Service Clubs Are an Important Part of Our Community
(January 9, 2015) Service clubs are the backbone of our local communities and I am always so appreciative of the work they do. Their dedication to many deserving causes and their sense of community continues to make our province a better place to live and for that they should be proud.
In April, I was pleased to host a roundtable discussion and invited service clubs from across Simcoe-Grey. Having heard directly from local organizations, I can attest that there are a number of issues they deal with that hinder everyday operations.
One of the biggest problems is attracting volunteers.
If you’ve ever volunteered for a service club then you know firsthand how much good work they do and the benefit they bring to the communities they serve. Through supporting our hospitals, playgrounds and non-profit community organizations both locally and around the world, service clubs generate an important sense of community while giving back and quietly supporting causes that touch all of our lives.
To better facilitate the good work service clubs consistently do for our province, I recently submitted a resolution to the Ontario Legislature that I will be debating during my Private Members time on February 19th, 2015. My resolution asks the government to form an all-party committee to investigate the barriers and burdens facing service clubs in Ontario. The full text of the resolution can be viewed below.
For all those involved in service clubs locally and across the province, I wholeheartedly thank you for your heard work and dedication to the many great causes you support. Your efforts are much appreciated!
Resolution - Service Clubs
Mr. Wilson - That, in the opinion of this House, the Minister of Finance should immediately move to have a standing committee investigate the legislative and regulatory barriers and burdens facing service clubs in Ontario who serve their respective communities and conduct ongoing community service which helps alleviate the demand for publicly-funded services.
The committee shall focus on the following topics: (1) financial audits; (2) restrictive regulations surrounding fundraising; (3) taxes and fees; and (4) declining membership.
That the committee shall have the authority to conduct province wide hearings and undertake research, and generally shall have such powers and duties as are required to investigate the issue.
That the committee shall present an interim report to the House no later than September 1st, 2015, and a final report no later than January 1st, 2016.