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YEAR TO DATE 2017
 
Jan 1 - Sept 21, 2017
 
10 WPV 49 cVDPV
 
YEAR TO DATE 2016
 
Jan 1 - Sept 21, 2016
 
24 WPV  3 cVPDV
 
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Posted by Linda Schuyler on Sep 16, 2017
 
INTRODUCTION TO BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Consider these facts:
 
 1. If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
 2. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
 3. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
 
The world is making good progress in this area. According to a 2014 United Nations Millennium Development Goals progress report, literacy rates among adults and youths are on the rise and the gender gap in literacy is narrowing. But pressing global needs remain:
 
 4. 58 million children worldwide are out of school.
 5. Even after four years of primary schooling, as many as 250 million children cannot read and write.
 6. 781 million adults are illiterate.
 
                     
On Sept 23rd, The Rotary Club of St. Marys presented a cheque for $600 towards the club's book donations in recognition of their guest speaker program. Pictured : on the left, Literacy Committee Chair, Linda Schuyler, Library CEO Matthew Corbett, President Ron Aitken, Library Collections Officer, Kate Long.
 
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Posted by Linda Schuyler
At the end of August, I learned about a video project undertaken by outbound exchange student, Kevin Oliver. With his permission, I am sharing his YouTube video "Ontario by Drone" along with the story behind it. 
 

Making a Cinematic Video about Canada

Posted on August 25, 2017 by 300daysindenmark

 

"For weeks now, I have sat upon several gigabytes of raw footage, unseen to the world except to the mechanical eyes of my hard drive.  Well, today that changes.  Today I finally finished my cinematic video about my hometown.  I’ve posted a link below if you’d like to check it out.  I think this will be my first blog post that isn’t about Denmark.  But, I wanted to share the process that lead to the release of this video; from the perspective of an amateur, not only in video editing, but in life as well.

So this project began months ago, before I ever even packed my bags for Denmark.  This began out of a desire to capture the essence of my hometown so I could show the people of Denmark what Canada is like.  However, as with many things in life, desire is easier than delivery.

To make an amateur video like this, I had to first actually capture footage to work with.  So in the few weeks I had left In Canada, I travelled around my local area to capture footage.  Being an Amateur, I had a terrible filming ratio of about 30:1.  This means for every 30 seconds of footage I recorded, I would only actually use 1 second for my final film.  The actual filming process involved me driving myself around with my Drone, DSLR Camera + Microphone, and GoPro.  Once I had several hours of footage, I decided it was time to begin editing.

Now, the editing process is very different than the shooting process.  It involves being finicky, precise, and most importantly, caffeinated.  I currently use Premiere Pro to edit my videos, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what that program is capable of.  I’m excited to learn even more with Premiere.

Anyways, I have made several videos like these in the past, however, some part of me has ensured they never see the light of day.  Let me explain; when it comes to creativity, I seldom release it into the world.  Be it writing, art, or even videos like these, I never release them.  If one thinks about it, there are so many reasons not to be a “creative”.  What if I release it an nobody see’s it? What if people do see it, but they don’t like it?  The list goes on.  As a result, I’ve never released anything into the world prior to this project – We’ll see how that goes.

Perhaps I’m looking at this wrong.  Perhaps I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.  Who knows.  But I want to continue.

More posts about Denmark later.  I promise"

To view his video which he will use to tell his host club about his home town and country, please click on the link below:

http://youtu.be/vRnAGVub118

 

 

 
Budding videographer- Kevin Oliver Linda Schuyler 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
At the end of August, I learned about a video project undertaken by outbound exchange student, Kevin Oliver. With his permission, I am sharing his YouTube video "Ontario by Drone" along with the story behind it. 
 

Making a Cinematic Video about Canada

Posted on August 25, 2017 by 300daysindenmark

 

"For weeks now, I have sat upon several gigabytes of raw footage, unseen to the world except to the mechanical eyes of my hard drive.  Well, today that changes.  Today I finally finished my cinematic video about my hometown.  I’ve posted a link below if you’d like to check it out.  I think this will be my first blog post that isn’t about Denmark.  But, I wanted to share the process that lead to the release of this video; from the perspective of an amateur, not only in video editing, but in life as well.

So this project began months ago, before I ever even packed my bags for Denmark.  This began out of a desire to capture the essence of my hometown so I could show the people of Denmark what Canada is like.  However, as with many things in life, desire is easier than delivery.

To make an amateur video like this, I had to first actually capture footage to work with.  So in the few weeks I had left In Canada, I travelled around my local area to capture footage.  Being an Amateur, I had a terrible filming ratio of about 30:1.  This means for every 30 seconds of footage I recorded, I would only actually use 1 second for my final film.  The actual filming process involved me driving myself around with my Drone, DSLR Camera + Microphone, and GoPro.  Once I had several hours of footage, I decided it was time to begin editing.

Now, the editing process is very different than the shooting process.  It involves being finicky, precise, and most importantly, caffeinated.  I currently use Premiere Pro to edit my videos, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what that program is capable of.  I’m excited to learn even more with Premiere.

Anyways, I have made several videos like these in the past, however, some part of me has ensured they never see the light of day.  Let me explain; when it comes to creativity, I seldom release it into the world.  Be it writing, art, or even videos like these, I never release them.  If one thinks about it, there are so many reasons not to be a “creative”.  What if I release it an nobody see’s it? What if people do see it, but they don’t like it?  The list goes on.  As a result, I’ve never released anything into the world prior to this project – We’ll see how that goes.

Perhaps I’m looking at this wrong.  Perhaps I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.  Who knows.  But I want to continue.

More posts about Denmark later.  I promise"

To view his video which he will use to tell his host club about his home town and country, please click on the link below:

http://youtu.be/vRnAGVub118

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budding videographer for The Blast e-Bulletin Linda Schuyler 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
 
It's time to learn more about our two newest members since they won't be giving their classification talks until later this fall.
 
Meet John McGarry:
 
                                                    
 
  • Born in Montreal
  • Married to wife, Mary who is a retired Mental Health Nurse
  • 2 sons and 3 stepchildren, son and 2 daughters
  • 7 granddaughters
  • Semi retired - Retired Judge
  • Practising Mediator and Arbitrator
  • They have lived in St. Marys for 4 years.
  • Has many hobbies.
 
Meet Stewart Grant:
 
                                                    
 
  • Grew up on a dairy farm north of St. Marys
  • Married to his wife, Laurie (daughter of Rotarian Gary Cumming)
  • They returned to St. Marys in 2004 to start a family
  • They have a son and a daughter
  • Stewart is an avid golfer who also enjoys hockey, curling and running.
 
To learn the rest of their stories, you will have to wait for their classification talks or better yet, introduce yourself and share your story with them.
 
 
 
Meet our newest members Linda Schuyler 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
 
Assistant Governor Dianne Yundt conducted the swearing in of new 2017-18 officers at our June 26 meeting at the home of Stan & Catherine Malcolm.  This years banner by Rotary President Risley, Making a Difference was received by new club president Ron as well as president pin.  Past President Stan was given a custom made cane compliments of Rotarian Doug Fread. Rotarian Stan and Catherine provided dinner helped by Rotarian Len.  Past president Stan thanked all who made his year a success.  President Ron vowed continued success for our club. Thank you to Nelda Oliver for the many photos at this event and many others. 
 
2017-18 Officers
 
President
President Elect
TBD
Past President
Stan Malcolm
Secretary
Treasurer
Heather Ellis
Assistant Treasurer
Bruce Radford
Foundation Chair
Doug Goudy
Membership
Public Relations 
Administration
Youth Exchange Counsellor
Youth Exchange Officer
Program Committee Chair  
Doug Goudy
Leave a Legacy Foundation
Golf Committee Chair
Sergeant-at-Arms (Prime)
Sergeant-at-Arms (Shared)
Literacy Committee Chair
Web & Social Media
Executive Secretary
 
2017-18 Rotary Club Officers Gary Cumming 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

2017 Rotary Convention offers five days of inspiring speakers, exciting events, and opportunities to connect with club members from around the world  

Rotary’s biggest get-together of the year is underway. More than 33,000 members from 174 countries have gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to renew friendships, find inspiration, and celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good in the World.

2017 Rotary Convention Rotary 2017-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

Presidential Peace Conference highlights the many Rotary programs that are helping to build a more peaceful world.

 

By Arnold R. Grahl Photographs by Monika Lozinska  

For more than a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have been developing leaders in peace and conflict prevention and resolution. But that program isn’t Rotary’s only contribution to a more peaceful world. Every time Rotary members provide clean water and sanitation, support basic education, grow local economies, or stop the spread of infectious diseases, they’re building peace.

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Back Row – Outbound Exchange Students
Kevin Oliver, Morgan Askew, Abigail Luyten, Samantha Berry
 
Third Row
Mark Oliver, Ray Bennett, Grant Barton, Lucie Stephens, Gary Cumming, Dave Cunningham, Bruce Radford, Charlie Hammond, Ron McDonald, Stew Grant
 
Second Row
Doug Frread, John Uren, Claire Sherwin, Lynn Hainer, John Harlton, Homer Rath, Gerry Teahen, Bob Stephens, John McGary
 
Front Row Seated
Maurice Oliver, Dick McPherson, Ron Aiken, Nikolas Carrizo, Stan Malcolm, Heather Ellis, Doug Goudy

 

Farewell to Nikolas Cuello Carrizo of Chile

 
 
Niko presented an emotional and grateful speech to approximately thirty-seven members and guests at Rotary Parkview that was preceded by a group photo outside and above the hall.  He thanked his host parents Sandy &  Lucie Stephens, Gerald & Deb Weersink and Brent & Terry Shackleton.  He also praised our club counselor Rotarian Lucie and Youth Exchange officer Rotarian Mark for exceptional support for the year.  Niko spoke in front of a slide of his family and showed a slide presentation of his year in review.  Niko and President Stan exchanged Club banners and Rotarian Ray presented Niko the Canadian flag.  Rotarian Mark gave Niko some gifts including a Canada 150 mug and historical slate from our townhall.  The host families spoke on their impression of their hosting Niko all with excellent reports.  Some questions were asked one of which was, what were his plans.  He plans to go to medical school.  We are all happy to have Niko as part of our Rotary life.
 
Photos by Nelda Oliver 
Niko's Farewell Gary Cumming 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

Winners of the 32nd Annual Rotary Club of St.Marys Golf Tournament held on June 8th at the St.Marys G&CC.  Left to right are Darryl Thompson, Jaden Ropp, Jeff Stewart, Rotarian Len Hawkins and Jeff Richardson.  The Club thanks the 65 golfers and the tournament sponsors who made the event a successful fundraiser.

 

Photos by Nelda Oliv

Rotary Club of St.Marys 2017 Golf Tournament Gary Cumming 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.

To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ announce new pledges toward the polio eradication effort at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. 

Gates Foundation Rotary News 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Grant won two hours of Mayor Al Strathdee's time at the Rural-Urban silent auction and decided to put him to work helping to mulch the Reading Garden and the St.Marys Library.  On Friday June 16th, 2017at 10 a.m. the Mayor joined Rotarians Doug Fread, Grant Barton and Gary Cumming to apply some mulch to certain areas of the garden.  Many thanks go out to Rotarian Grant for his organization and donation and thanks also to Mayor Al for being a good sport and a good worker.
Putting the Mayor to work. Gary Cumming 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
R.I. President Germ Welcome Speech Rotary 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Tomorrow's Leaders Gary Cumming 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Special bell cast to ring in The Rotary Foundation’s next century

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The Rotary Foundation Centennial Bell. Photo by Danilo Di Nucci

By Francesco Bruno, Communications Specialist, RI Staff

While we still need to use our fantasy to search for that hidden gateway that can launch us into the future, finding one that takes you back in history is at our reach if you happen to be at the right place, at the right time. Upon entering the large wooden door of the Marinelli Foundry in the hilltop city of Agnone, Italy, it took only a few seconds to feel like I was stepping back in time. The  scene I witnessed was one my ancestors could have observed a thousand years ago.

Four silent workers formed a circle inside a knee-high hole,  stomping the ground with their feet and a stick attached to a 10 inch round wooden base. Their motion caused finer dust to lift into the air.

It was mid-March, and while the air outside was being cooled down by the winds that swept through the snow-capped mountains, the heat inside the foundry was rising fast as the day of the casting of The Rotary Foundation Centennial Bell was approaching.

The Marinelli family has been making bells for about a thousand years and today they still do it the traditional way, by hand and fire.

The word bell derives from the ancient God of Fire known as Baal, which means “Lord or Master.” In every age and country, the bell is a universal symbol and an instrument used to communicate, notify, alarm, summon, mark the time, and call to action. For about a century, it has been used by Rotary Clubs to mark the opening of meetings and to symbolize order and discipline.

The world-famous Marinelli foundry, the only one that was granted the use of the Pontifical seal, is owned by Armando and Pasquale Marinelli, two brothers who also happen to be Rotarians. Their passion and love for Rotary has brought them to create and donate a 110 pound ornamental bell to help celebrate the Rotary Foundation Centennial. The large and shiny bronze bell resembles the one they gifted in 2005 for the Rotary International Centennial, and which is currently kept on display at Rotary’s headquarters in Evanston. This new bell, however, is embellished with a selection of images, logos, and words which tell the story of the Rotary Foundation over the past 100 years.

Thanks to all the Italian Rotary Clubs and Districts this symbolic bell was shipped overseas. It arrived right on time to take center stage at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta to ring in the next century of doing good in the world.

 
New Rotary Foundation Centennial Bell Francesco Bruno 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
On Monday May 29th John McGarry became our newest member.  Rotarian Daryl McClure conducted the induction explaining the story of Rotary and 
our mission.  Acting Rotarian Doug Goudy presented Rotarian John a certificate of membership and sponsoring member Rotarian Bob Stephens presented the Rotary pin.  The membership present welcomed Rotarian John into the club with handshakes,
John McGarry - Induction Gary Cumming 2017-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
 

Fellow Rotarians

It has now been one month since I arrived in Ibadan. Overall the experience so far has been very positive although it is difficult to be away from the family. Yesterday the daughter of one of our very good friends got married in St. Marys and I was sad that I could not be there with them. Working overseas has many benefits, but it also has its sacrifices.

For those of you who do not know, I took a sabbatical year from my position as Professor at Conestoga College and I am working at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). IITA is an Internationally renowned agricultural research centre with its headquarters based in Ibadan Nigeria. IITA was initially the idea of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and the institute celebrates its 50th anniversary in July.

Our family Middleton-Mohr has a long connection to Nigeria and IITA. My wife was born in Lagos and boasts (quite rightly although she was yet unborn in her mother’s stomach) to have been present at the Nigeria Independence celebrations on the 1st October 1960. I first came to Nigeria at Christmas in 1984 with my then girlfriend Trixie (now my wife of 31 years) to visit her parents who worked and lived in Nigeria for over 30 years. I visited for the next couple of years and in 1987 came to work at IITA as Manager of the Hotel and Catering Services. Trixie and I had 3 children while at IIITA and their firsts years were spent here in Ibadan.

I left IITA in 1997 and came to St. Marys to oversee the opening and manage the first couple of years at the Stone Willow Inn.

Early in December I was contacted by IITA who were struggling to find a manger for their hospitality and travel services. I proposed the idea of a sabbatical year to help them, everything worked out and now I am here for a year.

I manage as team of 185 national staff, we have hotel rooms, conference facilities, bars and restaurants in different locations, all the sporting facilities, book all the travel for the Institutes staff, a staff canteen serving 1500 people every lunchtime, a community store and guest houses in different locations.  The job is challenging but there is never a dull moment.

Each month I will share with you a couple of the experiences that are shaping my stay here and provide an insight why I took up this challenge when I had finally been able to carve out a very enjoyable and successful life in the beautiful town of St Marys.

Before leaving many of you may have read about the security problems in North Eastern Nigeria and the famine. One of the ways of tackling the situation is to help the local agricultural industry in those regions to increase their productivity. IITA has been working with the farmers in Borno State delivery seed and expertise in their quest to improve agricultural production. Former President said in his speech last week in Maiduguri “I consider any productive farmer a humanitarian, no matter what he or she makes. This is essentially why the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture will forever remain of one the greatest holder of the world. This is an organization whose only concern is to deploy so much resources into identifying ways by which food can be grown in higher quality and quantity to feed the world, to make the farmer grow in productivity in order to create more jobs. Agriculture remains the highest employer on earth and the IITA plays a pivotal role in sustaining this”.

On a much smaller scale. One of my employees had taken a couple of days off to go and look after his sick daughter. The supervisor was not sure what was going on so I asked him what was going on. He said that his 10-year-old daughter had not been able to walk well for a while and the school had called and told him to take her home. He was desperately looking for some money so we could take her to a traditional healer. I told him I would not be part of that but I would pay for her to visit our clinic on site. A clinical visit, an x-ray, a diagnosis, treatment and medication and his daughter is walking fine. I am not sure what would have happened without her going to the clinic, but she is now able to walk, attending school and the smile on her face was well worth the small cost.

There are so many ways to help people here but there is only so much you can do. While writing this letter 2 your men came to see me looking for work, both of them had graduated for University but were willing to do any job that is available. Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the developing world. Unemployment is not just a question of money but it also leaves those affected feeling unworthy and lost with a sense of little hope for the future. IITA has many strategies trying to address the situation and I write about those next month.

I wish all of you a happy summer, I am sure you realize what a privilege it is to live in such a beautiful town like St Marys. I am returning for my son’s wedding in early July and may see some of you then.

Tomorrow, Monday 29th May is public holiday here in Nigeria, Democracy Day and I will raise a glass and toast my good friend from Rotary.

 
Andrew Middleton
We've Got Mail - Rotarian Andrew Middleton - Nigeria Andrew Middleton 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Benefits of Rotary Fellowships:
  • Enable Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country
  • Contribute to the advancement of Rotary's public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for continuing as a member

Examples of Rotary Fellowships available to Rotarians, Rotary partners and Rotaractors...

  

The following was originally posted in the June 2016 issue of The Bridge District newsletter.

 

June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined together. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship. This joining together to share common interests and activities gained attention and operated over the years under various names as World Fellowship Activities; International Vocational Contact Groups; Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships; and finally Rotary Fellowships.

Fellowship activities vary widely. Some groups come together around hobbies or special interests. Others are based on common vocations. Some Fellowships are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects. Each Fellowship must maintain a membership base representing at least 3 Countries. Each Fellowship elects at least 3 Officers to oversee the group’s operations. Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication amongst their members and to maintain regular communication with Rotary International.

There are currently over 61 Rotary Fellowships. To find more information go to:

www.rotary.org/fellowships

 

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high

price.” -Rotary Founder Paul Harris

Rotary Fellowship is the theme for the month of June 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Share Your Passion For Rotary 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on May 27, 2017
 
   This Rotary year we saw changes to the criteria for earning the Literacy Award. Gone with the Zone Award
   and new challenges were presented with some mandatory criteria. Our club completed 22 Literacy activities
   by the end of January 2017 and we were recognized with the Gold Literacy Award.
 
 
  
 
  The Club Bulletin is based upon the judgment of a Bulletin Selection Committee. Although my work with The Blast e-Bulletin was
  recognized at the District Conference and was presented with the second place award, it was a collaborative effort with Charlie's
  work as we create two different bulletins for our membership's enjoyment.
Our club received 2 awards at the District Conference Linda Schuyler 2017-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Featured Canada 150 Video - Wesley Campbell Linda Schuyler 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Featured Canada 150 PPP - Julia Cameron Linda Schuyler 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Featured Canada 150 PPP- Emmy Jeffery Linda Schuyler 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Featured Canada 150 Video - Jacob Boyd Linda Schuyler 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Monday, May 15,2017 the Rotary Club of St.Marys was joined by several guests to hear Jane Voll speak to us about the duties of the Bank of Canada.  Above Rotarian Chris Nesbit  thanks Jane with our customary book donation on her behalf to the St.Marys Library.
Guest Speaker - Jane Voll - The Bank of Canada Gary Cumming 2017-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
ROTARY EXCHANGE STUDENT’S LETTER HOME: Year in Croatia has been filled with learning
 
 

Dear Editor:
It’s been 218 days since I’ve left for my Rotary Youth Exchange in Croatia. In that time, I have travelled to the countries of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. I have also visited
many places within Croatia, switched host families, met relatives who I thought I would never meet, and made friends from all over the world. In addition to this, I have improved my Croatian immensely
since I arrived here. I currently have 90 more days until I get on a plane and return to Canada. In that time, I will be going to Dubrovnik over spring break, going on the Euro tour for 16 days right after I finish
school at the end of April, and then right after that I’m going to Brač for a district conference.

During the Euro tour I will be traveling with the Austrian, Bosnian and Croatian inbound Rotary Exchange students to the countries of Austria, France, Italy, Croatia and the City-State of Monaca. After all of my trips,
I’m hoping to spend my last month with friends, relaxing and swimming.

During my time in Croatia I have learned a lot about the country. One thing that sticks out is that there are a LOT of grocery stores. I pass around 15 on my way to school every day.
 
Another thing people should know about Croatia is that people take their coffee very seriously here. Every Saturday morning most people dress up and go out for coffee for about two hours.

Croatia also has some really good food that I’m going to miss when I leave — like fritule, kebab (not exclusive to Croatia), and mlinci.

I have enjoyed my time in Croatia, had some good times and some bad, but I have also learned a lot. I am both excited yet sad that my exchange is soon to be over. I have had the time of my life here and
hope that if anyone has the opportunity to go on exchange that they do because it is a great experience.

Angelica Pearce
(Editor’s note: If you are
interested in learning more
about Rotary Youth Exchange
or in hosting a Rotary
Youth Exchange student
please contact Mark Oliver
at mark_oliver@mac.com.)

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANGELICA PEARCE
Pictured at top is Knin Fort, one of Angelica Pearce’s favourite places in Croatia. And below,
Pearce, left, is shown with two other Rotary Exchange students from the US, Teanna Fults
(middle) and Olivia Le Blanc (right) in Salzburg.

 

Angelica Pearce spends her exchange in Croatia 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Officer, Mark Oliver, received an email from Emily McCutcheon recently asking that he pass along her utmost thanks and appreciation to the Rotary Club of St. Marys.
 
Her message follows:
 

Good evening Mark,

 

I would like to ask you a favour, as a Rebound Exchange student, to pass on my utmost thanks and appreciation to the St. Marys Rotary Club.  

 

From August 1999 to August 2000 I had the honour of representing the St. Marys Rotary Club on exchange in Belgium.  The experience changed my life forever.  I made friends from all over the world,

I gained a family, and it fundamentally changed the way I look at the world, and the definition of family.

 

My second host family became family to me.  Life had its struggles while I was living their with them as the family dealt with alcoholism, mental health issues and cancer.  Despite that we had

a ton of laughs, found joy in the small things in life, and ate a lot of chocolate :)

 

My host mom and sister have since visited me in Canada a couple of times, and I have returned a few times as well.  Their family grew with the addition of more grandchildren, only one

grandson when I lived there, he was only a few months old, and I remember the laughter and fun we had together.  My visits to them were less frequent as time went on.  I was there

visiting again when my host brother had their fourth child, I got to hold my two day old nephew 10 years ago, and I was so blessed to be a part of their ever growing family.

 

I recently returned to Belgium to visit and reconnect with my second host family and introduce them to my youngest son and my spouse.  It had been 10 years since I had last

visited them.  Our lives had all change; more children, weddings, divorces, new partners, and new homes.  As soon as the trip was booked I couldn't wait to get there, to see them all

and introduce them to part of my family, my heart raced every time I thought about it.  As soon as the train started to reach Belgium I started to feel nostalgic, the home I knew had

not changed.  I was disoriented as we got off the train as they had built a brand new train station, and it looked nothing like the one I had known.  As we tried to ensure we had all of

our belongings with us from the train, I began to search the platform for my host mom.  It seemed like forever, and then I saw her.  My host mom, running towards me from the other

end of the platform, calling my name and tears streaming down her face.  I raced towards her, in tears as well, and we fell into each others arms.  We hugged so long I'm sure everyone else

thought they were forgotten about.  But I was home.  In the short time we were there my son developed strong relationships with my host family's young ones, he was very sad to end our trip

and not have them around any more.  I felt like it was just yesterday I had been living there, my picture is in my host moms house along with all of her children and grandchildren.

 

I want to truly thank the Rotary Club for their continued support of the Exchange program.  The duration of the exchange itself may only last a year, but the benefits, and relationships that come

out of that last a lifetime.  It makes the world a small place, it makes strangers into family, it creates a second home for people, a second family, bonds that last forever.  I cannot thank you enough for

the experience you gave me so many years ago.  It changed my life.

 

Yours truly,

 

Emily McCutcheon

 


"Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Featured Canada 150 video-Grand Trunk Trail- Jake Pfaff 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to Chair Len Hawkins and his committee for another successful Rural Urban event. The story is best told with pictures.
Master of Ceremonies - Len Hawkins
 
 Past President Ron Aitken presents final payment for our PRC pledge to Deputy Mayor Jim Craigmile
 
 
Our guest speaker, Dr. Gord Surgeoner
 
Guests at the 2017 Rural Urban event
 
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The Rotary Club of Grand Bend's Global Literacy Project had help loading container #67 destined for South Africa. Our inbound exchange student Niko Cuello Carrizo along with outbound students Morgan Askew, Samantha Berry and Abby Luyten where joined by our club Rotarians John Uren, Mark Oliver and Linda Schuyler despite the cold windy weather and intermittent snow squalls. Our crew along with approx 20 other club Rotarians and friends accomplished the task.
For more information on this project, please click on "Read More"...
 
 

inets, coat racks, 50 computers, overhead projectors or VCRs, 60 children’s work tables and stacking chairs, sports equipment for volleyball, soccer and baseball, medical supplies, 5 wheelchairs, 60 crutches, 1000 crocheted mats made from milk bags and 20,000 textbooks, reading and reference books. Sometimes dried soup mix is included.

Here's some pictures of our adventures....

  

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Special Auction item for the 91st Rotary Club of St. Marys
Rural Urban Event
 
 
Your hosts: Katherine and Stan Malcolm
 
The President's Gala Dinner in 2017
 
Katherine and Stan Malcolm are pleased to host an
All Inclusive Dinner for Four in their home.
A multi course meal generated in house will be enhanced
before, during, and following,
by appropriate refreshments, reasonable company,
a pleasant view, and a friendly dog.
 
Date: TBA as convenient to guests and hosts.
Location: 512 Emily Street, St. Marys, Ontario
Known locally as "The Last Resort".
 
The Rotary Club of St. Marys will confirm
the name of the successful bidder
to President Stan,
who will proceed with arrangements.
 
SUPPORTING ROTARY IS SUPPORTING YOUR COMMUNITY. 
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The RI Theme for the month of February is Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
 

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

How Rotary makes help happen

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

REBUILD:  We help refugees integrate and find jobs.
TRAINING: We help leaders learn how to prevent and mediate conflict.
IN ACTION: Rotary supports peacebuilding in communities and regions affected by conflict.
 

Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:

Improving quality of life -

Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.

Raising awareness of bullying -

Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.

Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families.

The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Local Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
 
On February 23, 2017 Rotary will celebrate 112 years in service to others.
It all began with these gentlemen…
 
      
 
                The first 4 Rotarians -
(Gustavus Loehr (L), Silvester Schiele, Hiram
Shorey and Paul Harris, circa 1905-1912.
 
"The Rotary Way Works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment; they can find peace if they will," Paul P. Harris, January 1946.
 
 
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Theme logo 2017-18 EN

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

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The Rotary Club of St. Marys presents Gord Surgeoner as keynote speaker at their 2017 Rural Urban event on April 8, 2017. 
His topic:  Agriculture Beyond Food and Feed plus information on some new technologies in the pipeline.
 
Gord Surgeoner, Ont, PhD 
 
When: April 8, 2017
Where: Pyramid Recreation Centre, St. Marys
Time:   Social   5:30 pm
            Dinner   6:30 pm
 
Bio follows:
 
Dedicated leader is perhaps the best way to describe Gord Surgeoner.  During his 30-year career, he has worked tirelessly to promote initiatives and champion causes that he believes are important to the well-being of the agri-food industry.
 
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1971 at the University of Guelph, Dr. Surgeoner went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Economic Entomology in 1973, also from Guelph and a Ph.D. in Forest Entomology in 1976 from Michigan State University.  Gord became an esteemed professor at the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and Plant Agriculture, where he remained on faculty until his retirement in 2004.
 
Seconded from the University of Guelph in 1999, Gord became the President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, a non-profit organization consisting of members from farm associations, universities/colleges, industry and regional governments.  The organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food. 
 
In September, 2005 Dr. Surgeoner was invested with the Order of Ontario.  This distinguished award recognizes Dr. Surgeoner's significant contribution to Ontario's agri-food sector.  
 
In addition, Gord has received the 1989 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Association, the 1994 T.R. Hilliard Award for Notable Contribution to Agricultural Extension in the Province of Ontario, the 2002 Award for Contribution to Advancing the Benefits of Biotech for Canadians, the 2007 University of Guelph Alumnus of Honour Award, the 2011 Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) Awards.  Most recently, Gord was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014, received the 2014 University of Guelph MBA Leadership Recognition in Agribusiness and Food Award, was inducted into the Wellington County Agricultural Hall of Fame in September 2014, received the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Advancement of Renewable Fuels in Canada in December 2014 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
 
Gord is a strong advocate for Canadian agriculture, the Canadian regulatory system and the opportunities Canada has in a global marketplace.  
 
Effective September 2014, Gord retired as President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, but continues to advocate on behalf of Canadian agriculture as an Associate with OAFT and through various Board positions.  Gord is currently semi-retired and working with agriculture producers and food processors on sustainability initiatives. 
 
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Canada 150- Faith Brinke - video 2016-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
 

 

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada and is held annually on January 27th to raise awareness about reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.      

 

Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing board and word games, singing, writing to a relative, making grocery lists, following a recipe and surfing the internet for fun and interesting sites.

 

ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have at least 15 minutes of fun every day with your child, your grandchild or a young relative in a literacy-related activity. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for children and parents or older relative. It establishes a culture of learning, an exchange of ideas, enriches family relationships and bolsters confidence and independent thinking.

 

(source: ABC Life Literacy Canada)  


http://abclifeliteracy.ca

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Give the gift of Rotary
 
   
For 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians' work to create sustainable solutions to our world's most pressing needs. But there is still much to do, and we need your help.
 
Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We're also working hard to end polio once and for all.
Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference.

What your gift supports:
 
$10 Mosquito bed net
Bed nets provide a safe, peaceful night's rest in countries like Uganda, where malaria is a major health concern.

$15 Polio vaccines
Polio is still a crippling threat to children in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A gift of just $15 can protect children for life.

$26.50 Books
Share your love of reading by paying for books to start libraries in classrooms and community centers around the world.

$50 Water filter
In rural Guatemala, deadly waterborne diseases are common. Personal water filters fill the need for clean water.

$85 Business classes
In the United States, business classes teach low-income entrepreneurs the skills they need to be successful.

$100 Sewing machine
With a sewing machine, a microloan, and some training from Rotary, entrepreneurs can turn their sewing skills into a thriving business.

$500 Anti-bullying campaign
No child should live in fear of being bullied. Your gift helps communities create a safe and positive atmosphere where children can thrive.

$1,000 Midwife vocational training
In remote areas, midwives provide vital prenatal care. Mothers who receive care during pregnancy are more likely to have safe births and to seek medical care for their children.

$2,650 Irrigation system
In areas where food security is a concern, irrigation systems give farmers a reliable and efficient water source so they can grow crops and provide food for the community.

Contact the Rotary Club of St. Marys if you are interested in making a donation to support our local and international projects.
Your gift supports projects like those described here but may not purchase the specific items listed.
 
 
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Posted by Mark Oliver
 

Mark Oliver:

 

Why I Joined Rotary...

I grew up as a “Rotary brat”! My father was very involved with Rotary and so was my mother. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student when I was 17 years old. I guess it was only logical that when the time was “right” that I would eventually join Rotary. The time was “right” in 2014 when my father sponsored me as a new member. (Homer Rath asked me, “What took you so long?”)  

 

I am in awe of all the good that Rotary International does in the world.  I enjoy the social fellowship of our Club. I have the deepest respect for all of the projects the Rotary Club of St. Marys has completed over its 90+ year history.  I look forward to helping our Club celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025.

 

Rotary means something different to every Rotarian. To me, right now, Rotary means Rotary Youth Exchange. It has been my privilege over the past 2+ years to work alongside some truly amazing youth, some very generous host families and some very dedicated Rotarians in this worthy program. As the Youth Exchange Officer for this Club I look forward to promoting this program that our Club has been involved with continually since 1972.

 

-          Mark Oliver

 

 

Why I joined and stay in Rotary - Mark Oliver Mark Oliver 2016-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day: October 24, 2016

 

As volunteers and advocates, Rotary members play a crucial role in the fight to end polio. Our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will come together in Atlanta for World Polio Day.

 

On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.

When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus.

Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce the number of cases to just 74 last year. When the final case is behind us, polio will be only the second disease, after smallpox, ever to have been completely wiped out.

This year's event, the fourth to be live-streamed and the first to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is our opportunity to put the fight to end polio in the public eye.

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On September 22, 2016, Rotarian Linda Schuyler, Literacy Chair presented a $600 cheque to St. Marys Public Library CEO, Shannan Sword and Kate Long Library Collections Officer to purchase e-Books, audio books and DVDs for the Rotary Club of St. Marys 'Thank You Program' in honour of their guest speakers.

In the last 4 years, our club has donated 122 books/DVDs to the St. Marys Public Library.

Rotary Club of St. Marys donates to the library Linda Schuyler 2016-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
 

All Aboard St. Marys, formerly known as Save Via, hosted a parade on Friday which included a BBQ and other events as well. The event will bring attention to, and support the need for, passenger rail service in our area. For more information email Save Via founder Chris West at chriswest@kwic.com

The Rotary Club of St. Marys helped with the BBQ. Pictured below are Rotarians Gary Cumming (L), Stan Malcolm (Club President) and Len Hawkins.

 
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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti

Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country Tuesday, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

The Category 4 storm has affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who have been moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne illnesses.

A ShelterBox response team of volunteers from Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, Friday to assess the damage and decide how best to help people. ShelterBox, an independent charity, is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.

ShelterBox has limited supplies available in Haiti and is working with the Dutch navy to bring more from nearby storage sites. The charity is also exploring a partnership with ACTED, a French nongovernmental aid agency, which ShelterBox has worked with in the past.

"We are exploring every option to get aid to Haiti as quickly as possible," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "Working in partnership could give us more flexibility and capacity to reach isolated communities in the country."

With wind speeds reaching 155 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew is considered the worst storm to make landfall in Haiti in more than 50 years.

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Linda Schuyler (C) with Julia and Incoming RI President Ian Riseley from Australia.
 
Linda represented our club at the gathering hosted by the Downtown London club on September 26, 2016. There were approx 120 Rotarians from the various London clubs and other clubs from the District in attendance. Mr. Riseley had been in Toronto organizing the International Convention for 2018. It was refreshing to hear his sense of humour throughout his speech.
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Rotary supports investment in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvements in their lives and communities.

Rotary’s Goals:
*Strengthening  the development of local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities
*Developing opportunities for decent and productive work, with a focus on women and  youth
*Building the capacity of local organizations and community networks to support economic development
*Supporting studies related to economic and community development


 

October - Economic & Community Development Month Linda Schuyler 2016-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Wine & Cheese Tasting Pierre Chateauvert 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2016

Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.

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Polio Watch (Sept 2016)
by Polio Eradication Co-Chair Joan Fisher

Polio eradication has endured an unfortunate setback in Nigeria. Two confirmed cases of type 1 of the virus came to
light in July. Prior to this detection, there had been no new cases of polio in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.

While these cases are isolated to the state of Borno, they are linked to a strain of the virus last detected in Borno in
2011. This demonstrates the insidiousness of the polio virus that can go undetected for 5 years and then paralyze two
innocent children.
 
Borno has been victim of civil unrest in recent years, suggesting pockets of children may not have
been vaccinated. Local gaps in surveillance to identify the disease may also have existed, allowing the virus to
continue circulating. To combat this latest outbreak, Nigeria’s government has stepped up immunization through
five, large scale vaccination campaigns taking place from August to November and strengthening surveillance across
Borno and at-risk communities.
 
To reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, immunization campaigns are also being
launched in the surrounding countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic.
 
Globally, as of July 13, 2016, 21 new cases of polio have been identified. There are 13 cases in Pakistan, 6 cases in
Afghanistan and 2 in Nigeria. At the same time last year there were 36 cases. Fundraising is one of the key ways to
combat the spread of this disease. Rotarians are encouraged to sponsor Past District Governor Tanya Wolff as she
participates in her 5th marathon, The Scotiabank Toronto Marathon, on Sunday, October 15th to “End Polio Now”.
 
Rotarian donors receive a tax receipt and their Paul Harris Fellow points.
 
Contact Tanya at: pdgtanya@gmail.com.         
 
     
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International Literacy Day
 
The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
 
 
Reading the Past, Writing the Future
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ERI/icons/quotes-L.png;pvc3ecf34125d1d84aThe world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ERI/icons/quotes-R.png                                                                                                         UNESCO Director-General    
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.
Now International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda. This year the focus is on innovation.
This is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context the vision of literacy is aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults. Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The target is that by 2030 all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy (SDG Target 4.6).
The International Literacy Day will be celebrated all around the world. The main global celebration of the day will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in the form of a two-day conference on 8 - 9 September, the highlight of which will be the awarding of the Literacy Prizes. At the same time the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) will be launched, a new and ambitious initiative to make all major stakeholders pull together to promote literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning.
 
 
 
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Posted on Sep 02, 2016
 

 

  

   RIPE Ian Riseley Events

 

RI President Elect Ian Riseley from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, will be visiting our District from September 24th-26th, 2016. He will be joined by his partner Juliet who is also a Rotarian and PDG.

Rotary Club of London Meeting:

On Monday, September 26th, 2016 he will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of London. The meeting will take place at the London Convention. Tickets are only $25 and you should be there by 11:45. Please contact Jim Belton jimbelton@rogers.com to confirm your attendance.

Area 2 and District 6330 Clubs Meeting- Rotary Foundation Centennial Year:

On Monday, September 26, 2016 he will be joining Rotarians in Mildmay as part of the Area 2 meeting. All Clubs are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 5:30 at the Mildmay Community Centre. Tickets which include dinner are only $25.00. Please contact AG Tim Mancell tmancell@wightman.ca with the number of people that will be attending from your Club. Mr. Riseley will be joined by Carolyn Ferguson our Senior Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation.

Please mark your calendars for these events. Mr. Riseley is a fantastic speaker and you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. Let’s give him a big District 6330 welcome and show him all the great Rotarians we have “Serving Humanity.”

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Posted by Linda Schuyler on Aug 09, 2016
  
 
                                  
                                  2016 - 2017 District Governor Diane & Bill Chantler
 
Our pictures will tell the story. First of all, we must thank President Stan and his wife, Kathryn for being such wonderful hosts for the evening. What a beautiful setting!
 
     
 
 
Group photo taken by Bill Chantler
 
The following pictures were taken by Nelda Oliver
 
DG Diane talks about the year ahead.
Remember the 3 F's ...
Fun, Fellowship, Friendship
 
 
  
AG Dianne Yundt (L) with Pres Stan Malcolm and 
DG Diane Chantler
     
 
        
 
 
 
                                                       
 
 
DG Diane Chantler visits our club Linda Schuyler 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Jul 15, 2016
 
 
 
Representing a combination of member donations along with proceeds from the 2016 Rural Urban event, the Rotary Club of St. Marys presented a cheque for $5,800 to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation 'Someone I Know' Campaign. Our club supports worthwhile community projects and our hospital is important to all citizens of our area. We wish the foundation success in reaching their goal.
 
Back row from left: Rotarians Gary Cumming, Doug Fread, Pierre Chateauvert, Len Hawkins and Homer Rath, Hospital Foundation representatives John McIntosh (chair) and Krista Linklater (fundraising coordinator).
 
Front row from left: Hospital Foundation Fundraising Committee chair Pat Craigmile, Rotarians Linda Schuyler, Doug Goudy and Heather Ellis and Hospital Foundation member Joanne Lounds.
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Posted on Jul 13, 2016
 

FORT McMURRAY FIRE RELIEF FUND UPDATE

A sincere thank you to the many Rotary clubs, organizations and individuals who have contributed to our district foundation’s Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.   Through your generosity we have received over $725,000 to date.

 

It will be some time before the funds will be disbursed.  As we have previously noted, this fund is meant for the long term rebuilding needs in the community.  In order to provide advice on those needs, the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation is establishing an allocation advisory committee.  The committee will consist of two representatives from each of the two Fort McMurray Rotary clubs as well as two representatives from Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality (which includes Fort McMurray).  It will be chaired by DGE Frank Reitz, who is also a Fort McMurray resident.

 

The terms of reference for the allocation committee contain the following criteria:

Suggested Criteria for Inclusion in Disbursement Guidelines

1. Capital needs should be given priority over operating needs.

2. The degree that the disbursement meets immediate community needs or long term

community needs should be considered.

3. The project being funded needs to be defined and specific.

4. Priority should be given to projects that would rebuild or restore property loss due to

direct damage from the fire or would assist an indirect loss attributed to the fire.

5. The project must be in the geographic area affected by the fire.

6. Sustainabilty of the project is important.

7. Priority should be given to projects for children, youth and seniors.

 

We will be posting updates on this site regarding disbursement of funds, once that process has started.  In the meantime, additional donations are needed and welcome.

Donations may be from individuals or corporations. 

 

Rotary clubs may wish to facilitate this process by collecting donations, and then forwarding either the individual cheques or a cheque drawn on the club’s account for the total amount, along with a list of the donors and their addresses and postal codes.

 

Please make cheques payable to:  "Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation" and forward to: 

 

Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation

c/o Rotary District 5370 Office

16030 – 104 Ave.. NW

Edmonton AB    T5P 0S3

 

Please annotate cheques “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund”

 

If you wish to make a donation using a charge card, you may do so using ATB Cares.  ATB matches donations with an additional 15%.  Here’s the link:

 

https://atbcares.com/bcart/add/cause/124-889886024RR0001

 

All donations made through ATB cares flow through to the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation's Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Many thanks!

 

Julius Buski, President

 

 

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Posted on Jul 04, 2016
 
Meet President Stan Malcolm and the new executive for the Rotary Club of St. Marys....
 
Back row: Gary Cumming (L), Ron Aitken, Charlie Hammond
Front row: Past President Doug Goudy (L), President Stan Malcolm, Lucie Stephens, Pierre Chateauvert
Missing: Daryl McClure
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When John Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, he said “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity". He further added that Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide.

See the RI website for more news!                  

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A note from President Doug Goudy...
The Rotary Club of St. Marys would like to thank Dale Robinson, Forman Electric, Rotary International District 6330 and the Rotarians who donated time, materials and equipment that allowed us to erect the Rotary Field Scoreboard in time for the Induction Ceremonies at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This represents a donation of $10,000 and brings the Rotary Club of St. Marys total donation over the years to $260,000 to the CBHFM. Rotary has been a long supporter of this national project to honour Canadian Baseball Greats. We see the project as laid out by the planning committee of the CBHFM as a major boost for tourism and growth in the Town of St. Marys. This scoreboard will allow tournaments with games on Rotary Field to better serve the fans who come to watch the games.
 
                           
 
 
From out of all of this hard work...
 
 
      
 
             
 
resulted in this completed installation of the electronic scoreboard...
 
Don't forget to check out the 'Rotary Scoreboard' photo album for more pictures and captions!
 
It was no small feat for the Rotary construction team to finish installing the scoreboard in time for the 2016 CBHF Induction Weekend. Although there were a number of Rotarians involved in this project from grant writing to photography, it is with deep gratitude, especially with the number of challenges we faced that we thank Pres Doug Goudy, Doug Fread, Charlie Hammond, Pierre Chateauvert and Stan Malcolm.  You are all brave men!
 
 
 
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Joep Heddes (The Netherlands) pictured with outbound exchange
student Angelica Pearce (L) who is off to Chile in August and
inbound exchange student Keely Iles from Australia who will
stay with our club until December. Claire Sherwin (District Youth
Exchange Officer) is shown behind Joep and Keely.
 
 
 
   Pres Doug and Joep exchange banners
 
Joep gave an excellent presentation about his adventures over the past year. You are a great representative of your host club, your community and your country. Thanks for the memories Joep.
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It isn't often that clubs have a member with service in Rotary for more than 50 years. In the past we have had two Rotarians who have been members for more than 60 years:
             - Herb Sparling celebrated > 63 years with our club (now deceased)
             - Frank Ball celebrated 60 years with our club when he resigned on December 30, 1999 (now deceased)         
             - PDG Maurice Oliver celebrated 50 years with our club on June 20, 2016
             - John  Rouble celebrated 56 years with various clubs on June 30, 2016
 
I never had the pleasure to know Herb but I have enjoyed working with Frank, John and Maurice over the years. Many times I have heard them and even some of our older Rotarians question the value of what they have to offer. I answer "Friendship" and "your wisdom from life".
I remind the chairs of our various committees to look for ways to include our aging Rotarians with some fun yet meaningful tasks with our projects or events, such as helping with our putting contest at the golf tournament or acting as greeter at some of our events. I am happy to say that we have done just that.
 
This month I have only received one testimonial from our eldest Rotarian in our club. His story follows in the next article.
 
Our members Linda Schuyler 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
 As chair of the social media and website committee, I am pleased to announce that the following Rotarians have joined me as administrators on the Rotary Club of St. Marys FaceBook page:
  •        Gary Cumming
  •        Lynn Hainer
  •        Lucie Stephens
At the Total Team Training seminar, I learned that we should have 4 people as administrators on our FaceBook page. All three of these Rotarians have lots of experience with FaceBook.
 
I invite each of you to check out and 'like' our club's FaceBook page.
 
  https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-St-Marys-205804042908902/
 
As well, Gary also serves in the role of 'Editor' for our website which allows him to write and post stories and pictures and update information on our website. I will continue to serve as the club's website administrator and the monthly e-Bulletin editor. If you have any topics which you would like covered, please contact us.
 
Linda Schuyler
Chair, Social Media and Website Committee
New social media committee Linda Schuyler 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Here are some pictures from our outbound exchange students. Analee and Brett are home now and Billy will return in July.
 
                       Welcome Home!
 
 
 
    
 
Analee Leavitt with friends and a little monkey.
 
   
Billy Strathdee at The Canals of Amsterdam.
 
 
 Billy Strathdee connected with Jakob Allmer while on exchange.
 
 
 
 
 Billy Strathdee at the John Lennon Wall in Prague.
 
 
Brett Dill with new friends.
 
 
Brett Dill cooling off at the waterfalls.
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Why I joined and why I stay in Rotary – John Rouble 
 
 ‘Star of Courage Medal’ pictured
 
I was first proposed for Rotary membership in Dryden, Ontario in 1962 by Colin Proudfoot, owner of a large department store. In those days Rotary was quite exclusive and adhered to the classification protocol. The local high school principal, Gordon Wood, represented the “Education Portfolio”. When Mr. Wood heard of the rejection, he recommended me to the club as “Additional Active-Vocational Education” which fit quite well into my position as Head of the Guidance Department and I was accepted. In those days candidates were accepted or declined by a membership vote, using a black or white sphere placed in a box, a single black ball declined membership. This procedure was also used by the Haliburton Club until 1990.
 
We left Dryden in 1966 as I was appointed Vice-President in Prescott, where I was classified as ‘Education Administration-Secondary’. Prescott was a great club with many pranksters. To illustrate we hosted a District Conference and the breakfast orange juice at the buffet was spiked, and that certainly softened the stiff collars.
 
One of our members was the curator at Fort Wellington. He thought we should commemorate the Fenian Raid of 1837 with an attack on our sister club in Ogdensburg, N.Y. and fire a cannon down the main street. Agreement was unanimous. We loaded a small brass ceremonial cannon in a Station Wagon and told our plans to U.S. Customs who went along with our gag. Prior to lunch we made our presence known by a discharge and roused our hosts much to the delight of both Rotary Clubs.
 
To Haliburton as Principal of the County Secondary School and immediately was looking forward to joining  the Rotary Club. Haliburton was a great club and a great experience. They were very supportive of the school and the athletic programs, especially football and hockey. And I had no problems with classification. We had a teachers’ hockey team while I was there and for several years we held a benefit game played between the teachers and the Rotary Club that filled the arena resulting in an excellent contribution to Minor Hockey.
 
The ‘aha’ moment and one of the most significant things in my life was enabled as a result of a Rotary program that taught members of the club how to resuscitate individuals by using mouth to mouth. About one week later our 14 year old son and I were privileged to save the lives of two people whose snow machine plunged through the ice in the Drag River.  At -25C at 10:30 pm, I pulled the woman from the hole and she was gagging and I performed mouth to mouth successfully.  I then fetched the man who was face down in the water and with my son’s help pulled the man to safe ice and started resuscitation and was successful as he vomited water and started breathing. The police arrived and using our snow machine we brought both up to the house and waiting ambulance.
 
The Rotary program was instrumental in saving their lives. Chris and I were awarded bravery medals by the Commissioner of the OPP and I was awarded the Star of Courage, Canada’s second highest bravery medal citation by Governor General Jules Leger.
 
I was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Haldimand County. A position I did not like as I was removed from students and for other reasons.
 
I spent my final 13 years in Yellowknife as the ||Principal of the Territorial High School for 9 years and was appointed by acclamation as the President of the Northwest Territories Teachers Association for two 2 year terms. I was a member of the Yellowknife Rotary Club during this tenure and the President of the Rotary Club for 2 years.
 
I retired in 1992, left Yellowknife and moved to St. Marys and was accepted by the Rotary Club of
St. Marys where I have been a member for the past 24 years. I have been a Rotarian for over 50 years.
 
There are several reasons why I have enjoyed being a Rotarian. I have enjoyed the enthusiasm and fellowship of Rotarians all over the world. I have taken advantage of visitation privileges by attending club meetings as I traveled and never cease to be amazed by their hospitality. I have worked on projects with the Wailuku Club in Maui and was especially pleased with their elementary school reading program. For several years I have been involved and it puts me back in the classroom teaching. I often focus on the isolation of Island life and compare it to life in Canada’s Arctic and the students find it fascinating.
 
Sincere thanks for the honorary membership in the Rotary Club of St. Marys that permits me to attend your meetings and participate in your activities.
John Rouble
Why I joined and stay in Rotary- John Rouble 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Bennett
 
Why I joined and why I stay in Rotary – Ray bennett
I arrived in St. Marys as a relative youngster, not yet having reached my 24th birthday, and being the new owner of the oldest of four St. Marys Menswear Businesses. The A. H. Loft Mens Clothing Shop founded in 1878 was a successful, quality, full line of finer quality men’s and boy’s clothing  serving the town and surrounding rural countryside.
 
As a young newcomer to the St. Marys business scene and in some awe of the shakers and movers of the St. Marys business world, including Mr. Fred Loft, my business pre-owner and a Rotary Club Charter Member. He had invited me as a new business owner to come to Rotary and speak to his club at a regular Rotary meeting. Mr Loft invited me as a guest to a couple of meetings of the 2nd oldest service club in St. Marys. (The McConnell Club, a local group of ladies had created this club at the early part of WW1 to knit mittens and scarves for the servicemen overseas and to this day act in different ways, here in St. Marys, doing social work in our community.) Still in my early years of operating my own retail business, I realized my time was required with my business.  I thanked Mr. Loft for encouraging me to join the Rotary Club of St. Marys but due to time constraints, I declined. I liked the many varied programs that Rotary does locally, Canada-wide and internationally and suggested that if and when I felt I would be able to join a service club, Rotary would be my first and only choice.
 
Some ten or fifteen years later, I was approached by a merchant neighbour, Mr. Ronald Sage, my next store druggist neighbour, to join the Rotary Club of St. Marys. I decided this was a better time and thankfully agreed to accept his offer.
 
There are several reasons why I continue to enjoy Rotary with the main reason being the International Youth Exchange which I believe may be among the best services that Rotary International sponsors that contributes to world peace and understanding.
 
In my early years as a club member, I remember that our meetings were held in different restaurants year by year.
 
In 1988, our club was instrumental in the creation of the Parkview West Seniors Living Complex. This building along with 42 suites for senior owners also has a large meeting hall for seniors recreation activities. And our club, as creators of this building, by paying a reasonable annual stipend, is one of the only clubs that I know of that can boast of a permanent meeting room with all of the facilities that a service club would require.
 
I am also, on a lighter note, a strong believer that the camaraderie of the club members would keep any member for some time well into the future….
 
Ray Bennett
Why I joined and stay in Rotary- Ray Bennett Ray Bennett 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron McDonald
 
Why I joined and why I stay in Rotary – Ron McDonald
St. Marys is the first small community that I have lived in and I was struck by the familiarity everyone seemed to have with each other. It was new to me.  So when Linda Schuyler came into ValuMart and asked if I would come out to Rotary as a guest and then to join the local club, I felt it would be a great way to meet people by becoming more involved in everyday activities.
 
After I joined Rotary, I found it to be much more than I expected and that the experience benefitted me much more than I think I benefitted the club. I found out what Rotary was all about and I enjoy being part of it. I met a lot of strangers who took an interest in me and later became friends. I became involved for the first time with a group of people who are committed to making the world a better place, a new and refreshing view of things for the sceptic I once was.
 
But most of all the largest benefit I gained from Rotary is how it has changed me. I have become more aware of the world and community around me and more sensitive to the hardships of others.
 
Ron McDonald
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Ron McDonald Ron McDonald 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Share Your Passion For Rotary 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
 
Polio Update at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul Korea:
Dr Rebecca Martin, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides a 25 minute update on polio. To date there have been 16 cases of polio between Afghanistan (5) and Pakistan (11) in 2016.
 
  • Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians there has been a dramatic increase in government accountability.
  • Recruitment of women as volunteers to give the polio vaccine in their own communities has resulted in higher numbers of children receiving the vaccine.
  • Between 17 April 2016 and 1 May 2016, the world marked a historic milestone with 155 countries and territories switching from trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine in a globally synchronized manner. This switch brings the world one big step closer to eradicating polio. This will eliminate the rare risk of vaccine-associated paralytic polio and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus.
  • The advancement made in treating polio can be used to help eliminate other diseases such as measles.
Challenges:
  • Keeping workers safe and engaged
  • Addressing fears, misconceptions in appropriate ways
  • Insecurity requires strong skills in keeping all workers safe
 
 
Polio Update- Dr Rebecca Martin 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Benefits of Rotary Fellowships:
  • Enable Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country
  • Contribute to the advancement of Rotary's public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for continuing as a member

Examples of Rotary Fellowships available to Rotarians, Rotary partners and Rotaractors...

  

The following was originally posted in the June 2016 issue of The Bridge District newsletter.

 

June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined together. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship. This joining together to share common interests and activities gained attention and operated over the years under various names as World Fellowship Activities; International Vocational Contact Groups; Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships; and finally Rotary Fellowships.

Fellowship activities vary widely. Some groups come together around hobbies or special interests. Others are based on common vocations. Some Fellowships are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects. Each Fellowship must maintain a membership base representing at least 3 Countries. Each Fellowship elects at least 3 Officers to oversee the group’s operations. Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication amongst their members and to maintain regular communication with Rotary International.

There are currently over 61 Rotary Fellowships. To find more information go to:

www.rotary.org/fellowships

 

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high

price.” -Rotary Founder Paul Harris

Rotary Fellowship is the theme for the month of June 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Benefits of Rotary Fellowships:
  • Enable Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country
  • Contribute to the advancement of Rotary's public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for continuing as a member

Examples of Rotary Fellowships available to Rotarians, Rotary partners and Rotaractors...

  

The following was originally posted in the June 2016 issue of The Bridge District newsletter.

 

June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined together. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship. This joining together to share common interests and activities gained attention and operated over the years under various names as World Fellowship Activities; International Vocational Contact Groups; Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships; and finally Rotary Fellowships.

Fellowship activities vary widely. Some groups come together around hobbies or special interests. Others are based on common vocations. Some Fellowships are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects. Each Fellowship must maintain a membership base representing at least 3 Countries. Each Fellowship elects at least 3 Officers to oversee the group’s operations. Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication amongst their members and to maintain regular communication with Rotary International.

There are currently over 61 Rotary Fellowships. To find more information go to:

www.rotary.org/fellowships

 

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high

price.” -Rotary Founder Paul Harris

Rotary Fellowship is the theme for the month of June 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Rath
 
My Rotary Story – Homer Rath:
 
I joined Rotary in 1984, after being invited, by the T.D. branch manager, Grant Berry.
 
At the time, we had recently moved to St. Marys from Arva, after purchasing the local florist shop. This was the result of a career change for me. After working for a Canadian manufacturing plant for twenty some years and achieving Assistant Plant Mgr, we were bought out by an American company and the factory closed with every one terminated.
 
By joining Rotary, I felt it would help me to get to know the community and be involved in it. I remember my first few meetings, held at the Golden Pond restaurant. Men Only! There was so much cigar smoke you could hardly see. One thing I will always remember was Rev Ross Crosby saying that the seat next to him was reserved for "someone Special". I apologized and went to look for another seat and he said, “No! No! You're that someone special”.
 
I approach Rotary as a place to have fun with people you like, while helping to do good things for others. Our vibrant club doesn't disappoint.
 
Who knows, maybe someday, I will be able to give my 2 hour presentation describing my pet fossil.
 
Homer
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Homer Rath Homer Rath 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Participants -Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick MacPherson
 

My Rotary Story – Dick MacPherson:

It was sometime in 1979, following a Town Council meeting, that fellow councillor George Ball invited me to a Rotary meeting. “To be honest” said George “we are looking for new members and especially younger members.” I explained that with two retail stores, Town Council, two council committees and my love of baseball, my time was well committed. “Rotary is looking for busy people” he said, “they make the best members; but I promise you that will be understood and you will not be pressured. Rotary International is a successful service organization and you will be proud to be a member. Through your membership alone, you will be making a valuable contribution. Your participation at our weekly meetings will both educate you regarding the objectives of Rotary and will provide you the type of fellowship you will enjoy.”

I took him up on it and it has been a joy! The membership fees were small. Most of the meetings were interesting and I have friends from Rotary that I would not likely have known.

I have been sorry to see some members leave after a few months or even years. Some had joined- I suspect – hoping for new business clients, but the most common reason given for leaving has been
“I couldn’t give it the time needed to make it meaningful.”

In the April 2016 issue of Rotarian magazine, Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran tells of a man arriving in Kolkata, India to see Mother Theresa. He was directed to the back of the building where he found her cleaning toilets. Mother Theresa assuming he was there to help handed him the tools saying she would be back. He finished the toilets before handing her the airline tickets he had come to deliver. The gentleman told that story many times and referred to the experience as being transforming in that he had put his hands to Mother Theresa’s work.

I thought that was the sense in which George Ball had been right. A very small number of Rotarians have had hands on experience in national or international Rotary projects yet the small contributions we make are part of the work of an effective organization.

I wish many of those who felt insignificant had stayed with us. We would be stronger for it.

Dick MacPherson

Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Dick MacPherson Dick MacPherson 2016-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lucie Stephens
LUCIE STEPHENS:
 

Why I joined Rotary

I am often asked why I chose to join Rotary.  The puzzled looks clearly show what is on their mind: “but your hair isn’t grey and you’re not retired.”  My answer is simple, Rotary once gave me a life-changing opportunity and I feel I have a social responsibility to give back and to pay it forward whenever I can.  

When I was seventeen, my Rotary district selected me to represent them and to be an ambassador for my country as a Rotary International Exchange Student.  This opportunity was a defining moment in my life.  I was exposed to a new culture, to a new language, and I got to live with families who were very different from my own.  This experience taught me compassion for others, to never judge a book by its cover and that anything is possible, if we work hard, and follow our path.

Finding Rotary again in my adult years has been a blessing to me.  I now get to meet like-minded individuals and to make a difference in the lives of others.  We all have a role to play in leaving this world a better place.  Our journey is but a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things, but if every one of us did just a little bit every day, we could ease the journey for those who follow behind us.  Our legacy would be a great one.

One person can absolutely make a different, but a group can change the world.

Lucie Stephens

Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Lucie Stephens Lucie Stephens 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
In celebration of Youth Services, here are some recent photos of our Inbound/Outbound Exchange Students. Do you recognize these inbound/outbound exchange students?
 
Joep Heddes (The Netherlands) Laura Vink and Angelica (both 2016-2017 outbound students) 
and Keely Iles (Australia) with Kevin Oliver (participant in '2016 Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders)
enjoy the 2016 90th Rural Urban Event in St. Marys.
 
 
Analee Leavitt and her new friends. 
 
  
Billy Strathdee and his friend in Athens.
 
Brett Dill out diving and enjoying the water. 
 
 
The month of May celebrates Youth Services Linda Schuyler 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
Oh what a party! Well done and congratulations to Len Hawkins and his committee. A big thank you to Janice Mitchell, our caterer, our volunteers and our sponsors - Ulch Transport, Vet Purchasing, Waghorn Stephens & Sipos. Thanks to Rotarian Ray Bennett for showing up with his Rural Urban suit. We enjoyed seeing it again. The live auction brought very active bidding when it came to Janice Mitchell's 8 homemade pies. Who would have thought we could receive bids of $40 per pie which turned out to be the steal of the evening let alone $100 each and then the last two pies brought in $130 each. Our District Governor, Nancy Ottwell, was delighted to be the lucky bidder at $130. We are certainly appreciative of the spirit of our audience who grasped the idea that this fun was all in the name of charity. The community will benefit from their generosity. We used to talk about the cinnamon buns that went for $65 per dozen. Now the pies will be the talk of the town.
 
Doug Fread, Chair of the Awards Committee announced two winners of the 'Service Above Self' award: Linda Schuyler and PDG Maurice Oliver, pictured below receiving their plaques from Ray Bennett:
 
 
 
 
 
Our keynote speaker Tim MacDonald was very interesting as he told the story of finding the Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships.
 
  
The refitted trawler used to find the Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships.
 
                                         
Tim MacDonald and Rotarian David Cunningham
 
Perhaps you might be interested in seeing two pieces of Arctic porcelain depicting the Franklin ships from a Rotarian's collection.
 
 
   
 
Successful 90th Rural Urban Linda Schuyler 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
Purpose : The Seminar For Tomorrow’s Leaders is a youth service program Rotary international District 6330, with clubs in Michigan and Ontario. The Seminar combines lectures and discussions on career knowledge, international understanding, service opportunities, small group leadership and team development experiences and exercises. The program's been designed only for students who already shown leadership interests and skills. The effectiveness of the program depends upon the commitment of every student participant to be fully involved in every minute of the planned activities. Sharing of leadership experience and ideas with other student leaders, under the guidance of university student counselors is a vital part of the dynamic of this program. The Seminar will provide a very full program. There will be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions, with very limited free time.
 
History: The Seminar For Tomorrow's Leaders was begun in 1961 by Past District Governor, the late Herb J. Farrow, a London East Rotarian, who observed a similar program and recognized its potential value for student leaders in the District. His idea was enthusiastically supported by a recommendation from Lapeer Rotarian, Frank White. Thus the District 6330 program is older than most Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programs now held throughout the world. The Seminar became coeducational, and moved from church camps to college campuses in 1981. Facilities at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, and campuses in Michigan, USA, have been used since 1981.
 
Criteria for selection of participants: Each Rotary club may establish a youth committee, assign responsibility to an existing committee or director. The club then determines the number of participants it will sponsor. At this point, the club works with secondary school principals and counselors to choose the student leaders who will attend the Seminar. It should be emphasized that the choice of genuine leaders from schools is critical to the success of the program. Wherever possible, clubs are encouraged to send equal members of young men and young women. Schools would be well advised to recommend students are in the next‐to‐last secondary school year (Grade 11). In this way the outcomes of their leadership experience can be of significant benefit to the school and its programs in the following year.
History of 'Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders' 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
2016 District Conference Video Invitation 2016-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
 
Our purple crocus waterfall has had challenges this year. The warm weather in February brought some early blooms as shown in the following pictures taken in early March 2016 by Rotarian Ron Aitken. Since then we have had several frosty mornings and even two snow storms which have delayed further blooming. I hope that you have taken a look at the crocuses. I visited Cadzow Park on Monday and noticed there are hundreds of blossoms at the top of the waterfall waiting for warmer weather to coax them into full bloom. Don't be discouraged! Remember in another four years there will be a spectacular display of colour.
 
  
 
March 10, 2016 - Ron Aitken            
 
March 10, 2016 - Ron Aitken                                               
 
Here are two more pictures of our crocus waterfall.
 
  
 
March 30, 2016 - Pres Doug Goudy  
 
Early April 2016 - Claire Sherwin
 
Crocuses at Cadzow Park Linda Schuyler 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
 
Polio this week as of 30 March 2016
 
  • There are two weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine. Learn more about the switch through this series of videos.
     
      
    Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases

     
Total cases
Year-to-date 2016
Year-to-date 2015
Total in 2015
WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
Globally
9
3
21
1
74
32
- in endemic countries
9
0
21
1
74
 3
- in non-endemic countries
0
3
0
0
0
 29

 
- See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx#sthash.iFnBgFhf.dpuf
Polio Update as of March 30, 2016 - 9 cases 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kessley Jennings on Apr 06, 2016
 

Why I joined Rotary-

During a winter visit to ValuMart in St. Marys, I met Bill Vine who was selling Christmas draw tickets. I asked him how he got to do this and his answer was that he was a Rotarian. How does one become a member? My real estate broker was the then president so I was sponsored by (Ron Morrison). The rest is history!

From becoming a member I saw that there were areas to which I could contribute to the Rotary and thus the community.

Since joining, I took notes, attendance and became the secretary as the current secretary Linda McSweeney was moving to a different city.. I was recruited to be the new secretary, followed by training and the learning of each members' names.

So why did I join the Rotary -was to do some community service in the community that my family adopted as our new home!

 

Kessley Jennings

Why I joined and stay in Rotary- Kessley Jennings Kessley Jennings 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2016
(Adaptation from District Newsletter dated April 2016 )
In the Rotary world, the month of April is dedicated to Maternal and Child Health. It is our goal to improve the lives of mothers and their children by reducing the mortality rate for children under the age of five, reducing the maternal mortality rate, improving access to essential medical services and trained health care providers and supporting studies related to maternal and child health.
 
According to the World Health Organization, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death and disability for women in developing countries. Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and 80% of maternal deaths could be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. millions of children die each year from treatable and preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce the rate, we can provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. We can provide birthing kits. We can support vocational training teams of medical professionals specializing in obstetrics to train community health care workers in prenatal care. Our projects will help to ensure sustainability by empowering local communities in developing countries to take ownership of their health care training programs. What a wonderful way to "Be a gift to the World"!
 
Here is a link to a short video -     https://vimeo.com/33690570
 
 
 
Area of Focus- Maternal and Child Health Linda Schuyler 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
 
In the Rotary world, we acknowledge a different theme for each month of the year. March happens to be 'Water and Sanitation' which is one of Rotary's 6 areas of focus. In addition, March 22nd is recognized as World Water Day. I have posted two pages from the 'Rotary's Areas of Focus' publication which introduces the third area of focus 'Water and Sanitation'. It may be difficult to read the fine print in the following two articles so please refer to our website (www.rotarystmarys.ca) and look for downloadable file on the right side of our home page titled 'Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus'.
Rotary's Theme for the Month of March is Water & Sanitation Linda Schuyler 2016-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Area of Focus - Water Quality & Improved Access to Water 2016-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
 
Polio this week as of 24 February 2016
 
  • GPEI have published six new videos on ‘Securing a Polio Free World’ covering topics including the polio vaccines, circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses and the upcoming ‘Switch’. The videos are available in both English and French.
  • There are eight weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more about the reasons behind the switch here. Read more ongoing preparation for the switch here.
     
     
      
    Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases
Total cases
Year-to-date 2016
Year-to-date 2015
Total in 2015
WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
Globally
2
2
10
0
74
31
- in endemic countries
2
0
10
0
74
 3
- in non-endemic countries
0
2
0
0
0
 28
 
 
Case breakdown by country
 
Countries
Year-to-date 2016
Year-to-date 2015
Total in 2015
Onset of paralysis of  most  recent case
WPV
cVDPV 
WPV 
cVDPV
 WPV
cVDPV 
 WPV
 cVDPV
Afghanistan
0
0
1
0
20
0
20-Dec-15
NA
Pakistan 
2
0
9
0
54
2
22-Jan-16
09-Feb-15
Guinea
0
0
0
0
0
7
NA
14-Dect-15
Lao PDR
 0
2
0
0
0
7
NA
11-Jan-16
Madagascar
0
0
0
0
0
10
NA
22-Aug-15
Myanmar
0
0
0
0
0
2
NA
05-Oct-15
Nigeria
0
0
0
0
0
1
NA
16-May-15
Ukraine
0
0
0
0
0
2
NA
07-Jul-15

NA: onset of paralysis in most recent case is prior to 2015. Figures exclude non-AFP sources. Madagascar, Ukraine and Lao PDR cVDPV1, all others cVDPV2. cVDPV definition: see document "Reporting and classification of vaccine-derived polioviruses" at http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Resources/VDPV_ReportingClassification.pdf. Implementation as of 15 August 2015.
- See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx#sthash.X7vOVRBF.dpuf
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Posted by Maurice Oliver on Feb 27, 2016
 
Maurice Oliver’s Rotary Story:
Rotary is one of the most trusted organizations in the world. Membership in Rotary opens many doors and magnifies the possibilities of making a difference.
 
After leaving the RCAF, I married Betty Bushfield and opened a photography business in St. Marys. I was asked to join the Lion’s Club and although I went to a few meetings, I decided it was not for me. Later Dr. Bill Davis asked me to photograph his Carnival Glass collection and then invited me to come to several Rotary meetings which led me to join on June 20, 1966.
 
Soon after Rotarian Herb Sparling asked me to join his Crippled Children Committee and I became involved in Easter Seals as a local director and then as National Director in Toronto. As a side note – PDG Scott Whaley (member of our club) was responsible for bringing Easter Seals to Canada. While serving as Chairman for 6 years for Woodeden (the Easter Seal Camp at Komoka), I was inspired to have a tree house built so the children could have the experience of outdoor sleeping overlooking the valley and Thames River below. The treehouse is still very much in use and appreciated. It is good to still be in contact with many of the children who we (Rotary Club of St. Marys) helped and who attended Easter Seal Camps around Ontario. E.G. - Missy Little, Laura Elliott, Jesse Davidson, Sherry Campbell and Susie Mathias who is now on the Board of the Mouth & Foot Painters.
 
Betty and I attended our first International Convention in Mexico City where I saw what Rotary was all about and became a true Rotary believer. Over the years I have been to 20 or more Conventions world-wide. Rotarians Bill & Betty Hanly, Gord & Helen Gregory went to some conventions with us.
 
One of the proud endeavours was when Rotarian Oliver Gaffny from Stratford and I went around this District promoting the new District Youth Exchange Program. Bellabeth Porter was the first student that our club sent abroad. Paul Bedford and my son, Stephen, were the next to go. Stephen went to South Africa. It pleases me that my son, Mark, has joined Rotary and is doing an excellent job as Youth Exchange Officer for St. Marys. Mark had the experience of being chosen to go on exchange to Australia.
 
In my 50 years in Rotary, I have only missed attending a few District Conferences where there is much to be learned. In 1974, I was chosen to take a Group Study Exchange Team to South Africa for 6 weeks. Great Experience!
 
In 1979, I was asked to run for District Governor for 1981-1982 and was the last elected District Governor. After that, DGs were appointed by a committee.
 
In 1980, I married Nelda Mossip and since then we have attended most of the Zone Institutes for DGs and other Rotary leaders where we have met many of the International Presidents.
 
During my year as DG, another DG from the Dominican Republic requested my help for a young mother and her baby who needed heart surgery. The Rotary Club of St. Marys stepped in and did everything to bring baby Indera and her mother Evangelista to St. Marys to have heart surgery in London. Indera survived the surgery but died shortly afterwards. Our towns people were heartbroken as well as our family as the two of them had stayed in our home.
 
In my 38 years of perfect attendance, attending clubs around the country and other parts of the world has enriched my Rotary knowledge with world understanding and peace. Through Rotary we have met many good friends from around the world.
 
Being a Rotarian has blessed not only me but my family, my business, and my town and beyond. Thank you.
 
At 85 years of age, I look forward to continuing serving Rotary…only in a smaller capacity.
 
ROTARY – Learn to give, not to take.
               Learn to serve, not to rule.
 
Maurice
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-PDG Maurice Oliver Maurice Oliver 2016-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
 
On February 23, 2016 Rotary will celebrate 111 years in service to others.
It all began with these gentlemen…
 
      
 
                The first 4 Rotarians -
(Gustavus Loehr (L), Silvester Schiele, Hiram
Shorey and Paul Harris, circa 1905-1912.
 
"The Rotary Way Works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment; they can find peace if they will," Paul P. Harris, January 1946.
 
 
Rotary celebrates 111 years in service-Feb 23, 2016 Linda Schuyler 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
History
 
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”—Paul P. Harris
 
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
 
 
Our ongoing commitment:
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
 
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
 
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
 
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988. (website: Rotary History)
 
At the 2016 International Assembly, Dr. Hamid Jafari, outgoing Director of Global Polio Eradication Initiative provided updates about polio eradication. Since August 2014, only Afghanistan and Pakistan remain as polio endemic countries. Africa has been polio free for over 1 year. In 2015, Nigeria was removed from the polio endemic countries and the country is working hard to keep the country polio free. We mark 5 years without a case of wild polio virus in India and 2 years since the last case in Syria.
Rotary History Linda Schuyler 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
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How Rotarians Wage Peace
by James Thomas, Promoting Peace District Co-Ordinator
 
Rotarians have long been active in efforts to encourage and promote peace. The fourth ‘Object of Rotary’ is to advance” international understanding, goodwill and peace”. In 1942, prior to the creation the United Nations, Rotarians from 21 nations organized a conference to delve lop ideas for advancing education, science, and culture across nations. This meeting was the foundation of what is now UNESCO. Rotarians were involved in the creation of the United Nations at the founding meeting in 1945 and continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the UN.
 
More recently, Rotary developed Peace Fellowships in concert with nine universities world-wide and more than 1,000 graduates are now in the field working on peace. Three examples of their efforts are:
 
Path Heang who worked as a child in rice fields of a Khmer Rouge camp and attended the peace program at the University of Queensland in 2002-2004 is now a Chief of Field Offices for the UN in Cambodia working in some of Cambodia’s poorest areas on issues affecting children and women.
 
Maria Effendi attended the University of Bradford in 2006-2008 and co-founded the Department of Peace and Conflict Management at National Defence University in Islamabad Pakistan. She teaches peace building in the Master program.
 
Timothy Kariuki (Chula, January 2009) is in South Sudan serving as state adviser for conflict mitigation and stabilization initiative.
 
These Fellowships for Masters Degrees and Certificates are available to eligible candidates in our District. If your club knows of a potential candidate, please identify them to your Assistant Governor and we can follow up with them.
 
Individual Rotarians can take an active role in promoting peace by speaking out on those things that divide us and joining efforts locally that promote peace such as conflict resolution training for youth. Rotarians can also join the Rotary Action Group for Peace (www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org). This Rotary Action Group provides resources for projects in conflict resolution, mediation techniques and much more. Important projects are identified that may inspire you and need help such as prevention of youth violence in the upcoming February’s elections in Uganda. Youth are often both the instigators and target of violence in the aftermath of elections and this project works to prevent violence.
 
When you ask your self – What can I do about peace? The answer is get involved. Join the Rotary Action Group for Peace, be active in promoting peace related programs in your community, sponsor a Peace Fellow, and speak out for peace, goodwill, and international understanding.
How Rotarians Wage Peace Linda Schuyler 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Aitken on Jan 24, 2016
Ron Aitken:
 
I was aware of the Rotary Club of St. Marys for several years before I became a member. Rotarian Grant Barton invited me to a couple of meetings and also allowed me to act as a Friend of Rotary for the Dragon Boat races held on the Thames River. At that time I felt as if I was too busy with work and family. (I also didn’t really feel as if I fit the social strata that I imagined Rotary members to be. This turned out to be a totally erroneous assumption)
 
 When I retired in June 2010, I knew that I needed a social component to my life as outside of work I had always gravitated towards solitude. Adrian Elderhorst who was my neighbour began inviting me to meetings. After attending a couple of meetings, I decided to join the Club to give me the social exposure that I sought. During these “trial” visits, I also discovered that I quite liked the Club members and had common interests with many of them.
 
After joining, I discovered that the Club was involved in local community and international involvement to a greater extent than I had imagined. There was also a very explicit expectation that membership carried an obligation to participate in these activities. This was perfect for me because I always felt that if I was going to be a part of something, I was going to engage fully.
I am particularly enthused by our Youth Exchange Program and the many ways we support our local youth whether it is sponsoring youth sports clubs, providing leadership training or supporting educational programs in schools. We also have a working relationship with the Upper Thames Conservation Authority and this allows us to put some focus on the environment and the natural habitat in
St. Marys.
 
There have been a number of “ah ha” moments: the completion of our Rotary Trout Creek Park, a beautiful addition to our community, contributing money to third world countries, notably Haiti, through another local group. But the brightest spark came during my second year when I was invited to interview regional students who had applied for our exchange program. It was a revelation how bright, articulate and involved in their communities these students were. I continue to be amazed with the talents and abilities our local outgoing students, and incoming students exhibit.
 
Ron Aitken
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Ron Aitken Ronald Aitken 2016-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
 
2016-17: Rotary Serving Humanity
 
 
 
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
2016-2017 Presidential Theme- 2016-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Uren
John Uren:
 
I joined the Rotary Club of St. Marys in 1993, and was sponsored by Rotarian Bob Stephens, who had been our family lawyer for some time.
 
Prior to joining Rotary, I had been a member and past president of the Optimist Club of Kintore. Our family farm is located in the North West corner of Oxford County, and our 2 sons Jason and Jeffrey attended public school at Wildwood Park and A J Baker in Kintore. Since the Optimist Club holds itself out to be the “Friend of Youth” I thought that I should support local youth activities in Kintore.
However, since we live close to the Perth / Middlesex boundry, our sons would attend high school in St. Marys, and since our family’s attention was shifting more in that direction, I was interested in the opportunity to join Rotary here. I was impressed with the concept of Classification, and was proud to have “Insurance Advisor” on my Rotary badge.
 
There was a certain protocol in Rotary, and senior members such as John Mountain, Clark Ready and Maurice Oliver made sure that the meetings were conducted correctly, and with dignity, while still having fun and getting business done.
 
Parkview West was a big item on the agenda at that time, and I was amazed at the commitment and dedication that was shown by members such as Ray Bennett and Bob Stephens, and that so much could be accomplished by our Club. As time went on, I learned of a great many other initiatives which had been undertaken by Rotary in St. Marys and the surrounding area. I also grew to appreciate the role of Rotary throughout the world, and the impact of projects like Polio Plus, Rotary Youth Exchange, and so many more.
 
During this time, I took an area position with TD Evergreen, which would take me to meet advisors and clients in offices from Windsor to Muskoka. I was always impressed by the way my Rotary pin would be recognized in all centres, and that it was an instant bond with others, and a great conversation starter.
 
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to feel that I have contributed, in my own small way, to Rotary, both locally and internationally, including being Club President in 1995 / 96, a task for which I felt totally inadequate in the beginning, but which gave me a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction by the end of my term, mostly due to the generous support and encouragement offered by the membership. Meetings have always been filled with good food and good fellowship.
 
I have always felt welcomed and accepted as part of the group, and have been proud to be a part of what Rotary stands for, and I am pleased to have my plaque with the Rotary Four Way Test hanging on my wall today.
John Uren
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-John Uren John Uren 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Hawkins
Len Hawkins:
 
We moved back to St. Marys in 1993 after living in other parts of Ontario, including on a farm locally, for about 30 years. Even though Janice and I grew up in the area we had really lost contact with a lot of people and businesses. Bob Stephens introduced me to Rotary and I found it was a great way to become acquainted with the local business people and get involved in the community. After a few meetings I was "hooked" with the idea of working with a group of people that had a common cause of making the world a better place to live for the future. 
 
There is a place for anyone in Rotary - all you need to do is find your passion for "giving back" to your community. Personally I enjoy working on fund raising projects with groups of people with a similar interest. There is always a lot of creativity, fun and satisfaction at the end of the event which means that while improving people’s lives we can do it with a smile.
 
In summary, we are only here for a little while - so it’s good to try and make things a little better on the way through.
 
Len
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Len Hawkins Len Hawkins 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Cunningham
David Cunningham:
 
In 1992 I was asked and subsequently sponsored by Rotarian John  Hensel to join Rotary, this was after I had attended a meeting and had given the Rotarians a tour of the new Dana plant that had just been built in St. Marys.
I was impressed with the mix of professional and business people that formed the Club at that time, the business attire and the formal approach to conducting a meeting.
 
The International scope of Rotary, the local projects and the level of acknowledgement that; Rotary was a Club with status in the community were all factors in my decision.
 
Why do I stay in Rotary:
  • The innovative fundraising ideas and the level of participation within the club.
  • The ongoing effort to eradicate Polio and all the activities that support the program.
  • The projects that Rotary supports and funds throughout the World.
  • The comradery and good natured fun that we have at our meetings.
  • The quality of speakers we have at our weekly meetings.
 
 
David Cunningham
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Dave Cunningham David Cunningham 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Teahen
Gerry Teahen:
 
In the late 60`s I was asked to join the Kinsmen Club; a very active young men`s club in
St. Marys. It was an opportunity for me to get to know more people and a chance to serve the community. I belonged to Kinsmen until 1976 when I went into municipal politics. I served in municipal politics for fifteen years, six years as a councillor and nine years as mayor.
 
In 1987 our daughter, Donna came home from school and expressed an interest in being an exchange student. The literature was informative and after much excitement she applied and was accepted.  She was in Finland for one year and it was a life changing event for her.  She had grown over the year into a beautiful young lady. It was amazing.
 
In 1992 when I retired from municipal life I was approached by my good friend Ray Bennett and he asked me to consider joining Rotary. Ray explained to me the workings of the club and the projects that Rotary had completed locally and world-wide.  After discussion with my wife Roberta and reflecting on the unique experience Donna had in Finland as an exchange student, I joined Rotary.  I have been a member of Rotary for 22 years. In that time I have served on a number of committees and twice as President 1996 -1997 and 2011 – 2012. 
 
Why I stay.
 
  • Work with great people
  • An opportunity to improve our community
  • The exchange program is amazing
  • An opportunity to meet great people from other clubs
  • Worthwhile projects that provide an opportunity for hands on work for the community.
 
My ‘aha’ moment:
My first of many aha moments was in 2005 when our club took on the project of constructing a Rotary Reading Garden at the library. The project marked the                               
 
  • 100th Anniversary of the St Marys Carnegie Public Library 1905 – 2005
     
  • 100th Anniversary of Rotary International 1905 -2005
     
  • 80th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of St Marys
 
I had the privilege to chair the project for the club. Through the efforts and generosity of the community: Rotary club members provided labour for the project, donations came from individuals and several business, the selling of benches, and a donation of $5,000 from the District 6330 which enabled the club to raise the complete cost of the project which was $64,000.  On May 1, 2005 we turned the garden over to the Library.   
 
Gerry Teahen
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Gerry Teahen Gerry Teahen 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Hawkins on Jan 20, 2016
 
 
 
Rotary Club of St. Marys
                           
 Rural Urban 90th Celebration
 
Tim MacDonald Presentation on Franklin Expedition
 
 
                April 9th – Pyramid Recreation Centre
            Social 5:30 – Dinner 6:30
          Tickets $30 – Available From Any Rotarian or
              M & M Variety
 
 
   
Rural Urban 90th Celebration Len Hawkins 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 15, 2016
 
Rotary condemns deadly attack on polio
security personnel in Pakistan
 
Rotary members and our partners in the fight to eradicate polio offer our heartfelt condolences and express a deep sadness in the wake of a horrific bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, that took the lives of at least 15 security personnel on 13 January.
This tragic attack outside a polio immunization center is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by Rotary, our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and the brave women and men on the front lines of our effort to protect all children from the paralyzing effects of polio. While the bombing will be investigated, one thing is clear: The security personnel who were killed died because their job was to protect teams of polio immunizers. We applaud the government's commitment to continue the vaccination campaign throughout Pakistan, which is one of only two countries where the poliovirus is still endemic.
Today we pause to honor the sacrifice made by the heroic police officers killed. Yet our 30-year commitment to end polio remains steadfast. Even as we absorb the horror of this bombing, we are redoubling our efforts to educate families and build confidence in the safety of polio vaccines, and to engage community and religious leaders to support our campaign.
We are closer than ever to achieving a polio-free world. Vast improvements have been seen in Pakistan, with more than 80 percent fewer cases in the country than in 2014. In order to stop polio in Pakistan in 2016, we must ensure the safety of vaccinators to reach every child.
And today, our release of $35 million in grants for polio eradication signals our determination to finish the job to which thousands of courageous individuals have committed themselves, and to never forget the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in this effort.
Rotary News
13-Jan-2016
 
Rotary condemns deadly attack Linda Schuyler 2016-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 29, 2015
Something to think about...........
 
 
RITE (Rotary Inter-country Teacher Exchange)
 
 
 
RITE is a cultural exchange of teachers between participating countries.  For approximately one month, the participants teach their language to students that have a need and/or desire to learn the teacher's language.  In return, the teacher learns about the people, the language and the culture of the host country.  The overall purpose is to promote international goodwill and understanding.
 
 
Rotary Inter-Country Teacher Exchange -RITE 2015-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
 

 

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada and is held annually on January 27th to raise awareness about reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.      

 

Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing board and word games, singing, writing to a relative, making grocery lists, following a recipe and surfing the internet for fun and interesting sites.

 

ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have at least 15 minutes of fun every day with your child, your grandchild or a young relative in a literacy-related activity. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for children and parents or older relative. It establishes a culture of learning, an exchange of ideas, enriches family relationships and bolsters confidence and independent thinking.

 

(source: ABC Life Literacy Canada)  


http://abclifeliteracy.ca

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Posted on Dec 28, 2015
 
 
 
 
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:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
The 4 Way Test reinforces Vocational Service Month 2015-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Dec 28, 2015
 

It's hard to believe that another year is almost behind us.  As we celebrate the new year in our own special way, let's resolve to be the best person that we can be. Kind and helpful to all. And as Rotarians we will remember our motto "Service above Self".

 

I am so proud of our club...we enjoy each other's company and we work together to bring so many benefits to our community.  The residents of St. Marys and area have been very supportive of our activities over the years and I was reminded of this again as I handed out our 5th Annual Calendar of Historic St. Marys. Thanks to everyone.

 

Good health to all and may you enjoy a happy and prosperous new year. Cheers!

 

Bringing in the New Year! Linda Schuyler 2015-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Oliver on Dec 28, 2015
​A BIG WELCOME TO
 
Keely Iles - Incoming Youth Exchange Student from Australia 
 
 

Keely Louise Iles is her name and she arrives on January 16th.  She just celebrated her 15th birthday on December 19th. She is from the town of Mudgee (pop. 15,000) in New South Wales, Australia. (Four hours from Sydney) She is the youngest of three children in a family of five. Her interests include music, art, ancient history, agriculture, makeup artistry and human anatomy.  At school she competes on the spelling bee team, cross country running team and netball team.  She also serves as a kindergarten mentor.

 

Her first host family is Nicole and Steve Malcho. (Nicole is a former Rotary exchange student from St. Marys who went to Australia.) Keely's second host family is Greg & Ellen Bettger and her last host family is Rod & Bonnie Betteridge.

 

 

Janet & I will be hosting a welcoming party for her at our home on Saturday, January 23rd.  All Rotarians are welcome to attend.

 

 

Regards,

 

Mark Oliver

YEO - Rotary Club of St. Marys

Meet Keely Iles - our newest incoming exchange student Mark Oliver 2015-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Think about giving to what you really care about 2015-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Class trip

We went to the rice fields to swim in mud and learn about the process of making rice, and then to a temple and market. It’s times like these I feel like I never want to leave Thailand at all!! I’m so lucky to have these amazing friends. 
 
 
Khao San Road//Rattanakosin
My parents were kind enough to take me to Khao San Road, one of the most famous tourist spots in Thailand. It’s So busy and crowded but so much fun, though it’s honestly known for its bars, clubs, and cheap accommodations, there’s so much more to the crowded place than its fame. The people are nice, the food is amazing, and you meet so many new people!!
 
Please click on 'Read More' for her continued story and more pictures!
Analee in Thailand Linda Schuyler 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Great fun was had by all. The evening was full of surprises when the club presented Rotarian Len Hawkins with a double Paul Harris recognition for his outstanding and continued service to our club and community for many years. The club also recognized immediate Past President Marion Creery with a Paul Harris recognition for her service as club President for 2014-2015. A few pictures follow:
 

Len Hawkins (L), Bob Stephens and President Doug Goudy
 
Ron Aitken (L), President Doug Goudy and Marion Creery
 
Janet Oliver (L), Sandy Stephens, YE Counsellor Lucie Stephens,
YE Officer and YE student Joep Heddes from The Netherlands.
 
 
Rotary Club of St Marys Annual Christmas Party Linda Schuyler 2015-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
 
Why I Joined Rotary - Pierre Chateauvert
 
After working in the Middle East for two years, my wife and I returned to St. Marys to retire for good.  I knew that I would need more to occupy my time and as it happened, a best friend had just joined Rotary.  After some thought, I felt that Rotary would be a good fit for me too as the club was very active in the community and in the world. These were things that appealed to me about Rotary.  Little did I know how vast the Rotary world is!  If you have an interest, chances are that Rotary has a spot for you.
 
Rotary has an amazing three part leadership program that really opened my eyes to the world of Rotary.  Every new member need to make the effort to take part in this program as I feel it was a key factor in keeping me in Rotary.  There is so much to be involved in.  However, if your focus is not the world, there is plenty to do in our own community.  And Rotarians help each other, not only individually, but as clubs.  Requests for help come from other clubs all the time and I am always awed by the response.
 
My ‘aha’ moment is probably a number of moments.  When we are fund raising or working on a project, many times people I know or complete strangers will say that Rotary does good work in the community or the world with its projects.  It’s a good feeling to know that you are contributing to a better world.
 
Pierre Chateauvert
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-member testimonial 2015-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
 

Get ready to celebrate The Rotary Foundation centennial

Posted 

on Nov 18, 2015

 

(from Rotary Training Talk - November 2015)

The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! The centennial year officially kicks off at this year’s Rotary Convention in Seoul. Districts are encouraged to start thinking now about how they’ll incorporate the centennial celebration into district training and events.

Governors-elect will receive details on centennial initiatives at the International Assembly. In January, the following centennial resources will be available online:

  • Logo and usage guidelines

  • Historical PowerPoint and video

  • Resources for social media

  • Celebration and fundraising ideas

  • Flier promoting the centennial book

  • Sample press release

  • Centennial PowerPoint template and letterhead

Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-2017 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
 
Billy Strathdee:
         
 
Billy is greeted by his host family
 
                                                
      
       Billy with host father and siblings in France.
 
 
 
Analee Leavitt:
 
     
 Analee rode elephants. 
 
 
              
 
  Analee plays Badminton with host parents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have pictures from our outbound exchange students 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2015
 
Polio eradication this week:   
  • World Polio Day on 24 October is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in the last year and to pay tribute to the countless healthcare workers, volunteers, families, traditional and religious leaders, governments, donors, civil society organizations and partners who work tirelessly to protect children against polio. Join Rotary International and UNICEF for a live streamed global update on 23 October and for updates throughout the week from the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative follow @Vaccines on Twitter.
  • The Independent Monitoring Board met in London in October to assess progress towards polio eradication and to make recommendations for the coming months. The report is expected to be published in the next few weeks.
     
    Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases
Total cases
Year-to-date 2015
Year-to-date 2014
Total in 2014 
WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
 WPV
 cVDPV
Globally
51
14
246
37
359
56
- in endemic countries
51
1
227
37
340
 52
- in non-endemic countries
0
13
19
 0
19
 4
  
Polio Update as of October 24th Linda Schuyler 2015-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Thanks to Lorne Eedy for this picture - one of Rotary's Calendars hanging in Brighton Lake, Ontario:
 
Rotarians, please remember to pick up your block of tickets for our Christmas Draw to win groceries, gas or
​dinner voucher at the Westover Inn. Once again, we are setting up a table at McDonald's Independent Grocer to sell tickets for the raffle and to hand out our free St. Marys Calendars. Don't forget to sign up for a time slot that's best for you. The calendars create a great opportunity to tell the community about our club and old pictures of St. Marys showcased in the calendars. And of course, this will lead you to ask for their support with our community projects by buying our tickets for the six prizes offered in our draw. The calendar committee has done a terrific job in selling advertizing space in the calendar. 
 
Rotary Calendars Do Get Around with our Christmas Draw 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2015
 

Lavished with flowers...and lots of photos!

It’s hard to believe it all started a year ago when my parents and I attended an information session about Rotary Youth Exchange.What followed was almost a year of applying, being accepted, then preparing for my one year of Rotary Exchange in Bangkok, Thailand. Finally, the day came on Aug. 8 that I was to leave. My flight was at 2 a.m., and after saying goodbye to my (emotional) parents and getting through security, I was officially on my way to Bangkok, Thailand for 11 months on Rotary Exchange!

I was lucky enough that I was travelling with two other girls, also headed to Thailand on exchange, and though we were all very excited it didn’t take us long to fall asleep on the first 15-hour fl ight. We had a three-hour layover in Hong Kong where we slept on the floor before realizing we didn’t know where our connecting flight was. Alas, we made it on with just enough time to spare and arrived in Bangkok at 10 a.m. local time. The complicated process of finding my hosts (it took me two hours of wandering around the Bangkok airport alone) and leaving behind everything at home was quite stressful. But I was greeted by my Rotary Club and all three families I will live with. It was a most amazing and heart-warming welcome as they lavished me in flowers, hugs, and pictures — so many pictures.

Within my first month here I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing so much, and even now it still seems so completely surreal. I’ve started going to school, been to a Buddhist temple, swam in the South China Sea, walked through countless night markets, and made more friends than I ever expected.

I started school the second week I was here, and I’ve been treated incredibly. I’ve met only two students who can speak English, and though at first I naturally clung to them as translators, I’ve been branching out and communicating with the rest of the student body in Thai. The teachers have all been so helpful to locate all of my classes (there are seven buildings) and introduce me to new students every day. I am in a school of around 3,000 kids and my classes include: Thai cooking, Thai dancing, Thai art, Thai clothing, and theThai language.

One of the most complicated issues I had to adapt to with school was how different the schooling system is. For example, my classes end at a different time each day, and instead of grade levels, like Kindergarten to Grade 12, they have what are called prathoms (much like elementary) and matthayoms (much like high-school).

To choose one specific day as the best so far would be too hard, as every day I spend here seems to be my favourite. Choosing between all the experiences that I’ve had wouldn’t give my time here justice, as it’s been the most incredible experience I’ve had in my life so far. In these pictures I have included you can see me in my school uniform standing in the back row of my Rotary club. They are the easiest people to get along with and I can, without a doubt, say that each and every one of them is a gift to the world. The second photo is with my host sisters, aunt, and a friend. We were waiting for supper before going to swim in the sea!

Thank you to the Rotary Club of St. Marys for supporting me in this experience of a lifetime. They have had full confidence in me through the entire process.

I look forward to the rest of my year here, positive that Thailand has so much more to teach me. I’ve never wanted to learn so much before!

Analee Leavitt

Click on 'Read More' to look at several of her pictures....

 

Analee Sent an update on her exchange through local paper 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
 

Save the date: 23 October, Rotary’s World Polio Day event

 

Celebrate our remarkable progress toward a polio-free world with the Rotary World Polio Day event, streamed live from New York City on 23 October.

Co-hosted by UNICEF, the event will highlight recent milestones: In July, Nigeria marked one year without a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus, and in August, the entire African continent celebrated one year without a case. Jeffrey Kluger, health and science editor at Time magazine, will serve as moderator, joining other health experts, including UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and polio ambassadors.

The event, which drew 23,000 viewers in 24 countries last year, will be available on social media and will be rebroadcast immediately on endpolio.org. Clubs can host their own activities to help raise awareness and funding for our final push to eradicate polio worldwide.

World Polio Day, which officially is observed on 24 October, was established by Rotary International more than 10 years ago. The timing in late October is in honor of the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine.

Here are ideas for promoting and marking World Polio Day:

  • Promote the streaming event on social media
  • Host a viewing party in your community.
  • Share your club’s celebration on social media, using #endpolio.
  • Show a recording of the streamed event at your next club meeting, along with an update on Africa’s progress toward polio eradication.



Rotary News

23-Sep-2015
Save the date - October 23/15 - World Polio Day Linda Schuyler 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
 
Spotlight:
ROTARY CELEBRATES THREE DECADES OF POLIOPLUS
 
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rotary's PolioPlus program. Read about the start of the program and our commitment to end polio globally.
 
 
 
Click "Read more"
 
Three decades of PolioPlus Linda Schuyler 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
We have three more member testimonials to post:
 
​Gary Cumming:
 
In 1946 I was a five year old living on a dairy farm where my dad worked after returning from the war.  I went into the milk-house for a drink of water and tipped up A jug containing lye that was used for cleaning purposes for the equipment. It is a strong corrosive. Long story short it was the start of many medical procedures and hospital stays in Chatham, London and Toronto. It was also a financial hardship for my family.  I am not sure of how but I do know that the Rotary Club of Chatham was instrumental in helping my family.  I can remember attending special parties that I attended with other children who were assisted by this club.  Over the years I always was aware of the good work of Rotary.
 
            Flash ahead to the 80s and my neighbor and good friend Max Frehner who was a Rotarian approached me about joining and invited me to a meeting.  There were several members that I knew and it was hard to say no to Max and also my early experience with the Chatham club convinced me that I owed Rotary some pay back. It was a privilege to be accepted by these outstanding community leaders.
 
            Why do I go?  I enjoy the chit chat with friends, a good meal, the chance to hear speakers on interesting topics, and the chance to have input on future endeavors.
 
            I am proud of all of the accomplishments of this club and of Rotary International and enjoy the time spent with my fellow members at meetings and on projects. I am a believer of the work of the Rotary Foundation and a contributor. I feel guilty that I am not more involved and about the time that I am away and have contemplated resigning but for now it is an honor to be a Rotarian.
 
Rotarian Gary Cumming
 
 
Stan Malcolm:
My Rotary Story:
 
   The late Jack Whyte proposed me for membership in the Rotary Club of Stratford, after inviting me to several meetings at ( presumably ) his own expense. He solicited me at my business and counselled me that becoming a Rotarian would be a win-win. Jack proposed more members in that club than anyone else before or since.
 
Continuing to belong to Rotary provides Synergy to our individual efforts. Hence, my small contribution can be multiplied physically and financially through the Service Vehicle which is Rotary. Through Rotary International, I have real and valued friends nearby and in several places abroad. Without exception, these are intelligent, focused, and generous people who add to my pride in belonging to an organization which enjoys unblemished success on all fronts.
 
The question of "When did I realize that I was a Rotarian, as separate from a Knife and Forker" is difficult for me. Since much good work is done over food and drink (In Vino Veritas!), the regular meetings will always be central to continuity and consensus. For me, becoming a true Rotarian is a  life long apprenticeship. There have been many experiences, learning, emotional, and motivational, which come to mind. To have a chance conversation with PRI Pres. D.K. Lee was motivational. He is very successful in business and is giving back. To have visited a class of reformed Guerrillas who would like to have their lives back was emotional! Working with District 6330, particularly in the Peace Fellowship program was a unique learning experience.
 
Thank you Rotary Club of St. Marys for honouring me with membership.
 
 
Daryl McClure:
 
I joined Rotary mostly because I had just purchased a new accounting business in town and thought joining Rotary would be a good opportunity to meet other people in the community, both as part of Rotary directly, and through the various Rotary activities and services we provide in the area.  I also believed joining was a wonderful way to give back to the local community, and to society/mankind as a whole really, through Rotary’s various worldwide projects.

I stay because of the great comradery I’ve found, and especially because it gives me the opportunity, when I can, to help our club and my fellow Rotarians provide the various benefits and support services that we are able to offer back to the local community.

Daryl McClure
Rotary Club of St. Marys, Ontario
 
 
 
Why I joined and stay in Rotary-Member Testimonials Linda Schuyler 2015-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2015
A Letter to the Journal Argus from Brett Dill:
 

So much to experience

... in only a year!

I have been in Brazil just over a month now, and I’m already having the time of my life!
This experience has proved to be much more than just a year away from Canada. In what seems like the short time that I have been here, I’ve learned a lot about the culture of Brazil, and myself. I learned to be not only more outgoing, but also independent. Dealing with situations in another language is beneficial on multiple levels. So far I am loving the culture of Brazil. The people here are so friendly and warm so it’s really easy to fi t in. The weekdays are very relaxed, but there is always something to do on the weekends. After getting off an 11-hour plane ride from Toronto, I received a warm welcome from my host family. Since then I have had the pleasure of eating many delicious foods, meeting amazing people, and seeing things I wouldn’t have dreamed of. Here, I live in the “small” city of Marilia, home to almost 300,000 people! The temperature here is usually around 25-30°C, and right now it’s winter!

As soon as I arrived, I noticed a lot of differences between here and St. Marys — good and bad. Unfortunately, as with most of Brazil, many of the houses are gated and have high security — due to violence. Also, Brazilian traffic is a lot more crazy than Canada’s, generally speaking. However, there is a lot more to do here. For example, there are three universities, three colleges, an airport, and much more. Aside from me, there are also eight other Rotary Exchange students here, which definitely makes life better. I am really close with all of them, and it’s really interesting talking to people from all around the world (literally).

So far, school has been... well, school. I am at a private school that has around 2,000 students, from Kindergarten to Grade 11. On most days it starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. While waking up at 6:30 has been hard for me, the bigger challenge has been trying to pay attention during classes. My Portuguese is not yet at a level where I can understand the topics teachers talk about. However, I have met a lot of my Brazilian friends here and there is an English class. Once my Portuguese improves, I will teach English to some of the younger people at my school, and talk to them about Canada. Over a month into my exchange, I have noticed a lot of improvement in my understanding and speaking of the language. I guess it’s because I am constantly listening to it and practicing. I am currently taking lessons twice a week, for two hours each time, which also helps.

     Click on 'Read More' for the rest of the story and some pictures
So Much To Experience 2015-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Why I joined and stay in Rotary: The series continues
 
Gary Cumming:
 
In 1946 I was a five year old living on a dairy farm where my dad worked after returning from the war.  I went into the milk-house for a drink of water and tipped up A jug containing lye that was used for cleaning purposes for the equipment. It is a strong corrosive. Long story short it was the start of many medical procedures and hospital stays in Chatham, London and Toronto. It was also a financial hardship for my family.  I am not sure of how but I do know that the Rotary Club of Chatham was instrumental in helping my family.  I can remember attending special parties that I attended with other children who were assisted by this club.  Over the years I always was aware of the good work of Rotary.
 
            Flash ahead to the 80s and my neighbor and good friend Max Frehner who was a Rotarian approached me about joining and invited me to a meeting.  There were several members that I knew and it was hard to say no to Max and also my early experience with the Chatham club convinced me that I owed Rotary some pay back. It was a privilege to be accepted by these outstanding community leaders.
 
            Why do I go?  I enjoy the chit chat with friends, a good meal, the chance to hear speakers on interesting topics, and the chance to have input on future endeavors.
 
            I am proud of all of the accomplishments of this club and of Rotary International and enjoy the time spent with my fellow members at meetings and on projects. I am a believer of the work of the Rotary Foundation and a contributor. I feel guilty that I am not more involved and about the time that I am away and have contemplated resigning but for now it is an honor to be a Rotarian.
 
Rotarian Gary Cumming
 
 
Stan Malcolm:
 
My Rotary Story:
   The late Jack Whyte proposed me for membership in the Rotary Club of Stratford, after inviting me to several meetings at ( presumably ) his own expense. He solicited me at my business and counselled me that becoming a Rotarian would be a win-win. Jack proposed more members in that club than anyone else before or since.
 
Continuing to belong to Rotary provides Synergy to our individual efforts. Hence, my small contribution can be multiplied physically and financially through the Service Vehicle which is Rotary. Through Rotary International, I have real and valued friends nearby and in several places abroad. Without exception, these are intelligent, focused, and generous people who add to my pride in belonging to an organization which enjoys unblemished success on all fronts.
 
The question of "When did I realize that I was a Rotarian, as separate from a Knife and Forker" is difficult for me. Since much good work is done over food and drink (In Vino Veritas!), the regular meetings will always be central to continuity and consensus. For me, becoming a true Rotarian is a  life long apprenticeship. There have been many experiences, learning, emotional, and motivational, which come to mind. To have a chance conversation with PRI Pres. D.K. Lee was motivational. He is very successful in business and is giving back. To have visited a class of reformed   Guerrillas who would like to have their lives back was emotional! Working with District 6330, particularly in the Peace Fellowship program was a unique learning experience.
 
Thank you Rotary Club of St. Marys for honouring me with membership.
 
Daryl McClure:
 
I joined Rotary mostly because I had just purchased a new accounting business in town and thought joining Rotary would be a good opportunity to meet other people in the community, both as part of Rotary directly, and through the various Rotary activities and services we provide in the area.  I also believed joining was a wonderful way to give back to the local community, and to society/mankind as a whole really, through Rotary’s various worldwide projects.
I stay because of the great comradery I’ve found, and especially because it gives me the opportunity, when I can, to help our club and my fellow Rotarians provide the various benefits and support services that we are able to offer back to the local community.

Daryl McClure
Rotary Club of St. Marys, Ontario
 
 
Member Testimonials Linda Schuyler 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
It's always nice to hear from our exchange students. In Rotary, the month of September is devoted to Youth Services. I contacted Anallee to find out about her adventures. Here's what she had to say:
 

Hi Linda!

 

The airport was definitely a struggle, but one of the first things I learned was how nice the Thai people are! And so many people contributed to me finding my family safe and sound, I was very,very grateful. I've had the pleasure of experiencing so many new and exciting things, it's been the most incredible adventure of my life so far. 

I'm so thankful to Rotary for this. 

 

Absolutely!! I think updates for the newsletter is great. How would you like me to format them? And is there anything specific I should be updating/writing about?

 

The page about the exchange students is very cool, I would love to do something for it when I get back!

 

Let me know what you are thinking about the updates!

Analee

 

I have also included some pictures from her blog:

 

Temple of Buddha:
 
 
Thai Boxing with her sparring coach:
 
 
Analee Skating indoors in Thailand - relief...it's 40 C outside:
 

 

Analee entertains her classmates in Thailand:

 

 

​Analee has written a letter to the JA about her first month in Thailand. Please click on 'Read more' for her story.

 

We've Got Mail! Analee Leavitt Linda Schuyler 2015-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Wine & Cheese Tasting- Nov 14th Pierre Chateauvert 2015-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Foundation earns four-star rating from Charity Navigator
 
For the eighth straight year, The Rotary Foundation has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. The rating, which is the highest that Charity Navigator assigns, reflects The Rotary Foundation’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Learn more about this and other recent announcements from Rotary.
 
 
 
Rotary Foundation earns 4-star rating for 8th year Linda Schuyler 2015-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
In September, we celebrate Youth Services. May I encourage everyone to reach out to our outbound exchange students. I sent a note to Joep and Brett and we have mail. I haven't included the notes I sent to them but here's their responses.
 

Thank you so much! I am so excited! I have read something on the Rotary site about me, very nice. I will meat you soon! 

Best regards,

Joep

 

Hi Linda,

 

Thank you for the kind words! Even though I have only been here 1 month, I can definitely see the benefits of this amazing program. I am really enjoying myself and have adapted quickly to the Brazilian culture. I would be happy to give back as much as possible to not only Rotary, but also the community. As time goes by, I will definitely send some pictures and updates! To start of the collection, I will send a few. Among these are various sightseeing and tourism places around São Paulo, as well as a group photo with all of the exchange students in my district. Enjoy, and thanks for the continued support!

 

Brett Dill

 

His pictures follow:


   

 

 


   

 

 

 

 

 

We've Got Mail! Linda Schuyler 2015-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Oliver on Aug 16, 2015
 
 
 
 

Calling All Candidates!

 

No this isn't an election call!  The Rotary Club of St. Marys is looking for teenage candidates who are interested in going on exchange in 2016.  If you know of someone in Grades 10 -12 who you think would make a great exchange student please put them in touch with Mark Oliver. Local interviews will be held during the last-half of September. District interviews take place on November 14th.

 

 

Calling All Candidates for Youth Exchange Mark Oliver 2015-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Oliver on Aug 16, 2015
 

Outbound Update:

 

​Brett Dill:

 

    

 

Brett Dill has been in Brazil since July 24th.  He is hosted by the Rotary Club of Marilia de Dirceu, a few hours outside of Sao Paulo. Brett is having a wonderful time.  He recently started school and now realizes that he has to get his Portuguese up to speed.  Brett can be reached via email at mr.dill11@hotmail.com.  Drop him a line - he'd love to hear from Club members.

 

Analee Leavitt:

 

   

 

Analee Leavitt arrived in Bangkok, Thailand on August 9th.  She is hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangkok Suwanabhum.  Although she has only been there a few days Analee told me in an email that she is already in love with Thailand. Analee is quickly learning to think and speak in Thai while trying not to get swamped by culture shock.  You can follow Analee's blog at http://analeeinthailand.tumblr.com.  I'm sure she would welcome your words of encouragement via email at leavitt.analee22@gmail.com.

 

Billy Strathdee:

Billy Strathdee leaves for France on August 25th.  He is hosted by the Rotary Club de Reims.  Billy was one of the stars of the talent show at the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Summer Conference in Grand Rapids, MI back in July.  His on-stage performance of Stompin' Tom's "The Hockey Song" was a crowd pleaser!  Billy can be reached via email at billy-bob-boy@hotmail.com

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Youth Exchange Report - Outbound Students Mark Oliver 2015-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2015
 

Rotary Youth Exchange - Inbound Students

 

Welcome Joep!!


 

We are delighted to welcome Joep Heddes, our next inbound exchange student, from Hem, the Netherlands.  He arrives on August 31st.  Joep will become the 47th student hosted by our Club!  Joep is active in judo and soccer.  He enjoys history (particularly World War II) and geography.  He will turn 19 in November and he has just graduated from high school.  He wants to learn our culture, master English and meet new people.  He hopes his year will bring him new friends, new family and a new language.  Joep can be reached via email at joepheddes@hotmail.com

 

Once he arrives here, Joep can be called or texted on his cell phone 519-949-0950.  Joep's first host family is Rich Sumstad & Kris Skjellerup.

 

Farewell Laura :(

 



 

 

Laura Portalier returned to France on July 18th after a successful year here in St. Marys.  She will resume her high school studies this September when she enters 10th grade. Laura made many friends at school here.  She had such an impact that one of her friends here has applied to be an outbound exchange student for next year!  Laura improved her English skills dramatically over the course of her stay.  She learned to play guitar and was a "regular" at the World's Coolest Music Store.  I asked Laura if she had any advice to offer Joep.  Her advice, "Take lots of photos and have lots of patience."  Our club is very grateful to Laura's host families:  Scott & Jill Taylor, Chris & Mary Woolf and Patrick & Amy Brennan.  Laura can be reached via email at laura.portalier@hotmail.fr

 

Laura, we will miss you!

Farewell Laura :(

 

 

 

 

Youth Exchange Report - Inbound Students Mark Oliver 2015-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
July 27, 2015 meeting:
Members of the Rotary Club of St. Marys enjoy one of our summer meetings at the Rotary Park.
    
                                             
 
Sadly, our summer meetings have come to an end. A big THANK YOU goes out to Rotarians who hosted and prepared our meals. Everything was delicious and how can you not enjoy being outdoors for a relaxing gathering among Rotary friends.
Summer meeting at Rotary Park 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
 
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Rotary Global Rewards 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
 
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
(from Rotary Weekly Newsletter - July 24, 2015)
 
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Nigeria sees no wild polio virus for 1 year 2015-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2015
Laura Portalier gives her farewell speech on June 22, 2015. The club has kept her very busy this past month.
 
 
Rotarian Ray Bennett explains the story around the Canadian flag that we give to our exchange students.
 
 
 
 
Exchange student from France bids adieu Linda Schuyler 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2015

 
Under the guidance of Chair Len Hawkins and committee volunteers, we held another successful golf tournament. Master of Ceremony  for the evening part of this event wss Pierre Chateauvert.
 
         
Laura Portalier (L) relaxing with Rotarian Lucie Stephens before the golf tournament began.
 
 
Rotarians Home Rath and Grant Barton work at the registration desk.
 
 
Rotarian Pierre Chateauvert serves as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
 
The winners were:
 
 
     
     
   
 
 
 
 
29th Annual Golf Tournament Linda Schuyler 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
June 8, 2015
Bill Gates thanks Rotary for fighting to end polio
 
Bill Gates addressed Rotary members at the International Convention to thank them for their unwavering support to end polio over the last 30 years. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of PolioPlus and three decades of progress and challenges the program has faced. In its early years, PolioPlus was dedicated to fundraising for immunization efforts. In May 1988 Rotary announced that the campaign, which aimed to raise US$120 million, had raised nearly $220 million in contributions and pledges. That same year, the World Health Assembly set a goal of worldwide polio eradication and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with Rotary as one of its partners.
 
The GPEI partners, which included WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were able to boost world immunization levels from less than 50 percent in 1985 to over 80 percent in 1992. In 2007 Rotary entered into a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which issued Rotary a $100 million challenge grant to raise funds for polio eradication. This partnership continued to grow, and in 2013 the Gates Foundation offered to match Rotary’s contributions for polio eradication 2-to-1 for five years (up to $35 million per year).
 
Since the launch of the GPEI, the global incidence of polio has decreased by 99 percent. In March 2014 India was declared polio-free, making WHO’s entire Southeast Asia Region polio-free. Now, only Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan remain polio-endemic.
Bill Gates Congratulates Rotary on its Polio Eradication Efforts Linda Schuyler 2015-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2015
 
Something for our members to consider:
 
The Vancouver Metropolitan-Area Membership Strategy
(From a post to the Zone 24 & 32 Blog - By Gayle Knepper, Rotary Coordinator, Z24W)
When District 5040 (BC) leaders held the annual strategic planning meeting for the 2014-15 year, a topic discussed in depth was the health of clubs and the membership decline which had occurred over time.
In fact, when completing the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis at the session, two of the top-ranking threats were identified as:
  1. Not dealing with aging membership
  2. Not turning around the declining membership
It was critical to the future of the clubs, they determined, to focus action on these issues now, looking at new methods to turn around this troubling trend.
“Grow membership 15% over 5 years,” was the goal, to be reached through a combination of retention and new member/club development.  While they had already identified the WHAT -- the issue, determined the HOW MUCH – the goal, and the WHEN to do it (now), the real job was just beginning. Leaders now faced the bigger task -- HOW.
Working Together for the Good of Rotary:A Membership Initiative 2015-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
You still have time to register for
the Rotary Club of St. Marys
29th Annual Golf Tournament
 
This will be one tournament you don't want to miss!
 

It's that time of year when we can enjoy the outdoors. Why not bring a foursome and participate in the Rotary Club of St. Marys fun-filled scramble golf tournament. It is open to everyone.

It was 29 years ago when the late Charlie Dutton first chaired the golf committee and brought a very competitive tournament to St. Marys...a day he could bring Rotary and his golf buddies together to raise some money for local community projects. The location has changed several times over the years but what hasn't changed is the good fellowship and the benefits to our community.

Chair Len Hawkins and his committee have worked hard to put together this year's tournament. Let's support the committee and bring in those foursomes and sponsorships needed to make this tournament another successful event.

Location: St. Marys Golf & Country Club
Date:       June 18, 2015
Time:       1 pm shotgun start
Costs:      $140 includes round of golf and cart, putting contest, roast beef dinner and $30 tax receipt
Questions: Contact Len Hawkins 519-284-0104
 
Rotary Club of St. Marys 29th Annual Scramble Golf Tournament 2015-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 28, 2015
This picture was taken by Nelda Oliver at our 90th anniversary event. What a pleasure it was to have our Exchange Student, Laura Portalier from France (front row-far right) and our 3 outbound exchange students in the red jackets join us. Brett Dill (centre left) is heading to Brazil and Annalee Leavitt will travel to Thailand and Billy Strathdee (right) will spend a year in France.
What a party! Our club is 90 years old and going strong Linda Schuyler 2015-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
London Hyde Park-Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Event Linda Schuyler 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Festival City Club hosts Spaghetti Dinner 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Rotary clubs of Canada Honoured by Government of Canada

 
 
 
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of our national flag, the Government of Canada is giving this proud Canadian symbol to 50 Canadians and organizations who have contributed significantly to the well-being of our citizens.  The Rotary clubs of Canada will receive this honour in recognition of Canadian Rotarians’ dedication to “service above self” and their efforts to save mothers and children, provide clean water, support education and fight disease.
 
 
 
 
Government honours Rotary Clubs of Canada 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Claire Sherwin on Feb 08, 2015

Thank you Claire for forwarding this email from Carolin Welp, Exchange Student from Germany in 2011-2012.

Carolin continues to receive our e-Bulletins. Good luck on your exam today. Click on 'Read more' to view some pictures that she sent. It was great to hear from you.

Linda

Dear Rotarians,

Dear Friends in St.Marys, Ontario and around Canada,

The New Year is already a month old, but it’s still time to give you a vital sign and also to give you a little report about what happened in 2014. This letter was written while sitting in the car back from my parents and grandparents hometown Bielefeld, Germany to my hometown Herbolzheim, Germany. It is supposed to give you a little view in my live back home.

2014 was a very different year to those before. It is now 2 ½ years ago that I left to fly back from Toronto, Canada to Frankfurt, Germany and one year later came back to visit with my family for 4 weeks. But in 2014 I graduated from school and now I’m officially a student at the University of Freiburg studying Microsystems Engineering. This study path includes all the sciences you can possibly think of. In my first semester I had Math, experimental Physics, Chemistry as well as Technologies and Processes. In January started my "white room" practicum in addition to the other courses. On February the 9th is my first exam and exam-time will end on the 16th of March 2015.

But back to 2014… I used my free time right before and after my "Abitur" (=Graduation) to travel around. Together with my boyfriend Jan (still the same one ) I went to a Boyce Avenue concert in Munich. For those who don’t know Boyce Avenue. They are a band of three Canadian brothers who toured in Germany last year. I even caught a pick of the leading guitarist.

In April we had our "every-year-again-family-vacation" in a little town called Serneus, Switzerland. Two weeks of skiing and doing things together with my parents, my brother and my boyfriend. And my second skiing trip was to the international scout centre in Kandersteg, Switzerland. A couple of days skiing together with 17 others.

I also traveled to the Bodensee (Lake Constance) together with my grandparents. It’s the biggest lake in Germany and special about it is, it’s crossing three country boarders. We had some beautiful days in a hotel driving around to explore the towns around every day. We also visited Bregenz, Austria and saw the scenery of the Bregenz Festival (a big outdoor theatre). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Constance

My second visit of Lake Constance was right after the trip with my grandparents. Together with some Rotex people (youth of Rotary – age 17-30). We had lot’s of fun swimming, camping and having some fun in the city itself.

And this wasn’t the only lake I visited in 2014. In the summer I traveled to Italy, together with my boyfriend and his family (parents and sister). We were camping right next to the Gardasee (Lake Garda). And of course we visited Verona to see were Romeo and Julia (Shakespeare) kissed on the balcony and we visited Venice to get an impression of this old and rotten but at the same time most beautiful on the water build wooden city. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardasee

The weather in 2014 wasn’t the most brilliant. On our camping vacation with the scouts we had rain half of the time and unfortunately we had to leave the campground for one day. It was storming so strong that the camp leaders decided it is too dangerous to let over 4500 scouts sleep in their tents while a rainy storm is going over their heads. So finally we all had to leave the campground and sleep in community halls, schools, churches and other more or less large buildings for that night. The police is now using the videos they maid while the evacuation was going on to show them as teaching videos for festivals.

I turned nineteen in 2014 and that was my chance to have an awesome day at the Oktoberfest in Munich together with my parents and my boyfriend. My parents also showed us the places where they walked along with me when I was just born and of course the hospital I was born in…but this hospital isn’t existing anymore. There are

normal houses now. And I still couldn’t find anyone there eating sausage in a bun together with sauerkraut . The typical food on the Oktoberfest is hock, chicken and Bavarian veal sausage (a with sausage you can buy in Kitchner, Ontario as well).

I still had a "nineteenth-birthday-party" together with my friends and for many of them it was the last time to see me for a year. Two are on a travel and work year in New Zealand right now, one girl is in France as an au pair, one in Angola as a teacher for girls who never learned reading (they are already 15 years and older!) and two others are leaving for a travel and work year to Canada this month. If there is anyone of you in Vancouver in the next 10 months let me know. I’m sure they would be pleased to have contact to some Canadians to get to know the country a little better.

Traveling in 2014 also meant to be with my larger family in Bielefeld. We have been there in June of 2013 to celebrate my uncles marriage, this time we came back to celebrate my cousins baptism. I’m now a godmother of Marinus Valentin Welp (that’s his full name) and at the same time his cousin. In January we traveled there again to celebrate my grandfather’s 80th birthday.

For Christmas Eve my little family and I were at home alone to have a wonderful enjoyable evening together. The end of year I celebrated together with my own and my boyfriend’s family. Of course we left the house shortly before midnight to see the beautiful fireworks in town.

Still there weren’t just trips and parties. There was also a lot of studying weather for school (before graduation) or for university (since October). Now I just hope to manage my exams to be ready for the next semester that starts in April.

I hope you are all having a wonderful year 2015 and remember you are always invited to visit me. For now I want to welcome Darby Alderson, she will be visiting me in August. I was so excited to hear about that, when we skyped the last time.

Thank you for reading my report. I hope you enjoyed reading it. If you have questions or just want to let me know how your last year was, go ahead and send me an e-mail.

Best regards and big hugs from Germany

Carolin Welp,

Rotary Exchangestudent in 2011/12

Carolin Welp- A life sign from Germany Claire Sherwin 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:58 PM, PolioPlus <polioplus@rotary.org> wrote:

 
Rotary.org
Dear Club Presidents,
The new year has begun in earnest and the Rotary year is in full swing. We take this opportunity to thank you for the work undertaken to raise awareness of our ongoing effort to End Polio Now. We were proud of the efforts made by clubs throughout Canada on and around World Polio Day. The work was recognized by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who issued a special letter of appreciation to Rotary clubs for the longstanding and continued commitment to a polio free world and collaboration with the government of Canada toward this goal.
While World Polio Day has come and gone, our work continues, and we encourage you to continue to “beat the drum” which will raise awareness and support, including among officials and candidates as we head into an election period. Polio is an issue of common concern and that means we encourage the support of every official and every candidate, regardless of party affiliation.
 
We draw your attention to a few key upcoming opportunities when it will make sense to highlight Rotary’s role and engage officials. The first is Rotary’s 110th anniversary, 23 February. Similar to World Polio Day, we encourage you to reach out to your Member of Parliament and your community to highlight progress toward global polio eradication and the continued good work of Rotary. The attached update provides a good summary which you can use for this purpose.
We also have an excellent opportunity to highlight progress during World Immunization Week, which is the last week in April. We have a great story to tell in terms of the contributions our polio eradication efforts have made, and continue to make, in support of other public health efforts including strengthening routine immunization, reaching children – including those in conflict affected areas -  with essential health interventions beyond polio immunization, and learning how to build trust community by community. Indeed, in recognition of polio eradication efforts and Rotary’s work, we have been invited to make a presentation to Parliament’s Maternal and Child Health Caucus in mid February.
 
Last but certainly not least, we are also aware that clubs, as urged by International President Gary Huang, continue to hold Rotary Days. These continue to offer a great opportunity to highlight the work your club is doing within the community and our broader work to End Polio once and for all.
 
We remind you of the fantastic resources to support you in your work including End Polio Now Zone Coordinators, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators, and Rotary Public Image Coordinators, and us. Please let us know how we can help. Equally important, please let us know of any interaction you have with officials. We are keeping track of this so we can ensure we are well coordinated in our efforts.
 
We thank you for what you have done and what you continue to do to achieve our shared goal of a polio free world.
 
Yours sincerely,
Wilfrid Wilkinson
National Advocacy Advisor, Canada
 
Bob Scott
Chair Emeritus, International PolioPlus Committee
Polio Update- RI Letter to Club Presidents 2015-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 25, 2015
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
 
 

RI President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran (Sri Lanka) announces his presidential theme for 2015-16,

'Be a Gift to the World', at the opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

 

 

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

2015-2016 Presidential Theme: Be A Gift To The World Linda Schuyler 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
 
Can you recognize a Rotarian? Are you aware of the projects or activities of our Rotary club? 
 
 
 
           
 
       
 
Projects and Activities of The Rotary Club of St. Marys
 

Pyramid Recreation Centre

Trout Creek Clean up

Development of Rotary Park

International Youth Exchanges

St. Marys Minor Sports

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

International Polio Eradication

Literacy Programs

Meals on Wheels

St. Marys DCVI Music Program

Highway Cleanup

Heritage Festival Fireworks

St. Marys Mobility Bus

Homes in El Salvador

Hope for Haiti

Youth Leadership

Veterans Dinner

Parkview East

X-Park
Community Dinner

Rotary Crocus Waterfall at Cadzow Park

January is Rotary Awareness Month Linda Schuyler 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Stephens
 
Please remember to submit your nominee for this new award to Doug Fread by email or personal contact by January 1, 2015.
 
Proposed ‘Service above Self’ Award
Awards Committee of the Rotary Club of St. Marys
It is proposed that:
 
1.            The St. Marys Rotary Club initiate an award called the Rotary Club of St. Marys
“Service above Self” Award;
2.            The Award will be separate from the Paul Harris award or any other presently existing award at the District or International level of Rotary;
3.            The Award will honour those Rotarians who have given the most exemplary service to our club, to the community and the principles of Rotary;
4.            Recipients of the award will be nominated by the club members but chosen by a committee of three.  (Note: the reason for the ‘committee’ is to keep the award a secret from the recipient until it is presented);
5.            Members of the committee will serve a maximum of three years and will not be eligible to receive an award while a committee member.  The first committee members will service a term of 1, 2 and 3 years respectively;
6.            The award will be a plaque to be hung at Rotary Hall, with a replica given to the recipient;
7.            The award will be presented at the Rural Urban program and will be a significant part of the evening. This way the recipient will receive the attention deserved in front of a large audience and the press;
8.            The idea is to keep the award special and the most coveted award that our club can offer.  Only outstanding candidates will receive it and not necessarily every year;
9.            The award will be unique because:
                             i)             It will only be received as a result of service to Rotary
                            ii)             It will be chosen by the recipients’ peers within our club              
10.          Proposed first committee:
              . Len Hawkins               - 1 year
              . Bob Stephens             - 2 year
              . Doug Fread                 - 3 year
               First Chair-           Doug Fread
11.          The first award will be at the 2015 Rural Urban.
12.          Nominations will be received January 1 each year for the Rural Urban in that year.
Nominate a candidate for our club's new 'Service Above Self' award Bob Stephens 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
 
Reconnect in São Paulo
 
 
Martin Ward
Dec 13, 2014

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Brazil is home to many former Rotary Scholars, Youth Exchange students, and Group Study Exchange team members. The 2015 RI Convention in São Paulo offers a wonderful opportunity for you to reunite with people your club or district has hosted, while you experience all the excitement of a Rotary Convention. Like Rotary, São Paulo is notably diverse. In its many ethnic neighborhoods, you’ll feel the influence immigrants from your country have left on this South American metropolis, and you may even discover a long-lost branch of your family tree.

2015 RI Convention 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
 
On Monday, December 22, 2014 Rotary's Christmas Raffle Draw was made at Rotary Hall with the help of Sabrina Fread, Laura Portalier our visiting exchange student from France and Past President Ron Aitken.
 
The list of winners and prizes are as follows:
1) Deb Ward                     - $500 grocery voucher from McDonald's YIG
2) Paul Marziali                 - $250 dinner for 4 at Westover Inn
3) Tom Osgerby                - $250 gas voucher from GOCO Gas Station
4) ? McEwan                     - $250 grocery voucher from McDonald's YIG
5) Gord Shaughnessy        - $250 gas voucher from GOCO Gas Station
6) Rob Staffen                  - $250 grocery voucher from McDonald's YIG
 
A big thank you to our prize sponsors, to our volunteers and to everyone who supported the Christmas Raffle Draw.
Winners of the Christmas Raffle Draw Linda Schuyler 2014-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 13, 2014
 
Give the gift of Rotary
 
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation.
Although Rotary gives back in countless ways, we focus our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
You can help us continue to create positive, lasting change with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. 
What your gift supports
 
$10 Mosquito bed net
Bed nets provide a safe, peaceful night's rest in countries like Uganda, where malaria is a major health concern.

 
$25 School uniform
Succeeding in school starts with dressing the part. The gift of a school uniform can open the doors to education for a child.

 
$85 Box of purple markers
Purple markers are used to mark the pinkie fingers of children who receive the polio vaccine, helping health workers identify children who still need to be immunized.

 
$100 Folding walker
Walkers and wheelchairs can offer people with physical disabilities mobility, improved health, access to education, and economic security.
 

 

 
$50 Water filter
In rural Guatemala, deadly waterborne diseases are common. Personal water filters offer simple, sustainable access to clean water.

 
 
Give the gift of Rotary Linda Schuyler 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Dec 12, 2014
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I recently received the following letter from Rotarian Brian Hall (Grand Bend Club) who provided an update on the Global Literacy Project. Several of our Rotarians have volunteered on this project over the past year. If you click on "Read more" you will see the Dorchester Signpost article of appreciaion. Please take a few moments to click on the hyperlink below to view the 30 minute video made about the program evaluation in conjunction with the Avon Maitland School Board. Brian's letter begins:
 

Hello everyone

Well we have set another record with the loading of container #41 this past Saturday in Exeter. A huge thank you to all that came out to help and especially to Dini Twynstra for the delicious hot lunch enjoyed by everyone.

 

This milestone caps a banner year with 11 containers shipped to South Africa and one to Uganda. The huge Exeter Warehouse so generously provided by Hensall District Co-Op is now empty (the main areas anyway) although we are still holding a small amount of material for a handicapped school in Botswana. And just in time too, as the warehouse will soon be full of seed beans waiting for spring planting. Thank you to the Co-Op for their support!

 

I have attached a letter to the editor from Coleen Deiner in Africa telling everyone how valuable the craft and sewing supplies have been. I want to make special mention of the efforts of our Dorchester Dynamo, Fay Rath who has spearheaded the collection of this material. Thank You Fay!

 

As a reminder, we would love to have sewing, knitting and craft supplies and especially sewing machines but cannot take any clothing which is restricted from importation.

 

One final note during this season of giving. The last freight bill has increased to nearly $6000 with the decline in the Canadian dollar. If you would like to include the Global Literacy Program in your year-end donations we would very much appreciate it. Unlike most charities, virtually 100% of what you give goes directly to the freight costs and a charitable tax receipt is available. Please make your cheque payable to

The Foundation For Education Perth Huron

62 Chalk St.

Seaforth ON N0K 1W0  

Please identify the Global Literacy Account

 

The full video from the program evaluation tour last March in South Africa has now been released and can be viewed at

http://foundationforeducation.ca/our-documentary/

 

Enjoy the fruits of all the hard work we have done. It is an amazing video and a real credit to Wes MacVicar and Adam Sipione from the Avon Maitland School Board who created it. Please share this link with others who might be interested.

 

Thank you again for all your support!  All the best this holiday season.

 

 

Brian Hall

Global Literacy Committee Rotary Club of Grand Bend

Box 1261 Grand Bend ON  N0M 1T0

Tel: 519-238-8892(W)        519-238-6116(H)

For information go to www.grandbendrotary.com/

Updates on Grand Bend Club's Global Literacy Project Linda Schuyler 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
 Pictures from the kitchen on December 15, 2014:
 
                       
 
 Rotarian Grant Barton prepares refreshments and Rotarian Gerry Teahen prepares the stew.                    
 
 
On December 15, 2014 local Rotarians host the Community Dinner which will be held at the United Church. We anticipate we will serve beef stew to 100 guests again this year. We always have such great fun in the kitchen. Everyone participates... food preparation, serving, clean up and chatting with our guests.
 
There is no admission or price charged for the meal. For many, it is the one hot meal that they are going to enjoy for the week. Although we do not charge for this meal, some guests do make a free-will donation. 
Rotary Hosts Community Dinner Linda Schuyler 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dr. Roberta Howlett
Area Coordinator for Maternal/Child Health for District 6330

 
 
December is Family Month
Maternal & Child Health Rotary International Priorities Maternal and child health is one of five priority areas identified by Rotary International for Rotary development initiatives. Theses priority topics also align with some of the Millennium Development Goals articulated by the WHO. Maternal and child health interfaces closely with the other four priorities: 1) promoting peace 2) fighting disease and poverty 3) providing clean water and 4) supporting education.  All five areas of focus relate to the need for a healthy population in a safe and healthy community to ensure optimal development of all. 
 
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Posted by Linda Schuyler on Nov 09, 2014
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WE WILL NOT FORGET!                                                                 

For more than 30 years the Rotary Club of St. Marys have hosted the annual Veterans dinner. Rotarian Ray Bennett who has been the event coordinator for most of those years, told club members that when our club first started hosting the Veterans dinner, there were approximately 50 local veterans attending. Sadly, with the aging of our veterans and their failing health, we were only able to honor 12 veterans this evening.

It has been the practice for club members to pick up the veterans and return them to their homes after an evening of good entertainment and an excellent meal. It is one way that we can say thank you to them for their sacrifices.  

This year was no exception. Our caterer, Janice Mitchell, served a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Frank St. Germain, a resident of Rotary Parkview, played piano and led a sing along. The veterans were in good voice and seemed to thoroughly enjoy singing the old tunes of their youth. Percy Smith told a story about a watch he has that was from a German spy.

This annual dinner is our favourite event. We are so humbled by their bravery and courage and so thankful for their safe return to their families and community.

     

Rotarians Host Annual Veterans Dinner on November 10, 2014 Linda Schuyler 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation
Posted by Martin Ward on Nov 04, 2014
 

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The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Read more about Rotary Foundation

https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000001069/en-ca/files/homepage/the-rotary-foundation-reference-guide/TheRotaryFoundation-219en.pdf

 

 

What is The Rotary Foundation 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Foundation earns coveted 4-star rating
 
The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.
"Our foundation continues to operate at the highest ethical standard," said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Kenny. "We are proud that Charity Navigator has recognized our commitment to accountability and transparency for the seventh straight year."
The 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars.
This year's top distinction marks the Foundation's seventh in a row, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator President Ken Berger wrote, "This 'exceptional' designation differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."
Rotary News
October 27, 2014
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Governor Doug’s  Message:  November is Rotary Foundation Month

                                                
The Rotary Foundation is our Foundation and is the vehicle that allows us, as Rotarians, to contribute to the many humanitarian projects that Rotary International carries out throughout the world every year.
 
In addition, The Rotary Foundation also supports the Global Scholarship program, the Peace Scholarship program and provides disaster relief when necessary.                                                                                                                                                             
 
The Rotary Foundation also administers the Polio Eradication program and is a key partner in efforts to eradicate polio by 2018.  The Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation is the fund that we use to finance our District and Global Grants. Fifty percent of our donations in 2014-15 will be made available to District 6330 in 2017-18 to continue our District and Global Grants.                      
 
During my club visits, I have asked members and clubs to increase their support to the Annual Fund by $10-15 this year and have challenged all members to donate personally to The Rotary Foundation. If we achieve this goal, our district will be able to sup- port an additional Global Grant.  
I urge all Rotarians in District 6330 who are not already making monthly donations via Rotary Direct, to consider making a do- nation to the Annual Fund Share before the end of  2014, either directly to RI via the website or via your Foundation Chair or Club Secretary who can submit on your behalf. I also ask clubs to send in the proceeds from the many Polio Eradication fundraisers held in October, as well as at least 50% of their
2014-15 Foundation goals that have been entered in Club Central.    The Rotary Foundation makes Rotary different from other Service Organizations. Your support is appreciated.                             
 
The week of November 6th is Interact Week:                                                                                                                                     
Clubs who sponsor an Interact Club are encouraged to invite members to your meetings or attend the Interact meeting and support these enthusiastic future  Rotarians.                                                                                                                                            
 
“Official” Club Visits:                                                                                                                                                                         
As of October 30th I have visited 60 of 61 clubs and will complete this fun task on November 6th. Clubs continue to impress me with what they do, the great fellowship and the unique fundraisers they carry out.  The increased focus on membership is working for many clubs as I have had the privilege of participating in the induction of almost 20 new members during my visits.  I look forward to meeting with our Rotaract and Interact clubs in the near future and would appreciate any suggestions that you may have as to the best time to do this.  Keep up the good work and keep asking, asking, asking potential members to join us as we continue to Light UP Rotary in District 6330.                                 
Message from DG Doug Burnard 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
We are 'This Close' Celebrity Video Linda Schuyler 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Livestream October 24, 2014 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Canada honoured as Prime Minister Stephen Harper receives the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award
October 20, 2014
For immediate release
October 18, 2014 (Toronto, Ontario)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today received the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award, for his longstanding support and continued leadership in efforts to eliminate polio around the world. The Prime Minister accepted the award at a ceremony hosted by the Canadian Rotary Foundation in Toronto.
The Polio Eradication Champion Award is the highest honour the Rotary Foundation presents to heads of state, health agency leaders and others who have made significant contributions to the global polio eradication effort. The Rotary Foundation is an international organization that helps fund humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. It undertakes worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
The Government of Canada has been at the forefront of the fight against polio. Since 2006, Canada has disbursed significant funds to eradicate polio, namely through support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), to which Canada is one of the top donors. At the Global Vaccine Summit in April 2013, Canada reconfirmed its commitment to polio eradication and pledged funds over six years to support the GPEI’s 2013-2018 Endgame Strategic Plan which sets out a roadmap to eradicate polio by 2018.
 

 “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award that recognizes the significant efforts and contributions that our Government continues to make towards eradicating polio. We will continue to work with our partners to help put an end to this devastating childhood disease which can be prevented with a simple vaccine.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

PM Stephen Harper receives Polio award 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
Plan your trip to São Paulo now
Posted by Martin Ward on Sep 19, 2014
 

VImageisit the convention site for everything you need to plan your trip to São Paulo and register for the 2015 Rotary International Convention Saturday, 6 June, to Tuesday, 9 June. Don’t wait. The best price for registration is available through 15 December. The Host Organization Committee has just lowered prices for host events to give more people opportunities to sample Brazilian culture.

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Polio this week as of 1 October 2014
  •  All cases of wild poliovirus type 1 reported this week were from Pakistan. In 2014, Pakistan has accounted for 83% of cases reported globally. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) constitute the most heavily infected area of the world, with 73% of cases worldwide occurring within these provinces.
  • The risk of international spread of polio from Pakistan remains high. The bulk of cases in neighbouring Afghanistan are linked to cross-border transmission with Pakistan, and the outbreak affecting the Middle East originated in Pakistan.
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) is meeting this week in London to review the progress of the past months. The IMB report will be published in 3 weeks. 
Polio Update - October 1st Linda Schuyler 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Oct 01, 2014
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In Rotary, October is recognized as Vocational Service Month. What is vocational service? If you are an active, engaged Rotarian, vocational service is a way of life to you, even if you find it difficult to give a clear definition.
 
THE OBJECT OF ROTARY:
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
October is Vocational Service Month Linda Schuyler 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Oct 01, 2014
SAVE THIS DATE - OCTOBER 24, 2014 - WORLD POLIO DAY
 
 
 
 
2014 World Polio Day
Non-Profit & Activism Event  
Date
Fri Oct, 24 2014 7:30 PM EDT — Fri Oct, 24 2014 8:30 PM EDT
About
Join Rotary on World Polio Day, October 24, for a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partner, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and special guests. Tune in at 6:30 CT to watch the live event and take part in the conversation.
 
To watch live on October 24th, click on   http://new.livestream.com/rotaryinternational/worldpolioday
After that date, you will be able to click on the taped video.
 
 
 
October 24th is World Polio Day Linda Schuyler 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
(Posted by Johnna Johansen, District Chair)
 
Rotarians in District 6330
We Need Your Help Now!
 
We have $30,000 available as a Global Scholarship Grant to
a deserving student who lives in District 6330 or goes to
school here. Do you know any students who may be interested?
The recipient of this grant cannot be a Rotarian, Honorary
Rotarian or be closely related to a Rotarian. Rotaractors
and former youth exchange students are eligible and are encouraged
to apply along with any other interested students
from your communities.
The student must have completed an undergraduate degree
by June 2015 and must choose further studies that incorporate
one or more of the following Rotary foci:
 Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
 Disease prevention and treatment
 Water and sanitation
 Maternal and child health
 Basic education and literacy
 Economic and Community Development
More information and the Global Grant Scholarship Application
form are available on the District 6330 website -
www.rotary6330.org.
Qualified candidates must submit their completed application
to their local Rotary Club for review and support by
October 15, 2014.
Interviews for District 6330 finalists will be conducted on a
Saturday in November 2014, in Sarnia Ontario or by Skype.
The successful candidate will then make a formal application
to the Rotary Foundation. If approved, the scholar should be
ready to start his/her studies in September, 2015 or January 2016.
 
For more information, please contact Johnna Johansen
(jjohansen@cogeco.ca)
Global Grant Scholarship Applicants Needed Linda Schuyler 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
 
Celebrate Membership Month
In Rotary, August is Membership Month which means it’s time to celebrate our Rotary club, our members, and the good we do in our community and around the world.
August is Membership Month Linda Schuyler 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our club has successfully satisfied the required criteria for the District Grant for the book donations for the St. Marys Public Library. In early June 2014, the first shipment of the books/DVDs that we donated arrived at the Public Library.
 
Pictured above, on the left is Lori Henry (Collections Officer for the St. Marys Public Library), Shannan Sword (Library CEO), Rotarians Linda Schuyler (Literacy Chair), Ron Aitken (Past President), Marion Creery (Incoming President) and President Pierre Chateauvert (R) are shown with some of the books/DVDs that were donated by our club. We can now let our guest speakers know which book/DVD we have selected for donation in their honour.
 
Some of you may have noticed that our book donation has been recognized in the Library's weekly newsletters. In two of them, several of the books that we donated were profiled in detail.
Library project update - The first shipment of books arrive Linda Schuyler 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Polio this week as of 25 June 2014
  • On 18 June, Brazil reported that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state. Genetic sequencing indicates that this virus is most closely related to the virus that is circulating in Equatorial Guinea. No one in Brazil has been paralyzed by the virus nor is there evidence of transmission within the population of that country. This importation is a reminder of the importance of responding to the central Africa outbreak efficiently, of the critical need to vaccinate residents of Equatorial Guinea before international travel, and of the need for all countries to maintain high immunity against polio.
  • In the Bara sub-division of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan, a successful door-to-door polio vaccination campaign took place for the first time in five years reaching more than 42,000 children. The campaign – led by the FATA Secretariat and conducted by volunteers – was made possible by new financial support from the United Arab Emirates.
  • On 20 June, the Polio Oversight Board (POB) – made up of the heads of GPEI partners WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and senior leadership from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – met for the third time this year to examine progress against the Strategic Plan and review updates on GPEI management, financials and communications. Among other decisions, the POB endorsed additional activities to protect at-risk polio-free areas.
      

    Wild Poliovirus (WPV) cases
Total cases
Year-to-date 2014
Year-to-date 2013
Total in 2013 
Globally
106
77
416
- in endemic countries
93
46
160
- in non-endemic countries
13
31
256

 
Polio This Week - June 25th Linda Schuyler 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
 

District Governor Doug Burnard:

I am deeply honoured to serve as your District Governor for 2014-2015 and have the privilege to follow the outstanding Rotarians who have served as our past District Governors. Their continued support in the upcoming year is appreciated. The two years I have spent in preparation for my year as District Governor have been the highlight of  my 34 years in Rotary, as over this time I have had the opportunity to meet many Rotarians from all corners of the world.

RI President Gary C.K. Huang’s theme for 2014-2015 is “Light Up Rotary”

President Gary asks all of us to Light Up Rotary by sharing our service, strengthening our clubs, and letting our light shine throughout our communities. “Rotary Days” are opportunities to give our communities a chance to learn more about Rotary and the service that we provide both locally and around the world.

We will also Light Up Rotary and make history by continuing our plan to eradicate polio, which is absolutely realistic within the next few years.
Message from Incoming District Governor Linda Schuyler 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
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July 1st is the perfect time to reflect on how lucky we are to live in Canada. Spend time with your families, explore the Town of St. Marys and participate in the many planned activities in our town.  
Happy Canada Day Linda Schuyler 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jun 28, 2014
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Rotarians, remember that our summer meeting schedule starts on July 14, 2014. Please refer to the 'Upcoming Events' for information on the location of each meeting.
Summer Meetings Linda Schuyler 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Polio remains endemic in 3 countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio especially in the 'poliovirus importation belt' of countries from West Africa to the Horn of Africa.
 
Polio this week as of 28 May 2014
  • A case of polio due to wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week from Iraq, the second child to be paralyzed by polio in the country since the beginning of the Middle East outbreak last year. Countries are currently implementing the second phase of the regional outbreak response. A targeted mop-up campaign is currently ongoing in the area where the two cases in Iraq were found.
  • Rotary International’s Annual Convention is set to take place in Sydney from 1-4 June. A major portion of the convention will be devoted to polio eradication, which is Rotary’s top priority. Watch here the Australian ABC TV report on Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts and the heroism of vaccinators there.
      

    Wild Poliovirus (WPV) cases
Total cases
Year-to-date 2014
Year-to-date 2013
Total in 2013 
Globally
84
41
416
- in endemic countries
74
35
160
- in non-endemic countries
10
6
256
  
- See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx#sthash.z0l4Qg5I.dpuf
Polio This Week as of 28 May 2014 Linda Schuyler 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
28th Annual Scramble Golf Tournament - June 12, 2014 Linda Schuyler 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on May 31, 2014
 
The theme for the month of May each year in the Rotary World is to promote the International Convention. This year the RI Convention will be held in Sydney Australia. For more information, click on the Link (lower left side) for 'Sydney-RI Convention site in 2014'.
 

 
 
                   June 1 - 4, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Promoting International Convention in Sydney Australia Linda Schuyler 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leonard Hawkins on May 20, 2014
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In Memoriam
Finnie: The Rotary Club of St.Marys would like to acknowledge that a donation has been made in Marion Finnie’s name to the Rotary Foundation “ Leave a Legacy Fund” from a dear friend. The “ Leave A Legacy  Fund ” is working on a project to revitalize the area along Trout Creek – named Rotary Park.
 
In Memoriam
McQuirk: The Rotary Club of St.Marys would like to acknowledge that a donation has been made in Peggy McQuirk’s name to the Rotary Foundation “ Leave a Legacy Fund” from a local family. The “ Leave A Legacy  Fund ” is working on a project to revitalize the area along Trout Creek – named Rotary Park.
Leave A Legacy Fund receives much appreciated donations Leonard Hawkins 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Apr 10, 2014
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Excerpt from the April District Newsletter: A message from DG Don Moore
 
"The more we can share about what we do as Rotarians, the more support we will earn in our communities and the more we will be able to attract new members into our clubs. You have heard it from me before, and you will hear it from DGE Doug. Membership is one of the priorities in Rotary. We need to engage everyone in our clubs. We need to share what Rotary is all about. Please encourage your members, both old and new, to enrol in the Rotary Leadership Institute being offered in May in Sarnia.”
 
Please consider signing up for the Rotary Leadership Institute sessions. It is a great way to learn more about Rotary. Our club supports these programs and will pay for any member who wishes to register for these classes. If you are interested but unable to attend the next course, please let President Pierre Chateauvert know and he can provide you with more information regarding other classes.
Rotary Leadership Institute Linda Schuyler 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Apr 01, 2014
In April, Rotarians celebrate "The Rotarian", our monthly newsletter. In addition, there are over 30 regional magazines which are independently produced and published. Canada has a regional quarterly magazine which was first published in 2009 and currently has a circulation of 33,000.
 
The first issue seen below was published in January 1911.

 
The second issue appeared in July 1911. It contained a ‘President’s Corner,‘ news from the clubs, and more than 20 advertisements. Soon after, the magazine started its monthly publication schedule. (In February 1995, the magazine published its 1,000th issue.) Name change: In 1912, by action of the R. I. Convention, the name of the magazine was changed to The Rotation. Source: PH, President’s Corner, The National Rotarian, July 1911.
 
Did you know that you can browse through back issues of The Rotarian through Google Books? It is easy to do and very interesting.
 
Rotarian Magazine Linda Schuyler 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Mar 31, 2014
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The Rotary Club of St. Marys thanks our corporate sponsors and the following people for making our Rural Urban event a success:
 
 
Waghorn Stephens Sipos & Poulton
 
TD Canada Trust, St. Marys Branch
 
Rev Pirie Mitchell   
 
Frank St. Germain                            
 
Janice's Fine Country Catering  and staff
 
Donors of Live and Silent Auction Items
 
Rotary and Inner Wheel Volunteers
 
Guests
Rotary Thanks Our Sponsors, Volunteers and Guests Linda Schuyler 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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In the Rotary World, the month of March has been designated as Literacy Month.
 
Stay tuned for upcoming information on our grant application to purchase books for
the St. Marys Public Library and provide a unique way of thanking our guest speakers.
 
Update: Our grant application has been approved. The Collections Officer at the Library is gathering books for the Literacy Committee to review for purchase for the Rotary Collection. She has recently attended a book fest where many new books are released for library selections.

April 30, 2014 District Grant Update-the grant monies have been received, the books have been ordered and we have paid for the books....now we have to be patient and wait for the books to arrive. 
Please read the letter submitted to the District Literacy Chair, Sue Storie by club Literacy Committee
Chair, Linda Schuyler on behalf of our club. It's titled "Literacy in St. Marys is Alive and Well".           
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“Think Canada, and you think water. More than two million lakes and one-fifth of the world's fresh water lie within our borders. Now forget all that. The number you need to remember is 6.5 percent. That's the amount of the world's renewable fresh water we have at our disposal (not an awful lot, considering our land mass). The supply is only 2.6 percent in southern Canada. Use more, and we risk gnawing away at our water capital — draining our aquifers and lakes rather than living sustainably and using the water that precipitation replenishes each year. So Canada's water wealth? A myth. That's why it's critical for us to safeguard our waterways, to ensure they're managed well. In the face of climate change, a global water crisis, rising energy demands and urbanization, our water resources don't just become more valuable. They desperately need our help.”      - Canadian Geographic
Think Canada. Think Water. Myth? Linda Schuyler 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Feb 28, 2014
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World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22nd. Organizations, governments and individuals around the world are encouraged to get involved by participating in fun and educational events to raise the profile and understanding of water.
 
 
Water, by the numbers Linda Schuyler 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Polio this week

The data table below is as of 26 February 2014
  • Seven new cases (six wild poliovirus type 1 - WPV1 - and one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 - cVDPV2) are reported this week from Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. This area is largely considered the ‘engine’ for polio transmission in the country. See ‘Pakistan’ section below for more information.
      

    Wild Poliovirus (WPV) cases
Total cases
Year-to-date 2014
Year-to-date 2013
Total in 2013 
Globally
24
5
404
- in endemic countries
24
5
160
- in non-endemic countries
0
0
245
 
 
 
Polio Update Linda Schuyler 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary will receive 3.3 million miles from United's 10 Million Charity Miles giveaway, which took place in December. Thanks to your votes, we finished in a close second to Shriners Hospital and received 800,000 more miles than the previous year. The miles will provide 33 international airline tickets for humanitarian programs.
 
For the past several years, United has given at least 25,000 miles to each of its nonprofit partners participating in the promotion. The remaining portion of the 10 million miles is distributed to participating charities based on the percentage of total votes received.
Rotary has been United's partner for many years through the Rotary Miles program, which provides free airfare for hundreds of children and adults in need of lifesaving surgery and other worthy causes.
 
Rotary News
Rotary Earns 3.3 Million Charity Miles Linda Schuyler 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler
Paul P. Harris
 
 
 
 
Paul P. Harris and three of his
friends founded Rotary in Chicago
on February 23, 1905.
 
 
 
 
 
The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. World Understanding Month is a chance to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
 
" The Rotary Way Works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment;  they can find peace if they will," Paul P. Harris, January 1946.
 
 
February is World Understanding Month Linda Schuyler 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Feb 11, 2014
Paul P. Harris
 
 
 
 
Paul P. Harris and three of his
friends founded Rotary in Chicago
on February 23, 1905.
 
 
 
 
 
The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. World Understanding Month is a chance to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
 
" The Rotary Way Works! But Rotary has no patent on it, for it is but the Golden Rule in action. Any person, any nation, can apply it by displacing negative hatred and fear with goodwill based upon understanding. Peace among nations is not impossible of attainment;  they can find peace if they will," Paul P. Harris, January 1946.
 
 
February is World Understanding Month Linda Schuyler 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Feb 11, 2014
Presidential message
 
 
Ron D. Burton
President 2013-14
February 2014
 
It was 109 years ago this month that Paul Harris and three of his friends founded the first Rotary club. His goal was simple: to create an oasis of friendship amid a city of strangers, with those who shared his values.

Over time, the philosophy of Rotary developed and matured, and Rotarian ideals expanded to include service, vocational ethics, and international understanding. As Rotary grew and spread, Paul Harris envisioned a world in which conflict would ultimately melt away – a world where personal connections and acceptance of differences would relegate war to history. If people could only come together in a spirit of friendship and tolerance, he felt, they would soon realize how much they had in common.

Paul Harris was fortunate in his lifetime to see the Rotary idea take hold and establish itself in dozens of countries around the world. Every week, in 34,000 communities, his vision lives on in every Rotary club meeting. But nowhere in the world does Paul Harris' vision take life as vividly as it does at our annual Rotary International convention.


 
Presidential Message- February 2014 Linda Schuyler 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Display at the St. Marys Library for the month of February Linda Schuyler 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 20, 2014
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(Story by Dan Nixon - Rotary News - 13 Jan 2014)
 
India Celebrates Three Years Without Polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011.
To mark this historic triumph -- reached after a decades-long battle against polio -- Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India Celebrates Three Years Without Polio Linda Schuyler 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Polio This Week:

The data table below is as of 15 January 2014
  • In Syria, polio vaccination campaigns continue despite challenges. According to preliminary results more than 2 million children were immunized against polio across Syria last week during a third round of vaccination in response to a polio outbreak in the country. For more, please click here.
  • India celebrates three years since its last case of polio, despite once being considered the most challenging place to end the disease. Pending final clearance of December and January laboratory samples, the Regional Certification Commission is expected to certify the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization as polio-free in March. For more, please click here.
  • The WHO Executive Board (EB) will meet in Geneva on 20-25 January. Ahead of the EB session, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) published the report: “Poliomyelitis: intensification of the global eradication initiative”. The full report is available in English and French here.
     
Polio Update - week of January 15, 2014 Linda Schuyler 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 18, 2014

RI President-Elect Gary C.K. Huang chooses 'Light Up Rotary' as the presidential theme for 2014-15.

 
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
Huang encourages members to 'Light Up Rotary' Linda Schuyler 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2014
Martin Ward
Jan 07, 2014

(from Chris Offer, PDG of District 5040, and Zone Photo Contest Grand Poobah)

2014 is starting across Zones 24-32 with a little fun - the first ever Zone 24-32 photo contest. RI Director Bryn Styles has endorsed an Avenues of Service - Zone Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for the Rotarians across Zone 24-32 to share photos about the Rotary service projects and fellowship events they have held or will hold this Rotary year.

The prizes are simple, boasting rights as the best Rotary photographer in the zone, a certificate and the winning photos in each of the Avenues of Service posted on this website and hopefully district websites. Winners will be announced in mid- April.  So get out your SLR, point and shoot or phone camera and click away.

The most important rule of the contest is “have fun”.

  • The photographer must be a member of a Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in Zone 24 or Zone 32.
  • Photos submitted must be in JPEG file format with a maximum size of 3 MB and be submitted on or before March 31 2014.
  • Each photographer may submit up to 3 photos that were taken between July 1 2013 and March 31 2014.
  • Each photo will be submit in one of the 5 Avenues of Service that the photo best illustrates.

The Zone 24-32 RPICs (Rotary Public Image Coordinators) will be the contest judges. 

1.       The enter the contest and upload a photo click HERE 

2.       For contest rule and small print click HERE and for the judging criteria click HERE  

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your photos,

 

Avenues of Service - Zone Photo Contest Linda Schuyler 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 15, 2014
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The Rotary Club of St. Marys wishes to thank St. Marys and area residents for their support of the club's 2013 Christmas Raffle Draw.
 
We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:
 
Victor Hearn, St. Marys         $500 Groceries
Lucas Graff, St. Marys           $250 Westover - Dinner for 4
Chris Cumming, St. Marys     $250 Gas
Bob Doupe, St. Marys           $250 Groceries
Louise Young, St. Marys        $250 Gas
Pete Francis, London             $250 Groceries
 
We wish you a very Happy New Year.
 
The Rotary Club of St. Marys
Christmas Raffle Draw Committee
Rotary Christmas Raffle Draw Winners Linda Schuyler 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jan 10, 2014
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(from Zone 24 and 32 FaceBook Post by PDG (7080) Doug Vincent on Jan 11/14)
 
Canada has just announced another donation of $20 million to our PolioPlus Initiative. At the conclusion of his visit to Pakistan where he met with vaccinators, doctors and UNICEF staff, Minister of State, Tim Uppal announced Canada's latest contribution to the fight to eradicate polio.
 
Canada is a leading supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and supports the fights in several critical areas. Today's announcement of $20 million over 3 years will support the PolioPlus initiative in Pakistan.
Additional Pledge from Canadian Government for Polio Eradication Efforts Linda Schuyler 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Dec 27, 2013

The Rotary Club of St. Marys has a new mailing address : 12 - 20 Huron St. N., St Marys, ON  N4X 1C5.    Our meeting place is unchanged - still at 22 St. Andrew St N. St. Marys, ON.

Revised Mailing Address Linda Schuyler 2013-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Aitken on Nov 20, 2013
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 On Saturday, September 14th, The Rotary Club of St. Marys partnered with the local Hope for Haiti group and our local Ford dealer in an innovative fundraising venture called 'Drive 4UR Community.

Drive 4UR Community -A very successful partnership Ronald Aitken 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Nov 18, 2013

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Thank you Jakob for sharing your story and pictures with us.

 

A short story about me.

I was born and raised in Vienna. Some of my early childhood I spent on the Canary island La Gomera. My first childhood memories are all from there. This is where my sister was born.

Meet Jakob Allmer - our exchange student from Austria Linda Schuyler 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Nov 14, 2013

Once again Rotary has prepared a beautiful calendar with illustrations of historic St. Marys.  Thanks to our generous sponsors these calendars are free.  Pick one up from any Rotarian or  from various merchants in town, including M&M variety store and The Independent.

Rotary Historic St Marys Calendar Linda Schuyler 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Oct 24, 2013
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New Rotary Logo - ENDPOLIONOW_4p          

 

On October 24th, 2013, World Polio Day, Rotary and Northwestern University’s Centre for Global Health hosted a live streamed global status update on the fight to end polio.

 (Watch the 'World Polio Day: Making History' Livestream :  http://ow.ly/pH1ED ) 

The program before a live audience at Northwestern’s John Hughes Auditorium in downtown Chicago, brought together a panel of experts to discuss the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative -- the ambitious public-private partnership spearheaded by Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – and the many ways that members of the general public can help make history by supporting the final push needed to end polio forever.

Speakers included Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration; Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and polio survivor and world-class Paralympian Dennis Ogbe, an ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote childhood immunizations and Emmy Award-winning actress Archi Panjabi.

          

 

 

World Polio Day: Making History- October 24, 2013 Linda Schuyler 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of St. Marys and the Rotary Club of St. Marys Foundation "Leave A Legacy Fund" partnered with Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the Town of St. Marys in the Trout Creek Enhancement project. The objectives were to beautify one of the entrances to the town, provide a leisure area for the citizens of St. Marys and visitors to enjoy, and to improve the Trout Creek water habitat.

Rotary presents 'Rotary Park' and 'Taylor Trail' to the community Leonard Hawkins 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Schuyler on Jun 25, 2013

ENDPOLIONOW_4p

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces a new fundraising agreement between Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, advises that if the new agreement is fully realized, the value of the new partnership with Rotary is more than US$500 million."

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce new fundraising agreement with Rotary Linda Schuyler 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Celebrating 100 Years of Service:
The Rotary Club of London is preparing for its Celebration of 100 Years of Service Above Self in 2015. Over the next 18 months we will be funding 1 major project of approximately $100,000 plus 10 - $10,000 projects - project details here.
Our Paul Harris Fellow Goal - 100 Paul Harris Fellow recognitions:
On March 21, 2015 we will be holding our Centennial Dinner at the London Convention Centre. RI President Gary Huang will be joining us for this very special occasion. At this dinner we would like to have President Gary present100 Paul Harris Fellow recognitions. Please mark your calendar now!
 
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