Chesterville Rotary Club feeds $1,000 to Community Food Share — among other highlights this season

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CHESTERVILLE — The Chesterville Rotary Club has helped ensure Community Food Share’s Winchester outlet stays warm next winter. In the photo above, Ian McKelvie (left), administrator for Community Food Share (formerly known as the Dundas County Food Bank) receives the Club’s $1,000 donation from Club President Joe Cass, April 10.

The funds will go toward the purchase of a needed new furnace at the Community Food Share depot on May Street.

Chesterville Rotarians raise money for such causes by hosting and organizing a number of events through the year, including the upcoming Peter van Kessel Memorial Duck Race and ‘Rose Day’ flower delivery service.

In other recent highlights at Club meetings this season, former member Dawn Cooper of Ottawa returned to deliver a presentation on the services of Hospice Care Ottawa, where she serves as a director. She appeared on behalf of local Rotarian Bob Gilroy, who poses with Cooper in the photo below.

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In March, the Club welcomed John and Cora Beking of Kemptville, who delivered an update on the “stove project” that has seen the Chesterville, Kemptville and Renfrew Clubs improve the lives of dozens of 65 El Salvador families by funding improved wood-burning cookstoves. Built in the recipient country, the simple but efficient “eco-stoves” eliminate the indoor smoke that otherwise causes blindness and many other health issues in the developing world, where open cook fires are commonly lit inside the home.

Cora and John Beking present a plaque of appreciation to Chesterville Rotary Club President Joe Cass (right), in recognition of the Club’s contribution to the El Salvador stove project. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

And in February, the Club welcomed District Governor Nabil Oudeh (below) who delivered an inspirational talk about Rotary activities.

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Peter van Kessel Memorial Duck Race — April 22

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