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QHC News Release: Picton Rotary Backs the Build

July 19,2022

     A local service club continues to support the campaign for a new hospital in Prince Edward County. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Picton presented Shannon Coull, executive director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) and Back the Build Campaign Cabinet members Elizabeth Crombie and Paul Massey with an $11,024 pledge installment towards their $100,000 commitment to the new hospital fundraising campaign at their weekly meeting. Elizabeth, Paul and Shannon are all Rotarians.

     This donation, raised through annual fundraising events held by the Rotary Club of Picton brings the total amount raised by the Club to $49,174 for PECMHF’s Back the Build campaign.

     “The Rotary Club of Picton’s continued support of the hospital and the community at large is both inspirational and longstanding,” said Coull who is also a Picton Rotarian. “The Foundation’s partnership with the Rotary Club of Picton spans more than 20 years of generosity from the Club over the years. Picton Rotary has contributed over $162,000 which has helped fund essential equipment needed at our County hospital and now Backs the Build for our new hospital.”

     The Rotary Club of Picton raised this year’s funds through their annual Waterfalls Tour, the Lilac Ride, cash calendar sales, and other fundraising activities. The breakdown of funds received from each Rotary sanctioned event is as follows:

  • Waterfalls Tour - $3,500;
  • Lilac Ride - $3,023;
  • Cash Calendar Sales - $4,162;
  • Other activities - $339.

     “We are thrilled to resume with in-person events after a two-year hiatus from many of our regular fundraising activities that support worthy causes in the community, including our local hospital,” said Barbara Proctor, president of the Rotary Club of Picton. “We are grateful to everyone who participates in our events whether they ride through the lilacs, bring their families to see the waterfalls, turn the page on our calendar each month, volunteer with us or donate a sponsorship or item for our auctions.”

     The procedure room in the ambulatory clinic in the new Quinte Health Care Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will be named in recognition of the Rotary Club of Picton’s philanthropic support.

     “The work of the PECMHF and Campaign Cabinet would not be possible without philanthropic leaders in the community, and their commitment to making a difference, as the Rotary Club of Picton continues to do,” said Crombie.  “The ongoing support from both of our local Rotary Clubs is another excellent example of the collaborative effort underway across Prince Edward County to help get our new, leading edge hospital built.”

     Rotary is a global network of business leaders and professionals who place service to others above self. The Rotary Club of Picton was established on June 7, 1943. They are a vibrant club of approximately 50 members who are recognized as passionate supporters of the Prince Edward County community and can be counted on for both charity and volunteering, locally and internationally.  More information on the Rotary Club of Picton and their fundraising events can be found by visiting

     The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to advance health care for the patients of the hospital and the people of Prince Edward County.

     Pictured at the Prince Edward Yacht Club at the Rotary Club of Picton’s weekly meeting from left: Rotarian Rick Jones; Rotarian and Past President Dan Wight; Rotarian and Back the Build Campaign Cabinet Member, Paul Massey; Rotarian and PECMHF Executive Director, Shannon Coull and Rotarian and Back the Build Campaign Cabinet Member Elizabeth Crombie.

     Photo: Briar Boyce

Hike for Hospice

On June 26, 2022, a luncheon was held at the Crystal Palace to honour the fundraisers during the annual Hike fir Hospice and recognize the Prince Edward Hospice staff and Board of Directors. The Rotary Club of Picton once again support this worthwhile event with setup and support. The food was graciously provided by Picton Tim Horton’s with the celebratory cake from Picton Foodland. Over $30,000 was raised for the hospice with participants conducting their own hikes rather than a central event as held pre-Covid.

To read the full Picton Gazette article about this event, click here.

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.

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Rotary Club of Picton Supports the People of Ukraine


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