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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Quality Inn on the Hill
150 Euston St.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1W5
Canada
Mondays at 12:15PM
Rotary Radio Bingo PEI
Rotary Radio Bingo is a media Bingo broadcast on CFCY the Island’s Country music station,
95.1FM
, every Tuesday night from 7:00PM until 8:00PM. The Rotary Radio Bingo operates in
the CFCY listening area (island wide) and is operated by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown - click here for full rules.
 
Bingo Cards are sold through a number of retail locations, please click here to see a complete list of distributors.
 
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Message from the President

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Rotary is an international service organization - we are 1.2 million members who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. An example is the 1985 launch of our PolioPlus program; the first initiative to tackle global Polio eradication. Since that time and with the help of our partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, we have helped reduce polio cases by 99.9% worldwide.

 The Rotary Club of Charlottetown, founded on October 1, 1917, was the 8th Rotary Club chartered in Canada. We   are proud of the local projects we have supported including over 60 years of improving the lives of children and   people with challenges under our Easter Seals PEI program, being a major donor to Camp Gencheff, participation   in the joint Rotary Soup Kitchen project, as well as the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. 

We are the home of Rotary Radio Bingo, airing every Tuesday from 7-8 PM on CFCY 95.1 FM. With the success of this fundraiser, we've been able to support projects across the Island. To help combat the COVID-19 pandemic,   we donated over $100,000 dollars to support Islanders. This included creating over 200 food baskets to help Islanders struggling with food insecurity as well as donations to local organizations. 

 

For more information about Rotary locally, regionally, and around the world, please explore our website and feel free to contact any of the Rotarians featured here.

Proudly serving the community as a Rotarian,

Chelsey Rogerson, President, 2021-2022

Home Page Stories
We were pleased to celebrate, Ian Carr, the recipient of the 17th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Prince Edward Island.

As an educator and lifelong learner, Ian Carr has devoted his career to education. Retiring early from the classroom, Ian has worked with Workplace Learning PEI (WLPEI) for over twenty years. Since 2016, Ian has been an instructor at WLPEI's Workplace Essential Skills Program. The success of this program is in no small part due to Ian. When asked what he does, Ian responds that he "teach[es] people confidence". Ian's incredible skills as an educator, wisdom, professionalism, and sense of humour make him an effective learning coach and role model within the classroom. Ian's ability to accurately respond to individual learning needs has helped many learners reach their goals. From Ian's perspective, the world is a classroom rich with opportunities to make learning come alive.

Photo left to right: Kevin Lewis, Chair of the Rotary Literacy Foundation of PEI, The Honourable Dennis King, Premier of PEI, Ian Carr, Council of the Federation Literacy Award recipient, Chelsey Rogerson, President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown 
 
The Rotary Literacy Foundation once again stepped up to support literacy in PEI with donations to Island organizations totaling $25,500.00.

The announcement was made to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown following the Foundation’s board meeting on November 20th, 2020.

"The Foundation was established to help provincial organizations develop and deliver boots-on-the-ground programs to address literacy in PEI", said President Gary Scales. "Despite the pandemic, the board felt that literacy is a critical issue for Islanders that continues to need our support, perhaps more than ever. Many Island children and adults—46 percent according to a 2018 report—struggle with reading, writing, math, communication, digital, and thinking skills, which has long-term implications for their health and well-being. Local organizations do impressive work to help them improve their literacy skills and the board is delighted to once again provide funding for their initiatives."

The largest grant was $15,500.00 to the PEI Literacy Alliance for The Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, a book gifting program. Each month, thousands of registered Island children under five will receive a free high-quality book by mail.
 
A second grant of $10,000.00 was given to the Wellington-based charity Centre Goéland Inc. for a bilingual creative songwriting and performance retreat offered in collaboration with arts and writing organizations. The retreat will promote music education as a vital tool in literacy development and encourage creative writing as a means to enhance positive mental health and well-being.
 
The Rotary Literacy Foundation was formed in 2006 to raise awareness about literacy and essential skills in PEI. In August each year, the Foundation solicits applications and disburses grants to Island groups that are working to address literacy and essential skills in their communities through projects and special initiatives.
 
Learn more about the Rotary Literacy Foundation at https://rotaryliteracypei.ca.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown, through Rotary Radio Bingo, will be accepting applications for donations in February 2021. Announcements will go out in print and social media at that time inviting the public to apply. Project assessments should be completed and the successful applicants contacted by the end of March 2021. If you wish to submit an application prior to this date you may do so by clicking on the “Project or Donation Application” button above. Note that applications received anytime prior to February 2021 will be assessed in March 2021.
Written by Colleen Walton
 
One of FHF’s partners, the Mwende Women’s Group, consists of 70 women whose main livelihood is farming. These women, and most rural Kenyan women, cook over an open fire in enclosed kitchens. A serious concern we have seen is the coughing and watering eyes of the women and young children as they cook amidst the smoke.

Indoor air pollution is a problem in Kenya and around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that 3.8 million people a year die prematurely from illness such as pneumonia and lung cancer from household air pollution. FHF undertook the challenge to provide better cooking methods to reduce smoke exposure for women and children. FHF identified a made-in-Kenya stove with an insulated firebox, a tight-closing door, and a vent to a chimney.

Through a partnership with the Charlottetown Rotary Club and Global Affairs Canada all women from the Mwende group received these fuel efficient vented ‘jikos’. These jikos address our primary concern of preventing illness for women and children but also reduce fuel-gathering work and cutting trees.

The appreciation for this work was expressed by Mwende women's group in a letter to FHF:

“As Mwende Women Self Help Group, we would wish to pass our heartfelt gratitude for your overwhelming heart of mercy and love for us. Words alone cannot express our joy for the much you have sacrificed to see us develop and consequently rise our living standards.
 
We would wish to notify you … the Jikos have successfully been received and installed. The members are so happy since the cost of firewood has reduced with more than half. We are grateful for this noble plan to be a blessing to Mwende group. In total 70 members have benefited from this great project. You have a big heart.”

All of this work was completed over the period March to July 2020, amid the chaos of Covid and a rainy season that slowed down the drying the bricks. We feel honoured to have the support of many groups and individuals to improve the lives of these incredibly resilient women.

On Friday, July 9th, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Volunteers passed out over 400 bottles of hand sanitizer donated by Upstreet Craft Brewing and over 1000 masks. Wearing a face mask indoors, where social distancing is not possible, has been strongly recommended by our Chief Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison. For more information, visit princeedwardisland.ca/masks

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown has provided significant support to the Island community during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As People of Action, Rotary members are engaged — offering help to those in need and supporting organizations in Prince Edward Island to help their communities. Several weeks ago, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown formed the COVID-19 Pandemic Committee which is responsible for finding ways that the Club could best use the funds it raised through its fundraising efforts.
 
The members of the Committee have been working with the Government and other organizations across the Island to determine where the greatest needs exist. “Our focus has been food insecurity, medical/health concerns, and the need for social support and connections. Our committee will continue to identify support avenues as we navigate the needs of our communities to respond to the pandemic,” said Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Martin Ruben.

So far, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown has provided a total of $50,000 in financial support to the following initiatives:
  •  Donation and delivery of 150 food hampers ($100 value) for those dealing with food insecurity ($15,000)
  • Donation of food to the UPEI Food Bank ($1,400)
  • Donation to Gifts of the Heart Inc. to help supply food and personal hygiene items ($5,000)
  • Donation and delivery of hot meals through the John Pritchard Project ($10,000)
  • Donation to the Souris Food Bank ($2,000)
  • Donation to the West Prince Caring Cupboard ($2,000)
  • Donation to the Montague Food Bank ($2,000)
  • Donation of grocery gift cards for Holland College students ($1,000)
  • Donation to the PEI Home Care Palliative Care Fund ($2,000)
  • Donation of grocery gift cards to the PEI Council for People with Disabilities ($1,000)
  • Donation of gift cards to the PEI Legions ($5,000)
  • Donation to the computer tablets for Seniors Initiative ($2,500)
“Funds for these initiatives were made possible due to the success of Rotary Radio Bingo. Our dedicated players from tip to tip have allowed us the opportunity to give back to our communities and we look forward
to when we can safely go back on the air,” said Ruben.