February is World Understanding Month


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

Brian Parks led us in the 4 Way Test and Girv Devitt in Grace.

Queen of Hearts Draw: Chris Tworkowski won the Queen of Hearts draw; $46.00.  Congratulations Chris

Fines:  Sargent at Arms John led fines.


End Polio Now Stamp

·        A Rotary Club in Essen Germany idea which has issued an End Polio Now stamp in Germany.  After doing a pilot program for two years, the stamp is ready to be issued in Germany.  People can order the stamp by going to the RC of Essen at info@poliobriefmarke.de    2. Ruth described the upcoming photo op on Feb 14th with the 2 Mayors and other 2 RC PresidentsWelcome to Owen Tilley – a little brother for Nathan Tilley and a new son for Dave and Andrea.  Owen is not such a “little” new baby at 10lb!  Mom and Owen are doing fine – not so sure about Dave!?

Purple Pinkie Kick Off

·        There will be a photo op at City Hall on Feb. 14th to promote the Purple Pinkie Campaign.  The three local Rotary Club Presidents, 2 local Mayors and Warden will have their fingers painted.  Purple Pinkies will be selling pinkies at PRHC, SSFC and the MNR building on Wed. Feb 20th.  The BEL club will be selling at local grocery stores. 

Purple Pinkie Scedule:

·       Friday Feb. 22, 9:30 - 11:30, Valumart, Bridgenorth

Ruth Kuchinad

Brian Parks


·       Saturday Feb 23, 9:30 - 11:30, Valumart, Bridgenorth

Tony Davidson

Girv Devitt

Sara Leth (?)


·       Saturday Feb 23, 9:30 - 11:30, Foodland, Lakefield

Don Thornton

Chris Tworkowski

Susan Davidson

Sara’s Minute:

·        A great weekend in North Bay with the inbound and outbound students.  The outbound students were assigned their countries for the coming year and Sara spent time with the girl going to Denmark. 

·        Sara participated in Hockey Day in Peterborough.  She didn’t know who Don Cherry was but soon found out. 

·        Sara has been in Canada for almost 6 months.  Below is her “Wish List.” As a club we have committed to this program.  Let’s take advantage of this opportunity and include Sara in our plans with something on the list or any other opportunity!

Sara’s Wish List:

·        CN Tower

·        Hockey Game

·        Baseball Game

·        Football Game

·        Niagara Falls

·        Ice Fishing

·        Camping

·        Skiing, Skating

·        Red Lobster

·        Any outdoor activities: canoeing, tubing, sailing etc

·        Lacrose

·        Theatre, Plays etc

·        Canada’s Wonderland

·        Liftlock

·        Peterborough Zoo

·        Toronto: China Town, different parts of Toronto

·        CN Tower, Sky Walk

You can see from the list she has varied interests.  Please think of her for anything from dinner with the family, going to a movie, an afternoon walk etc.


·        Please send Alicia a quick email at loveorfear@hotmail.ca

District Foundation Dinner

·        Hosted by the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay

·        Guest Speaker: past RI President and Chair of the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, Wilfred Wilkinson

·        Saturday March, 2, fellowship beginning at 5:30 and dinner at 7:00

·        BEAR Estate (part of Cranberry Village Resort Collingwood)

·        $50. Per person

·        We have been asked to donate an item to the silent auction table

Pan Fish Festival:

·        This Saturday at Rotary Park

·        This will be a chance for Sara to go ice fishing!!

Golf Tournament:

·        May 2nd at the Quarry Golf Club

·        Start thinking of sponsors and foursomes

Robbie Burns Night: Havelock Rotary Club

·        February 23rd, at the Havelock Community Centre

·        Tickets are $25. A person

·        The group from Scotland will be providing the evenings “rituals” and celebration.  It was a great evening last year.  If you are interested in attending let Sue know and we will make sure the Havelock club knows.

Evening Program:

The evening program was a club forum: wrap up to the Polar Plunge.  Tony Davidson, plunge chair thanked the club for their support and participation. 

·        $25,358.25 was banked.  There is still money to come in plus the on-line donations

·        The Dancey team won for the most monies raised

·        The Chemong Lodge Team won for best costume in their Wizard of Oz theme

·        Several suggestions were made for next year, noted and will be passed onto next year’s plunge committee

·        The appreciation night is March 4th at the Lodge.




Date                                        Evening Chair                        Speaker

February 18                             No Meeting                              Family Day

February 25                             Girv Devitt                               Doug Northey, The History of Chemong                                                        Lodge

March 4                                   Susan Davidson                      Polar Plunge Appreciation

March 11                                 Brian Parks

March 18                                 David Rook Green

April 1                                      No Meeting                              Easter Monday

Other Dates to Remember:

February 19, Board Meeting: home of Brian Parks

** District and RI Events 

The Leadership Weekend is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary, get new ideas for fund raisers and projects and most importantly enjoy friendship and fellowship.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Tony, Dave Tilley, Ruth and Sue are going.  Join the fun!

District Leadership Training Weekend (PETS)

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park – North Bay, ON

April 12, 2013: 9:00 p.m. – April 14, 2013: 1:45 p.m.

What is the Leadership Training Weekend? It is an opportunity for all Rotarians in our District to come out and gain leadership skills, learn more about Rotary, and share Fun Food and Fellowship. You will have an opportunity to learn about things such as:

• Managing Conflict

• Team Building and Leadership Skills

• Effective Service Projects

• Membership Strategies

• The Rotary Foundation - Future Visioning

• Fundraising Activities

• New Generations

We will also be offering a Foundation "Grants Management Seminar".

Sessions will start Saturday morning and run all day, and will start again on Sunday and run to mid- afternoon. There will be Fellowship opportunities Friday night with a reception from 9 - 11 p.m. and a dinner on the Saturday night.

A full agenda and online registration will be available on the District website at www.Rotary7010.org by late February. Hotel rooms should be booked now with the hotel directly at 1-800-461-9592.

Who Must Attend:

• President-Elect - These sessions will contain your President Elect Training, as well as the Annual General Meeting of which you will be a voting delegate. If you cannot attend you must contact District Governor Elect Marilyn to make alternative arrangements.

• Youth Exchange - If your club participates in Youth Exchange than you are required to have a delegate attend the Youth Exchange sessions.

• If your club wants to be involved in obtaining a Grant under the new Rotary Foundation Future Vision Plan beginning July 2013, you must have two members attend a "Grants Management Seminar".

Who should attend:

• New Rotarians looking to learn more about Rotary

• Treasurers

• Secretaries

• Club Directors

• Club Committee Chairs

The Program will include interactive workshops that will benefit all Rotarians, new or experienced. We would like to help prepare people to take on leadership positions in their club, at the District and in their businesses.

This is an excellent opportunity for Rotary Professional Development. People who have attended in the past return to their clubs energized and full of great ideas. You will also make lasting Rotary friendships!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at bvmenton@gmail.com

Yours In Rotary, Brian Menton

International Convention

We have picked our official District hotel for the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal for next June 2013.

From what we can tell, many of the reasonably priced hotels are already booking up quickly and therefore we have been unable to secure a block of rooms.

If you are even thinking of going to the convention, we urge you to book your room NOW!   You can make the reservation and cancel it at no cost.

Here is the link to the hotel:http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-3137-ibis-lisboa-liberdade/index.shtml

We have also created a facebook group to for this trip, so if you would like to join it just go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/382985975090291/ and request to join the group.

Getting to Lisbon and Pre & Post Convention Tours

For flights to Lisbon, we have found that SATA Airlines www.sata.pt and Air Transat www.airtransat.ca  are the cheapest way to go.  Or if you wish, you could travel Air Canada www.aircanada.ca . Just click on the websites to book your flights.

There are also many great pre & post tours available. To find these just click on the following website www.lisboa2013.org  Once on the site, type in the word tours in the search box which will take you to HOC Events & Tours and then click on Local Events.

Hope to see you all in Lisbon!