The Rotary Club of Port Perry has been proudly serving our community since 1981. It is a group of dedicated men and women who follow the motto “Service Above Self.” Their main purpose for being Rotarians is to serve others, in our local community and at the international level. The Port Perry Ribfest is just part of what the Rotary Club of Port Perry does.
Some of the many projects of the Port Perry Rotary Club have involved building community facilities, such as the Rotary Gazebo in Palmer Park and the Rotary Boardwalk connecting downtown Port Perry with residential developments to the north.
The Rotary Club has also been a major financial supporter of other community facilities, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for expansions at the Port Perry Hospital, Scugog Memorial Library, Durham College and UOIT. Currently, our fundraising is focussed on supporting the proposed new residential hospice in Port Perry.
One of the most popular of our club’s projects (and in fact our first community project) was hosting a Christmas dinner with all the fixings and a night of entertainment for seniors in and around Port Perry. The club provides this “evening out” for nearly 200 seniors.
Port Perry Rotary has been locally active in many other ways such as providing bursaries at the primary, secondary and university levels, dictionaries for public school children and assisting those in the community with physical needs. The list goes on. To itemize all of this club’s community projects would take more room than is available in one page.
At the international level, the Port Perry Rotary Club is a major supporter of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate Polio as a disease in the entire world. We are within only a few years of accomplishing this goal.
The Club has also provided safe drinking water for an orphanage and school in India, an ambulance for another community in India, emergency housing for disaster areas around the world and other similar projects. More information on our Club can be found at our web site www.rotaryclubofportperry.ca. You can follow us on Twitter @RotaryPortPerry.
All net proceeds from the Port Perry Ribfest will be invested in these and other community and international projects.