Rotary Club of Picton Supports the People of Ukraine

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Rotary Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Angry Birds Owners For Ukraine Support

Incoming Rotary Club of Picton President Barbara Proctor presents to  Debra Jeanes and Michael Hymus a RotaryFoundation International Certificate of Appreciation.  

Barb Proctor explained how the outstanding contribution by Debra Jeanes and Mike Hymus, owners of Angry Birds Restaurant, towards Ukraine Relief  came about . As Rotary is committed to helping Ukraine ,Foundation Committee Chair  Bob Bird approached Debra Jeanes to see if Angry Birds Rotisserie Chicken restaurant could contribute 10% of 1 weeks sales for Ukraine relief .Debra’s response was “I think we can do better than that “. In a matter of minutes, Debra has been on the phone to her business partner Michael Hymus and they agreed to pledge a week’s worth of sales including taxes to Ukraine support. The proceeds for the week in March resulted in a donation of $29,740 to support to Ukraine. This donation was divided  between Shelterbox Canada and Health Partners International Canada.

Both Debra and Mike thanked the Club and how they were proud to contribute to such a worthwhile and needed cause.

HPIC Presentation

On May 3rd, The Club received a fascinating presentation by Dayana Gomez on the stellar work of Health Partners International in Canada in providing worldwide humanitarian support, most recently with medical support to Ukraine.

Check out our webpage about HPIC at

or read the Picton Gazette article at

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Picton Rotary Club members collected trash at Delhi park in Picton last weekend as part of the annual Rotary International Service Project- the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative.

A total of 10 Picton Rotarians participated in the clean up.

“Rotary collected 10 bags of trash at Delhi and several planks of wood that had made their way into the creek,” said Barb Proctor, Picton Rotary President Elect “As well as a few mismatched socks, at least one complete change of clothing and a back pack to go with it. No cash and gratefully, very few cigarette butts.”

Click here to read the Desiree Decoste’s full article in the Picton Gazette

Local Landowners Ensure Another Successful Waterfalls Tour

The annual Easter weekend Waterfalls Tour was back on this year after a two year Covid hiatus. The turnout of visitors was exceptional with over 3,600 visiting the two sites. The turnout and generous nature of the visitors realized over $13,000 in donations. The funds will go to Back the Build, Ukraine Relief Support and other local charities.
This event would not be possible without the offer and cooperation of the landowners of Cape Vessey and Jackson Falls. They truly truly go above and beyond in opening their beautiful properties for the benefit of all.
Finally, events like this run on the dedication of the organizers and volunteers. Hats off to Marion and Jim Hughes and Glendon Walker for working with the landowners and staff to ensure an safe and fun activity for all.
See our webpage for more information.

Angry Birds Support of Ukraine Raises $29,740

Angry Birds owner Michael Hymus, and business partner Deborah Jeanes major community supporters, are  at it again. For 1 week commencing March 14, Deborah and Michael gave 100 % of all Angry Bird sales including taxes to the Rotary Club of Picton who will disperse the funds to help support Ukrainian refugees in this current humanitarian crisis. This brave initiative raised $29,740 which have been dispersed.

Photo of first donation of $15,000 taken by Desiree DeCoste from the Picton Gazette. (l to r) Bob Bird, Lyndon Johnson, Deborah Jeanes and Andy Janikowski.

Click here to listen to Past President Bob Bird’s interview on 99.3 County FM.

Bev Carnahan Awarded Paul Harris Fellow for Community Service

by Desiree Decoste, Picton Gazette

Last week’s Rotary Club of Picton meeting marked a special presentation of the latest Community Paul Harris Fellow certificate and medallion.

The presentation recognizes a member of the community who has lived Rotary’s moto of “Service Above Self” in tangible ways. The Rotary Club of Picton honoured Bev Carnahan with the award.

“Bev Carnahan has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for partnering with our club and the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide funds for our hospital, and other local causes,” said past president Rob Leek.

From the Southwestern Ontario regions of London and Windsor, Carnahan cut her teeth into the hospitality industry.

“Carnahan’s initial love for the culinary arts gradually morphed into an even greater love for all things related to wine, so much so that she took some time off to successfully complete Niagara College’s Sommelier Program,” Past President Leek said to the group. “Equipped with her newly minted credentials, Bev was in a position to eventually accept the offer of ownership of the All Canadian Wine Championships, or ACWC, taking the reins from the founder of that organization.”

A few years after successes in managing this enterprise, Prince Edward County and it’s burgeoning wine industry beckoned as the ideal spot for Carnahan and husband John to continue their love of wine and begin a new chapter for the ACWC. 

Leek said over the course of her tenure as Director of this organization, Carnahan has struck up partnerships with the intent of providing a new revenue stream for various charitable endeavours in her adopted community. 

Specifically, Carnahan reached out to the hospital foundation, and then to the local Rotary club, to orchestrate a charitable event by donning the best wines submitted for judging from coast to coast at the wine championships for public tasting. 

Thus, was born ‘Uncork Canada’, a celebration and competition of top wines produced across the country. In pre-COVID times, the event would draw wine lovers throughout the region to taste vintages not regularly available at local LCBO stores. Proceeds from the event as well as a raffle for the submitted examples have been donated to the PECMHF and other local worthwhile causes.

Despite the pandemic, Carnahan has managed to continue Uncorked virtually and still raised nearly $8,000 for Back the Build and other local initiatives.

Click below to read the full Picton Gazette article

Next Event
Community Service
Pres Dan Wight
Jun 28, 2022
Presidents Night
Barb Proctor - President
Jul 05, 2022
The Way Forward - 2022-23 Presidential Objectives
Club Forum
Jul 12, 2022
Ken Reiser
Jul 19, 2022
Supplying Water Filters to Remote Communities in Mexico
Jasper Dailey
Jul 26, 2022
Adventures in Citizenship - A Rotary Programme for Youth
Mayor Steve Ferguson
Aug 02, 2022
The County Short Term Accommodation Issue
Club Forum
Aug 09, 2022
Until further notice, we are meeting via Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Club Details

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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Prince Edward Yacht Club
30 Fairfield Street
Picton, ON K0K 2T0


Thanks to our corporate sponsors, Adam Busscher at Home Hardware, Jamie Yeo at Foodland, and Chad Camp at the County Farm Centre for allowing us to set up our sales booth on their premises in November and December as well as individual sales of our calendar.

Special mention to Bob Bird and Frank Wright (including his business associates: Williamson Insurance, Mayhew Jewellery, Book Store, Picton Harbour Inn, Cherry Valley Store, and County Farm Centre) for stellar performances in individual sales. 

Cash calendar sales is just one of the fund-raising events of the Picton Rotary which supports the building of the new hospital in town.

Kudos to Phil Norton for his BIRDS OF THE COUNTY photographs and Printcraft for individual sales and the design and printing of the calendar.

And finally thanks to all the members of Picton Rotary who played a part in this year’s successful event.

Ian Chan


Click page/ca-h-calendars to visit our Cash Calendar webpage with lists of current and past winners