Submitted by Dianne Paron
For the past 5 years, during Volunteer Week, our Rotary Club would recognize 10 volunteers each from 10 volunteer-driven organizations, providing each organization with a $1,000 cheque at a brunch held in their honour at Cutten Fields in Guelph.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we were not able to hold this event as planned. The original April date was rescheduled to October 25th in hopes that the virus would no longer be an issue, but by the end of August it became apparent that we still might not be able to congregate as planned. The decision was reluctantly made to cancel the in-person event altogether. However, we knew that the 10 deserving organizations still needed our support, especially this year, so we had a virtual cheque presentation meeting on September 10 2020 with all 10 organizations in attendance, e-transferring the donations to them. We are so grateful to the corporate sponsors that make the annual $10,000 in donations possible, along with covering the costs of the brunch for the volunteers. Hopefully back to normal in April 2021!  For more information see the website and our club website for a photo album and information on the 10 organizations honoured.