Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie


November 12, 2016
Look Out For Big Guy In Red Suit

Santa Claus is coming to Sault Ste. Marie, and he’s only a week away!

Help thousands of Saultites welcome Saint Nick as he takes part in the Rotary Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 19th at 6pm. The parade will begin at Pim Street, continue on Queen Street East, and end at Gore Street.

Parade Marshal and Sleigh Traffic Controller David K. Marshall spoke with Santa Claus directly earlier this week and he said that, “the Soo is one of [his] favourite places to visit before Christmas.”

Marshal Marshall added, “Santa has been talking with the authorities and promises clear, cool weather for the parade. He looks forward to seeing all the boys and girls from Sault Ste. Marie and area along the parade route.”

Ensuring that all children have a happy holiday is Mr. & Mrs. Claus’ top concern, so the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma Autism Foundation have arranged a sensory-friendly block between Bruce Street and Dennis Street where there will be no honking, air horns, or sirens if entrants want to stay on the “nice” list.

For more information please contact our local North Pole Ambassador at the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie at 705-945-1279.


October 12, 2016
Preparation Begins For Santa

Christmas might be at the back of your mind as you enjoy this warm fall weather, but the annual Rotary Santa Claus Parade is only five weeks away! On Saturday, November 19 you are invited to be part of the magic as we welcome Saint Nick to our city.

Traditionally attracting thousands of spectators, the parade is recognized by the community as Sault Ste. Marie's official kick-off to the holiday season.

Starting parade preparations early will help your group’s planning, production, and participation go smoothly.

This is an opportunity to use your creativity to bring joy to the community. An entry can be as elaborate as a gingerbread village built on the back of a semi, or as simple as elves pushing grocery carts full of gifts or Victorian carollers going for a stroll. 

This year’s application form is available here.


OCTOBER 7, 2016

The Bell Celebrity Skate & Swim presented by Agero has been an important fundraiser for youth in our community for over twenty years.  The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie is SO CLOSE to reaching a cumulative total of ONE MILLION DOLLARS raised for Rotary Youth Projects, but we can only do it with the Sault’s help!

Taking place Tuesday, November 8th at the John Rhodes Community Centre from 6pm to 9pm, the event will include swimming in the pool and skating with the Soo Greyhounds. Admission is a minimum of $35 in pledges, but participants who fundraise above-and-beyond the entrance requirement will take home amazing prizes.

This event isn’t just for individuals – it’s also a fantastic team fundraiser! To participate as a group, you must have a minimum of five members participate by raising the minimum of $35 per person.  After the event, as long as you qualify as a team, Rotary will send you a cheque for 50% of the total your group raised.  It’s that simple! 

Individual Fundraising Incentives in order of distribution:
One (1) Xbox One S (Agero)
Eight (8) tickets - Algoma Industrial Essar box (Algoma Industrial)
Eight (8) tickets - Barzan Dentistry Essar box - Jan. 15, 2017 game (Barzan Dentistry)
Eight (8) tickets - Essar Steel Algoma Essar box - Dec. 18, 2016 game (Essar Steel Algoma)
Eight (8) tickets - Eazy Express Essar box (Eazy Express)
Eight (8) tickets - Floreani-O’Toole Essar box - Dec. 31, 2016 game (Floreani-O’Toole Orthodontists)
Eight (8) tickets - McDougall Energy Essar box (McDougall Energy)
Five (5) tickets only - BDO Canada LLP Essar box (BDO)
Guy LaFleur, Montreal Canadiens autographed jersey (NHL jersey) (Maione Collectables)
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks replica jersey (Maione Collectables)
One (1) bicycle (Canadian Tire)
Two (2) YMCA three-month youth membership (YMCA)
Soo Greyhounds autographed jersey (Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club)
Five (5) Pokemon Go Plus (Savoy’s Jewellers)
Five (5) watches (Savoy’s Jewellers)
Eight (8) Bluetooth speakers (Bell)
Twenty-four (24) autographed Soo Greyhounds ball caps

The top fundraising hockey team will win a free one-hour Pool Rental (John Rhodes Pool) and 3 pizzas. The top fundraising non-hockey team will win a Holiday Inn Express pool party including 3 pizzas. All teams who raise a total of $1,000 or more will receive a team party at Northcrest Bowling. Every member of a team that raises $5,000 or more will receive one mini drone. Team members also qualify for the individual prizes. 

More information and downloadable pledge forms can be found at If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office at 705-945-1279. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community!


September 28, 2016
Local Golf Classic Raises ANOTHER $38,000 for Kids

The fourth annual Station Mall Rotary Charity Golf Classic was a huge success! Yesterday, the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and Presenting Sponsor Station Mall were pleased to present a cheque for $38,000 to THRIVE Child Development Centre (formerly Children’s Rehabilitation Centre – Algoma).

This gift was made possible by all of the event’s sponsors, volunteers, and participants. Scotiabank returned as this year’s Auction Sponsor.

THRIVE Child Development Centre helps children and youth with diverse abilities to achieve their highest potential. One of twenty-one children’s treatment centres across Ontario, THRIVE supports kids from 0-18 years of age who are impacted by differences in physical, perceptual, communication and/or developmental trajectories. THRIVE builds on their unique strengths, gifts and talents so that they and their families can meaningfully and joyfully thrive!


September 1, 2016
Adventure Calls!

Do you know a young adventurer who would benefit from a year abroad where they would learn about and experience another culture?

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is looking for students to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace through international high school exchange.

“The incredible adventure you go on as you turn a completely foreign country into a place to call home is one of the most rewarding experiences I can think of,” shared Danielle McKenney, a local 2015-2016 student who went on exchange to Germany.

A Rotary Youth Exchange student will be an ambassador of his or her country and city, sponsoring Rotary Club and school. They will share their culture, language and country with fellow students, host families, and new friends.

This year’s information session for parents and candidates will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:00 in the Russ Ramsay Room at City Hall.

The deadline for submitting preliminary applications is Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Rotary office, 364 Queen St E. A printable form as well as an online form can be found at:

Students that are accepted into the program will attend four District sponsored week-end conferences to prepare them for their year abroad. “Outbound" students will depart for their assigned country in either July or August for approximately eleven months.


July 14, 2016
Get your ‘fest on!

Experience three days of the Sault’s Best in Music on Stage 1 at ROTARYFEST, The Sault’s Summer Festival! July 14th to 16th in Clergue Park.

Join us Saturday night as The McCartney Years take a musical journey through the works of one of the most prolific artists off all time. Hailed by original Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein as “The Best on the Scene”, The McCartney Years is a period-true technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades. From The Beatles to Wings, it is guaranteed that you will jump out of your seat to clap, sing, and dance to the music by one of the most prolific artists of all time in this authentic, timeless live concert experience.  Sault native Dean McKey makes his hometown debut as the drummer for this band. 



7:00 pm - CROSSROAD

8:00 pm - FLATHEAD FORD     

9:00 pm - JUKEBOX DELUXE      

10:00 pm - THE PEACE VIBE  


6:00 pm - MID LIFE CRYSIS                                                                     

7:00 pm - 3 DAY MILLIONAIRES      

8:00 pm - MUSTANG HEART                                                                    

9:00 pm - THE REPTILES                                      

10:00 pm - STIFLER’S MOM   


1:00 pm - COVERFLY      

2:00 pm - INDIANS & COWBOYS  

3:00 pm - RPM     

4:00 pm - OBSESSION    

5:00 pm - GRIPHOOK    

6:00 pm - MOJO    

7:00 pm - THAT’S CHESTER  

8:30 pm - THE MCCARTNEY YEARS       

10:15 pm - THE GHOST TOWN CRYERS      

Stage 1, brought to you in conjunction with the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie & District and sponsored in part by OLG and Canadian Heritage.


July 13, 2016
Support local charities, have a BLAST!

Get active with family and friends this summer while having a BLAST!

On Saturday July 16th, walk, run, or roll down Queen St. in the ROTARYFEST Miracle Mile Colour Blast presented by Community First, A Division Of Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.

Make your way in front of thousands of spectators and through four bright colour stations in support of Rotary Youth Charities starting at 10:35 a.m. just before the 95th Rotary Community Day Parade  

Individual registration is $20 and includes sunglasses and a Colour Blast t-shirt. A family of up to five people can register for just $40 and receive two t-shirts and up to five pairs of sunglasses.

Registration will be open at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre on Friday, July 15 from noon to 6:00 pm, and on Saturday, July 16 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. We suggest registering on Friday and beating the rush - last year this event drew 500 participants!

Visit for more information, registration packages, and to learn how you can register a fundraising team and run for your cause!


July 11, 2016
Fantastic Fun – Fully Free!

There’s a big bouncy reason to smile at this year’s ROTARYFEST! Because of Northern Dental Care’s generous support, the inflatable park will be absolutely free all three days, from July 14 to July 16.

Due to the cost of acquiring and delivering the inflatables, in the past admission was charged at this activity.

The Northern Dental Care Inflatable Park will feature six inflatables this year that offer fun air-filled activities for all ages:

Dragon Castle – This 5-in-1 unit has it all! A bounce play area, climbing ladder, a slide, basketball hoop and an obstacle challenge.

Sports-Themed Obstacle Course – Great for all ages. Get your game on! Kids will have a blast jumping on through!

Super Rush Obstacle Slide – Looking for a quick thrill! Look no further! This super slide is fast! Start by running through the obstacles and race up the slide. First one out is the winner!

Water Wars –Each player takes a water-filled balloon, places it in the balloon launcher, pulls down on the handle, aims and fires! With the hope of splattering their opponents or getting them absolutely drenched.

Paddleboat Lagoon – A wet and wild exciting way to encourage exercise. 

Human Hamster Balls – Want to get a taste of how a hamster feels? Get ready to roll! Race each other in giant, inflatable, "American Gladiator" type spheres. Two competitors use their hands and feet to rotate and move the spheres from side to side as they race against their opponent.

The Northern Dental Care Inflatable Park will be open to the public Thursday July 14 from noon to 8pm, Friday July 15 from noon to 8pm, and Saturday July 16 from noon to 6pm in Rowswell Park.


July 7, 2016
A New Way To Watch The Parade

Events that are widely viewed as fun for the whole family can be overwhelming and near intolerable for children with sensory difficulties – and parades are no exception!

That is why this year’s 95th Annual Rotary Community Day Parade presented by Brookfield is introducing a Sensory Friendly block located from Bruce Street to Dennis Street on the North side of the road for families with children who experience distress dealing with sensory stimulation.

All float entries will be instructed against the use of sirens, air horns, and car horns along this portion of the parade route.

The public is still encouraged to stand in this block, but asked to be cognizant of what we are trying to do.

“We encourage families to bring whatever may assist in reducing your child’s anxiety or anything that can provide comfort from the potentially over-stimulating sights, sounds and smells typically associated with parades, “ shared Algoma Autism Foundation Director Jamie Boston. “These items may also come in handy if your child gets antsy while waiting!” 

We look forward to seeing everyone there and are excited to make new parade-day memories with you!


July 8, 2016
Swing Clubs, Change Lives

Grab your clubs and brush up on your arithmetic for the fourth annual Station Mall Rotary Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at Crimson Ridge.

Support a worthy cause and have a great time doing it! This event is a fundraiser for THRIVE Child Development Centre (formerly Children’s Rehabilitation Centre – Algoma). Over the past three years, this event has raised $100,000 towards THRIVE’s programs and services for kids from 0-18 years of age who are impacted by differences in physical, perceptual, communication and/or developmental trajectories that build on their unique strengths, gifts and talents so that they and their families can meaningfully and joyfully Thrive!

The tournament format will be an action-packed scramble. The cost of registration is $175 per individual, or enter a foursome for $600 and save! The price includes morning refreshments, lunch, cart rental, on-course contests, a player prize package and 18 holes on the spectacular Crimson Ridge Golf Course, followed by dinner and an auction.

If you are not a golfer, you are welcome to join us in the evening for the dinner and auction for $40.

For more information and to register online, visit


June 24, 2016
Stage Two Line-Up Announced

This is the second year Stage Two will be right on the grounds at ROTARYFEST, The Sault’s Summer Festival. This celebration of local art and talent is totally free, and based on this year’s line-up it will also be totally awesome!

Stage Two will be rocking Saturday, July 16th, the final day of ROTARYFEST, beside the Art Gallery of Algoma from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1:00 p.m.     The Din

2:00 p.m.    The Wild Iris

3:00 p.m.     Id Iota

4:00 p.m.     Machines Dream

5:00 p.m.    Gnaeus

6:00 p.m.    Liam Seymour

7:00 p.m.    K.I.C.K.

For ten years, part of the ROTARYFEST tradition has been Stage Two - a place where young local artists can reach a broader audience and showcase their original work.

This year, we invite the Sault and area to come together in support of our city's local festival, and in support of local arts and culture. 

Every donation to the Stage Two campaign goes towards costs associated with Stage Two, either this year or in future years, including compensating young musicians in our community for their incredible performances.

We have always prioritized maintaining ROTARYFEST as a community festival by keeping it ungated and having the live music free for all to enjoy. This philosophy of being a community festival is at the heart of ROTARYFEST, but it does mean that we have to rely on our generous sponsors, hardworking volunteers, and community supporters to keep the grounds accessible for all. 

This campaign is a first step in creating an environment where people who are passionate about having a place for young artists at the Sault's largest festival and invested in the local arts and culture can directly contribute to the cause.

Visit for complete line-up details and to learn how you can support Stage Two and keep the Soo rockin’!


May 3, 2016
“Play It, Sam”

You want the truth! You can't handle the truth!  … Oh, sorry, not sure where that came from. Of course you can handle the truth.

The truth is that this year’s Rotary Community Day Parade presented by Brookfield theme is Saturday Morning at the Movies!

The Sault is just a hot-air-balloon-ride-around-the-world from a weekend full of summer fun. So open up the pod bay doors HAL, it’s time to get started on those parade entries.

Visit, fill out the application form, and make us an offer we can’t refuse. Go ahead, make our day.

Of all the themes in all the towns in all the world, this year’s theme provides some of the most parade float options to take advantage of – from drama to comedy, new release to timeless classic, indie to Hollywood, and everything in between.

If you build it, they will come – your entry can be a float, kinetic sculpture, walking entry, or something else creative (but if you have a large number of people, you’re gonna need a bigger float.)

Here’s looking at you, Sault – make sure you’re ready for your close-up and you’ll be on top of the world!

Carpe diem. Seize the day. Make your floats extraordinary!

Hasta la vista, baby, and may the float be with you.


March 30, 2016
Make the Call This Sunday to Help Kids Be Kids

The annual Easter Seals Telethon is on its way!

“We’re all excited to be involved in Sunday April 3rd’s, Rotary Easter Seals Telethon, at 12 noon on Shaw TV channel 10,” shared Telethon co-host Jeff McNeice,  “I do know, from past Telethons, our viewers here in the Sault come ‘shining through…!’ with incredible support. Together, we can change lives and ‘Help Kids Be Kids!’”

Some of this year’s Telethon hosts, including Shannon Gowans, have benefitted directly from Easter Seals, “Easter Seals kids require specialized equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and communication devices in order to help them live life to the fullest. Your assistance is crucial as these can cost thousands of dollars. I would not be the independent adult I am today without the support that Easter Seals provided to my family as I was growing up.”

Local businesses and community supporters have gotten involved by supplying prizes for people who call in this Sunday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. to be eligible to win.

While supplies last, viewers can call in with a donation of $52 to receive a $25 gift card generously donated by a local restaurant as part of our Club 52 program.

Each of the Telethon’s nine segments has their own unique prize draws for donors who call during that segment, including sports jerseys, Station Mall gift cards, and more – the complete list is available at

According to McNeice, “This year, the annual event is giving you more reasons to call in your donation. I think I can say I have not seen this selection of prizes available during the 7 hour broadcast, available to donors to our cause!”

Callers who pledge between $35 and $99 and over $100 will be entered into a draw to win additional prizes.

$35-$99 Draw Items
1 pizza per week for one year courtesy of dominos
4 seats in the BDO Box to one regular season game in the 2016 – 2017 Greyhound season including food and beverage credit in the box of $100 courtesy of BDO Dunwoody - David Saunders

$100+ Draw Items
Autographed Darnell Nurse Soo Greyhound jersey courtesy of Maione Collectables
Autographed Jordan Nolan LA Kings jersey courtesy of Maione Collectables
Autographed Marty Turco Dallas Stars jersey courtesy of Maione Collectables
Team Latvia jersey autographed by Ted Nolan courtesy of Maione Collectables
2 Porter system passes courtesy of Porter

“The generosity that our community has shown towards telethon year after year is tremendous,” said Lori Amendola, Telethon Co-Chair, “To have the ability to thank our donors with our segment prizes and our signed jersey draws for donors who pledge $100 or more, this year is really exciting for us!”

This year will have great prizes and engaging content, but every Telethon volunteer, host, panelist, sponsor, and committee member knows that it’s really all about the kids!

“If for nothing else, just for the hopes and dreams of a child, and them discovering their own abilities, I strongly encourage you to give to Easter Seals,” said Lou Spadafora, past Easter Seals recipient and Acting Principal at St. Pius X, during the telling of his story that will be played as part of the Telethon.

You can support Easter Seals and help children with physical disabilities achieve independence, freedom, and a sense of accomplishment by calling in your pledge to 705-254-KIDS(5437) on Sunday,  April 3 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. or by visiting and making a donation today.


March 2, 2016
Fickle Weather, Dedicated Riders

It was a beautiful day for the 41st running of Snowarama on Saturday February 27th.

“After watching not a flake of snow come down, warm weather and sunshine for almost two weeks and a four week delay of the event waiting for some snow and cold, I was feeling a bit depressed about the expectation of participants Snowarama this year.” Shared Snowarama Co-Chair Landon Odom, but he was in for a pleasant surprise! “After all the worrying and nail biting was over we had 88 dedicated sledders come out and they raised $27.730 for Easter Seals. We had a fantastic ride and a great time was had by all.”

The Snowarama committee was blown away by the Sault Trailblazers’ beautifully groomed trails.

“I cannot compliment the Soo Trailblazers highly enough for their efforts to make this another great ride,” said Odom. His Co-Chair Bob Carricato echoed his sentiments: “Thank you to Sault Trailblazers Snowmobile Club for the special grooming and caring of the trails given the limited amount of snow that we have had. Because of their efforts, families, children, grandparents, and single riders thoroughly enjoyed the fun-filled day.”

The Snowarama committee would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to this year’s sponsors: Sault Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, Dawson & Keenan Insurance, McDougall Energy, Rogers Media, Construction Equipment Co., Christie’s RV, Dynatype, Joe’s Sports & Surplus, Martin’s Trailers, Northshore Ski-Doo, Premier Yamaha, Rivercity Motorsports, and Woody’s Wheels.

This year’s top fundraiser was Allan Shields, who raised $1,415.00.

Easter Seals Ontario began in 1922 as a vision to create a better life for children and youth with physical disabilities. Programs include financial assistance to help families purchase costly mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and communication devices, as well as fully accessible summer camp, and information resources for parents and caregivers.

Easter Seals programs and services are funded almost entirely through donations by individuals, sponsors and foundations. Thanks to our generous donors, we continue to offer programs that allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment.



January 29, 2015
New Snowarama Start Location

This year’s Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids will be starting and finishing at Park Grille, located at 196 Industrial Park Cres., where participants who fundraise over $150 will receive their complimentary breakfast.

The change in start location for the event is due to Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids being rescheduled to Saturday, February 27th.

Donations to Snowarama help Easter Seals provide financial assistance to children with physical disabilities for essential mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and communication devices as well as fully accessible summer camp opportunities.

For more information, or to download a pledge sheet, please visit


January 25, 2016
Snowarama Postponed

Due to poor snow conditions, organizers for the Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids in Sault Ste. Marie have decided to postpone the event. Originally scheduled for January 30, the new date is Saturday, February 27. 

“We are disappointed that Mother Nature has not cooperated with our event this year. The upside is that the trails will be much nicer four weeks from now and it gives our riders four more weeks to collect pledges.  Remember, it’s all about the kids!” reminds Landon Odom, Co-Chair.

“The Sault Trailblazer volunteers continue work towards opening the trails to make it safe for all riders including the participants of Snowarama. Postponing Snowarama will allow us to improve the trails to make it an enjoyable ride for the event,” says Darrell Maahs, past President of The Sault Trailblazers Snowmobile Club.

Due to the date change, the location of registration and breakfast is to be determined.  Riders who raise $150 or more will receive breakfast, lunch, a trail pass and a maximum of $25 top up of gas.  Riders also receive ballots for a local business prize draw.

“There are over 40 children in Sault Ste. Marie who require the assistance of Easter Seals. Snowarama is an important part of the local fundraising.  The children and their families really appreciate the assistance of the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Trailblazer volunteers in making this event a success.  We are appealing to riders to take the extra month delay to obtain additional pledges and make this Snowarama a reco

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