Fundraising Projects

Club Fundraisers
Each year, the club holds the following fundraising events. (Most were cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic).
  1.     Nevada Ticket Sales. This event is on-going, and is the largest fundraiser operated by the club, bringing in several thousand dollars each year. We sell instant scratch tickets in the lobby of the Giant Tiger store on Coleman at Neely. We were able to restart this fundraiser in March 2022.
  2.     "Just Because" sale of roses. In October, we sell boxes of a dozen long-stem roses, delivering them to the customer's door. They are normally sold for $25 a box, and we usually manage to sell about 300 boxes. (We cancelled this project in 2022 and 2023 because it was too heavy a demand on the time of our limited number of members).
  3.     Women's Fair. We organize a Fair for women in November, usually held in the Carleton Place Arena. Income comes from table sponsorships, a silent auction and food services. We were able to hold this project in 2021, with a reduced number of tables and without the food service. In 2022, we were able to return to normal operation, including the food service and silent auction.
  4.     Mushroom Compost Sale. In late April we operate a sale of mushroom compost. We buy a large quantity of bulk compost from a local supplier, and arrange for teams from a local junior sports team to load it into bags holding about 30 Kg. It is sold on site; we are no longer able to deliver to people's homes. About half the profit is donated to the sports club, and the rest is available for other charities. We were able to restart this project in 2022, with the help of the Ringuette team, and in 2023 the Carleton Place Girls Hockey team did the packing.
Fundraising Projects Mike Jeays 2021-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

 33 rd annual Women's Fair


The 33rd Annual Lanark County Women's Fair was held on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 between 10AM and 4PM, upstairs in the Carleton Place Arena.  This is an opportunity for women to showcase their businesses, network with other women, and sell their products to the public.

Tables could be reserved at $60 each.

During the event the Rotary Club drew the winning ticket from their annual 50-50 ticket sale.  Tickets are $5 each and last year's winner took home over $937. 

See our Facebook page for more details.

33 rd annual Women's Fair Wayne Brunton 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0 IBelieveSurvivors,Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills,Rotary International,WomensFair

Rotary now selling Nevada and 50-50 tickets at Giant Tiger!

Member of the Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills are now selling Nevada tickets as well as our annual 50-50 tickets to raise funds for local charities.  Nevada tickets are also known as 'break open tickets' are paper tickets that offer a chance to win instant prizes of up to $100 in cash.  You win if you tear open the perforated covers on your ticket and reveal a winning combination of symbols - for example if your ticket reveals 3 cherry symbols then you win $1.  Nevada tickets cost 50 cents each and in accordance with Ontario rules you need to open the tickets in front of the seller and all proceeds will go to local charities.  
Tickets for the Rotary's annual 50-50 tickets are also on sale now.  These tickets cost $5 each and last year's winner took home over $2000!  The 50-50 ticket draw will be held at the Women's fair (see the next story) on 2 November at the Carleton Place Arena (upstairs).  You do not have to be present to win!
Both the Nevada and the 50-50 tickets are being sold at the Giant Tiger store at 320 Coleman St, Carleton Place between 9 AM and 8 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. 
The people selling the tickets are a combination of Rotary members and friends of Rotary who also belong to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital auxiliary.  These people volunteer their time to sell the tickets, oversee people opening their tickets, and hand out prizes.  So, the next time you enter the Giant Tiger store and see that table please stop and buy a few tickets!  You can also ask the volunteers on duty there for information about joining the Rotary club. 
The Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills would like to thank Giant Tiger for donating space for the table and Bradda Printing for donating the 50-50 ticket printing.
Rotary now selling Nevada and 50-50 tickets at Giant Tiger! Wayne Brunton 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Spring Fling

Posted by Mike Jeays
The club held a "Spring Fling" event at the Carleton Place Legion, inviting members of other clubs in the area.
Spring Fling Mike Jeays 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Compost for Soccer and Charities

Posted by Eric Hammond

This article refers to the sale in 2019. Please note that the project will not be held in 2021, due to the pandemic. We were able to repeat it in 2022.

The Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills in partnership with the Carleton Place Soccer Club are selling compost to benefit charities and youth athletics!

The cost is $9.50 per bag (weighs about 40 pounds or 18 kilograms).

The bags can be delivered locally for an additional charge of  $5 (regardless of the number of bags).

 Reserve your bags today by emailing us at or calling Eric Hammond at 613-256-8273.

Bags will be filled for either pick up or delivery during the weekend of 4-5 May, from 9-5 both days.

You may pick up your bags at our new location, a fenced area at the northwest end of the Hwy 7 bridge over the Mississippi

We would like to recognize and thank Kingfish Pumping for their support to the event!

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Where is the compost from? Compost is purchased from Greely Sand and Gravel.
  2. Bags may be ordered in advance or purchased on site (subject to availability).  Email us at or call at 613-256-8273.
  3. Can I order a 1/2 bag?  Yes, 1/2 bags cost $5 each.  There is no change to the $5 delivery cost for 1/2 bags.
  4. How can I help out Rotary?  You can join our club!  Come to the Thirsty Moose on one of our Tuesday meeting nights (see the calendar on our website) , talk to one of our members, or email for more info.
Compost for Soccer and Charities Eric Hammond 2019-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Charity Casino


The Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills hosted a Charity Casino night on 26 April 2019 to raise funds for Lanark County Programs.

Featuring Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette tables with professional staff AND War tables hosted by Rotarians!!

Music was provided by "The High Rollers" (Barry Buse, Mike Lush and 'million dollar' Bill Serson)

The location was the Carleton Place Canoe Club.  There was a cash bar  and snacks available.

Doors opened at 7 PM, event ended at 11 PM.

You could buy tickets for $30 each at the following places or from the following people:


Rotary Charity Casino David Cousineau 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Charity Casino,David Cousineau,Ernie Rowe,Rotary,Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills
History of Rotary International Video Wayne Brunton 2019-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary Video Wayne Brunton 2019-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Senior's Dinner - December 3rd, 2018 Michael Jeays 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0 2018,Holiday Dinner,Rotary,Senior's Dinner,Seniors

Women's Fair - November 2nd, 2018

Posted by Michael Jeays
The Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills now has now had full responsibility for organizing the Annual Women's Fair for the two years. The event was a success once more, and made a substantial profit, most of which will be donated to Lanark County Interval House for support of their second-stage housing.  The photo below shows Rotary member Kathy Cousineau and her daughter Sherry who held a hugely successful cake raffle as part of the Women's Fair.
Tell us in the comments below or email us at if you would like to help us by reserving a table during the 2019 Women's Fair!
Women's Fair - November 2nd, 2018 Michael Jeays 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 1 2018,Rotary

Compost Sale - May 12th, 2018

Posted by Michael Jeays
The Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills held its annual compost sale as usual, with a huge amount of help from the Carleton Place Soccer Teams, who, with assistance from several parents, did all the bagging and most of the deliveries. We packed 1,368 bags, and sold most of them, even though we raised the price to $9 per bag this year, to cover increased costs.  The funds were used for local events such as the annual senior's dinner!
Let us know in the comments below if you would like to buy a bag of compost in 2019!  Or you can email us at
Compost Sale - May 12th, 2018 Michael Jeays 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0 2018,Compost Sale,Rotary

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0