Dr, Elwood Jones of Trent Valley Archives speaks to the Club



With Chris Tworkowski leading the 4 way test and Girv taking care of grace, another evening of Rotary began at Chemong Lodge.  In the absence of President Brad, incoming president Ruth Kuchinad was in the big chair overseeing the meeting.  With four guests in attendance, John Taylor posed the fine period question asking club members what they thought was raised in last weekend’s Polar Plunge. The answer, of which specifics allude me, was close to $37,000 in pledges.

Presidents Business – Ruth Kuchinad

Outbound exchange student Alicia announced that she will be heading to Mexico for her exchange. As well, the club has received a letter from previous inbound student Zeka.

Polar Plunge Information – Tony Davidson

Tony thanked members of the club for their hard work at the plunge. A full report will follow soon but it is safe to say the event was a success. Tony asked that if anyone had suggestions for future events to please let him know.

Girv thanked Tony on behalf of the club for his work in organizing the plunge.

Rotary Information – Sue Davidson

Sue informed the club that committees are being formed at the district level and members are encouraged to seek more information if interested in being engaged at that level. Also, the District assembly(AKA PETS) will be on April 20th to 21st in North Bay.

Speaker – Elwood Jones

The speaker this evening was Dr. Elwood Jones who spoke to the club about his work at Trent Valley Archives(www.trentvalleyarchives.com).  Dr. Jones’s is a former History professor who taught at Trent from 1969 – 2006 and currently writes the “Historian at Work” articles for the Peterborough Examiner. In speaking about Trent Valley, Dr. Jones spoke of the challenges currently being faced such as the space constraints as the collections increase in size(current approx 2 million documents and a half million photographs). He spoke of the processes by which collections are organized and the various formats many of the documents are kept in and the sources from which they were obtained. In the future the archive will be looking to expand and become more accessible. Membership information is also available on their website.

Bob Fawcett thanked Dr. Jones for his talk.

Meeting Business

Girv informed the club that our participation in the Purple Pinkie campaign (www.purplepinkie.ca) will occur in late February or March and more will follow.

Next Week – Community Service Meeting at 6pm

Upcoming Meetings

Feb 13             Chemong Lodge, 6:30                        Bob Fawcett

Feb 20             NO MEETING                                   FAMILY DAY

Feb 27             Chemong Lodge, 6:30                        Tony Davidson - Polar Plunge Thank You Dinner