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Little Free Library opens in Fenelon

March 22, 2018

Written by Helen Robinson

The first Little Free Library in Fenelon Falls is now officially open for business!

IMG_6971The Fenelon Falls Little Free Library was constructed as part of a Rotary District 7010 project to promote reading to all members of our community. Professional photographer Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography and her pictures are featured on the walls of the Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization originally established in Wisconsin in 2009.  This past year, District 7010 Rotary International (of which Fenelon Falls is a member) focused their attention on Little Free Libraries in our District.  They were inspired by community gift-sharing networks, “TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.

Access to the library is available when the Community Centre is open.  The Community Centre seemed an appropriate site for placement as there are a variety of groups that use the community Centre for a range of activities. We hope that the Little Free Library will have books for all reading tastes.

Your Little Free Library can be found in the Lobby of The Fenelon Falls Community Centre (adjacent to the door leading to the Rotary Room).

Walter Sweeney – Recognized for Substantial ‘Service Above Self’ (Nov. 2016)

November 15, 2016
President Dave Kish, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, newest Paul Harris recipient Walter Sweeney, City of Kawartha Lakes Counsellors Doug Emslie and Steve Strangway and City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark  Pankhurst

President Dave Kish, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, newest Paul Harris recipient Walter Sweeney, City of Kawartha Lakes Counsellors Doug Emslie and Steve Strangway and City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark

A special evening of recognition for local resident, Walter Sweeney, was recently held at the Fenelon Community Centre. The Fenelon Falls Fire Fighters (Station #22) and St. John Ambulance (Kawartha Lakes) joined the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls at the Rotary meeting.

Along with Rotary members, the City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor, Andy Letham, City of Kawartha Lakes Counsellors Doug Emslie and Steve Strangway and City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst joined the evening festivities.

At the October Rotary meeting, the Paul Harris Award was presented to Walter Sweeney.  A resident of Fenelon Falls, Walter has 36 years of service as a volunteer fire fighter in Fenelon Falls, as well as a member of St. John Ambulance.

Walter spends most of his weekends at local fairs, public educational events or first aid classes throughout the area; always contributing his time to the good of others.


Christine Keenan, our Master of Ceremonies for the evening gave some background information on Paul Harris. A Chicago attorney, Harris was best known for founding Rotary International in 1905.

In 1957, The Paul Harris Fellows program was established to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Rotary Foundation.

Paul Harris fellows include Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela, to mention a few; good examples of those who made daily contributions to Service Above Self.  


 The newest member of an elite group - the Paul Harris Society - Walter Sweeney receives his award from President Dave Kish

The newest member of an elite group – the Paul Harris Society – Walter Sweeney receives his award from President Dave Kish


On this special evening  in Fenelon Falls, one of our own became one of the elite group know as the Paul Harris Society made up of recipients of the prestigious award.

On behalf of the community of Fenelon Falls, “Thank You Walter” for all that you have done for our community. A well deserved award.

At the meeting, the St. John’s Ambulance was presented with financial support from the Rotary Club. The City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Fighters (Station 22) were also presented with financial support from The Rotary Club.


Rotary Serves Dinner at Fenelon Court Family Dinner (Oct 2016)

October 4, 2016


The Fenelon Falls Rotarians had a great time serving dinner at Fenelon Court Long Term Care Centre at the Annual Family Dinner. The group came equipped with smiles and their dedication to serve.

The event, which is in it’s 10th year, is held at Fenelon Court and is a celebration for the residents and their families and a fundraiser for Alzheimers Society.

Residents invite guests to their home at Fenelon Court to enjoy a day of fun.  “The residents really like this event as they get to plan the details and get involved in preparation” explains Sharon Yeo, of Fenelon Court. “Having the Rotary Club involved this year was a perfect fit as they are familiar with our facility and many of the residents from there work with us at Christmas time.”

The event hosted over 170 people for dinner, including residents, their guests and our staff. After dinner we had games, a petting zoo, a country auction and many more fun activities to fill the afternoon. Rotary also treated everyone to a dessert of fresh baked tarts from the local Pie Shack.  “It was such a lovely afternoon,” says Sharon Yeo. “Everyone was having so much fun and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It is not everyday we get a little pig coming in for snuggles. Everyone was thrilled and it really created a joyous day for everyone.”

rotary“The Rotary club was thrilled to be able to be part of the day.” says  Christine Keenan of The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club. “We all had a wonderful time at the Annual Family Dinner and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas time.”

For more information about getting involved with the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club click here.

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Rotarians Gather in Fenelon to Showcase Service (May 2016)

May 23, 2016

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Inspiration and leadership flowed as Rotarians from across areas 7 and 8 gathered together at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre on May 12th to celebrate some of the most successful humanitarian service projects that the groups have undertaken over the past year.

Groups from Haliburton, Peterborough, Kawartha, Lindsay, Minden, Ennismore, Lakefield, Bridgenorth and Fenelon Falls had displays set up around the hall showcasing some of the projects that the groups felt were most worthy of sharing. Some of the highlights were the Seniors Spelling Bee which proved to be both fun and motivational and the Aboriginal and Non-Native Relationship Bridging Canoe Adventures which brought together youth from two cultures to bond while learning life skills.

The evening activities began with the attendee’s being entertained by the talents of local youth; a gifted vocal performance by Alexis Wilson and a intriguing speech by Megan Verleysen.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by the distinguished Dr. Michael DeGagne, President and Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University. He spoke eloquently about an issue that Canada is currently facing and is regularly in the news – Aboriginal Reconciliation and Understanding. His depth of understanding of the realities facing both aboriginals and the non-native peoples working to fix broken systems lent an engaging perspective on the issues Canadian are challenged with.

Michael DeGagné’s career includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs, and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Most recently he has served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

He has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital, and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.

He has a PhD in Education focusing on Aboriginal post-secondary success from Michigan State University, and Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Everyone who attended the evening received a copy of his book – Reconciliation & The Way Forward. Collected Essays & Personal Reflections. The book is very enlightening and offers readers a much better understanding of the experiences of survivors. It also better explains how it has become intergenerational – how the experiences have been passed down through generations. It is an inspirational read.

A copy of the book has been donated to the Fenelon Falls Library and is available for anyone who wished to read it. 

Rotary Purchases PAD for Woman’s Resources (May 2016)

May 9, 2016
Pictured from left Helen Robinson, President of the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls, Terry Lowe   from Padcore Plus, Penny Chatson Residential Services Manager Women’s Resources, Randy Johnson Chair of the Classic Car Committee

Pictured from left Helen Robinson, President of the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls, Terry Lowe   from Padcore Plus, Penny Chatson Residential Services Manager Women’s Resources, Randy Johnson Chair of the Classic Car Committee

Women’s Resources offers a range of services for women who have been abused or are currently in an abusive relationship. Information is available at

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, report that approximately 7,000 cardiac arrests occur in Ontario alone each year. The odds of survival are almost four times greater if someone performs CPR immediately, and when combined with early defibrillation, AEDs can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates up to 75% if delivered in the first few minutes prior to the arrival of EMS. Females are seven times more likely to have a sudden cardiac arrest than males.

Padcore Plus develops privately owned Public Access Defibrillator PAD sites in the province of Ontario. Information is available at

The guidelines that are adhered to are the same guidelines that were created through the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the recent 2015 ECC Guidelines of Resuscitation.

Having medical oversight allows them to develop this program. It also allows them to provide Quality Assurance and Continued Quality Improvement. Should a PAD site experience an event where someone collapses due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a Padcore Plus consultant will retrieve the data of the event that is stored in the AED, download it and will review the data for compliancy to the program in consultation with the medical director.

Should the victim have a return of spontaneous circulation, the data that is retrieved will be forwarded to the location where the patient is transported.

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls offered to purchase a PAD for Women’s Resources and will continue to provide the funding for the service agreement through Padcore. The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls obtains funds for projects like this through fund raising such as selling tickets in their Classic Car Draw which can be seen at




Fenelon Falls Rotary Club Hosts District Governor

October 11, 2015

The Rotarians of Fenelon Falls were treated to a special guest at their meeting last week. The District Governor, Lisa Dutrisac of Sudbury, Ontario came to the Fenelon Falls Community Centre to bring a message from District Level. The Rotary Club theme for 2016 has been announced. “Be A Gift to the World” – is the message that Lisa brought to the local group of volunteers.

She discussed some of the programs that Rotary International has delivered and the unbelievable successes that they have brought to the world. The Polio Plus program which has immunized over 2 billion people has eradicated Polio in many countries around the world. Rotary has seen great strides with their World Literacy Campaigns. The well known Easter Seals program has changed lives of children in Canada and abroad.

The local club was thrilled to have Lisa come to visit and share news from the District level. A beautiful meal was enjoyed by everyone at the event, catered by SweetBottom’s.

The local Rotary Club has made significant contributions to our community as well. Have you or your children played ball at the Rotary Baseball Park in Fenelon? Rotary built that! Have you enjoyed our new community centre? They made significant donations to that project. Have you taken a walk along the locks and appreciated the landscaping and granite structure?  Rotary paid for that. Have you spent a day at the Garnet Graham Park and have your children or grandchildren played in the playground there? Thank a Rotarian because… they did that too. This is just a few of the projects Rotary contributed to!

In addition to infrastructure projects, Rotary gives to programs such as Community Care, local children’s sports and music programs, education programs, health and wellness initiatives and continually contributes to the general wellbeing of our community.   The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club and the work they have done in our community has touched each and every one of us in some form or another.  They are  “A Gift to Our World”

Would you like to get involved? Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Over a meal or coffee, you will; discuss your community’s needs and discover creative ways to meet them, expand your leadership and professional skills, catch up with good friends and meet new ones.  It’s also a great way to get involved in your community.

Contact the Rotary Club through email here or call Wayne at 705-887-6638 for more information.