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Service Above Self

The first three Wednesdays of the month at 12:15
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, ON  L4R 4L3
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P O Box 93   Midland, ON    L4R 4K6

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. 
The Club was honoured to be joined by Caroline Laidlaw the director of Huronia Pregnancy Resource Centre. The centre first opened in 1994 and services the area empowering young women in pregnancy education and support. This is a pro-women and pro-life organization that doesn't discriminate in terms of who it supports. Many young ladies are simply in need of guidance and a mother or grandmother figure while other lost and forgotten and need to be coached back to confidence and motherhood responsibilities. 
The Centre acts a a liason between young moms and adoption agencies where needed. The service area is basically the 4 municipalities and Elmvale. As yet they are not a housing facility but would love to be able to offer that in the future. The centre relies on private donations as they are NGO and do not qualify for most grant opportunities. They are training new volunteers to help provide more and better parenting training and other services.
In proper fashion the assembly began with the Finer Points which means Jerry Van Dyk and the Financials. Jerry gently guided us through all the incomes and outcomes of the year thus far. Good work Jerry!! Next
Britt McKerrow had a goal of adding 5 new members but accidentally added 6. Bankers!!! Always bad with numbers. there may even be more in the pipe before the year end. Thirsty Thursday Thursday March 28th, bring out a prospective new member and share the gift of fellowship and the opportunity to contribute in a significant way to our community. Also keep in mind the availibility of spousal and joint memberships that allow us to increase our strength in these busy times. Britt also committed to better communicating the exit or resignation of departing memebers.
Foundation is totally under control and up to date.
Girls Night Out May 2nd, tickets available at Simply Country,... What a great Mothers Day Gift. Services fill up quickly so get your tickeets soon!!!!
COMMUNITY Service,.. Amanda Woodman reviewed the year and funding opportunities we have yet to vote on. Many smaller programs have been supported this year and some large ones yet to come. Overall one of the most rewarding being the Guesthouse Dinners!!
YOUTH,... Phil spoke of the upcoming RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program at Geneva Park. Stephanie Frans and Cloe Stewart will be representing and will report back to the club. On the YEX front Nico is still here, so do something with him and get a little taste of totally NEUTRAL HAHAHA
Vocational Service Director and POTD (Party On The Dock) co-chair Craig Stewart said there will be a brown bag lunch May 1st at the New GBDSS (highschool). Also POTD Saturday June 8th (along side the Buttertart Festival) will be promoted and tickets handled through SNAP. Tickets will also be handled by Tripp's Paint Shoppe.
Cheryl Bilyk has taken over public image for Anna Hartman. Does she do everything??
Past President Mr. BiG - Bill Richardson's only job left as PPMB is to organize President's Night June 20th at Captain Robert's Table.
Prez Elect John Decarli and Prez Nominee will be attending the Rotary Weekend in North Bay for training April 12th and 13th (missing the Food Drive) John's hope is to establish a tradition of Midland Rotary Humanitarian Trips to assist around the world on at least a semi-annual basis! here here!!!  On Bingo, although there have been many outside factors effecting the sales, we seem to be normalizing again.
Shannon Flood who will be heading up this years RAK (Randon Acts of Kindness) Day will be looking to involved the schools and other community partners for the event scheduled for Noon on May 22nd.
Ken Pickering who is in charge of the food drive announced that the April 11th, 12th and 13th dates are set and the schedule will be delivered soon for all 4 locations. The sorting and re-distribution will take place at the North side of the PSS building. Ken will look into advertizing (ahem...MORA!)
My Fingers are tired,...
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