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
Joyce Campbell introduced our District Governor Mike Kinsey... Mike is very passionate about Rotary and his enthusiasm shines through. He moved to Barrie (temporarily he thought) about 30 years ago. However that soon changed and he started a company called MAK Mechanical in Barrie. He joined Rotary and then his real rotary moment was a trip to Cambodia to deliver bicycles, this turned out to be a start of another project in which a new school was built with assistance from Barrie Kempenfelt club, other district clubs. They have been supporting the school and recently set up a sewing school to give villagers a chance to earn a living. At District Level, Mike took on the 7010 New Generations which oversees Interact, Rotaract, Short term exchanges, New Generation Services & Ryla. Mike is most proud that there are 7 Rotaract Clubs in the district, that we continue to raise funds and awareness to end polio (next week we have marching orders and will be wearing ponchos). He also advised to use the Rotary Club Central, which has some good information. Mike also challenged us to get all our old Rotary Records and get them up on the Cloud, so it can be seen by others and new members... As his last deed Mike presented Pres Bill with his Rotary Black Sheep Pin.
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.
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Ken Pickering
Feb 28, 2018
Bring A Friend - Membership Meeting
Community Service Committee
Mar 07, 2018
Fireside Evening Meeting
Sylvia Vanderweg
Mar 14, 2018
Haiti - Nursing Student Relief Trip
Laura Downing
Mar 21, 2018
MS Society
William Finlayson
Mar 28, 2018
The Archaelogy of 19th Century Company Town
John Hauser
Apr 04, 2018
Silver Goose Cyclo-Cross
Board
Apr 11, 2018
Club Assembly
Bill Richardson
May 02, 2018
Charter Meeting
Board
Jun 06, 2018
Club Assembly