Joyce said that John had been born in Toronto but had been raised all over because his father was in the military.  John took a job sorting mail at CMHC and studied accounting, becoming chartered in 1977 and moving to Barrie.  In 1993 he was hired by the Y as a VP of Finance for a year but he only retired in 2011.  Over those years revenue increased from 750 thousand to 20 million.  He's been a Board member on many charities, especially those working with children.  He joined Rotary in 1986 and has held most of the offices available and has worked with the District on Youth Committees and Exchange Committees.  He led a GSE to Turkey and has served for 3 years as an ADG.  He is married  to Donna and both are multiple Paul Harris Fellows and benefactors.  When not involved in all these activities they curl and go to the cottage.

John thanked Joyce for the introduction and for her hard work with Rotary, most recently 3 years as an ADG.  He said he once was in the Y's Men but he found Rotary preferrable for its diversity, its commitment and its range of contributions both locally and internationally.  Since he's been involved there have been changes - the classification rule has been relaxed from one of each class per club to less than 10% of members in one class.  Women were invited to join in the late 80's and he's pleased to note that a woman he sponsored became the first female President of his Club.  Makeups can now be counted if they were taken within two weeks of the missed meeting instead of one and local Clubs are allowed to permit makeups for Board meetings, etc.  Attendance was once required to be 60% but now is only 50.  These changes have mostly been made to  increase membership and attendance but they haven't - it's still declining.  He has 26 years of perfect attendance which he has worked at because he feels he joined to be involved and he thinks the opportunities for fellowship and to work together are a major strength of the organization.  He hopes Clubs will grow through saying yes to challenges and opportunities and by working with others to benefit the community.
He says membership in our District has dropped from 1,800 to 1,600 over the last years and now he's looking for 240 new members across the District and for Midland that means 6.  This year's theme is Peace through Service and he's asking each Club to focus on an activity in the community that promotes Peace.  The District's mentorship program is working but he invites more members to help out.
There will be three international hands on trips this year - a wheelchair distribution in Jamaica, bicycles to Cambodia for students who couldn't get to school otherwise and the Domincan Republic trip.  He has asked each Club to organize an interclub visit to raise awareness and to share ideas and experiences.  Don't forget you can still get to the Conference in Ottawa for the 21st.  And the Rotary Leadership Institution is asking for stories of Rotary's impact on members or on others in the community to be collected and shared as he makes his visits.
He thanked the Club for its efforts on behalf of the Community and the World.