Rotary Spring Gala Supporter

Dear Editor

The Rotary Club of Port Perry is excited to announce an unforgettable evening at the Annual Spring Gala “All That Jazz” being held on Saturday April 20.

The night will have a Great Gatsby vibe accented with gold and black decor. There will be a Port Perry five-piece jazz band entertaining guests throughout the evening while they mingle with friends, new and old. Guests will enjoy a signature cocktail and delicious hors d’oeuvres as they browse the tables of silent auction items, or the many interesting raffle draw items. After enjoying an exquisite dinner, guests will move into the covered garden patio to enjoy a speciality coffee and bite sized desserts while the winners of the raffle draws and the successful bidders of the silent auction are announced. The evening continues after dinner with a live auction for attendees to bid on one of ten custom designed life experience packages. As the gala concludes, each departing guest will receive a gift bag to help remember the evening. Gift bag items include a framed picture, taken on arrival at the photo booth and an assortment of items contributed by local individuals and businesses. 

Rotary is known for their efforts with polio eradication, building schools and drilling water wells in third world countries, and providing shelter boxes for disaster relief around the world.  The Rotary Club of Port Perry contributes annually to these international projects through Rotary International.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Port Perry supports the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary, Lakeridge Health, MedVent Scouts, the Port Perry High School Bursary, Ontario Technical University-Durham College-Trent University (Oshawa) bursaries, Operation Scugog, Camp Scugog, Grandview Kids and initiatives to support Indigenous youth in Northern Ontario.

A donation from you will help our Spring Gala become the event of the season and allow Rotary to support this year’s recipients, Grandview Kids, Oakridge Hospice, numerous educational bursaries and local charities and organizations. Contribute towards an item in our silent auction or a live auction life experience package or even add your personal touch to the take home gift bag!  Your support of the Spring Gala and other Rotary fundraising events help change the lives of people not only locally, but also nationally and internationally.  Rotary cannot continue to make a difference in the world without community support.

The Rotary Club of Port Perry holds numerous fundraising events throughout the year. Monies raised through the annual Memorial Golf Tournament fund the Annual Senior’s Christmas Dinner. This Seniors’ Christmas Dinner is one of the most beloved Rotary events. Annually, upwards of 225 homemade turkey dinners are delivered to local seniors. The meals are organized, cooked, packaged and delivered by Rotarians. A number of local businesses, community groups, and public schools, all contribute to make the event a huge success.  Founded in 2021 in partnership with the Rotary Club of Port Perry, the Port Perry Pedals event has raised funds for the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham, the Grandview Kids Foundation and the Lakeridge Health Foundation “Our Cancer” campaign.

For more information, please visit and click on the Spring Gala link or email or contact Nancy Coyne at 905-449-9363 or Stephanie Coyne at 289-688-6665.

Co-chairs, Nancy and Stephanie Coyne, 

Rotary Club of Port Perry

Message for the Palliative Care Team at the Port Perry Hospital

Dear Editor

The Jones family, Donna, Paul and Helen, want to express their deepest gratitude to the Port Perry Hospital Palliative Care Team.  Right from the start, when our husband/dad was registered with you, your care and kindness were immediate.

You visited regularly, even when all seemed well. Your explanations and guidance were always clearly given and patient. When you were with us, with our dad, you gave your full attention, putting us all at peace. 

In the last moments of his life, your presence, expertise and care provided comfort when it was needed most.

We are, each of us, deeply grateful for the way you walked us through this journey. Being present in the moment, never rushed and always with dad’s best well-being front and center. Words are inadequate.

Thank you, 

Helen Jones on behalf of the family

Thank you

Dear Editor

To Saint Jude for a favour received.

Sincerely, Carol Flood

Thumbs up to Ron

Dear Editor

As a visually impaired senior, I realized that I would need some help getting a key cut at Canadian Tire, but I would never have expected the assistance that I received from a total stranger.

When exiting my ride, a gentleman, whom I later found out was named ‘Ron’, escorted me to the Service Desk where a CT employee graciously took my key and made the replica for me. While still waiting at the desk, ‘Ron’ reappeared with my key and then led me to the cashier so that I might pay. Following that, he again escorted me outside and helped me into my ride.

People such as ‘Ron’ are indeed rare, but so overwhelmingly appreciated. Neighbours such as this are just another reason as to why I love Port Perry.

 Sincerely, Ken Mulholland

BLING – Jewellery turns in to medical equipment

Dear Editor

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous community for their donations for our Auxiliary Jewellery sale held on Monday February 12. 

Thanks to you and our hard working volunteers we raised $2627. This will be put towards medical equipment within the hospital.

We couldn’t have done it without your support. 

Thank you on behalf of the Port Perry Hospital 

Auxiliary Fundraising Committee. 

Lee Threapleton

Port Perry PROBUS Club is bursting at the seams

Dear Editor

With Focus on Scugog magazine spotlighting ‘Seniors’ this month, we wanted to send out special thanks to the members of Port Perry PROBUS who have made this club such a huge success.

As a social club for retirees and semi-retirees “55 and over”, Port Perry PROBUS has seen such phenomenal growth since its start in 2016 that, with nearly 350 members, for the last several years it has had wait lists for those wishing to join. Now, in partnership with Uxbridge PROBUS, we’re looking to start yet another PROBUS club in the area.

PROBUS social clubs are active worldwide with 250 in Canada alone. They are volunteer-run non-profits that are non-political and non-secular. The purpose of each PROBUS club is to enable its members to socialize, learn and have loads of fun. This includes monthly meetings with interesting speakers and time for mingling in addition to offering an amazing array of social activities, interest groups and travel opportunities.

But, just like Uxbridge PROBUS, we can’t squeeze anyone else in our venue! It’s time for a new PROBUS club to be launched!

A public information meeting for a new North Durham club will be held on Thursday April 11 at 10 a.m. at Hope Church (14480 Old Simcoe Road in Port Perry). Watch for next month’s Focus magazine for more details!!

Jim Adamson, President

PROBUS Club of Port Perry