Exchange Student Sara speaks to the club

June is Rotary Fellowship Month


President Ruth opened the meeting, giving a toast to Canada, Denmark, Mexico, Taiwan and Rotary International.


Bob Ash led us in the 4 Way Test and Don Thornton in Grace.

Sargent at Arms John Taylor introduced our guests for the evening:  the lovely Joanna Ash, the better half of Griv Devitt the lovely Cheryl Devitt, the lovely Audrey Thornton, Peterborough Rotarian Lloyd Graham and Claire O’Sullivan, Peterborough Kawartha Rotarian Brenda Booth, Susan Twist, Mike and Heather Casey and students Gregoire, Anna and our own Sara.


We missed you: Bob Fawcett, Bob Craw, Spence Tucker and David Rook Green

Queen of Hearts Draw: No one won and the pot continues to grow!  Big Bucks next week!


Fines:  Fine master Brian Parks led fines with trivia including about Denmark and Youth Exchange.  Sara knew that the national tree of Denmark is a Beech tree!


Business Speaker:

Susan Twist of Happenstance Books and Yarns in Lakefield, gave us a history of the store.  It started in 1972 as Eleanor’s Yarns and Books and has served the community ever since.  In the beginning the focus was on yarns with a small selection of children’s books.  When Eleanor moved some business to Peterborough (Kawartha Wool Shop) the store in Lakefield continued to thrive and expanded the book store.  Susan bought the store in January 2012 from the most recent owners and has worked to continue the legacy of the store: personal service, community sponsorship and high quality books and yarns. 


Evening Program:

Rotarian Sue introduced our own Sara.  From the day she arrived in Canada (and came directly to a Rotary meeting) she has been known for her smile, her involvement and her commitment to the program.  She has become an important part of our Rotary family and is always anxious to be involved in all opportunities afforded her.


An emotional Sara talked about her year: her three host families, her experiences with the other exchange students and the impact the year has had on her.  She talked about the welcome she received at Ruth’s and how it made settling in easier, the involvement at Devitt’s during the Christmas season and how it prevented her from missing her family too much at Christmas and the preparation for the Lake Placid half marathon with the Caseys.


Sara shared a wonderful video she prepared (unfortunately due to technical difficulty we were unable to see it all) but it none the less gave a very good picture of her year.  She thanked the club for this amazing opportunity.  She has grown as a person, made new friends, understands the world better and has had the best year of her life.


Sara was thanked by Rotarian Girv for her smile, her presentation, her “Cool under fire” and for being a great student.  He did not thank her for having to go home!


Rotarian Sue thanked Mike and Heather Casey for their involvement with the program and for hosting Sara.  It is our Rotary supporters and volunteers that make it possible for us to do the work we do and provide the service we can to the local and international communities.  Mike and Heather were presented with the coveted BEL Rotary mug.


Sara and President Ruth exchanged club banners and Sara surprised us with dessert: a cake she made boasting the Canadian flag.  Thank you Sara!  It was enjoyed by all!



Voluntary Toll:

The toll is set for Saturday July 13, 9:00 - 1:00 with burgers, beers and counting at the Davidson’s immediately following.  We need all hands on deck!  This is a great fundraiser! Please check with partners and other Rotary volunteers to see if anyone is able to join us.  Many hands make light work!


Friendship Exchange:

The Friendship exchange with the Vergennes Rotary Club is set of this weekend: June 21st through 24th.  The group is meeting at Chemong Lodge at 6:00 on Friday and all members are welcome to join.

Tentative Schedule:

Saturday: Canoe Museum, Peeterborough Tour, Little Lake Peddle and Paddle, barbecue at Lloyd and Claire’s

Sunday: Boat ride on Chemong Lake through the locks to lower Buckhorn, Gallery on the Lake, Barbecue at Ruths





Date                                        Evening Chair                        Speaker

June 22                                   Ruth Kuchinad            Ruth Kuchinad

July 1                                       No Meeting                              Canada Day

July 8                                       David Tilley                             Changeover

July 15                                     possibly cancelled

July 22                                     Susan Davidson                      Social at the Davidsons


Motion:  It was moved by Susan Davidson and seconded by Girv Devitt that the meeting of July 15th be cancelled as all members are involved with the Voluntary Toll on July 13.  It will be voted on at the June 24th meeting.

Dates to Remember:

Governor Change Over:

July 2, 12:00

Highwayman, Hwy 11, Orillia

Please let Angela Thomson know if you can attend,


District Conference:

It’s time to start planning for the District Conference.  A great time to recharge your Rotary battery and enjoy fellowship and fun!

October 4 – 6, 2013

Fern Resort



Rotary Fellowship:

R otary Fellowships are autonomous, international groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their Rotary experience

To learn more about Rotary Fellowships go to the Rotary International website ( and click on the service and Fellowship tab.

Friendship Exchange:

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians from around the world.  Please share this with any club member that does not have e-mail!


Marilyn Hanson has asked me to be your Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair.  I’m thrilled that announce that we have 24 spots available to travel to Adelaide,  Australia departing February 11, 2014 and returning home February 27th.  We will have a waiting list if needed. 


The spots will be filled on a first come – first reply basis to this e-mail.  We will be taking 10 couples and 4 singles.  We can take more singles provided they will share a room in Australia with their travel partner (example – female Rotarian wants to take her sister).


I have arranged for a group flight so we all arrive in Adelaide for pick-up by the Rotarians there.  I have chosen a fellow club Rotarian to co-ordinate with everyone.  If you choose to arrange your own travel you will need to let me know so I can alter the group booking. 


Flight will cost about $2789 per person….taxes etc. all in.  You can arrange your own airfare if you think you can do better, but it is expected that you will be the airport the same time the group lands to co-ordinate transportation.  There are cheaper flights but you may be travelling 51 hours with many connections!


You will be hosted in Rotarians homes for the entire stay so no cost for accommodation.  There may be some added cost for group transportation and events. They are visiting us in June or July 2014 and you will be expected to host and help make their trip fantastic. 


All you have to do is e-mail me directly at with the name of people who want to attend and contact information.  I will then pass it on to Angela Piercey at Travelworld and she will contact you regarding travel details.  We need $100 down per person for the group air booking.  


Elizabeth de Groot, PHF
Past-President - Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach & Area
2013 - 2014 Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair
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