Residents of Stirling-Rawdon were able to come together for the first of free weekly dinners at an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stirling.

The Stirling Community Dinner saw the return of its first meal with a special BBQ at Rotary Park at 5 p.m. on September 7. After the September 7th date, there will be weekly meals every Thursday starting at 5 p.m. at St. John Anglican Church on North Street.

The Community Dinners returned to Stirling on September 7th at the Stirling Train Station. And the weather co-operated so that the event was held outdoors in Rotary Station Park!
With great weather came an excellent turnout as over 70 people enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and strawberry cake, all while listening to Front Porch Shawnigan’s Dave Bush, who provided entertainment.
Community Dinners Committee Co-Chair Reverend Cheryl McMurray of St. Paul’s United Church says St. John hosted a weekly meal prior to the pandemic and the idea to resurrect the event came from a meeting of Stirling church clergy.
This event was organized by Rotary Past President Lianne Radocsay and supported by a donation from the Rotary Club of Stirling. The Club also partnered with the Stirling Rawdon Fire Department, who assisted with the BBQ and set-up.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two community Paul Harris Fellows to two deserving individuals. Receiving the Paul Harris Fellows were Kim Finkle, recognizing Kim who has been the driving force behind the Stirling toy drive for many years. Rotary Past President Lianne Radocsay also presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Heather Bailey, who ensures that the Community Cupboard Food Bank is able to share resources and support the residents of the Stirling - Rawdon community.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to The Rotary Foundation.