Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Dec 04, 2018

The meeting program for November 27, 2018 was the presentation of cheques totalling $17,720 to seven organizations who submitted grant proposals this fall, and also to one organization (Lunch by George) that we have been supporting annually for a number of years.

Rotarian Terri Hodges coordinated the adjudication process from start to finish, beginning with the posting of information documents on the club website, receiving grant proposals submitted, distributing these to all of our club members, organizing and chairing the adjudication meeting to which all members are invited, and today being the culmination of that process with the presentation of cheques to successful applicants.

Elizabeth Cohoe, director of service projects was on hand to assist Terri, and began the proceedings by thanking all of our club members who participated in any of the fund-raising events, including the auction, the nut drive, bingos, and cash calendar sales.


John Mckay, Pipe Major for the Kingston Police Pipe Band accepted a cheque for $4,260 that will assist the work they are doing at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Kingston.
Sandi Dodds and Bev Woodcock were on hand to accept a cheque for $2,000 for The Mess, to help with necessary kitchen renovations. Although the proposal was submitted by The Mess, the improvements will also help The Kingston Street Mission, and Special Sunday Night Suppers that are provided from the same kitchen in Gill Hall of St. Andrew’s Church.
Mae Whalen accepted a cheque for $1,967 for Music Mates, a program that uses music to help people with intellectual challenges to communicate.
Peter Gower was on hand to accept our cheque for $2,500, which will assist funding of Lunch by George.
Norm Guntensperger, of Polson Park School was given a cheque for $2,993. This has since been matched by the Limestone Learning Foundation. Our money will assist the school in setting up a ukulele orchestra for the students, as some of their families cannot afford to provide them for their children.
Janza Giangrosso, accepted a cheque for $500 for Loughborough Public School to finish creating an outdoor learning space with additional landscaping stones.
Vicki Keith, Coach of the Y Penguins, a swim program for kids with physical disabilities, accepted a cheque for $2,000.
Katherine Porter and Julie-Ann May were presented with a cheque for $1,500 to assist the H’Art School to provide bleacher seating in “The Box” which is a performance area within the school complex.

When the floor was returned to President Rick, he added, “Ukuleles Rock”!