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On November 27th the Sunrise Rotary Club was pleased to present Jim Sweetman with a cheque for $500 to support the Good Food Box program. “Our objective is to get more fresh fruit and vegetables into the hands of Dundas residents," Jim told us". "Where possible we also want to support local farmers thereby increasing our local capacity to produce the food we need.” It has been in operation since January 2011, hence it’ up to 9th consecutive years food box deliveries.

Our speaker on Tuesday, November 27th was Nicole Sinha. Nicole was our representative at RYLA last June in Fredonia New York. Nicole was born and raised in Hamilton and attended Carleton University. 

The RYLA program is an inspiring week-long personal development seminar for young people 19-27 years old. The 40- 45 participants live in a dorm at SUNY and work together for a week in an intensive environment of co-operation and learning for personal development and self-assessment, studying group dynamics, team development and career development. The program is carefully designed to provide leadership training and experience, including lectures and discussion periods with skilled and prominent facilitators, as well as recreation and fellowship. 

At RYLA participants are put on one of four committees. One of the committees, the media committee redesigned the District 7090 RYLA website. Here’s the result: 

For Nicole, going to RYLA gave her a great boost in confidence and direction. She decide to go to Ukraine to work in a non-profit and she decided to go on to grad school. She urged the club to support the local Rotoract Club.

On November 6th, 2018 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club took the day to remember Canada's military history.

Robert Morrow – Opening Remarks – Robert developed todays Remembrance meeting to involve many members of our club. Bob highlighted a portion of the agenda where club members would be invited to share what Remembrance Day means to them and to share family stories of serving in our military. 

Erin Holl – Erin shared an excerpt from a poem by Laurence Binyon. 

Bill Armstrong  – The importance of Remembrance – This year marks the 100th anniversary of remembrance Day. Every year we as Canadians stop to remember the 2,300,000 Canadians who have served. The Legions annual Poppy Fund sells Poppies throughout our community. Proceeds from the sale go to support seniors homes in our community many of which are home to Veterans or spouses of Veterans. Some of the proceeds also go to other worthy causes in our community. 

Ralph Montasanto – Rotary Peace Initiative – Rotarians are known for waging peace throughout the world. Rotary clubs still support their troops when they are needed but strive to promote peace throughout the world. 

Kathy Straub – Kathy shared the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr. 

Club Member Remembrance 

The club took a moment to share some of our own stories.  

  • Bill – Bill’s Father and Father-in-law both served. Bill’s Wife’s Brother-in-law was killed in liberation of Holland. 
  • Phil – Phil’s father was a tail gunner…one of the most dangerous jobs in the Airforce. …his uncle Jim fought in northern Africa and into Europe. 
  • Paul – Paul’s Father-inlaw was in the 1st World War and was a gunner. Paul shared his Officer Declaration Paper with club along with a picture of his father-inlaw in full military uniform (pic attached). Paul was personally a member of the Royal Air Force volunteer force. 
  • Bruce – Bruce’ Grandfather James Eccles fought in World War 1. On October 19, 1918 he was wounded in the back by an exploding bomb. 
  • Dave – Dave’s mother was in active service at the age of 19. She was a radar operator. Dave recalls stories of wounded troops returning from battle and solemn precessions marching through her home town. 
  • Derrick… - Derrick was born in the early part of the second world war…his father was in the Royal Airforce. 
  • Ralph – Ralph reflected back on his trip to Europe where he and Barb visited military cemeteries. Ralph says these cemeteries where absolutely beautiful! As a teacher Ralph read In Flanders Fields. He reflected on a visit to one cemetery after purchasing a copy of In Flanders Fields. As he sat at a grave side…it was an emotional experience not knowing any of those buried. It was a challenge to get through the reading without emotions catching up with him. 
  • Kathy Starodub – Kathy read In Flanders Fields to the club. 

Bob Morrow – Bob talked about the song “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. He encouraged club members to sit and read the words that make up this song and to reflect on those who served. 

Erin Hall – Remembrance 

Club meeting ended with all of us singing Oh Canada!


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:

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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
District Site
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David Carson
Jan 22, 2019
Our Environment
CDR. Robert Williamson (retired)
Jan 29, 2019
It Just Isn't So - debunking popular historical myths
Val Kerr
Feb 05, 2019
Truth and Reconciliation
Cathy Wellwood CDOfficer Good Shepherd
Feb 12, 2019
Update on work in Hamilton