It’s been twenty years since Jane Robillard last took up the mantle as president of the Flin Flon Rotary Club. She’ll be taking up that title again in 2020.
“I've always been a really big community volunteer and I really like what the Rotary Club does, as far as the housing and the parks and providing the necessities that families need in this town,” she said
“Our Rotary Club does a lot. I just felt I needed to step up and do it again.”
Robillard was officially named as president at a handover ceremony June 18.
“You work with an executive and we work as a team,” she said.
“We set our goals for the year.”
Robillard said the club has had to change focus because of COVID-19. They’re still running some fundraising activities, but in a limited capacity.
“This year's obviously very different because we don't have our fundraising events,” Robillard said.
“This year, my goal and our goal that we've talked about is our senior housing project.”
The club operates the Rotary Court seniors’ residence near Ross Lake. Flin Flon’s Rotary housing has been available since the 1950s according to Robillard, adding it’s all on one floor, which is rare for Flin Flon.
“It's a fantastic place,” she said.
“Our goal is to refurbish it all this year. Hopefully, if COVID-19 ever goes away, we'll have some other projects to work on.”
The changeover meeting took place in the Rotary Wheel with around 30 members in attendance. Nearly half of the attendees were women - a much higher percentage than Rotary International’s 22 per cent female membership.
“We have a lot going for us, we have a really good club,” Robillard said.
“It's not a hardship to take on the presidency, because you have really good people with you.”
Robillard isn’t the only familiar face for the club, as they’ll now be meeting at the St. Peter and St. James Anglican Church - the first-ever meeting place for Rotary in Flin Flon.
“That is really wonderful,” Robillard said.
“It's really good to be able to support the church right now. It's also going through tough times.”