“We handed out free books to kids at the Turtlefest Block Party this summer and support a free online reading program as well,” says Dave. In addition, the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg provides free dictionaries to grade 3 students at area schools. As for the teenagers who help unload the books each year, they’re all members of the Rotary Interact Club at Glendale High School. “There are about 30 kids who are involved with that and they do a lot of their own projects,” says Dave. “Some of the students may go on to other Rotary programs, like our international youth exchanges, but ultimately, they’re learning to live out the Rotary motto: service above self.” Jason Weiler, one of Tillsonburg’s newest Rotarians, says he chose to get involved in Rotary specifically because of its outward focus. “Some service clubs seem more social than socially-conscious,” he says. “Rotary gives me an opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way.” Dave admits getting people to join Rotary isn’t as easy as it once was, but after several years of declining membership, the club is growing again. “We’re always looking for members—and if they’re young enough to carry boxes of books, that’s even better,” he laughs. The next Rotary Book Fair will take place April 25-29, 2019 at the Tillsonburg Town Centre (200 Broadway).
The Tillsonburg Rotary Club gave out free books at the Turtlefest Downtown Block Party. Pictured are Bob Aykroyd, Jason Weiler, Jim Donaldson, John Gilvsey, Dave Rushton, Sandra Gilvesy and John Lohuis.
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The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 3P8 (519) 688 - 1800
There are currently 1.2 million Rotary Club members worldwide Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg was chartered on June 9, 1950 Long-time Rotarian John Gilvesy is currently Governor of District 7080, an area that stretches from Ingersoll to Toronto
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