THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 45 Vittoria, ON N0E 1W0
1. WHAT IS THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION?
The Vittoria & District Foundation
• is a charitable organization, registered with Revenue Canada to issue income tax receipts for membership dues, donations, gifts, memorials and bequests.
• was created to help provide and maintain facilities and programs to enhance the quality of life of residents living in and around Vittoria.
• evolved as a permanent, ongoing tribute to commemorate the camaraderie and community-building accomplishments of the 1996 Vittoria Bicentennial celebrations.
2. WHAT AREA DOES “VITTORIA & DISTRICT” INCLUDE?
The Trustees of The Vittoria & District Foundation define “Vittoria & District” as
• an irregular area with rather flexible boundaries, within approximately a four or five mile radius of beautiful downtown Vittoria.
• an area including all enclosed rural areas and several hamlets - Port Ryerse, Walsh, Turkey Point, Normandale, and Fisher’s Glen, as well as Vittoria.
3. WHAT DOES THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION DO?
The Vittoria & District Foundation
• provides funding assistance to other registered charities, including Norfolk County and the local school boards, when determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
• undertakes, participates in, or spearheads worthwhile community projects and activities in Vittoria and the surrounding district, such as an annual student scholarship, heritage projects and fundraisers.
• distributes framed Certificates of Congratulations to residents of Vittoria & District for extra-special anniversaries (40th, 45th, 50th etc.) and birthdays (75th, 80th, 85th etc.)
4. WHAT HAS THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION ACCOMPLISHED?
Over the years since its creation, The Vittoria & District Foundation has fostered partnerships with several local service organizations to complete significant local projects such as upgrades to the Vittoria Town Hall and the Vittoria & District Community Centre. Local Partners have included the Thompson Memorial Park Committee, Vittoria Firefighters Association, Vittoria Foresters, Vittoria Lamport Club, Vittoria Lioness Club, Vittoria Lions Club, and the Vittoria Women's Institute. Working sometimes with one or more of these partners, and sometimes on our own, we have
• created and maintained the vittoria.on.ca website.
• purchased and installed a plaque in the Vittoria & District Community Centre, commemorating Vittoria’s 200th Anniversary and our celebrations and activities in Bicentennial year, 1996.
• awarded University Scholarships to deserving high school graduates - from Normandale, Port Ryerse, RR#2 Simcoe, RR#6 Simcoe,and Vittoria.
• purchased and installed spun-aluminum letters for the “Vittoria & District Community Centre” sign on the front of the VDCC.
• had new signs designed and installed to provide directions to the VDCC.
• purchased and installed new kitchen cupboards, furniture and a bulletin board in the VDCC.
• made financial contributions to the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival, Young Theatre Players, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Vittoria Community Choir, Canadian Titanic Society, Woodhouse United Church Bicentennial Book Committee, Fresh Air Fund, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Canadian Special Olympics, Haldimand-Norfolk Resource Centre, Norview Bus Fund, Christ Church, NHNH Wheelchair Van fund, Black cap players, Norfolk Hospital Cat Scanner, Norfolk Youth and Children Association and Crimestoppers.
• at the historic Vittoria Town Hall, had the Belfry repainted, upgraded wiring and installed new electrical outlets and purchased and installed new interior storm windows. Fostered partnerships to install new kitchen cupboards, resurface the floors, and install a new furnace and air-conditioning. Also spear-headed accessibility project to make Town Hall more accessible for everyone by building a ramp to the main entrance.
• arranged to have a Bulletin Board installed in the Vittoria Post Office, for Community organizations to advertise their upcoming events.
• prepared and delivered more than 350 framed congratulatory certificates for Extra-Special Milestone Birthdays and Anniversaries, and instituted an ongoing program of sending cards extending Congratulations or Sympathy, or Thinking of You messages to hundreds of area residents and former residents each year.
• Each month, published and distributed Coming Events calendars promoting activities of all district organizations who provided the information in time to be included.
• Promoted community activities including Sunday brunches, potluck dinners, concerts and the annual Great Vittoria-Wide Yard Sale.
• Participated in Vittoria’s Country Christmas by providing light lunches both days of the event at the Vittoria Town Hall.
• Sponsored a public Crime Prevention meeting involving the Ontario Provincial Police, Crimestoppers and the Turkey Point Community Policing Association.
• Held thirteen very entertaining, financially successful Dinner & Auction fundraisers.
• Installed walking tour information plaques and kiosks at more than twenty historic locations around the village. Updated information from the 1996 walking tour, and selected additional sites to be included in the walking tour.
• Created a self-directed Walking Tour brochure, available at selected Tourism-oriented venues around the County.
• Contributed $1,000 to the Delhi Spray Park.
• Contributed $5,000 to the Port Dover Harbour Museum Fund.
• Hosted the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation’s Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and booked for 2010 at the Vittoria & District Community Centre.
• Purchased $2,600 worth of materials to institute a “Risk Watch” program at Walsh Public School and St. Michael’s School in Walsh.
• Spearheaded a $45,000 external and internal restoration Millennium project at the Vittoria Town Hall, in partnership with several local organizations and the municipal and federal governments.
• Fulfilled a pledge of $50,000 over five years to the Emergency Care and Diagnostic Imaging expansion project at the Norfolk General Hospital.
• Fulfilled a pledge of $25,000 over three years to the Cat Scanner project at the Norfolk General Hospital.
• Fulfilled a pledge of $5,000 to the Norfolk County Youth Soccer Development Project.
• Pledged $5,000 to the SCS "Rising from the Ashes" project.
• Donated $2,000 to the Lynnwood Arts Centre.
• Donated $3,000 to Norfolk County toward new Tables and chairs at VDCC.
• Donated 75 chairs from VDCC to Town Hall.
• Installed new handrails on steps at Town Hall.
• Tiled floor of entry and washrooms of Town Hall.
• Purchased new gas range for Town Hall.
5. WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF THE VITTORIA &
Regular members of The Vittoria & District Foundation
• support the goals and programmes of the foundation.
• pay their membership fees of $20 per person each year.
• may attend meetings of the Foundation, but are not obligated to do so, unless they serve on the Board of Trustees.
• are invited to contribute items and/or volunteer to help at special activities like our Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction or Vittoria’s Country Christmas, or hosting the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.
6. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE VITTORIA &
Members of The Vittoria & District Foundation
• receive a twice-a-year newsletter updating the activities and accomplishments of The Foundation, as well as selected articles and news items of the district from the preceding 6 months.
• have the opportunity to belong to a highly respected, proud and successful community organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the district, through its various activities and projects.
• may attend all General Membership Meetings, be a candidate for election to the Board of Trustees, and vote at the Annual Meeting in February each year.
• feel really good about joining with more than 280 other members in an organization created for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for residents in and around Vittoria.
7. WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION?
Anyone, anywhere can be a member of the Vittoria & District Foundation if they
• support the goals and programmes of the foundation.
• pay the annual membership fee of $20 (tax receipts given if requested).
DOES A PERSON BECOME A MEMBER OF THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION?
Membership in The Vittoria & District Foundation is easy:
• send a cheque for $20 per person, payable to “The Vittoria & District Foundation”, along with your name, address and telephone number to P.O. Box 45, Vittoria, ON N0E 1W0, or give it to a member of the Executive, or use the form below. The membership fee is $20 per person per year. If you have questions, please contact John Donaldson at 519.426.8583.
9. HAS THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION EVER BEEN RECOGNIZED
FOR ITS ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
The Vittoria & District Foundation was voted “Best in the Country”
• The Vittoria & District Foundation was selected from nine nominees for the prestigious “Best in the Country Award” in the “Outstanding Voluntarism” category, presented annually by the Foundation for Rural Living. The beautifully hand-crafted glass vase trophy is on permanent display in the trophy case at the Vittoria & District Community Centre.
10. THE VITTORIA & DISTRICT FOUNDATION WOULD WELCOME YOU AS A MEMBER. WHY NOT JOIN US TODAY? IT’S PRODUCTIVE AND IT’S FUN!
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