These Shoe Store Owners Found the Perfect Fit with Rotary

Rotary volunteers

If they’re not busy enough running their family shoe store, Kelli and Tony Grady donate their time generously to the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The couple joined the Club in November 2019 to make new friends and give back to the community. They found club’s Zoom meetings and socials to be a refreshing respite from the challenges of navigating their shoe store through the pandemic and welcomed opportunities to use their skills to help the club during this challenging time. They both thrive on problem-solving and are quick to step in and help in any role where they are needed.

During COVID-related lockdowns, Kelli took on the responsibility of running the club’s social media platforms. This included a commitment to post at least three times a week to Twitter/X, Instagram and Facebook. Additionally, she took photos and videos at club events and organizing the club database of images. 

Stepping into leadership roles

Over the years, Kelli has volunteered on several club committees including membership, program, communications, social, auction, golf tournament and literacy/spelling bee. Currently, she chairs the Membership Committee and serves as a director of Club Service on the Board of Directors, in addition to her ongoing role as the club’s social media maven.

Meanwhile, Tony took on the responsibility of the club’s webmaster during the pandemic. During that time, he revamped the website to make it more user-friendly. He has also volunteered on the environmental, membership and communications committees.

In 2022 his band, The Patio Stones, raised money for Rotary through a dance social. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Directors as the club’s Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms. Along the way, he kept his ongoing role as webmaster and added all-around tech guru. He recently led a review of meeting fees and venues in his role of treasurer.

Kelli and Tony’s ongoing Rotary responsibilities in the community include volunteering at Delta Bingo and serving breakfast at Prince of Wales Elementary School. 

In recognition of their service to the club, Kelli and Tony previously received the Service Above Self Award in 2021 and Kelli received the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2022. In 2023, they added the Club Service pin as Paul Harris Felllows.

Service via various clubs

Within Peterborough, you can join various service clubs that offer a range of activities, locations and meeting times:

Whichever one you choose, you’ll meet like-minded people who want to make your town or city a better place to live. Through teamwork, they make big difference in numerous projects each year.

Of course, each one has its own personality and annual dues. However, those funds support causes that change the world at home and sometimes abroad.  For example, Rotary Clubs around the world have committed to eradicating polio and other diseases.

Other ways to volunteer with a team

If you want to help out with a team or a group of co-workers, there are options to share your talents at annual events and cleanup days.
Start by signing up with Volunteer Peterborough today and include group activities in your list of preferences. Our site matches people with their passions, skills and time so everyone has a rewarding volunteer experience.

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