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On September 18th our guest speaker was Marla Panko from the Carnegie Gallery. Ms. Panko told us that the fundamentals of visual language are like an alphabet or like musical notes. Even if we are not artists ourselves, we can learn to recognize this language. She said that we are desensitized by so much that we see, and that galleries are sanctuaries for our senses, safe houses for our visual legacy.
Examples of aspects of the visual language include color, shape, line, texture, etc. “Point and Line to Plane” by Kandinsky is a book that breaks down the elements of the visual language. Today Ms. Panko focused on composition, including balance, line, depth, unity, and focal points.
The most basic type of balance is symmetry, left/right or radial. Asymmetrical is when the balance is related to what is dissimilar in the image. Orientation and use of line is another aspect of the visual language. When a line is horizontal, for example to indicate the horizon, the image is at rest, calming, and implies an expanse of space. When a line is vertical, the image is active, shows a sense of power and thrusting up. Diagonal lines are dynamic. A diagonal line creates movement and sends your eye through the picture. Multiple diagonals create more movement and emotion. Lines also can divide or connect two halves of a composition.
Depth in pictures is an illusion; artists use linear perspective, scale, and modelling of form to create depth in images. Unity is how artists get everything to work together or hold together in an image: techniques for this include spatial tension and pyramidal structure. When a focal point is a zone, a central zone quiets the picture. Focal points at the edges or no focal point makes a meditative image.
If you have not already done so, register for the District Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 20. It is a one day event and the Rotary International President is flying in to be part of the opening of the day's events. District Governor Melisa and her daughter Erin made this great video to help promote the day. She wants to get 500 Rotarians and guests to attend. Have a look.

Our speakers on Tuesday, September 4th were Susan Jaspers, the Executive Director of Telling Tales and Julie Shea the President of the Hamilton “Tonic After 5” Rotary Club 

“Telling Tales” is celebrating its 10th year on September 16th. More information about TT and the 10th Annual event can be found on the group’s website, here: 

Telling Tales really grew out of our club. Ralph Montesanto gave the District’s blessing and Kathy Starodub taught them how to run a book swap. Over time the budget for the event has risen from $30,000 to $350,000 and now has an independent Board (it was originally run by the Hamilton AM Rotary Club). In the very first edition, Robert Munsch made a surprise visit. This year the festival is launching 10 new books world-wide with the authors being brought in for the occasion. 

There was an article about the authors and their books that will be appearing at telling tales in the Thursday, September 6th Hamilton Spectator: (Aside: Note that the writer of the Spec article is Emma Reilly. Her father, Jim Reilly, will be our guest speaker on October 23rd). 

Susan closed her portion of presentation by showing this promotional video (unfortunately there was no sound available at the meeting so members may enjoy seeing it again): 

Julie Shea is the President of the “Tonic After 5” Rotary Club of Hamilton: Julie also acknowledged our club’s crucial role in the founding of Telling Tales. She is looking for volunteers to do 3 hour shifts. One interesting opportunity is the “barn raising” on Saturday. Volunteers can sign up on-line here:

Rotarian Harold Gruneberg introduced our guest speaker on August 28th, Lynn Campanella. Lynn is the CEO of “Playocracy”: and is a “play advocate” The theme of her presentation was “physical literacy”. As Lynn said, “we learn best by doing” so she began her presentation with an activity that we all participated in. 

There are 42 different health care conditions related to physical inactivity and so, as we age it’s important to keep active. The term physical literacy was first used in the late 1800s but it wasn’t until Margaret Whitehead re-invented the term in 2001 that it came into popular usage. The physical literacy movement really took off in 2010. 

Here is a definition of physical literacy: “Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities” (Whitehead, 2016). 

Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement. They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment. 

The development of physical literacy is now a reality for educators and recreational leaders within programming requirements and many physical education curricula identifying the development of physically literate students as the major outcome of physical education programs. 

Further information about physical literacy is available from Sport for Life here: 

Here is an interview with Margaret Whitehead on Physical Literacy – “The term that she invented”: 


Club members might remember a presentation by Sara Beck from the Hamilton Police Services on the topic of human trafficking. Well, Sara plays a starring role in this video put together by HPS: (Sara is front and centre in the picture in the article and appears at about 1:45 in the video).

On Tuesday, August 21 Jan Southall introduced Jeff Moore as our guest speaker. Jeff is the Principal of the Community and Continuing Education programs of the Hamilton – Wentworth District School Board. Jan has known Jeff for many years, mainly through teaching related activities. 

Information about the city's Community and Continuing Education Department can be found here. Along the top row are the various programs that the department offers – ESL - LINC Language Programs, Adult Programs, Youth Programs, Summer Camps, etc. Jeff talked about each of these programs. 

His department deals with newcomers to Hamilton in many cases. There are about 1000 in the ESL program at the Hill Park Learning Centre (former Hill park High School) for example. There are several other sites (notably in Jackson Square). The department offers literacy programs as well as for credit programs. 

The programs are tailored to the learners. For example some are hybrid e-learning courses which have a home study component (on-line). Students learn how to use the technology (Drop Box, Excel, WORD, etc.) in-person and meet their teachers. The important thing from their perspective is that students have a plan – whether it’s back to school or work or learning the language or basic literacy (including mathematical literacy). For some students their plan is “independence”. For these learning challenged students they create a pathway to independence. Jeff’s Department works with the Hamilton Rotary Club and Cathy Wever School to offer the “Core Kids” program. These include both after school and summer programs.

On Tuesday, July 24 Bob Morrow provided the club with an overview of the Paul Harris Award. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Bob's presentation from Tuesday can be found here
The St Mark's Sunrise Community Garden continues to grow like crazy...and loads of fresh produce is being provided to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Dundas! 
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Niki Sinha
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