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Register now for the Rotary Club of Barrie Fun Run. Come and join us on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at the South Shore Centre.

Online Registration ($30) closes at 4:00 p.m. on May 25, 2016.

Onsite Registration ($35) and race-kit pickup from 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. at the South Shore Centre.

250M Kids' Race starts at 6:10 p.m.

5K and 10K Chip Timed Runs start at 6:30 p.m.

5K Walk starts at 6:30 p.m.


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The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival at the Tiffin Centre is a tradition spanning more than three decades. This year, the event takes place on April 9 and 10, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Funds raised at Spring Tonic help support Rotary programs as well as education and conservation programs at the Tiffin Centre.


Sprocket had some great fun at Rotary Night with the Barrie Colts. Check out the photo finish!

More than $28,000 was raised through Rotary Club of Barrie's online auction. These funds will support many local and international projects. Thank you to all who supported the auction. Your contributions are much appreciated!

Raising the Polio flag on International Polio Day on October 24. In attendance were Mayor Jeff Lehman, and members from the Barrie, Kempenfelt and Huronia Rotary Clubs.

On November 4, Rotary Club of Barrie's President Bas Asselbergs presented a cheque for $5,000 to Mayor Jeff Lehman for the sponsorship of a Syrian family.

The Rotary Club of Barrie is once again selling Chelsea Chocolate Gift Baskets. These baskets are full of delicious local treats from our Partner Chelsea Chocolates.
Chelsea Chocolates began its journey in 1995 with a desire to make ‘melt in your mouth’ chocolates using fresh cream, butter, high quality flavours and the finest in Belgian chocolate. We are proud to make all our chocolates by hand with homemade fillings to include our famous caramel. People rave from near and far about our caramel turtles and butter creams – it’s kind of like Aunt Jemima’s secret recipe!

Chelsea Chocolates manufactures a complete line of quality chocolates, truffles and specialty items. We believe in making chocolates to order and in small batches to maintain quality and freshness. We have enjoyed excellent customer response. Our chocolates are made in the small village of Craighurst, near Barrie, Ontario, in the traditional hand-formed manner. 

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the baskets will go to the projects supported by the Rotary Club of Barrie.
To order gift baskets, please visit Rotary Club of Barrie - Chelsea Chocolate Gift Baskets.


Party candidates for Barrie-South gather after the debate at yesterday's club meeting.


Bonnie North, Colin Wilson, Myrna Clark and John Brassard


Front row: District Governor Brian Menton and wife Dorothy; Randy Styles; Rotary Club of Barrie President, Ted Barnaby; Shelley Greer; Jetta Burton; and Carol Forde (Paul Harris recipient).
Back row: John Gordon (Paul Harris recipient); Scott Wilson (Paul Harris recipient); Rotary Foundation Trustee and Past Rotary International Director, Bryn Styles; Past President, Rotary Club of Barrie, Bob Greer; Peter Smith (Paul Harris recipient); and Past Rotary International President Ron Burton.

Welcome to our newest member, Larry Pomfret!

Darren Vella
Lynn Bannon
Jon Ingram
Graham Allary
Jimmy Furlano
Heljar Hansen
Bernie Keating
Shona Welsh
Marta Ross


Our Club, together with the Kempenfelt Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia, and the Rotary Club of Innisfil filled the Barrie Molson Centre on March 12 to watch the Barrie Colts play the Owen Sound Attack resulting in a 3-2 win for Barrie.

Presidents of all four Clubs took part in the opening puck dropping ceremonies cheered on by over 200 local Rotarians.

Monies raised will go directly back to community projects such as: The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Innisfil parks, Tiffin Conservation Area, Willow Creek Landing, and many other projects within our community.

Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson Photography.



Through partnership with our Rotary Club, the City of Barrie is offering FREE Adult Swimming lessons.
Lessons will be held at the Holly Community Centre on Friday afternoons April 10 to June 12, 2015.
Lessons will be 1 hour in duration. Residents are required to contact the Holly Community Centre to sign up and secure their spot in a lesson. 24 adults per hour can participate in this new Adult Swim to Survive initiative.
Research shows that most drownings  occur close to safety. If every person in Canada could pass the Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard, it could reduce the number of drownings by half.
Swim skills are not innate - they need to be taught. Everyone deserves the chance to learn.
For more information, please contact the Holly Community Centre, 705-792-7925.

The Rotary Club of Barrie has been working with SOPUDEP, a grass roots organization in Haiti led by Rea Dol.  We first visited SOPUDEP in 2012.  This year Carol and Lynn travelled again to Haiti to check the progress of both SOPUDEP and FASA, their micro credit initiative which the club also supports.  And Carol and Lynn taught the micro credit women how to make jewelry out of pop cans and buttons.  At last report they had sold $125 worth of their jewelry and had been invited to participate in an exhibition.  But before leaving Carol, Lynn and other supporters of SOPUDEP took 10 of the most vulnerable micro credit women on what for them was a trip of a lifetime.  They spent one night at a resort in Jacmel, Haiti, where the women enjoyed sleeping in a comfortable bed, having a hot shower, being waited on in the dining room and frolicking in the ocean and the pool.  For Lynn and Carol it was the BEST trip ever.

The winner of the Youth Essay contest was Meredith from Warnica Public School in Barrie. The contest asked students to write an 800 word essay on “Why it would be cool to be an astronaut”. Meredith and two other winners, met famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in a special reception on November 25, 2014. All three winners also won free pizza for their entire class. Meredith has been given the opportunity to “fly a 747” at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies. Congratulations to all three winners!
Photos courtesy of Abby Hunter Photography.


Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be in Barrie on Nov. 25, to support the Rotary Club of Barrie.  The dinner at Liberty North will give Barrie residents the opportunity to get up close and personal with a true Canadian hero. The dinner will also feature a silent and live auction.

Our club supports many local projects including RVH, Georgian College and Hospice Simcoe. We also support international projects and play a significant role with the non-profit organization Ghana Medical Help, which is committed to providing essential medical equipment to hospitals in this politically stable but impoverished country.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at $150/per plate with a $100 charitable tax receipt.

Please visit Chris Hadfield dinner to purchase tickets.
For more information, please contact Arlette Utton, 705-737-4000.


The Rotary Club of Barrie has launched a new contest to grade 8 students in Simcoe County.

The contest asks students to write an 800 word essay on “Why it would be cool to be an astronaut”. The students with the top three entries will be invited to meet famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in a special reception on November 25, 2014 at an upcoming Rotary event in Barrie. They will also win free pizza for their entire class. The student with the winning entry will also be provided with an opportunity to “fly a 747” at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies.

For more information, visit Youth Essay Contest.



Free CPR and Choking Training on Saturday, November 8, 2014.


President Ted Barnaby with Rotary International Youth Exchange Program participants Raychel Turola and Collin Best.


Our club along with the Kempenfelt Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia are looking for new youth exchange participants for 2015/2016. The application deadline is October 31, 2014. For more information, visit Rotary Youth Exchange. More on Raychel and Collin's experiences here.



President Ted accepting the ALS Ice Water Challenge, and challenging the other presidents of District 7010 to do the same.




The talented cast of City of Angels visited our club on Thursday. They are currently performing at Theatre by the Bay. For more information, visit City of Angels.Image



Sami Jo Small presented to our club this past Thursday. She talked about a team needing all of its members regardless of their role, in order to succeed. She also talked about pushing our own personal limits and trying to play the roles that are given to us to the best of our abilities. Thank you Sami Jo for a wonderful presentation.Image


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