Posted by Bob Wallace on Nov 09, 2017

Rotary International President Ian Riseley has asked us to plant a tree for every Rotarian in our district, between July 1st and April 22nd, 2018 – Earth Day.  I am pleased to say we have partnered with Highway of Heroes Tribute to help make this happen.  Through available District Designated Funds, we’ve funded the planting of a tree for every Club along the Highway for Heroes (between Trenton and Toronto).  Additionally, we have a Family Planting Day planned for Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd), at a location to be finalized.  That’s 2,200 trees already committed.  Mark Cullen was a featured speaker at the District Conference, and we have a 2:1 on trees – just for Rotarians. 

But you know, that goal of just 2,200 trees is not particularly ambitious for our district.  Several Clubs already have environmental initiatives every year.  Working with Clubs and liaising with Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, I’d like to suggest we plant a tree for every single attendee to our International Convention.  I think 30,000+ trees sounds much more impressive.  And we have a designated Mr. Tree in the district on Kevin Power, to help aggregate all our projects.

Individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs that have completed tree plantings can enter their information through the link above to add the trees to our district tally. 

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For Rotarians and Rotary Clubs considering tree planting projects, here are some ideas:
  1. HOHTribute “Hero Trees” at $150.00, with a current 2:1 offer.  These are they trees planted along the Highway of Heroes. This could be individual online or Club cheque.
  1. HOHT “Service Trees”.  These trees are planted in communities locations to honour all those that have served.  The per tree costs are less and depend upon the quantity of trees.  Four different Club options:  100 Trees - $25 ea. - $2,500 total; 250 Trees - $20 ea. - $5,000 total; 500 Trees - $15 ea. - $7,500 total; 1,00 Trees - $10 ea. - $10,000 total.  This would be by way of a Club cheque.  So a $2,500 minimum donation.
  1. For Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in the area of the Toronto Region Conservation Area, there are various opportunities for tree planting programs in the range of $25 per tree.  For any Clubs interested in this option please email Kevin Power at for further details.
  1. International projects for 20p or GBP1.00 (roughly 40c or $2) trees through Sustainable Global Gardens.  This is a project in Tanzania.  Donations likely online as easiest (credit card, automatic currency conversion).  No minimum – allows for opportunity of clubs to promote an international tree project at little cost.