Saturday April 20 th saw members and friends meet at our Charles Ansel to save our small piece
of the environment. We joined over one billion people worldwide working on projects together
in their communities during the week of Earth Day by doing a litter clean-up covering the Park
and its abutting lands along the Welland Canal Parkway and Bunting Road itself, north of the
Park across Lakeshore Road and across the Canal for the first time into the Industrial Park and
Jones Beach (no relation to the editor). Congratulations to Let Chair, and chief litter picker
extraordinaire, Bruce Timms for an outstanding event – cold but NO RAIN! Following the
clean-up, we retired to Rickijos for some liquid refreshments.
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090
service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to a multi-District plan to
focus Rotarians’ attention on all five of the Great Lakes and the streams and waterways feeding
them. The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the
largest source of fresh water on the planet. It borders eight states and two provinces and has
9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline. So far, 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands
of Rotary volunteers have agreed to participate.