Upcoming Meetings

Location, time

Meetings at noon every Friday at the Best WesternBest Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre, 930 Burnham Street, Cobourg

January 06
The Rose Project
Rose Wilton 

January 13
Marc Mercier

January 20
Marie Dressler Museum
Brittany Sproule

January 27
Charles "Chuck" Taylor


Rotary Foundation LogoThe 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation will be celebrated at our Club on November 25th. Foundation Trustee Bryn Styles will be our guest speaker.

The same day, Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier, assisted by Cobourg Town Crier Mandy Robinson, will be proclaiming November 25, 2016 as Cobourg Rotary Foundation Day at Victoria Hall at 10:30 a.m. 

The beginnings of the Foundation were established in 1917 by Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph when an endowment fund "for the purpose of doing good in the world" was established. In 1928 it was renamed The Rotary Foundation. The first donation to the endowment fund was $26.50 in 1917. Since then, the Foundation has received contributions in excess of USD$1 billion.

Cobourg Rotary's Dr. Bob Scott served as Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2007-2008 and Past President Bill Patchett has served as District 7070 Foundation Chair for several years. Cobourg Rotarians are some of the most active (generous) Rotary Foundation supporters in the world.

remembrancedaypoppy Today, November 11, President Dr. Beth Selby will be laying a wreath at the Cobourg Cenotaph on behalf of the Rotary Club of Cobourg to remember veterans and current service men and women around the world.

Last Friday we had decorated Canadian veteran Captain Charles Scot-Brown visit our club. Captain Scot-Brown told us about his time in the Canadian Army. He joined the army in 1941 at 17 1/2 years of age. He was a member of the 48th Highlanders and in 1943 he joined the Gordon Highlanders as a Canada Loan Officer within the 50th Scottish Division.

He landed on Sword Beach in the second wave of D-Day landings in 1944. On July 10 of that year he was wounded during the advance on Caen, France. After recovering from surgery he joined the 1st British Airborne Division. He would later particiapte in the ill-fated operation Market Garden when he landed in the allied attack on Arnheim in Holland.

After the war, Captain Scot-Brown returned to Canada and was an aide to General Potts and General Foulks. In 1946 he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Calgary. He retired from the Army in 1970.

We'd like to thank Captain Scot-Brown, the veterans in our Rotary Club and veterans everywhere for serving and for protecting everything we've come to enjoy as Canadians.

Northumberland News article about Captain Scot-Brown

Cobourg Rotarians and Poinsettias To End Polio NowOur annual sale of Poinsettias to End Polio Now is underway at 48 King Street West in Cobourg.  For several years, Past District Governor Bill Patchett has coordinated the project that sees the Rotary Club of Cobourg raise money for the PolioPlus campaign.

In this photo we have (left to right) Rotarians Jim Mills and Ed Zylka, Past Rotary International Vice President and retired Chair of the International PolioPlus Committe Dr. Bob Scott, President Elect Beth Selby, Past President and Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Scott MacCoubrey, Rotarian Shirley Johnson and Past District Governor Bill Patchett.

A great selection of poinsettias, mixed baskets and wreaths is available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Julia Emma Mogus PHF

A year ago Julia and Emma Mogus provided Club members with a literacy wakeup call. We heard them and have contributed to Books With No Bounds, an organization they founded to send books to First Nations communities.

Last Friday the Rotary Club of Cobourg recognized their achievements and efforts with Paul Harris Fellowships. Since founding Books With No Bounds they have shipped more than 50,000 books to almost 50 First Nations communities. They have been recognized as "Most Inspiring Teens - Best of Canada 2013" by the Globe and Mail Newspaper. They are the recipients of the "2014 GenNext top 20 Under 40 Volunteer Award", the "Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal", and YMCA's "Peace Medallion Award". If that wasn't enough (and it's only a sample of the recognition their work has garnered), both Julia and Emma are high-school honours students.

Visit their website and see why we think Julia and Emma are two very special people and learn about the work they are doing to ensure aboriginal children receive the building blocks they need for literacy success. You can also follow them on Facebook. Julia and Emma are the epitomy of Service Above Self.

Pictured: Bill Taggart, President Rotary Club of Cobourg; Shirley Johnson, Chair Rotary Foundation Committee, Rotary Club of Cobourg; Julia Mogus; Emma Mogus; Brian Thompson, District Governor, Rotary District 7070.

Cobourg Rotarians got a lot more than they expected from Julia (15) and Emma Mogus (14) at a recent Rotary meeting. Click on Stories

Philanthropist Bill Gates recently gave a speech at the Royal Institution in London in which he describes the challenges involved in eradicating polio worldwide.  Click on STORIES.