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The guest speaker on May 15th was Sharyn Hall. The Reverend Canon Sharyn Hall is an Associate Priest at Christ’s Church Cathedral Hamilton and a member of Synod Council for social justice issues. Sharyn lives in Dundas with her husband Fred Hall who is also a Canon in the Anglican Church. 

The bulk of Sharyn’s presentation is contained in this article: https://niagaraanglican.news/2018/02/05/no-human-being-should-be-bought-or-sold/ 

During her talk, Sharyn mentioned a local group in Waterdown called the “Waterdown Stop Human Trafficking Committee” which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/waterdown.stop.human.trafficking And, here: http://stophumantraffickingwaterdown.blogspot.ca/ 

There is also a national newsletter: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/hmn-trffckng-nwslttr-2014-07/hmn-trffckng-nwslttr-2014-07-eng.pdf

On May 15 our guest speaker was Dr. Tapas Mondal, McMaster University talked about the International Project on CPR – McMaster Global CPR Project 

Dr. Mondal visits India and does community presentations on CPR; heart disease is the leading killer world wide. The demonstrations for lay people to show hem how to do CPR. He has some mannequins’ but needs many more. He mentioned some of the challenges’ in India and other countries around cultural sensitivities - i.e. women are at a great disadvantage because people may not want to give them CPR. Dr. Mondal has a cross appointment with McMaster Engineering. They have modified mannequins equipping them with sensors and have been able to supply some to medical schools in India. 

He is looking for funding to send over hundreds of demonstrational mannequins to India and potentially Africa. He has also made training videos on CPR in English, Bengali, Mandarin, Nigerian and Arabic. Heart disease is becoming rampant in India and China due to the change in diet to include a lot of junk/snack food.

On Tuesday, April 10th we were joined by Cathy Watts from "1 in 4".  Cathy lived in Dundas for 18 years and now resides in Copetown. She is a survivor of domestic abuse.  The organization, 1infour.ca, supports women who have experienced domestic abuse.  Cathy is a quality support nurse at McMaster University.  When she had to leave her home due to domestic violence she spent time at Inasmuch House and at Interval House of Hamilton with her children.  The abuse affected her emotionally and for several years she could not work and thus was on Ontario Works.  She is now back working at McMaster.  

She said the support she received from Interval House of Hamilton was excellent -both in counselling and advocacy services for women and the IHOH Child Youth Program which helped her son deal with his anger.   She also attended Sage Camp run by Good Shepherd.  The 1 in 4  website hosts blogs with the personal stories of domestic abuse survivors and lists local support services available to women.  The organization was founded in 2012 and they have applied for charitable status.  Through McMaster University, they have taken part in research projects with St. Michael’s Hospital and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto around post traumatic stress and narrative exposure therapy.

The club was pleased to present financial support to both Interval House and 1 in 4. 


On Tuesday, April 3, Dr. Ellen Ryan joined us to talked about longevity and factors that contribute to a longer life…and a shorter life. Ellen stated that a maximum lifespan can be up to 120yrs. 

Aging well depends on community wellbeing. Naomi Wingfield lived in Westdale and died at the age of 101. Naomi was Ellen’s mentor. Naomi described Youth as “a flying horse” she said getting old relates to “walking on sand” we slow down and feel every step feeling the sea Shells beneath of feet. 

Dr. Ryan says some key elements to resilient aging include: Engage with life, minimize risk and disability, maximize physical and mental capacity. Volunteering is great for successful aging. 

Connectedness and interdependence – Dr. Ryan says there is a lot of loneliness in our society. As we age we all wonder how our spouses and families will take care of us. Isolation leads to loneliness and loneliness kills. There are illnesses associated with loneliness. A solution to promote healthy aging in our community can include mutual support networks, and innovative housing alternatives. Dr. Ryan points to the village model…there are 200 plus in north America. These communities are self-directed by seniors, include a small membership fees, and include member volunteers. Also, home sharing has been done naturally in the past within families. Now seniors can share their homes (ie: McMaster has a program matching graduate students with community seniors). Other programs are available that match seniors who are looking to share accommodations. 

Lessons learned from the supercentarians… Jerry Friedman (author of wisdom of the worlds oldest people) - sidestepping adversity, optimism, resilience, strong family ties, hard working, faith and humor are keys to a long life.

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.

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