held at Fergus Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair St, Fergus, ON every Sunday at 3 p.m. where all tickets will also be sold unless directed otherwise by the licencee. 
  • Hours of business of the Legion are:
  • Mon. 2 PM to 6 PM          Tues. to Thurs. 2 PM to 11 PM                Fri. 1 PM to 11 PM                                       Sat. 12 PM to 10 PM      Sun 12 PM to 5 PM
  • Ticket sales for the week will be cut off each Sunday at 2 PM, and ticket sales for the next week will commence immediately after the draw
  • Individuals will be limited to purchasing no more than 4 (four) tickets per transaction.
  • Tickets will be valid only for the weekly draw that they were purchased for.
  • Minimum of 400 tickets sold per week to a maximum of 900 per week, excluding unsold tickets if any from prior weeks
  • Total maximum of 20,000 tickets to be sold
  • Unsold tickets from previous week(s) can be carried over to subsequent weeks.
  • Sales shall not exceed the set limit for each week plus any carry over of unsold tickets from prior weeks as determined by the licencee
  • Tickets from future weeks cannot be used.
  • Maximum overall prizes potential to be awarded is $50,000.00 CDN.
  • The available/remaining envelope numbers will be prominently displayed in the sales area.
  • Ticket stub will include space for name, town and phone number and the number of the envelope they would like opened if their stub is drawn.
  • Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened if still available.
  • In the case that the stub drawn does not have an envelope selected, the number is illegible or ambiguous; the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • In the case that the envelope selected on the drawn stub has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • The purchaser of the winning ticket is not required to be in attendance at the draw.
  • The name on the ticket will be deemed the Ticket Holder. Any / All prizes will be awarded to the Ticket Holder.
  • All winners will be notified by phone at the time of the draw.
  • Following the draw, the Winners name, Ticket number, Envelope selected, & Card revealed will be posted:
  • on the Fergus Elora Rotary Club Facebook page, posted at Fergus Legion and a copy of the draw video provided to Fergus Legion for their Facebook page
  • Winners have up to six months after the date of the draw to claim their prize
  • Ticket sellers reserve the right to refuse ticket sales to any individual.
  • Tickets must be purchased with cash ONLY. No credit card, bank card or cheques may be accepted.
  • Under no circumstances will unpaid tickets be entered into the draw.
  • In the case of shared tickets, it will be the responsibility of the Ticket Holder to allocate the prize as necessary.
  • Two-part numbered tickets will be sold at a cost of $5.00 per ticket, one part is the actual ticket which is given to the purchaser and the second part is the stub with the purchaser's information to be utilized for the current week's draw.
  • Each purchaser is responsible for checking their purchased ticket(s) at the time of purchase to ensure tickets have been properly separated, numbers are legible and that they have chosen an available envelope number.  Ticket stubs must not be folded
  • Winners must agree to the use of their name and likeness for publicity purposes by the licencee.
  • Ticket purchasers must be over 18 years of age to play. Tickets cannot be purchased on behalf of a person who is under 18 years of age and if the winning ticket holder is under age 18, they will be disqualified from winning and funds will go to the charity. Photo ID may be requested for Proof of Age.
  • ALL prizes will be paid by cheque. The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora will be responsible to ensure that the winnings are made available to the winner within 5 business days of winner verification. Cheques for prizes can be picked up in person at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street, Fergus, ON.  Photo ID will be required.
  • Distribution of weekly prizes is in relation to the income from same-week ticket sales:
    • 20% will be awarded to the winning ticket holder
    • 30% will be added to the Prize Pool until a $ 30,000.00 maximum jackpot is reached
    • 50% of the net proceeds will go to support Groves Hospital Foundation through the Rotary Club
  • All winners are contacted by telephone or in person. .
  • "Please Gamble Responsibly, Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-230-3505" shall appear on all tickets.
  • The liability of the licensee of this lottery shall be limited to the purchase price of the ticket.
  • Catch the Ace - Draw Preparation:
  • A standard deck of 52 playing cards will be shuffled face-down, then placed in identical opaque envelopes The sealed envelopes will then be shuffled and randomly numbered from one (1) to fifty-two (52).
  • The entire procedure will be video recorded, and the recording retained for 6 months.
  • The envelopes will be on display in a secure display case for every draw.
  • Catch the Ace — Draw Procedures:
  • All aspects of the draw will be video recorded to ensure a record of the stub draw, confirmation of winning stub, selection of the envelope and subsequent destruction of the card in the selected envelope.
  • After the close of ticket sales, just prior to the draw, the following will be announced:
  • Number of tickets sold that week
  • Current week prize amount (20% of current / same-week sales.)
  • Catch The Ace accumulated jackpot (including 30% of current sales)
  • Once all ticket stubs have been placed in the draw box, the box will be agitated sufficiently and at least 3 times to ensure complete mixing of the stubs.
  • One winning stub will be drawn under the supervision of a bona-fide member of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club. The bona-fide member or the person drawing the ticket will not have a ticket in their name or an interest in any ticket for this draw.
  • For each round the original sealed deck of 52 cards will be used.
  • Once the winning stub is drawn, the envelope indicated on the stub will be opened (in clear view of the public) to reveal the enclosed card.
  • Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened.
  • In the case that the stub drawn does not have an envelope selected, the number is illegible or ambiguous, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • In the case that the envelope selected on the drawn stub has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • If the Ace of Spades is not chosen, the ticket holder will be awarded only the 20% of the current weeks' prize.
  • The selected ticket and card/envelope will be  destroyed by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and a log kept of all destroyed cards.
  • The "deck" (this refers to unselected envelopes/cards) will be secured and locked. This will continue weekly until the Ace of Spades is chosen.
  • In the event the Ace of Spades is selected, the winner will be awarded both the current rounds same-week prize amount and the accumulated jackpot. The event and the licence are then concluded.
  • Week (Round) number 30 shall be the last draw. The draw will commence normally with the draw of one ticket. The ticket holder will be awarded that rounds same-week prize and the envelope indicated on the stub will be opened in hopes of finding the Ace of Spades. Only the first winner will be awarded that rounds same-week prize. If the Ace of Spades is not uncovered, another stub will be drawn, and that ticket holder's indicated envelope will be opened. This will continue until the Ace of Spades is drawn and the accumulated jackpot awarded. If the indicated envelope number is not available, the lowest available numbered envelope will be opened as a substitute.
  • Tickets are only valid for the weekly draw they are purchased for. Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container and a new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw date.
  • The ticket sequence used that week and the winning ticket number will be entered into a "Ticket Log". Subsequently, the stubs will be removed from the ballot box, placed into sealed containers, and retained in a secured area for a minimum of 30 days. Winning tickets will be retained until 30 days after the conclusion of the licence.
  • To avoid duplicate numbered tickets, two-part stub tickets will be printed beginning at the number one (I). Numbering will continue until the raffle is concluded. Tickets will be sold consecutively for each draw. The first and last ticket sold for that draw will be recorded in the sales log.
  • Video recordings will be copied after the event and copies will be secured in a safe location for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Catch the Ace — Special Circumstances:
  • In the event of storms, power outages or other catastrophic event(s) which cause a delay, the raffle will continue as usual on the next available day
Catch the Ace Details and Rules 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
 Catch the Ace has now started in Centre Wellington. Tickets will be available starting September 24, 2018 at Fergus Legion for the 1st draw on October 7, 2018.  Enter the Legion Club Room from the east entrance.
To learn about Catch the Ace and see our rules click on the menu tab at top of this page or click stories/catch-the-ace-details-and-rules
Catch the Ace is Here 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all our bingo players who played TV bingo in the Fergus and Elora area during the past year.  We will be returning near the end of October 2018 on Wightman TV channel 1 on Monday nights.
A huge thank you also to our sellers of bingo cards who gave their commission back to the club so that we could help worthy charities in our community.  We hope that you will continue to shop in their stores. These card sellers were:
                                                  745 ST DAVID ST NORTH, FERGUS
                           162 ST ANDREW ST EAST, FERGUS
                          490 ST ANDREW ST WEST, FERGUS
Rotary Bingo on Wightman TV 2018-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Award Luncheon on May 29, 2018 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Charmaine Brown of KidsAbility receives a cheque from Leanne Iravani, Club President.  Funds are to be used on their 6 and Up children's program.
Donation to KidsAbility 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Spring Gala 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary tree planters receive planting instructions .
From left to right Toni Ellisof Neighbourwoods, Don Fisher, Councillor of Township of Centre Wellington, Bruce McLeish, Matt Alain, aborist from Township of Centre Wellington, Karen Welch, Donna Humphrey, Bob Grant, Don Darroch, Cecil Wolfe, Bryan Welch, Jim Gibbons
Rotary Club President Leanne Iravani with Toni Ellis of Neighbourwoods.
Tree Planting on April 28, 2018 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Leanne  Iravani, President of Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora presents a cheque to Laura Muirhead, Executive Director of Child Witness Centre.
Donation to Child Witness Centre 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Pat Espina of Fergus Elora District Soccer receives a cheque from Leanne Iravani, President of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.  The cheque is for the special needs soccer program.
Donation to Special Needs Soccer 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Donation to Fergus Elora Senior Trans 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Leanne Iravani, centre, presented a cheque to Lindsay Cowan, Supervisor of Early ON and Alyssa Cunningham, Supervisor of Outreach and Support Services of Community Resource Centre.  $1200 will be used for books for the Literacy program, $500 toward startup of Memory Cafe. and $1500 for swim passes.
Donation to Community Resource Centre 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Mar 27/18 - Kristen Drexler, Executive Director of Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Centre Wellington receive a $1500 cheque from Leanne Iravani, President of Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.   Funds were used towards the first ever URU Camp in Centre Wellington that is designed toward Grade 5 and 6 students.
Donation to Big Brothers-Big Sisters 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
December 19, 2017 - A number of children from KidsAbility joined in with our related young ones to have lunch and meet Santa at our Annual Children's Christmas Party with KidsAbility.
Annual Children's Christmas Party 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Brian Pollock (right)worked with Rotary and installed a large stone where a plaque was mounted that commemorated World War 1 veterans.  This Vimy Oaks site in Victoria Park, Fergus was developed by the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.



Ivan Ostic, centre, was congratulated for his 50 years in Rotary and was presented with a suitably engraved clock. 


Shirley Scott (left) received a special memento from the club.  Shirley is a Friend of Rotary that has faithfully helped us by selling bingo cards for the past 10 years.


Donald Darroch, centre,  was congratulated for his 50 years in Rotary and was presented with a suitably engraved clock.

Awards Presented at Christmas Party 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Free Movie Viewing 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 1
Free Public Skating 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
A strong role model can make all the difference during a child’s formative years. For Bob Grant, his father Roy set the standard as a Charter member of the Mount Forest Lions Club and by serving his community in humanitarian needs.
The Model of Giving 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
From now till Christmas all members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora are selling ham and/or cheese.  The ham is a premium Schneiders cooked ham approximately 4 1/2 pounds.  This size is not available in retail stores and has been made especially for us.  It comes in a festive cello gift bag. Cost is $30.
The cheese package consists of 3 biocks (each 280 g) of Balderson cheese (extra old, old and medium)   1 block of PC Gouda cheese, 1 stick of dry sausage, and 2 packages of President's Choice crackers, nicely done up in a gift bag.  Cost is $35 ( which is below retail).
They make excellent gifts, for family, friends and employees.  Orders will be delivered to you on your requested date up to December 22.  To order either ham or cheese or both and pay with Visa or Mastercard click here.
Ham/Cheese Fall Fundraiser 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora is running a fundraiser that starts in mid-October and runs to mid-November.  All members of the club solicit your support to help us to raise funds for our many community and International projects. 
Hams can be purchased at a cost of $30.  These hams are approximately 4 1/2 pounds, are made by Schneiders, are fully cooked and are a size that cannot be purchased in grocery stores.  They make excellent Christmas gifts for yourself, your employees, relatives and friends.   They come packaged in a festive cello bag.  They will be delivered to you on your choice of dates up to December 31, 2017.  Your order and payment in advance by Visa or Mastercard can be made by clicking here.
Cheese assortment packages can also be purchased at a cost of $35.  The cheese is Balderson brand and comes in packages of 280 g.   Included in the assortment is a package of medium, old, extra old and PC Gouda cheese (200 g) along with 1 package of President's Choice garlic crackers, 1 package of President's Choice rosemary crackers and a stick of premium dry Italian salami.  They come packaged in a festive cello bag.  They will be delivered to you on your choice of dates up to December 22, 2017.  Your order and payment in advance by Visa or Mastercard can be made by clicking here.
Ham and/or Cheese Fundraiser 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora considers funding requests from other community organizations on a semi-annual basis.  These requests will be considered in April and October each year and must be requested by completion of an application form that is available for download.  The application form for requests that will be considered in October 2018 is now available in "Word" format and in "pdf" format by download under "Home Page Download Files" on the left side of this page.  The closing date is October 19. 2018.
Funding Requests 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora considers funding requests from other community organizations on a semi-annual basis.  These requests will be considered in April and October each year and must be requested by completion of an application form that is available for download.  The application form for requests that will be considered in April 2018 is now available in "Word" format and in "pdf" format by download under "Home Page Download Files" on the left side of this page.
Funding Requests 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Aug 15/17- Thanks to Don Vallery and Pine Meadows Retirement Community, we were able to use the community hall and facilities for our member and guest BBQ.  A good time and excellent food was enjoyed by all.
Member BBQ 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket in the draw for the quilt.  The quilt was won by R. Wheatley of Fergus who had the winning ticket #0130.
Canada Day Quilt Draw 2017-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Jun 20/17-Charmaine Brown from KidsAbility receives a cheque from President Jim Waites. Funds are to be used for their "6 and up" program in Fergus that is estimated to cost $10,000.
Donation to KidsAbility 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 1
Oct 10/17 - Leanne Iravani, Club President provided a Polioplus thank you certificate to District Governor, Kathleen Dick who visited the club on her annual official visit.
Visit of District Governor 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Oct 10/17- Les Frayne from S.H.A.R.E. Foundation received a club cheque for $2,000. to help with that organizations international water projects.  Also in the photo is Club President Leanne Iravani and Marg Frayne.
Donation to S.H.A.R.E. 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Jun 13/17- Doug Calder from "The Door" operated by Highland Youth for Christ was presented with a $1,000 cheque for youth programming.
Donation to The Door 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Donation to Wellington Centre for Sustainable Agriculture 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
WINCanada 150
“Heirloom” Queen Size Quilt
Draw:  July 1 – Canada Day Picnic & Fireworks
TICKETS:  $5 each OR 3 for $10
Victoria Park Seniors Centre 150 Albert Street West, Fergus
OR FROM ANY ROTARIAN -  After June 1/2017
Quilt was Hand-made by Craft Group Victoria Park Seniors’ Centre
Canada Day Handmade Quilt Draw 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Canada Day 2017 2017-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Waites, Club President presented a $5,174.00 and $250.00 to Lisa Talbot, CEO of KidsAbility Foundation. The larger amount is the second half of a donation that was approved last spring for a speech pathologist on a part time basis at the Fergus location.  The smaller amount was to put together a pilot program for boys in Fergus with disabilities for socialization.
Donation to KidsAbility 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Jim Waites, Club President presented a $1,000 cheque to Margaret Hill of Spark of Brilliance.  The funds will be used for art and other material used in putting on workshops that are open to anyone but are particularly geared to those individuals who are coping with mental health issues.The organization aims to bring together those who might otherwise be socially isolated.Many of the attendees live below the poverty line, most being on disability pensions.  The workshops promote an atmosphere of acceptance and a sense of accomplishment and well-being.
Donation to Spark of Brilliance 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Waites, Club President presented a $1,000 cheque to Maggie Baratto and Vanessa Belanger from Father's Heart Healing Ministries.  That organization operates a residence home for women exiting human trafficking, the sex trade and addiction.  Funds will be used to purchase tables, chairs, hair salon equipment for new salon for hair and make up to be established as a part of their operations. This will assist in the increase of self esteem in their clients through appropriate self-image and self-care.
Donation to Father's Heart Healing Ministries 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Waites, Club President, presented $1,000 cheque to Centre Wellington Food Bank Chair, Jackie Andrews. The funds being provided are used by the food bank to partly cover the cost of renting space in Centre Wellington Sportsplex for their Christmas Hamper Program.  A Township grant is no longer available for this rental.
Donation to Centre Wellington Food Bank 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Waites, Club President presented a cheque for $2,700 cheque to Alissa Cunningham and Ron MacKinnon from Community Resource Centre.  $1,500 of the funds will be used to purchase swim passes for children age 1-19.  Last year, 90 children from 39 families were enabled to engage in a healthy activity within walking distance of most individuals.  The balance of $1,200 will be used to purchase books for young mothers as part of a kit to build literacy in young children.
Donation to Community Resource Centre 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Jun 13/17- Doug Calder from "The Door" operated by Highland Youth for Christ was presented with a $1,000 cheque for youth programming
Donation to The Door 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Donation to Count Down to Canada Day 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Friends of the Grand River represented by Jason King and Terry Ryckman were presented with a cheque by Club President Jim Waites.  $1,962 will be used toward the planting of new trees along the river and $500 will be used to assist with the deep water fish habitat.
Donation to Friends of the Grand River 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Ham or Cheese for your own use, or give as Christmas gifts, all profits to charity
Call Bruce McLeish 519-846-5725 or any of our members.
Ham & Cheese Fundraiser 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Bingo - November 6, 2016 2016-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Sep 20/16-Lori Arsenault, Executive Director of Groves Hospital Foundation receives a $10,000 cheque from Jim Waites, Club President.  This cheque brings to $30,000 the amount that has so far been contributed under the Rotary gift agreement pledge of $100,000 to the new Groves Hospital.
Donation to Groves Hospital 2016-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
On Sep 13, 2016, 6 new members were inducted into The Rotary Club-of Fergus-Elora.  These 6 new members will meet at our satellite club that meets in the evening, The inaugural meeting of The Rotary Satellite Club of Fergus-Elora Evening will take place on Sep 28 .  Jim Waites (left), Club President, is pictured with the six new members that are from left to right Don Vallery, Dave Roberts, Angela Tamblyn, Claire Warren, Carl MacArthur, Rob Murray.  A big welcome to these new members.
NEW MEMBERS - NEW SATELLITE CLUB 2016-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
WHY NOT JOIN ROTARY ? 2016-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Official Visit by District Governor-Aug 30, 2016 2016-10-01 00:00:00Z 0


John Jefferson cooking steak.

Rick Roberts getting some wieners and sausage  ready to eat.

Dorothy Henson was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary's highest honour) by Jim Dixon. 

Volunteers for Rotary events during the past year were presented with thank-you certificates.


Rotary Member & Family BBQ 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Leanne Iravani, Director of International Service, Marg Frayne from SHARE, Jim Waites, President of Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and Les Frayne, Project Manager from SHARE.  A cheque for $3,000 was presented by the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora to S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation for the purchase of 44 eco water filters for 44 families (250 people) in a remote area of Guatemala where young community members help to improve conditions in their underserviced communities. 
There are few supports to communities in this area of Guatemala and the project work is done in Mayan villages which are very isolated and impoverished. All but a few of the communities are accessible by long and difficult jungle trails. A few communities are accessible by boat.  The families grow corn on the hillsides to feed their families. Some families have a pig or some free range chickens or turkeys. Some that live nearer the water are fishermen. The homes are traditional thatched huts with dirt floors and wooden walls. Women cook on open fires in the hut.  The water in many of the villages is sourced from streams and springs sometimes at a distance from the villages and it is polluted.  Families suffer from recurring intestinal illnesses from using this water.

Donation to S.H.A.R.E Agriculture Foundation 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Linda Kenny, CEO of KidsAbility receives a cheque from Fergus-Elora Rotary Club President Jim Waites.  The funds will be used to assist KidsAbility to provide a speech and language therapist at their Fergus office on a part time basis.  Over the years, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora has been a strong supporter of KidsAbility for the work that they do in supporting families and children.
Donation to KidsAbility 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
For a number of years, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora has provided a Community Service Award to a graduating student from each of the local elementary schools.  The above picture is Leah Hutchinson, a student of John Black Public School who received the award that was recently presented at their graduation ceremony in June 2016.  Congratulations to Leah and all of the other students in Fergus and Elora who received this award.
2016 Elementary School Awards 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Dave Beynon and President Ed Davis present a cheque for $3,000. to Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre, 187 Bristol Street, Guelph.  The centre serves women not only in Guelph but Wellington County.  Funds will be used to equip their teaching room at their newly opened supportive housing building.  Funds will be used for board room table and chairs, refinish floors and paint the room and the purchase of audio visual equipment.
Donation to Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Township of Centre Wellington
Canadian Tire
Meridian Credit Union
TD Canada Trust
Ostic Insurance
Ecclestone Financial
Bamford Electric Inc.
Highland Pines Campground
Ron Wilkins Jewellers
Ward Hearing Service
Geo-Solar System
Coldwell Banker Grand Realty
Dr. Bob Wright Veterinary Services
Heritage River Retirement Residence
CW Ball Hockey
Wightman Telecom
Wrighthaven Homes
Canada Day 2016 Sponsors 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Cecil Wolfe and Bruce Oldfield are both Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.  The club was officially chartered on May 26, 1966 and they have now been members for 50 years.  At a 50th anniversary club luncheon on May 31, 2016, they were presented with special gifts in commemoration of this event.
Club Honours Charter Members 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Paul Rogers and President Ed Davis make a presentation to Jackie Andrews of Centre Wellington Food Bank.  Funds from the donation are used to assist with rental costs of space at Centre Wellington Sportsplex for their Christmas hamper program.
Donation to Centre Wellington Food Bank 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Bob Wright and President Ed Davis make a presentation to Alissa Gibson representing Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre. Some of the funds will be used to purchase ribbons for their annual horse show.  Regardless of where they place, the ribbons are all stunning and the children are thrilled to receive them.  Many of the riders have never before had an experience of winning an activity, so it is a special moment.  The other part of the funds will be used to purchase new feed bowls and hanging water buckets as well as grooming supplies for the therapy horses.
Donation to Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0


Jim Gibbons (left) and Ed Davis display  ShelterBox Hero Award that was recently received from ShelterBox.  The ShelterBox Hero program recognizes Rotary Clubs who make a multi-year commitment of $1200 every year for three years , or contribute $3500 in any one year.  The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora made a donation of $4600 last year.  Rotarians across Canada, and around the world have supported ShelterBox when disaster strikes and have allowed it to deliver life-saving supplies to victims around the world.


Award from Shelterbox 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
President Ed Davis makes a presentation to Sara Wilbur, Executive Director,  and Richard Seibel, Board Member, of Grand River Conservation Foundation on behalf of the club. These funds will support the development of the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre, which supports about 1,100 students from the Centre Wellington Area each year (in 2014, thirty-one elementary classes and ten classes from Centre Wellington District High School.) Students at the Centre make essential connections with nature at a time when children no longer simply go out and play; the lessons learned there increase their interest in the outdoors, foster self-reliance and encourage our community’s young people to become our next generation of environmental ambassadors. Exposure to the outdoors helps promote physical and mental health in kids, reduces anxiety and offers young people who may not thrive in a traditional learning environment to feel good about their accomplishments.
Donation to Grand River Conservation Foundation 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker – Robin Smart of the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora considers funding requests from other community organizations on a semi-annual basis.  These requests will be considered in April and October each year and must be requested by completion of an application form that is available for download.  The application form for requests that will be considered in early April 2017 and is now available in "Word" format by download under "Home Page Download Files" on the left side of this page.
Funding Requests 2016-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
New Member: Dave Bamford 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Classification Speach: Sheryl Palmer 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
From USA Today - Sep 25, 2015
The world is a step closer to eliminating polio, with the World Health Organization's historic announcement Friday that the disease is no longer spreading in Nigeria.
The last case of polio in Nigeria was diagnosed in July 2014, according to the WHO. The agency waited until Friday to announce the end of routine spread of polio in order to verify the results of lab tests. The last polio case on the African continent was diagnosed in August 2014. If there are no new polio cases for two years, the WHO could certify all of Africa as polio-free.
That represents a huge achievement in the decades-long effort to vanquish polio, a virus that paralyzed 1,000 children a day as recently as 1988, the year that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched. Eliminating polio in Nigeria required repeatedly vaccinating 45 million children under age 45. More than 200,000 vaccine workers took part, according to the WHO.
Over the years, polio has paralyzed tens of millions of children, said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paralysis is typically permanent. The disease is sometimes fatal.
Polio is now endemic in just two countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although the number of polio cases have fallen 99% since 1988, WHO officials note that eliminating the final 1% of cases could prove particularly challenging, given that the Taliban has banned vaccinations in parts of those countries that it controls.
"The outstanding commitment and efforts that got Nigeria off the endemic list must continue, to keep Africa polio-free," said Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO. "We must now support the efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan so they soon join the polio-free world."
Success in Nigeria shows that eliminating polio is possible, said Tunji Funsho, who leads Rotary International's efforts to fight polio in Nigeria.
"Today serves not only as confirmation of Nigeria's progress, but as an affirmation that our end goal is within reach: global polio eradication," Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus at Rotary, one of the international aid groups that has worked to eliminate the disease. "While the end is in sight, polio remains a constant threat until every country is declared free from the debilitating disease."
Only a decade ago, polio was uncontrolled in Nigeria, allowing the country to export cases around the world, fueling outbreaks as far away as Indonesia. As recently as 2012, half the polio cases in the world were in Nigeria, according to the WHO.
Polio survivors Gabriel Christopher crawls to his new wheelchair at the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People's Centre in Jos, in north central Nigeria, July 16, 2015. Ayuba Gufwan deals with the aftermath of the disease to improve the lives of Nigerian polio survivors who have had to cope with a lifetime of hardship in a society ill-adapted for the disabled. At his workshop, 49 staff -- seven of them polio survivors like him -- and 17 young apprentices spend the day bending, sawing, bashing and welding metal. (Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI, AFP/Getty Images)
This year, however, there have been just no polio cases in Nigeria, according to the WHO. Worldwide, there have been 54 cases of polio so far this year, compared to 182 by this time last year.
While there is no way to cure polio, it can be prevented with vaccines.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership, has set of goal of eliminating all polio cases by 2018. The partnership includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Foundation. The campaign, which has involved 20 million volunteers and $9 billion, has vaccinated 2.5 billion children since 1988.
But vanquishing polio isn't as simple as offering free vaccines, which have been available since 1955.
Health workers often have trouble getting immunizations to children in isolated areas, both because of geography and political instability.
In 2003, rumors began to circulate in northern Nigeria, which is predominantly Muslim, that polio vaccines were part of a conspiracy to sterilize Muslim girls and that the drops contained HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The governor of one northwestern state halted vaccination for a year, which led to a polio outbreak.
The outbreak spread throughout Africa and even to Indonesia, where more than 400 children were paralyzed, said Sona Bari, the WHO spokeswoman on polio eradication.
Nigerian leaders elevated polio to a national priority.
"The single-word answer to what changed in Nigeria is leadership," said Sona Bari, WHO spokesman on polio. She gives much of the credit to Muhammad Pate, who served as chairman of Nigeria's Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication.
Nigerian officials worked with traditional leaders to persuade them that polio vaccines were safe, said Pate, who is now a visiting scholar at Duke University in North Carolina.
Nigerian doctors and religious leaders also visited to a vaccine factory in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country, to see how the immunization were made, Funsho said.
Muslim religious leaders, called imams, also issued fatwas, or religious teachings, noting that vaccination is consistent with parents' obligations to take care of their children. Nigerian leaders have been photographed giving oral polio drops to their own children or grandchildren, Funsho said.
"That has changed the perception of the vaccine from being something that is unsafe to something that saves lives," Funsho said.
Nigerian leaders took time to listen to families and ask them why they weren't interested in polio vaccines, Pate said. Some Nigerians were frustrated that health workers seemed only interested in giving them polio vaccines, even though people had so many other health needs.
So aid workers set up health camps, where, along with vaccines, people could get prenatal care, vitamins, nutritional supplements and other health care, Bari said.
Nigeria also set up emergency operations centers throughout Nigeria, bringing everyone involved with polio eradication – including officials international aid agencies -- under one roof, Pate said.
Because Nigerian doctors can't count on children to be vaccinated during regular checkups, as in the USA, health workers go door to door to vaccinate children, Bari said. "They're the real heroes," she said.
A girl who is sick with polio lying on the floor in her and her mother's bamboo hut in one of the unregistered camps May 25, 2015 in Sittwe, Burma. Since 2012, the minority group of the Rohingya people are forced to live in internally displaced persons camps, in Rakhaing State in western Burma. They have been denied citizenship in their homeland Burma and are accused of being illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh. (Photo: Jonas Gratzer, Getty Images)
Finding children to vaccinate is a daunting task in rural or mountainous areas, where vaccine teams have to travel great distances while making sure the refrigerators coolers they carry keep vaccines at a constant temperature, to prevent them from spoiling. Over the years, many children were missed, especially the children of nomads and migrant workers, or ones who lived deep in the countryside or in shanties on the side of the road, Bari said.
Nigeria dramatically boosted its vaccination rate when workers began using GPS devices to map homes, Bari said. "The found over 10,000 communities that had never been mapped, that the government didn't know existed," Bari said. "It gave these families access to a whole slew of services that they had never had before."
Some of areas of northern Nigeria controlled by Boko Haram – the militants who last year kidnapped more than 200 school girls – are simply too dangerous for vaccination teams to reach, Frieden said.
Nine polio vaccinators in northern Nigeria were gunned down and killed in 2013 by men who drove up on motorcycles, a disturbing echo of the murder of polio workers in Pakistan. More than 70 vaccinators have been killed, mostly in Pakistan, since 2012, Bari said.
"These murders were in places with a climate of violence, with hundreds being killed in those countries in that same time frame," Bari said. "It is hard to separate out if they were killed because of what they were doing or because they are working in dangerous places."
Health teams have vaccinated people fleeing from militant-controlled areas, Bari said. "Most people tend to flee when groups like Boko Haram come in, so we vaccinate people as they're coming out," Bari said. "There are only so many roads out of those places, so you set up vaccination points along those routes."
Stamping out polio for good will require vigilance, Frieden said.
By the time a child is diagnosed with polio, the virus is often widespread, Frieden said, noting that there can be 1,000 infections for every one child who is paralyzed. The WHO will require Nigeria to demonstrate that it's conducting careful surveillance before certifying Africa polio-free.
"As long as there is polio anywhere in the world, any country is potentially at risk," Frieden said. "That is why we continue to vaccinate and why we encourage people traveling to places where polio still exists to get revaccinated."
An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Herat province on August 18, 2015. (Photo: AREF KARIMI, AFP/Getty Images)
Many of those involved in polio eradication say they fear that Nigerians will become complacent.
"One year without polio is a milestone, but it's not the end of polio," said Michael Galway, who leads Gates Foundation's polio effort. "If you provide a gap, polio will take advantage of it."
Many of the approaches that worked in Nigeria – such as health camps -- were pioneered in India and are now being used in Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Rotary's Carol Pandak.
Pakistan and Afghanistan face their own special challenges in eradicating polio.
The Taliban has banned all vaccination programs in areas that they control in response to the news that the Central Intelligence Agency used a hepatitis vaccine program to gather information about Osama bin Laden's hiding place. Although that mission failed, it severely damaged aid groups' reputations.
In 2012, Pakistan ordered all of Save the Children's foreign workers out of the country. Earlier this year, Pakistan announced that it would expel everyone from Save the Children, but later said that the organization's activities – now run entirely by local staff – would simply be cut back.
Last year, the White House responded to a letter from the deans of some of the USA's leading public health programs, promising that the CIA will no longer "make operational use of vaccine programs."
Children receive polio vaccination in Kaduna, Nigeria, December 2012.   Ruth McDowall, Rotary International
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