Kitchener's Downtown Rotary Club

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Crowne Plaza in the Trillium Suite
105 King Street East
Kitchener, ON  N2G 2K8
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The second regular meeting of 2018 for the Rotary Club of Kitchener was called to order by President David Chatson at 12:40. He let members know of the passing of Cheryl's former husband and indicated that an email has been sent with details of both the funeral this coming Saturday in Delhi and of a Celebration of Life on January 31, 7:00 pm at the Registry Theatre
Question:    Where and when is the Rotary Christmas Social this year?
Answer:       The Registry Theatre on December 11, 2017 time to be confirmed!
On Saturday many of the club members took part in a visioning session for our club.  In recognition of their time and efforts all participants were made the Bell-Ringers for this week.
Mike Pollard introduced our guest and guest speaker,  Robert Park
Our new pot was just $49 this week and on the very second card drawn we had a winner!  Al Way was first up with no luck but then Jim Phillips had a chance and found the Jack of Hearts.  Jim donated his half of the pot to the Online Auction fundraiser.  We start off with another new pot next week!
Howard Pell was very pleased to report that his sister-in-law is recovering well from her extended cancer treatments and will soon be moving into a convalescence space.  Howard was also pleased that he and Rose will soon be off to Mexico for a week.
Howard Pell  in his role as the Director of Training for the District, was pleased to present Richard Bruckeder with his Certificate of Completion for participating in the three-part Rotary Leadership Institute. 
Cam Yule reminded us that planning for In Vino 2018 is underway.  The date is April 19, the location is the Tannery, brochures are coming.  He also indicated a need for sponsors including the lead sponsor.
Ed Fowler informed the members that our new exchange student - Jessica Moat, from New Zealand has arrived!
Karen Redman thanked Jessica's counsellors - John and Shelia Webster for meeting her at the airport and getting her in to Kitchener safely during the Friday night winter storm (just a 2.5 hour trip!).  Karen also indicted that we are still in need of some hosts for Jessica later in the year.
Our guest speaker today was Robert Park from the University of Waterloo, speaking on the topic of Dying to Explore: Finding Sir John Franklin's Third Arctic ExpeditionPast President Candi introduced Robert.
In addition to being the Associate Dean of Arts, Robert has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Southern Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and especially Nunavut for over four decades.  Most of his own research over that period has been into the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic, exploring the development of their way of life over the past five thousand years. However, He has also been involved in research studying the early European exploration of that region from the 1800s through the 1930s. He has been on the fringes of research into the famous third Franklin expedition for many years but his participation in the current search goes back to its beginning in 2008. Since then he has been assisting the Nunavut Government in the land-based component of the archaeological research.
Robert gave a most interesting talk about the history of the Franklin Expedition and the search for the North-West Passage.  After the battle of Waterloo in 1815 the British had many sailors and ships available and to make use of them several were deployed to the Canadian Arctic to search for a North-West Passage.  By 1845 about one-half of the arctic area had been explored and there was evidence that a passage could be found by exploring a remaining 650 km long area.  To do this the Franklin Expedition was sent with two ships - the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, both former war ships capable of sailing in the arctic waters.  The ships were provisioned for three years and it was expected that by 1848 at the latest they would return or at least have sent word back.  However, when neither happed search expeditions were launched in 1848/49. Over the years some evidence of the expedition was found such as the place were they spent the first winter, and in 1859 the "Cairn Note", a document from the HMS Erebus left in a stone cairn.  It provided some information on where the ships had been but gave little hint as to their  future course or what difficulties they were encountering.  Not much more evidence was uncovered and the British Government officially declare the expedition lost and all soles dead.
In 2008 the search was resumed by Parks Canada using underwater sonar techniques and well as both land and air searches.  It was known that Intuits had found one of the ships stuck in the ice before it sank and they removed many of the items to their camps.  It was the hope of the searches that by locating old Inuit camps they might find some artifacts which would give a clue to the general location of the ship.  And this is indeed what happened.  On September 1, 2014 several objects were found that were clearly from a ship and the next day the sonar on a search ship located the HMS Erebus.  Two years later the HMS Terror was located.  Professor Parks included many personal anecdotes and related historical points of interest that made his presentation most informative and fascinating.


Please remember to advise Bill Proctor of situations which would require some acknowledgement from the club - special anniversaries, illness, celebrations, hospitalizations etc. You are the eyes and ears for the club and without your notification to Bill situations and circumstances will go unnoticed. Bill can be contacted at 519-570-2119 or
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Thank you to all who purchased tickets in support of the Rotary Club of Kitchener and the charities it supports, primarily KidsAbility.
Congratulations to our 2017 winners!
Draw Date November 17, 2017
Prize: 2018 Mercedes-Benz B250 (approx. value $35,000)
Winner: Ms. M. Rahim of Scarborough, Ontario
Dave Chatson, President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener, Masty Rahim, Car Draw winner and Adrian DeCoo, Co-Chair, Car Draw 2017, Rotary Club of Kitchener.

Can’t make a meeting? Use it as an opportunity to  meet fellow Rotarians at another local Club or online!  If you attend another meeting within two weeks before or after the missed meeting, be sure to let our Club Secretary know.

                     Club Meeting               Location
6:30 p.m.    Guelph Wellington        Guelph Golf and Country Club

07:15 a.m.  Kitchener Grand River   Walper Hotel
6:30 p.m.*  Waterloo      Granite Club
    *meets alternating Tuesdays

07:30 a.m.   Guelph Trillium   Cutten Fields
12:15 p.m.   Cambridge North   Galt Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Kitchener Westmount   Crowne Plaza

07:15 a.m.   Centre Wellington   Elora Gorge Family Restuarant
07:30 a.m.   Wellington South   Springfield Golf and Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Preston Hespeler   Galt Country Club

07:15 a.m.   Cambridge Sunrise   Galt Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Kitchener Conestoga   Westmount Golf Club
12:15 p.m.   Guelph     Italian-Canadian Club

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Member Birthdays:
  • Robert Bullas
    January 2
  • Karen Redman
    January 8
  • Paul Rostrup
    January 8
  • Bill Proctor
    January 9
  • John English
    January 26
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Mailing Address:
Rotary Club of Kitchener
c/o KidsAbility Centre
500 Hallmark Drive,
Waterloo, Ontario
N2K 3P5
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