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Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club
Find out more about what it means to be a Rotarian by joining us for breakfast at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club, Tuesday mornings from 7:10 - 8:30. Contact rmontesanto@cogeco.ca for more information.
 
DVSRC News
On May 30, 2017 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was joined by distinguished Dundas citizens Bob Rockford and Fred Fuchs. Bob and Fred are principals in the non-profit Westdale Cinema Group. Their group was put together to save the Westdale Theatre from being torn down.
 
 
One questioner asked “would the façade be maintained?” to which Fred replied “which one?”. This opened a really interesting discussion about the changes the theatre has already seen over the years. In this article: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7172976-dreschel-hamilton-embraces-urban-barn-raising-for-westdale-theatre-renos/ you will see a picture at the top showing the original façade from about 1937. Quite a bit different than today!
 
Fred and Bob noted that Westdale was one of Canada’s first planned communities. It was built with streets like spokes on a wheel and at the hub was the theatre. Over time the theatre has deteriorated though and was about to be sold. The Westdale Cinema Group came together to restore the theatre and restore it to its original lustre. It will be reduced in size to 400 seats and will become the new home of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s film festival. The theatre will also be used for musical events and speakers.
 
The sale was to close on June 1st and the group has applied for charitable status. Renovations will take roughly 9 months to complete. An Open House and party will take place on June 25th where members can learn more about the plans. A Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=westdale%20cinema%20group has already attracted more than 1800 members.
 
 
Our speaker on May 23, 2017 was Thijmen Van Loenen who spoke to use about his work in Motherwell Township near Port Elizabeth South Africa.  The project's primary mission is to protect children in high risk areas and sending orphans in the area to school. 
 
The club was pleased to present Thijmen with a cheque for $1500 to support their good work. 

Recently, the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club used one of its morning meetings to honour several people in the club and the community for their contributions to make the world a better place for all.

Suzanne Crago and Cam Whiffey, both non-members of the club, have contributed to the development of “The Stars of Dundas” a mid-winter event featuring local talent.  Members Wayne Massey, Ralph Montesanto, Randy Abel and Shirley Molloy were presented with awards for continued contributions to the development of the club and to Rotary in general.

The recipients in order of presentation, are:
 
CAM WIFFING: Cam was born in Hamilton , is Married and has 2 children.
He is an athlete and an avid motorcyclist  and has taken part in a 6 Day Endure Ride.
Cam owns Eagle Press Printing Company and for  the past 5 years he has worked with our club to design the program for the "Stars of Dundas" fundraiser
Through his work Cam has helped raise awareness about Rotary and helped us with sponsorship through advertising.
 
SUSANNE CRAGO: Suzanne grew up in  Flamboro and went to Parkside High school 
She was a former Figure Skater and went on to perform  with the Ice Capades from 1970-1973.
Susanne taught Figure Skating in British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta.
Her company "Community Graphics" has been the "Go To" company for  advertising and  Show programs for all the local Skating Clubs!
Susanne  and Cam worked together on the "Stars of Dundas" programs which have helped our Club raise over $50,000 over the past 5 years!
 
WAYNE MASSEY: As a young man Wayne was an avid athlete, playing Football and running in Track.
Wayne is a great Entrepreneur , he has operated several successful business in our community and has recently retired from his Accounting Firm!
He has been a longtime member of our club, he was  President in 2006 and is our current Club Treasurer .
Wayne is always there to help out at Club events,  he is always giving back to our community and  he is Always making a difference!
 
RALPH MONTESANTO: Ralph  IS ROTARY!!! He  never stops! He was District Governor in 2008-2009.  He is the advocate for the" Continuum of Rotary", he is always attending the Rotary Leadership conferences where he is the Training Director for the Leadership Initiative.
Ralph is always  helping out at all Rotary events and has ben key in making the "shredding day "fundraiser a great success! 
Ralph wild be taking on a new role as Vice Governor.
Marlee awarded Ralph with the Paul Harris Ruby Pin!
 
CHRIS GRABIEC and JOHN JANISSE
 
 "A HOUSE IS A HOME WHEN IT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY"
 
Which is exactly what these to  great people do!
For many years they have opened their doors and offered their home  as the venue for countless community fundraising events.
They have helped to bring awareness and raise funds for AIDS and The Bob Kemp Hospice to name a few!
Their home is also part St. James House tour and the Carnegie Gallery Garden Tour!
These two are all about giving back and have opened their doors to hundreds of people to better the community!
 
RANDY ABLE: Randy lives in Rockton , is an Electrician and is currently teaching an  Electrical course at College!
Randy is a long time member of our club and is always there to help at all events and give back to the community!
 He is the Hardworking , behind the scene Guy who gets things done!
He has a great sense of humor and is our resident Bar tender!
 
SHIRLY MALOY: Shirley was born in New Foundland where she worked at a community Newspaper as well as the Salvation Army.
She came to Ontario in 1990 to work with the Salvation Army in Family Services and is the manager of the local Food Bank.
Shirley is long time member of our club, she's always involved in our Rotary events and is our past Club President!
She works tirelessly to make a difference and give back to the people of our community!
Our speaker Tuesday, May 9, 2017 was Diane Reader Jones. Diane’s story was reported in the Hamilton Spectator in this article from last November: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/6959258-how-a-small-act-of-caring-changed-lives/. Back in 2003 Diane sponsored a young girl named Sharon in Uganda. Over time Diane sent Sharon money and on one occasion a laptop so that she could complete her studies. Sharon is now Dr. Sharon Mutesasira and Diane has just returned from a visit to Sharon in Uganda.
Our speaker on May 2, 2017 was Dundas resident and Rotary Exchange Student Joe Morgan. After 256 days in Japan Joe called into our meeting via Skype to fill us in on his time there. 
 
He reports that he's getting more and more confident with the language and that he's been enjoying a lot of the culture and was surprised to find out that Christmas isn't a very big deal in Japan. At first he found himself experiencing a bit of culture shock but as someone who like rice and fish he has been able to settle in nicely. 
 
The experience has been a fun one and has really given Joe the travel bug. He expects to teach overseas once his exchange program ends.
 
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Rotary exchange program please reach out!
On Tuesday, April 18 Ralph Montesanto lead the club in a review of Rotary's changes to the Council of Legislation. Ralph started by sharing two video presentations regarding Rotary International Legislation. Club's have been provided with a basic template to follow when implementing and complying with Rotary International bylaws.
 
 
On April 4th the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed Barb Carpio as our speaker. Barb is a McMaster Nursing professor who grew up in the Northwest Territories adjacent to a native colony. Her interest and work with native communities led to her being asked to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) on behalf of the Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada.
 
 
On March 28th, 2017 Bill Gregory, our speaker for the day, was introduced by Carl Fraser. Bill told the story of his involvement with juvenile diabetes and the Frances Rose Foundation.
 
 
Speakers
Evening meeting to replace breakfast
Jun 27, 2017
End of Year BBQ
Changeover Meeting
Jul 04, 2017
Changing of the Guard - Induction of the New Executive
Armin Ghazi, President, SSG Managed Technology
Jul 11, 2017
Preserving Privacy at the Border in the Digital Age
Grant Linney
Jul 18, 2017
Climate Change