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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ridgetown

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About Our Club
Service Above Self

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We meet In Person
Anglican Parish Hall
16 Church
Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0
(226) 798-0625
Every Second Monday at 1830 hrs. Confirm ahead
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Rotary Club donates to ShelterBox
At its meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 the Ridgetown Rotary Club members voted to donate $7200 to ShelterBox for the purchase of 6 shelter boxes to help with the earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria. ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international relief. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organization that hand-delivers aid to families devastated by conflict or natural disaster, to give them safe shelter and the tools to rebuild communities.
After reading the article in the July 28th, 2021 edition of the Independent, the Ridgetown Rotary Club, at its Monday, Aug. 9th, 2021 meeting voted unanimously to donate $2000 towards the restoration project of the Ridgetown Cenotaph. In discussing the project before the vote, it was noted that three of our Rotarians, Kees Boeters, Ben Van Heeswijk, and Reinout von Martels all served in the Armed Forces for the Netherlands before they came to Canada. This is another example of the Rotary Club helping out within the Ridgetown community.
The project is being coordinated by the Ridgetown IODE, Confederation Chapter, and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 243. The cost of the project is $30,500 with well over $20,000 raised to date. It is making it much safer for those interested in reading the names of those from Ridgetown who lost their lives in WW1, WW2, and the Korean War which are listed on the cenotaph.

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 



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