Rotary Cares

President Mike Donnelly reports:
 
Keith Hodgkinson and I helped out at the Cycles of Life location today along with Lori and Tim from the organisation.
Word is gradually getting around, as we helped 16 clients today versus the single client last week (he showed up again today). The people we served had various stories to tell, some quite unnerving, all were very polite and very grateful for the help they received.  This, I believe, is a project we need to continue to support to the best of our abilities.
Today I also presented our donation cheque to Tim.  Photo courtesy of Jay Weiler.
 
Rotary Cares Brian Clark 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Tillsonburg Rotary Club Donations

Rotary Club Donations for 2020-2021

 

 

Paul Harris Recognition - $1800

 

Polio Plus  -$1300 to help eradicate Polio worldwide. This initiative began with Rotary 30 years ago and at that time, there were 350,000 new cases annually. At the moment, there are less than 10, mainly in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

Food Bank - $10,403.72 to support people in our community and area during the Pandemic.

 

Rotary Medallists - $1185 to recognize outstanding student individuals in our community.

 

Glendale High School Bursaries - $1400

 

Puerto Cortez Rotary - $1045  for portable Xray machine

 

Grade 3 Dictionary Program - $636

 

Victoria's Quilts for cancer patients undergoing treatment - $250

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Rotary Clubs Support Call for Funds to Purchase Oxygen Concentrators for Rotary Oxygen Banks in India

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Rotary International’s Task Force is creating a critical and timely initiative to help India establish Rotary Oxygen Banks to assist India with the critical COVID-19 crisis they are currently facing.  Our club is collecting donations which will be consolidated with a regional effort for this initiative.
 
Any amount is welcome.  Time is of the essence.
 
Donations can be made via Paypal: India Coronavirus Rotary Oxygen Initiative
 
Rotary Clubs Support Call for Funds to Purchase Oxygen Concentrators for Rotary Oxygen Banks in India Jason Weiler 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Tillsonburg Rotagraph January 19, 2021

The program was a video presentation by Serge Lavoie regarding the St. Thomas Elevated Garden.  Here is a link to YouTube where you can find the video.  2020 National Virtual Symposium - YouTube
 
The Garden can be accessed off Talbot St.
 
The railway bridge was built in 1929 as a steel and concrete bridge replacing earlier wooden bridges.  The last train crossed it in 2005 and the tracks were removed in 2010.  Serge noted that Paris and New York have elevated gardens on old railway bridges.
 
The bridge is 30 feet wide, 855 feet long and 100 feet high.  The group raised $65,000 to buy the bridge and the associated land.  Their objectives were to keep the linear views intact, nothing leaves the site, no motorized vehicles, and it should be handicapped accessible.   It has safety lighting and high safety railings or fencing.
 
Nature repopulated the area within a year with local, native plants.  The group planted Carolinian native plants, added a Stumpery Garden of huge tree stumps, and permitted the growth of natural weeds and plants.  Monarch Butterflies and raptors such as Red Tailed Hawks are common sights.  On the Garden approaches there is a solid slab maple bench and an adjacent Little Free Lending Library.  
 
The bridge Garden is divided into 5 zones:  Eastern Board Walk, a Water Garden, a Play area, a Green Garden, and the Western Board Walk.  Six major pieces of art have been donated (metal sculptures).  The Rotary Music Garden has two tuned metal sculptures.
 
The community has been supportive in every way by helping build the garden, through donations, making videos and planting trees.  The Garden is connected to the Trans Canada Trail.  Art work reproductions are posted on the trail and they plan a 3.5 km linear arboretum of native species trees.
 
Contacts:  elevatedpark.ca.  and Facebook:  StThomasElevatedPark
 
 
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Rotary at Work in the Community Brian Clark 2020-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Tillsonburg Rotagraph

PDG John Gilvesy introduced DG Mike Lawrie, a distinguished retired physician in Cambridge.

DG Mike spoke of Looking Back and Looking Ahead and of Rotary's 2021 Theme of "Rotary Opens Opportunity" with the graphic of 3 open doors.  He quoted Sir Winston Churchill "A Pessimist is someone who sees a problem in every opportunity. An Optimist is someone who sees an opportunity in every problem."  Opportunities can arise at any time.

 

RI President Holger Knaak (Germany) spoke of adaptability, new models of Rotary Clubs and of membership.  We need to grow Rotary sustainably.  Mike spoke of having an Annual Club Strategy Meeting and making use of the resources of the Rotary Learning Centre.  Rotary has created a "Shaping Rotary's Future Committee" to chart Rotary's direction.

 

The Rotary International budget for 2020-2021 is $123,481,000 USD and the Rotary Foundation budget is $93,000,000 USD.

The Covid Pandemic will be a watershed moment for everyone.  Mike assured us that the District is a resource for Clubs and is there to support the Clubs.

 

Mike's theme this year is "Taking Care of Self, Each Other and the Planet".  He reminded us that PolioPlus receives a 2:1 Match from the Gates Foundation.  Africa is now Polio Free (3 years without a new case) and only Afghanistan and Pakistan have polio cases.  The Rotary Foundation has added a 7th Area of Focus, the Environment.

Jennifer Jones of the RC of Windsor-Roseland is the RI President Nominee for 2022-2023.

 

Mike spoke of Rotary's inclusiveness and that there is no place for Racism in Rotary.  Rotary supports our Indigenous people and people of Color.  We support diversity, inclusion and equity.

He also addressed Areas of Opportunity:  Rotaract is now a type of Rotary membership.  Rotary has a partnership with Toast Masters and there is information on the Rotary Learning Center.

 

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Tillsonburg Rotagraph July 15, 2020

PDG John Gilvesy brought us up to date on the Honduras Micro-Finance Project.

We partnered with Opportunity International Canada and Implementing Partner Honduras (IDH) to provide small loans to local people who are unable to obtain financing from conventional sources.  This enables them to start their own small business and to support their families.  There is a 98% repayment rate by the local people and 50-60% of the loans are to women.  The size of the loans range from $200-5,000.  There are approximately 8,000 clients who receive training, help in setting goals, support for their businesses and guidance in reporting to their lenders.

 

Micro-finance fits well with the Rotary Foundation's 6 Areas of Focus.  Our District raised $73,500 and with Matching Funding from the Government of Canada, our District 7080 and the Rotary Foundation, this added up to a total of $320,000.  The Rotary Foundation requires regular reports to make sure the projects are proceeding properly and that there is adequate financial and operational accountability.

 

John reported on a recent presentation by IDH about the impact of the impact of the Covid Pandemic on their business.  The Honduras government mandated a repayment moratorium during the pandemic and this affected the liquidity of IDH.  They were able to obtain debt restructuring and lines of credit from their banks.  They also provided medical protection for customers and IDH staff.  In the period from March to May 2020, the loan activity and cash flow for IDH crashed.  IDH has worked to mitigate the impact on their staff and business.  They have reduced staff, provided food, face masks and hand sanitizer in their business sites.

 

Next week:  Jay Weiler will present a report on Communications for the Club.

Tillsonburg Rotagraph July 15, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting July 8, 2020

Rotary Meeting of July 8, 2020.
8 members were joined by Brenda Waugh (Scotland).
President Mike Donnelly led the discussion today. He spoke of a review of our Fund Raising for both the short term and the long term. Treasurer John Lohuis shared the financial statement for the Club as of July 1. This document was circulated separately to all Club members.
In the General Account, we will have dues payable to RI and the District of $3500 and Insurance of $400.
In the Service Account, we have $10,000 allocated for the work in Memorial Park.
We have a number of Expenses such as Youth Exchange, the Medals Awards, and the various other programs and awards that we give out each year for Youth.
There were a number of ideas for fund raising.
We could sell lottery tickets and have non-Rotarian sellers who would receive a portion or commission on what they sell.
PDG John Gilvesy shared ideas from other clubs. (see attachment).
Various ideas involving golf as both a fund raiser and as a program for young people were suggested. Brenda Waugh offered to share information from similar programs in Scotland.
Programs:
July 15 - John Gilvesy will update us on the Microfinance Project in Honduras (HEC).
July 22 - Jay Weiler will update us on the Communications program.
July 29 - open still.
Rotary Meeting July 8, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting June 26, 2020

10 local Rotarians and ADG Brenda Waugh met via Zoom for our Change of Officers Night.

We were joined by our spouses and it made for a very pleasant evening.

Please note that our meeting of July 1 is canceled.

 

President John thanked his Executive and the Club for their support this past year.  It was a team effort.

Some of our Service projects as outlined by John:

Memorial Park equipment and trees.

Youth Scholarships

Training for Youth and the Adventure in Understanding program.

Youth Exchange

We sponsor 2 Foster Children.

Honduras Micro-Finance program.

Clock Tower - perhaps we can sell more bricks.

Grade 3 Dictionaries.

Paul Harris Night and the Foundation.

Road Rally.

bowling and golfing.

Christmas Parade Float.

Book Fair and Turtle Fest.

 

Our new President, Mike Donnelly thanked now Past-President John for his leadership. 

The Officers for 2020-2021:

Treasurer - John Lohuis

Secretary - Brian Clark

President-Elect - Jay Weiler.

Membership - Tom Simmons.

Foundation - Keith Hodgkinson.

Fund Raising - Mike Donnelly.

 

Mike then touched on matters of interest due to the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic.  He spoke of the need to combine our fund raising with visibility in the community.  We need to increase our membership and possibly change our meeting format.  We should also be asking prospective members what kind of projects they want to do in Rotary.

 

Trivia Contest:

Jay and Shelley arranged a Trivia Contest relating to Tillsonburg history and Rotary Club history.  We all had fun and lots of laughs as memories were recalled of good times past.

 

 

Rotary Meeting June 26, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Trip of the Month Draw Winners for June 2020.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President John Lohuis congratulates the following winners of the June Trip of the Month Draw.
First Prize Air Transat Glasgow and Edinburgh City Tour
#0266 Mike Glass
Second Prize $100 #0272 Trevor Stuyt
Third Prize $75 #0509 Kassandra Way
Fourth Prize $75 #0279 Joshua and Lorna Marsden
Fifth Prize $50 #0112 Trish McKibbon
Sixth Prize $50 #0585 Somerleigh and Nathan Comer
Seventh Prize $50 #0411 Magda Donck
Contact Information:
John
Lohuis
519-842-6780
This concludes the 2019-2020 Draw. The Rotary Club thanks everyone for their support of our work in the community with Youth and Seniors. The draw for 2020-2021 is canceled due to the pandemic. We plan to be back next year.
Trip of the Month Draw Winners for June 2020. Brian Clark 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting June 3, 2020

13 local Rotarians and 4 Guests attended.  Our guests included PDG Don Watkins (RC of Peterborough-Kawartha), ADG Brenda Waugh, Gloria Aykroyd, and Rachel Parker.

 

Our speaker today was Rotarian Dr. Mohamed Abdalla, Chief of Intensive Care at TDMH.  Mohamed thanked everyone in the community for their support during the Covid-19 pandemic.  He advised us that there is now a Covid Screening Centre located at 17 Bear St. but by appointment only.  Anyone who is concerned about exposure and wants to be tested can call and arrange an appointment.  The Hospital is testing everyone who enters as a patient for Covid.

 

Re-opening the Hospital to normal care again will be a gradual process.  At present, the Outpatient Services are closed and he is seeing patients virtually.  The LHIN has addressed re-opening and if there is an increase in cases, then society will have to close again until the number of cases declines.  Social distancing has helped a lot but if only 55-65% of people comply with it, the number of cases will increase again.  So it is important to continue to keep our distance from one another.

 

Dr. Abdalla noted that as a result of the pandemic and isolation measures, the In Patient population dropped to 30% of normal and the Emergency Room was much less busy.  In some cases, patients who needed to seek hospital care had delayed attending because of fear of the Covid virus.  In some instances, this led to serious illnesses not being addressed as soon as they should have been.

 

The Hospital Staff had to develop protocols for working with patients to keep the Staff safe and yet provide necessary treatment.  They made plans to expand the ICU spaces and to re-train OR nurses to staff the ICU if needed.

Dr. Abdalla answered a number of questions.  He said that although no one knows for certain what long term sequellae may occur in recovered Covid patients, there may well be long lasting effects from the illness.  He also noted the effect on the healthcare workers from stress and mentioned psychological effects and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

 

Work Party:  There is a work party at Memorial Park on Saturday morning in two groups of 5 each beginning at 8:30-9:30 and 10:00-11:00.  We will be cleaning up brush and watering our tree nursery.

 

Report from the Board of Directors Meeting:

The Club will donate $6500 to the Helping Hand Food Bank

Rotary Meeting June 3, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

May Trip of the Month Winners

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President John Lohuis congratulates the following winners of the May Trip of the Month Draw.
 

First Prize         Great Canadian Trip:  The "New" New York.

#0024  Mike Cerna

Second Prize      $100     #0132    Roy Beechey

Third Prize        $75        #0102    Helen Johnson and Janet Weaver

Fourth Prize      $75        #0447    Peter Oliveira

Fifth Prize        $50        #0094    Brad Bennett

Sixth Prize        $50        #0403    Pat Carroll

Seventh Prize    $50        #0397    Brian Crompton

May Trip of the Month Winners Brian Clark 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting May 20,2020

Rotary Meeting of May 20, 2020.
9 Rotarians and a number of guests attended the ZOOM meeting.
Our guests were Anne and Don Soepboer, ADG Brenda Waugh (Scotland), PDG Don Watkins (RC of Peterborough-Kawartha) and Debbie Vance (Charter President of the RC of Ucluelet, BC)
Don Watkins was President of the RC of Tillsonburg in 1981-82 and was District Governor 7080 during the early 1990's.
Trip of the Month news: PDG Karen Oakes (Simcoe) and Eugene Todd have donated their Trip winnings back to the Club in a very generous gesture to help Rotary when we can not raise funds for community work due to the pandemic. Thank you!
Jay Weiler has been trimming the grass at our tree nursery near the Community Centre Complex.
John Lohuis showed a video of the flooding in Ft. McMurray due to an ice jam in the Athabasca River. The downtown business district was completely flooded. John was there a year ago for the Communities in Bloom as a judge.
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Speaker: Debbie Vance spoke to us about her experience in Rotary. She is the Charter President of the RC of Ucluelet, BC, a small town (pop. 1700) on Vancouver Island's west coast. She moved there from Vancouver and started the Rotary Club (Chartered January 2019) through contacts on the Community Facebook page for the town. She created enthusiasm within the town for Rotary and the work it does in communities. She now also serves on the Zone Committee for new club development and she supplies the Social Media tools to promote Rotary. Debbie creates graphics to promote Rotary on all Social Media.
Her Facebook page has her graphics and the RI Facebook page has a great deal of information about Rotary that can be downloaded.
Here are some of her graphics:
-4 Way Test graphic.
-Women in Rotary.
-May is Rotary Youth Service Month.
-April is Maternal and Child Health Month.
-Rotary Club Locator App.
-October 24 is World Polio Day - End Polio Now.
-Rotary Foundation.
-Rotaract.
-Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus.
-Rotary - Ignite Your Passion.
- Rotary - Wash Your Hands (pandemic prevention).
-Membership: Our Greatest Asset.
 
 
Rotary Meeting May 20,2020 Brian Clark 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting May 13, 2020

12 local Rotarians were joined by Rotarian Brenda Waugh (Scotland) and guests Richard Demaiter (BMO) and Anne and Don Soepboer.

The Adventure in Citizenship has been canceled due to the pandemic.

 

Speaker:  Tom Simmons was our speaker today and showed us a presentation about the  trip to Vietnam in January (?) 2020 taken by he and his wife Pat.

The country has been at war for much of the post-World War 2 period.  The French left in 1954 and the second Indo-China War began in 1955 with the USA and it's allies.  This ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese army.  The war had extended into Laos and Cambodia as well.  The US had 10 air bases in Vietnam at the height of the war.

 

Vietnam has 92 million people and the two common religions are Buddhist and Christian.  There are many coastal beaches and lots of commercial fishing.  Tom saw many street vendors on motorcycles as well as modern apartment buildings and seaside esplanades in the coastal tourist areas.

At Na Trang, the were many new apartment buildings and a large amusement park but it was mountainous inland.  New office buildings were prominent and Tom said that wages are about $140 USD per month.  Street traffic was 80% motorcycles and scooters.  The city has large Buddhist temples and statues.

At Hoi An, south of Da Nang, he saw a small factory manufacturing marble statues of all types for shipment around the globe.  The city has a huge and very beautiful beach.

In Halong Bay, in N. Vietnam, the area is famous for the many (1,970) islands.  These are karst limestone that has been eroded by centuries of rain.  The same process has carved large caves with ceilings 80-100 feet high.  This is the Sung Sot (Cave of Surprises) Cave and it takes 1 hour to walk through the cave system.  Tom also showed photos of floating villages in the bay itself, protected by the surrounding islands.

 

As is often the case, many of our members have interesting programs to share and Tom's programs detailing his travels worldwide have been among them.

 

Next week's speaker is Rotarian Debbie Vance from Ucluelet, British Columbia.

 

 

Rotary Meeting May 13, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting May 6, 2020

13 local Rotarians were joined by guests Ryo Matsumoto (our ROTEX from Kanazawa, Japan), Brenda Waugh (ADG of District 1020 Scotland), Sheila Welham (RC of Burlington Central and a member of the District Youth Exchange Committee) and Dean Rutty who is the Chair of District Youth Exchange.

 

Speaker:  Ryo spoke to the Club about her home in Japan and her time in Tillsonburg.  She returns home on May 8. 

Japan is a smaller country compared to Canada but has 126 million people.  Ryo showed us her various school uniforms as well as her cheer leading uniform.  She showed us the Kimono, the formal dress for women in Japan.  It is a traditional costume mainly used now for special events such as graduation or when people come of adult age at age 20.

Ryo's first Host Family was the Mann family.  With them, she visited Niagara Falls and Toronto in the Winter.  She saw the Eaton Centre and dined atop the CN Tower.  Ryo also enjoyed the Mississauga orientation session for Youth exchange Students and their Christmas Party.  She attended the Winter meeting at Camp Wanakita with the Outbound Students and they slept in Quinsys, did Cross Country Skiing and snow shoeing.  Ryo described a Dog Sledding weekend in Haliburton with students from District 7070.

Her second Host Family was the Layman family and she visited Niagara Falls with them.

Ryo mentioned that she enjoyed attending our weekly Rotary meetings.

 

President John, Bob Marsden, Sheila Welham and Dean Rutty all thanked Ryo for her time with us and we will miss her.  She has been a great ROTEX!

 

Brenda Waugh also spoke to the Club about her experience in Tillsonburg 40 years ago.  She worked for Dr. Mary Wiltshire as a Nanny and also helped in the Veterinary Clinic.  Brenda joined Rotary in 2001 and has served as the District Communications Chair and is currently the ADG for District 1020.  When her term as ADG is completed, she will become the District Youth Chair.  In her vocation, she manages an Advisory Agency.  Brenda lives in Annan about 6 miles north of the border with England on the west coast of Scotland.

Rotary Meeting May 6, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting April 29, 2020

Kallista Chayil is our speaker today and her topic is "The Psychology of Estate Planning".

75% of estate plans fail.  What we give as an inheritance should be a blessing, not a burden.  People who inherit large sums may be unprepared to manage it responsibly either financially or psychologically.

 

Causes of Failure:

60% fail due to poor communication and mistrust.  Parents fail to disclose details to all of their children, leading to unpleasant surprises.  There may also be unresolved family conflicts (sibling mistrusts).

25% fail because the parents didn't prepare their heirs by communication and education of values and plans.

10% fail due to lack of a family vision statement that clearly communicates their sense of values and goals.

5% fail due to poor tactical money management.  The heirs may make inferior investments of have no advisors or incompetent advisors.  The heirs may not know how to manage the money.

 

 

Kallista told us that 75-95% of Canadians are financially illiterate and we have an inadequate relationship to money.  Money problems are the #1 stress and the most common conflict in marriages.  In many households, 40% of the income is spent servicing debt.  75% of households have less than $50,000 in investable assets.  When credit cards are used, spending increases 23%.

Money problems are symptomatic of bigger problems such as over spending, under spending (hoarding) and frivolous purchases.  75-95% of us have an inadequate relationship to money (eg) carrying bad debt, inadequate emergency funds, inappropriate investments, using money to dominate others, addiction to wealth (misers).  It is important to educate children about money and finances.

 

"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant and wrong"  H.L. Mecken.

 

Estate Problems:

Too much emphasis on financials and too high a level of control while withholding information about values. 

When adults act like adults, everyone wins.  Share responsibility for the plan with family.  Have joint decision making and open discussion when making the plan.

 

Three Important Things:

Unpack the issues.

Communicate about managing money (beginning with young children).

Collaborate to reflect family values and the values of the heirs.

Kallista's contact information:

 

Kallista Chayil Can be reached via 
 
phone 647-863-9332
Website Kallista.ca
 

 

Rotary Meeting April 29, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting April 22, 2020

11 local Rotarians were joined on ZOOM by DG Lesley Barmania and her husband Aziz, PDG Doug Vincent, Peter Stam, Steve Zehr, and Anne and Don Soepboer.

 

President John Lohuis initiated the meeting with a Moment of Silence for the victims in Nova Scotia.

 

Speaker:  DG Lesley Barmania spoke about her experiences at the RI Convention in 2016 in Seoul, South Korea and how it relates to RI President Mark Maloney's theme of "Rotary Connects The World".  She spoke about how Rotary gives Hope and related their own experience in Seoul.  Her husband, Aziz suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to a hospital with internal hemorrhaging.  He was admitted to the ICU and underwent a number of diagnostic tests before the source of the bleed was identified.  He required emergency surgery and Lesley spoke of the wonderful support they  received from the local hotel, the hospital, the staff who helped translate for them, and the Rotary friends both Canadian and Korean who arranged to donate blood of Aziz's type (A neg).  The blood donations in  particular  were crucial to his survival.  Lesley showed us how Rotary is indeed one family worldwide and brings Hope not only to the communities we serve but in this case, desperately needed hope and help for one of our own Rotarians.

 

Our ROTEX, Ryo joined us today with her Host Mother.  Ryo will be returning to Japan on May 8 by way of a connecting flight from Vancouver to Tokyo.

 

Next Week:  Our speaker will be Kallista Chayil speaking on pitfalls with Wills and Estate Planning.

 

Rotary Meeting April 22, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

April Trip of the Month Draw

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President John Lohuis congratulates the following winners of the April Trip of the Month Draw.

 

First Prize:  #0146  Scott Morris   Transat - Paradisus Princessa del Mar, Varadaro, Cuba

Second Prize: $100   #0040 Brian Graydon

Third Prize:  $75        #0381  Sandra Gilvesy

Fourth Prize:  $75     #0368   Carole Stephenson

Fifth Prize:   $50      #0016   John Shields

Sixth Prize:   $50     #0067   Melanie Fardella

Seventh Prize:  $50  #0980   Susan Seymour

 

 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 

 

April Trip of the Month Draw Brian Clark 2020-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting April 1, 2020

9 local members and Monica Clare, Don and Anne Soepboer, and Paul Gagnon (LPRCA) joined a very successful ZOOM meeting.

 

Our speaker was Paul Gagnon from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority speaking on "Healthy Watersheds".

The Conservation Authorities were formed in 1946 by Provincial Legislation and there are 36 of them in Ontario.  Their mandate is conservation, restoration and the development of water resources.

The areas on which they focus include Flood Control, Water Quality, Erosion Control, Natural Resource Development, and Park and Recreation opportunities.  Paul noted that Lake Erie water levels have been very high through January-march 2020.

 

LPRCA monitors water levels and quality but also things like aquatic insect populations (as a marker for water quality), water temperature and quality.  They check Brook Trout populations because they are a sign of good water quality.  Paul said they monitor ground water levels in the Norfolk Sand Plain Aquifer which supplies water for agriculture and municipalities in the area.  You can view the watershed Report Card on their website:  http://www.lprca.on.ca/pages/1317825417/Healthy-Watersheds

 

Drinking Water is important and they protect water from the source to the tap to ensure it is safe and of good quality for drinking.

Restoration is another focus for tree planting, meadow and prairie grass establishment, buffer zones, sediment basins and wetland creation.  Forests trap and store water and release it slowly.  Buffer strips (riparian zones) between agricultural land and streams use grass and trees to control erosion and improve water quality but controlling nutrient runoff.

Erosion Control includes rock embankments, catch basins and grass along banks.  Clean Water Programs  control nutrient entry into streams from manure, cattle and fertilizers.  Sediment basins trap sediments, clay runoff and nutrients leading to cleaner water. 

LPRCA also engages in public education of school children.

 

Next week, Brian Bennett and Darell Parker have a program on Membership.  Brian is the District Membership Chair and Darell is our ADG.

Future programs include the Harvard Aircraft Association, and Kallista Chayil on Will and Estate Planning.

Rotary Meeting April 1, 2020 Brian Clark 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Programs canceled due to Covid pandemic.

The following Rotary programs are canceled due to the Covid pandemic:
 
Book Fair for April.
 
Trip of the Month Draw that would begin July 2020 and run to June 30, 2021.  Any tickets already sold will be refunded.
The current Trip of the Month Draws will run to their normal completion on June 30, 2020.
 
The Rotary Medals Awards program in May is canceled.
Rotary Programs canceled due to Covid pandemic. Brian Clark 2020-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

March 2020 Trip of the Month Winners

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the March Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: # 0402 – Jonathan Arnell

March Prize: Air Canada Vacations – Le Pavillion Hotel- New Orleans, Louisiana

 

2nd Prize $100: # 0050 – Vanessa Aykroyd

3rd Prize $75: # 0108 – Trudy & Dennis Vass

4th Prize $75: # 0294 – Jay Luyt

5th Prize $50: #0255 – Joe Haist

6th Prize $50: #0136 – Laurel & Peter Beechey

7th Prize $50: #0519 – Andrew Burns


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 


 


 

March 2020 Trip of the Month Winners Brian Clark 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

February Trip of the Month Winners

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the February Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: # 0067 - Melanie Fardella

February Prize: Great Canadian – Chicago City Getaway

 

2nd Prize $100: #0216 – Dr. Mohamed Abdalla

3rd Prize $75: #0061 –Terry & Karen Boys

4th Prize $75: #0437 – Ed Patenaude

5th Prize $50: #0013 – Dean Symons

6th Prize $50: #0267 – Carol Martis

7th Prize $50: #0402 – Jonathan Arnel


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

February Trip of the Month Winners Brian Clark 2020-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting of February 12, 2020.

Notes from the meeting.

11 Rotarians and 3 guests attended at Corner Perk.  Guest:  Rachel Parker, Ryo (ROTEX), and Nancy Shields.

 

Rotary International's slogan for 2020-2021 is "Rotary Opens Opportunities".

 

President John Lohuis gave a presentation on Communities in Bloom for whom he is a judge and their visit to Lexington, Kentucky last year.

This is the 25th year for Communities in Bloom and they have been acquired by the Canadian Landscape Association. 

Communities in Bloom fosters civic pride in communities around the world and enhances green spaces.

Their criteria include tidiness, environmental factors, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscapes and floral designs.

Lexington was founded in 1775 and now has a population of 330,000.  It is known as the Horse Capital of the World.

Until the 1840's, it had a large slavery commercial trade.  This continued for a while after that date despite regulations banning it.  John said the history of the Slave Trade in Lexington is mentioned but kept very muted.

The Rotary Club began there in 1915 and Rotary has been very active throughout the intervening years.  The Rotary Directory shows two clubs in Lexington today.

The city has pedestrian and bike paths, a historic clock (1830) on the street and decorative street lamps.  The streets have many (40) statues of horses located throughout the city.  John showed a photo of a street bench in the form of an open library book.  The first library was built in 1795 and in 1902, the Carnegie Library was constructed. 

There is lots of public art in the parks in Lexington.  John showed a photo of a downtown Off Leash Dog Park.  He also had photos of Keeneland Park, a large horse racing track and horse auction site.

 

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January Trip of the Month Winners

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The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the January Trip-of-the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:
 
 
1st Prize: # 0555 - Celeste Dawson
January Prize: Air Canada Vacations – Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada
2nd Prize $100: # 167 - Mary DeCloet
3rd Prize $75: # 301 - Chris Oliver
4th Prize $75: # 0354 - James Prouse
5th Prize $50: # 0169 - Cliff & Jacki McDowell
6th Prize $50: # 0444 - Holly Koss
7th Prize $50: #0410 - Magda Donck
 
Contact Information:
John Lohuis, President,
Rotary Club Tillsonburg
519-842-6780
ljohncanuck@hotmail.com
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December Trip of the Month Winners

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the December Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0259 – Colleen Szuba

December Prize: Transat – Ireland-Dublin, Galway & Kerry

 

2nd Prize $100: #0059 – Yean Armstrong

3rd Prize $75: #0202 – Kim Nethercott

4th Prize $75: #0350- Sien Cox

5th Prize $50: #0190 – Bob Sibley

6th Prize $50: #0262 – Larry Scanlan

7th Prize $50: #0141 – Dag Morris


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the December Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0259 – Colleen Szuba

December Prize: Transat – Ireland-Dublin, Galway & Kerry

 

2nd Prize $100: #0059 – Yean Armstrong

3rd Prize $75: #0202 – Kim Nethercott

4th Prize $75: #0350- Sien Cox

5th Prize $50: #0190 – Bob Sibley

6th Prize $50: #0262 – Larry Scanlan

7th Prize $50: #0141 – Dag Morris


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 


 


 

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the December Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0259 – Colleen Szuba

December Prize: Transat – Ireland-Dublin, Galway & Kerry

 

2nd Prize $100: #0059 – Yean Armstrong

3rd Prize $75: #0202 – Kim Nethercott

4th Prize $75: #0350- Sien Cox

5th Prize $50: #0190 – Bob Sibley

6th Prize $50: #0262 – Larry Scanlan

7th Prize $50: #0141 – Dag Morris


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 


 


 


 


 

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Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 28, 2019

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the November Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0115 Marianne Sandham

November Prize: West Jet Vacations- Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada

 

2nd Prize $100: #0057 Ken & Olga Patterson

3rd Prize $75: #0406 Lindsey & Paul McLeish

4th Prize $75: #0282 Olga Patterson

5th Prize $50: #0452 Carla Cameron

6th Prize $50: #0552 Gail Mabee

7th Prize $50: #0370 Mary Lohuis


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 

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Trip of the Month Winners for July and October.

Posted by Brian Clark on Oct 20, 2019

Here are the winners for July - Trip to Air Canada Vacations, San Diego, California

        Trip - John Labelle    $100 Marion Morris    $ 75 Kim Triska    $ 75 Colleen Szuba    $50  Dave Clergy   $ 50 Lyle Reckier      $ 50   Roy Fontaine

 

Winners for October - Air Canada Vacations, The Fairmont Banff - Banff Springs, Alberta

        Trip - Randy DeClercq    $100  Brad & Sara Clark    $75 Cliff & Jacki McDowell    $75 Vanessa Aykroyd   $50  Bryan Drinkwater   $50 Ashley Andrews

                                               $50 Leslie Martin

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September Trip of the Month draw

Posted by Brian Clark on Sep 18, 2019

The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the September Trip-of- the-Month Draw. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0531 – Brad Hollister

September Prize: Great Canadian- Boston Sight Seeing Tour

 

2nd Prize $100: #0074 Brad & Sara Clark

3rd Prize $75: #0105 Marie Blake

4th Prize $75: #0500 Patricia Phelps

5th Prize $50: #0579 Wendy Phelps

6th Prize $50: #0572 Bill Hodgkinson

7th Prize $50: #0051 Linda & Dave Bertling


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 


 


 


 

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August Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 21, 2019

 The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the August Trip-of- the-Month Draw.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, JOHN LOHUIS, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners of the Trip-of-the-Month draw:

 

1st Prize: #0398 Ann Schroder

July Prize: Hyatt Regency Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

 

2nd Prize $100: #0339 Sylvia Bakos

3rd Prize $75: #0282 Olga Patterson

4th Prize $75: #0507 Chris Ort

5th Prize $50: #0185 Laurie Beaver

6th Prize $50: #0538 Joan Weston

7th Prize $50: #0336 Pat & Kelly Luciani


 

Contact Information:

 

John Lohuis, President,

Rotary Club Tillsonburg

519-842-6780

ljohncanuck@hotmail.com

 

 


 


 

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May Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on May 17, 2019
President Dave Rushton of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg congratulates the following prize winners for the May Trip of the Month Draw.
 
1st Prize   #0141  Andrew Lohuis     Great Canadian - Nashville Music City, USA.
 
2nd Prize   $100   #0580    Brad Hollister.
3rd Prize    $75     #0299    John Sol.
4th Prize    $75     #0227    Stacey leighfield.
5th Prize    $50     #0445    John and Heather Lamont.
6th Prize    $50     #0569    Don Sanders.
7th Prize    $50     #0570    Sandra Tanghe.
 
Contact information:
 
David Rushton, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg.
(519) 709-7745
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April Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Apr 17, 2019
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners of the April Trip of the Month draw.
 
First Prize  #0368   Ken Grenier
Signature Vacations - Riu Playa Blanca 5* - Panama
 
2nd Prize  $100  #0533  David Palmer
3rd Prize   $75    #0011  Olga Patterson
4th Prize   $75   # 0349  Trevor Stuyt
5th Prize   $50   #0335   Margaret Long
6th Prize   $50   #0075   Colleen Szuba
7th Prize   $50   #0558   Rebecca Duran
 
Contact information:
 
Dave Rushton, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-709-7745
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March 2019 Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Mar 20, 2019
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners of the Trip of the Month Draw.
 
1st Prize    #0153   Maureen Adlard
March Prize   WestJet Vacations     Sheraton Vistana Village Resort, Orlando, Florida
 
2nd Prize  $100   #0124   Robert Cain
 
3rd Prize   $75     #0220   Margaret Cox
4th Prize   $75      #0372  Darrell Marshall
5th Prize   $50     #0157   Tom Logan
6th Prize   $50     #0224    Zachary Cox
7th Prize   $50     #0248    Brad Bennett
 
Contact information:
 
David Rushton, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
(519)-709-7745
 
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February 2019 Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Feb 20, 2019
The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the February Trip of the Month winners.  President David Rushton congratulates the following winners.
 
1st Prize   #0415   Bill Collins
West Jet Vacations      Marriott Biscayne Bay - Miami, Florida
 
2nd Prize  $100   #0023      Arlene Sage
3rd Prize   $75     #0102     Aaron and Melissa Phillips
4th Prize   $75     #0497    Gerry Nicholson
5th Prize   $50    #0129    Sylvia Caputo
6th Prize   $50    #0326    Ruth Thornton
7th Prize   $50    #0374    Dave Dyer
 
Contact information:
 
David Rushton, President
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
(519)  709-7745
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Rotagraph November 13, 2018

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 13, 2018
 
L-R: President Dave Rushton, Rotarian Jay Weiler, District Governor John Gilvesy
 
DG John Gilvesy spoke on the theme "Be the Inspiration".  As Rotarians, we unite people, take action, solve problems and improve communities.
 
The Micro-Finance Project for Honduras has raised $50,000 of the $70,000 goal either in actual donations or pledges from the District 7080 Clubs.
 
Concert for Polio Plus on November 25th at 2 pm at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  Call the Box Office to make a reservation.
 
 
Next April 24-27, 2019 we will hold a second Book Fair at the Town Centre Mall.
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Paul Harris Night

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 06, 2018
President Dave Rushton presented Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Shelley Imbeault at the Club's recent Paul Harris Night.  The recognition is named after Rotary's Founder, Paul Harris.
 

The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
Disease prevention and treatment.
Water and sanitation.
Maternal and child health.
Basic education and literacy.
Economic and community development.

You can find more information at www.rotary.org/en/our-causes

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October Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Oct 17, 2018
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners.
 
1st Prize   #0086  Gary and Kathy Myny    Air Canada Vacations to The Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida.
 
2nd Prize $100  #0322  Gloria Aykroyd
 
3rd Prize $75   #0251  John Somerville
4th Prize  $75  #0434  Bob Bruce
5th Prize  $50  #0095  V. Holly
6th Prize  $50  #0192  Steve Munkasci
7th Prize  $50  #0477  Bill Balazs
 
Contact information:
 
David Rushton, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonurg
226-748-8125
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September Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Sep 19, 2018
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners:
 
First Prize:  #015  Bruce Kendrick    
Great Canadian Big City Getaway  -  Chicago
 
Second Prize $100:  #0539  Keith Lucas 
Third Prize    $75 :   #0515  Judy Boutin
Fourth Prize  $75:   #0387  Bryan Drinkwater
Fifth Prize      $50:   #0466  Jenn Jackson
Sixth Prize     $50:   #0570  Sandra Tanghe
Seventh Prize$50:   #0168 Holli Koss
 
Contact information:
 
Dave Rushton, President
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
 
226-748-8125
 
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August Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 16, 2018
On behalf of the Tillsonburg Rotary Club,  President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners.
 
First Prize  #0093  Irene Gubesch  Air Canada Vacations, Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Quebec
 
Second Prize  $100   #0478  Rosalie Willaert
 
Third Prize  $75  #0338  Pat and Mae Feeney
Fourth Prize  $75 #0321 Betty Lou Graydon
 
Fifth Prize $50  #0405  Penny Durst
Sixth Prize $50 #0349  Trevor Stuyt
Seventh prize $50 #0232  Peter Luciani
 
Contact Information:
 
David Rushton, President,
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
226-748-8125
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Coming Programs

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 14, 2018
Programs:
August 21 - Aykroyd's are hosting us.
August 28 - we are at the Gyulvesi Centre to plan the Friends of Rotary Night on October 23.
September 4 - John and Mary Lohuis are hosting us.
September 11 - author Paul Allen is speaking about his new book "When Tobacco Was King".
September 18 -golf at Tillson View.
September 25 - brown bag dinner and a speaker.
October 2 - Car Rally
October 17-20 Book Fair at Town Centre Mall.
November 6 - Paul Harris Night
December 4 - Rotary Christmas Party.
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July 2018 Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 01, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the Trip of the Month for July 2018.
On behalf of the Club, President Dave Rushton congratulates the following winners:
 
1St Prize  #0433  Gayle Augustine and Tom Thompson
Air Canada Vacations to the Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
 
2nd Prize $100   #0186  Ron and Shirley Phillips 
3rd Prize  $75    #0463   Scott Morris
4th Prize  $75     #0355  Don Lauszus
5th Prize  $50    #0527   Ron Semenuk and Dianne Young
6th Prize  $50    #0371   Ron Stetzl
7th Prize  $50    #0386   Bob Prouse
 
Contact Information:
 
Dave Rushton, President
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
226-748-8125
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June 2018 Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Jun 21, 2018
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Brian Clark congratulates the winners of the June Draw.  This is the final draw for 2017-2018 and a new Trip of the Month Draw begins in July.  Tickets are now on sale so be sure to get yours by contacting any Rotarian or online at www.tillsonburgrotarytriplottery.com
 
First Prize: Ticket #3093  Rosalie Willaert.  Maximum Vacations - Cabot Trail Discovery, Nova Scotia.
 
Second Prize: $100  Ticket #0531  Marsha Minor
Third Prize:     $75    Ticket #0208  Tony Steyaert
Fourth Prize:   $75    Ticket #0232  David Calder
Fifth Prize:       $50    Ticket #0537 Mary- Anne Murphy
Sixth Prize:      $50     Ticket #0436 Wilma Van Gurp
Seventh Prize: $50     Ticket #0431 Trudy and Dennis Vass
 
Contact information:
Brian Clark, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
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Rotagraph June 12, 2018

Posted by Brian Clark on Jun 12, 2018
We had 13 local members, Darrell Parker, President of the RC of Ingersoll, and 5 students (Olivia Davies, Noemie Dercourt, Becca Fink, Erika Klosler and Ines from Ingersoll/Switzerland) attend the meeting.
 
We will be selling Trip of the Month tickets in the Mall on June 7, 8 14, 21, 22, 28, 29.
You can also buy them online at www.tillsonburgrotarytriplottery.com.  To date, we have sold 301 tickets.
 
When the RI Convention is taking place in Toronto, local members can meet on June 26 at Boston Pizza at 4:30 pm with Rick Cox and Mike Cerna.  Mike is making the arrangements.
The Interact Club at Glendale has donated $1,000 towards the Memorial Park Renovation project.  Thank you for both this support and for helping out with our work parties!
 
The Club will be meeting at the home of Dave and Debbie Rushton next week for a Patio Party.  Contact Dave for further information.
 
Speakers: Noemie spoke about her year in Canada.  She has visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, Camp Wanakita Winter experience, Florida, a Line Dancing weekend.  She has played floor hockey, done painting, bumper cars, Lobsterfest, gone to the Iroquois Village, St. Jacobs, rock climbing, curling, Prom, and Blue Jays baseball.
 
Olivia spoke about her time on the Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa.  She visited the Canadian War Museum, a traditional Quebec dinner, Parliament (House of Commons, Senate, Library and Supreme Court), an Aboriginal Centre at Ottawa University, a Citizenship Ceremony and she made friends all across Canada.
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May 2018 Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on May 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg congratulates the following winners of the May 2018 Trip of the Month Draw.
 
First Prize  #0133  Russell Jull      Air Canada Vacations - Gatineau, Quebec.
 
Second Prize   $100   #0271   Terry and Karen Boys
Third Prize    $75   #0542    Barb Howison
Fourth Prize  $75   #0053    Jackie Heeney
 
Fifth Prize      $50   #0566     Ray Fountaine
Sixth Prize     $50   #0100     Harvey Elliot
Seventh Prize  $50   #0017     Lesley and Gord Ryall
 
Contact Information:
 
Brian Clark, President
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
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Trip of the Month (2018) now available!

Posted by Brian Clark on May 03, 2018
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg tickets for the annual Trip of the Month Draws are now available from any local Rotarian or online at http://www.tillsonburgrotarytriplottery.com/.
 
Each month 7 prizes are drawn ranging from a Trip to cash prizes between $100 and $50.  Proceeds support Rotary programs related to Youth in our area and the Memorial Park Renovation currently in progress.
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April Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Apr 19, 2018
The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the April Trip of the Month Draw.  Congratulations to the winners!
 
First Prize: #0012  Susan Cluett    Trip - Great Canadian - Best of Quebec
 
Second Prize:  $100  #0069  Justin Meloche
Third Prize:   $75       #0007  Urbain Demaiter
Fourth Prize: $75      #0511   Helen Johnson & Janet Weaver
Fifth Prize:    $50       #0068   Simon Elbourne
Sixth Prize:   $50       #0115   Linda Covey
Seventh Prize: $50    #0397   Carol Morling
 
Contact information:
 
Brian Clark, President
RC of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
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March Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Mar 23, 2018
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Brian Clark congratulates the following winners of the March Trip of the Month draw.
 
1st Prize   #0005  Phil Harris   Air Canada Vacations - Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
 
2nd Prize  $100     #0233  Dana Rushton 
3rd Prize   $ 75      #0529  Jean Phelps
4th Prize   $ 75      #0153  Brad and Heather Ward
5th Prize   $ 50      #0541  Janet Guralski
6th Prize   $ 50      #0033  Margaret McCrimmon
7th Prize   $50       #0128  L. DeGiorgio
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Trip of the Month winners for February 2018

Posted by Brian Clark on Feb 21, 2018
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg congratulates the following winners of the February Trip of the Month Draw.
 
1st Prize    #0289   Bob Prouse.   Great Canadian - Group of Seven Agawa Canyon Train Tour.
 
2nd Prize  $100   #0588  John and Sheila Schwarz.
 
3rd Prize   $75     #0329  Tracy Beattie.
4th Prize    $75    #0026   Crystal Saunders.
 
5th Prize    $50    #0373  Mary Gladwin.
6th Prize    $50    #0273  Terry Peacock.
7th Prize    $50    #0066   Elizabeth Gilvesy.
 
Contact Information:
Brian Clark, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
 
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Trip of the Month Winners for January 2018

Posted by Brian Clark on Jan 17, 2018
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, Brian Clark, President of the Rotary Club, congratulates the following winners.
 
1st Prize  #0071   Chris Wilk    The Roosevelt Hotel New York, New York.
 
2nd Prize  #0152  Frank VandeSlyke  $100
3rd Prize   #0507  Sandy Kloepfer       $75
4th Prize   #0513   Val Lambert            $75
5th Prize   #0365   Patricia Phelps        $50
6th Prize   #0128   Li Degiorgio            $50
7th Prize   #0112   Mike Sheppard       $50
 
Contact Information:
 
Brian Clark, President
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph January 9,2018

Posted by Brian Clark on Jan 09, 2018
We welcomed 4 students to our meeting.  They are (L-R): Noemie Dercourt (ROTEX), Erica Klosler (her Host Sister), Sephora Sandor (returned ROTEX ) and Rachel Preston (her Host Sister from Australia).
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Trip of the Month Winners for December 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Dec 20, 2017
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Brian Clark congratulates the following winners of the December Draw.
 
First Prize  #0502  Richard Barth   - Signature Vacations - Riu Guanacaste 5 Star Resort Liberia, Costa Rica.
 
Second Prize  $100   #0396   Ilene Chesterman
 
Third Prize     $75      #0193   Pat Carroll
 
Fourth Prize  $75      #0493   Gail Mabee
 
Fifth Prize     $50      #0237    George Klassen
 
Sixth Prize    $50      #0371    Kevin Groocock
 
Seventh Prize $50    #0332    Kim Triska and Ilene Knight
 
Contact Information:
 
Brian Clark, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
 
 
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph Nov.21,2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 21, 2017
Our speaker tonight was John Lohuis.  John's career began by volunteering at the former Recreation Commission office in Memorial Park and he later studied Recreation at the University of Waterloo.  One of his early jobs was in Delhi where he helped set up the Ontario Tobacco Museum.
 
John worked in Windsor, Aurora, London and Mississauga in Parks and Recreation and was also involved in Facility Building and development.  In Mississauga, he helped with projects to build arenas, soccer pitches, indoor soccer programs and he helped in the design of the Hershey Centre.  John helped promote Women's Hockey.  He worked with Mayor Hazel McCallion.  During his tenure, Mississauga won a Communities in Bloom Award and he helped institute the Swim to Survive program for kids. 
 
His last position was with the Niagara Parks Commission as General Manager and CEO.  He managed it's many attractions and helped develop things such as the Zip line and the White Water Walk.
 
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November Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 16, 2017
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Brian Clark congratulates the following winners of the November Draw.
 
First Prize  #0952  Cheryl and Ted Burton     Air Canada Vacations - Orlando, Florida
 
Second Prize  $100  #0265    Josie Edwards.
Third Prize      $75    #0217    Mary Oniszeczko
Fourth Prize    $75    #0249    Lee Anne Sergeant
Fifth Prize        $50    #0338    Mic DeGroote
Sixth Prize       $50    #0357    Pat sandham
Seventh Prize  $50    #0535    Jim Fisher
 
Contact information: 
Brian Clark, President
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
519-842-6791
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Rotary Club of Tillsonburg Paul Harris Night

Posted by Brian Clark on Nov 07, 2017
Twelve Rotarians and 16 Guests attended our annual Paul Harris Night.  Guests included Past Presidents Harold Moore and Frank Moore as well as their spouses Diane and Bobbi and ROTEX Noemie, Erika and Kiera, and Patti Phelps from Annandale National Historic Site.
 
Paul Harris Recognition was presented to Bob Marsden on behalf of Deborah Marsden who was unable to attend.  President Brian Clark presented Bob Marsden with his Paul Harris (+8) recognition pin.
 
The number of Polio cases is down worldwide by 99% from 350,000 in 1988 to 37 in 2016 and now in 2017, there are only 9 cases worldwide.
 
Speakers:
L-R:  Noemie, Erika, Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Bob Marsden and Kiera.
 
Erika Poredos told us about her 1 month exchange in Ancona, Italy on the Adriatic Coast.  Her Host Sister made a return exchange to Canada with Erika in August.  Erika loved Italian pasta.  She told us the secondary schools are divided into Science, Arts and Technology and students choose which of the three they want to pursue.  She visited Tuscany and it's famous cities with her host family.  She went to the beaches and on a boat trip along the coast at Ancona.  She also attended a Medieval Festival.  Erika spoke about the insights she gained and the maturity that came with her exchange.  She appreciated the opportunity Rotary had made available to her.


Kiera Plunkett spent a year in Australia at Naracoorte, west of Melbourne.  Part of the time, she lived on a sheep farm or station in the country.  Kiera said it was very hot in Summer (40 C) and in Naracoorte there is a free municipal pool.  There are underground caverns near the town with fossils and stalactites. Kiera said she adapted well to her new country.

At school, they wore a uniform and the whole school wears their colours on Sports Days.  There was a lot of track and field sports.  Kiera helped with 4 large school theatrical productions. She studied Home Economics and Australian History.  She also taught English to an immigrant family from North Africa and she was part of a church group.


Kiera went on a Safari trip through Australia (sponsored by Rotary).  They visited Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia and then went to the east coast to Coober Pedie (famous for it's opals), Brisbane and Sidney and Melbourne.  She saw lots of Australian Rules Football.


Kiera also benefited from the broadening of horizons that Rotary Youth Exchange provides and she told us how much she had matured during her year abroad.
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October Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Oct 18, 2017
The Tillsonburg Rotary Club announces the winners of the October Trip of the Month Draw and President Brian Clark congratulates the winners.
 
First Prize:  #051  Lisa Gilvesy wins the trip to Chicago "Windy and Fun" with Hanover Holidays.
 
Second Prize:  $100  #0584   Richard Dalby
 
Third Prize:  $75  #0345   Kathie Donaldson 
 
Fourth Prize:  $75  #0327  Rachel Parker
 
Fifth Prize:   $50   #0260  Pat Simmons
 
Sixth Prize:  $50  #0410  Jennifer Jackson
 
Seventh Prize:  $50  #0202  Brian Watson
 
Contact Information:
 
Brian Clark
Rotary Club President
519-842-6791
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph August 29, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 29, 2017
We welcomed our new Inbound ROTEX, Noemi Dercourt from France.  Danielle Drescher will depart for her year abroad very soon and already her Youth Exchange jacket is covered in pins!
 
Programs:
Sept. 5 - Tom Simmons will be speaking about his trip to Iceland.
Sept. 12 - Jim Donaldson is our speaker.
Sept. 19 - Car Rally departing from the Clock Tower at 5:30 pm.
Sept. 26 - open meeting for Club business.
 
Speaker:  District Governor Elect John Gilvesy spoke about Microfinance in Honduras.  He travelled there with a team of 15 earlier in 2017.  Microfinance provides small loans to poor people so they can establish businesses.  The small loans allow the local people , usually women, to establish small businesses and support their families.  Each week, the people report to their group on their finances and success.  This is important because the success of the group depends on each participant and their ability to receive their loans as a group requires that each individual in the group manage their business well and repay their loan.  The members of the group are inter-dependant both for business as well as their loans.  People are able to use the loans to establish a business and to employ others in their business thus benefiting the whole community.
 
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August Trip of the Month Winners

Posted by Brian Clark on Aug 16, 2017
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg congratulates to following winners of the August Trip of the Month Draw
 
1st Prize   August Trip  #0507   Sandy Kloepfer   Air Canada Vacations - Montreal
 
2nd Prize  $100  #0024   Candy Mathews-Park
3rd Prize   $75    #0168   U. Abdalla
4th Prize   $75    #0403   Dag Morris
5th Prize   $50    #0271   Terry and Karen Boys
6th Prize   $50    #0339   Wayne Burgess
7th Prize   $50    #0486   Jane Reiser
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph June 11, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Jul 12, 2017
At the meeting of June 11, 2017 12 Rotarians were joined by 2 Guests:  Mike Cerna and Gillian Derer.  During the meeting, we inducted Mike as a new Rotarian.  He is shown in the photo below with Sponsor Rick Cox (left).
 
 
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph June 20, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Jun 20, 2017
Our RYLA Students, Cayla smith and Emma Cox related their experiences at the RYLA camp.
 
Erika Poredos is going on a 1 month Rotary sponsored exchange to Ancona, Italy.  Our Outbound ROTEX Olivia Moore will be going to Peru for a year.
 
District Conference Chair David Mitten told us about the District Conference program in Mississauga on September 23, 2017.  It is entitled "Peace Through Music".  Here is a link to the Conference site and Registration.
 
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph April 11, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Apr 11, 2017
Our speaker tonight was none other than Rotarian Jim Donaldson who spoke to us about war memorials in general and on this date, the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  By showing photos of a wide variety of war memorials in Europe, Canada and the US, he called to memory the valour and sacrifice of those who served and those who died in the conflicts of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and the Holocaust.
 
Jim's presentation was supported by a large collection of books and photos that he brought.  It is easy to understand why his students loved his History classes! 
 
Thank you, Jim for a well thought out and moving presentation.
 
In club business, the Directors approved a donation of $350 to the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society for the purchase of a large planter urn with the request that Rotary be given appropriate recognition on the planter and if possible, that it be located at the Rotary Clock Tower.
 
 
 
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph April 4, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark on Apr 04, 2017
Nine local Rotarians  and Guest Rotarian Mike Donnelly from the RC of Central Grand Cayman, Ian McDowell, Olivia Moore and Christian Leliveld attended the meeting.  Jim Jakes was our Guest Speaker.
The Cruisers Car Club is interested in working with us for a July event they are planning including a barbecue that Rotary would host for them.  We are interested but requested further details.
 
Speaker:  Bob Aykroyd introduced Jim Jakes who spoke to us about Air Traffic Control.  He worked for 31 years as an ATC in the Toronto area.  In 1996, air traffic control became a private non-profit company called "Nav Canada" and is no longer government controlled.  Jim worked for Air Canada with their Operations Control.
 
He explained the differences between VFR and IFR rules and told us that the newer system is FMS (flight management system) to locate the most favorable or efficient route to promote fuel efficiency.  Once away from high traffic centres, commercial aircraft can navigate independantly.  The newest improvements are the GPS system  to permit more accuracy and less separation.  The newest system coming on stream is the ADS/B system to permit aircraft to relate their position to satellites with great accuracy.  There are 8 control centres across Canada.
 
Jack Parker thanked Jim for a most interesting presentation.  Our club will donate 25 Polio vaccines in Jim's honor in appreciation of his presentation to us.
 
Next Week Jim Donaldson will tell us about the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
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Tillsonburg Rotagraph

Posted by Brian Clark on Mar 21, 2017
10 members and Guests Rachel Parker and Gloria Aykroyd gathered.  Matt Scholtz is our Guest Speaker.
 
Happy Bucks were paid by Ken, Brian, Mary Lou and Bob Marsdent.  One of our students will be going to Italy on a 1 month exchange through Rotary.
 
Next Meeting will be on Membership as the Club is actively seeking new members who are service minded to make the community a better place.
 
Matt Scholtz is a former Chief Librarian at the Tillsonburg Public Library and he spoke to us as Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime MInister.
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March Trip of the Month Winners

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg, President Brian Clark congratulates the following Trip of the Month winners for March 2017.
 
First Prize  #0061  Stacie Barker  - Sunwing Vacations Iberostar Laguna, Varadero, Cuba
 
Second Prize  $100  #0117  Brenda Howse
Third Prize      $75    #0482  Sherry Hamilton
Fourth Prize   $75     #0114  Vicki Parkhill
Fifth Prize       $50    #0314   Dean Symons
Sixth Prize      $50    #0308   Karen Story
Seventh Prize $50    #0495   Dave MacKenzie
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Rotagraph March 14, 2017

Posted by Brian Clark
President Brian Clark inducted Rick Cox as a new Rotarian. 
 
Speaker:  Bob Marsden introduced Felix Winkel, our ROTEX.
 
Felix spoke to us about his home and family.  Felix comes from Austria and the components of the crest on the national flag are the hammer for industry, the sickle for agriculture and the eagle for sovereignty.  Austria has 8.8 million people, the language is German and the currency is the Euro.
 
Felix enjoys music and plays the trombone in the local marching band.  He also plays piano and guitar.  The traditional costume for men is the Lederhosen and for women, the Dirndl.  Typical Austrian food delicacies are wiener schnitzel, apple strudel, sacher torte, and dumplings.
 
Felix home is the village of Mellau (pop. 1500) in the Bregenzerwald region, known for tourism, carpet manufacturing, cycling and skiing.  Felix enjoys soccer, music and skiing.  His father is a Rotarian and an architect.  His mother is a teacher.  He has two sisters and a grandmother and the family is closely knit.
 
 
Next week, our speaker is Matt Scholtz who will tell us about Sir John A. MacDoanld, our first Prime Minister.
 
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Junior Trade Mission to China

Posted on Feb 23, 2017
Emma Cox was on the Junior Team Canada Trade Ambassador trip to China.  The trip was organized by Global Vision, an organization that includes such programs as the Regional Economic Round table, APEC Summit, Missions to the North (Canada), and Trade Missions to 40 countries.  Emma's team of 41 members went to SW China and Hong Kong.  In China they were hosted on arrival at a reception by the Canadian Consulate.  The Team visited 4 cities: Chongking,  Kunming, Chengdu and Hong Kong.  In Chengdu, they saw the Bio Tianfu Tech Park and the Panda Breeding Research facility.  Hong Kong is an international financial hub. 
 
In China, Rotary Club membership is only open to foreign passport holders because the Chinese government insists that it must appoint the Club President, otherwise Chinese citizens can't belong as members.
 
Emma noted the local impact of her trade team's mission.  Marwood Metal Fabricators gained local Chinese marketing intelligence that will help smooth the entry of it's products into China.  The team promoted the Canadian brand in China.
 
Emma presented a banner from her trip and thanked the RC of Tillsonburg for it's financial support of her trip.
 
 
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