President's Message
A brand new rotary year is upon us, and it is an absolute honour to serve as your President!
Why am I so proud to be a Rotarian? Because this amazing club was a warm blanket for me 15 years ago when I joined Rotary as a new immigrant and took me in like I was an old friend.
Rotary has enriched my life in ways I never imagined: from participating in Meals on Wheels, the Rotary train, helping to organise Swing into Spring, donating  Shelter Boxes, and we got a district grant for our International project ‘Education in a Box’ last year.
One of the highlights for me was hosting 13 exchange students over the years from all over the world, it’s such an amazing opportunity for these young people and for us to be a part of it.
The icing on the cake was all the fellowship events we did, what fun we had preparing for our dance performances for our annual Swing into Spring fundraiser, getting to know each other at our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the Gwynne Vaughan Park summer BBQ and our annual BOCCE tournament. I truly believe that, when we get along, even become friends, it enables us to accomplish so much more, so yes, fellowship is very important if we want to be succcessful raising money by selling our travel lottery tickets and raising funds for our other great projects.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley chose the theme for this year “Making a Difference”. “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said.
With everything we’ve done in the past we have already made a huge difference. “Service above Self” becomes a second nature being a part of this club. Let us continue together to make a difference, not just in our own lives but also as Rotarians in our own community and far beyond our borders.
Making a Difference in Rotary
Fieny Van Den Boom
President 2017-2018