RCO @ Work

2016-17 Rotary International Theme




Working with Friends of Ile-a-Vache, in Haiti, the Rotary Club of Orangeville has contributed to fund the construction of Fish Ponds, sources of life-giving food.
Shown here is how the fish ponds are dug – yes, by hand!
This work is extremely labour intensive, but each worker is paid an hourly rate as income, when regular work is very scarce.
Multiple ponds are needed so each pond will have fish growing at different stages. Fish will then be ready to eat with no delay between batches.

President Dr. Z.Mmbando in a black suit and behind Rotarian Mrs. Vicky Sariko & past Presidents G.Kawiche and Fred Temu on the day the hives were being distributed. Six hives already have new bee colonies.


On the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, in the Moshi Mamba Kilimanjaro Region, things are buzzing….literally.

Declining bee populations are becoming a serious concern world-wide, and in Tanzania it’s no different.  There is a need to protect bees and increase their numbers.  Bees are responsible for effective cross-pollination of banana and other crops, resulting in better quality, quantity, and taste of the product, in cereals and legumes. And then there’s honey.  Honey is a product that is valued in Tanzania for its medicinal value, and its nutritious properties. As well, “honey is money” for farmers in Tanzania.  Bee-keeping is an attractive source of additional income, besides agricultural and livestock-keeping activities for the small holder farmers living in Kilimanjaro Region in The United Republic of Tanzania.

The Moshi Mamba Rotary Club is raising funds to build bee-hives as a means to improving farming, as well as creating income-generating opportunities for famers.  The Moshi Mamba club has reached out to the international Rotary community, seeking partnerships for this venture.  The Rotary Club of Orangeville has joined forces with other clubs in our district to help.

The environment, which has already been affected by indiscriminate cutting down of natural trees, is expected benefit by the introduction of modern bee hives and management.

As well, villagers are expected to use this project to create other sources of income.


In partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, RCO provides stewardship of the North Trail and has provided trail markers indicating mileage points for emergency purposes. RCO built a gazebo on the trail in 2014-15 and has provided additional signage. Rotary Club of Orangeville members have also contributed many hours of manpower to the Friends of Island Lake, to build new raised walkways.

Island Lake Trail Stewards

Community Partnerships

RCO has partnered with the Town of Orangeville, Dufferin County, Theatre Orangeville, other service clubs and non-profits, local schools, and many local charitable organizations including the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and Headwaters Healthcare Centre, to successfully deliver service and infrastructure projects.

A partial list of partnership projects includes:

Orangeville Community Arena 1938-56.
Rotary Park 1980-84.
Orangeville Public Library 1984-87.
Skateboard Park 2004-06.
Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame 2005-present.
Fendley Park Splash Pad 2010-15.   Read more…

Waste Management Dufferin County 2010-present.   Partnering at Ribfest and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine to divert waste from landfill during the event and to educate and encourage use of good practices throughout the year.

Dictionary Project 2009-present.   Partnering with local school boards including the Upper Grand District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Why Not Marathon 1997.   In partnership with Royal LePage, a coast-to-coast fundraiser for the physically disabled; the Dufferin leg of the run was 16 km.