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Tony Sheard, Southampton Rotarian, stands on a Mobi-Mat installed this summer at the Southampton Beach. The project was funded by Southampton Rotary, in partnership with the Town of Saugeen Shores, and offers better accessibility to the beach. Image supplied.

While the Rotary Club of Southampton continues to hold their meetings on Zoom, the Club continues to help the local community and support international projects.

Youth and Vocation

In a recent media release, the Committee arranged for scholarships to be awarded to students graduating from GC Huston Public School, St Mary’s High School and Saugeen District Senior School, supported programs at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre and made a donation to provide backpacks for some GC Huston students.

Community Service

Rotarians have continued to provide community service by helping to keep shoppers safe by sanitising shopping carts at Foodland in Southampton when staff were not available to do so. In recognition, Foodland donated $2,000 to Rotary.

Visitors to the Southampton Beach this summer may have noticed blue Mobi-Mats. Southampton Rotary funded these mats and, in partnership with the Town, they were placed on the sand near the flag and Gerry’s Fries to allow better accessibility to the beach. Past Club President Rob Hughes, who liaised with the Town, said that as Rotarians, they strive to improve their community for everyone.

"We hope these mats will allow anyone with mobility issues to enjoy our beach. Thank you everyone who has supported our Rotary Club events so we may continue to carry out community projects," said Hughes.

International Service

The horrific devastation in Beirut left doctors in desperate need of medical supplies as three of the city’s hospitals were demolished. Many Rotary Clubs throughout the Rotary District helped to send a container full of supplies to them. The Southampton Club has donated $500 to help cover the cost of shipping. The Club’s International Committee Chair Kevin Champion, commented “It is amazing what we can do when we partner with other Clubs and organisations. Rotary really does connect the world."


Rotarian Liz Hawthorne is selling metal lighthouse ornaments from her store, “A Little of This and That”, on High Street in Southampton. Proceeds will go aid in both international and local Rotary initiatives. Those wishing to purchase the ornaments can also do so by calling 519 797 3151 or asking any Southampton Rotarian. The cost is $5 each.

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A recent donation from Southampton Rotary helped to supply backpacks to students at GC Huston Public School. Photo supplied.


Metal lighthouse ornaments are available through Southampton Rotary for $5 each with proceeds going in support of international and local Rotary initiatives. Photo supplied.