Foundation Potluck Dinner and Meeting

November 15, 2012

As in the past, Sir Sandford Fleming College has graciously allowed us to use their Great Room for this, now annual, event. Members bring the food and items for a “fun” raffle. Money that would have normally been paid to Pinestone for weekly meal guarantees, as well as money raised from raffles, is donated to the Rotary Foundation.

President Andrew called the meeting to order and led the singing of O Canada, a toast to the Queen and country, and the singing of Rotary Grace.

Guests joining us tonight were Elena Bjelis, Lori and Connor Brandon, Joan Ward, Shelley vanNood, Anne Hodgson, Marie Zahab, and Dave Zilstra.

The program tonight, presented by Richard vanNood, focused on the Rotary Foundation.

Richard presented information on the history, the mission, and the operation of the Foundation. He also explained Paul Harris Fellowship, the mechanics of the investment and use of donated funds, and featured several examples of projects funded by the Foundation – local and international. A remarkable video showed how Rotary clubs and their partnerships rebuilt 20 of the 187 schools destroyed by the tsunamai. The Foundation truly speaks to the power of many with a focused vision, and the ability to “Do Good in the World”.

Interspersed with the presentation were random draws (by the lovely Romina Sabando) of winners of the raffle items, as well as members in whom name the evening’s funds will be donated (for receipt and Paul Harris awards and points). The latter winners were Andrew Hodgson (x2), Diane Smith (x2), Richard vanNood, Maureen O’Hara, and Romina Sabando.

**Please Note that Art Ward is this year’s recipient of the Foundation Pot Luck Pot trophy.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Minutes taken by Maureen O’Hara