Terry McQuitty, Co-Owner of the Lakefield Herald

President Elect Dave Tilley opened the meeting, giving a toast to Canada, France, Brazil, Denmark, the many countries we support and Rotary International. 

Sargent at Arms John introduced our guests for the evening: Terry McQuitty, Sean Heffernan, and our travelling exchange student Julie Hivernet.

Sorry we missed you: Bob Fawcett, Tony Davidson, Bob Craw, Ruth Kuchinad and Lorne Kelsey

 ChrisTworkowski led us in the 4 Way Test, Brad Filman in Grace and Julie drew the winning 50/50 number.  Congratulations Chris.

 Fines were done by John Taylor and included such trivia as “What percentage of dreams do human beings forget?”  90%!

Happy Bucks:  Don thanked the club on behalf of Audrey for the flowers we gave her and Chis announced that his daughter is expecting her 6th child!

Budget Report: Treasurer Girv distributed copies of the draft budget and highlighted the main points.  Depending on how our fundraising activities go, we will revisit the budget following the polar plunge.  A copy is attached to the bulletin for anyone who hasn’t seen it.  Well done Treasurer Girv.


Notice of Motion: It is moved that the budget be presented to the club and voted on in 2 weeks (August 13th)


Evening Program


Rotarian Girv introduced one of our key community partners and a huge supported of the BEL club, Terry McQuitty.  Terry is co-owner of the Lakefield Herald.  He hails from Montreal and attended Trent University from where he graduated in 1986.  He has been in the newspaper business since 1988 and has been a co-owner of the Herald since 2002.  When he is not involved in newspaper work, he spends time with his wife Beth and 2 children or supporting the work of our community.  He is on the board of the Ontario Speed Skating Oval and the Buckhorn Tourist Association.  He is also event organizer for the Lakefield sidewalk sale. 


Terry spoke passionately about the community newspaper and its role.  He believes that the ability of independent newspapers to report specifically on the people and events in the local community and not be governed by the policies and positions of the larger papers, makes them desirable.  The policy of the Herald is local, local, local and the paper reports news and events from the townships of North Kawartha, Douro Dummer, Galloway Cavendish Harvey and Smith Ennismore Lakefield.


Terry was thanked by Don Thornton, who not only thanked Terry for his update on the paper, but also his incredible support of our club.  It is also of note that the Herald has just recently celebrated its tenth year – congratulations!

 Public Relations Director

It was moved by P.E. David Tilley and seconded by P.P. Brad Filman, that Susan Davidson be named to the position of Public Relations director.  It was passed by the club.

Julie’s Minute

It was wonderful to see our student Julie.  She has just returned from 3 weeks in Quebec with her parents.  They were met for part of the time by Heather and Mike Casey who took them camping – it was the first time for Julie’s mom!  They also enjoyed bike riding, hiking and taking in the culture.  When asked, Julie was quick to say that Quebec French is very different from France French!  When she got home to the Heffernans she worked with Geraldine to shear her first sheep!  Way to go Julie.


Our inbound exchange student Sara Leth from Denmark will be arriving Aug 20th.  Her email address is sara0406@live.dk.  She is looking forward to coming to our club and would love to hear from our members.  Please send Sara quick hello!

Also a reminder, that Julie will be with us until August 26th.  Her phone number at Heffernan’s is 705 295 4238.  Please include her in your summer plans.

Dues are Due: A reminder from Treasurer Girv that if you have not paid your dues, please bring a check to the next meeting.

Our next meeting is a social.  Please arrive at Sue and Tony’s house for 6:00.  Chris and Brian have kindly offered to take us out on their pontoon boats, for a sunset cruise on Chemong Lake.  It is a BYOBB party – bring your own brown bag!  Bring a picnic supper for yourself and of course your significant other – this is a partner’s night.  There is not a facility for cooking or warming things up on either boat and table space is limited so bring something easy!  Veggie trays and dessert trays will be provided on each boat.  The cost of the evening is $10. per person to offset costs and any extra funds will go to foundation on a per member basis.



Date                                        Evening Chair                        Speaker

August 6                                  Civiv Holiday                           No Meeting

August 13                                Pontoon Boat Cruise               Social/Partners night

August 20                                Ruth Kuchinad            District Governor John Gordon


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


August 20 is also a partner’s night.  Out District Governor and Assistant District Governor will be with us.  There will be a board meeting before the meeting at 5:00 p.m. Board members please make sure it is in your calendars and come with your goals and plans for the year.


A Final Thought:

What lies behind us

And what lies before us

Are small matters

Compared to

What lies within us (emmerson)

Have a great week!