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ROTARY CLUB OF
STRATFORD
100 Years of Building
Community
The Rotary club of Stratford is woven into the very fabric of our
community. Many of our community builders have been and still
are Rotary Members. Collectively we have championed positive
change in our community and internationally.
1922
Club formed with 22
members
1947
Club has grown to 88
members and District
Governor is Oliver
Gaffney
1996
Women join the club,
Elizabeth Gaffney and
Linda Bathe are our
first female members
2022
Club has 98 Active and
17 Honorary members
for a total of 115
Rotary Club of Stratford Has
Grown Over the Years
Stratford
Rotaract
Mitchell
Festival City
Tavistock
Woodstock
Goderich
Stratford
Interact
The Rotary Club
of Stratford has
sponsored the
creation and
growth of other
Rotary Clubs in
the area
Listowel
St. Marys
1922
YMCA
1982
Kiwanis
Centre
2018
ANAF
2022
Quality Inn
Stratford Rotary Club Meeting
Locations over 100 Years
THE FOCUS OF THE CLUB HAS
EXPANDED OVER THE YEARS.
1922 to 2022
• Crippled Children
• Boys Work (Youth
Services as it is
called today)
• Local Recreational
Facilities
• Healthcare Facilities
• International
Community
Development
• Clean Water
• Environment
ROTARY CLUB OF STRATFORD
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
• First established in 1955.
• Enabled the Club to recognize donations through
the issue of tax receipts.
• A separate Board of Directors from the Rotary
Club established for the Foundation in 2020/21.
• In 2020/21, there were 994 tax receipts issued
recognizing people’s contributions to the
Foundation.
• $246,000 of charitable work done in the year.
1923
Halloween
Frolic
1932
Rural Urban
Dinner
1947
Easter Seal
Fundraising
1955
Rotary Hockey
League
Rotary
Foundation
Established
1972
Rotary Student
Exchange
Program
1973
Junior
Achievement
1978
Sports Celebrity
Dinner
Happy Bucks
Introduced
1996
Dragon Boat
Festival
Some Rotary initiatives date back
decades.
2002
Respite House
2006
Aquabox
2007
Scotch Mist
2012
COMMIT
Stratford Home
and Leisure
Show
2017
Short Story
2018
Catch the Ace
2019
Dave Blackburn
Car Rally
Hospice Opens
2020
Mask
Project
Zoom
Meetings
Many new Rotary initiatives
occurred in the past 25 years.
These initiatives
and many more
have changed the
map of Stratford
with Rotary
projects all over
town supporting
our citizens and
building our
community.
THESE INITIATIVES GROUP INTO
THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES
• Our Club
• Our Community
• International Projects
OUR CLUB
Fund Raising while having fun:
• Dragon Boat Festival
• Christmas Craft Show
• Celebrity Reading of A Christmas Carol
• Scotch Mist
• Golf Tournament
• Stratford Home and Leisure Show
• Catch the Ace
• Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally
• Weekly Foundation Auction
OUR COMMUNITY
This fund raising has allowed us to support:
• Rotary Complex
• Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth
• Stratford General Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Unit
• Secondary School and University of Waterloo Bursaries and Scholarships
• Respite House
• All Wheels Park
• Volleyball Courts at SERC
• Riverbank and Path Renewals around Lake Victoria
• PLOW – Public Library on Wheels
• Interact Club
• Rotaract Club
• Rural Urban Dinner
• The Local Community Food Centre
• House of Blessing
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OUR COMMUNITY
• We have collaborated with others on projects:
• Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
• Habitat for Humanity
• Northwestern Special Education Friendship Games
• Central High School – OSAID Conference
• Stratford Perth Museum
• Care Partners and Stratford Social Services
• Stratford & Areas Builders Association
• House of Blessing Food Drive
• Special Olympics Baseball Tournament
• United Way Perth-Huron
• Fryfogel Inn Arboretum
• Adopt-A-Highway Program
• NPH Nicaragua Orphanage
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OUR COMMUNITY
• The club supports many youth focused initiatives:
• Rotary Youth Leadership Training
• Rotary Y – Hockey funding equipment
• Junior Achievement
• The Ottawa Adventures in Citizenship program
• Minor Hockey
• Next Generation exchanges
• Rotary Youth Leadership in Action program
• Secondary School and University of Waterloo Bursaries and
Scholarships
• Honour Student Banquet
Page 3 of 3
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
• Aquabox
• COMMIT
• Polio Plus
• Wheelchair Project
• Pediatric Solar Panels
• Earthquake Relief
• Pediatric Heart Surgeries
• Addiction Relief Centre
• Change Her World
• School and Health Supplies
Come and Join Us!
• Follow us on Social Media
• Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
• Website is rotarystratford.com.
• Be part of our events
• Attend the events
• Be a sponsor at our events.
• Support our sponsors.
• Donate
• From the website or CanadaHelps.org
• Become a member
• Email secretary@rotarystratford.com
ROTARY CLUB OF
STRATFORD
100 Years of Building Community
Questions
Appendix A: Significant Initiatives by Year
Year Event Year Event Year Event
1905First Rotary Meeting in Chicago 1962Last Rotary sponsored camp held at Camp Kitchigami 1985Nevada Lottery Tickets
1922Organizational Meeting of Stratford Club 1962Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders 1988RCMP Musical Ride Brought to Stratford
1922Charter Night of Stratford Club 1962Goderich Club formed 1989Stratford Inner Wheel Club Established
1922Founding of Ontario Society for Crippled Children (OSCC) 1963Financial Contribution to Safety Patrol Jamboree in Ottawa 1998New Mental Health Wing at SGH ($200,000)
1923Club contributes to OSCC 1964Careers Day at Central High School 1990Careers Day revived at the Coliseum
1923Halloween Frolic starts and continues for 59 years 1965Rotary outdoor rink opens officially 1996Rotary Dragon Boat Festival Started
1924Woodstock Club formed 1965Bell Telephone book delivery for 8 years 2000Environment Committee established
1925Purchase land for Camp Kitchigami 1966Rotary Barbeques in the Park 2000Respite House Established
1925St. Marys club formed 1971Rotary provides $60,000 towards expanding Coliseum 2004Annual Golf Tournament
1927Rotary- Farmers Picnic 1971Interact club first established 2005Rotary pledge to immunize all the world's children for polio
1929St Marys Club operating 1971Parked Cars for Air Show at new airport 2006Aquabox Project Started
1932Rural Urban Dinner 1972Rotary Student Exchange program 2007Scotch Mist
1946Rotary Ann Started 1972Taking tickets for Plowing Match 2012COMMIT program founded
1946Listowel Club formed 1972Dufferin Park $7,000 contribution 2012Stratford Home and Leisure Show assumed in partnership with SABA
1947Rotary handles the Easter Seal Fundraising Program 1973Junior Achievement Club established 2013Hospice Steering Committee established
1951Ottawa Rotary Club Citizenship Project 1973Annual Hockey Tournament Started - 19 years 2016World Festival of Children's Theatre ($10,000)
1950'sEarly involvement with Stratford Festival 1974Halloween moved back to October 31st 2016Stratford-Perth Museum kitchen ($40,000)
1955Rotary Hockey League supported to 1982 1978Sports Celebrity Dinner 2017Hosted first New Generations Youth
1955Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation 1978Happy Bucks introduced 2017Short Story Contest established
1955Grand Piano Unveiled at Masonic Temple 1981OSCC renamed The Easter Seal Society 2018Catch the Ace
1958Honour Student Dinner 1981Final Folic run 2019Hospice Begins Operation
1960'sStratford Winter Carnival 1984Olde English Parlour January Outing for 3 years 2019Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally
1961Rotary Travelogue Series 2020COVID Mask Project
2020Zoom Meetings
Appendix B: Example of Rotary Commitments 2016/2017
REQUEST COMMITTEE $16,000 INTERACT $1,000
BLOCK PARENT $750 ROTORACT $1,000
UNITED WAY $1,000 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT $1,000
LIFESAVER PROGRAM $1,000 STRATFORD SOCCER $5,000
HOSPICE RESEARCH $20,000 AVON SCHOOL $10,000
WORLD CHILDREN’S TH. $10,000 HONOUR STUDENT $2,500
FOOD BANK $9,000 SPECIAL OLYMPICS $1,000
U OF W SCHOLARSHIP $2,500 ENVIRONMENT COM. $2,000
AQUA BOX $5,000 NORTHERN STUDENT $8,000
RESPITE HOUSE $5,000 INTERNATIONAL COM. $20,000
NEW GENERATION $500 LITERACY/R. READS $3,500
ROTARY COMPLEX $9,000 ROTARY HOCKEY $5,100
PROGRAM COMMITTEE $1,400 PROPERTY COMM. $400
TOTAL COMMITMENTS: $141,650
DR. SMITH AWARDS: $28,800
Appendix C: Acknowledgements
• Information sourced from:
• Service Above Self – The Rotary Club of Stratford 1922 – 1992 by Dean
Robinson
• Rotary Stratford Website
• Edited by: Charlene Gordon
• Prepared by: Gary Wreford

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Stratford Rotary 100th anniversary Slideshow

  • 1. ROTARY CLUB OF STRATFORD 100 Years of Building Community
  • 2. The Rotary club of Stratford is woven into the very fabric of our community. Many of our community builders have been and still are Rotary Members. Collectively we have championed positive change in our community and internationally.
  • 3. 1922 Club formed with 22 members 1947 Club has grown to 88 members and District Governor is Oliver Gaffney 1996 Women join the club, Elizabeth Gaffney and Linda Bathe are our first female members 2022 Club has 98 Active and 17 Honorary members for a total of 115 Rotary Club of Stratford Has Grown Over the Years
  • 4. Stratford Rotaract Mitchell Festival City Tavistock Woodstock Goderich Stratford Interact The Rotary Club of Stratford has sponsored the creation and growth of other Rotary Clubs in the area Listowel St. Marys
  • 6. THE FOCUS OF THE CLUB HAS EXPANDED OVER THE YEARS. 1922 to 2022 • Crippled Children • Boys Work (Youth Services as it is called today) • Local Recreational Facilities • Healthcare Facilities • International Community Development • Clean Water • Environment
  • 7. ROTARY CLUB OF STRATFORD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION • First established in 1955. • Enabled the Club to recognize donations through the issue of tax receipts. • A separate Board of Directors from the Rotary Club established for the Foundation in 2020/21. • In 2020/21, there were 994 tax receipts issued recognizing people’s contributions to the Foundation. • $246,000 of charitable work done in the year.
  • 8. 1923 Halloween Frolic 1932 Rural Urban Dinner 1947 Easter Seal Fundraising 1955 Rotary Hockey League Rotary Foundation Established 1972 Rotary Student Exchange Program 1973 Junior Achievement 1978 Sports Celebrity Dinner Happy Bucks Introduced 1996 Dragon Boat Festival Some Rotary initiatives date back decades.
  • 9. 2002 Respite House 2006 Aquabox 2007 Scotch Mist 2012 COMMIT Stratford Home and Leisure Show 2017 Short Story 2018 Catch the Ace 2019 Dave Blackburn Car Rally Hospice Opens 2020 Mask Project Zoom Meetings Many new Rotary initiatives occurred in the past 25 years.
  • 10. These initiatives and many more have changed the map of Stratford with Rotary projects all over town supporting our citizens and building our community.
  • 11. THESE INITIATIVES GROUP INTO THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES • Our Club • Our Community • International Projects
  • 12. OUR CLUB Fund Raising while having fun: • Dragon Boat Festival • Christmas Craft Show • Celebrity Reading of A Christmas Carol • Scotch Mist • Golf Tournament • Stratford Home and Leisure Show • Catch the Ace • Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally • Weekly Foundation Auction
  • 13. OUR COMMUNITY This fund raising has allowed us to support: • Rotary Complex • Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth • Stratford General Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Unit • Secondary School and University of Waterloo Bursaries and Scholarships • Respite House • All Wheels Park • Volleyball Courts at SERC • Riverbank and Path Renewals around Lake Victoria • PLOW – Public Library on Wheels • Interact Club • Rotaract Club • Rural Urban Dinner • The Local Community Food Centre • House of Blessing Page 1 of 3
  • 14. OUR COMMUNITY • We have collaborated with others on projects: • Upper Thames River Conservation Authority • Habitat for Humanity • Northwestern Special Education Friendship Games • Central High School – OSAID Conference • Stratford Perth Museum • Care Partners and Stratford Social Services • Stratford & Areas Builders Association • House of Blessing Food Drive • Special Olympics Baseball Tournament • United Way Perth-Huron • Fryfogel Inn Arboretum • Adopt-A-Highway Program • NPH Nicaragua Orphanage Page 2 of 3
  • 15. OUR COMMUNITY • The club supports many youth focused initiatives: • Rotary Youth Leadership Training • Rotary Y – Hockey funding equipment • Junior Achievement • The Ottawa Adventures in Citizenship program • Minor Hockey • Next Generation exchanges • Rotary Youth Leadership in Action program • Secondary School and University of Waterloo Bursaries and Scholarships • Honour Student Banquet Page 3 of 3
  • 16. INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS • Aquabox • COMMIT • Polio Plus • Wheelchair Project • Pediatric Solar Panels • Earthquake Relief • Pediatric Heart Surgeries • Addiction Relief Centre • Change Her World • School and Health Supplies
  • 17. Come and Join Us! • Follow us on Social Media • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram • Website is rotarystratford.com. • Be part of our events • Attend the events • Be a sponsor at our events. • Support our sponsors. • Donate • From the website or CanadaHelps.org • Become a member • Email secretary@rotarystratford.com
  • 18. ROTARY CLUB OF STRATFORD 100 Years of Building Community Questions
  • 19. Appendix A: Significant Initiatives by Year Year Event Year Event Year Event 1905First Rotary Meeting in Chicago 1962Last Rotary sponsored camp held at Camp Kitchigami 1985Nevada Lottery Tickets 1922Organizational Meeting of Stratford Club 1962Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders 1988RCMP Musical Ride Brought to Stratford 1922Charter Night of Stratford Club 1962Goderich Club formed 1989Stratford Inner Wheel Club Established 1922Founding of Ontario Society for Crippled Children (OSCC) 1963Financial Contribution to Safety Patrol Jamboree in Ottawa 1998New Mental Health Wing at SGH ($200,000) 1923Club contributes to OSCC 1964Careers Day at Central High School 1990Careers Day revived at the Coliseum 1923Halloween Frolic starts and continues for 59 years 1965Rotary outdoor rink opens officially 1996Rotary Dragon Boat Festival Started 1924Woodstock Club formed 1965Bell Telephone book delivery for 8 years 2000Environment Committee established 1925Purchase land for Camp Kitchigami 1966Rotary Barbeques in the Park 2000Respite House Established 1925St. Marys club formed 1971Rotary provides $60,000 towards expanding Coliseum 2004Annual Golf Tournament 1927Rotary- Farmers Picnic 1971Interact club first established 2005Rotary pledge to immunize all the world's children for polio 1929St Marys Club operating 1971Parked Cars for Air Show at new airport 2006Aquabox Project Started 1932Rural Urban Dinner 1972Rotary Student Exchange program 2007Scotch Mist 1946Rotary Ann Started 1972Taking tickets for Plowing Match 2012COMMIT program founded 1946Listowel Club formed 1972Dufferin Park $7,000 contribution 2012Stratford Home and Leisure Show assumed in partnership with SABA 1947Rotary handles the Easter Seal Fundraising Program 1973Junior Achievement Club established 2013Hospice Steering Committee established 1951Ottawa Rotary Club Citizenship Project 1973Annual Hockey Tournament Started - 19 years 2016World Festival of Children's Theatre ($10,000) 1950'sEarly involvement with Stratford Festival 1974Halloween moved back to October 31st 2016Stratford-Perth Museum kitchen ($40,000) 1955Rotary Hockey League supported to 1982 1978Sports Celebrity Dinner 2017Hosted first New Generations Youth 1955Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation 1978Happy Bucks introduced 2017Short Story Contest established 1955Grand Piano Unveiled at Masonic Temple 1981OSCC renamed The Easter Seal Society 2018Catch the Ace 1958Honour Student Dinner 1981Final Folic run 2019Hospice Begins Operation 1960'sStratford Winter Carnival 1984Olde English Parlour January Outing for 3 years 2019Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally 1961Rotary Travelogue Series 2020COVID Mask Project 2020Zoom Meetings
  • 20. Appendix B: Example of Rotary Commitments 2016/2017 REQUEST COMMITTEE $16,000 INTERACT $1,000 BLOCK PARENT $750 ROTORACT $1,000 UNITED WAY $1,000 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT $1,000 LIFESAVER PROGRAM $1,000 STRATFORD SOCCER $5,000 HOSPICE RESEARCH $20,000 AVON SCHOOL $10,000 WORLD CHILDREN’S TH. $10,000 HONOUR STUDENT $2,500 FOOD BANK $9,000 SPECIAL OLYMPICS $1,000 U OF W SCHOLARSHIP $2,500 ENVIRONMENT COM. $2,000 AQUA BOX $5,000 NORTHERN STUDENT $8,000 RESPITE HOUSE $5,000 INTERNATIONAL COM. $20,000 NEW GENERATION $500 LITERACY/R. READS $3,500 ROTARY COMPLEX $9,000 ROTARY HOCKEY $5,100 PROGRAM COMMITTEE $1,400 PROPERTY COMM. $400 TOTAL COMMITMENTS: $141,650 DR. SMITH AWARDS: $28,800
  • 21. Appendix C: Acknowledgements • Information sourced from: • Service Above Self – The Rotary Club of Stratford 1922 – 1992 by Dean Robinson • Rotary Stratford Website • Edited by: Charlene Gordon • Prepared by: Gary Wreford

Editor's Notes

  1. The Rotary Club of Stratford was chartered May 30, 1922, with twenty-two members. Stratford was club number 1197 in the 17-year-old Rotary International organization. The first president was D.M. Wright (1922-1924), followed by Dr. David Smith (1924-25).  The Club’s first projects were: Purchase memberships in the Young Men’s Christian Association for a pair of young, needy brothers. Establish a fund for assisting the poor. Help the YMCA by purchasing a movie projector for use by the program staff.