Each year the Rotary Club of Chatham honors a distinguished citizen by presenting a Vocational Service Award to a non-Rotarian who exemplifies outstanding qualities in his/her chosen vocation. The recipient in turn presents an award on behalf of the Rotary Club to the high school graduate who best emulates those same qualities. Rotary Chili Cook -off: During the Pumpkin Festival on Waterford Green in September, five or six restaurants provide their delicious chili. The public pays $5.00 to taste each chili – without knowing which restaurant made it – and they vote for their favorite. All money raised goes to Science Programs at our local schools. The restaurant with the most votes gets bragging rights for the year for the best chili on the river and the plaque to be proudly displayed. Community Kitchen – Our club funds and prepares a meal each Monday at Saint Mary’s Anglican Church on Wellington Street for two or three months each year. We organize and staff the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dance each year all proceeds are donated to local charities.The Club also takes part in the annual Spring Litter Cleanup and actively supports the local Literacy Council.
Service To The Elderly
The Rotary Club of Chatham has provided wheelchair-accessible vans for local seniors and spearheaded a Lifeline project for seniors. As well, they contributed towards installation of an elevator in a seniors apartment complex. In recent years due to the success of the Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival the Rotary Club of Chatham has been able to donate to both the Miramichi Senior Citizen Home as well as Mount Saint Joseph Foundation.
Service To The Disabled
Service To Youth
The Rotary Club of Chatham presents scholarships annually to: a local high school graduate – valued at $3,500, a Vocational Service – $1,000, and a Safe Grad – $500. For the Adventure in Citizenship award, we provide funding to allow one or two students to attend a week of activities in Ottawa with 200 students from all across Canada to learn more about our country. Each year the Rotary Club of Chatham sponsors the annual Turnaround Awards for Anglophone North School District. These awards honor students who have made a significant change in their attitude, school life and behaviour. Also, we are proud to have a Rotary Interact Program at James M. Hill High School , and in the fall we will be starting a Rotaract Club at NBCC.