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

Introduction of Guests: Lorry and Connor Brandon, Brian Desbiens, and Sandra Dupret joined us.

Sergeant at Arms Jim Miners fined Ted for not attending to greeter duties, and imposed a general fine for anyone not wearing a Rotary pin. Happy bucks were paid by Mark for having the Christmas luncheon menu ready for perusal, and by Ted for going to Nevada, seeing Pat Sajak, and for the HHSS Jr. Football team playing in the National Captial Bowl in Orillia this weekend.

Tonight’s program was presented by Andrea Roberts (Dysart councillor) and Chris Lynd (Haliburton Arts Council). The ladies are members of the Dysart Cultural Resource Committee and spoke of the potential and possibilities that they hope to promote in conjunction with the Rotary Bandshell. They proposed the idea of a 6 week music concert series in the summer utilising the new bandshell, from July 8 to August 12, 2014. Tuesday nights were chosen based on other already planned events. The goal would be to promote use of the park, tourist (and local) entertainment events, and promotion of musical talent, as well as demonstrating to the community the possibilities and potential of this new and improved venue.

As someone or some organization need to be the “home” of this venture, it was suggested that Rotary fill that role, at least for the inauguration of the showcase project. It was suggested that a committee be struck consisting of 3 Rotarians, Andrea Roberts, Chris Lynd, Janis Parker, 2 members of Folk Society and perhaps 1 or 2 members of public.  Club would sign park use agreements, and flow money in and out. Committee members would utilize contacts and relationships to develop a schedule of performers.

Rotary would be the prime sponsors with revenue returning from donations from audience, other sponsors possible, have the role of identified volunteers collecting donations and promoting Rotary and Haliburton.

References were made to the Peterborough “Concerts in the Park”,  and Minden “Music on the Gull” which have both developed into successful entertainment venues and audience draws to the areas.

John thanked the ladies and stated that the Club would be discussing this proposal.

Club business:

1.      We were honored to be included in the announcement of Ted Brandon as the recipient of the Brian Desbiens Community Service Award. Sandra Dupret, Dean of Fleming College Haliburton Campus nominated Ted for this award. Namesake Brian Desbiens, Past Presidnet of Fleming College was pleased to present the award to Ted  at our meeting. The award is bestowed for contribution to the community on behalf of the College as well as a community developer locally and further afield. Brian cited Ted’s commitment, enthusiasm and efforts in the development of the college campus from its’ inception. As a colleague of MPP Chris Hodgson, he was instrumental in the initial funding proposal, and continues in his commitment to the College, to the Haliburton Campus and its’ unique programs, and to Haliburton as a community member and advocate.

Ted graciously accepted the award, thanking Brian for his inspirational leadership, thanking Barb Bolin and Sandra as campus leaders and developers, thanked his wonderful wife and son for their support, and thanked Rotary for their support and opportunities.

2.       Auction. Members are asked to notify Auction Chair Brian Nash as they secure donations to ensure inclusion in promotion and to avoid last minute panics.

3.      Christmas Events. A reminder of the Community Christmas party Dec.6, Club Christmas Party Fri. Dec. 13, and Christmas luncheon Dec. 19.

4.      Banner presentation. Bram presented Pres. Lance with a banner from the Delray Beach Rotary Club in Delray Beach, Florida.

5.      Foundation. Richard reminded members of the option of having donations to the Foundation matched by club to a maximum of $200. To ensure a tax receipt for 2013, donations should be made by Dec. 1, but will still be matched by Club until Dec. 31 and will receive receipt for next year. Richard distributed RI pamphlets describing the Foundation, its’ history and operation.

6.      Correspondence:

a.      Community Care is looking for participants and/or teams to enter in a bowl-a-thon fundraiser. Lance will find out more details.

b.      Haliburton Christmas Parade is requesting financial support. Lance will find out details and enquire as to donations to Food bank.

7.         Youth Exchange:

Océane reported that her trip to New York City was an incredible experience, culminating in participation in Rotary Day at the UN.

Michele read an update from outbound student Alex Litwin in Finland. She expressed her gratefulness and pride in being a Rotary Exchange Student. It has opened many conversational doors. Alex is impressed with the characteristics if the Finnish people – they are an honest and introverted people who appreciate silences as part of conversations. She has not gotten lost yet, has slowly started to make friends and has made connections through her playing on the Finnish Women’s hockey team. Despite some challenges regarding her VISA card and the shipment of her hockey equipment, she is having a marvelous time and very grateful to our club and to Rotary for being part of the experience.

8.       Remembrance Day. Discussion occurred regarding looking into Rotary laying a wreath at the cenotaph next year.

9.      Board meeting next Thursday, Nov. 21 after regular meeting.

Adjournment at 7:15 p.m.

Richard took a stab at winning $174.50 in the Card Game but his Queen of Diamonds said otherwise.

Minutes taken by: Maureen O’Hara