Boundary Rotary is looking for new members
Rotary is looking for new members. There is nothing new in this. Benevolent clubs are always hoping to attract new people so that they can extend their community service but it is different this time.
Boundary turned 81 this fall. It was the first club to include members from two countries. Over those 81 years Boundary has raised close to –maybe even more than - a million dollars to support people in the Stanstead area and in certain very poor countries as well. Now Boundary is down to eleven members. So far we have managed to do what we have always done: we have kept up our level of donation; the monthly book sales continue and the golf tournament was held as usual.
Last year the club donated over $10,000 to our community. The annual figure has often been greater than this over the years.
Every year Boundary gives funds to organizations in both US and Canada: Border Minor Hockey, the Children’s Corner in the Haskell Library, Camp Massawippi, and Camp Coutts Moriarty, the. Stanstead Historical Society and Cab Rediker.
Boundary has supported many special projects too. This past spring the club raised over 3000 dollars for pay for polio immunization. The Gates Foundation matched that amount so that the contribution was over $10,000 US.
The club is responsible for the monument on the border with a welcome to people coming into either country.
For a number of years the club has donated literary prizes to Derby Elementary and progress prizes to Sunnyside.
The club sent three young people to the World Affairs Seminar, a five- day worshop given near Chicago with participants from around the world.
We offer two Vocational Scholarships to a student on each side of the border who is studying in a career-oriented field and who plans to return to live and work in the area.
Although the sale of books is a major fund raiser, it is also a community project. The bookstore provides affordable reading materials for many people who have no other source for books that is nearby and inexpensive.
The club is seeking support in insuring the survival of Rotary in the community. The population has severely suffered with the loss of industry and business in the area, and consequently the membership in the club has
reflected that. This decline is jeopardizing our level of support for local organizations and projects.
The club is too small to continue raising the funds needed to support all our local projects.
In view of these circumstances, we are appealing to all organizations which we have given support in one form or another in the past, to support us by naming a member of your organization to become a member of the Rotary Club of the Boundary to make sure our continued support of your efforts. Our aim is to continue with business as usual but we are not sure that this is realistic.
Being a Rotarian is rewarding and enjoyable. Every member of the club brings new ideas to the table and can propose new endeavors. It is a worthwhile way to support the community and enjoy service.
Check us out at www.boundaryrotaryclub.org/ or at Rotary Boundary on Facebook or call 819-876-5103 or 819842-1940.
Winners of the Rotary Improvement prizes, Sunnyside, June 2015.
Rotarians Allan Smith and Don Patterson
at work cleaning the bird houses on a
local walking trail.
Vocational Scholarship Winner Josée Bourdoin from Compton with her parents.