Welcome to the Rotary Club of Midland


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, ON  L4R 4L3
District Site
Venue Map
Rotary Club of Midland
Mailing Address

P O Box 93   Midland, ON    L4R 4K6

Aaron introduced ADG Doug Moody who is embarking on a 3 year term as ADG for Area 6 of District 2010.
Doug said he was happy to be able to call on Joyce for advice and said the Club is fortunate to have her.  He has heard a lot about Midland since he's been involved at the District level and especially about the Club's fund raising successes.
Area 6, which is one of 8, includes Midland and Penetang, Innisville and the three Barrie Clubs.
Doug said he's moved a lot, first with his family from Galt to Pittsburgh and Burlington and then to Thunder Bay where he went to High School.  He took his Business degree at Western and became and auditor but left that to join Tire and Auto, a franchising company, of which he became GM.  It now has 33 locations.  In 1989 he joined Etobicoke Rotary but in 1993 he left the GM position to become a franchisee and moved to Barrie to manage them.  HIs wife Joan is a financial analyst, his son Jeff a CA and now GM of the franchise company and daughter Alison manages operations at the family business.
Moving to the Barrie Huronia Club was a pleasant experience because he found the smaller community meant more fellowship.
He's been District Conference co-chair, President for 05-06, and a Group Study leader to Central America, visiting 20 Clubs.  He found Rotaract very active there and when he came back started one in Barrie that has 25 members and there are now seven Clubs chartered in Muskoka.
This year's theme is Rotary Serving Humanity - Better Peoples' Lives and efforts are being made to make the organization more flexible and able to better attract young people.  Not forgetting that there were still 74 cases of Polio last year International is asking every Club for $2,650.00 to finish it.  (The number comes from the first donation to the Foundation - $26.50)  Changes are being made, at the Council on Legislation, to the business of Rotary to save money, to Presidential Citation requirements, to membership and attendance requirements and to Rotaract guidelines.
Doug says Marg Walton will be coming to speak soon and we will find her a dynamic leader and communicator dedicated to doing things together and lending District support to Club efforts.  He says he and Marg are here to help so keep in touch.

Vernice was born in Virginia in April of 1965, the youngest of 8.  She has an Aunt in Ohio who has 9 children and another in the Chesapeake with 6.  They don't need to invite any extras to make up a crowd in her family.  Norfolk Virginia is home to the Naval Station, the Beach and the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel/Bridge.
She didn't meet her father till she was 13 and though getting to know each other was difficult - she still just calls him 'the old man' - she finds that with her mother's passing a few years ago it is nice to have someone to talk to.  Her mother instilled a sense of caring, empathy and religious feeling in her children and Vernice was helping at her local nursing home while still in high school.  They even took patients home for holidays and festivals.  Can't do that any more.  They had an uncle living with them who needed attention as well.
In High School she did a lot of athletics - running and the high and long jumps but basketball was too much chasing the ball up and down the court so she dropped that.  In Junior Achievement she developed a lamp with an electric metre for the base.  You can still find the odd one on ebay.
She married, did some modelling, took IT at college but didn't enjoy it and so went back for Business Admin. and then went to work for Sumitomo Drive Technologies which modified conveyor belts with speed controls for manufacturing applications.  She started co-ordinating  United Way drives in that company and in others to make them more effective.
She has two daughters and in 2005 she divorced and moved to Oakville, starting as a United Way volunteer and sidelining as a Karaoke champion.  Oakville's expensive and, having been to Midland as a visitor, she applied for a job at the Wal Mart and worked there for a while, meeting and marrying Ron Smith in 2011.  She was head hunted by the Heart and Stroke organization and co-ordinated their campaigns throughout Simcoe/Muskoka for 3 years.  She found she enjoyed it and took fundraising at Georgian.  Finding the large area involved too much driving, she moved to CLH this May to become the Foundation Co-ordinator.
She knows there's a long history between the CLH and Rotary and is thankful for the support.  They are promoting a Christmas on the Green next week at Brooklea, they work with Nancy Spiker on her Fashion Show and other events are coming.
Vernice showed a video of the people who work and the ones who live at CLH.

Aaron feels the Rotarian magazine has high quality content and he decided to read a bit of it to us.  To be fair (why start now?) we didn't have a speaker and he had to come up with something on short notice.
10 Reasons to be a Rotarian
Polio - almost gone.  16 cases this year.  People who take action can make a sustainable change for billions of people.
Foundation - this is its centenary year and it has spent 3 billion on making the world a better place.
Social Networking - being part of something and connecting with others is good for you.
Comes Back - District grants give our money back multiplied so the benefit to the community is even greater.
Membership is even more flexible - soon we won't have to show up but then - see #3?
Peace Initiatives and Education - one person at a time or supporting NGOs Rotary changes minds.
Scholarships - the best and the brightest.  Midland gives a scholarship to a member of each graduating class.
Rotarians are happier and healthier.
Working for the future - Youth engagement, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Adventures in..., Student of the Month.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
Public Relations
The Rotary Foundation
New Generations

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Mini Calendar
September 2016
Sep 28, 2016
Sarah Douglas & Fiona Murtin
Outbound Youth Exchange Students 2015-2016
Oct 12, 2016
DG Margaret Walton
District Governor's Address
Oct 19, 2016
Off Site Meeting
Oct 26, 2016
Hank DeJong & Friends
The Origins of Rotary - Vocational Service
Nov 30, 2016
Hamper Night at MCC
Dec 07, 2016
Dec 21, 2016
Mar 15, 2017
St. Patrick's Day Party at Midland Golf & Country Club