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Rotary Club of Barrie


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Betty Ann Lewis

A Message from Our Club President

As we move forward The Theme for the 2023/2024 Rotary Year “Create Hope in the World” allows us to offer Hope to “Others”. I have been reminded that “Small deeds done are better than Big Deeds dreamed”. (Peter Marshall).

The Rotary Club of Barrie have many great projects where we raise money to give “Hope” to some folk who have challenges in life that we just can’t imagine. This year we will continue to work on these projects! It is also important that we as Rotarians are aware of those we come in contact with who may just need someone to care…again sometimes it is those small deeds that can make a huge difference. As Rotarians – it isn’t just about getting together for a meeting once a week – we represent a group of committed members.

Another focus of our year will be “The Four Way Test” –

  1. Is it the TRUTH
  2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned

Each and every member is needed to support the Directors in their Committees and I challenge you to attend those meetings and make a contribution with ideas and signing up for the projects. Can you just imagine the “Hope” that we can create!

I chose to support the Polio Plus – because when the Salk Vaccine was first developed (don’t look at dates) they were looking for volunteers to do blood tests to see if they got the real vaccine – I had no idea what this entailed says someone who does not like needles and being “very young” I signed up – and after the 4 blood tests it was determined that I had received the real vaccine. By being a “Polio Pioneer” I hope I was able to be a part of helping prevent polio in “others”.

It has been said “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Betty Ann Lewis
President, Rotary Club of Barrie
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Rotary Youth

New Generations

New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange and Interact. Others are service minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution:
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School Year Exchange Program

School Year Exchange Program:​

The Vocational Service Committee is seeking candidates for the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Please share this page with friends and family who may know an interested candidate.

Since 1927, students and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. Administered by Rotary clubs, districts and multi district groups, the program today involves more than 82 countries and over 7,000 students each year.
Rotarians believe the most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people – regardless of nationality – desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet and live with people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Candidates will generally be currently 14 – 16 years of age – so usually in grade 9 – 11 currently. Most exchange students go abroad during what would be their grade 11 or grade 12 year. This is a full school-year exchange program.
Students with great curiosity, flexibility, language skills and an interest in meeting other exceptional youth will make great candidates for this program.
Please have interested candidates or parents contact Eric Dean directly by email at or by phone at 705-794-6421 to discuss the program or seek more information.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award ( RYLA ) is Rotary’s leadership training program for high school students. It is a fantastic opportunity for youth in our community to develop their leadership skills and to learn more about themselves. The weekend brings together about 80 youth aged 14-17 from across our district to receive leadership orientation and training to help them in their community efforts. It’s ideal for students already excelling in local leadership, particularly in extra-curricular activities and activities beyond school.
The program begins upon arrival on Friday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. and the program ends on Sunday April 22 at 11:30am. Program is paid for and travel arranged by the sponsoring Rotary Club ( Rotary Club of Barrie ). Students learn a lot about themselves through a DISC personality assessment over the weekend. Testimonials from past attendees have been outstanding and we know young leaders will benefit from this opportunity.

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