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Column: Catching up with the Rotary Sunrisers

Rotarians contribute to YMCA Strong Kids campaign, confer Paul Harris Award on local philanthropist
The Heckman kids (from left) Amara, 6, Amry, 8, and Amsden, 4, enjoyed the Strong Kids Campaign breakfast at YMCA Sudbury in March. The Rotary Club of Sudbury contributed to the campaign. (File)

The Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers has been very active since we last communicated. 

Our dedicated and motivated president, Louise Bergeron, continues to ensure the club achieves its community goals and has a fun time doing it. Louises’s term is rapidly coming to an end, but her achievements are endless. 

The executive team just completed a Rotary District leadership conference in North Bay. This conference is to assist up and coming members of the club in assuming leadership roles in the organization. It is a worthwhile and meaningful exercise for all who attend. We had a very good turnout of members attending.

The Sunrisers once again were a strong participant in the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, holding our scheduled meeting at the breakfast wrap-up. All funds raised from the breakfast were donated to Strong Kids. This is but one example of the ongoing support from the Sunrisers to Strong Kids, a program designed to ensure no child will be denied access to YMCA programs.

On May 9, our club presented a Paul Harris fellowship to Mrs. Lily Fielding, a pillar of our community and one who embodies the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.” 

The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest honour Rotary can bestow. There is no recipient more worthy than Lily Fielding.

At the event, she made made a generous donation of $35,000 to the NEO Kids Foundation as well as $5000 to Rotary International projects.

The Sunrisers are always looking for new and dynamic members to join our ranks. Those interested can join us for breakfast any Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

Rotary membership gives you the opportunity to connect with the people in your community who can make things happen. There are positive interactions and an opportunity for fun and fellowship. Contact any Sunriser for more information or check out our website,

On May 31, our club is having a fireside chat at the ski chalet at Rotary Park, in New Sudbury.  At this event it will be possible for those interested in becoming a

Rotarian to attend. Come and meet us, have some food and fellowship. 

Interested? Call Louise Bergeron at 705-929-2463. Come out see what it’s all about and enjoy the benefits of Rotary Park our jewel in the middle of the city.

Alex McCauley served as police chief from 1994 to 2002. Now he is an active volunteer and member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers.