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Midland

Service Above Self

No in-person meetings until further notice.
The first three Wednesdays of the month at 12:15
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, ON L4R 4L3
Canada
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P O Box 93   Midland, ON    L4R 4K6

 
Stories

It is with great pride, happiness and thanks that I can report to you on our club’s most recent activities…

Our club delivered 4 Keurig coffee machines and more than 1200 coffee k-cups to the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) last week. On top of our donation, we connected with Tim Hortons, who partnered with us to donate enough cups, lids, stir sticks, cream and sugar for 1200 cups of coffee!  GBDH Foundation Executive Director, Nicole Kraftscik, said the hospital staff actually cheered when they saw our donation. She confirmed how much a cup of coffee can change the mood and motivation of a frontline worker in the middle of a long shift.

Today, our club delivered over $14,000 of food to the Salvation Army! What started as an idea of buying $5,000 of food compound through a partnership with with Midland Foodland. Midland Foodland was able to secure bulk shipments from Kraft and other suppliers, then sold it to us at cost. This stretched our $5,000 into $7,000 of food. And then to top it off, Midland Foodland matched our donation with another $7,000 of food! All food combined, we had 8 full pallets of food for the Salvation Army. Amazing!

But of course, this was supposed to be a "hands OFF" project to avoid unnecessary contact. What we thought would be one or two pallets of food deliverable with a pick up truck, turned into 8 pallets, which posed a major logistical problem.  Enter Midland Home Hardware who were gracious enough to send up their boom truck, where they forklifted all 8 pallets of food onto the flatbed, transported it downtown to the Salvation Army, and unloaded at their shipping door, all without any human handling! We're so happy and thankful with how this turned out.

To top it off, Barrie CTV News showed up and interviewed Drew and I. It was great that we could promote the Salvation Army and the great work they are doing, the amazing partnership with Midland Foodland and their matching donation, the generosity of Midland Home Hardware, and of course our effective initiative.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who have been involved in these initiatives, including everyone that has been involved in our fundraising events over the past year that has helped to fund these initiatives. We will continue to help our community in any way that we can while keeping our members safe.

Former "beloved member" Bill Molesworth introduced Katrina Kreivins of the GBBR (see title).
 
Katrina spoke extensively and knowledgeably about the logistics and parameters of what the Reserve includes in terms of scope of analysis and the physical area. The main thrust of the presentation is that we are loosing bio-diversity and overall  water populations due to an overall reduction in phosphates in off-shore waters affecting the lower parts of the food web and thus the upper parts too. Overall since 2003 there has been a 98% disappearance of zoo-plankton and other micro nutrients that support them. This affects the next level up, that being the prey fish and thus the predator fish (sport and food source fish). 
 
Please check out GBBR.ca and stateofthebay.ca and you will be surprised and engaged.
John Playfair of GBDSS welcomed us to the new high school and took care of the house keeping issues before our physical tour began. First order of business was to introduce "Copper" 1 of 5 therapy dogs that roam the school. The dogs provide anxiety relief for students who find themselves overwhelmed during the hectic school day. 
 
We were then split into 3 groups and lead around the entire school. It was incredible to find the diversity of programs available as well as the obvious pride that the students have in the school. Several areas are dedicated to aboriginal studies as well as providing outlets for individual expression. The cafeteria is a school run program that teaches and provides the students food needs. Another incredible component was the openness and available sunlight as well as the bentwood internal rafter structure. The only thing missing was the Google Pod Lounge for resting between classes, but give it time. All in all it was a great opportunity to see inside modern secondary education since it's been more than a couple of years for most of us. 
 
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