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Bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind, one time only, Father's Day extravaganza. Plan to spend the day playing at Bissell’s to experience all it has to offer. Family FunFest is bought to you by the Rotary Club of Fonthill with proceeds from this fantastic fun day in the sun support worthy charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara and other important youth organizations in our community. 

Get your tickets now! Don’t miss out on this fantastic day of fun and frivolity including REAL LIVE UNICORNS, drone demos, swimming, WATER PARK, learn to ride a paddle board, play lacrosse, bingo, LIVE BANDS plus much, much more.

If you are planning a family reunion in Niagara once the weather turns warm, why not consider converging on Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday, June 15?

Make Father’s day weekend 2019 extra special! Have a great family focused Saturday at Bissell’s Hideaway. Lots of activities all in one location.

A perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day

Great entertainment and activities for kids and family of all ages


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Bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind, one time only, Father's Day extravaganza. Plan to spend the day playing at Bissell’s to experience all it has to offer.

Rotary Club of Fonthill hosted 7 year old Beaver Harry Seppala and his Dad David at a recent breakfast meeting at Lookout Golf Course.  Harry has been a Beaver for 3 years and is working on his North Star Beaver Award, which is the highest award available from Beavers.  One of his projects is raising funds to purchase Christmas food hampers for Pelham Cares. 

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honour accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s “Annual Program Fund,” which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.

Significant monuments and landmarks around the world will sport the Rotary colours on Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, as part of World End Polio Day. Pelham will be no different, as the town turns the Pelham Arches blue and gold, starting at 8 p.m.

“Hi, I’m Michael Jacques.” With these four words, our most recent guest speaker (along with his dad, Marcel) blew us away with his story of overcoming adversity to become an impressive community leader, not only for Pelham, but for several great service organizations as well.

Rotary Club of Fonthill was proud to participate with 11 local Rotary Clubs to create an inaugural global cluster grant.  Each club agreed to provide $1000US to the cluster pool that would extrapolate to over $80000US with multiplier effects from Rotary International and Federal Government.  

At the north entrance of the Meridian Community Centre you’ll notice a tiny house, sitting atop a blue carpet, its racks brimming with books. This is the Rotary Reading House. A collaboration between the Pelham Library and the Fonthill Rotary Club, the Rotary Reading house offers activities and reading materials that will engage and inspire children in the community. 

Thursday night saw members of the Fonthill Rotary Club volunteering by selling and serving beverages at the SupperMarket Over 5000+ enjoyed  music of Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band in the Fonthill Bandshell.

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill had the pleasure of hosting 10 Rotarians from various clubs in South Africa as part of a recent Rotary Friendship Exchange.​

It was hot, hot, hot on July 1, but those kids and families who came out to Harold Black Park to celebrate our nation’s birthday had bouncy fun, crafty fun and cooled off with flavoured sno cones, all sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fonthill. 

The Niagara Falls Shriners were recognized for their contributions to the Niagara Mudfest Challenge. These hard-working Shriner Chefs cooked-up a fantastic BBQ lunch much to the delight of the 250 runners and additional 90 volunteers who participated at this years’ Rotary Mudfest held at Bissell’s Hideaway in Fonthill. 

We are so proud of our member Mike who has just wrapped up 4 years as Chair of District Youth Committee.

At our weekly morning meeting, Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed a presentation from Hamilton Rotarian, Leo Johnson. Leo was born in Liberia and spent 8 years in a refugee camp, separated from his family. He tells us he was fortunate to be accepted by Canada and settled directly in Hamilton, attending McMaster and earning a degree in Political Science.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill  is excited to announce that we have presented a cheque for $8000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters South Niagara at our weekly morning meeting  from Niagara Mudfest Challenge proceeds.  

On May 16, the Rotary Club of Fonthill and the Rotary Club of Welland hosted a social evening among fellow business owners and professionals to learn about the Rotary Impact.Rotary is an international organization of community minded leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. We are 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. 

The course was set, there was mud aplenty, the warm weather cooperated, coffee and Timbits had been delivered for the more than 320 Mudfest registrations!

Last week at E.L. Crossley Secondary School, members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill joined current and former staff, along with students, community and family members for a special tree planting.

With less than two weeks to go before the sixth annual Mudfest, two times slots are now full and several others are at least half full with those who have registered their teams. In other words, if you’re contemplating putting together a team — really one of the best ways to experience this amazing mud-run obstacle course — then we encourage you to get registered today so you can all participate together! The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 2 at 11:59pm.

Thank you our new Gold Sponsors! The Welland Honda/Carstar team, led by Clint Bowman, Lori Zanth and Chris Merritt, are excited to partner with the Rotary Club of Fonthill at the Niagara Mudfest Challenge on May 5th this year. Numerous staff have said they are ready and raring to go at the annual Niagara Mudfest to be held at Bissell’s Hideaway in Fonthill. Mudfest is the most important Rotary event of the year helping to raise funds and awareness for Big Brother Big Sisters of South Niagara. Formerly known as the Pelham Mudfest, the Niagara Mudfest Challenge is less than three weeks away. Keen Mudfesters ages six and over are asked to go to our website atniagaramudfest.comand sign up on Eventbrite today. Don’t miss out.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill is a group of business women and men who meet weekly in Pelham for the purpose of humanitarian service and fellowship. We raise funds for local projects (Wellspring Niagara and Pelham Cares, for example, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara) and international projects (Fog Quest and eradicating polio, for example).

With less than five weeks to go before the sixth annual Mudfest, one time slot is already full and several others are at least half full at this point. In other words, if you’re contemplating putting together a team — really one of the best ways to experience this amazing mud-run obstacle course — then we encourage you to get registered today so you can all participate together!

Niagara Peninsula Homes, a non-profit social enterprise based in Welland, recently received eight laptops computers thanks to a District Matching Grant from the Rotary Club of Fonthill.

Once again the women and men of the Rotary Club of Fonthill will host the Niagara Mudfest Challenge right here in Pelham. Again proceeds will support the great tireless work of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Niagara along with the Rotary Club’s other Youth focused initiatives. 

The Rotaract Club of Niagara was pleased and honoured to be a part of 2018’s Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), which took place February 24 in communities around Niagara. 

CNOY is a nationwide event that raises awareness and funds for individuals and families experiencing hunger, homelessness, and hurt all across Canada. The walk began at 5:15 pm in 121 locations throughout the nation, and consisted of more than 19,000 participants.

Again for 2018, Larry and Aaron Boggio of Boggio Family Pharmacy presented a cheque to the Rotary Club of Fonthill Niagara Mudfest Challenge organizers, Frank Adamson and Paul Allen. While there, Frank (who is also a Wellspring Niagara Board member) presented a Wellspring Niagara certificate of appreciation to Boggio's for their continued generous support of Wellspring.

Earlybird Savings at Mudfest 2018! Wanna have fun, get fit and save cash all at the same time? Pelham’s very own Mudfest challenge will be held at Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday, May 5th.

On Wednesday February 7 the students at A.K. Wigg Public School gathered to celebrate this fantastic charitable achievement. Led by teacher Tim Droppert, the EarlyAct Club recognized the fundraising efforts of the students then thanked staff and volunteers from around the community. In front of hundreds of cheering kids a cheque for $10,000 was presented by the EarlyAct team to Jordan Lipton of the Me to We organization. Ms. Jordan then gave an overview of her organization and showed recent pictures of the newly constructed school in Manac, Haiti the AK WIgg students helped to build.

The Niagara Mudfest Challenge is back for its sixth running, taking place this year on Saturday, May 5, again at Bissell’s Hideaway in Ridgeville. Organized by women and men of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, the non-competitive obstacle fun run will once again include a 'Little Mudfester,' along with the 'Big Mudfester' course. Another aspect of the event that hasn’t changed is your opportunity to support the Rotary Club raising funds for significant community projects within the local community focusing on Youth.

PenFinancial Credit Union’s Fonthill branch recently held its grand opening. Celebrating the occasion are, from left: Adam Rempel, Financial Advisor; Jody Vizza, Director of Brand; and Kelly Sauriol, Branch Manager.

The 2018 Niagara Mudfest Challenge, a premier great down and dirty challenge will be held at Bissell’s Hideaway on Saturday, May 5th. The mud and obstacle course is open once again to both children and adults. The supervised children’s course for those ages 6 to 12, is shorter in length and obstacles (again this year with an awesome inflatable obstacle).The adult course is open to anyone 13 or older, and is about 6 km in length, with various muddy obstacles to have  fun climbing over, sliding down and crawling through or under.

We are excited to announce that the Rotaract Club of Niagara became an official club this past Thursday, pins and all. The induction meeting was held at Rose City Kids in Welland, where club executives and members received the honorary bell, gavel, and banner. Rotaract exists under the umbrella of the Rotary club, and consists of young professionals and students that wish to make a difference both locally and globally. There are currently over 9,500 Rotaract clubs in 177 countries worldwide, and Rotaract Niagara is excited to become a part of this growing number.

Formally known as the Pelham Mudfest Challenge, the same great down and dirty challenge for 2018 has rebranded to Niagara Mudfest Challenge. Still located in the heart of Pelham at Bissell’s Hideaway, the Niagara Mudfest Challenge this year takes place Saturday, May 5. The mud run is open once again to both children and adults. The children’s course is smaller in length and obstacles, for those ages 6 to 12, while the adult course is open to anyone 13 or older, and is about 6km in length, with various muddy obstacles to climb over, slide down, crawl through or under.

Local businesses contribute items to the Auction. During the past 8 years, the Rotary TV Mega Auction has raised more than $1.29 million which is used by participating Rotary Clubs to improve local and international communities.

More than 1800 items are up for grabs in this year's Rotary TV Auction and proceeds go to local and international charity projects!  It's a WIN/WIN!!  The Rotary TV Auction is a joint venture between all of the Rotary Clubs of Niagara and TV Cogeco. All items are donated by local, community minded businesses.

We have art work, gift baskets, electronics, toys, baseball Spring training, basketball tickets, restaurant gift certificates, golf packages and more!

How To Bid

The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently held its annual Paul Harris Fellows celebration, at Lookout Point Country Club, as part of the festivities marking the end of another Rotary year.
Paul Allen finished his year as president by naming four Paul Harris Fellows for their contributions to the wider Pelham community. 

The Rotary Club of Fonthill is providing fun for the community on Canada Day at Harold Black Park,Fonthill. There will be plenty to amuse children who are celebrating the holiday.  Kids of all ages can enjoy bouncing on several inflatables. Toddlers will love the Animal Kingdom where they will find pop-up zebras,dolphins,lions and giraffes. A climbing structure and slide will keep energetic kids busy and entertained.

For this year’s Pelham Mudfest Challenge in Niagara, down and dirty meets bubbly and bouncy.

The 2017 version of the fun run, set for Sat., May 6 at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort in Ridgeville, includes even more obstacles this year, enhanced by a few surprises, courtesy of Niagara Inflatables.

For the first time since the Pelham Mudfest Challenge began four years ago, the age limit has been lowered so that the whole family may participate. New for Mudfest 2017, which is set for Sat., May 6, children ages 6 to 12 may participate in a shorter Mudfest course, on the same site as the main course. While past Challenges have been available only to those 15 and older, this year’s main course will also be open to those ages 13 and 14.

This past weekend the Rotary Clubs of Fonthill, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Sunrise, St. Catharines and Welland hosted their 8th annual combined Rotary TV Mega Auction. Over $170,000 was raised!

CogecoTV Niagara has been producing the Rotary TV Auctions for the past 36 years. Many hours of effort by their staff and volunteers go into this community broadcast every year. This is the sixth year that the auction has been conducted at Pen Centre.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara, through the incredible support of the Rotary Clubs of Welland and Fonthill, held a brief ceremony to recognize the generosity of the Clubs’ financial donation allowing Habitat Niagara to purchase a brand new trailer.

Need to purchase holiday gifts for your best customers or suppliers?  How about dining cards for great Niagara restaurants? The following restaurants have generously donated gifts cards to be auctioned off...

Paul Allen, President Rotary Club of Fonthill, presented Lori Grande of Pelham Cares with 66 packages of Fortified Macaroni and Cheese Dinner, of 6 servings each. The packages were prepared at a recent event, where thousands of packages were prepared by Rotary representatives from Canada and the United States, for distribution at local food banks, and internationally. For more information on this program....

The Rotary Club of Fonthill will be the host club for the next 11 months to 15-year-old Leon Van Ruden, a German exchange student from Paderborn-Kaserpfalz.

A long-time participant in an international youth exchange program, the Rotary Club of Fonthill is in the midst of preparing for its newest candidate. Leon von Ruden is a 15-year-old exchange student from Germany who is a competitive soccer player and a music lover. He plays both the drums and the trombone.



You will get wet. You will get muddy. You will have fun. Natural and built elements, including a hydro pole wall, haystacks, slides, climbing structures and tire obstacles, are combined for teammates to race over, under, through and around. Team efforts are not only allowed, they are encouraged for the fun run, so anyone in general physical shape can participate.


Two members of the A.K. Wigg Early Act Club, Emma Fyfe and Jayden Pelletier, made a special presentation this week to the Rotary Club of Fonthil.  The EarlyAct Club would appreciate any help from the community, whether by donation or by another means.  One of the things the club was hoping to obtain was some type of small favour/gift for the tournament participants.

Pelham Mudfest Challenge May 14th, 2016 is a mud run obstacle course that is 6 km in length, over hills and dales, and all contained within the amazing terrain of Bissell’s Hideaway. Natural and built elements are combined for you and your teammates to race over, under, around and maybe even through.

The Pelham Mudfest Challenge is back for its third year in a row, taking place this year on May 14 at Bissell’s Hideaway in Ridgeville.

If you are still interested in Donating a Prize for the Rotary TV Auction please bring your prizes to the studio by Friday, October 23rd.
Your Business will Receive Print and TV recognition!

Rotary Club of Fonthill is providing fun for the community on Canada Day at Harold Black Park, Fonthill. There will be lots to amuse children who are celebrating the holiday. Kids of all ages can enjoy bouncing on several inflatables. Summer games will be available for the younger set to try their skill or luck with the fish pond, football toss, hula hoops, basketball shoot and Connect Four.

Sandtastik returns for another year of fantastic critters at the craft station. Using coloured sand and lots of decorations, kids get to be creative and unique. Canada Day Windmills will also be back for a special souvenir of the day....and Sno cones will be on sale to help beat the heat!

The Rotary Club of Fonthill celebrated service to the community June 16 by presenting four Paul Harris Fellow Awards.
Paul Harris Fellows are named after the founder of Rotary International, and are given to an individual or group who has demonstrated the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.


The course preparation has begun, and more than 150 people have already signed up to participate in the upcoming Pelham Mudfest Challenge, set for Sat., May 23.  Demanding enough to make you grit your teeth, but with sufficient fun to leave you wanting more, the Pelham Mudfest Challenge is a six-kilometre obstacle course through the rolling hills of Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, off Metler Road in Ridgeville.