Welcome to the Rotary Club of Midland

Midland

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, ON  L4R 4L3
Canada
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P O Box 93   Midland, ON    L4R 4K6

 
Stories
Anna Hartman introduced our Club's guest speaker Dr. Katie Rothwell. Anna and Katie both attended Regent Public School and asked that it not be held against either of them. Anna recalled fond memories of Katie's 'ice cream' made for blended frozen fruit as well as their 'house chickens' and mentioned that Katie's path to naturopathtic medicine was well rooted in childhood.
 
Katie discussed that goal of her talk was to share strategies to reduce stress and increase energy levels. The focus was 'hacks' to help minimize time and effort and maximize the benefits. The 3 hacks to be discussed were: food as fuel, maximizing sleep, and creating calm.
 
Food as Fuel
Katie noted that many people suffer from the '3PM slump'. In 90% of cases this is as result of blood sugar levels relative to diet. One 'hack' is to ditch the standard breakfast and shift towards a high proteins, healthy fats, and high fibre for breakfast. Options include vegetables,  beans, fruits and nuts.
 
Maximizing Sleep
Many high stress low energy individuals suffer from non-restorative and restless sleep. The key is to maximize high quality sleep. Strategies include: Reduce your exposure to electronics and use 'blue light' filters prior to sleep as 'blue light' which is emitted by electronics stimulates the production of cortisol the 'stress hormone'. Work with your natural circadian rhythms and sleep more hours prior to midnight. And lastly, enjoy a small and healthy pre-bed-time snack to help balance your blood sugar during sleep.
 
Creating Calm
Most individuals suffering from high stress and low energy need to find ways to create their own calm during their day. One strategy is to book-end days with 5-10 minutes of 'meditation'. Meditation could be, but does not need to be, in the traditional sense; other options include walking, yoga, diaphragmatic breathing, or hobbies. The key is to make sure that the activity is mindful. Meditation has been proven to change your brain in a positive manner.
 
Katie noted several other challenges that can lead to high stress and low energy levels such as nutrient deficiencies (iron, vitamin B, vitamin D), low thyroid, chronic disease, and the the side effects of medication among others. If you feel like you are suffering from high stress or low energy talk to a professional!      
 
 
   
Community Reach TLC programs transportation program represented by Rick Ignace and Rolande Maracle, one of the users of the van purchased with our financial support. The van was parked outside and those who remained had a group photo taken with it. The program provides transportation for those who have limited income, providing 37000 rides since it’s inception, and 2200 so far this year. Since June 1, this van alone has had more than 100 rides.
 
Some of the volunteer drivers put in up to 85 hours in two weeks, sometimes getting up at 4:00 AM to make appointments in Toronto. Rolande described how this service has been a lifeline for her medical appointments as there is no bus service to Victoria Harbour where she resides. She can get in and out of this wheelchair-accessible van without throwing her hip out.
Don Chapman introduced Fred Fox, brother of a national hero Terry Fox. Fred led us on a journey as he lived it during the late 1970’s when Terry was first diagnosed with cancer and had to have his leg surgically removed, his recovery and the journey he started.
Terry was an average kid who dreamed big and set off on a journey in 1980 to run across Canada to raise some money for cancer research. He started in St. John’s NFLD in April and made it through the Maritimes, Quebec and most of Ontario, before his journey came to end on Sept.1 as his cancer had returned. Fred read us entries from Terry’s journal form the previous days of August 29th and 30th. Terry’s dream of raising $1M had changed along his route and that became $24M which at the time was $1 for every person in Canada. Today the Terry Fox Foundation has raised in excess of $750M and continues to grow, even though there are many other cancer fundraisers. Fred now is a director with the Foundation as are his brother Darrell and sister Judy. His parents Rolly and Betty Fox have passed away in the last few years and now it is up to Terry’s siblings to keep the dream of finding a cure for cancer going. Fred also mentioned his daughter has become involved.
Fred praised our local committee and volunteers as they have been in the forefront of fundraising across the nation as they have raised $2M.
Fred ended with a thought... 1 inspires many as a spark ignites a flame.
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Rachel Gerow
Oct 18, 2017
History of Mental Health in Canada
Walk for Polio
Oct 25, 2017
Brittany Black
Nov 01, 2017
Heart of Georgian Bay
Board
Nov 08, 2017
Fundraising Brain Storm
Board
Nov 08, 2017
Fundraising Brain Storm
Pam Wilkinson
Nov 15, 2017
OPP - Human Trafficking
Ken Pickering
Nov 22, 2017
Membership
Board
Dec 06, 2017
Annual General Meeting
Tom Murray
Dec 13, 2017
Classification
Social Committee
Dec 20, 2017
Rotary Holiday Celebration
Board
Jan 10, 2018
Club Assembly
Board
Apr 11, 2018
Club Assembly