High schooler helps frame Chesterville & District Rotary Club

Chesterville Rotary Club President Martin Derks (left) and Secretary Betty Vanden Bosch (right) pose with North Dundas District High School construction technology teacher Ray Bougie and student Taylor Helder, who holds one of five new frames — around images of past presidents and secretaries over the last 80 years — she created for the Club. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Eighty years’ worth of Chesterville Rotary Club presidents and secretaries have been beautifully reframed in oak, thanks to the handiwork of a North Dundas High School student in Ray Bougie’s construction technology class.

Taylor Helder, 17, spent the semester creating the frames in her Grade 12 class, carefully routering the doubled-up wood pieces to fit snugly over the existing — but dated — brass frames like a sandwich. She cut and planed the oak, mitred, dowelled and glued the corners, and bevelled the inside edges for a professional look that wowed the local Rotarians at their Monday night meeting. Bougie and Helder and her mother, Holly, were guests of the Club that evening.

The Chesterville resident also sanded and varnished the final product. “They look pretty good,” she observed as the Club applauded.

A sixth frame will also be produced for a planned display of past secretaries, said Better Vanden Bosch, who introduced Helder to the group.

Bougie said he was “very proud of our students at North Dundas District High School.”

“The students in general are very, very giving, and they’re hardworking, and I’m quite privileged to be teaching there.”

Helder has been a student of Bougie’s since Grade 9. “During that time, she’s volunteered to do a number of things,” the teacher pointed out, acknowledging her recent work on flowerbeds at Nationview Public School as well as her involvement making benches for a wedding and NDDHS itself.

The school is “involved with a lot of different community projects,” added Bougie, highlighting the garbage receptacle outside the Club’s headquarters at the Nelson LaPrade Centre. It, too, was built in “our manufacturing facility” at NDDHS, he said.

Helder said she received a mark of 82 in Bougie’s class. Her teacher also lauded her for coming in to school on snow days and during personal time during exams to complete the project.

Established in the spring of 1938, the Chesterville & District Rotary Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this year — a milestone that got the organization talking about refreshing its framed history on the wall of the Centre. A public banquet to mark the anniversary is planned later this spring.

See the video below of the unveiling of the new frames and Taylor Helder’s presentation on her handiwork, at the Chesterville Rotary Club’s most recent meeting.


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