Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Below are just a few things that Rotary Sudbury has done to help their community and beyond.
Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration. This assistance includes financial support, summer camps, scholarships and knowledge resources for parents.
The Rotary Club of Sudbury has a long and proud involvement with the Easter Seals Society, dating back to the 1940’s. Our Club’s first community involvement was with handicapped children and its first medical clinic for children was held a year after its charter. From 1947 until the 1990’s, these clinics became a regular event with as many as eight doctors and nurses attending from Toronto. Rotarians drove the children and their parents to their appointments.
In 1954, the Club entered an agreement with the (then) Ontario Society for Crippled Children to handle the Easter Seals Campaign in the city. It did so for decades. Our Club still assists with fundraising as part of the annual Telethon.
The Rotary Club and Shrine Clubs host a Christmas party for Easter Seals children each December. Rotarians are welcome to attend and bring their children along to visit with Santa.
Rotary park is a joint project between the Sudbury Rotary Club and the Sudbury Rotary Sunrisers as a way to make sudbury an even better place to live. The park features a versatile series of trails and board walks and a lookout with a panoramic view of the city.
Every year sudbury rotary co-ordinates an event to educate the Greater Sudbury community of literacy needs, while raising funds for local and international literacy projects, this event usually takes place in March as it is literacy month.
Blues for Food
For 27 consecutive years Sudbury Rotary has put on Blues for Food, this event brings blues music to the heart of downtown sudbury and provides much needed food to the local food bank by requiring a canned food item or a cash donation to the food bank for admission.
As of 2017 this annual event had raised close to $300,000 and collected more than 66 tons of food for the Sudbury Food Bank.
Annual Major Donation
Each year the club supports a Sudbury community project. Beneficiaries include Maison McCulloch Hospice, Rainbow Routes, Samaritan Centre, Sudbury Food Bank, Rotary Park.
Paul Harris Fellowship
The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition was created in the memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary. It is a way to recognize individuals who embody Rotary’s ideal of Service Above Self. Locally, Paul Harris Fellows have been bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving our community and our quality of life. Brian Savage is one of those people.
Brian Savage is widely known for having played twelve seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadians, Phoenix Coyotes, St Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. One of his career highlights was winning an Olympic silver medal with Canada’s hockey team at the 1994 winter games in Lillehammer, Norway.
When he retired, Brian focused his efforts on developing his business interests along with service to others and philanthropy. He brought his skills to the Brian Savage Celebrity Classic golf tournament which raised over $1,000,000 in thirteen years for under-privileged children in Sudbury. Brian has provided financial support and service to many highly regarded charitable organizations including the Ten Rainbows Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation and Megan’s Wing Foundation to name a few.
John Island Camp
Rotary Club of Sudbury sponsored one of the cabins at the YMCA camp on John Island near Spanish, ON. Many years, the club has had a work session at the camp.