Southampton Rotary Responds to COVID-19

The Rotary Club of Southampton is continuing to live up to the Rotary motto of “Service above Self” and has immediately responded to needs in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Foodland required assistance, Rotarians delivered grocery orders to self-isolating community members. The Club provided Easter floral arrangements to brighten the dining tables at the Southampton Care Centre as well as supplying “ear saving” buttons to local sewers who are providing headbands and caps to frontline workers.

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Youth programs are one of Rotary’s areas of focus, so Rotary was delighted to sponsor the Southampton Art Centre’s On-line Kids Art Contest to engage children in projects while they have to stay at home.

The Rotary Club of Southampton has also reached out to the local Salvation Army Food Bank, Women’s Shelters, Grey Bruce Children’s Help Line, and the Chapman House Hospice and donated over $4,000 to cover some of these organizations’ immediate needs.

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In recognition of Rotary’s help, Southampton Foodland presented a cheque for a $1,000 to the Club which was donated to the Meals on Wheels Program. More recently Rotary received a very generous donation of $3,000 from the Women’s Probus Club to help with Covid-19 response.

Rotary International has made additional funds available for Clubs to respond to the pandemic. Southampton Rotary applied, and was successful in receiving a special COVID-19 Rotary District Grant which they will match 2:1. This will enable them to make a total donation of over $8,000 to the Women’s Shelters.

Rotary meetings were also social occasions and usually involve having a meal and maybe a beer or glass of wine, so individual Rotarians have been donating what they would have normally spent on a meal to the COVID-19 response. Members have also been asked to consider supporting local businesses by purchasing takeout meals from restaurants or buying gift certificates from other businesses who are unable to operate at present.

Rotarians are busy looking at alternative ways to hold fun community events and fundraisers, however, the Club has made the decision that they will not approach any businesses for donations during these difficult times.

Unfortunately, the Rotary Huron Shore Run had to be cancelled. The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Track and Field Club will therefore not benefit from the Run this year. Rotary is also debating how to help bridge these funding gaps. The Club is promoting the Hospital Foundation Healthcare lottery tickets which are available from Tracey by calling 226-930-1114 or email tmurray@gbhs.on.ca

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Being unable to meet in person at Rotary Hall did present a challenge but Members have quickly adapted to meeting every Wednesday evening via Zoom, to conduct business and listen to guest speakers. As part of their community service Rotary is offering their Zoom facilities to any other organization who may wish to meet this way subject to   availability.

The Rotary Club of Southampton hope you have seen their sign on Highway 21 thanking every essential worker for their true “Service above Self”. Rotary’s theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World” so they would also like to thank the “Saugeen Shores Strong” movement and all the posts on social media such as “Saugeen Shores Caremongering” that have helped to connect and support our community while we are all physically distancing.

The Club will continue to “Keep Calm and Rotary On”…….and have some fun along the way.

If you would like to support as we support our Community, please consider making a donation.  You will receive a tax receipt for any donation over $20.

If you know of a community situation or organization that would benefit from our Rotary Club’s physical or financial support, please contact us.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Southampton go to www.southamptonrotary.com or find us on www.facebook.com/southamptonrotary or email southamptonrotary@bmts.com .