Rotary Club of Goderich
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
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Emily was our Outbound to Finland in 2014-15.  This past week she came to the Rotary Club of Goderich to tell us about her experiences and share a banner sent from the Rotary Club of Aulanko, Finland. Emily is in grade 11 at Central Huron Secondary School and she lives in Clinton.
At the meeting we also had a former exchange student, Aiden Hogervorst (Brazil 2005/06) and our two Future Outbounds exchange students, Grant McIlhargey (Lithuania) and Tyler Alexander (Norway)

The Rotary Club of Goderich has donated $3000 to kick off the YMCA's 2016 Strong Kids Campaign!
Photo Credit: YMCA of Goderich-Huron

Thanks to all that participated in the 2016 Rotary Chili Cook-Off at the Suncoast Mall in Goderich!! 
1st Place: 101.7 The One
2nd Place: AMGH Foundation
3rd Place: Benmiller Inn
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Photo Credit: Phil Main, Classic Rock 94.5
Members of the Goderich Rotary Club working at the Welcome table with and our Exchange Student from Brazil
A future Rotarian casting her vote for her favourite chili

In 2005 under the presidency of Doug Norsworthy the Goderich Rotary Club undertook an ambitious project - developing vacant land adjacent to the Maitland Recreation Centre to create a multipurpose irrigated sports field. This has become a welcome addition to our community’s recreational inventory. In 2015 to recognize this field’s 10 year anniversary, under the presidency of Scott Tousaw, a decision was made to further invest in this site through the construction of an active play center. This has been strategically located for use by the general community, field sport users and their families as well as YMCA youth programs. It has been received with rave reviews. Combining its time, talent and treasure, the club was able to source $67,500 in grant funding; utilize $17,000 of club funds; and procure $5,500 in value through gifts in kind and club member’s labour to offset the $94,000 cost of this project. As a community meeting place the active design encourages health and wellness through the enjoyment of spontaneous family fun in addition to programmed activities. It also made our club stronger through group effort and through recognition for the role we play in community development.

The members of the Goderich Rotary Club, along with many guests, gathered together at the Candlelight Restaurant for an evening of delicious food, brain teasers, lots of laughs and a festive sing-a-long! Our evening started with a welcome from President Lynn, who thanked Ken & Ann for organizing our Christmas get-together.  Pastor Stephen said a beautiful, spontaneous grace and Bruce got our brains working with some festive trivia:
In the movie Frozen, what character is Olaf?
In the Christmas song, "The 12 Days of Christmas", how many total gifts does her true love give to her?
The song White Christmas was first performed in which 1942 film?
What colour are the berries of the mistletoe plant?
From which country does the poinsettia plant originate?
How many points does a snowflake have?
We enjoyed a delicious meal of turkey and beef and all the fixings - Gus always puts on an amazing meal at the Candlelight!!  We had a raffle for some beautiful gifts, which were won by Scott, Michael S and Aurelio. 
Aurelio led us in an amazing sing-a-long!!  He even recruited some members to play the tambourine for him! 
What a great way to kick off the Christmas Season!  A *BIG* thank you from all of the Goderich Rotarians to Ken & Ann for organizing such a terrific night!!!!

Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.  On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, our District Governor, Nancy Ottwell, visited and gave an inspiring talk about being a gift to the world.  While she was visiting, she inducted two new members to the Rotary Club of Goderich - Karri Sonke & Wilfred Higgins.  We extend a warm welcome to both Karri & Wilf!

On her recent visit to the Rotary Club of Goderich, District Governor Nancy Ottwell, recognized our club as a 100% Sustaining Club!
What does this mean?  Every member of the Rotary Club of Goderich donated a minimum of $100 USD to the Rotary Foundation
What is the Rotary Foundation?  The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.  You can read more about the Foundation here:

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