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
Jason Wilson introduced Kevin Cascagnette to us. Kevin is no stranger to Rotary as he is currently VP of the North Simcoe Rotaract Club. Kevin is a professional photographer and has been engaging in this for over 6 years. Working with Kelly Moss for a few years and has ventured out on his own and set up Kevin Cascagnette Photography, where he specializes in weddings, portraits and commercial photography.
Kevin shared his passion in attempts to make us better picture takers.
You just have to live and Life will give you Pictures!
He shared with us the rule of thirds as all images are broken into 3 grids – Center weighted...Negative Space... and Alternative Angles. Kevin was very engaging and there were many questions that he fielded from the audience.
Kevin also left us with: There are no Rules for good photographs.... there are only good photographs.
 
Joyce introduced our guest speaker Dan Donaldson giving his classification talk.
 
Dan was (characteristically) entertaining. In short, he joined Rotary in 1987 in Lindsay and transferred to Midland last year. His classification is “Entertainment”,and started off with a “Donaldson hidden quiz”. Everyone’s elephant was from Denmark. My eel was from Denmark. Coincidence? I doubt it.
 
His father was in Great Lakes Shipping, in Midland every 8 or 9 days, during which time he enjoyed his shore leave and met Dan’s mother.
Dan was (I’m sure only narrowly) beat out by Gordon Lightfoot in the Ralph Snelgrove Talent Search on tv, and took him to task on it years later. He studied at Western, getting a Batchelor of Music circa 1974. His career was in the entertainment industry, doing arts administration, cultural management, and was the manager of the Oakville arts centre, and ran theatres and galleries. He did some freelance broadcasting, and ….I couldn’t keep up with the list of all he did in Kitchener, Waterloo, Chatham, and Lindsay. He retired, and came home to Midland. He still plays trombone with Georgian Bay brass, and is still involved with a 17 piece Jazz group in Burlington.
 
Dan closed with an anecdote about booking Victor Borge and Victor’s recollections of three command performances for the Queen.
Anna was pleased to introduce Brendan Matheson, the Experience Development Coordinator for Tourism Simcoe County as our guest speaker. Brendan’s job involves developing outdoor tourist experiences in our area; one of his most recent areas of focus is on cycling and the website www.cyclesimcoe.ca Brendan discussed the beginnings of the cycling focus in our area, the reason our region is a very popular cycling destination, and the amazing tourism opportunity that is provided when cycling is focused on as a tourist experience. The focuses for this effort are on getting organized with local partners such as the health Unit, OPP, Ontario by bike, the local municipalities and townships, and local business. They then started up a pilot project that involved a cycling coordinator. Key tasks included mapping, signage, safety, and marketing. There are 3 maps of our area; Ontario Lake Country, Southern Georgian Bay, and Heart of Georgian Bay. The focus for the signage was directional and safety. Safety messages were also produced in video format sharing information such as the recent 1 meter passing law, tips on sharing the road, how motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can better interact with each other, cycling formation, and specific tips a cyclist to increase their safety while on the road. They had also created several other marketing pieces such as a cycling checklist, a cycling friendly business listing for certified business (this is a free listing for business), and tourist packages which included suggested routes and accommodation options, and 15 bicycle repair stations which can now be found locally.
 
Brendan said that they have had some great success especially with their safety messages as the social network really helped with their exposure. They had also put out a survey for the now 60 certified business which helped track the business trends in relation to their cycling tourism efforts and the results were clear that there had been a marked increase in cycling tourism in our area. Bill thanked Brendan for his talk and made mention of our donation to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign; he was then given an Inuksuk with 2 arms.
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Fred Fox
Aug 30, 2017
The Terry Fox Foundation
Board
Sep 06, 2017
Club Assembly
Brian and Dorothy Menton
Sep 13, 2017
NID – Polio
Katie Rothwell, ND
Sep 27, 2017
Reducing Stress and Increasing Energy Levels
Brittany Black
Nov 01, 2017
Heart of Georgian Bay
Dr. Anita Federici
Nov 08, 2017
Mindfulness
Board
Dec 06, 2017
Annual General Meeting
Social Committee
Dec 20, 2017
Rotary Holiday Celebration
Board
Jan 10, 2018
Club Assembly