Sunday, March 7, 2021

Wallaceburg Rotary Club giving back before they disband

The Wallaceburg Rotary Club is set to disband by the end of 2020, after serving the community for 75 years.

Citing health issues for some of their membership, who are mostly elderly, the club has decided to discontinue their club at the end of December.

“I will always be a Rotarian,” said Sussan Londry, president of the Wallaceburg club, on social media.

“I put my whole heart into Rotary. I am sad that we will be no more but will live on with the legacy we have passed on.”

Before disbanding, the Wallaceburg Club is busy dolling out donations, approximately $350,000 in total, to various other community groups and organizations.

The club has donated to the PSW program at Wallaceburg District Secondary School, to Team Hoyt Canada and to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Also, members of the club visited the Wallaceburg and District Museum last week to make a $10,000 donation.

Museum officials told the Sydenham Current the funds will be used to purchase buttons for interactive displays for some exhibits.

Museum officials added they are hoping to re-open in the new year, after being closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dana Haggith caught up with members of the Wallaceburg Rotary Club and the Wallaceburg and District Museum for an interview. Listen, below:

In the photo, from left: Elaine Gatt, president of the Wallaceburg and District Museum, Louise Benn, secretary at the Museum, Dee Gallerno, treasurer at the Museum, Sussan Londry, president of the Wallaceburg Rotary Club and Herman Geithoorn, Rotarian.

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