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The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland is a member charity that shares in the funds raised through Jackpot City.  Funds raised helps our club to support local non-profit groups.
 
Click on the "Community Grants" menu option above to see our Spring 2024 grant recipients! 
 
   BIG THANK YOU TO COMMUNITY
 
The Sarnia Bluewaterland Rotary wants to thank the whole community for the support of donating your better books and in turn, coming out to our various sale week-ends.  Your donations were overwhelming at times but it allowed us to provide reading material back to the public at a reasonable price. 
 
Our Used Book Sale had a goal of saving 20,000 books from the landfill and we have reached that goal.
 
There were of course, good books that remained after the sale, and for the next few days after the sale the Little Libraries, and several other local groups who can use books with their clients dropped in to pick out suitable books.  The Grand Bend Rotary took 35 boxes and will be shipping these to schools, churches and nursing homes.  They are currently in the midst of gathering various things to ship by sea container to South Africa.  Around 4,000 other books were delivered to various recycling stores in the city.
 
We have so many to thank.  For starter, a local woman gave us 3,000 books in the late fall and they became the base of this sale.  Then starting on January 4, you the public donated literally thousands more books for our sale. 
 
It was through the kindness of John DeGroot of DeGroot’s Nursery that this year we had a location to host the sale.  He and his staff were most accommodating and we thank them.
 
We also had storage of the original 3000 books for several months due to the generosity of Sarnia Storage Solutions.
Of course, having the books and a location are important, but having solid advertising support from Chris Cooke of HuronWeb and the coverage of First Monday was so helpful in getting our story and sale dates out to the public.
 
It seems that every major event that Sarnia Bluewaterland hosts, has the quiet, helping hand of Manley’s Basics.  For this event, Manley’s again supplied tables and chairs. Thank you.
 
We also have a crew of “Friends of Rotary” who have put in hours helping us sort books, work the sale dates, load books and deliver locally to various recycling stores around the city.  It takes all of you to support the success we experienced.  
 
Amongst the gems of books donated, we were able to piece together a full set of 58 Hardy Boys Detective Books.  These books have special meaning, and extra value to many who read them as children, so we decided to auction them off as a full set.  The highest bid was from Lindsey Reid and she and her son will enjoy them for many hours of good reading.
 
We are pleased with the success of this sale, and as many of you know, this will be the base of funds used for our local community and international projects.  It is our hope that we can again host this event at DeGroot’s Nursery in early 2025.
 
2023 Community Paul Harris Fellow awards were presented to Brenda Dunn and Michelle Parks.  Both Brenda and Michelle have worked with our club to support local community service projects.  Presenting the awards are Tom Robitaille, Community Service Committee Chair and Sharon Berry Ross, committee member.
Club Information
We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre
180 College Ave. N.
Sarnia, ON N7T 7X2
Canada
Phone:
(226) 349-3524
No meeting the First Wednesday of each month.
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