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Director Youth Service
Dundas Rotary Lobster & Rib Fest 2016 - Saturday, May 28!!!
Join us for the Rotary Clubs of Dundas' 22nd Annual Lobster & Rib Fest. Tickets are available at 905-627-3355 for just $50/each (which includes 2 lobsters, 2 half-rack of ribs or 1 of each). Please share and print the event poster with your friends, colleagues and local businesses!
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Be A Gift To The World

Dundas Valley Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club
10 Woodleys Lane
PO Box 65531
Dundas, ON  L9H 6Y6
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Rotary Family Day Celebration, February 13, 2016, Noon - 4:00 PM

Rotary Stars, February 13, 2016, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM

Shredding Day, April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 1 PM

Fireworks Display, May 22, 2016, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lobster and Rib Dinner, May 28, 2016, 5:00 PM - Midnight

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Our speaker today was Thijmen Van Loenen who chatted about the Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project in Motherwell Township near Port Elizabeth South Africa.  The project has two areas of focus – safe guest houses for about 50 children who have been left orphaned and a new school which at the moment has about 50 students.
Thijmen and other friends have been working since 2009 on this “NGO” in the area with the assistance of Tia Wessels, a retired educator; there are many volunteers, both from the Netherlands and in the local area, but funds are needed for the project to continue to grow.  The organization also has a Rotary connection in that one of the directors is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth West. For more information check out this website: 

Art McCabe from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum thanked our club for the contribution we made to their recent project that allowed students to visit the Museum. The project raised $48,000 with nearly half of that coming from 18 service clubs; ours being one of them. In all, 1300 students from 30 schools were able to participate. Art brought some thank you cards from the students for us to see. 

Bill Armstrong introduced our Guest Speaker, Bob Knuckle. In addition to being the current Chair of the Dundas Little Theatre, Bob has authored 11 books of true crime stories. It was in this capacity that Bill as an RCMP officer and Bob had met. Bob has also written and produced 15 plays. For today’s talk Bob gave us an outline of the history of the Dundas Little Theatre and described an upcoming special event. Dundas Little Theatre first began showing its productions at a local high school in 1960. Eventually an opportunity presented itself in using the old swimming pool site for a theatre. Along with raising over $350,000 in 1978 and having the architect Trevor Garwood-Jones volunteer design, Dundas Little Theatre opened in its new setting in 1980 with a play from Somerset Maugham. 

The upcoming special event will be on Saturday June 11th. Called Scenes and Songs there will be snippets of great plays and showtunes. Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator’s theatre critic will be the emceeing the show, taking everyone through the history of theatre. In the question and answer period following Bob’s presentation, Bruce essentially gave a testimonial to Bob’s crime writing, saying that he had read one of his books and simply could not put it down. Bob revealed that he loved the research and interviewing for the books, finding the actual writing a bit lonely. 

Bill thanked Bob for his presentation. Bill noted that although the Scenes and Songs  show is almost completely sold out, if anyone wants a ticket please contact Bill and he will try to make it happen.

Club president Shirley Molloy and Marie-Louise Kelday ran the desk and collected the fee as community members brought their documents to be safely destroyed.
Mieke Ewen and Liam Armstrong unload vehicles and prepare to transport to the shredding truck.
Ethan Stoltz and Joe Guedes prepare boxes to take to the waste transfer station recycling bin.
Dundas resident Carol looks with interest at the live camera of her documents going through the shredder.
Integra Document Destruction operator Shawn shows young Tim how the system works. Over 8000 pounds of documents were safely destroyed and diverted from landfill to recycling. It was amazing how many residents did not ask for change from the shredding cost of $7 per small bank box. They said, "It's the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and it does good service work in the community. Please keep the change."
The club will hold its second shredding day of the year in late October or early November. A special thank you to Scott Eccles and Bruce Eccles for the use of their property and advertising signs at Eccles Uptown and Eccles Auto Service in Dundas.


Dorothy Gaffney and Coralee Hecker from the Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare located on West 5th in Hamilton spoke of the 600 patients who use the service. They are referred by family physicians, correctional agencies and psychiatrists. Some are self referrals. One percent of the population experiences schizophrenic behaviour, anything from hallucinations to memory and judgment issues to low motivation. Schizophrenia usually presents itself in late adolescence and there are such things as first episode clinics. Causes are not well understood but range from genetic to environmental. For more information go to
Last Christmas the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club donated to the clinic to support a Christmas party for 100 patients. 

On a sunny Saturday morning a work crew of over 25 descended on the Rotary Sunrise Community Garden at St. Mark's Church on Governor's Road in Dundas. After four years of use the wooden sides of each plot were beginning to rot. The Rotary club, along with a Rotary District 7090 grant is replacing the wood with cement blocks and installing a more permanent fence to keep the deer out. Scott Vance, Wayne Massey, Grant Armstrong Nic Schulz and Ross Bannatyne joined over 20 other volunteers from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, St. Mark's Church, Dundas in Transition, garden users and several Syrian refugees to tear out the wood and lay the block walls.
David Carson, club member and Dundas in Transition member is the driving force behind the garden.

Andrea Buttars from Wesley Urban Ministries brought a message of service. This organization based in Hamilton has multiple locations throughout the city providing services for child, youth and families, housing and homelessness, neighbourhood development and newcomers. As well, Wesley is the major city player regarding Syrian refugees. Andrea spoke with passion about the work of the ministry and welcomed support either as a volunteer or through financial donations. For more information go to

Jane Allen, acting executive director, Dundas Community Services told us first of all that we would be seeing some changes as the organisation moves forward. The funding for all programs comes from the LHIN, the United Way, The City of Hamilton, Service Clubs, Individual Donors and through a Theatre Program. The organisation has twelve Board Members and a staff of four. They have recently been going through Strategic Planning sessions to review all of their programs.

Jane outlined many of their current programs Food Donation/Food Box/Legal Aid/Snow Shovelling/Caregiver Support/Friendly Calling/Senior Visiting. Jane went into more detail on some programs like Meals on wheels. This program runs Monday to Friday and delivers meals made at Wentworth Lodge to seniors using volunteer drivers. A similar program takes people shopping to Metro for groceries,while another takes people to their appointments. Another is to help seniors that are confined to their home by having volunteers visit once a week. And still another is the Friendly Calling program which involves calling seniors once a week. There are currently fifty two people using this service.

The Office is also a centre where people go for advice on almost any topic. Many things we do in our daily lives can be a challenge and very stressful for many members in our community and often this is their first stop when looking for help.

This office also has a Tourism Outlet and carries information on all kinds of activities for all of Ontario.

Whether you are looking for information on Trips, Health Care, Long Term Care, Group Homes, it seems that you can find it here. As if this were not enough Jane outlined further needs for expansion of existing programs and the demands for additional programs for youth and other counselling services.

There were many questions at the end of the presentation relating to the programs and the organisation.

One of our members remembered when this initiative first started at St James Church and congratulated all concerned that the acorn was now a strong tree.


Mieke Ewen, chair of community services brought us up to date with Community Services donations. We have reviewed 12 donation requests. To date 6 have been approved and 6 are pending. Mieke presented a cheque for $2000.00 to Shirley Molloy for the Salvation Army. We received thank you letters from Routes for our $1500.00 donation and also from St. Joseph’s Schizophrenia Group for our donation

Maureen Ellis CEO of the St. Joseph's Villa Foundation and our own Don Davidson from the Villa Foundation hosted the club at the morning meeting in St. Joseph's Villa. Maureen let us know that Rotary has always been a huge part of the foundation. For example, she said that the Dundas Rotary club was the pioneer and engineer of the Respite program. St. Joseph’s relies on the foundation and donations for all capital expenses. Examples include rebuilding, the 2 new wings, and any renovations. Most recently, Rotary has been involved in the building of Orchid Garden, the new wing that we toured. They are now looking for partners for possible new projects related to available space. There will be retired priests living on one floor in new residences. Always, future programs must be balanced with care of residents.

Don talked about the foundation’s Enhancing Care Program. This is related to other kinds of capital costs, such as new beds, bathtubs, furnishings, tvs, etc. These are all capital needs that the government doesn't fund. The focus of this program is on the quality of life of residents. When an individual or a group wants to make a donation, they can specify what they are going to fund (e.g., a bed) or they can donate generally into this ongoing program. 

Mieke Ewen director of nursing at the Villa and also a member of the club took us on a tour of Orchid Garden. This is a new and smaller unit, with 12 beds. They have modern equipment; Mieke demonstrated one of the lifts that are installed in each room. Our club is one of the major donors to the renovations that made this unit possible.


Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction and coordinator of the Ontario Living Wage Network shared the history of the Living  Wage (LW) concept and its beginnings in Baltimore in the 1990's. Here in Hamilton there are 30,000 families experiencing poverty despite working. 1 out of 2 children in poverty today in Hamilton have a parent who is working, but yet remain in poverty. The concept is that by raising the wages to a "living" wage individuals can more easily pay for housing, food, child care, transportation etc. It is a win/win situation as individuals win by earning a higher wage, they spend the money in the local economy so it grows, and the company retains its employees longer, as evidenced by research done on Costco (a LW employer) versus Walmart (not a LW employer) in the States. Here in Hamilton the LW is $14.95 and ranges across the Province due to housing costs, from $14.10 in Windsor to $18.52 in Toronto. The concept of paying a living wage is spreading and Tom noted that the HWDSB, under Jessica's leadership , was the first LW employer in Hamilton! There are now 30 others in Hamilton (e.g. Diocese of Niagara and St Matthew's House, Mustard Seed Company) and about 100 across the province.  For more information you can visit the website at . And remember a phrase Tom shared with us that he had heard. "If I couldn't live on minimum wage, why do I think my employees could?"


Our speaker this morning was Bob Morrow, back from his extended holiday and eager to share his knowledge of space, NASA, astronauts, tomato seeds from space and his outstanding power point presentation with truly amazing pictures and views of space.  Bob talked about the deceiving distances – between planets and earth, depending on the position of the sun – we are talking about thousands of kms and hundreds of thousands.  We were able to view the International Space Station and astronauts at work, eating, playing and sleeping.  We saw the Canadarms 1 and 2 functioning and the robot “Dexter” for “fine work”.

Bob talked about the projected Mars trip (7 months there and 7 months back) and the need to solve problems which include food, water and space debris before we can take next steps in order to be able to bring people back from Mars.

Most exciting is the continuation of the Tomatosphere project with greater involvement in the US (it has been primarily Canadian classrooms) and the intent to grow seeds in space as well as have young people grow seeds that have been to space and brought back for distribution. 

Thank you, Bob, for enlightening and exciting the young and old kids in your audience this am!

Dylan Ewen asked for any further announcements and closed the meeting.


Don Davidson gave his Classification Talk, guiding us through his life journey and career path, starting by describing his changing family’s travels across countries and oceans.

Don was born in Paisley (near Glasgow), Scotland, once the hub of a thriving weaving industry that lends its name to the famous Paisley Pattern. It is also the birthplace of actors Gerard Butler and David Tennant.


Don’s Irish-born mother was a widow with 5 children when she met his father. They made their way to Canada where Don’s sister and he were born. Don’s mother moved him back across the ocean this time to England for a short while before they realized they preferred Canada.

Don graduated from Sir John A McDonald High School in the art program and went to OCAD. His first job was as an in-store designer for Simpson’s in Toronto. This led to working for a craft company that designed quilting stencils. He did a lot of traveling, giving product demonstrations. 

At one point, Don added News anchor to his palette. Found himself involved in digitizing health records and becoming a “tech guy” at another point. 

Don became involved with St. Joseph’s Villa where his father first was, then his mother, and where his step-mother is. His Board involvement and his leadership in running fundraising Galas led to his current position, as Director of Development and Communications.

As you can see, Don’s career crafted a wide span as he followed his interests and talents: from professional artist to radio broadcaster to a data management tech to an advocate for our seniors…  

In addition, Don has personal achievements: he became a marathoner in recent years; and, after 20 years together, Don and his partner, Greg, married last year.






Involved in the field of adult literacy for over 25 years, Helen McLeod was recognized in 2013 with the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution in this field.

Helen reviewed various kinds of skills or competencies that have been called: literacy. Financial literacy. Media literacy. But perhaps as some new things are being framed as literacy, such as physical literacy, perhaps the word itself is getting watered down. 

Literacy still is a gradation. It is not, as once thought, activated by an on/off switch. That is, one can read or one cannot. Instead there is a continuum of understanding. Also, with new evolving technologies even people who identify as educated may have low literacy in new devices and processes. 

Helen then presented a number of myths about literacy and dispelled them. Helen’s presentation was followed by a lively Question and Answer section, leaving a number of members arguing for and against cursive writing as a skill to be taught in school.



Bev Greenwood, a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Villa for over 20 years, and a lead staff on their Ethics Committee, started her presentation by suggesting a new verse in the Bible. Given that she had to now give her talk without her PowerPoint due to technical incompatibilities, she offered a new Beatitude: Blessed are the flexible because they do not get bent out of shape. And then she carried on with ease.

Outlining Ethics as a moral philosophy, a code of conduct and a standard of human behaviour, Bev pointed out that we are surrounded by ethical issues all the time. Each of us given our moral compass, cultural background and personal values may have a different approach to resolving an ethical dilemma. 

Bev presented several scenarios that various professionals might face and asked us rhetorically how we would handle them. Bev emphasized that each profession has guiding principles by which they might assess an ethical issue, underlining The Four-Way Test for our work in Rotary. 

Our President, Shirley Molloy, who has known Bev Greenwood for some time, thanked her for her work in the community and her insightful presentation here.


Nic Schulz was born in Brampton. He was born with heart issues and had surgery at the age of three. He grew up with his family Camping, hiking and canoeing. They moved to St Catharines and he went to University of Guelph for English and Political Science; then on to Seneca College for communications. He travelled too Australia, came back through Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo where he spent a week in Malaysia living with a local family .
On a  9 day hike  on the” Overland Track “ in  Tasmania he found his love for hiking.
Nic worked in Public Relations for various health care industries and Ontario craft breweries.
While working for the Toronto conservation authority he meet his wife Erin and lived in Caledon.
They met Steve Roblin and his wife and were introduced to Dundas and they fell in love with the town.
Presently Nic is working for Corner Stone bringing awareness about aggregate sites and the impact on the environment. His main focus is encouraging businesses and communities to strive for a higher bar through purchasing aggregates from approved sites.

Paul and Jennifer Powell-Fralick from Antigua Book Collection are both educators who live in Dundas. They first went to Antigua in the 1980's. Paul, an ECE Professor at Mohawk College was there conducting trainee support workshops in conjunction with The University of the West Indies.
They soon took an interest in a student-initiated project where they worked as volunteers in Island preschools.
In 2014  the Fralick  family  went back to Antigua and connected with two of their colleagues who work as educators at Sir Luther Wynter preschool and Vila  Primary School.
During their visits they discovered a lack of good quality literacy material. Many of the book were tattered and missing pages. They saw children who were keen to learn and interested in reading but realized there were few books in the classrooms. At that moment they realized the need for better literacy material, and the Antigua Book Collection was born.
Their goal, is to collect kindergarten to grade 8 books and send them to Villa Primary School and send books and educational play material to Sir Luther Wynter, in St. Johns Antigua.
With help from Steve Roblin from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary and other members of our  community they plan to send 4 barrels of books and school supplies to these schools.
Sir William Osler School in Dundas is also on board. Principal Tim Illman kicked of family literacy week by holding a book drive which will continue until Valentine day.
More info go to Paul Fralick:

February 13 noon to 4 PM. The photo says it all!

Marie-Louise began her talk by welcoming Rotarians in 5 different languages! She is a true Canadian as her history goes back a few hundred years to 1660 when her ancestors first arrived in Canada. Mary-Louise’s French-Canadian personal history began when she was born in Blind River in 1950. Her father came from a family of 13 children and her mother a family of 10 which translates into her having over 100 first cousins. Growing up in a large family provided Marie-Louise with strong family bonds and this is why family is a very important part of her life.

Marie-Louise’s adult life began when she attended Laurentian University to major in languages which up until that point was a big part of her life having grown up in a town that was a blend of both English and French. It was at Laurentian where she met her husband David. Marie-Louise began teaching in Toronto which was really too big a city at that time for someone from Blind River. From this teaching position, an opportunity opened up in Ottawa where she enjoyed a slower pace than she experienced in Toronto. From there, her path finally found her building a life in Hamilton. For many years, Marie-Louise taught at Académie catholique Mère-Teresa (French language school). She was quite taken by the school. It was not a very affluent school but she loved it. The school served a refugee population that included those from Africa. Marie-Louise found this teaching position a very enriching experience. Upon retirement, she recalls being affectionately called “Mama Africa” by the African parents….this was very emotional for her and she describes it as the best part of her career.

Jumping forward to 2015, Marie-Louise was skeptical about joining Rotary but after several months of being part of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, she now feels privileged to be here. Says Marie-Louise, “My father in-law would be tickled to see me here today as he was also a Rotarian in Dundas!” Marie-Louise ended her presentation with a thank you in multiple languages. She was formally thanked by Jessica Brennan.

Alan Hansell gave an eye opening presentation on the Cootes Watershed. What is it? Why is it important? Why should we all have an interested in ensuring its future?
Stewards of Cootes Watershed is a neighborhood-based team of stewards, each responsible for ensuring the health and biodiversity of a section of Cootes Paradise and the creeks that flow into it. The Stewards goal is to educate local residents about the Cootes Watershed and inspire them to take steps to improve our watershed’s health. It is also to bring the Cootes Marsh back to the condition that it once was. 
Cootes Marsh has been a nature sanctuary since 1927 and it is a bird migratory route. The marsh has garnered international recognition for its variety of amphibians and reptiles. In fact, the entire west end of Lake Ontario is dependent on Cootes Paradise.
Over 100 years of neglect to the Cootes Watershed are being reversed by the Stewards of Cootes Watershed. In the past 4 years, Project Paradise has resulted in over 4000 bags of garbage being collected. That’s not all…additionally 546 automobile tires, 37 000 lbs of metal, 50 shopping carts, and even a ladies makeup bag containing an old gun were recovered. This rubbish posed a significant health risk to all animals that depend on the Watershed for survival and unfortunately many creatures died over the years as a result.
Project Paradise has resulted in significant improvements to Cootes Paradise including the first nesting pair of Bald Eagles this end of Lake Ontario, Chinook salmon spawning in Spencer’s Creek has doubled in size, and 250,000 Spottail shiner minnows have also been found spawning.
Stewards of Cootes are always looking for volunteers from March to December. The organization plans 137 separate cleanup events. Alan says that they are close to being able to say that Spencer Creek is the cleanest it’s been in 150 years. 
Says Alan, “We will remove every piece of garbage no matter how large…how small…or how complicated!"


Joel Hilchey and Brandon Love spoke about the Beanstalk Project, a local initiative aimed at leadership development for students. Demonstrating how the program works Joel and Brandon lead the club in an exciting creativity exercise designed to bring out bigger and better ideas. They left members with a firm grasp of their creativity guidelines:
1.     Quantity first: If you want to catch a fish you go to the pond with the most fish. Just like creativity, if you want a good idea start by coming up with a lot of ideas (good and bad);
2.     Silly is good: Thinking of silly ideas gets you out of your mold and lets you consider new ways to solve problems. If you never think silly you’ll never think differently;
3.     Make connections: Good ideas build off of each other. Once you’ve started the ball rolling use those first ideas to come up with other ideas; and
4.     No judgment: Creativity grows best in a safe space with no judgement. Separate your creativity and your criticism so that you can truly let you creative side run wild.
Brandon and Joel invited the club to keep in touch with them and whether you need inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, want to bring them in as speakers for your business or just want to say hi.
Brandon and Joel have also written a book called Brainsprouting that outlines their simple process to unleash your inherent creative power. Learn more and buy it here  

The annual Christmas party brings out the singers in the club. It was a fun evening of fellowship, food, refreshments and dancing at the Dundas Museum. Special thanks to Jessica Brennan for organizing the party, to all her helpers and to Joan Ballantyne for the music.

Assistant Governor Bob Morrow introduces Aldo Lombardi (far right) to the members of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club during the club's Christmas party.
Aldo was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in both the local and international communities. He has supported a wide variety of local charities and also initiated the shipment of bicycles and hospital equipment to a remote area of northern Chile. As Aldo said “Canadian Tire and Dundas - and Canada in general - have been very good to my family … the very least we can do is something as simple as this”.  In response to receiving the award Aldo said (humbly), “This award is not only my merit as it could not have been possible without the  help of my store staff, family business staff and family back in Chile”.
President Shirley Molloy pins Aldo as the club's most recent Paul Harris Fellow as club Rotary Foundation director Bob Neibert looks on.

Today’s annual auction for St. Matthew's House brought in a full house of over 30 members and guests. Our long list of guests included Colin Reid, Norman Read, Linda Ingraudo, Fred Amalfi, Carole Beel, Lynne Morrow, Helen Massey, Marilynn Armstrong, Sue Carson, Steve Leighfield and Jim and Sheila Sweetman. Everyone was greeted by Bob Morrow and signed in by Jessica Brennan.
Shortly after breakfast Dundas’ own champion auctioneer Bruce Eccles kicked off the proceedings with the support of his own “Barker’s Beauties” Jessica Brennan and Roger Stewart. Dave Carson got the bidding underway with a $60 bid on two bottles of red wine and a box of 6 – 8 unbroken wineglasses which was shortly followed by the super bowl beer and pretzel package.
The high bidder of the day award went to Norm Read with a $350 bid on an original Fred Amalfi painting ( with a $270 bid on the antique box picnic package filled with fine wine, brandy and beer.
The auction was closed off with remarks from Steve Leighfield who thanked the club for its on-going support of St. Matthew’s House. Many thanks to Rotary members and past members who donated a wide range of exciting prizes to bid on…and special thanks to Bruce for a fantastic job as auctioneer.
To wrap up the morning Shirley Molloy presented Carlotta Cisneros-Knox with a pin of thanks for bringing William Knox as a new member to the club.

A great fellowship time as we support Ronald McDonald House. For a donation of $300 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was able to send 6 club members to help prepare the food for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while a child is at the McMaster Children's Hospital. The club and individual members contributed enough to send 5 other teams of six over the next week.  Grant Armstrong, Jessica Brennan, Roger Stewart, Carol Campbell, Barb and Ralph Montesanto and chef Shawn Rocchi and Chris were today's team.

Rotarians work in great ways. Ralph Montesanto gets a call from his brother-in-law Brad Bates who works at Josling Farms in Carlisle. Brad knows Ralph is a Rotarian and can help. The farm has 15 000 ten lb. bags of potatoes it wants to donate. Ralph calls Shirley Molloy at the Salvation Army, gets her out of a meeting and voila, all 15 000 will be used for local food banks just in time for the Christmas season - 10 000 to Salvation Army and 5000 to Food Share Hamilton. Josling Farms even delivered 10 000 bags. Thank you to the Josling family and co-workers.

The club's annual Paul Harris Awards and dinner is a very special occasion when community and club members are honoured for their service efforts. Two community members, three club members and a past club member received Paul Harris Awards, the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow. The following are the recipients: Julian D'Angela for his ongoing work with Ancaster Film Fest and continued financial support of a variety of area charities; Jennifer Montesanto for being a foster parent to 5 dogs in training for the Lions International Foundation Guide Dogs; Ken Beel, Roger Stewart and Derek Price for their continued behind the scenes support of almost all community based club projects, fundraisers and fellowship events; and Alycia Moore for her great work as club Youth Services director the previous year.
Host Bob Neibert organized the dinner and introduced guest speaker Kevin Rempel.

Sledge Hockey, the Sochi Paralympics and a bronze medal for Kevin Rempel.
What an inspirational speaker for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Paul Harris Awards! Kevin gave a history of his motor cross racing until the accident that ended it all. Then his turn to sledge hockey and the Paralympics in Russia. A great never give up story.

Catherine is new to Ronald McDonald House and her role as executive director. She feels the role has changed her. Her focus is on ensuring the home has everything required to help these families through their time. Growing up, her dream job was work in New York – Glamour Magazine! She has had a successful career which brought her to New York with a French magazine, where she thought this was it! She realized that ‘that’s not what it is all about’. She became affiliated with Ronald McDonald House through previous role and loved the amazing charity and felt like it changed her. Catherine started as interim director of donations…..looking to increase donor relations. Being in the home with families, changed her and she felt that this was an opportunity to make a difference and far more important that anything she had done previously. The opportunity to see families at time of diagnosis and life changing experience is shocking, and humbling. Approximately 1/3 of families have babies in neonatal ICU. Families are often confused and scared. Their lives begin a ‘not normal time’ and we want to make life seem a little more familiar. We are the only home in Canada with a chef and chef’s kitchen! Families can make meals, do ‘normal things’. Ronald McDonald House currently has a family right now who have been there for over 200 days from Timmins….parents and sibling. Previous family stayed over 1 year – all while their children are being treated at Mac. This is their home away from home. The Ronald McDonald House is on average at 80-95% occupancy. It cost’s the program about $159.00 per night to serve a family, however the families are charged only $12.00 per day. The program ‘Nights of Comfort’ supports families who are unable to pay this fee.
The program Rotary will be participating in is ‘Meals that Heal. Members have signed up for 6 meals. The families love ‘typical’ time like dinner……everyone comes together. Our team of six will have about 60-100 people served dinner that evening. We will tour the building and join the chef to help. Everyone will be given a duty. Greatest take away will be the interactions with families – who can’t say thank you enough! Meal time makes families feel happy, normal. Families who leave can often be their greatest donors as well. Families love the volunteers and try to say thank you. Not all stories have a happy ending…..but all families leave saying thank you for help provided and time they have with their children. The club made a donation to Ronald McDonald House/Meals that Heal in the amount of $2500.00  with donations from individual members and club.
Mieke thanked Catherine and presented her with $2500.

Shirley Molloy led our program. Members read aloud prepared written excerpts and Shirley showed video clips to provide information about Canada’s contributions to the wars in the last hundred years. Each of these “vignettes” set the stage for individual members to share personal recollections and family stories. 
Remembering World War I:
George Gould recalled an uncle who had saved people from a bombed hospital. Ralph Montesanto talked about the powerful experience of being in Ypres and Passchendaele.
Shirley remembered her grandfather being active in the Legion and selling poppies every year. 
Paul Clifford recalled his father-in-law who had been member of the Royal Flying Corps at a time when there were no parachutes. He survived though and even tried to enlist in World War II. Ken Beel worked with someone in Manchester who had been in the Royal Observatory Corps. He also described how in his city nobody ever talked about the First World War yet the damage to shell-shocked soldiers was evidenced in their shuffling manner.
Bob Neibert read the famous poem In Flanders Fields. We were reminded that the poet, John McCrae, had been born in Guelph in 1872 and went to the University of Toronto. The poem was written following the death of a friend who was buried in Flanders. McCrae himself died in 1918 and was buried in France.
Remembering World War II: Phil Wood talked about his father who tried to get into the Navy at 15 and was turned away. Waiting a year, he then joined the Air Force, becoming a tail gunner in a Lancaster Bomber. Paul talked about the horrors of the battlefield in Hong Kong and how so many young “green” troops were sacrificed. George related a story about his grandfather in a convoy throwing over lifeboats to those in the water after their ships had been destroyed. Ken reminded everyone of our legendary Rotarian Ken Turner’s senior position in the military and his accountings of the cost of war.
Remembering Afghanistan: Shirley outlined Canada’s part in the international efforts following the 2001 attacks on the United States. Forty thousand Canadian soldiers served from 2002 to 2014, with 158 killed. The presentation ended with a video clip of a military nurse’s recounting her experience in Afghanistan. 
We concluded with a moment of silence.

The Dundas EcoPark continues on its path to completion. Grass and trees were planted, weeds cut and the greenhouse art decor erected next to the chimney, the only part left remaining from the Velduis Greenhouses. The two Dundas Rotary clubs agreed to donate $60 000 to help the Hamilton Conservation Authority with its long-term goal of the EcoPark.

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers is funded through the Ministry of Labour Prevention Office. Michelle Tew is a nurse and works in that program in Hamilton. She explained that the influx of seasonal agricultural workers started in the 1960’s mainly because our population preferred full time rather than seasonal employment.
Typically some 35,000 agricultural workers come to Canada annually from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. The majority work in Ontario from Niagara to Leamington. These workers are subjected to long hours at minimum wage with no added compensation for overtime. Employment Standards need to change for this population which would also help Canadians.
In 2006 Agriculture came under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. While there is OHIP and WSIB coverage these migrants are hesitant to apply for fear of losing their job and being sent home. They cannot apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Michelle is focused on the plight of those afflicted with eye problems. Many of these migrants suffer from scarring over the cornea known as Pterydium also known as surfer’s eye. Others need corrective lenses but OHIP does not cover the exam unless the individual is diabetic. A worker may resort to buying glasses from the display at a drug store without seeing an optometrist.
Michelle is passionate about finding solutions for the problems these workers face including literacy, establishing clinics that are accessible as to time and location, prevention based workshops etc. As Michelle pointed out these workers come here to contribute to our economy and quality of life. What can we do for them in return?

A resident of Shanghai, China for 18 years, our guest speaker Randal Eastman is a partner in Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreats with 16 locations in China.
Randal grew up in Dundas, received his BA from McMaster in 1988 and his MBA from Western in 1993. He has facility in a number of languages: French, German, Russian and Mandarin. 
A Rotarian since 1993, Randall is a Past-President (2009-10) of the Rotary Club of Shanghai China. He is also the Rotary International Special Representative to China, leading Rotary’s Service Club Development within mainland China.
Randal began his presentation noting that Rotary in China is almost as long as the history of Rotary itself. Randal’s club, the Rotary Club of Shanghai, China was chartered in 1919. 
Rotary’s viability in China reflects the fortunes and politics of the country. At its height, there were 32 Rotary clubs. Randal showed us a picture of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, visiting China in 1935. However, during the Chinese Revolution of 1949, many Rotarians fled to Hong Kong and Taiwan and Rotary ended in the country.
Randal described the relatively recent and slow buildup of Rotary service in China. There are 7 clubs now and a promising future, with interest mounting as evidenced by the number of Rotaract and Interact groups, and four provisional Rotary clubs. There is also hope for legal recognition as Rotary develops a good reputation with local governments which are seeing Rotary providing excellent service in China. At present, Rotary membership is limited to ex-pats with Chinese citizens not permitted by the Chinese government to be members.
Randal also outlined the North Korean Soccer project from its origins to its impact. The project grew from an idea and the energies of a young Australian boy. Randall had a number of photos from a visit to the area. He thanked us for our generous personal and club donations to the project.  
Randal concluded his presentation with a call to action. He asked us to consider continuing our support of the North Korean project with donations for soccer balls and uniforms but to also consider supporting the purchase of clean cook-stoves and solar water heaters for the same area. 
Ralph Montesanto thanked Randal for his presentation and for the work he does on behalf of Rotary. 

Punctuating his talk with photos, Scott Vance outlined his life in Dundas since 1968. His first photo was of his parents’ wedding day. Scott’s father was in law enforcement and grew up in North Hamilton. His mother was born in Scotland. 
As a young boy, Scott played hockey but around 13 years old his father dared him to try figure skating after a remark Scott made about how easy his sister’s figure skating looked. Scott found out not only that it was athletically challenging but that he loved it and was very good at it. From 13 to 25 years old, Scott devoted his energies and talent to it, managing a gruelling schedule of school and on and off ice training. Ultimately, Scott participated at the highest levels, eventually coming in 5th in the Canadian championships in pairs skating.  He competed at the time of the emerging pairs powerhouse of Lloyd Eisler and Isabelle Brasseur.
Then Scott worked for Litzen’s Sports for 10 years in their Mississauga office. That led to other opportunities to where he is now in optical sales. His current territory is huge but the potential market is large too, with an ever increasing aging population needing glasses.
Figure skating is still in Scott’s life with his daughters skating and his leadership in the Dundas Figure Skating Club.
Bill Armstrong, Scott’s sponsor to the club, thanked Scott for his presentation and his contributions to Rotary, reminding us that even Scott’s connection to Rotary comes through figure skating with the DFSC  involvement at the Rotary rink in the Driving Park. 

John Henley return this week to present “My Life in the Movies Part 2”. He showed a 90 second trailer featuring him in “Arthur Moore and The Lone Wolf” which he explained was a Sheridan College Project filmed in the Rockwood Conservation Area. He then treated us to a display of magic featuring a rope trick.
Back to the film industry he remarked seeing the Support Group parked currently at St Mark’s United Church and the important role it plays in the Film Industry. He proceeded to show us a Call Sheet that details all of the activities for the day as well as the participants. Those involved often start their day at 5:30 am wrapping up some 13 hours later. This can go on for two weeks at a time.
John took us through his journey of more than a dozen of his favourites over some 80 appearances.
“The Lonely” was his most recent film shoot receiving an award at The Chinese Film Festival. He was also involved in a narration film earlier this year.
Lastly was a description of cutouts and dolls used as stand ins for actors. John quipped that a studio used the faces of some actors on these and subsequently had to pay the actors for the privilege.

John Henley treated us to stories and pictures of his “Life in the Movies” as a background actor.   This is a second career for John who performed as a magician from the age of 10 in England and continued his magical career upon immigrating to Canada, teaching his skills and performing to audiences, large and small.   He described his acting career as an exercise in “hurry up and wait” and spends many hours on sets, sometimes doing crossword puzzles but also enjoying some roles working with well-known actors. John's presentation was well received and he is back next week for the sequel, "Life in the Movies 2".

Today's guest speaker was Grant Linney a retired teacher with strong interest in his topic of Climate Change. The title of Grant’s talk, “The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue” tells you about one of the main messages he concluded with: Act now and vote (wisely) on October 19. Through his presentation Grant guided us to better understand the damage done by burning fossil fuels, resulting in a world that is heating up and causing multiple negative impacts on life/humans. He challenged us to consider that we need a second Industrial Revolution to focus us on solar and wind energy. He noted that Germany (solar) and Norway (wind) were being quite successful in transitioning away from fossil fuels. What kind of legacy do we want to leave our children and grand-children? We can no longer “pass the buck” and “download” to the next generation Grant noted as we are running out of time. These few pictures capture some of the key points he spoke about. The audience was very quiet during this talk. You could tell he had hit on a topic of concern to us all. 

Our guest speaker – member “re-classification”
Pictured are Acting SAA Jessica Brennan, Barb Busing and Genevieve Wong of St Matthew's House
Jan Southall introduced club member Barb Busing - telling us of all of Barb’s professional and personal achievements before she retired in 2014.  Barb then spoke of how she planned to fill her retirement years which, based on her family history, could be for another 30 years!
Barb had spent 40 years as a health care professional, rising to a senior position before retiring.  In planning her retirement she has looked at the three dimensions of physical, emotional and occupational activity. Satisfying the first two with golf, yoga, walking and husband, children and grand children, she looked for an occupation that would enable her to give to the community. As past Community Service Director she was happy to report on the successful completion of the Ripple Effect project in Guatemala where a school was rebuilt and refurbished.
Club member Paul Clifford, long involved in St Matthews House, drew in Barbara to help with this well known local organization.  Barbara described the main pillars of the projects  she is working on - Emergency Food, Seniors Care and the Children’s’ Centre. A major fund raising campaign is underway, seeking to raise $400,000 for these three areas. Barbara is going to be busy!


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