Welcome to

Rotary Club of Gore Bay

We are an inclusive club that is recognized for our commitment to supporting needs across all of Manitoulin Island and international communities through dedication and service while having fun socially.

Rotary International

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

The 4-Way Test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.

One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

It asks the following four questions:

“Of the things we think, say or do:



Moray Watson

Club Treasurer

Joellen Sloss


Jack Clark

Past President 2024/25

Born and raised on Manitoulin, my two careers included 20 years in the Air Force and 20 years dispatching with Manitoulin Transport. I returned home in 1993 and joined Rotary in 1995. I am a five-time past President and still very proud of all the good our small club does locally and internationally.

Cathy Perkins


Lori Peters


Laurie Zahnow


Jeff Hietkamp

Club Secretary

Joined the Gore Bay Rotary Club in the fall of 2021. Wendy and I owned and operated a beef farm on the outskirts of Gore Bay until June 2021. Our oldest daughter graduated from Wilfred Laurier University and our youngest daughter is currently at the University of Guelph. I am a member of the Gore Bay Curling Club and Lyons Memorial United Church. I enjoy community and the Rotary Club is a great way to volunteer.

Marlene Bowers


Peter Carter

President Elect 2024/25

I have been a proud member of the Gore Bay Rotary Club since July 2017. I live in Evansville, just west of Gore Bay, on Manitoulin Island.

Originally from St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, I moved to Toronto with Bank of Montreal in 1987 and held several positions with BMO until November 2007 when I joined my wife, who had moved back a few years prior to me, on Manitoulin. I continued working remotely with BMO as a Corporate Auditor until my retirement in 2017.

I traded my audit pencil for a new bicycle and remain active as an endurance bicyclist. My highlight to date came in 2022 when I completed a cross Canada ride. I am also a participating member of Ontario Randonneur’s, “7 Days in May” riders and a member of the Cycle to Serve Rotary fellowship. When not biking you may find me golfing at Manitoulin Golf Club in Gore Bay, and long distance hiking with Laurie.

As a Rotarian, I get a true sense of satisfaction in participating in community events and projects that lead to helping others within our community.

Peggy Brown


Al Morka


Kidane Gebrekristose


Dave Rogalsky

President 2024/25

My introduction to Rotary was attending the annual Fish Fry Dinner at the 2017 Gore Bay Harbour Days event while we were sailing the beautiful waters of the North Channel the summer I retired.
After relocating to Gore Bay in 2018, I joined Rotary to engage with and contribute to the community that we had chosen to live in.
I am proud of the contributions we have made as a club and would encourage anyone with similar aspirations to come and join us in serving our Manitoulin Island community.

Rob Smith

Partners In Our Community