Bound­ary Ro­tary is look­ing for new mem­bers

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS - Jan Draper, spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Bound­ary

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.

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