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President Michael Conway called the meeting to order at 7 pm.
The speaker for the evening, Sara General, gave the opening indigenous toast. She explained it was a Thanksgiving address giving thanks to the earth, water, land, animals, and the Creator.
Stuart Lamb gave the invocation and blessings to all.
 
A number of guests were introduced:
  • Nour Wali by George Vincent
  • Bill Moussli and Hugo Breton by Rod Craig
  • Catherine Hurley by Bob Dodds
  • Claire Conway by Michael Conway
  • Kimberly Soeder by Ralf Soeder
A warm welcome to all.
 
Announcements were made.
  • Mike Henry reported a successful golf tournament last Monday with 88 golfers at Pipers Heath.
  • He thanked committee members especially Michael Conway, Ralf Soeder, and Paul Bannon.
  • Bob Miskelly got special recognition for bringing 6 foursomes! Well done Bob!
  • Mahendra reported that $18,000 was raised to be shared equally with Oakville West.
  • A good time was had by all in attendance.
 
Mike Henry announced that the online auction will be November 6.
  • Members are asked to get auction items.
  • Each member is asked to donate 2 bottles of wine.
  • Francesca will create the gift baskets as she did last year.
 
President Michael congratulated Rod Craig for not only arranging the program of speakers but for having them come at the most appropriate time. The speaker for the evening is especially appropriate at this time with September 30 being the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
 
Mike Henry introduced Sara General of the Turtle Clan of Six Nations of the Grand River.
Sara is a very accomplished individual with degrees from McMaster and Western Universities.
She is a writer, an artist, a language learner and a researcher.
Her current role, since 2012, is VP of the Six Nations Polytechnic School.
 
Sara explained that the motto “We Will Build It Together” emphasizes how to become good ancestors and how to support the community.
The school was built in 2001 and now there is also a campus in Brantford.
Chief Harvey Longboat helped create the vision for the school.
The philosophy includes the bridging of two cultures, survival of the language, a catalyst for learning, international distinction, support for local languages, sharing traditional knowledge and history.
The goal was to create a bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Education.
This goal has been achieved with the first graduates in 2017.
There is an emphasis on cultural standards and core stories and the development of ‘the good mind’.
The four stories are the Creation, the Fatherless Boy, the Great Law of Peace, and the Good Message of Handsome Lake.
Ways to honour truth and reconciliation are being sought.
 
Tareq Nasser thanked Sara for her timely and informative talk and acknowledged that preserving the language is necessary in order to understand the culture.
There was a short time for questions.
Sara said that she could provide her material for this talk to the club.
This will be a good reference for the Indigenous Committee.
 
District Governor Rudy Habesch announced that the Leadership Institute on October 23 in Kitchener has been fully subscribed.
 
President Michael reminded members to pay their dues if they have not already done so.
He requested two or three more members for a Club Runner Committee
And already he is working on a search for the next Executive.
 
The next meeting is October 4 in person at the Oakville Golf Club.
 
We have had 18 zoom meetings to date.
 
Dana Dennaoui asked members to Save the Date NOVEMBER 2 for a Cluster Town Hall zoom meeting of 59 minutes.
This will be the District Governor’s message with a discussion of community needs and what Rotary can do.
 
The meeting closed with a toast to Friends and Rotarians around the world.