On Tuesday November 19th, the Rotary Clubs of Milton, Acton and Georgetown (the North Halton Cluster) held a dinner meeting at the Granite Ridge Golf club in honour of the District Governor Lesley Barmania (Rotary District 7080). This meeting served as an exciting opportunity for the members of the three clubs to connect with each other as well as to learn about the projects being undertaken by each club.
The District Governor presented the vision of the Rotary International (RI) for the Year 2019/2020, which started on July 1st 2019 and ends on June 30th 2020. DG Barmania stressed that the clubs should continue to maintain a high level of collaboration amongst each other in a meaningful manner, to ensure that they continue to support impactful projects. While discussing RI’s work, the District Governor also informed the clubs that a recen John Hopkins University study had revealed that Rotary has collectively donated forty-five million volunteer hours for the benefit of mankind. These hours if monetized would roughly translate into $850 million USD.
From the very first project that Rotary ever undertook in 1907, which was providing a horse to a priest in need, to the current project that has helped eradicate 99.9% of Polio cases from the world the impact of Rotary on the world is considerable. As stated by RI’s President Mark Daniel Maloney, “(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”
The Rotary Club of Milton came into being in 1947 and has always played a significant role in the collective narrative of our beloved town. The tangible proof of its impact are available all over Milton, with some more pronounced such as the Rotary Park (100 Garden Lane) and others more subtle such as the Club’s support for organizations that are trying to bring positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable.
The Rotary Club of Milton is part of an international service organization whose stated purpose is “to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.” It is a non-political and non- religious organization open to all people regardless of race, religion, gender, or political preference.
Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle which is to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. The Rotary Club of Milton comes together every Monday evening (6:30 pm) at the Ivy Arms (201 Main Street) to address their primary motto “Service Above Self ” as well as their the secondary motto “One Profits Most Who Serves Best”.
Further information on the Rotary Club of Milton and why Milton residents should consider joining it are available at https://www.miltonrotaryclub.com.