Posted by Glenn Campbell on Jun 24, 2024

President Iain Scott opened the meeting with the club's land acknowledgement and the singing of O'Canada.

Guests tonight were Anya, David Soper's mom, Gwen (a friend of Sharon Jasper) and soon to be members Bernard Akinyemi & Sannar Ndams.

Chair Announcements

As this is Iain's last meeting as President he had one thing to say about this role and the elephant in the room… The accent. "I am sure you all agree that understanding one another can take patience. Try as I have, It's been the hardest part understanding most of you."

Over the past year I owe a huge thank you to everyone who as members have supported Charleswood Rotary with their time as volunteers and outwardly in the community promoting the club.

I would like to thank all of our guests over the past year who have made the meetings special and have added interest to each Monday meeting.

To all our new members, thank you for your engagement and volunteering over the past year. The community we support and the club is a better place for each one of you.

Ed Werbowski Memorial Scholarship - This morning, I had the pleasure of presenting the Ed Werbowski Memorial Scholarship to a graduating student of Shaftesbury High School at the Convention Centre. It gave me great pleasure to do that on behalf of Glenda who is here this evening.

Portage La Prairie Club - On Tuesday June 18th President Iain, Cathy Skene and David Soper visited the Portage la Prairie Rotary club, at the invitation of their president elect, Tosha (see photo of David and Tosha). There was a lovely meal, induction of a new member, and guest speaker Jeff Bereza, MLA for Portage. And, they were interviewed by Portage Online.

Agape Table - Nancy Hansen informs us that Agapé Table is suffering from an overwhelming demand and as such is in need of supplies. They take deliveries between 8am and 2 pm. Please spread the word and help if you are able. Thank you.

Camp Firefly - Peter Tonge encouraged members to support Camp Firefly, a "grief camp" for at-risk youth from Manitoba. It's very much a grassroots organization and relies greatly on personal donations. Check out the link here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/camp-firefly/

Before we go to dinner - A man rushed into a doctor’s surgery, shouting, “Help me, please! I’m shrinking!” The doctor calmly said, “Now settle down a bit. You’ll just have to learn to be a little patient.”