President Dave opened the meeting, giving a toast to all of the countries we work with and Rotary International.

David Rook Green led us in the 4 Way Test and Bob Craw in Grace.  

Sargent at Arms David Rook Green introduced our guests for the evening:  Sandra Rook Green, Deb and Steve McCullough and our speaker for the evening Linda Kash.

We missed you:  Spence Tucker and Bob Fawcett

Leave of Absence: John Taylor

50/50 Draw: Linda drew the winning ticket, congratulations to Tony - again!

Fines:  Don Thornton led us in fines for the evening focusing on Rotary trivia.  He included questions such as “When and where did Rotary become “International”?  In 1910 in Winnipeg Manitoba and what were the “Ladies of Rotary” called before women were allowed to be members?  “Rotary Anns” and “the inner wheel”.

Happy bucks:

Rotarian Sue shared three happy bucks.  She congratulated Tony, Courtney and her husband Darcy for their completion of the Iron Man Mt. Tremblant.  It is an amazing event and wonderful to be part of.  Dave Tilley gave a happy/sad buck.  Their 9 month old is crawling and into everything!

Rotary Information:

President Dave informed us that despite the efforts of Rotarians and organizations worldwide and the tremendous gains that have been made, there has been a resurgence of polio in some developing countries including Somalia.   This is a reminder that the polio campaign needs to continue to be a focus of Rotary Clubs.  The world will not be free of the scourge of this horrible disease until every child is immunized. 

Evening Program:

Bob Ash introduced our speaker Linda Kash.  Linda began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto. She has also appeared in a number of plays in Canada.

 She was a series regular cast member in The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, Rick Mercer Report, The Ron James Show in Canada and She TV, Minor Adjustments and Style and Substance in the US. 


As well Linda has been a guest on Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Monk, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen and Sabrina. She worked on Ken Finklemen's series for CBC "Hotel Metropolitan"(Gemini Award), Hatching, Matching & Dispatching with Mary Walsh also on CBC, and the pilot "Sex Life'" for HBO which was directed by Patricia Rozema.


Her list of films include Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show both directed by Christopher Guest, the multi nominated Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard, Man of the Year directed by Barry Levinson and Are We Done Yet. She recently played Molly Brown in a BBC mini-series about the Titanic, directed a production of The Odd Couple for Fantastik Theatre and worked with a polar bear in an upcoming feature film, Midnight Sun. Linda is an ongoing morning co-host for the radio station magic96.7 fm. In the fall of 2014 she will perform in the Mervish Production of God of Carnage in Toronto.

Linda has co-created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl!, and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed.

Linda has also taught sketch writing and improvisation for Humber College and in 2009 founded The Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts with her late great husband, actor Paul O’Sullivan, teaching acting, musical theatre, scene study and voice over for children, adults, in schools and through corporate workshops. She also run camps in the summer and over March Break!

Linda is primarily known as Canada's beloved Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel, which became one of Canadian advertising's most successful campaigns. It ran for 16 years,

Her greatest production to date is her 3 beloved children.

Linda is best known as the Philadelphia Cream Cheese angel.  She is the daughter of the late great Canadian opera singer Maureen Forrester and the late great Violinist, Conductor and teacher Eugene Kash, and is sister of actor Daniel Kash.  She was married 14 years to the late great Paul O’Sullivan, who was tragically killed in an auto accident in the spring of 2012.

Linda provided us with wonderful insight into the life of a performing arts family and was very candid about her own journey.  She started by telling us she is new to public speaking in this format and appreciated the opportunity to “practice”. 

As a child, her mom was on the road a lot and Linda slept through operas from Carnegie Hall to Massey Hall.  From her own experience she knew she always wanted to be an actor but also wanted to be a stay at home mom.  During her time in L.A., although she knew it was the big leagues, she was concerned that the schooling was not what she wanted for her daughter so relocated back to Canada.

Linda talked about the magic of Improv.  She said it is the opportunity for actors to work together to create something magical, but at the same time must recognize that there is failure from which to learn.  Linda also outlined the rules of improvisation.  If it is going to work, the participants “don’t say no, don’t shut each other down and don’t get personal”. 

Linda is embarking on a new chapter of her life and this one is without her partner Paul.  She does not pretend that it is not difficult, but takes each day and makes the best of it.  She is invested in her children and in her craft and works to balance the two together.

Linda was thanked by David Rook Green for an entertaining and inspirational talk.  Many of the club “wake up to her” in the morning and enjoy her sense of humour and honesty on the radio.

Linda has also offered to return and do an improvisation workshop with the club, an offer we will take her up on in the future.


Flag Poles: Bob Ash announced that the flag poles in Rotary Park have been taken down and painted.  Thanks to the generosity of Shaun Milne the cost was minimal.


GSE Presentation: Rotary Club of Peterborough: On Monday September 23rd, Mike Kinsey, team leader of the GSE team that went to Taiwan is speaking at the Rotary Club of Peterborough.  BEL members are invited to attend.


John and Alice Taylor

Our thoughts are with John and Alice Taylor and their family in the loss of Alice’s beloved mother Tonny Neilsen.


Meeting September 16th

D.G. Marilyn Hanson

This is a partner’s night.


Upcoming Meetings:


Date    Evening Chair    Speaker

Sept 16   Dave Tilley        D.G. Marilyn Hanson

Sept 23   Bob Craw          Dr. Rosana Pellissari (Medical Officer of Health)

Sept 30   Tony Davidson   Jim Russell (United Way)

Oct 7       Susan Davidson Park Clean Up

Oct 14     No Meeting        Thanksgiving

Dates to Remember:

District Conference:  Please see the notice from the District Conference Committee

It is hard to believe that September is here and District Conference is just around the corner Oct 4, 5 & 6th!!!  Come early and register for Golf on the 3rd.  This is a great opportunity to recharge your Rotary Battery, reconnect with Rotarians from around the District and make new Rotary friends.

Go to to register, look at the agenda, speaker’s bios or information on hotels.
District Conference 2013 Highlights…over and above the fellowship!

The conference kicks off with two presentations on the Friday afternoon that highlight the theme of the conference "One Person can make a Difference".

Rick Ball from the Orillia area is a para Olympic athlete. He will relate his experience running with an artificial leg. Then Joe Roberts, from Vancouver, will tell you why he will be pushing a grocery cart across Canada next summer. Joe, originally from the Midland Penetang area, ended up homeless in Vancouver as a teenager and then eventually become a CEO of a major multimedia development corporation.

The Saturday morning program will concentrate on Rotary topics. First Dr Bob Scott, Chair of the Rotary International Polioplus Committee, will bring all of us up to-date on the status of polio eradication throughout the world.

Bob will be followed by our own Bryn Styles. Bryn is a current Rotary International Director and will bring us up to date what is happening in the Rotary world.

Saturday afternoon will bring us presentations from district including such items as youth exchange, vocational training teams, Rotaract and next year's conferenc

The fellowship aspect of Rotary is also a big component of this year's conference and includes: Social and dance on Friday night, Governor’s Ball at Casino Rama on Saturday night and golf and dinner on Thursday afternoon.

All of this, except the Governor's Ball, will be held at Fern Resort, "Home of Rolls and Honey".

See you in Orillia!


Rotary International Website: Message from Peter Markos

For nearly two years, we’ve been working to refresh and revitalize Rotary’s website and the new version has been launched.

Below are a few key features of the new website that we think you will find most helpful as you field questions from Rotarians in the coming weeks.

Two distinct versions of the website

My Rotary (for members)

    All members will be encouraged to register and sign in when visiting the site. Members will be able to better engage through their own customized experience based on their interests, and conduct their Rotary business more easily than ever before.

   The new website will eliminate the need for the Member Access Portal (MAP). Those currently registered in MAP will simply be prompted to re-register when first visiting the site and will then be able to access tools previously located in MAP, such as the ability to edit club data, use Rotary Club Central, etc. (for the general public)

    The public site tells our story to external audiences in a fresh, streamlined way, encouraging people to get to know Rotary and learn about all the great work Rotarians are doing all over the world.

Find what you need!

    The website has been entirely rebuilt, grouping items more logically. Testing has confirmed that user experience is cleaner and more streamlined than what is offered today. For example, tools that help you manage your Rotary business—such as running reports—are now conveniently located under a tab called “Manage.”

   The website’s “search” engine is now powered by Google, making locating documents, articles and tools much easier.

Important changes

   “Contact this Club” – Visitors to the site can submit a request online to learn more about a specific club and membership. The RI Board has requested that an email be automatically sent to the District Governor and Membership Chair to notify you of this request, they will then follow up as appropriate with the club.

    Rotary Foundation Grants – Many of you have already visited the Rotary Grants microsite and all it has to offer. That functionality will now be merged into the new site so everything you need will be in one place.

    Security – As part of the new launch, we are also adopting industry leading security measures to manage your IDs and passwords. To facilitate this transition, any MAP user who logged in within the last year will go through an abbreviated re-registration process.

    Browsers – The new website uses some of the latest browser capabilities and because of that, visitors to the site will need to be on modern browsers. Whatever browser you prefer to use, we recommend you upgrade to the latest version to have the best experience possible.

With any major launch, we can anticipate a few minor issues early on as we make the transition, so I kindly ask for your patience and request that you encourage the same from those who may experience some technical setbacks in the first few days after launch. Explore the new site and provide us with your feedback on your experience.  Encourage your fellow members to do the same. The more feedback you can give us, the more we can do to ensure your online experience is a positive one. We hope you enjoy your experience on the new website and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 Please send your questions to