My time as a Rotarian - Sandra Ross-Hitch

As I travel to Pisew Falls I always walk down to see the Rotary Suspension Bridge. What a great project this was for the region.

I am proud to be a Rotarian. This service group works for the greater good of its community, country and the world. Did you know that Rotary Clubs worldwide are working to eradicate polio? This is one of the world projects that Rotarians fund. Have you heard about “shelter box” which is another project funded by Rotarians? These boxes are survival kits for communities when disaster strikes.

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As I reflect on the kind of Rotarian I have been over the past five years and what kind of club the local Thompson one has been, I ask have we lived up to our motto “Service above self.” My first experience was serving hot dogs for free at the opening of the Rotary Park splash pad. Although it was a very cold day, a lot of fun was had by all who attended. Over the years the Thompson Rotary Club has been known for serving up awesome pancakes at events.  We clean up after every Relay for Life. We sponsor exchange students coming here for a year from other countries. We provide scholarships to students graduating from R.D. Parker Collegiate.  We sponsor students to attend MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) in Winnipeg and assist in funding high school student travel overseas on cultural and educational trips.

A couple our major fundraising events such as the Million Dollar Hole in One and the RCMP Musical Ride have allowed us to financially support the Lions Manor 55, JRB Basketball, Thompson Trailbreakers, Mystery Mountain Ski Club, Thompson Crisis Centre, Thompson Public Library, TNT Swim Club, Heritage North Museum and the 2018 Winter Games.

The Rotary Club of Thompson is one of the most rewarding organizations I have had the privilege of being part of.

Should you consider becoming part of our fun team of great people join us on Thursdays at noon at the Meridian Hotel for lunch. We would love to see you.

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