Submitted by Michael Robson
On May 2nd, 2019, the Fenelon Falls chapter of Rotary International celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls held their first meeting on April 19th, 1944 at 6:45 pm and to this day, continue to meet every Thursday at the same time. This sense of tradition extends to the altruistic nature of the Rotary Club and their dedication to the community.
The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls first introduced itself to the town by hosting the Fenelon’s first ever skating carnival on February 2nd, 1944. Just as the club has evolved over its 75 years, so has their winter event. From the skating carnival to the Fenelon Winter Games to the Kawartha Snowshoe event, Fenelon Falls Rotary has continued to engage with the community and bring some light to the town during the darkest months of the year.
The Club has spent much of its 75 years improving the lives of youth in Fenelon Falls. The Fenelon Falls Rotary has supported the construction of both arenas, Russ Baptiste Park, and Garnet Graham Park. The Rotary was a driving force in the construction of the Fenelon Falls splash pad and this fall they are looking to rebuild the Munchie Hut and change rooms to serve splash pad users.
The Rotary Club is the proud sponsor of the Kawartha Lakes Adopt-a-Road program. Twice a year the members come together to clean the roads from Fenelon Marina to Highway 35. This year’s spring clean-up cleared the roads of 700 pounds of trash in their first weekend and they are going back for more!
The Rotary Club continues to meet every Thursday at 6:45 pm in the Fenelon Falls Community Centre and they encourage anyone who is interested to come out and see what the organization is about and make friends for life.