Welcome to the Rotary Club of Midland


Service Above Self

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

Jamie Tripp introduced Don Chapman, volunteer chair of the Terry Fox Run in Midland and Patrick Scott and Mike McDougall from the Run in Barrie.
Don is very passionate about the run in Midland and about helping the Terry Fox Foundation find a cure for cancer as he lost his son to the disease. September 7th is the run date for our area and there are a number of distances that you can walk, bike, crawl, take your wheel chair and our area run starts in Perkinsfield. Midland last year was ranked 16th in Ontario for fundraising (quite an accomplishment for a small centre) and this area is just shy of $2 million raised over the years. 825 participants last year and they hope it continues to grow again. In Canada overall $28 million was raised last year at 740 run sites, 8500 school sites and 2700 teams...
Our friends from the Barrie run, were sharing some of their knowledge and Patrick Scott who has chaired Barrie for many years is a walking/talking trivia knowledge person, who knows just about everything about Terry, his family and the 35 years+ that the run has taken place. Mike McDougall is stepping up to take the leadership position and is a cancer survivor, the only one in his family to survive the disease.
They challenged us all to participate in any way we can, either by taking part in the run/walk event, being part of a team or simply just make a donation to help find a cause to end the disease! They were all thanked by Britt McKerrow who presented them with an inuksuk and for this week only a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation.
** To note: Terry’s brother Fred Fox will be a guest of Fred Hacker on Tuesday August 29 for the Day in the Life series at MCC and as well he may be a guest at Midland Rotary on August 30th.
Dean said he'd met Chuck Darrow recently and realized he was one of the few remaining who were part of WW II and he had come to speak of his experiences and to give the Club and opportunity to remember those who have served.  Chuck accompanied his talk with film he'd taken on air bases in Britain - grainy but telling images of young men, many of whom did not make it.
Dean said Chuck had been rejected at first but by 1944 he was flying Spitfires with Squadron 416.  He counted 150 hours of combat and stayed in till 1958.  He then turned to business and became a director of the Fighter Pilots Association.  He built his own house on the beach and lives, now, in Penetang.
Chuck described landing by kerosene lamps laid out on the field when coming back late, being bombed by shrapnel explosives, crash landings.  One time he lost a wing on landing, spun and hit a wall.  The coaming had come off and the plane on fire but he climbed out in good shape.  They dropped him putting him in the ambulance and gave him a concussion.
Pilots were issued parachutes which they left on the back of their seats if they knew they were going up again.  After two flights he returned one and discovered that he had been flying with two blankets.  He was charged for the loss but managed to write it off after being strafed.
He enjoyed the Spit - a beautiful aircraft - but it had a short range so they added a belly tank which was supposed to be released after it was empty.  A mate ran out of fuel on the wrong side of the Rhine and was gliding east and happy to see the water beneath him so came down, unfortunately, on the one spot on the west side of the river still held by the Germans.
He was in a dog fight with a flight of 190's which came out of a hole in the clouds to surprise them.  He dodged as they chased him and his plane was hit - in the tail and through the cockpit and between his arm and back so he was still able to land.
Chuck finished by donating Raptors tickets to the Club.
Dean spoke about heroes and losses and told the story of a young Robbie Shawbolt who witnessed the sinking of Corbeau's yacht and, with others from his factory, saved several and redirected others to safety with his strong swimming.  By the time the inquest was being held Robbie was already overseas and subsequently KIA.
Joyce said Margaret is a member of the Bracebridge Club, joining in 2003, but that she has a lifetime of experience with Rotary as her husband, Ron, has been a member for 30 years.  She was Club Pres in 2010 - 11, has served on several committees and been on two trips to Cambodia to distribute bicycles.  She's a Land Use Planner in a company with two partners.  During her years as Ass't DG - 2010 to 2015 she established the current Strategic Plan for the District.
Margaret said she was happy to visit such a fun and active Club.  Her ties to Rotary go back even farther than Ron's, her grandfather was a charter member of the Orillia Club and she remembers selling peanuts as a fundraiser.  Ron joined while they lived in Yellowknife, before women could join, and when they moved to Bracebridge he joined there.  When the kids moved out, she was invited and they became one of the 7 couples in the Club.  Her experience is that she would have joined sooner but she was 'never asked'.  She feels this is a lesson - when talking to people, be sure to ask them.
Their three kids are married and there's one grandson.
The International theme this year is Rotary Serving Humanity, set by International President John Germ.  There are 540 DG's and at the last training session 90 of them were women.  The route to Governership is long, requiring service as a Club President, a DG, a Zone Director, etc.  This is hard for young people to manage with careers and families, especially women, but the numbers of women in the positions is growing.
The areas of focus this year are - membership, foundation giving, online presence, humanitarian service, new generations and public image.  She explained that online presence is increasingly important because the stats gathered there support applications for funding, especially from the feds, who are contributing currently.  Public image is also vital - she feels Rotary has kept its light under a bushel for too long and needs to get the community aware.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Foundation - started with the profits from the Atlanta conference of 1916 - $26.50.  Total endowment now exceeds one billion.  The Foundation is highly effective and well managed - very low admin costs, the money is spent on projects.
It's important to understand the Foundation donations return to the community.  $300,00.00 given in 2013 means that $150,000.00 comes back to the District to be spent as we see fit.  And matching grants can leverage a commitment by 4 or 5 times.
This year Polio was limited to two countries but a section of Nigeria where Boko Haram holds sway now reports cases, though efforts are being made.  It's clear that only Rotary could manage the job - it's in more countries than the UN and WHO and UNESCO didn't recognize that eradication was possible - coming to the task well after Rotary had started it.  The model is now being repeated with malaria, etc.
Her mantra at the District is the "power of combined efforts" and she encourages us to come together, to join at the District level.  The District has been asked by some of the smaller clubs to launch District projects they can join so they are working on and Int'l, a Community Service and an Indigenous project, on which more later.
Her goals are to strengthen the Clubs, focus on the humanitarian, enhance our public image, get connected, promote leadership and celebrate Rotary.  So, there are still some spaces at the District Conference in two weeks and there are a couple of spots on a Friendship exchange to NZ leaving Feb 8.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Executive Secretary
Past President
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Youth Service

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