from John White:
On a recent visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, I was surprised and delighted to see a stone slab with Rotary messages. It was embedded in the sand at a lakeside city park. The Rotary logo with an inspirational question was engraved on one side with the Four-way Test on the other. After a brief investigation, I found that the project was created by the local club and overseen by Paul Lalonde, its Community Services Director. The slab was the “icing on the cake” for a beach replenishment program necessitated by years of high lake levels. There was some discussion on the exact wording of the text for the side with the logo but ultimately the project was welcomed by the city and the users of the park are exposed to Rotary, much like our Centennial Playground, only on a smaller body of water, of course! In my conversation with Paul, he noted that the monument has been very popular with the locals and has actually resulted in some new members for their club. He said he has enjoyed eavesdropping on parkgoers and has heard that other Rotary clubs are considering similar projects. I encourage you to drop by this park if you are ever visiting this delightful little town. It’s at the mouth of the Niagara River and is the home of the Shaw Festival.