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On Halloween, the Club met at the home of CIRCLE OF LIFE, a funeral services business. Our hostess was Karin Schuett, owner of the business. Karin told us about her experiences as part of a large, conventional undertaker business in Toronto. She then described how Circle of Life operates. Its premises are in an old warehouse, now very nicely converted into a modern decorated space, with rooms for receptions, and for grief counseling as needed. There is no chapel. The atmosphere for funerals that she and the premises conveyed to us was one of sympathy but without gloominess. Looking around at the assembled members, maybe this was a timely visit. Our thanks to Karin Schuett, a member of our parent Club, for an informative talk.

Then came Andy Coburn, a past member, now returned to club. He was to give a classification talk "for the benefit of newer members" who did not know the earlier Andy. What we had was a comedic dentist who told us about his pioneering dentist father, who invented or suggested new pieces of equipment for dentistry. We were then offered small green thingies to clean out the gaps between teeth. Turned out that they also could help check whether we had bad breath! In passing we learnt also that Andy went to work in his pyjamas, and with sundry "tattoos", as part of his Halloween costume. Welcome back, Andy, Your humour is always enjoyable.

On October 10, 2017 Alan Hansell from Stewards of Cootes Paradise joined the club to update us on the group's community and environmental involvement; he was last here in January of 2016. He also shared his personal connection to Rotary, which includes his own exchange to Japan as a teen and having received a Paul Harris award.

The Cootes watershed is the Dundas Valley. Each of our homes is a watershed for one of our creeks; Alan suggested this is something to think about, for example, if you’re washing your car in the driveway, as storm sewers generally go straight to a creek.

The volunteers for the Stewards are out to clean up the creeks. For example, they have removed in the past few months 5700 bags of garbage from the creeks and their banks. There is a display at the Dundas museum of older treasures they’ve found. They now also are working in the Red Hill watershed.

Their goal is to get the creeks clean and to keep them clean. When something is clean people care more about keeping it clean; a main focus of their work is community engagement. There are cleanup opportunities for everyone, including easy, moderate, and rugged. Cleanups are every Sunday 1-4; in the heat of the summer they shift to the morning. There also are monthly stewardship opportunities once an area is clean.
 
Cleaning up this garbage in our environment eliminates hazards to wildlife and reduces leachate from polymers and microplastics. There is a salmon run this time of year; clean up has doubled the size of their spawning ground.
 
Alan and his volunteers also get involved to solve recurring problems at their source, for example, how the paint from the ice surface at our local arenas gets disposed.
 

 

One September 12, 2017 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was joined by District Governor Reg Madison. Assistant Governor Allyson Wenzowski introduced District Governor Reg Madison who brought his message to Make a Difference. After congratulating the club for its service to the community he reviewed the Rotary Citation and Lighthouse Awards and the Governor’s Trophy. He spoke of Rotary International’s goals to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance public image. 

He asked us to attend the District Conference at White Oaks Resort and Conference Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 27-29 and to register for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, June 23 – 27. 

President Jessica thanked Reg and Loretta for visiting the club and she and Foundation Director Ross presented Reg with a club donation to The Rotary Foundation for $4000.

On September 5, Nic Schulz introduced Paul General. Paul is the General Manager of the Six Nations Eco-Centre. Information about the centre is available from its website. Paul is a Seneca and lives on the Six Nations Reserve.

He gave a slide presentation that was similar to this one.

He discussed the various treaties that have been signed over the years and give an excellent presentation of the origin of the Haudenosaunee flag which is based on the “Two Row Wampum”. When the Haudenosaunee first came into contact with the European nations, treaties of peace and friendship were made. Each was symbolized by the Gus-Wen-Tah or Two Row Wampum. There is a bed of white wampum which symbolizes the purity of the agreement. There are two rows of purple, and those two rows have the spirit of your ancestors and mine. There are three beads of wampum separating the tow rows and they symbolized peace, friendship and respect. These two rows will symbolize two paths or two vessels, travelling down the same river together. One, a birch bark canoe, will be for the Indian people, their laws, their customs and their ways. The other, a ship, will be for the white people and their laws, their customs and their ways. We shall each travel the river together, side by side, but in our own boat. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel.

George Gould introduced our speaker Paul Iacoviello. Paul is a photographer (among other things such as an instructor at Mohawk College and a correctional officer). Interestingly one of Paul’s most recent photographs was of George’s son James who graces the cover of a recent (August 17-24 ) issue of View Magazine.
 
Paul showed us a number of his excellent photographs – including several from this year’s fireworks display. A number of the same photographs can be viewed on Paul’s excellent website here: http://www.pauliacoviello.com/ (Note that you may need to download the “flash player”).
 
Paul gets most of his business via word of mouth and, in answer to a question, said that when shooting models he tries to capture something of their personality in his pictures.
 
 

Our speaker on August 22nd was Nick Scime (aka Chef Nicholas). Here’s a link to a Spectator story about Nick from a couple of years ago: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6230586-chef-nicholas-serving-up-popular-classes/ 

After working for the city for 35 years, Nick retired and took a culinary course. He now hosts a TV show about cooking on channel 14 and runs his own business The five Cs of cooking. Check the website to learn more about the business. 

The theme of Nick’s talk was “6 steps for a second life”. That is, what should you do post retirement? The six steps are: 

  1. Identify the desire 
  2. Eliminate your fears 
  3. Plan how 
  4. Create an energy 
  5. See the signs 
  6. Act without hesitation. 

Nick has followed the six steps to not only create his own business but also to become a travel agent (as a consequence of his many trips) and a wedding officiant!

Our speaker on Tuesday, August 15th was Dr. Chris Swartz. Chris is a colleague of Phil Wood in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. Chris holds the Dofasco Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology and is the Director of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC). He lives in Dundas with his wife Jacquie and children Philippa and Helen. 

The theme of Chris’s presentation was optimization or “determining the best amongst alternatives” He gave several simple examples of optimization from daily life – for example: planning our optimum shopping route, planning our investment strategy or even for children planning their trick our treat route. 

The MACC is a consortium of several member companies (e.g. Corning, Dofasco), 5 faculty members and 20 or so graduate students. 

Chris gave some real examples of the type of work they do. One project is sponsored by Praxair a company that separates air into its components (mainly nitrogen and oxygen) by cooling it and then boiling it. The process is a huge user of electricity which is extremely expensive these days so they need to optimize their process in response to the demand for the products and the cost of electricity. Ideally you would like to do all of the separation when the cost is lowest but that isn’t always when the demand is highest.

Another project is one he is working on with Dofasco. It involves an electric arc furnace which is used to melt scrap metal down. Again, electricity is a major expense as is oxygen. Chris’s group is preparing a mathematical model of the process to guide the process engineers at Dofasco who are working with the actual process.

Our speaker today was Nancy Smith, Executive Director of Interval House. Nancy was accompanied by Sadie Wolfe and was introduced by Mary Lou Emmett. 

Interval House provides a shelter for abused women and focusses their programs on gender based violence. Last year they celebrated their 30th year in operation and is the only non faith-based shelter in Hamilton. Additional information about Interval House can be viewed on their website: https://intervalhousehamilton.org/ 

Services offered by Interval House: 

Nancy left us with their 2016/17 Annual Report. Copies can be downloaded from this web page: https://intervalhousehamilton.org/history-of-interval-house 

Nancy was thanked by Ross Longbottom and given a cheque for $500 from our club by Jessica to support the work of Interval House.

 
 
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Dundas Valley Sunrise

We meet Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club
10 Woodleys Lane
Dundas, ON  L9H 6Y6
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Speakers
Janelle Hinds
Jan 23, 2018
Helping Hands
Club Member Jody Beck
Jan 30, 2018
Professional Profile (aka Classification Talk)
Jeff Bonner
Feb 06, 2018
Hamilton Mundialization Committee
Dr. Goran Calic
Feb 13, 2018
Creativity at Work: Is it worth the Effort