The Gateway - Rotary Club of Gravenhurst

Speakers
Bryan Graham
Oct 23, 2017
Classification Talk
Steve Rutledge, Mike Cole, Maryanne Marshall
Oct 30, 2017
Laos and Cambodia Reports
Rick Dalmazzi
Nov 06, 2017
Founder's Circle
Huan Wang
Nov 13, 2017
Shen Yun Traditional Chinese Culture
Club Assembly
Nov 20, 2017
Auction
Brenda Wood
Nov 27, 2017
Bankruptcy
no noon meeting
Dec 04, 2017
Christmas Party
Clergy Lunch
Dec 11, 2017
Phyllis Winnington-Ingram
Dec 18, 2017
Membership
 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Gravenhurst - P.O. Box 888, Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1V2

Gravenhurst

Rotary Making a Difference

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Muskoka Discovery Centre
275 Steamship Bay Rd
Gravenhurst, ON  P1P 1Z9
Canada
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Every year the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Rotary clubs work together to host the Rotary Golf Classic.   This year's event was held on a very wet day although it could not dampen the enjoyment of the players.    Below you see a cheque with the proceeds of this year's tournament going to Gravenhurst Rotary Club in the amount of $9500 which is a fantastic endeavour.   Congrats to everyone involved and we thank all of the players who attended and worked on this year's tournament.   The picture below has Chair of the Golf Committee Barb McCabe presenting the cheque to President-Elect Gord McNeice. 
 
 
The Rotary Club  of Gravenhurst was very excited to “cut the ribbon” on the newest addition to KidZone at the Muskoka Discovery Centre. Along with wonderful support from Chamberlain Timber Mart and CedarCoast Timber Homes this unique reading area was constructed recently in the fun kid area of the Discovery Centre.  In the very near future this reading area will be filled with many many children’s books in the hopes that the love of reading and books will capture the imagination of many children who visit the centre.  Rotary is committed to enhancing our town and is very pleased to do so with the cooperation and donations from our local companies. We thank you.  (In the photo assisting with the cutting of the ribbon is Rick Chamberlain and over to the right side is Pat Bongers of CedarCoast Timber Homes.)
 
Here is a picture of our Rotarian Tawnya Habel and the Principal of Beechgrove Public School Paul Goldring who is receiving a $1000 cheque towards the Feeding Hungry Minds project.
Below is another photo of Tawnya Habel along with (on the left) Nicki Aldon of the Parents Council at KP Manson….who came to the meeting to thank Rotary for their $3,000 cheque to assist with breakfast/lunch program.   At the right is Olivia from the Muskoka Discovery Center….the plan is to build (with location donations) a Tree House Reading Center in the children’s area…..Olivia presented Rotary with a cheque for $300 from the children at the summer camp selling lemonade at Farmers Market.  This cheque is allocated to the Hungry Minds Project.  Special thanks to Barb McCabe for both of these photos.
We are excited to have just recently inducted our newest member into the Gravenhurst Rotary Club - Bryan Graham.   Bryan has retired from 37.5 years with the Peel Regional Police serving the communities of Mississauga and Brampton.  He retired as a Senior Officer with the rank of Inspector.  Now retired, he and his wife Susan make their home on Sparrow Lake not far from John and Denise.  Below is a picture of Bryan being inducted into the Club by Jim Cruickshank and his sponsor, John Cooper.
It appears a good time was had by all at this year's Rotary Christmas Party held at the Gravenhurst Legion last Monday night.  
 
We had the pleasure of getting an update from our exchange student Guilia on November 28th at our last Rotary meeting.   She gave us a presentation on some of her adventures to date and also shed a little light on where she lives.   Her home is in Northern Italia in Brescia which is not far from Lake Como - playground for George Clooney.   Guilia enjoys skiing which is handy as the Alps are not too far away from her.   She has already done some travelling having participated in an earlier exchange which she said really helped her prepare for this year long exchange.  Her family enjoys travelling so she has always had the travel bug.  Since arriving in Canada she has really enjoyed getting to know the other exchange students.   She has also been to Niagara Falls a couple of times and she states so far that is her favourite place in Canada.   Guilia is a wonderful young lady and has once again shown us how wonderful the exchange program.  She brings a wonderful energy to our Club and she speaks English very well too.  She was recently helping us out at the Rotary Auction last weekend.    
Last week some members of our club gathered together for a Rotary Social at Boston Pizza for some good food and bingo.  Special thanks to everyone who participated and below are a few pics from the fun evening last Wednesday. 
 
Kathryn and husband Stuart McGill moved to Gravenhurst in 2015.  She is a retired teacher and sport psychology consultant who worked at home while the kids grew up (they have 2 children) She has always been active in volunteer work wherever she lived and continues this effort here.  Kathryn would like to join Rotary to feel more connected to her new community and get to know more of its residents.  She and Stuart feel they have been very fortunate in their lives and enjoy “giving back” and working for the betterment of the community, its people and beyond. There are many internal rewards and a lot of satisfaction in diving into a project and seeing others benefit.  Let’s all welcome Kathryn  to the Gravenhurst Rotary Club and take the time to get to know her and involve her.
We, in the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, are delighted to welcome to one of our past meetings students who attended one of our wonderful Adventure programs.
 
In these two photos are:  left to right;   Chris McNeice, Jordan Fantuz, Dylan Hachmer     and in the other photo is Holly Smith
 
Chris went on a 5 day Ottawa adventure with other students from various Rotary Clubs in our area.  His comments were that it certainly opened his eyes to technology in schools, in the workplace and in life.  It was a great opportunity to connect with other students and share a common interest in technology today and into the future.
 
Jordan, Dylan and Holly all went on an Adventure in History in Kingston.  They all came away with new outlooks and information on subjects such a learning how to change young offenders vs sending them to jail.  The youth judicial system was explained to them both the way it was and the way it is today; encouraging (in their words) deep intellectual conversations.  Jordan commented that because of this experience she is now seriously considering becoming a lawyer. 
 
Our Rotary club is committed to continue to offer such great “Adventures” for our students.   The bonus for us is to hear in their own words the impact it has made on them and some of their future goals.
At the November 14th Rotary meeting Marg Walton and Linda Brouillette from the World Community Service committee of the Bracebridge Rotary Club presented a cheque for $1,000 to our Rotary Wheels for Learning project.  Thanks very much for your kind donation.   Below is a picture of Maryanne Marshall with Linda and Marg. 
Hi Rotary Youth Exchange Crew: What a great day with a fantastic group of young people!   Giulia from Italy (Gravenhurst), Matilda from Finland (Collingwood), Anna from Austria (Barrie), Lais from Brazil (Peterborough) and Noah the Rebound from Finland (Peterborough) all made it to the top.   Thank you to the individual Rotarians who helped coordinate the logistcs of this weekend.  A special thanks to Sally and Wayne Harding for hosting the young women.  A special 18th Birthday for Lais that she'll always remember.   As an added bonus, the United Way received well over $2,000 for our efforts with some staying in each of the Exchange Student's communities.  Since so many Rotarians assisted in the donations, please share this photo through your Club Bulletins.

Rick Storey
Rotary Club of Peterborough
 
Once again another wonderful project has been completed at Gull Lake Rotary Park.   Please see some of the pics below and see the finished product and those that helped in the creation of the Circle.   What a wonderful setting and no doubt will provide a wonderful experience for so many who come to visit Gull Lake Rotary Park. Kudos to Brian Ferguson, Barb McCabe and Bonnie Dart on the completion of the first phase of our Gull Lake Rotary Park enhancement plan.  Thanks to these three , the generosity of the Muskoka Rock Company, the assistance of Steve Waite and his Boom truck and the volunteer help of Curtis Humber , Rick Sellon , Jim Goodwin, Jim Reynolds and Jack Young , the Rotary Friendship Circle is now in place and already, several members of the community have given us nothing but positive praise for this endeavour.
 
So much fun to see the young ones playing baseball, be it Tee Ball or Mosquito league.  Our club is sponsoring two teams this summer.  A few members came out to a game for photo op (see attached)...great to have the kids sporting Rotary t-shirts.  Please try and make time to attend some of these games and cheer on "our teams" - if you can wear your Rotary shirt that would be great.
 
Schedules:  Teeball (aged 3-5) *all at Rotary Gull Lake Park
ROTARY CLUB PIRATES
July 13 @ 5:45          July 20 @6:30
July 27 @ 5:45          Aug 3   @6:30
 
Hornet Baseball  (aged 10-13)
ROTARY CLUB RAYS
July 14 @5:45          July 21 @7:00
July 28 @5:45 and 7:00
Aug 4   @5:45 and 7:00
 
Hope to see lots of supporters out for these games and thank-you to Bruce Dart for the information.
 
Just wanted to put another note in the bulletin about our exchange student.  We are very excited to once again be participating in the long-term Youth Exchange program.   Special thanks to Gina Castelli and Norm Noble who are her first host family.   Bruce and Bonnie Dart picked her up at the airport Below are a few pictures taken from the reception.   Thanks to Barb McCabe for the pictures.  Contact Bruce or Bonnie to arrange some time with Guilia and keep her in mind with some of your activities please.
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst hosted a luncheon to recognize those in Gravenhurst who have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for their good works in and around Gravenhurst.Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and the first meeting was held in Chicago on Feb 23 1905.In 1917 the Rotary Foundation was formed and contributions to the foundation are used to fund good works around the world.In honour of those people in Gravenhurst who have contributed so much to the betterment of Gravenhurst the Gravenhurst Rotary Club donates a sum of money to the foundation in their name so that as well as doing good work in Gravenhurst they are also contributing to the programs that Rotary embarks on around the world.
Gravenhurst High School teacher, Erika Hemmington introduced two local GHS students selected as students of the month to the local Rotary Club at its latest meeting.
 
Abi Cameron has been recognized by her teachers as having a positive attitude and a great sense of humour.  She is eager to learn and is ready to tackle any task that’s assigned to her.  She is keen to ask “What’s next ?” and “How can I help “ which demonstrates her maturity and shows she is an excellent team player.  She takes initiative in the classroom to do what is needed and is a role model encouraging those around her to do the same.
 
Elisabeth Edwards is an integral part of the GHS activities; having acted as  G7 Rep and Deputy Prime Minister.  She has been involved in organizing AMIGO week, pasta week activities, school tours, the G7 leadership conference and various other student council activities.  She is the driving force behind Prom – creating and printing tickets, making ticket sales, crafting the seating charts – she has made it happen !
Elisabeth was the lead in the play Gypsy and delivered spectacular performances after devoting countless hours to rehearsals.
 
Mason Labrash (not in photo) was nominated as student of month for his positive role model in the kitchen and being so hard working in the Hospitality class.  He is eager to learn and is always willing to go the extra mile to do cleaning and dishes – even if it makes him late for math !
When he does get to math class he is a diligent student who works well with everyone.  He is always prepared for class, completes his work outside of class time and asks questions to make sure he stays on top of everything.
 
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst congratulates all three students of the month and wishes them well in their future educational endeavours.
 
Once again Rotary was happy to help support Meagan's Hug event at the Gravenhurst Public School on Friday, May 27th.   Here are some pictures from the event and thanks to everyone for their help.
Happy Bucks - Gord Durnan was very happy to report that he had played golf for 4 straight days and then his body said 4 was enough :-)  Norm Rippon once again put forth a passionate push to encourage each of us to carry paperwork in our pocket to help make it easier to sell Pathway stones.   Great idea Norm.  Theresa put in a loonie to give thanks to Pat Bongers for driving her to the Rotary conference in North Bay - she helped him to stay awake.   Pat Bongers then got up and backed up the notion that Theresa did indeed help keep him awake as she chatted with him on the way home.   MaryAnne Marshall met someone at Giant Tiger who travelled to Cambodia too as he was part of a Barrie Rotary Club.   Marg told us about the push to have every Rotarian donate $35.25 to go towards the Foundation.  This is the original amount that started off the Foundation so many years ago.  This is a fund-raising drive to raise funds for this fantastic Foundation.   Mark Clairmount gave us an update on polio and said that there are only 2 countries left with polio - Afghanistan and Pakistan.  
 
Speaker Notes - this week we had the pleasure of Peter Jennings as our speaker who is a noted author and TV personality and he was there to tell us about the real life victim of a vicious shark attack, Nicole Moore.  Of all the people he has met Peter has found her to be at the top of the list of the most incredible, positive people he has ever met.   Peter read excerpts from his book and gave us a peek at the forensic detail that he puts into his books.  He let us know how he approaches his research which was very fascinating.  He also wet into incredible detail of the savage attack which at times left some us rather queasy - Nicole having lost 60% of her blood during the attack from the bull shark.   It was without a doubt a very interesting presentation and he directed us to his website www.sharkassault.com  and also had copies of his book available for signing.  
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst is very pleased to welcome four more influential, hardworking business people to their club.  At the recent meeting of our club (Mondays at noon at the Opera House) we installed :  Bonnie Dart - Krista Havenaar - Sandi Allan  -  Catherine Howard.   Welcome and we look forward to a very rewarding affiliation with all of you.
 


 
Alicia Smith was selected as a Student of the Month for showing great kindness to her peers.  She is kind, attentive and respectful to her fellow students and staff members; being more than willing to work with and help anyone in the classroom.  She participates wholeheartedly in classroom activities with her primary partners in GPS and on sports teams.

Deserae Lyons is representing the entire Ceramics Class at GHS.  This group was responsible for making the "Empty Bowls" event the success it was !  the class worked hard, never complained, even when the room was 100F because the kiln was firing.  They were fantastic !  Deserae is a positive leader in this class and has been chosen to speak to Cogeco TV to explain why the event is good for students at the school and how "giving back" is important.

Sienna White was chosen for her outstanding Gryphon spirit.  She has taken a lead role on the Gay Straight Alliance at GHS, organizing rainbow day and connecting with Muskoka Pride.  She is also a dedicated part of Student Council and always puts forth a fantastic effort on spirit days.  Sienna encourages others to get involved and works hard to balance school involvement with her academics

Congratulation to all three students !  The entire town is proud of you !

The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst was most pleased to have in attendance at their yearly Clergy Lunch the following :

Fr. Joe Moran - St Paul's Catholic;  Pastor Benjamin Emery - Calvary Baptist; Chaplain Abraham Yonas - Beaver Creek; Capt Bonita McGory -
Salvation Army; Pastor Mark Barrett - New Life Pentecostal; Pastor Heather Manual - St. James Anglican; Pastor Steve Webb - Knox Presbyterian; Pastor  Phil Tomassetti - Gateway Church

We are always hopeful that we will have all clergy in attendance; however, at this busy time of year six were unable to attend.

Our community is lucky to have these dedicated professionals.  We wish all of them a healthy, happy holiday season.

Photo by Barb McCabe
Marg Walton and Linda Brouillette , on behalf of Bracebridge Rotary Club, donate $1,000 for Wheels for Learning -  Lisa McCoy and MaryAnne Marshall are also in the picture
 
Donations for lunch program (John Brownlee made presentation to Pres Bruce) - $600 from Severn Bridge Christian Assembly  plus $700 from Catholic Womens League plus $6,000 in women's wear from Maurice’s
 
 
Gord McNeice, inducted at meeting on Monday Oct. 19 is our newest member - welcome Gord !
 
Special thanks to Barb McCabe for the pictures
 
The day has finally come and construction of the Rotary Pathway Project began in earnest on Saturday, May 23rd at 9 am.   An excellent group of nearly 30 people showed  up to see this project get "on" the ground.   The pathway looks great indeed and we look forward to making it larger as we move forward with the sale of these stones.  It is a very worthwhile project both in terms of fundraising and the fellowship.  
  
 
 
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