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Goodwins give Rotary bursary fund New Year’s boost of $10,000

GRAVENHURST – The Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund in Gravenhurst has received a New Year’s boost with a gift of $10,000 from long time residents Jim and Marlyn Goodwin.

Rotarian Jim Goodwin and his wife Marlyn Goodwin present Rotary bursary fund chair Ken Little with $10,000 cheque at Rotary meeting.

Rotarian Jim Goodwin and his wife Marlyn Goodwin present Rotary bursary fund chair Ken Little with $10,000 cheque at Rotary meeting.

They made the presentation at the service club’s meeting last week.

In 1962 the Goodwins arrived in Gravenhurst, where Jim joined the Fisher clinic group practice in family medicine.

Bursary chair Ken Little noted Goodwin had served in the community and the SouthMuskokaMemorialHospital for 43 years, “during which time he garnered the respect of everyone who benefitted from his attention to them and their families.”

Goodwin and his wife appreciated the value of education and went on to post-secondary studies.  Jim attended the University of Western     Ontario in Science in 1952 and Medicine in 1957.  Marlyn enrolled in nursing at the KitchenerWaterlooHospital and became a Registered Nurse in 1954. She also received her B.A (1977) from WilfredLaurierUniversity by extension courses 23 years after studying in Kitchener Waterloo.

They knew and appreciated the value of an education.

In Gravenhurst, they were very familiar with local families, Jim as a family physician and Marlyn as a Welcome Wagon hostess and nurse at Beaver Creek Correctional Institution.

They were all too familiar with the struggles of some families to send their children to university or college as they encouraged their own four sons – Bill, Tom, Greg and Randy – to blossom from Gravenhurst high school. Jim, as a young student, needed financial help too and was thankful to the Royal Canadian Navy whom he later served as a medical officer in the Eastern Command after graduation.

The Goodwins have been very active in the community and in organizations such as the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Boy Scouts, Canadian Power Squadron, TrinityUnitedChurch, Hospital Foundation, Probus Club, Bi-Focal Band and the Seniors Citizens Club. “Each has benefitted from the involvement of Jim and Marlyn Goodwin,” says Little.

“Jim and Marlyn were among the first Rotarians to express how important the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund might be to the community and now they want to give back and help out.’,” adds Little.

Jim says, “Marlyn and I are very pleased and proud to be able to assist the future generation of students in achieving their educational dreams.”

Their donation was matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor,  so another $20,000 was contributed in the Goodwin name and each year a bursary will be given to a student as the ‘Jim and Marlyn Family Bursary Award.’

There is still $80,000 of matching money for new donors.

If you’d like to donate, contact Little at 705-687-7777.

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