Rotary Club of the Week for 22 Aug 2011

It is our privilege to introduce you to The Rotary Club of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and our friend Joan MacFarlane!

What is the name of your Rotary Club?

The Rotary Club of Stratford.

What is the town or city, or the part of a city, the state or province, and the country?

The Town of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, District 7820.

When were you chartered?

June 15, 2002.

Who is the current President?  (If it’s not you, what is your role in the Club, now or in the past?)

Richard D. Thibault until Sept. 1, 2011 and then Glen Beaton.

I am Past President and currently Foundation Chair and Club Coach, also serving as District 7820 Youth and Vocational Chair.

How many members are in your Club?

21

What is your Club’s website address, and does your Club have a Facebook Page?

www.stratfordrotary.com  (no Facebook page yet)

When and where do you meet?

Wednesday evenings from 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm.   From May – October we meet at Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club in Stratford.  From October to May  we meet at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown.  (that may change)

What is your favorite Club project?  Or your favorite two, we know it’s hard sometimes to pick just one.

My personal favourite project is the Puck Toss For Polio Plus with the PEI Rocket, followed closely by our adoption of the Donagh Regional School Library and our Stratford Heroes banners. My favourite international project is our work with Farmers Helping Farmers,  an Island-based group working with farmers in Kenya.

Can you please attach a photo of your Club’s trading banner or logo?

[See below.]  The 5 leaves represent the 5 communities that joined to create the Town of Stratford.

What else do you want our E-Club Members, Rotarian visitors, and guests to know about your Club?

We are an extremely informal club whose members would rather be “doing stuff” than sitting at a meeting.  Our youngest member is in her twenties and she co-chairs the Service Projects Committee and the oldest is in his 80s and he organises our map-sale and golf tournament.  Our major fundraiser is a Garden Mulch Sale held over two weekends in May.  In September we host a 5k and 15k Road Race – the Rotary Race for Mikinduri –  to raise funds for a Kenyan Community.  The race is now a must for those training for the Island Marathon.  Our used book sale funds dictionaries for every grade 3 student in our area.  (English and French)   We get incredible support from the Town of Stratford and recently hosted a Community Needs Assessment Cafe.  I could go on and on.  Most of us are Hockey fans (mostly the Montreal Canadiens).

We consider ourselves to be small but mighty.

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