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On Tuesday, February 13th our speaker was Dr. Phil Wood. Phil has been teaching throughout his life, first in high school, then at Michigan State and McMaster; has also been an administrator for much of his career 

While shared his ideas about the 5 P’s of being a great teacher: personality, presence, preparation, passion, and professionalism. He recognized how humbling and difficult it was to to talk about teaching in front of so many educators in our room. Aspects he highlighted included the importance of authenticity and emotional intelligence. He noted that preparation can compensate for other deficiencies.

Phil said with the best teachers, their passion is both love for the subject matter and the students.

As Phil retires after 40 years of teaching it is clear that he exemplifies the 5 P's...and perhaps more than anything it is his love for teaching, and the students, that is most clear! You can see video from Dr. Phil's last class and read the lovely thank-you note from McMaster's Engineering Department here. https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/chemeng/news/thank-you-dr-wood

 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 our club welcomed Ron Vine from the Hamilton Mundialization Committee. That long word signifies PEACE. He started by querying us on the issues we felt were standing in the way of peace and then questioned whether we felt that there were any significant changes over the years. 
 
The Committee started as a citizen's group 50 years ago and remarkably in Dundas when it twinned with the City of Kaga, Japan. Ron reminded us of the nuclear bombing of Japan in 1945 and the current threats of nuclear engagement between North Korea and the United States.
 
There are a number of cities which have twinned with the City of Hamilton over the years. This year marks a local celebration and The 2018 Citizenship Award which will be presented at City Hall on May 17th, 2018 at 6pm. The criteria is an individual or a group that resides in the City of Hamilton whose work exemplifies Global Citizenship and Peace. 
 
The Committee is currently seeking volunteers and nominations for its citizenship award. 
 
Closing the morning meeting Ross Bannatyne reminded those in attendance of the work of the Rotary Foundation in promoting World Peace. Giving any sum of money to the foundation makes you a partner in this important endeavour. 

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!

 
 
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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
Kathy Starodub/Tom McLeod
Feb 20, 2018
Professional Profiles
Jessica Brennan and Barbara Busing
Feb 27, 2018
Club Assembly
Dr. Milena Head, Professor of Information Systems
Mar 06, 2018
Ethical Considerations re data analysis and decision-making