Meeting called to order by Pres. Lance followed by O Canada, Rotary Toast, Rotary Grace.

Introduction of guests: Wayne Lavery, Cheryl McCombe, Linda Litwin, Tom Reddering, Hannah Reddering, and Nerea Rosenthal joined us tonight.

Sergeant at Arms: Sergeant Brian fined Steve, and Richard, but most people were happy: Lance because he is attending There’s Something In The Water, and that he shaved his mustache; Steve because he is leaving on Sat. for Cambodia with a District group to distribute 1250 bicycles; Michele because Océane said what a nice day it was because it was so sunny; Andrew because he has nothing to do with Justin Bieber, and Linda because her daughter Alex has moved to a new family and is playing hockey, and she (Linda) is going to do something with exchange students while they are on exam break.    

Nerea shared some information and photos about her home in Argentina (Santa Teresita, Buenos Aires), her family, and her friends. While here she has gone snowmobiling, gone to Toronto to see an aquarium and the CN Tower, to Ottawa to see Parliament Hill and skating. Nerea presented Lance with a banner from her Rotary Club in Argentina, and received one of ours from Lance. Nerea thanked us and said she thinks Canada is beautiful.

David Zilstra introduced Monica Melichar of the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary. Monica is originally from the Czech Republic, and has a BSc in Zoology, and many years work experience at the Metro Zoo and as an owner of a pet shop. She and her husband moved to the Blairhampton 3 years ago and opened the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is a charitable organization which operates on corporate sponsorship, donations, and grants which is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife. Monica and her husband nurse injured wildlife and release them, if possible. They treat many injuries, and conditions, such as amputations, mange, abandonment. They have a number of volunteers who assist in spending time and care with the animals. Monica told of experiences with squirrels, weasels, porcupines, foxes, skunks, owls, seagulls, otters, and deer.

The Sanctuary is hosting a Have a Heart for Wildlife fundraiser at the Dominion Hotel on Feb. 15 including live music and silent auction. Tickets are only $15.

The Sanctuary has applied for a grant from Shell. By going to www.fuelling change.com anyone can vote for the Sanctuary.

Monica and her family will enjoy some Gooderham Maple Syrup as thanks.

Club business:

1.      Lance read a letter from Barry Devolin MP regarding his Capital Experience Program, and a thank you note from Gillian Hawley for being sponsored by our club on the trip.

2.      Océane has been skiing, snowmobiling and wrote her Math exam today.

3.      Greeters for February will be Richard vanNood and Brian Nash.

4.      A reminder about There’s Something in the Water on Sat.

Adjournment at 7:20 p.m.

Ted had a shot at winning $319.50 but his luck didn’t turn over.

Minutes taken by: Maureen O’Hara