Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
© Rotary Club oc Charlottetown Royalty
In addition to the projects that come under the Five Avenues of Service, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty also undertakes some larger projects. Following are some major projects that are current or that we have undertaken in recent years: Syrian refugees North Korea Orphanage The Legacy Gardens PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Survival Centre for Youth Youth Services at the Confederation Centre Public Library St. Jeans Elementary School Playground Equipment Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors School Construction in Cameroon

“Service Above Self”

Syrian refugees

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has pledged $10,000 to the Interfaith Group,of churches,towards sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family. The group has the resources to sponsor 3 families at present so the pledge will facilitate sponsoring a fourth facility, should the opportunity arise.

Major Projects

North Korea Orphanage

In March of 2016, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, along with other Rotary and Rotaract clubs has contributed to a hot water system project for an orphanage in Pyongyang, North Korea. The project is to provide a solar panel water heater system and associated equipment and materials in order to allow for a consistent, environmentally friendly method of producing hot water which is a commodity seldom available to the 550 orphans residing there. It should also be noted that personal hygiene is a critical factor in eliminating the spread of disease in such institutions and with hot water and hand soap available for bathing, this will go a long way in helpingthe children acquire the educational background and health practicces needed to avoid many such diseases. Currently these children only have acess to a minimum abount o fhot water for about two months of the year. The current project will provide hot water year around. The project will also provide a year's supply of hand soap for each orphan as well as for staff members, particularly those involved with food preparation. The RCCR's commitment is $6,000 toward this project.

The Legacy Gardens

The Legacy Garden is a project of The Farm Centre that was started in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the 1864 conference in Charlottetown that led to the Confederation of Canada. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty contributed funds to sponsor elevated garden beds in the Legacy Garden that would make it easier for seniors and disabled people to be able to grow vegetables.

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Development Officer - July, 2013

Over the course of the 2012/13 Rotary year the committee developed a three year funding project (value of $90,000.), through which Rotary would subsidize a new position within the current staff structure of PEIFVPS. Whereas this organization has had to raise approximately 10% of their operating budget each year, it was felt that both volunteers and staff were having to spend too much time seeking funds and therefore taking valuable manpower away from their main task at hand. Taking the "teach a man to fish" philosophy, the creation of a full time Development Coordinator position for PEIFVPS would result in financial stability for the organization as well as more focused efforts on behalf of other staff and Board members with the major issues that they are dealing with. It's not very often that a PEI service club makes such a substantial contribution to another organization. In fact, Rotary is quite proud of the fact that this is a highly innovative approach to helping another organization. In the words of past President Lewie Creed, "as Rotarians we can be very proud of making a difference in promoting peace in families and providing hope to children who are most affected by this recurring phenomenon."

Survival Centre for Youth

February, 2012 - Press release of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty made a four-year $100,000 commitment of support for the Survival Centre for Youth, operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown. The Survival Centre is a free drop-in program open to young people aged 16-29 who are essentially on their own, and who may find themselves financially strapped, transient, homeless, in need of help in acquiring employment, or who are generally in need of support. The centre is run by a trained youth worker and operates five nights a week from 5:50 - 9:00 pm. "We see a critical need in our community for services for youth who may find themselves on their own, without supports, and who need help," said Lewie Creed, president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. "The Survival Centre offers these young people 'a port in the storm' when they may most need one and we are pleased to be able to support it." The Survival Centre offers such services as: counselling, life skills training, hot meals in a fully equipped kitchen, shower and laundry facilities, referrals for specialized services and counselling, a library of both print and electronic media, a lounge area, computer access, and a gym and games room. The Survival Centre also provides survival kits filled with shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb/brush to meet the basic needs of transient youth. Take-away food packages are available in emergency situations. The Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown offers a range of programs for children and youth, including the Survival Centre, after-school programs, and summer camps.

Teen Centre at the Confederation Centre Library

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the Confederation Centre Public Library to create an inviting area designed especially for Island teenagers. This re-imagined space features resources specifically aimed at teens, who are growing up in a world where technology is at their fingertips. The official opening of the Teen Cenre took place on October 11, 2012. The Club’s multi-year support will help the library offer e-books, games, music and movies and the technology to access them, in addition to traditional resources. Also, special teen-friendly furniture will be provided to help make the space a ‘go to spot.’ This new and improved teen area should become well known in the community as a safe welcoming place for area teens to gather. Coming to the library and enjoying the resources will give teens improved literacy skills, continuing education opportunities and put them on the road to lifelong learning.  This is just one of the projects to enhance literacy skills in which the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is involved, as it continues to seek to make a better future for all youth.

St. Jeans Elementary School Playground Equipment - January 2012

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the St. Jean Home and School Association in a major upgrade of the Charlottetown school’s playground. The 20- year old equipment at the downtown school was removed in 2011 for safety reasons, save for two lonely sets of swings. The play area is used by over 150 students daily, as well as by hundreds of families throughout the area. Rotary members were an active part of the planning committee for the playground, and the Club sponsored a major gala fundraiser for the project in March, 2012-- Back to School…For Fun This Time! -- which featured many St. Jean alumni. The Club was also heavily involved with the school’s successful application to the Let Them Be Kids Foundation, which matched monies raised dollar-for-dollar for the project. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is a long-time supporter of St. Jean School with both funds and member participation, including its breakfast program, and was pleased to help realize a quality place to play for the school and neighbouring community.

Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has been a major sponsor of the Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors. This dynamic troupe, which has been brightening winter days for Prince Edward Island seniors since 2005, mounts a high quality professional musical production annually which tours seniors facilities across the Island in February and March. Under the artistic direction of Catherine O’Brien, the theatre company’s purpose is to enrich the lives of seniors, especially those in long-term care facilities. The shows presented by this group have been so well received that some have enjoyed extended runs, such as The Big Red Radio (celebrating the legendary Loman MacAulay and CFCY radio) which played throughout the summer of 2010 at The Guild in Charlottetown. The 2012 production, Canada in Love, was enjoyed by over 1200 Island seniors, and was glowingly profiled by Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s The National. The 2011 production of Fascinating Ladies made its western debut in Calgary in March of this year. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is delighted to help provide so many smiles. 

School Construction in Ngarum, Cameroon

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is very proud of the fact that it makes a difference for not only people on the Island, but through Islanders it also has a positive impact on people around the world. The club’s largest international project is a result of a partnership with honourary club member Sr. Noreen MacDonald CND of St. Peters’ Bay, PEI, to improve educational opportunities at her various (post-retirement) postings in Africa. Most recently, the club has made a $70,000 donation for the people of the isolated region of N'garum, Cameroon, to realize a dream: a shiny new high school where their children can be educated in a way that will build not only their own skills but will also raise the living standards of the whole region. This school, including the all-important well, was built in the remote community completely by hand, and can serve 300 students. It opened in the fall of 2011, and Sr. Noreen told the club during an August visit, “You made a miracle happen.” The club contributed the cost of materials, while the actual construction was done by local people, through mostly volunteer work.
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
© Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
In addition to the projects that come under the Five Avenues of Service, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty also undertakes some larger projects. Following are some major projects that are current or that we have undertaken in recent years: Syrian refugees North Korea Orphanage The Legacy Gardens PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Survival Centre for Youth Youth Services at the Confederation Centre Public Library St. Jeans Elementary School Playground Equipment Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors School Construction in Cameroon

Major Projects

Syrian refugees

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has pledged $10,000 to the Interfaith Group,of churches,towards sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family. The group has the resources to sponsor 3 families at present so the pledge will facilitate sponsoring a fourth facility, should the opportunity arise.
North Korea Orphanage  In March of 2016, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, along with other Rotary and Rotaract clubs has contributed to a hot water system project for an orphanage in Pyongyang, North Korea. The project is to provide a solar panel water heater system and associated equipment and materials in order to allow for a consistent, environmentally friendly method of producing hot water which is a commodity seldom available to the 550 orphans residing there. The Legacy Gardens The Legacy Garden is a project of The Farm Centre that was started in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the 1864 conference in Charlottetown that led to the Confederation of Canada. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty contributed funds to sponsor elevated garden beds in the Legacy Garden that would make it easier for seniors and disabled people to be able to grow vegetables. PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Development Officer - July, 2013 Over the course of the 2012/13 Rotary year the committee developed a three year funding project (value of $90,000.), through which Rotary would subsidize a new position within the current staff structure of PEIFVPS. Whereas this organization has had to raise approximately 10% of their operating budget each year, it was felt that both volunteers and staff were having to spend too much time seeking funds and therefore taking valuable manpower away from their main task at hand. Taking the "teach a man to fish" philosophy, the creation of a full time Development Coordinator position for PEIFVPS would result in financial stability for the organization as well as more focused efforts on behalf of other staff and Board members with the major issues that they are dealing with.

Survival Centre for Youth

February, 2012 - Press release of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty made a four-year $100,000 commitment of support for the Survival Centre for Youth, operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown. The Survival Centre is a free drop-in program open to young people aged 16-29 who are essentially on their own, and who may find themselves financially strapped, transient, homeless, in need of help in acquiring employment, or who are generally in need of support. The centre is run by a trained youth worker and operates five nights a week from 5:50 - 9:00 pm. "We see a critical need in our community for services for youth who may find themselves on their own, without supports, and who need help," said Lewie Creed, president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. "The Survival Centre offers these young people 'a port in the storm' when they may most need one and we are pleased to be able to support it."
Teen Centre at the Confederation Centre Library The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the Confederation Centre Public Library to create an inviting area designed especially for Island teenagers. This re-imagined space features resources specifically aimed at teens, who are growing up in a world where technology is at their fingertips.   The official opening of the Teen Cenre took place on October 11, 2012. St. Jeans Elementary School Playground Equipment - January 2012 The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is partnering with the St. Jean Home and School Association in a major upgrade of the Charlottetown school’s playground. The 20-year old equipment at the downtown school was removed in 2011 for safety reasons, save for two lonely sets of swings.   The play area is used by over 150 students daily, as well as by hundreds of families throughout the area. Rotary members were an active part of the planning committee for the playground, and the Club sponsored a major gala fundraiser for the project in March, 2012-- Back to School…For Fun This Time! -- which featured many St. Jean alumni.

Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has been a major sponsor of the Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors. This dynamic troupe, which has been brightening winter days for Prince Edward Island seniors since 2005, mounts a high quality professional musical production annually which tours seniors facilities across the Island in February and March.

School Construction in Ngarum, Cameroon

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is very proud of the fact that it makes a difference for not only people on the Island, but through Islanders it also has a positive impact on people around the world. The club’s largest international project is a result of a partnership with honourary club member Sr. Noreen MacDonald CND of St. Peters’ Bay, PEI, to improve educational opportunities at her various (post-retirement) postings in Africa. The club made a $70,000 donation for the people of the isolated region of N'garum, Cameroon, to realize a dream: a shiny new high school where their children can be educated in a way that will build not only their own skills but will also raise the living standards of the whole region.