President Ruth Kuchinad opened the meeting, giving a toast to Canada, France & Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, Rotary International and the Queen.  Our guests for this evening were PDG Dawn Straka & partner George Over and Alicia, our outbound YE.

Sorry we missed you: Dave Tilley, Spence Tucker, Bob Fawcett, Sue Davidson and Lorne Kelsey

President’s Business

Bob Ash thanked various Rotarians for their help in the Bridgenorth Beautification Committee (BBC)’s Street Dance on Saturday nite.

President Ruth chaired the Club Forum with some thoughts about her own ideas.

1.     She indicated the Presidents from the 3 Peterborough Clubs are meeting regularly to work out how they can better coordinate club efforts for the good of Rotary.  They are working on Oktoberfest as a joint fundraiser.  Brad Filman has agreed to serve on that committee.  They are also working on an idea called 3rd World Canada with a focus on First Nations.  

2.     She will be presenting 3 new fund-raiser ideas to the Board, geocaching + musical dinner, Lakefield Garden Tour and Lobsterfest.

3.     She is working on a friendship exchange between the Vergennes, VT club and ours.

She then asked for reports from the various Directors about their areas.

1.     Brad Filman reported that the Community Service Committee will be working on undertakings such as the Habitat for Humanity build in Lakefield and the Camp Kawartha build.  He will be consulting with Dave Tilley and bring a budget to the next Board Meeting.

2.     Don Thornton reported on the International Committee, which includes Al Hitchon and Girv Devitt. A large Haitian project and wheelchairs for Jamaica will be on the agenda at their meeting next week.  They are searching for a New Generations Chair as Don will be stepping down.

3.     Brian Parks told us that Vocational Service Committee projects will depend on our budget.  The Adventures in Citizenship and RYLA are currently funded, but Adventures in Tourism is in jeopardy.

4.     Tony Davidson, Chair of Foundation Committee expects we will be able to contribute $200 per member to Foundation. We can target funds from the Polar Plunge and through the International dinner as well as individual donations. Tony would like to increase our benefactors and major donors by 1 and our work on Polio Plus will carry on.

5.     No reports were made by Club Administration and Public Relations

6.     Chris Tworkowski, Membership Committee Chair, suggested that his goals are to locate potential members, retain new and old members and educate all members. He is looking for committee members to help realize these goals.  Chris has 3 potential members in mind. Chris welcomes new ideas for bringing people out to a Rotary meeting. President Ruth suggested we start by asking a business person to come for a meeting to talk about their business.

7.     Girv Devitt reported on the Treasurer’s goals. He has already sent out dues invoices via e-mail and handed out paper copies.  He is trying to see how much was spent last year in order to determine a budget for 2012-13.  Our spending is not sustainable.  We started with $45,000 in the bank and ended with $25,000. Consequently we will be looking at new fund-raising ideas and events. We actually need a carry-over of about $10-$15,000 in order to pay our ongoing expenses. Only the Polar Plunge has increased in revenue with about $28,000 brought in annually.  About $10,000 this year is earmarked for Camp Kawartha.

His goals are to stabilize our funding by increasing our membership and increasing our fund-raising capabilities.


President Ruth announced that there would be a photo-op featuring our $500 donation to the Lakefield Literary Festival at the Lakefield Library at 2 pm on Thursday.  PP Brad agreed to attend along with Prez Ruth.  She also indicated there was Club PR in the SEL Communicator and her letter in the Examiner and the Herald.

We also expect to participate in the Lakefield Sidewalk Sale on Aug 13th as long as there are 2 people who will attend.

Don Thornton relayed his other half Audrey’s thanks for cards and well wishes on her illness.

Sara Leth from Denmark will be coming Aug 20th.

Brad reminded everyone to please show up for the Causeway Toll at 8:45 this next Sat.  This is an important fund raiser event for us so all hands are needed on deck.

Pres. Ruth thanked our guests and asked everyone to tell others if it was a good meeting and to tell her if it wasn’t!


July 14             8:45 – 1pm                  Causeway, Bridgenorth           Brad Filman

July 16             6:30 pm                       Youth Exchange                      Tony Davidson

July 23             6:30 pm                       Chemong Lodge                     Bob Craw

July 30             6:30 pm                       Chemong Lodge                     Girv Ðevitt                              

Sept 20-23, 2012                                2012 District Conference        Marriott Hotel, Ottawa

A mild-mannered man was tired of being bossed around by his wife so he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said he needed to build his self-esteem, and so gave him a book on assertiveness, which he read on the way home. He had finished the book by the time he reached his house. The man stormed into the house and walked up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said, "From now on, I want you to know that I am the man of this house, and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then, after dinner, you're going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And when I'm finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"

"The funeral director," said his wife!