/Rotary toll goes online
Members of the Minden Rotary Club stand near the Sunnybrook Bridge in Minden’s downtown, where the club would normally conduct a charity toll during the Labour Day weekend. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the club is asking residents to donate virtually on the club’s website. /CHAD INGRAM Staff

Rotary toll goes online

By Chad Ingram

Normally during the Labour Day weekend, one would find members of the Minden Rotary Club canvassing roadways in Minden’s downtown for the club’s annual charity toll.
This year, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, members will not be out on the village’s streets, however, the club is asking that in place of the annual toll, residents consider making a donation through the club’s website

“With COVID, we’ve not been able to do fundraising,” member Lynda Litwin told the Times. The pandemic has meant the club has not been able to carry out its regular fundraising activities, including its flagship annual dinner and auction, the club’s largest fundraiser. “That was a very significant fundraiser for us.”

The Minden Rotary Club has existed for more than 70 years, making countless contributions to the community during that time, including the creation of Rotary Park along the Gull River. The club has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, funding everything from an expansion of the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, to a stage and equipment at Archie Stouffer Elementary School, to X-ray equipment at the Minden hospital. A list of the club’s contributions, as well as a video about its virtual road toll, can be found on its website at www.mindenrotary.ca.

Litwin and club president Dave Bonham thanked the community for its support.