Rotary Club of Stratford
Home of the Stratford Dragon Boat Festival

June 15, 2017

Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Jun 15, 2017
June 22, 2017: Tine Buechler  Literacy program”.   Alex Smith will introduce our speaker.

Head Table:  Our President Kevin Silver, invites, Alex Smith, Chris Thomson, Gerry Thuss, Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Dan Vito and Alan Wakelin, to join him at the head table.
 
Guest speaker Rotarian John Lawrence with his wife Lorna speaking on the Chatham Rotary Club initiative on Clean Water.
 
This Week:  Our speaker today was John Lawrence, a member of the Chatham Sunrise Rotary Club. He spoke about their club's "Clean Water project". Both John and his wife Lorna are University of Guelph graduates and they take this excellent presentation on the clean water project to numerous audiences.
 
John began his career in Chatham-Kent with an agricultural business and later served as a director at St Clair College. in retirement, he has served as fund raising chair of the local YMCA and as a director of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.
 
In his presentation, John focused on the idea of clean water for living. He asked us to think of our connection with water in our lives. In this way, we can become better connected to water and gain respect for water in all aspects of life. As a result, we become more active in protecting water. hopefully we would be more careful to avoid pollution by chemicals for example and do more to reduce water waste in our lives.
 
John invited us to share our water stories as part of the "Watermark Project" and he distributed forms to help us do this. It is a way to help us connect with water.
 
To encourage change in our lives it is best to focus on the positive examples and not the negative stories. Examples of positive stories can be found at www.cleanwaterforliving.com
 
John has a vision of Rotary taking a leadership role in water. Rotary has the benefit of being able to unite leaders, exchange ideas and collaborate. In a topic so vital to the life of the planet and everyone in it, Rotary could be the key to moving the population to take care of life giving water.
 
Our speaker was introduced by Charlene Gordon and thanked by Pat Feryn.
 
Scribe: Norm Bird
 
 
Our latest Paul Harris fellow Ralph Robinson with wife Myrna. This is his 2nd Paul Harris fellow award.
 
Congratulations to Ralph Robinson, recipient today of the award of Paul Harris Fellow, presented by Past President Wendy Anderson.
 
Draw: The draw prize today was donated by George Schroeder and won by Bruce McLaren.
 
Home Show: Charlene Gordon announced our share of the proceeds of the 2017 home show and presented a cheque in the amount of $31,000 to the club.
 
 President Kevin receiving a cheque from Charlene Gordon for $31,500 as proceeds from Stratford Home Show.
 
Ken Nesbitt announced another successful Golf Tournament held earlier this week and we can look forward to receipts of approximately $2000 including the Hospice Draw.
 
Photos from our Annual Golf Tournament
 
 
 
Guests: Today we welcomed, Lorna Lawrence - Wife of guest speaker John Lawrence.
 
Make-ups: No report
 
Keith Culliton on 90th Birthday Celebration at Festival Motor Inn with sons and Rotarian Alex Smith. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEITH !!!!!!
 
June’s Attendance Committee: Brent Shackleton (I/C), John Carruthers, Gary Lingard, Paul Siberry, Doug Page, Pat Feryn, Jerry McEwin, Lisa Breault
 
July’s Attendance Committee:  Bob Lightfoot (I/C), Tina Buechler, Jim Snider, Bill Braun, Rheo Thompson, Dan Vito, Steve Lichty, Reg White, Bill Lemmon