|Exploring Rotary's Council of Legislation||Posted by Marie-Louise Kelday||on Apr 18, 2017||
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.
|Understanding Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Committee||Posted by Phil Wood||on Apr 04, 2017||
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.
|March 28, 2017: Fighting Juvenile Diabetes with Bill Gregory||Posted by Phil Wood||on Mar 28, 2017||
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.
|Niagara Escarpment Through the Lens of Mark Zelinski||Posted by Phil Wood||on Mar 21, 2017||
Our speaker on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 was photographer Mark Zelinski. Mark has written several books that contain his excellent photographs along with additional text. He spent most of his presentation talking about his newest book “Heart of Turtle Island: The Great Escarpment”.
|Acting Locally to Fight Climate Change||Posted by Scott Vance||on Mar 07, 2017||
March 7, 2017 - Dave Carson, club member and Treasurer of Environment Hamilton, presented the club with an update on the Ontario Green Gas Progress Report. Dave's talk built off of a topic that he wrote about recently for the Hamilton Spectator Article. Dave spoke to the progress that has been made so far against the province's plan to reduce Green House Gases by 30% by the end of 2030. Dave noted that this is a low target and even still we are producing 815mega tones of Carbon Dioxide which puts us 55% behind the prediction.
|First Light: Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton||Posted by Phil Wood||on Feb 28, 2017||
On Tuesday, February 28th our guest speaker was Dr. Sid Stacey. Sid is the current Chair of the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton (SPCCH) and facilitated the launch of the city-wide Hamilton Suicide Prevention Strategy in 2010 and also Co-Chairs the LHIN 4 Regional Suicide Prevention Committee. He told us the very tragic story of his own daughter’s suicide which started him advocating for suicide awareness.
|2017 Dundas Valley Winter Carnival||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Feb 27, 2017||
On Monday, February 20th the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club hosted its annual Winter Carnival at the Dundas Driving Park. This awesome event includes horse and buggy rides, cider, free skate rentals, music and more! This year we were blessed to have beautiful weather, warm enough to skate without a toque but cold enough that the ice held together.
|Classification talk from Hugh Boyd||Posted||on Feb 27, 2017||
On Tuesday, February 21 our speaker was the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club's own Hugh Boyd who gave his classification talk.
Hugh’s mother was a nurse and his father a rural planner and was a Rotarian for a short time. He is the Medical Director at St. Joseph’s Villa.Growing up Hugh played most sports but his real love was music. In particular, he loved to play the fiddle.
|Presentation from Mission of Hope||Posted by Phil Wood||on Feb 14, 2017||
On Tuesday, February 14th we had the pleasure of inviting speakers Russ and Karen Beaurivage . Russ is an OPP officer (and also a pilot) and Karen is a legal assistant in Hagersville. For the last several years they have been involved in various Haiti missions starting with short term missions from 2009-2012. In 2013, Russ became head of the vehicle and ground maintenance at the Mission of Hope in Haiti. During that stint they were asked to take on the interim Directorship of Tytoo Gardens which was nearby. Tytoo gardens has a very interesting history which can be read about here: http://www.tytoogardens.com/history/. Tytoo Gardens is an orphanage the operates a transitions program which tries to re-connect children with families. Many of the residents are not true orphans but their families simply cannot support them. It also has a medical clinic which is the only one in the community. It is Haitian run with Haitian doctors. Tytoo also provides an elder care program which provides food twice per month for older community members.
Russ is rebuilding an aircraft that he uses for his working with Aviation Ministries in Haiti. He says that the cheque the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club presented to him with just about cover the cost of the flight to Haiti (where plane fuel is extremely expensive).
|Rotary visit to Graham & Brooks||Posted by Janet Southall||on Feb 07, 2017||
On February 7 the club had the pleasure of visiting Graham & Brooks store on Main St. Dundas.
Mary Lou introduced Lorna and John, owners of Graham and Brooks since 2015. Both spoke about the development of their business with chalk painting lessons on Sundays to architectural salvaging at its heart. An incredible variety of old and new in 3 rooms, The Rough House, at the back, having just opened. John loves to salvage and scavenge, from old barns to churches and schools being torn down (All Saints, Parkside). Lorna is the paint expert, leading classes as well as painting for others who bring pieces into the store and she demonstrated chalk painting chairs for us in a matter of minutes. Their most recent project is increasing their social media presence. Look for on-line shopping in the spring!
Don thanked our hosts and we left to brave the elements!
|Classification Talk from Derek Dix||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Jan 31, 2017||
On January 31, 2017 a small group of Rotarians had the pleasure of hearing from new member Derek Dix.
Derek told us about his adventures heading to New Zealand as a young man with nothing more than the pack on his back...and no place to stay. Everything worked out well for him though and he landed himself work at a security firm...while he spent the days working he spent every weekend skiing.
Derek also shared his experiences as a competitive curler where he would play 5 - 7 games a week. Derek met his wife Leah through curling and together they have 2 fantastic kids, Marjorie and Graham. These days Derek spends more time in the wood shop than on the ice. His current hobby is woodturning and he enjoys being a member of the Golden Horseshoe Woodturner's Guild.
As owner of Dundas Lock and Key Derek also shared with us some of the work being done in the locksmith industry to ensure all of our safety. Most interestingly there is work being done to "certify" locksmiths to ensure that the people you are trusting with your homes security are trustworthy. We all sat up and took notice when Derek mentioned that the number one college course in Ontario prisons is the locksmithing programme!!
|January 24: Dundas and the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park||Posted||on Jan 25, 2017||
On Tuesday, January 24th Dr Galbraith, Head of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens, spoke to us about the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park project. Dr Galbraith described the rare and wonderful asset that we have right here in Dundas.
The Dundas Valley is a glacial re-entrant valley; in places over 600 feet of sediment is present.
The area was celebrated for its natural beauty by early settlers but it was the actions of community leaders in the 1920’s (Thomas McQuestern, McMaster University, Hamilton Naturalists) that paved the way for its preservation from airports, roads and other development. More recently, the idea of the Eco Park came from collaboration of many agencies in Hamilton and Burlington, eventually resulting in a 2009 Strategic Plan proposal to create the Eco Park. You can learn more about the project at their website http://www.cootestoescarpmentpark.ca.
10 organizational partners continue to work together to develop 4,700 acres, acquire more land and protect the natural spaces in the Eco Park. The arrival of bald eagles in the park 3 years ago celebrates the areas ecology and proves that recovery of a damaged environment can be done.
|Jan 17: Club Assembly||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jan 17, 2017||
The program on January 17th, 2017 was a club assembly addressing both Local and International service projects. The discussion included:
|Jan 10: Innovating for Social Good||Posted||on Jan 09, 2017||
On Tuesday, Jan 10 Art Sampson introduced the speaker Randy Hendriks (but not before he apologized for being late).
Randy has had an interesting career. He is presently Executive Director, Social Impact Enterprises at Innovation Factory where he provides “oversight and guidance to Social Impact Enterprises ongoing projects, organization team members, impactstore.ca, non-profits and social enterprise consulting clients, and grass-roots community groups seeking mentoring and guidance.”
Randy's path to this position has been interesting. He did Civil Engineering at Mohawk College before getting a Bachelor of Theology degree at the University of Ottawa and then a Doctorate in Theology at Acadia University. Along the way he was a campus chaplain and a pastor before working with Wells of Hope in Niagara. At Wells of Hope he often dealt with the Rotary Club of Niagara on the Lake.
Randy spoke to us about business models for Social Innovation where common good is a key component of a company's operations . Examples include the Gameen bank which makes micro loans to women and the local 541 Eatery & Exchange which uses a button system to allow customers to pay meals forward.
He spoke about new funding options for social enterprises including crowd funding and the SVX stock exchange. In the new models for successful innovation, enterprises need to be sustainable, have measureable goals, have partners and be fiscally prudent.
|The 2016 Dundas Valley Sunrise Auction||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Dec 12, 2016||
Bright and early Tuesday morning the club gathered at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club for our annual holiday auction. With the incomparable auctioneering skills of Bruce Eccles and the Price is Right Display skills of Roger Stewart a very fun time was had by all.
The highlight of the day was the heated bidding war between Carl Fraser and Jessica Brennan over a beautiful picture of two girls playing piano. In the end Carl won the prize...but turned right around to make it a gift for Jessica.
The auction (which is composed of donations made by club members) collected nearly $4,000 with an additional $565 donated by members to St. Matthews House. Between the auction and personal donations our club is able to contribute $2,547.50 to St. Matthews House this year.
Another $1,982.50 will be donated to The Rotary Foundation of Canada for Polio Plus. These funds will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…making our total contribution $5,947.50!
|Visit from Dan Miller, Salvation Army||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Nov 28, 2016||
On Tuesday, November 29th Dan Millar, Area Director of Public Relations joined us for breakfast.
Dan provided an interesting talk and presentation about the very very very many good things that the Salvation Army does locally and across Canada. Dan shared a video called "One Day of Hope" that showed just a few of the things that happen each and every day thanks to the Salvation Army. The video is very inspiring and can be found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEwpECtctGI). Through this day by day commitment the Salvation Army helps 1.5Million people every year!
Just a few of the things that the Salvation Army undertake locally are:
|Tour of Harry Howell Arena||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Nov 21, 2016||
After a presentation from Shirley Molloy on fundraising for the Rotary Foundation the club had the opportunity of touring the Harry Howell Arena, which due to construction at Grightmire Arena, will be the venue for our Lobster & Ribfest in 2017.
The tour highlighted a much bigger space and a great setting for a very fun evening. Following this tour the club left excited for this change!
A SPACEMAN VISITS SUNRISE ROTARY
|Posted by Dave Carson||on Nov 14, 2016||
Our Club had the honour of a visit and presentation from Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert (Bob) Thirsk on November 15th.
A record turnout of Rotary members and guests at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club was accompanied with 24 students with their teachers from eight local schools.
Dr Thirsk was introduced by Club member Bob Morrow, who had met Dr Thirsk though work on the Tomatosphere project.
Dr Thirsk is a much honoured Canadian Space Agency Astronaut. He was selected in 1983 for the Canadian Astronaut program and trained for, and participated in, many parts of the Shuttle and International Space Station programs over the next 26 years. He retired from the Agency in 2012 and is currently the Chancellor of the University of Calgary.
In 1996 Bob flew as a payload specialist aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-78 and during the 17 day mission he and his six crewmates performed 43 international experiments devoted to life and materials sciences.
We heard about experiments that could only be performed due to zero gravity – making pure semi-conductor crystals – and others that had important impacts on long term space travel. Bones can “demineralize” during space travel, essentially causing osteoporosis, and the astronauts took part in experiments to minimize this. In part, they had to exercise two hours a day to avoid potential bone loss which had potential to cause bone fractures during the rough ride of re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
That was just a short trip.
In 2009 Bob flew a long duration mission in the International Space station. For 3000 Orbits, over six months, Bob and his five crewmates ate freeze dried food, drank recycled water and slept in a sleeping bag in order to perform an unprecedented amount of multi-disciplinary research and complex robotic operations.
We were all impressed with the fantastic amount of continuous learning that Dr Thirsk undertook through this intense period. He must have inspired the students who were present. They were given the opportunity to question him on his education, his ambition, his emotions, and his appreciation of Star Trek.
Dr Thirsk was thanked by our own Dr Phil Wood (not an astronaut) and presented with a gear wheel from the Canadarm as a memory of his visit to our Club.
|October 25: Neighbour 2 Neighbour Hamilton Mountain||Posted by Phil Wood||on Oct 24, 2016||
On October 25, 2016 Rachel O’Reilly, who is responsible for communications and development, joined us to share her perspective on Neighbour 2 Neighbour. N2N started as a food bank but has become more of a multi service social agency. For a statement from N2N’s Executive Director, Denise Arkell, click on this link: http://www.n2ncentre.com/about/.
There is much more information about N2N on their website: http://www.n2ncentre.com/. The 3 main pillars of N2N are Food Access (including a food bank, community garden, community kitchen, Christmas program and home delivery), Family Services (including settlement, for women, health services, financial advice and community counselling) and Education Services (which includes a parent tutoring program and math success program). So far this year the education program has helped 228 kids.
|Oct 18: Guest Speaker Dr. Malcolm Sears||Posted by Phil Wood||on Oct 17, 2016||
Our October 18th guest speaker was Dr. Malcolm Sears who spoke on “Allergy and Asthma Research”. Dr. Sears is the Director of the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health. He is a native of New Zealand and has been a professor at McMaster since 1990. His bio and research interests can be viewed here: http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/medicine/respirology/faculty_member_sears.htm
He is director of the CIHR/AllerGen funded Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study following over 3000 infants from pregnancy to age 5 years. He spoke to us about the CHILD program. A brief description of the CHILD program can be found here.
|Oct 11: Dave Carson speaks about his (small) roll in the evolution of telecommunications||Posted by Phil Wood||on Oct 10, 2016||
President Ross Bannatyne started the Tuesday, October 11 meeting reminding the club of the “Object of Rotary” (in particular #2):
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
Vocational Services Presentation: Dave Carson
Director of Vocational Services, Derek Price, talked about the role of his portfolio. This includes off-site visits (like our most recent visit to the SHED brewery) and speakers on ethics (such as former Dean of Business at McMaster Paul Bates who spoke a couple of years ago). Derek’s idea is to use the “Reclassification” talks to inform new members about the career arcs of older members. These presentations will be in the range of 7-10 minutes and will typically arise during scheduled times for classification talks or spontaneously if a scheduled speaker is unable attend.
The speaker this morning was Dave Carson. Dave titled his talk: “My Information/Telecommunications journey – a tooth on the smallest cog of technology change”. He graduated in 1969 and started his first job at the British Motor Company the same year. That is also where he began working with computer systems.
From 1969-1976 he worked with three different companies developing and implementing computer systems. He came to Canada in 1976 (along with more than 20 other Brits) to work with Bell Canada and Northern Telecom. His project was the first all-digital telephone switch.
He left for Saudi Arabia in November of 1980 and spent three and a half years there building a new telephone system with Bell Canada International. He was back in Saudi in 1987-88 working for Saudi Telecom. Bell spun off their computer systems department to form a separate company.
In 1996 Bell sold the company to CGI. At CGI outsourcing consulting became his business. Setting up help desks for companies became a core business. He travelled overseas again in 2000-2001 to spend 15 months working in Portugal – again setting up help desks.
He continued working with CGI working on outsourcing and setting up help desks until his retirement in 2010.
Oct 4: 7090 District Conference
|Posted by Phil Wood||on Oct 03, 2016||
Due to a death in her family, our speaker, Melissa Schrock, was unable to attend the October 4 rotary meeting. Bob Morrow introduced our own Ralph Montesanto to talk about Rotary and the upcoming conference in Batavia, NY. Ralph was the Charter President of our club in 2000 and is presently the Vice Governor in District 7090.
Ralph had just attended the Zone Institute in Winnipeg where the topic was human rights. He had the opportunity to hear Desmond tutu’s daughter speak on the topic of girl’s education in Africa. It’s typical for boys to go to school but not girls. There is a girls’ high school in Malawi that is supported by Rotary.
Ralph spoke about the District Conference in Batavia New York which takes place from October 21-23. More information is available here: http://www.districtconference7090.org/. There are 69 clubs in District 7090. We are in Area 3 where Allyson Wenzowski (from the noon club) is the Area Governor for the four local clubs. Both Bob Morrow and Ralph talked about how enjoyable they have found previous conferences. Bob will be doing a wine tasting seminar on the Friday evening. There are various sessions on the Saturday and on Sunday there will be a memorial service for Rotarians who have passed away in the last year.
Rotary Morning at the Shawn & Ed Brewery
|Posted by Mieke Ewen||on Sep 12, 2016||
On Tuesday, September 13th the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club had the pleasure of visiting the Shawn and Ed Brewery on Hatt St. Ed Madronich was kind enough to give us a history lesson on the brewery...which has had previous lives as a foundry, bus depot and curling rink. Ed spoke lovingly of the restoration of the building, making efforts wherever possible to keep the original structure or to recreate in a way more consistent with what would be historically accurate.
It was a great morning and fun field-trip. Thanks to Shirley Molley and Bob Morrow for arranging the early morning breakfast!
Shredding Day October 15
|Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 10, 2016||
Start putting all your old files and documents together for the fall Shredding Day. Watch them be safely destroyed! Eccles Auto 200 King St. W. Dundas on October 15 from 9 AM to 1 PM. $7 for a small bank box. Funds raised go to support the many local and international Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club causes including the world wide eradication of polio.
Visit from Marlee Diehl, District Governor
|Posted by Scott Vance||on Sep 05, 2016||
On Tuesday, Sept 6 we were visited by District Governor Marlee Diehl. Marlee asked us to look at ourselves, ask who are we and what are our goals as Rotarians. As Rotarians we have the ability to change destiny! She asked us to think outside the box when it comes to new members and suggested starting a spark by trying a Satellite Club evening.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Rotary and Marlee encouraged us to come up with a Centennial fund raiser. She also stated that Rotary is ranked #5 in the top 10 foundations.
Marlee spoke about our battle against Polio. Noting that we are almost there! Last year there were just 3 cases in Afghanistan, 16 in Pakistan and 2 cases in Nigeria. With a final push we can see polio a thing of the past!
Lastly Marlee spoke about the International Conference in Batavia. Details include a Friday night Tailgate Party, Haunted tour and Wine tasting. Saturday is all about Rotary with seminars, and a bike-a-thon. We will also be assembling 50,000 dry meal packages to donate to the community and local food banks.
At the end of Marlee's presentation Club President Ross Banatyne and Past President Shirley Molley presented he with a check to the Rotary Foundation for $5000.00.
Ed Madronich: Introduction to Micro-Brewing in Dundas
|Posted by Don Davidson||on Aug 29, 2016||
Ed Madronich, Hamilton native and owner of Flatrock Cellars winery in Jordan shared the pains and pleasures of opening the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. on Hatt street in the heart of Dundas.
Ed has a background as a manager at Inniskillin vinyards in Niagara on the Lake and the experience gained there led him to open Flatrock Cellars which has had a successful history since opening in 1999. Ed loves what he does at Flatrock however this didn’t stop him from pursuing another passion to open a micro-brewery with his friend Shawn. The two came up with the idea 5 years ago. After a plan was in place, the next step was to find a location for the brewery. This came to light when Ed and his wife drove by the Crockford building on Hat Street and thought “what a great place for a brewery.” All Ed had to do was sell his idea to Bob Crockford which he did and the building of Shawn & Ed Brewing Company had begun. Rob Creighton was hired as the brewmaster and the best equipment was purchased to begin the brewing of some of the areas best beer.
The Shawn & Ed focus is within the Dundas community and Ed says the community support has been tremendous…not to mention a hottest summer on record that has created a great thirst! One of the greatest challenges to the opening of Shaun & Ed Brewing Co. was the city of Hamilton, which likes to make most things difficult. J
If you are a wine drinker, don’t expect to find Flatrock Cellars wines being served at the Shawn & Ed location. The LCBO has a monopoly on alcohol sales and unfortunately controls all aspects of wine sales. Therefore, wine cannot be served without a special events license.
Filomena Tassi: The Life of a New MP
|Posted by Derek Price||on Aug 22, 2016||
One August 23, 2016 Filomena gave the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club a presentation offering insight into who she is, what motivates her, how she got into Politics and a little of what it is like to be a new Member of Parliament. It was an interesting and captivating presentation that involved telling us many stories of events in her life from five year’s old up to the present. If you were absent today go Listen to Filomena when you get the opportunity.
Filomena is a proud Hamiltonian, the daughter of a Steelworker raised in a family that knew the meaning of hard work. She grew up in Hamilton and only left the City when she went to University. Filomena obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from The University of Waterloo and then studied at Western University where she obtained her Law Degree.
Judy Rickey, Clutter Relief Services
|Posted by Phil Wood||on Aug 15, 2016||
Guest speaker Judy Rickey, owner of Clutter Relief Services offered the club tips and tricks for keeping the clutter at bay.
Judy, who identifies as a “professional organizer", pointed out that many people hang on to too many things for far too long. Often the items belong to their children (who have long ago moved away) and may hold sentimental value. They feel that items may be worth something someday but aren’t aware of modern ways if selling things online (e.g. Kijiji, Craigslist).
Unfortunately, excess clutter can become a fire or mould hazard. It’s attractive to rodents and insects. It can strain relationships within families and, in extreme cases, can become overwhelming and lead to anxiety and depression.
Judy gave several hints for reducing clutter: for example, one in one out; keep a donation box handy; ask yourself – do you love it, do you use it? Do you need it? If all else fails she offers her services at the website above. Her company provides free assessments.
|Club Assembly - Members||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Aug 08, 2016||
On August 9, 2016 the club held an assembly on membership.
Ralph Montesanto and Jan Southall shared the results of an informal club survey and new Rotary membership rules. It was noted that as a way of encouraging buys professionals to participate Rotary has become more relaxed on the traditional rules about attendance.
The club survey found that:
Ralph Montesanto and the Membership Committee (Steve Roblin, Marnee Maroes, Grant Armstrong and Jan Southall) then lead the club through a brainstorming of ways to engage new leaders to join Rotary. Through this the club identified a desire for more social activities that break the traditional meeting mold, the importance of having interesting speakers and inviting non-members to join, and the importance of not overwhelming members.
The Membership Committee will take this feedback and consider a plan forward.
Next week: Reclaim your space by clearing the clutter with Judy Rickey
|Presentation from Russ King - President of AED4LIFE and BERRN Consulting||Posted by Shirley Molloy||on Aug 04, 2016||
On August 2, 2016 the Dundas Rotary Sunrise Club received a presentation from Russ King, President of AED4LIFE and BERRN Consulting. Russ was introduced by Rotarian, and Russ' Father-in-Law, Robert Morrow.
Russ’s business is Automated External Defibrillators. Russ is also Deputy Chief of EMS for Brant County.
|July 26: Presentation from Brent Bentham||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jul 25, 2016||
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Assistant Crown Attorney, Brent Bentham joined us as guest speaker. Brent prosecutes all manner of offenses, not just drug related ones. Most of his work is done outside of the courtroom. Later this morning he was off to Bail Court where the cases come fast and furious.
Brent spoke at length about the “plea bargaining” process. (In a plea bargain, the defendant pleads guilty hoping to achieve a reduced sentence). He works with defence counsel and witnesses to attempt to work out a resolution to a case to save court time and money. He noted that there are many fewer jury trials these days. He also spoke very highly of the Victim Assistance Program with is a fairly new but very valuable service.
Rotarian Phil Wood worked closely with Brent and his office after a deliberately set fire at McMaster's Brandon Hall Residence in October 2008.
|July 19: The One About Rotary Youth Leadership Award||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jul 18, 2016||
On Tuesday, July 19 Rebecca Hicks joined us to tell us about her experiences at the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program in Fredonia NY. Rebecca is a graduate of McMaster University in history and is presently piecing together a career that consists of working with Westfield Heritage Village, the City of Hamilton and the Dundas Museum. Her work is in historical interpretation.
Rebecca gave an invigorating presentation expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to attend RYLA and for the financial support of the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club. At RYLA there were several workshops in learning styles, trust building, public speaking, personal values and ethics and career development. Her main takeaway was a way to improve her adaptability during negotiations or interactions with other people or groups.
She shared a humorous story about the pitfalls of poor communication (check it out for yourself here). While at RYLA Rebecca made contact with several “inspiring individuals” that she will remain in contact with. We look forward to hearing more from Rebecca in the future!
|July 12: Happy Dollars & Announcements||Posted||on Jul 11, 2016|
|Stewards of Cootes clean Up||Posted by Mieke Ewen||on Jun 26, 2016||
Mieke Ewen, director of service projects for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, presents a cheque to Alan Hansell, executive director of Stewards of Cootes Watershed, during its recent shoreline clean up. Here is Alan's reply:
Thanks so much for joining us on Sunday and mucking right in. I have to say that you really seem to be one of us and you would be most welcome to join us anytime and yes please bring your boys.
I would particularly like to extend our thanks through you to the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club for its generous donation. Please know that these funds will serve an important aid in allowing us to continue our work in cleaning the Cootes Watershed in Dundas.
With great thanks,
|Meeting of June 21, 2016||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jun 22, 2016||
Ross was on desk, Shirley the greeter, Phil the recorder and Ernie the sergeant-at-arms. Joe Morgan the club's youth exchange student was the guest speaker.
Ernie went to the closet for a sporty, purple sport coat. It drew comments from George (who claimed that his mother made him a jacket once that may have looked worse) and Carl.
Bill and Marilyn and Joe and Anne are both celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary today (June 21st). Grant also announced that it will be Marilyn’s birthday on Friday.
Mieke’s 16th anniversary is also this week (Friday).
Harold is heading out to Punta Cana for a destination wedding. Looking for even more heat.
Joe is just back from a three week tour around the Great Lakes.
Wayne got together with his three brothers over the weekend and caught an 8 pound pike.
Marie-Louise was very happy about her husband’s recovery from his cancer treatment as well as her own successful surgery.
Carlotta is happy to have her mother and sisters visiting from Mexico
Bob is finishing his 3 year term as assistant governor.
Steve announced the birth of his daughter Victoria – born on Victoria Day on Victoria Street
Shirley is happy to finishing her role as President of our club. Her husband is about to assume the Presidency of his Rotary club.
Bob Morrow put forth a motion for the club to spend up to $1500 for a monitoring system to accompany tomato seeds to the International Space Station. The apparatus will have the Rotary logo on it. If all goes according to plan this will be a far out international service experience!
The noon club has invited us to a social that they are hosting at the SHED Brewery Thursday, June 23.
Next Tuesday, June 28th will be our annual BBQ. It will be at Joe Guedes’s house – 15 Fleming Ave, Dundas, beginning at 6:00 p.m. If you were absent from today's meeting please email Jessica and tell her if you will be attending and if steak or salmon is your dinner choice. There is no cost to attend as your weekly happy dollars are covering any expenses.
Bob Morrow took us through a brief history of the Rotary Foundation – started by Arch Klumpf in 1917 – and Paul Harris as a prelude to presenting two Paul Harris awards to former history teachers, Ernie Romain and Art Sampson
Steve introduced Joe Morgan our youth exchange student who is going to Japan. Following his presentation Shirley thanked Joe and presented him with a club banner.
|Joe Morgan Rotary Youth Exchange Student||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jun 22, 2016||
Joe Morgan, a 16 year old student at St. Mary’s high school is our club’s outgoing Youth Exchange student. He will be heading to Japan in August and is busily learning some Japanese as everything he does in Japan will be in Japanese. Joe first heard about about RYE when a club representative made a presentation at his grade school graduation. He is from a large Dundas family (7th of 9 kids) and his family has had some exposure to Japan through the Kids For Kaga Program. (Kaga is a Japanese city that has been twinned with Dundas and is a short distance from his exchange city of Kanazawa).
Joe took us through some of his training experiences. The first was in Algonquin Park in the middle of winter. Approximately 20 students slept in a one room cabin on a single long bed. Their outdoor training involved them developing their leadership and communication skills as well as several trust building activities – all at -20 degrees. The second training was a day long event at Niagara College and the third was in Jamestown New York. The last training involved both outbound students like Joe as well as exchange students presently here. He said that it was his first taste of what “exchange” would be like.
|Eco Park Benches Installed||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 15, 2016||
From workshop construction to installation at the Eco Park, Ken Beel, Derek Price and Bill Stewart have been driving forces behind the work. Ken and Derek build the forms for the new benches.
Ken, Bill, Ralph Montesanto and Ross Bannatyne pour concrete into the forms.
The Eco Park work is a joint project by the two Dundas Rotary clubs.
|McMaster Engineering Honours Phil Wood||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 15, 2016||
Check this out for full details.
|Meeting of June 14, 2016||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jun 15, 2016||
Ernie went to his granddaughter’s track and field meet where she was quite successful. He advised all of the kids to become “Highland Hawks”.
Dave Carson has a new dog, and Irish Red/White Setter that he has named Bristol.
Grant’s son and Bill’s grandson (often our mascot Robear) won the junior football championship representing the Dundas Valley Secondary School Gryphons (aka the Highland Hawks). Jessica was quick to correct Ernie (and other former “Highlanders” of the new name).
Ralph talked about the $250 donation that we made to the sea cadets (also $250 from the noon club) for their help at the Lobsterfest. Wayne just bought a new car and apparently walked all the way to Kensington market in spite of that purchase.
Alycia (visiting for the meeting) has her baby due at the end of August. Her husband Matt is about to step down as president of his Rotary Club.
Shirley is also happy to be stepping down as our President as her husband will become the President of the Waterdown club.
Phil has just returned from a two week trip to England where he attended his niece’s wedding in Wiltshire. He was also honoured by the McMaster Engineering Department.
Mieke and her family visited Able Sail on the weekend and made a presentation on the club's behalf.
Our own Bill Armstrong was then introduced to give his classification talk once again. Scott Vance, who was sponsored by Bill, thanked him for a most interesting review of his life and career.
|Bill Armstrong Reminisces||Posted by Phil Wood||on Jun 15, 2016||
Bill talked about his rewarding career with the RCMP. He was born in Saskatchewan in 1944. His father was in the Air Force and his mother’s family were farmers. Bill grew up on bases all over the country and joined the RCMP in 1964. He joined Rotary in 2001 courtesy of sponsor Ralph Montesanto. He first met his wife Marilyn as child. They won first prize as a bride and groom in a Halloween costume contest when they were about 5 years old. Their families moved apart soon after though.
His family moved to Camp Borden and as a teenager he met Bobby Curtola. Bill was active in Cubs and youth groups and then trained in Ottawa for the Mounties in 1964 and had a 32 year career with the RCMP. He was initially stationed on Vancouver Island and very soon after his arrival played an instrumental role in solving a murder. It was on vacation in Belleville that he re-met Marilyn and they were soon married. At the time he was stationed in Prince Rupert. Their first child, Theresa, was born in BC and was followed by Grant and Lynne.
During his time with the RCMP he spent some time in England working on a large car theft case. In the early 80s he was working in Windsor and collaborated with the FBI on a case that was related to the Air India case. As a reward for the work that they did on another case with international implications he and his family were given a trip to the White House. After retiring from the RCMP Bill worked in Security Services at McMaster.
|Able Sail||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 15, 2016||
Mieke Ewen, community services director for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club connected with Able Sail, and asked if she could come to see their program and present a cheque.....they said sure! They invited Mieke and her family to their open house – which turned out to be a large Hamilton Yacht Club event, including the mayor of Hamilton and Burlington racing. Mike was then asked to speak about why Able Sail fits with the Rotary mission....so a short speech, cheque presentation and a couple hours later.....
|Dundas SeaHawks Special Olympics Swim Team||Posted by Miele Ewen||on Jun 09, 2016||
Sharing a 'big thank you' from the Dundas Seahawks Special Olympics swim team. Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, Community Service, recently supported 4 local swimmers for their Provincial Spring Games. The 4 competitors were awarded 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and one a personal best time.
|Jan South Classification Talk||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Jun 09, 2016||
Almost exactly 14 years ago (June 4, 2002), Jan became a Rotarian. Since then, she has taken on many leadership position in our club, including President. Jan began by illustrating her family’s very deep roots in Dundas and their strong commitment its community life. Jan grew up downtown Dundas, one of five children (1 boy and 4 girls). Both parents were involved in town politics and community life and encouraged Jan and her siblings to do the same. Jan’s father held many elected positions, including Regional Councillor. After he retired, her mother became Councillor for Dundas. The family was always involved in election campaigns and canvassed probably every single house in town many times. Jan’s brother became a member of Flamborough Council.
Although Jan herself has not (yet?) gone into politics, her political background has served Jan well with all her work in School Board Administration and in volunteer organizations.
Despite becoming a well-respected educator and Administrator, Jan by her own account was not a good student and did not become so until she got to university. But first she got her “basic” training and started teaching at Dundas Central when she was 19 years old. After a number of years there, she resigned to attend university.
With degree in hand, Jan started a long successful career, first as a guidance counsellor at Ancaster Senior, then teaching at Ancaster High and eventually working for the Board in curriculum development, interacting with Ministry staff.
Somewhere along the way, Jan had a lovely daughter, got a Master’s Degree and was a Principal for 16 years. After retirement, she’s been mentoring and coaching new Principals and involved in teacher education.
Jan outlined some of the challenges she faced, often being the first female in a position. She frequently received feedback that it was too soon or she was too young to take on the new responsibility. Jan said that they may have been right but she did it anyway and learned along the way. Jan described the circumstance of being part of Wentworth County which surrounded the Hamilton Board. And how very different the two Boards were. Things got really interesting when the two school boards amalgamated. Jan felt that staff from both Boards worked diligently in blending the two organizations together.
Jan passed along four lessons: (1) listen (2) empathize and understand (3) know that everyone has at least a few second chances and (4) keep on learning.
In the question and answer period, Jan was asked if she prefers the way Dundas is now to the way it was when she was growing up. Jan said that she doesn’t think that way. Each period has its own energy and character. She does notice that when she grew up there were over 50 kids living in her neighbourhood. There is nowhere near that many now.
Ralph thanked Jan for her presentation, recognizing her accomplishments and appreciating her leadership. Her talk reminded him that he was the one who had filled in for Jan when she was on leave with her daughter Jenn.
|Meeting of June 7, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Jun 09, 2016||
Derek Dix joined 23 of our members for our breakfast meeting. Shirley Molloy was the Greeter and Wayne Massey took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. Happy Dollars: Ernie regaled us with colourful stories of his recent trip up north. Scott proudly reported how well his daughters did at a recent dance recital. And how thankful he was that his bike was found after falling off the roof of his car.
Art enjoyed his recent trip to eastern Canada but found the maps inadequate. He appealed to New Brunswick-born Carl for an explanation. Carl simply replied that he himself didn’t need a map because he knew where he was going.
Mieke’s daughter was also in the dance recital. Her family enjoyed the recent Buskerfest especially as one of her sons busked by hip-hop dancing and doing “the worm”.
Wayne reported that at the annual Massey Family Golf Tournament held in memory of Wayne’s father went well. Wayne and his son won.
Dave had a Big Thank You for all those who gave a hand, time, tools and machinery over three days last week to dig the posts and put up the fence around the community garden. After the meeting Ralph drove past the garden and the children from the day care where planting their garden.
Bruce was pleased that the Stag and Doe for his daughter was fun and successful. Shirley was simply happy to be sitting at the Happy Table.
|Meeting of May 31, 2016||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Jun 01, 2016||
Mary Lou Emmet was greeter, Grant Armstrong was on desk and Barb Busing was recorder.
Today 21 Rotarians and 3 guests were present. We welcomed Josh Campbell from Scotia Bank,
Derek Dix from Dundas Lock and Key, and our guest speaker Gillian Chan.
There were many Happy Dollars today as we celebrated another successful Lobsterfest: in summary thanks to all who sold tickets, got and/or were sponsors, brought items in for the Silent Auction, bought raffle tickets, sat on the committee or volunteered time at the event. It was a well organized and well attended happening! Other Happy Dollars were in celebration of Glen's 78th Birthday!
Welcome back to Mary Lou, and congratulations to Jessica's husband who retired from McMaster and was celebrated last Friday after a distinguished career in Economics. Ralph also thanked Josh Campbell from Scotia Bank a Platinum sponsors for the Lobsterfest, Wayne for installing a new Rotary sign on Governors Road, and reminded us of a memorial golf Tournament on June 15th for which he has more information. Grant was thankful that his son is learning the value of community service,
with a shout out to Grandpa Bill's role modelling too. Dave Carson thanked Roger for the use of his post digger later this morning, to dig 44 holes to fence in the Community Garden.
Shirley thanked Ralph and Glen in particular for their efforts to make the Lobsterfest so successful. Wayne was happy his brother also had a birthday yesterday and that he is closing today on the sale of his former mother-in-law's house.
Derek enjoyed the sound of "Ernest" versus "Ernie" which he considered worthy of a Happy Dollar.
Mieke asked us to vote to support sending a donation of $1000.00 to the Bob Kemp Hospice. All were in favour.
Jessica then introduced our guest speaker, Gillian Chan.
After an interesting discussion on what a writer of novels does, Bob Morrow thanked Gillian.
|Gillian Chan Dundas Author of Young Adult Novels||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Jun 01, 2016||
Gillian Chan is a Dundas resident and author of many short stories and books for young adults. Gillian was an engaging speaker who clearly loves words and can both write and speak with eloquence. She gave us insight into how she became a writer. Her experience was that first she loved reading (no TV) and made use of the local libraries. She loved making up stories from a young age and listening to those of her father with his WW2 experiences, as well as her mother's South African/Irish life events. Like an athlete she noted that writing takes discipline and practice. Mornings are spent asking questions, and writing, while afternoons are for research on the questions, and many times, tearing up previous work and starting over. Gillian noted that stories are an innate part of being human and that we all create stories in our conversations. Stories help us make sense of the world as we may see the world in different time frames or settings, but always from the shared human perspective. Gillian's works include books set in historical contexts as varied as France, Cootes Paradise, L'anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland, and Vancouver - each with a different focus of time, place and history but always with a focus on the story of the lives of her characters. Check out her website www.gillianchan.com
|Victoria Day Fireworks||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 28, 2016||
The biggest crowd ever (The Hamilton Spectator estimated close to 19 000) enjoyed a beautiful evening of explosive delight as the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and The City of Hamilton put on a spectacular 25 minute fireworks display at the Dundas Driving Park.
Bands, food trucks, mascots and a stilt walker gave visitors plenty of diversion until the fireworks went off at 9:35 p.m.
Thank you to all those visitors who made contributions to the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club as they entered the park. The funds will help support the many local and international service projects the club plans each year.
|Meeting of May 24, 2016||Posted by David Carson||on May 24, 2016||
Greeter: Marie-Louise Kelday; Desk: Derek Price; Sergeant-At-Arms; Ernie Romain.There were 26 members in attendance.
Ernie celebrated 2 wins by the Raptors and the fact that it was 41 years to the day he was hired to work at Highland School. On the subject of basketball, Jessica noted she was on the high school basket ball team and Bob Morrow reminisced he had once coached a Kenyan team to great defensive game, giving up only 10 points…unfortunately loosing 10-8. Phil and Barb Wood are off to a wedding in the UK.
Several members celebrated the successful fireworks event; Bill Armstrong had no security issues;
George thanked all for the work done to close off by midnight and then clean up the park in one hour on Monday morning. Mieke had a weekend fishing (or threading worms for the kids) and arrived back to join the gate collection crew; Ralph showed her boys how to be a great salesman.
Ralph has a new Rotary sign to put up on the Service Club Board on Governors Road (Wayne and he put it up after the meeting).
Bob Morrow showed a picture the club is presenting to Kevin Crouse on Tuesday during the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club meeting in thanks for his contribution to the Club as he heads off to a new home in Nova Scotia.
Lobsterfest Saturday night! Everyone reminded to check their work assignments. Next Tuesday morning a few helpers are needed to install fence posts at the Community Garden. Roger Stewart will be using his machinery to drill the post holes. The Year End BBQ is June 28th at the Guedes.
PROGRAM - Guest Speaker: Bob Morrow
Topic: Times they are a changing’. Bob gave an amusing slide show of pictures and cartoons to show what life was like in 60’s 70’s 80’s and how life is changing today.
You had to be there. No other commentary would do it justice.
|Meeting of May 17, 2016||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on May 17, 2016||
This morning Vlad was the greeter and Harold collected at the desk. Dr. Shankardass from the noon club was a visiting Rotarian.
Sergeant-At-Arms Ernie continued to challenge the members with weekly sports and music trivia; he continued to be impressed with how much we know, especially Art and Bob.
Couldn’t tell if Ernie was happy; he had a pipe burst at his cottage, which sounds not great; but he is getting a new kitchen, which does sound great!
Joe was looking forward to a trip with Anne to Indiana in their RV. He also has an upcoming 70th birthday, and made a Rotary International donation to commemorate this. He also encouraged us all to donate to this worthwhile charity.
Bruce was advertising this morning: he has Stag and Doe tickets for his daughter and her fiancé. He also was selling his dad's minivan, which he says his dad is annoyed about!
Jessica and Shirley are Raptors fans who are looking forward to the game in Cleveland tonight. Go Raptors!
Jessica has done Club Admin for 3 years and has 6 more weeks left. She feels the post is in good hands with the like of Harold, who kept track of her this morning so that all fees were paid.
Incoming president Ross announced that help is needed this weekend in the Rotary garden; there is weeding and clean up to do. He also announced an event Thursday June 23 for both Dundas Rotary clubs at SHED Brewing.
Phil was celebrating several things: his 44th anniversary is on Friday, he is getting a teaching award in engineering tomorrow, and he has a press conference today to introduce the new/old Marauders football coach.
George reminded us all that volunteers are needed for this weekend’s fireworks as well as Lobsterfest on May 28.
Ralph had taken planters on behalf of the club to members who have experienced losses this year, and read their thank you messages to us.
The remainder of the meeting was a club assembly. President Shirley thanked us all for a smooth year. She reminded that our membership goal is off by one as we have gained 3 but lost 1 member; we are encouraged to think of potential members we might invite. Treasurer Ken reported on our finances and our budget; we are in good shape.
A motion was made and carried for the club to contribute $2500 to Fort McMurray disaster relief through the Canadian Red Cross. We all were encouraged to donate individually as well, as donations are matched by the Red Cross.
Mieke reported for Steve (who is at home awaiting an overdue family arrival) about youth services: We are sponsoring a 17 year old male exchange student from France. He is arriving in August, and we are looking for host families.
Mieke reported regarding community service: all donations either completed or underway. She presented a cheque for Ellen Osler Home this morning, which Shirley accepted on their behalf.
Bob reported on international service: An example of one of our projects this year was shipping containers of children's books to Antigua. We also continue to accrue funds for a bigger, furture project.
Ralph reported regarding membership: He encouraged us to look for new members using classifications as a cue. He also reported on PR: He has appreciated the meeting recorder's efforts for First Light, and he sends releases to the Dundas Star.
Jessica deferred a club admin report related to concerns about time.
Shirley reported regarding vocational services: We are continuing vocational meetings quarterly, a recent example being our meeting at St. Joe’s Villa.
Fireworks this weekend: Jan is looking for collections volunteers; please be in touch if you can come out or if you have any leads on volunteers. Please sign in with Derek or in the Zamboni room on the day of; there will be specialty coffee for volunteers at the end of the evening. Bill is overseeing security. There will be food vendors and 25 min of fireworks.
There is a board meeting tonight at Bob's.
|Meeting of May 10, 2016||Posted by Bob Morrow||on May 09, 2016||
It was a wonderful morning …. VERY spring-like and welcoming. We greeted the “family” of Mieke Ewen – her father and her uncle, Thijmen, who was our guest speaker. It was just a lovely morning to celebrate life.
Happy Dollars included:
Bruce- who shot an 81 at Copetown Woods, a score never to be repeated….well done, Bruce.
Mary Lou is back! Looking good, feeling healthy, and welcomed joyously. Derek Price is just back from Europe, visiting his sister. Ken Beel is back from a car ride across much of the US southwest with a focus on Baton Rouge (architecture), San Antonio (engineering) and New Mexico (horseback riding).
Steve Roblin injured his back playing golf on Mothers' Day. His wife says that's why!
It was nice to see five club members attending the Club Leadership Training (aka District Assembly) on the week-end….from all reports it was a huge success.
Kevin Davis from the Brantford AM club brought happiness in that he felt our potatoes were better than those at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. Kevin noted that his namesake – Kevin Crouse – will be moving to Nova Scotia at the end of the month. He also wanted to share with us their new fundraiser and encouraged us to visit the website for their mud run … which they hope to market across Canada [mud run in a box – you had to be there!]
Glen and Bill and Shirley - still looking for volunteers in the kitchen for Lobster Dinner and for serving at the buffet table.
Harold hobbled back after visiting five baseball stadiums in five days
Scott Vance is happy that the skating season is over
Jessica - thanked people for filling in for people this morning on various duties – Bill Armstrong, George Gould, and others
Ken Beel - needs a leader to take over the gate to collect money
Waterdown Rotary Club is sponsoring a golf tournament on June 1 – Carlisle Golf Course – so, all you golf aficionados….please consider joining them for this event. Further details from the lovely Wendy Hickey at 905 – 689 – 3739 or email@example.com
Next week will be a club assembly to focus on the administrivia associated with the Fireworks and the Lobster Dinner.
Next week, on Tuesday evening, is a board meeting at 100 Pleasant Avenue, Dundas, beginning at 6.30 p.m.
|Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project Motherwell Township South Africa||Posted by Bob Morrow||on May 09, 2016||
Our speaker today was Thijmen Van Loenen who chatted about the Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project in Motherwell Township near Port Elizabeth South Africa. The project has two areas of focus – safe guest houses for about 50 children who have been left orphaned and a new school which at the moment has about 50 students.
Thijmen and other friends have been working since 2009 on this “NGO” in the area with the assistance of Tia Wessels, a retired educator; there are many volunteers, both from the Netherlands and in the local area, but funds are needed for the project to continue to grow. The organization also has a Rotary connection in that one of the directors is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth West. For more information check out this website: http://www.udenwereldwijd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Newsletter-January-2016-.pdf
|Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Thank You||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on May 07, 2016||
Art McCabe from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum thanked our club for the contribution we made to their recent project that allowed students to visit the Museum. The project raised $48,000 with nearly half of that coming from 18 service clubs; ours being one of them. In all, 1300 students from 30 schools were able to participate. Art brought some thank you cards from the students for us to see.
|Meeting of May 2, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on May 07, 2016||
Along with 24 of our members, we had two visitors: Art McCabe, from The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum; and Bob Knuckle, our Guest Speaker, from the Dundas Little Theatre.
Shirley Molloy was the Greeter and Don Davidson took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms.
Tracking our snow birds: Bruce is back and Barb is heading out. Happy Dollars: As usual Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, this time giving us grim details of a recent root canal. He was however pleased to see our Guest Speaker Bob Knuckle and recounted a story of four errant students who were pleased to be at Ernie’s school after having been disciplined by Bob.
Bob M. reminded us of the opportunity of donating at least $30 to the Foundation to choose one of his prints.
Art wondered why Ernie hadn’t started his Happy Dollars as he usually does with a story about the Maple Leafs, especially given that for the first time in decades the team was granted the number one pick in the hockey lottery. Dave pointed out that for those who have lost hope in their team to look to the incredible journey of Leicester City to the Premier League title.
Carl is happy to be alive. He lost two friends who were good clients last week and was reflecting on the sadness of that. As a special presentation assistant governor Bob Morrow honoured Carl with his next level of Rotary Foundation support, presenting him with a ruby Paul Harris pin.
After several months in Florida, Bruce was pleased to be home and given the political tone in the United States wanted very much to declare God Bless Canada. Wayne was whining about wine…reminding us to bring in our bottle donations for the Lobsterfest. Barb was pleased that Bruce was back from Florida as she is heading there for three weeks.
Ralph reported on a fox barking in his street early in the morning, perhaps announcing Ralph’s birthday this Thursday. Ralph was also happy about the recent Shredding Project which collected 8000 lbs in paper and raised $3000. Jessica was happy that the Raptors had made it to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs even though they seem to give us heartaches in 4th quarters.
Art McCabe from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum thanked our club for the contribution we made to their recent project that allowed students to visit the Museum.
Announcements: We were reminded to sign up for volunteer duty at Lobsterfest and Fireworks.
|Dundas Little Theatre||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on May 07, 2016||
Bill Armstrong introduced our Guest Speaker, Bob Knuckle. In addition to being the current Chair of the Dundas Little Theatre, Bob has authored 11 books of true crime stories. It was in this capacity that Bill as an RCMP officer and Bob had met. Bob has also written and produced 15 plays. For today’s talk Bob gave us an outline of the history of the Dundas Little Theatre and described an upcoming special event. Dundas Little Theatre first began showing its productions at a local high school in 1960. Eventually an opportunity presented itself in using the old swimming pool site for a theatre. Along with raising over $350,000 in 1978 and having the architect Trevor Garwood-Jones volunteer design, Dundas Little Theatre opened in its new setting in 1980 with a play from Somerset Maugham.
The upcoming special event will be on Saturday June 11th. Called Scenes and Songs there will be snippets of great plays and showtunes. Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator’s theatre critic will be the emceeing the show, taking everyone through the history of theatre. In the question and answer period following Bob’s presentation, Bruce essentially gave a testimonial to Bob’s crime writing, saying that he had read one of his books and simply could not put it down. Bob revealed that he loved the research and interviewing for the books, finding the actual writing a bit lonely.
Bill thanked Bob for his presentation. Bill noted that although the Scenes and Songs show is almost completely sold out, if anyone wants a ticket please contact Bill and he will try to make it happen.
|Shredding Day Success||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 30, 2016||
Over 8000 lbs of documents were shredded and diverted from landfill to recycling. $2967.55 was collected at $7 per box or $6 per box if 5 boxes or more. Many community members gave well in excess of the allotted amount as a donation to Rotary for the work the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club does in the local and international communities. When the $565 rental for the truck is paid, the club will net $2402.55. Community members are already planning for the fall shredding day that will take place in late October or early November.
Thank you to Scott Eccles of Eccles Uptown for the use of his lot and the promotion of the event through his sign. Also thank you to Bruce Eccles for the use of his sign at Eccles Auto Service.
Notice the photos of all the child labour!
Thank you to all the club members who volunteered – Jan, Marie-Louise, Art, Shirley, Bob Neibert, Mieke, Bill, and Ross. Thank you to Bob Morrow and Joe for their efforts and trips to the recycling centre for the many empty boxes that were not shredded. Special thank you to Liam and Elysia, Bill’s grandchildren; to Tim, Ross’ grandson; and to Ethan, Ralph’s grandson.
|Another Successful Shredding Day||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 29, 2016||
Club president Shirley Molloy and Marie-Louise Kelday ran the desk and collected the fee as community members brought their documents to be safely destroyed.
Mieke Ewen and Liam Armstrong unload vehicles and prepare to transport to the shredding truck.
Ethan Stoltz and Joe Guedes prepare boxes to take to the waste transfer station recycling bin.
Dundas resident Carol looks with interest at the live camera of her documents going through the shredder.
Integra Document Destruction operator Shawn shows young Tim how the system works. Over 8000 pounds of documents were safely destroyed and diverted from landfill to recycling. It was amazing how many residents did not ask for change from the shredding cost of $7 per small bank box. They said, "It's the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and it does good service work in the community. Please keep the change."
The club will hold its second shredding day of the year in late October or early November. A special thank you to Scott Eccles and Bruce Eccles for the use of their property and advertising signs at Eccles Uptown and Eccles Auto Service in Dundas.
|Shredding Day April 30||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 26, 2016||
|Meeting of April 26, 2016||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 25, 2016||
Greeter Jessica and desk manager Ross helped welcome 22 members and guests Dorothy Gaffney and Coralee Hecker. Sergeant-at-Arms Ernie started happy dollars with his first Blue Jay game in two years and his $36 for two beer and two hotdogs. David thanked all the volunteers from the club who helped replace the wooden sides on the community garden with concrete blocks - a big job made easier by the over 24 volunteers from the club, the church and the community ( from the club I saw George, Ross, Nic, Phil, David, Wayne, Scott, Grant and his son Liam when I stopped by to take some photos. Might have been others at a different time).
Art Waxed philosophically about Highland Secondary School's upcoming 50th anniversary that will not likely happen now that the school has been renamed. Barbara offered to be guest speaker at a future meeting to talk about and show the wonderful photos she took while visiting the Galapagos Islands. Joe finally completed the renovations to a house he purchased on the mountain. Steve was glad to see the books for Antigua picked up - 4 barrels full which the club paid to ship at a cost of around $600. And Wayne was pleased his mother-in-law's house was sold in just 5 days with 5 offers.
Ralph read an email from Mary-Lou explaining her recent surgeries, her continued recovery and her desire to return to the club as soon as she was strong enough. Jessica told us Harold was on a five baseball stadium trip. Jessica was also looking for possible volunteers to be on the board of CHOICES, an organization that works with developmentally handicapped individuals. Glen was looking for volunteers for fireworks on May 22 and lobster rib fest on May 28. He also asked for ticket money to come in soon. George reinforced the request for volunteers for fireworks and asked us to approach our friends, neighbours and relatives to help out that evening. Wayne asked for donations of wine for the raffle at lobster rib fest.
Ralph reminded everyone of shredding day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eccles Uptown. Please notify your email list of those in the area that this service is available. It is also a club fundraiser.
Another piece of news: Our condolences to the Neibert family over the passing of Sharon's father last week.
|Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic St. Joseph's Health Care||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 25, 2016||
Dorothy Gaffney and Coralee Hecker from the Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare located on West 5th in Hamilton spoke of the 600 patients who use the service. They are referred by family physicians, correctional agencies and psychiatrists. Some are self referrals. One percent of the population experiences schizophrenic behaviour, anything from hallucinations to memory and judgment issues to low motivation. Schizophrenia usually presents itself in late adolescence and there are such things as first episode clinics. Causes are not well understood but range from genetic to environmental. For more information go to https://www.stjoes.ca/health-services/mental-health-addiction-services/mental-health-services/schizophrenia-community-integration-service-scis-
Last Christmas the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club donated to the clinic to support a Christmas party for 100 patients.
|Rotary Sunrise Community Garden Face-Lift||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 23, 2016||
On a sunny Saturday morning a work crew of over 25 descended on the Rotary Sunrise Community Garden at St. Mark's Church on Governor's Road in Dundas. After four years of use the wooden sides of each plot were beginning to rot. The Rotary club, along with a Rotary District 7090 grant is replacing the wood with cement blocks and installing a more permanent fence to keep the deer out. Scott Vance, Wayne Massey, Grant Armstrong Nic Schulz and Ross Bannatyne joined over 20 other volunteers from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, St. Mark's Church, Dundas in Transition, garden users and several Syrian refugees to tear out the wood and lay the block walls.
David Carson, club member and Dundas in Transition member is the driving force behind the garden.
|Meeting of April 19, 2016||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 21, 2016||
A happy crowd this morning as SAA Ernie took us through happy dollars and announcements.
Bill reminded all about the lobster rib fest and the need for auction items. Good idea to sell those tickets too!
Ralph announced that Shredding Day is Saturday April 30 from 9 to 1. Marie-Louise, Joe, Bob Morrow, Bo Neibert, Art, Bill, and Shirley have volunteered to help.
William was so proud of his son's accomplishments and his interest in flight mechanics and RCMP.
Steve Roblin introduced Andrea Buttars from Wesley Urban Ministries who was later thanked by Phil.
There were lots more happy dollars and announcements but no recorder for the day so this is just from memory two days later!
|Wesley Urban Ministries||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 21, 2016||
Andrea Buttars from Wesley Urban Ministries brought a message of service. This organization based in Hamilton has multiple locations throughout the city providing services for child, youth and families, housing and homelessness, neighbourhood development and newcomers. As well, Wesley is the major city player regarding Syrian refugees. Andrea spoke with passion about the work of the ministry and welcomed support either as a volunteer or through financial donations. For more information go to http://wesley.ca/
|Dundas Community Services||Posted by Derek Price||on Apr 12, 2016||
Jane Allen, acting executive director, Dundas Community Services told us first of all that we would be seeing some changes as the organisation moves forward. The funding for all programs comes from the LHIN, the United Way, The City of Hamilton, Service Clubs, Individual Donors and through a Theatre Program. The organisation has twelve Board Members and a staff of four. They have recently been going through Strategic Planning sessions to review all of their programs.
Jane outlined many of their current programs Food Donation/Food Box/Legal Aid/Snow Shovelling/Caregiver Support/Friendly Calling/Senior Visiting. Jane went into more detail on some programs like Meals on wheels. This program runs Monday to Friday and delivers meals made at Wentworth Lodge to seniors using volunteer drivers. A similar program takes people shopping to Metro for groceries,while another takes people to their appointments. Another is to help seniors that are confined to their home by having volunteers visit once a week. And still another is the Friendly Calling program which involves calling seniors once a week. There are currently fifty two people using this service.
The Office is also a centre where people go for advice on almost any topic. Many things we do in our daily lives can be a challenge and very stressful for many members in our community and often this is their first stop when looking for help.
This office also has a Tourism Outlet and carries information on all kinds of activities for all of Ontario.
Whether you are looking for information on Trips, Health Care, Long Term Care, Group Homes, it seems that you can find it here. As if this were not enough Jane outlined further needs for expansion of existing programs and the demands for additional programs for youth and other counselling services.
There were many questions at the end of the presentation relating to the programs and the organisation.
One of our members remembered when this initiative first started at St James Church and congratulated all concerned that the acorn was now a strong tree.
|Meeting of April 12, 2016||Posted by Derek Price||on Apr 12, 2016||
There were 21 members and 1 guest in attendance. Joe Guedes was greeter, Harold Grunenberg on desk and Ernie Romain as Sergeant-At-Arms.
Happy Dollars: Ernie was happy to be back and well after being sick last week. He must have spent all of his time last week reading up on sports trivia. We were challenged with many different trivia questions between the happy dollars and I think it surprised Ernie that between the twenty or so members present we were able to answer all of his challenges.
Art’s dollar was to remind us all of the Routes Scrap and Electronics Collection is this Saturday16th. Bring your Scrap to the Ice Rink on Olympic Drive or if you have a large amount contact Art and he will arrange for pick up. Art also drew our attention to the Jackie Robinson Story that was on T.V. last night with part two tonight. Watch it if you get chance it is an “eye opener.”
Scott was happy to be celebrating his one year anniversary as a Rotarian today. Meike was happy that Hockey Season was over if only for a few months. Everybody with children or grandchildren can relate to that. To Meike and all others involved in kid’s activities enjoy the few weeks of rest before you get right back to it again.
Wayne was happy now that his Mother in Law was finally settled in her new home. He also reminded us to bring in bottles of wine for the Lobsterfest. He will have boxes ready all Tuesday Meetings.
Steve announced that at last week’s fundraiser that he held for St Josephs raised over $3000. Well done Steve. Steve had a really happy second dollar as he was fortunate enough to have been at the Masters Golf Tournament last week. Course more beautiful than it shows on T.V. and he witnessed some fantastic golf including a hole in one and one of the most dramatic finishes to the tournament.
Glen reminded us that the sign-up sheets for both the Fireworks and the Lobsterfest were on the tables. Please sign up if you are available we still have lots of spots to be filled.
Carl gave us a story of how Lobster is prepared on the East Coast. Expecting a typical Carl story I listened intently waiting for the punch line. Unfortunately I did not write at the same time so I forgot how it is prepared. We are continuing at Lobsterfest with our traditional method.
Bill asked us to start thinking about silent auction items for the Lobsterfest. He is collecting now and has lots of space so bring in your items so that Bill can get everything organised.
Bob Morrow following Ernie on the sport scene finished the happy dollars with a little bit of fun trivia about Joe Garagiola Joe DiMaggio.
Bob also reminded all members about the Club Leadership Seminar on May 7th. He also noted that everyone had received a wooden nickel at their table today. This is part of a promotion for the Rotary District Conference on October 22/23rd in Batavia New York.
Bob then introduced our speaker today, Jane Allen who has been with Dundas Community Services since 2007 most recently as the Coordinator Senior Services and is currently the Acting Executive Director.
After hearing Jane's talk I look at everything going on at Dundas Community Services I can see the need for a strategic review and hope that the end result will be positive for all concerned.
|Donations Salvation Army||Posted by Derek Price||on Apr 06, 2016||
Mieke Ewen, chair of community services brought us up to date with Community Services donations. We have reviewed 12 donation requests. To date 6 have been approved and 6 are pending. Mieke presented a cheque for $2000.00 to Shirley Molloy for the Salvation Army. We received thank you letters from Routes for our $1500.00 donation and also from St. Joseph’s Schizophrenia Group for our donation
|Meeting of April 5, 2016||Posted by Derek Price||on Apr 05, 2016||
Attendance 22, Greeter - Grant Armstrong, Desk - Art Sampson, Sergeant-At-Arms - George Gould
Happy Dollars. Marie- Louise had an “Interesting and Different” evening last Friday at the Steve Roblin Fundraiser for St Joseph’s held at the Air Force Club. She managed to win the draw for a $100.00 Lottery ticket and also won one of the raffle prizes. Carl reported that Mary -Lou is recovering well from her recent surgery, this good news being met with a big round of applause. Glen reminded us that the Lobsterfest signup sheets were at each table and there are still some spots to be filled.
Scott’s sixteen year old daughter now has her G1 licence. Scott could become super fit walking to Rotary every Tuesday.
Glen reported that Geoff Taylor who works at Eccles Garage and is Glen’s son in law is a grandfather again. This of course makes Glen’s wife Irene really happy as they now have five great grandchildren. Glen just feels he is getting old. (And happy) Shirley’s happy dollar was for her daughter whose baby is due next week.
Mieke enjoyed the drive here with the bright sunshine and seeing the deer along road to the golf course.
Jessica was happy that she went to the Exhibition of Photographic Art by our own Bob Morrow at St James Church where she selected a perfect piece of Bob’s art for her home.
Bill Armstrong’s dollar was in recognition of the artistic trio of Randy Abel, George Gould and Fred Amalfi who are appearing in a Theatre production in Rockton. Bill saw the play and says they should get an A.C.T.R.A. award. (You can decide yourself what the acronym stands for.)
Announcements: Ken Beel back from Florida for a week had three announcements: 1. Ken outlined a project that we have been asked to look at by the noon club .The project involves obtaining a machine made by The Bertram Co, Blasting, cleaning, painting and preserving the machine then installing the machine on a concrete pad as a centre piece at the Rotary Park on Hatt Street. Ken will report back to the Club for a decision on this once all the information is available.
2. Ecopark. This was our last major project and it is now nearing completion. Ken reported that the words and pictures for the descriptive panels have been completed by the Dundas Museum and will be mounted on pedestals ready for installation in the next few weeks. Once that is done and the benches are installed that will complete the Project. Ken asked that we consider a donation of $750.00 to the Museum for the work they did. 3. Fireworks. Meeting Wednesday 6th April at the Driving Park Office at 9.00am. with City Officials. All welcome to attend.
Dave Carson reported on the changes at the Rotary Community Garden at St Marks Church. Plan to refurbish the garden is almost complete. It will involve removing the wooden bed framing and replacing it with concrete blocks. Dave will be looking for help in the next few weeks once the date is confirmed. The concrete blocks are being donated.
Mieke brought us up to date with Community Services. We have reviewed 12 donation requests to date 6 have been approved and 6 are pending. Mieke presented a cheque for $2000.00 to Shirley for the Salvation Army. We received thank you letters from Routes for our $1500.00 donation and also from St Joseph’s Schizophrenia Group for our donation.
Shredding Day is April 30th. Please inform all of your contacts. Ralph texted George from Florida looking for volunteers to work a shift between 9 AM and 1 PM. Email him with you availability firstname.lastname@example.org. Routes Group Scrap and Electronics Collection is 16th April. Drop off items behind the arena on Olympic Drive. See Art if you need further details.
Today was scheduled to be a Club Assembly but time was short so President Shirley gave us something new to think about with one simple question. "Of all the people in the World past or present who would you invite to your table” Discuss it among yourselves and come up with one person and why. Being D.V.S.R. Club this was our reply in no particular order. Einstein/ Desmond Tutu/Marilyn Monroe/Justin and Sophie Trudeau/John Candy/ Malala Yousafzai/John Lennon/Winston Churchill/Warren Buffet/J.F.Keneddy/Joni Mitchell/Tom Thompson/President Obama/Jesse Owens/Jimmy Page/Mother Theresa/Peter Ustinov/Mrs. Donald Trump/Bill Gates/Alexander MacDougal/Pamela Anderson/Pope Francis/Jackie Robinson/Jimmy Buffet/Peter Drucker/Maureen Forrester/Roy Welensky/Nelson Mandela/Steve Jobs/Mick Jagger.
You can interpret this selection any way you wish though it might be better to leave it to Marnee who is a psychologist
Here is my take. We had 22 members present on 7 tables so we should have had 7 guests but we had over 30.mGuests come from every section of society and represented a very diverse group.
Typical D.V.S.R. we break minor bureaucratic rules, we start from very different positions but as with all projects we take on or all issues we face we end up with the best possible solution.
Have a good week, see you next Tuesday
|St. Joseph's Villa||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on Mar 29, 2016||
Maureen Ellis CEO of the St. Joseph's Villa Foundation and our own Don Davidson from the Villa Foundation hosted the club at the morning meeting in St. Joseph's Villa. Maureen let us know that Rotary has always been a huge part of the foundation. For example, she said that the Dundas Rotary club was the pioneer and engineer of the Respite program. St. Joseph’s relies on the foundation and donations for all capital expenses. Examples include rebuilding, the 2 new wings, and any renovations. Most recently, Rotary has been involved in the building of Orchid Garden, the new wing that we toured. They are now looking for partners for possible new projects related to available space. There will be retired priests living on one floor in new residences. Always, future programs must be balanced with care of residents.
Don talked about the foundation’s Enhancing Care Program. This is related to other kinds of capital costs, such as new beds, bathtubs, furnishings, tvs, etc. These are all capital needs that the government doesn't fund. The focus of this program is on the quality of life of residents. When an individual or a group wants to make a donation, they can specify what they are going to fund (e.g., a bed) or they can donate generally into this ongoing program.
Mieke Ewen director of nursing at the Villa and also a member of the club took us on a tour of Orchid Garden. This is a new and smaller unit, with 12 beds. They have modern equipment; Mieke demonstrated one of the lifts that are installed in each room. Our club is one of the major donors to the renovations that made this unit possible.
|Meeting of March 29, 2016||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on Mar 29, 2016||
Twenty members met at St. Joseph's Villa for this morning's vocational services meeting. Bill was greeter, Scott worked the desk and Ernie was sergeant at arms.
Scott and Ernie " MacGyered" a basket for Happy Dollars and collected $31. Ernie: happy for a nice weekend, though bad weather followed him to Collingwood where there was flooding. Bob: There is club leadership training May 7 in Niagara that he recommends. There is a carpool for this event. He also promoted his photography show, which is opening April 3 at St. James. Jessica: enjoyed playing music on the weekend with her family band which does not have a name yet; the group liked “brennanunplugged” as a suggestion. Grant: was happy about Easter dinner - his wife's great cooking, having his family together, and most of all, the leftovers. Harold: was skiing last week in Whistler, and explained all is well with his foot (it didn’t get in the way of his skiing!). Dave: due to lost power in the storm, and him turning off his generator, his basement flooded; he was happy that his wife helped him clean up the mess. Shirley: happy for a beautiful morning and that she is visiting St. Joseph’s instead of residing there; Carl: updated us all that Mary-Lou is having surgery today. Don: turned 50 in Paris, France this past week and enjoyed all of the things to see, eat, and drink there. Phil: 38 years ago today, gave his first ever lecture at Michigan State.
|Living Wage: The Hamilton Experience||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Mar 23, 2016||
Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction and coordinator of the Ontario Living Wage Network shared the history of the Living Wage (LW) concept and its beginnings in Baltimore in the 1990's. Here in Hamilton there are 30,000 families experiencing poverty despite working. 1 out of 2 children in poverty today in Hamilton have a parent who is working, but yet remain in poverty. The concept is that by raising the wages to a "living" wage individuals can more easily pay for housing, food, child care, transportation etc. It is a win/win situation as individuals win by earning a higher wage, they spend the money in the local economy so it grows, and the company retains its employees longer, as evidenced by research done on Costco (a LW employer) versus Walmart (not a LW employer) in the States. Here in Hamilton the LW is $14.95 and ranges across the Province due to housing costs, from $14.10 in Windsor to $18.52 in Toronto. The concept of paying a living wage is spreading and Tom noted that the HWDSB, under Jessica's leadership , was the first LW employer in Hamilton! There are now 30 others in Hamilton (e.g. Diocese of Niagara and St Matthew's House, Mustard Seed Company) and about 100 across the province. For more information you can visit the website at www.livingwagehamilton.ca . And remember a phrase Tom shared with us that he had heard. "If I couldn't live on minimum wage, why do I think my employees could?"
|Meeting of March 22, 2016||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Mar 23, 2016||
On Tuesday we welcomed 25 Rotarians and 2 guests, Alan Spence and Tom Cooper, to our meeting. Bob Morrow acted as greeter, Bill Armstrong manned the desk and Barb Busing was the recording member. Ernie managed the duties of Sergeant at Arms with many a political and other side remark!
Happy Dollars came from Ernie himself, happy to be back from soggy Hawaii. Jessica was glad to have Tom as our guest speaker and to have met many wonderful young people through the mountain by-election held yesterday. Phil was all dressed up to give the welcoming introduction at the inaugural Don Woods Lecture at McMaster. Don Woods was Phil's mentor and a renowned engineer. Steve, celebrating in Irish spirit, ran into Mary-Lou at a bar and together enjoyed some drinks in honour of Ireland's patron saint. Grant had a great March Break with family and pandas, and "Irish Car Bombs"...but not together we believe. Scott too enjoyed the March Break! Dave Carson was happy that fellow Rotarians like Joe Geddes put his connections to good use to find storage space for the furniture being collected for the Syrian families who are coming to our communities. Ernie offered Dave's services to snow shovel next year and Bob Morrow offered great house guests, Wayne and Helen Massey, in keeping with a theme of offering other people's services! Bob also announced his art show coming in April to St James' Anglican Church ( FYI Fred Amalfi is the March artist who's work is being shown). See the grand opening of Morrow's Photography on April 3! Shirley was glad to be at the meeting, Wayne was happy to have a meeting of the Rotary Stars committee after breakfast, and Bill was happy to have babysat his grandkids.....even if he could not remember how old they are!
Announcements included Glen reminding us to get tickets for the Lobsterfest and to sign up to help. Shirley reminded us of the District conference May 7 and suggested it was especially good for new Board members to attend. As today was world water day a sponsorship form was circulated in aid of the Water for Haiti walk that Roy Sheldrick was yet again undertaking. Jessica reminded us to go to St Joseph's Villa (main entry, lower level Board Room) for next week's meeting.
Jessica introduced our speaker today, Tom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction and Coordinator of the Ontario Living Wage Network. Tom's topic was Living Wage: The Hamilton Experience.
|Family Day, Space, Bring the Kids||Posted by Jan Southall||on Mar 18, 2016||
Our speaker this morning was Bob Morrow, back from his extended holiday and eager to share his knowledge of space, NASA, astronauts, tomato seeds from space and his outstanding power point presentation with truly amazing pictures and views of space. Bob talked about the deceiving distances – between planets and earth, depending on the position of the sun – we are talking about thousands of kms and hundreds of thousands. We were able to view the International Space Station and astronauts at work, eating, playing and sleeping. We saw the Canadarms 1 and 2 functioning and the robot “Dexter” for “fine work”.
Bob talked about the projected Mars trip (7 months there and 7 months back) and the need to solve problems which include food, water and space debris before we can take next steps in order to be able to bring people back from Mars.
Most exciting is the continuation of the Tomatosphere project with greater involvement in the US (it has been primarily Canadian classrooms) and the intent to grow seeds in space as well as have young people grow seeds that have been to space and brought back for distribution.
Thank you, Bob, for enlightening and exciting the young and old kids in your audience this am!
Dylan Ewen asked for any further announcements and closed the meeting.
|Family Day Meeting March 15, 2016||Posted by Jan Southall||on Mar 15, 2016||
It was a lively, energetic group that gathered this am to share breakfast and learn more about space. Dylan Ewen proved to be a great assistant to George Gould and rang the bell and asked for Happy Dollars. Dave Carson introduced our guests: Lynne Morrow, Helen Massey, Tracey, Alison and Julia Vance, Marilynn, Julie, Shaun, Elyssa, Liam (Robear made an appearance too!)Armstrong and Kaden Leysk (Armstrong grandson), Barb Wood, Dave Kelday, Dylan, Daniel and Audrey Ewen and Jenn Evans.
Happy Dollars: Daniel is looking forward to going to camp this weekend while brother Dylan will be playing in his hockey team finals, Elyssa is sooooo excited she is going with her family to the TO Zoo to meet the baby pandas, Lynne is thankful to live in Canada and not be part of the political scene south of us, Shirleyenjoyed her Caribbean Cruise, Jessica celebrated the great turnout this morning and Derek clarified that tall buildings are intended to sway slightly!
Dave Carson put out a call for assistance with our local group who are supporting the Syrian refugees (government sponsored). Lamps, pictures, kitchen pots and pans, glasses, plate sets, baking supplies are all needed. These items need to be clean and in good condition. We are also in need of a storage space for furniture held until the families move from local hotels to an apartment. Wayne offered the Montesanto garage (!) but we are still in need of real space.
Our speaker this morning was Bob Morrow, back from his extended holiday and eager to share his knowledge of space, NASA, astronauts, tomato seeds from space and his outstanding power point presentation with truly amazing pictures and views of space. Bob talked about the deceiving distances – between planets and earth, depending on the position of the sun – we are talking about thousands of kms and hundreds of thousands. We were able to view the International Space Station and astronauts at work, eating, playing and sleeping. We saw the Canadarms 1 and 2 functioning and the robot “Dexter” for “fine work”.
Bob talked about the projected Mars trip (7 months there and 7 months back) and the need to solve problems which include food, water and space debris before we can take next steps in order to be able to bring people back from Mars.
Most exciting is the continuation of the Tomatosphere project with greater involvement in the US (it has been primarily Canadian classrooms) and the intent to grow seeds in space as well as have young people grow seeds that have been to space and brought back for distribution.
Thank you, Bob, for enlightening and exciting the young and old kids in your audience this am!
Dylan Ewen asked for any further announcements and closed the meeting.
|Meeting of March 8, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Mar 11, 2016||
Along with 22 of our members, we had two visitors: Lynn Gates from Little Hats and Paul Bruce, a visiting Rotarian,from the Waterdown club.
Ross Bannatyne was the Greeter and Steve Roblin took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms.
We had a bit of a scramble since the breakfast wasn’t ready as usual at 7:30. The Golf and Country Club had had a problem unlocking the refrigerator, so that breakfast making was delayed.
So…in true Rotary fashion we improvised and re-arranged the meeting order: did the Grace before we had food in front of us; sang the anthem; did Happy Dollars; and then, we were served our Breakfast. While still eating we completed our program.
Happy Dollars: As usual Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, letting us know that he soon would be heading off to Hawaii. A good time to warn anyone you know to expect that hurricanes, tornadoes and locust swarms are heading that way. It seems weather follows Ernie on each of his trips.
Grant was proud that his Staples store was acknowledged as one of the top 10 Staples stores in Canada.
Derek was happy to have been in Australia and New Zealand and reported that he had met up with fellow Rotarian, Fergus Cumming and his wife, Barbara.
Jan was delighted to announce that Alycia, one of our former members who is also a Paul Harris award recipient, and her husband are expecting a baby in August.
Barb was happy to be able to sing the Canadian anthem, something she very much missed while in Florida.
Marie-Louise was pleased to demonstrate that several months after her wrist injuries she is now able to use a fork. Ernie thought though that he could still take Marie-Louise on in arm-wrestling.
Wayne on his recent trip to Florida had returned to Disney World for the first time in 38 years. Still, he received a first time ever attendee award. Although it was cold, Wayne still loved his visit there, especially Space Mountain.
Paul Bruce was happy to be at the “best Rotary Club”. He also wanted us to know about the future opening of Waterdown Rotary Club Skating Rink, noting that it would also be a rollerblade rink in the summer.
Announcements: Mieke Ewen, our Community Services Director, presented a cheque to Lynn Gates to support Little Hats, a group busy knitting up hats and items for those needing extra warmth through winter.
Wayne thanked everyone who made February’s Rotary Stars possible, bringing in over $10,000. He also noted that within the next few weeks we’ll have a meeting to review Rotary Stars and discuss how to make it even better.
Ross reported that he had recently attended a President-elect training session. Three districts were represented and approximately 190 President-elects were in attendance. It was a wonderful learning experience and a great opportunity to network with other clubs and find out what they’re doing.
Ross also announced the upcoming leadership training session, being held on May 7, 2016 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He encouraged the members of the incoming Board to attend but also welcomed those interested in expanding their knowledge about Rotary to sign up as well.
Three announcements were made about the upcoming Saturday, May 28th Lobster Rib Fest (so we know we are getting close): Nic pointed out the opportunity for event sponsorships; Glen sent around sign-up sheets for volunteering; and, Bill reminded everyone about bringing in items for the silent auction.
Mieke Ewen introduced and then thanked Don Davidson for his energized presentation and noted that as a colleague of Don’s at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas and his sponsor to our club, there were many wonderful new things that she learned about his life and career.
|Meeting of March 1, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Mar 03, 2016||
We were 18 members strong. In attendance were Barb Busing who had been away in Florida for a few months and Bob Neibert who had been locked in his office at work for the same period of time. We were delighted to welcome them both back. Harold Gruneberg was the Greeter and Bob Neibert – the very same – took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was at his post as Sergeant-at-Arms
Happy Dollars: Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, regaling us with how tornedoes had chased him across Florida during his recent vacation. Steve Roblin and his wife had a week in the Turks and Caicos before their third child is due. The week started off like a Gong show but somehow the beaches, the view, time together and the people turned the week into a glorious holiday. Bill Armstrong was back from holiday where he won nearly $300 at the casino. Everyone there urged him to bet again but he held steady and just took his winnings. Some of us suspected that money went towards the bar bill. Carl was happy that it was his wife’s birthday and that it would be his later this week. He donated $10 to Rotary for each year he has been alive. He started this tradition when he became a Rotarian years ago but joked that now it was getting rather costly. Dave had been on vacation and reported that he was going to be a grandfather again this year. Bob Neibert was happy to be at the meeting and described his recent promotion at Hillfield-Strathallan. Barb put in her happy dollars for a wonderful time in Florida. While there she had attended a Rotary meeting at Bob Morrow’s place (Wayne was also there) and wondered if that qualified as a make-up.
Program: Club President Shirley Molloy guided us through a review of the Club’s strategic goals for the years 2012 to 2017. The document she referred to “Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives” has a link (under Site Pages) on the home page of our website. She pointed out that this exercise would be the first step in designing the next strategic plan. The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan is divided into three Board categories: The Club; The Local Community; and, The Global Community. We had time to only to review the first three goals under The Club category. The meeting attendees offered comments about whether a goal had been achieved or whether it was still achievable. Goal One is about membership. While we are not yet at 60 members, we certainly have gone a long way to recruiting eight new members under 45. For Goal Two, we felt that with annual fundraising including Foundation that we were close to the $1200 per member for our operating budget. A scratch lottery has not been implemented and didn’t seem to be on the radar any more. One objective had been to turn the fireworks into an all-day event. This had not been realized and was probably no longer workable. Parking challenges and noise issues were noted. We are continuing to support the Rotary Stars and Lobsterfest. We do want to avoid having the Rotary Stars on the same day as the Winter Carnival. We felt that a discussion about Rotary Stars’ placement in the year’s event schedule was needed. We suggested that for Goal Three (membership engagement) we are a very active club. We are also doing well in some areas for succession planning. We noted that we haven’t yet prepared role descriptions for each committee and/or event. Having reviewed the first three goals, we would use an upcoming Club Assembly to continue the review of 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and to craft the next one.
|Hamilton Literacy Council||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Feb 25, 2016||
Involved in the field of adult literacy for over 25 years, Helen McLeod was recognized in 2013 with the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution in this field.
Helen reviewed various kinds of skills or competencies that have been called: literacy. Financial literacy. Media literacy. But perhaps as some new things are being framed as literacy, such as physical literacy, perhaps the word itself is getting watered down.
Literacy still is a gradation. It is not, as once thought, activated by an on/off switch. That is, one can read or one cannot. Instead there is a continuum of understanding. Also, with new evolving technologies even people who identify as educated may have low literacy in new devices and processes.
Helen then presented a number of myths about literacy and dispelled them. Helen’s presentation was followed by a lively Question and Answer section, leaving a number of members arguing for and against cursive writing as a skill to be taught in school.
|Meeting of February 23, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Feb 25, 2016||
We had 17 members attend and two guests: our Guest Speaker, Helen McLeod from the Hamilton Literacy Council and Agnes Samson, a volunteer tutor with the Council (or as George introduced her, Art Samson’s better half).
Marie-Louise Kelday greeted everyone while Glen Mumberson took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
George Gould stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Ernie Romain as Sergeant-at-Arms. George also filled in as tech guru helping Helen to set up her presentation. Quite the utility player (enough baseball references?), George is.
Happy Dollars: Jessica was happy that Marie-Louise had volunteered to be Greeter for the second week in a row. Jessica was doubly pleased that she was able to tag (voluntold) Harold as Greeter for next week.
Art was happy about the upcoming Routes Gala on Friday, February 26. Indeed, he was delirious: the event has been sold-out for a week and people are still eager to attend. Some of the organizers may have to use paper plates or not eat at all.
Art was also delighted that 7 members from our Rotary Club would be attending the Routes Gala. Lovely support!
Shirley was happy that her husband is back from his trip and can see to their grandchild getting off to school in the morning.
Jessica Brennan introduced our Guest Speaker, Helen McLeod, whose topic was “Literacy”. After the presentation Jessica thanked Helen and wished her a “See you in September” when hopefully our Rotary Club will be volunteering once again at the Hamilton Literacy Council’s book swap for Telling Tales.
|Meeting of February 16, 2016||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Feb 18, 2016||
We were a small (17 members) but courageous group, braving a bit of winter weather. We had one guest, our Guest Speaker, Bev Greenwood.
Marie-Louise Kelday greeted everyone while Jan Southall took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
Bruce Eccles filled in for George Gould who originally was going to fill in for Ernie Romain. What deep bench strength we have at the Sergeant-at-Arms position!
Happy Dollars: Bruce was reminded by the recent weather of a time he raced motorcycles at Quebec City’s Winter Carnival where it was so cold (how cold was it? -40 below) that the spectators set the hay bales surrounding the track on fire. He gave $10 for Happy Dollars to thank everyone for a successful Rotary Stars and to mark his last Rotary meeting until he is back in May.
Grant was happy too about Rotary Stars. Not only did he get to hear his daughter, Elyssa, perform at Rotary Stars but he got a fabulous door prize he could give his wife for Valentine’s Day.
Jessica was happy that her voice student (Grant’s daughter) did so well at Rotary Stars and that her piano student got an extremely high mark on a music exam.
Shirley was happy that she managed to get to the meeting without going in the ditch as others had on her way in from Burlington. And we were all happy that she made it.
Mieke Ewen introduced our Guest Speaker, Bev Greenwood, whose topic was “Ethics”.
|Vocational Service: Ethics||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Feb 15, 2016||
Bev Greenwood, a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Villa for over 20 years, and a lead staff on their Ethics Committee, started her presentation by suggesting a new verse in the Bible. Given that she had to now give her talk without her PowerPoint due to technical incompatibilities, she offered a new Beatitude: Blessed are the flexible because they do not get bent out of shape. And then she carried on with ease.
Outlining Ethics as a moral philosophy, a code of conduct and a standard of human behaviour, Bev pointed out that we are surrounded by ethical issues all the time. Each of us given our moral compass, cultural background and personal values may have a different approach to resolving an ethical dilemma.
Bev presented several scenarios that various professionals might face and asked us rhetorically how we would handle them. Bev emphasized that each profession has guiding principles by which they might assess an ethical issue, underlining The Four-Way Test for our work in Rotary.
Our President, Shirley Molloy, who has known Bev Greenwood for some time, thanked her for her work in the community and her insightful presentation here.
|Vocational Service: Nic Schulz Classification||Posted by Scott Vance||on Feb 09, 2016||
Nic Schulz was born in Brampton. He was born with heart issues and had surgery at the age of three. He grew up with his family Camping, hiking and canoeing. They moved to St Catharines and he went to University of Guelph for English and Political Science; then on to Seneca College for communications. He travelled too Australia, came back through Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo where he spent a week in Malaysia living with a local family .
On a 9 day hike on the” Overland Track “ in Tasmania he found his love for hiking.
Nic worked in Public Relations for various health care industries and Ontario craft breweries.
While working for the Toronto conservation authority he meet his wife Erin and lived in Caledon.
They met Steve Roblin and his wife and were introduced to Dundas and they fell in love with the town.
Presently Nic is working for Corner Stone bringing awareness about aggregate sites and the impact on the environment. His main focus is encouraging businesses and communities to strive for a higher bar through purchasing aggregates from approved sites.
|Meeting of February 9, 2016||Posted by Scott Vance||on Feb 09, 2016||
Recorder: Scott Vance, Greeter: Joe Geddes, Desk: Derek Price, Sergeant at Arms: Ernie Romain, Guests: Pam Millroy from District Gift of Life Board. noon club, Visiting Rotarian: Dr. Shankardass, noon club, Attendace: 28.
HAPPY DOLLARS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Ernie: leaving for Vacation in Florida hoping the weather is better than last vacation. Steve: Feeling well rested and Happy that all his children are finally sleeping through the night and heading off to Grand Turks to have a real rest! Vlad: Thankful for Carl Fraser giving him a ride to Rotary this morning, after surgery on his arm. Dr. Shankardass: Back front Kenya, excited about a potential Rotary project. Bill Armstrong: Happy to be going on another cruise. Paul Clifford: Happy that his grandson accepted at Sir Sanford Fleming for demolition training. Paul also Recalling Dr. Shankardass' first Rotary meeting in the basement of the Collins Hotel many years ago.
Shirley Molloy: Pleased to see the deer outside on the golf course and generally Happy !
Pam Millroy: Gift of life began in 1975 as a Rotary Project in Long Island, New York.
It Started when the Rotary Club brought a 5year old Ugandan girl to the U.S for open Heart Surgery. Since then have treated over 15,000 children from 64 countries. They are looking for support to continue this great project!
Phil Woods, Pancake breakfast @ St Mark. Paul Clifford: Harrrp's 5th Annual Sunshine Gala fund raiser February 26th, tickets $100.00. Meike: Rotary Stars reminder Saturday February 13th @ St.James at 6pm. Sell those tickets!
Jan Southall, St James holding a Pancake Supper for the local Syrian refugees. Jan also updating us on the needs of new Syrian refugees. They still need dishes, clothing, proper shoes and basic household supplies.
|Antigua Book Collection||Posted by Scott Vance||on Feb 02, 2016||
Paul and Jennifer Powell-Fralick from Antigua Book Collection are both educators who live in Dundas. They first went to Antigua in the 1980's. Paul, an ECE Professor at Mohawk College was there conducting trainee support workshops in conjunction with The University of the West Indies.
They soon took an interest in a student-initiated project where they worked as volunteers in Island preschools.
In 2014 the Fralick family went back to Antigua and connected with two of their colleagues who work as educators at Sir Luther Wynter preschool and Vila Primary School.
Their goal, is to collect kindergarten to grade 8 books and send them to Villa Primary School and send books and educational play material to Sir Luther Wynter, in St. Johns Antigua.
With help from Steve Roblin from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary and other members of our community they plan to send 4 barrels of books and school supplies to these schools.
Sir William Osler School in Dundas is also on board. Principal Tim Illman kicked of family literacy week by holding a book drive which will continue until Valentine day.
|Meeting of February 2 , 2016||Posted by Scott Vance||on Feb 02, 2016||
Recorder: Scott Vance, Greeter: Mieke Ewan, Desk: Grant Armstrong, Sergeant-at-Arms: Ernie Romain, Guests: Paul Fralick and Jennifer Powell-Fralick
Attendance:24, Happy Dollars:$43.00
Ernie - recalling his cold Cuba Trip, and golfing in the rain; and, recalling this day in Maple Leaf history - Ian Turnbull scoring 5 goals against Detroit Redwings; also recalling falling on the ice at another Hockey game and being lifted over the boards by Turk, one of the players.
Phil Woods -happy that he was too young to remember that Hockey game! Lol
Bruce Eccles - Being romantic again and having a tear this weekend when his daughter came down wearing his wife's wedding dress and also reflecting on the highlights of the All Star Hockey game.
Bill Armstrong - happy to take his grandson on a cub scout tour of the Hamilton Police Station
Mary Louise - Happy for her two Daughters. Grant Armstrong - happy for his wife’s surgery; and, Shirley just because she's happy!
Art Samson - Routes Gala Feb 26th tickets $50.00. Dave Carson asking for more bottles of wine or the Stars of Dundas. Phil Woods - reminding us about Pancake Sunday at St Marks Church $6.00 per person. Mieke announced her permanent position at St Josephs Villa. Michael Neibert named male athlete of the year at Hillfeild Strathallan. George reminding us about the Stars of Dundas event. Steve reported on a former Rotary exchange student from Hungary looking for position in Canada. Shirley presented Award to Grant Armstrong for bringing in a new member and helping our club to grow.
|Family Day Weekend Winter Carnival||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 26, 2016||
February 13 noon to 4 PM. The photo says it all!
|Meeting of January 26, 2016||Posted by Don Davidson||on Jan 25, 2016||
Recorder: Don Davidson, Greeter: Ross Bannatyne, Desk: Bill Armstrong, Sergeant-At-Arms: George Gould
Happy Dollars: Bruce’s daughter is getting married September 9th. Bruce was happy to announce that his daughter bought a dress this past weekend and he says it was a bargain at $1500…Says Bruce, “what a deal!” Derek recently visited a local factory that manufactures dampers for high-rise buildings throughout the world. Derek was impressed to find this Canadian technology being built in Ontario.
Ralph is off to sunny Florida and this marked his last meeting for 10 weeks….he reminded Rotarians not to have too much fun without him!
Just before Christmas Ralph got a call from a farmer he knew saying he had 3 tractor trailer loads of potatoes that he wanted to give to a good cause. Ralph contacted Shirley and in the end the Salvation Army ended up taking 10, 000 ten pound bags of potatoes with another 5, 000 bags going to Food Share Hamilton. All this happened because the farmer knew Ralph was a Rotarian.
Wayne celebrated his grandson’s 19th birthday at the Winchester Arms in Dundas. Turning the legal age of 19, Wayne sent him back to the U of Guelph campus with a 6-pack of beer!
Also, Rotary Stars is fast approaching and more ticket sales are required...150-200 tickets need to be sold. So, please sell to your friends, relatives and neighbours. Sponsorship is also going well and there is room for one or two more ads in the program. Shirley enjoyed her drive into Dundas while it’s raining instead of snowing.
Jessica is very happy that Carlotta was in attendance to introduce Marie-Louise. Carlotta is Marie-Louise’s sponsor. Jessica says that Marie–Louise is first of several new Rotary members lined up to do classification talks. Also Jessica is sad that Ralph will be in Florida for 10 weeks as he is her go-to person to answer all of her Rotary questions…a Rotarian mentioned that she does have his email address!
Nice purse Carl! He reminded Rotarians that the Winter Carnival is taking place the afternoon of February 13th…same day as the Rotary Stars of Dundas. Most of it is organized however he can use some help with advertising in addition to helping out the day of the event for various tasks including handing out apple cider. Four to 5 Rotarians are required as volunteers. There will be music, skating demonstrations and horse drawn wagon rides. And best of all, no charge to the community. So, send an email to all your contacts in the area and invite them to attend. Remember, bring their skates!
|Marie-Louise Kelday Classification Talk||Posted by Don Davidson||on Jan 25, 2016||
Marie-Louise began her talk by welcoming Rotarians in 5 different languages! She is a true Canadian as her history goes back a few hundred years to 1660 when her ancestors first arrived in Canada. Mary-Louise’s French-Canadian personal history began when she was born in Blind River in 1950. Her father came from a family of 13 children and her mother a family of 10 which translates into her having over 100 first cousins. Growing up in a large family provided Marie-Louise with strong family bonds and this is why family is a very important part of her life.
Marie-Louise’s adult life began when she attended Laurentian University to major in languages which up until that point was a big part of her life having grown up in a town that was a blend of both English and French. It was at Laurentian where she met her husband David. Marie-Louise began teaching in Toronto which was really too big a city at that time for someone from Blind River. From this teaching position, an opportunity opened up in Ottawa where she enjoyed a slower pace than she experienced in Toronto. From there, her path finally found her building a life in Hamilton. For many years, Marie-Louise taught at Académie catholique Mère-Teresa (French language school). She was quite taken by the school. It was not a very affluent school but she loved it. The school served a refugee population that included those from Africa. Marie-Louise found this teaching position a very enriching experience. Upon retirement, she recalls being affectionately called “Mama Africa” by the African parents….this was very emotional for her and she describes it as the best part of her career.
Jumping forward to 2015, Marie-Louise was skeptical about joining Rotary but after several months of being part of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, she now feels privileged to be here. Says Marie-Louise, “My father in-law would be tickled to see me here today as he was also a Rotarian in Dundas!” Marie-Louise ended her presentation with a thank you in multiple languages. She was formally thanked by Jessica Brennan.
|Meeting of January 19, 2016||Posted by Don Davidson||on Jan 19, 2016||
Recorder: Don Davidson, Greeter: Grant Armstrong, Desk: Bill Armstrong, Sergeant-At-Arms: Ernie Romain
Guest of the club Mike Kehoe and guest speaker Alan Hansell.
1) Ernie Romain is heading to Cuba for his first trip to that island nation.
2) Art Sampson gave Ernie some advice while in Cuba…try to cash the “tourist currency” in for “local currency” as it has bigger purchasing power! Also advised Ernie to meet up with some locals. Art had a wonderful trip to Cuba via GAP. Art says he was able to experience the “real” Cuba instead of what most of us see as typical tourists.
3) Art also reminded Rotarians of the Routes Annual Gala coming up on February 26th.
4) Bill Armstrong gave his Happy Dollars…just because someone left $5 and didn’t want change.
5) Wayne Massey was happy to have breakfast this past week with the Eccles Clan!
6) Randy Abel advised Rotarians of the Rockton Dinner Theater being held on March 31st – April 2nd and April 7th, 8th and 9th. Show is called “That’s a Wrap…a murder mystery”with George in a starring role. Tickets are available.
7) Shirley attended “Guess who’s coming to dinner” in Burlington and had a great time! Shirley also acknowledged the deaths of a few prominent artists this past week including David Bowie and Glen Frey…Shirley is happy to have grown up in an era that included these great performers.
8) Dave Carson reflected on 25 years ago as the Allies bombed Baghdad. Dave was then on assignment in Saudi Arabia. Dave remembers the urgency of getting out of the Middle East and back to Canada during a time when that part of the world was very fragile and unpredictable.
9) Ralph went to Baci Restaurant with his children and grandchildren to celebrate Barb's birthday…they all had a wonderful evening. He also reminded us of Friday Night Wing Night at the Dundas Airforce Club! Tickets are available $12 in advance and $15 at the door. And, he and Barb visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to see our club's donation to help the children of Queen Victoria School in Hamilton make a field trip there. Our club name and logo were clearly visible as the instructors worked through an aerodynamics lesson with the class.
Mieke announced that the Rotary Stars sponsorships are still available. Volunteers are required to approach local businesses for sponsorship. Please contact Wayne to be assigned a list of businesses that still required approach. If you require tickets, please contact Glen. He can also be contacted for advertising opportunities.
Guest Speaker Alan Hansell was introduced by Joe Guedes and thanked by David Carson.
|Stewards of Cootes Watershed||Posted by Don Davidson||on Jan 19, 2016||
Alan Hansell gave an eye opening presentation on the Cootes Watershed. What is it? Why is it important? Why should we all have an interested in ensuring its future?
Stewards of Cootes Watershed is a neighborhood-based team of stewards, each responsible for ensuring the health and biodiversity of a section of Cootes Paradise and the creeks that flow into it. The Stewards goal is to educate local residents about the Cootes Watershed and inspire them to take steps to improve our watershed’s health. It is also to bring the Cootes Marsh back to the condition that it once was.
Cootes Marsh has been a nature sanctuary since 1927 and it is a bird migratory route. The marsh has garnered international recognition for its variety of amphibians and reptiles. In fact, the entire west end of Lake Ontario is dependent on Cootes Paradise.
Over 100 years of neglect to the Cootes Watershed are being reversed by the Stewards of Cootes Watershed. In the past 4 years, Project Paradise has resulted in over 4000 bags of garbage being collected. That’s not all…additionally 546 automobile tires, 37 000 lbs of metal, 50 shopping carts, and even a ladies makeup bag containing an old gun were recovered. This rubbish posed a significant health risk to all animals that depend on the Watershed for survival and unfortunately many creatures died over the years as a result.
Project Paradise has resulted in significant improvements to Cootes Paradise including the first nesting pair of Bald Eagles this end of Lake Ontario, Chinook salmon spawning in Spencer’s Creek has doubled in size, and 250,000 Spottail shiner minnows have also been found spawning.
Stewards of Cootes are always looking for volunteers from March to December. The organization plans 137 separate cleanup events. Alan says that they are close to being able to say that Spencer Creek is the cleanest it’s been in 150 years.
Says Alan, “We will remove every piece of garbage no matter how large…how small…or how complicated!"
|Meeting of January 12, 2016||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Jan 11, 2016||
Our snowy Tuesday morning meeting saw a good turnout for Brainstorming – How to become Fearlessly Creative and have Better Ideas more Often with Dundas residents (and guests) Brandon Love and Joel Hilchey.
Jessica Brennan greeted all members with a smile and hello, Art Samson was at the door and Ernie Romain was our entertaining Sergeant-at-Arms.
- Grant Armstrong is happy he survived his oldest son’s 15th birthday party…the only casualty appears to be the pizza fund.
- George Gould announced that he’s excited his son will be playing at the Winchester on Saturday, where George and his wife met. Members are invited to come out on Saturday for good music and some beers.
- Jessica Brennan is happy her partner Lonnie Macgee will be retiring from McMaster University while her son will keep the tradition alive. He’s in first year at Mac and doing well.
- Art Samson shared an image of the proposed condo across from the Dundas Town Hall and noted that today is the last day for an OMB appeal to the change in zoning.
- Mieke Ewen made no bones about her love of the snow and was willing to put up the happy dollars to prove it.
- Dave Carson is happy to be dog sitting his daughter's anthropomorphic standard poodle who likes to sit at the kitchen table like the rest of the family.
- Dave Carson provided an update on the community garden at St. Mark’s Church. St. Mark’s has confirmed that Dundas in Transition and Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary can continue to use the community gardens indefinitely and that there are no plans to sell this land for other uses.
Given this new development Dave proposed upgrades to the community garden which were supported unanimously by the club. These upgrades include replacing temporary wooden beds with permanent concrete blocks and building permanent deer fencing. The total cost to Dundas Valley Sunrise is anticipated at $2,500.
- Ralph Montesanto announced that the lobster committee would be meeting January 12 at 5PM at the Dundas Museum and reporting back at future meetings.
- Ralph also noted that there is a big push on membership from the district and he would like to rejuvenate the membership committee. A call was put out asking if anyone wants to join this committee…if so please let Ralph know.
- Wayne Massey made an announcement that Rotary Stars is coming up on February 13th and noted that help is needed for a number of jobs. A listing of these jobs has been sent out and members are encouraged to reply with their ability to help out. Tickets are also on sale…so get them now from Glen.
- Shirley Molloy announced that there is a Board meeting scheduled for tonight, Jan 12 at Jessica's home.
The formal program began with Bill Armstrong's introduction of Joel Hilchey and Brandon Love.
|Brainstorming - How to become fearlessly creative and have better ideas more often||Posted by Nic Shulz||on Jan 11, 2016||
Joel Hilchey and Brandon Love spoke about the Beanstalk Project, a local initiative aimed at leadership development for students. Demonstrating how the program works Joel and Brandon lead the club in an exciting creativity exercise designed to bring out bigger and better ideas. They left members with a firm grasp of their creativity guidelines:
1. Quantity first: If you want to catch a fish you go to the pond with the most fish. Just like creativity, if you want a good idea start by coming up with a lot of ideas (good and bad);
2. Silly is good: Thinking of silly ideas gets you out of your mold and lets you consider new ways to solve problems. If you never think silly you’ll never think differently;
3. Make connections: Good ideas build off of each other. Once you’ve started the ball rolling use those first ideas to come up with other ideas; and
4. No judgment: Creativity grows best in a safe space with no judgement. Separate your creativity and your criticism so that you can truly let you creative side run wild.
Brandon and Joel invited the club to keep in touch with them email@example.com and Brandon@brandonlovemagic.com whether you need inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, want to bring them in as speakers for your business or just want to say hi.
Brandon and Joel have also written a book called Brainsprouting that outlines their simple process to unleash your inherent creative power. Learn more and buy it here http://www.brainsproutingbook.com.
|Christmas Party||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 15, 2015||
The annual Christmas party brings out the singers in the club. It was a fun evening of fellowship, food, refreshments and dancing at the Dundas Museum. Special thanks to Jessica Brennan for organizing the party, to all her helpers and to Joan Ballantyne for the music.
|Aldo Lombardi Receives Paul Harris Award||Posted by Robert Morrow||on Dec 15, 2015||
Assistant Governor Bob Morrow introduces Aldo Lombardi (far right) to the members of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club during the club's Christmas party.
Aldo was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in both the local and international communities. He has supported a wide variety of local charities and also initiated the shipment of bicycles and hospital equipment to a remote area of northern Chile. As Aldo said “Canadian Tire and Dundas - and Canada in general - have been very good to my family … the very least we can do is something as simple as this”. In response to receiving the award Aldo said (humbly), “This award is not only my merit as it could not have been possible without the help of my store staff, family business staff and family back in Chile”.
President Shirley Molloy pins Aldo as the club's most recent Paul Harris Fellow as club Rotary Foundation director Bob Neibert looks on.
|St. Matthew's House Annual Auction||Posted by Nic Schulz||on Dec 08, 2015||
Today’s annual auction for St. Matthew's House brought in a full house of over 30 members and guests. Our long list of guests included Colin Reid, Norman Read, Linda Ingraudo, Fred Amalfi, Carole Beel, Lynne Morrow, Helen Massey, Marilynn Armstrong, Sue Carson, Steve Leighfield and Jim and Sheila Sweetman. Everyone was greeted by Bob Morrow and signed in by Jessica Brennan.
Shortly after breakfast Dundas’ own champion auctioneer Bruce Eccles kicked off the proceedings with the support of his own “Barker’s Beauties” Jessica Brennan and Roger Stewart. Dave Carson got the bidding underway with a $60 bid on two bottles of red wine and a box of 6 – 8 unbroken wineglasses which was shortly followed by the super bowl beer and pretzel package.
The high bidder of the day award went to Norm Read with a $350 bid on an original Fred Amalfi painting (http://www.fredamalfi.com) with a $270 bid on the antique box picnic package filled with fine wine, brandy and beer.
The auction was closed off with remarks from Steve Leighfield who thanked the club for its on-going support of St. Matthew’s House. Many thanks to Rotary members and past members who donated a wide range of exciting prizes to bid on…and special thanks to Bruce for a fantastic job as auctioneer.
To wrap up the morning Shirley Molloy presented Carlotta Cisneros-Knox with a pin of thanks for bringing William Knox as a new member to the club.
|Meeting of December 1, 2015||Posted by Mieke Ewen||on Dec 01, 2015||
This morning's meeting was a club assembly where the board reported to the membership on operations of the club.
Recorder - Mieke Ewen, Greeter - Marie-Louise Kelday, Desk - Grant Armstrong, Sergeant-at-Arms - Ernie Romain, Guests - David Kelday and Brandon Love
Ernie started us off, being happy about the shut out by the Leafs goalie last night and their win! He was also happy that last night a Canadian kid from Mississauga, Brent Urban, played for the Baltimore Ravens, grabbed a blocked field goal on the last play of the game and ran for the winning touchdown. Ernie shared his Air Canada flight details and what ‘on standby’ really means!
Bruce took the podium and is glad to be back. He traveled to Las Vegas and drove to Nashville where he worked on his singing career with a little liquid courage……he behaved in Memphis, and enjoyed Graceland. Bruce visited the ‘coolest’ Bass Pro Shop and played Clint Eastwood at the store while his wife took pics. The river boat cruise was disappointing – but enjoyed New Orleans. He returned home and then moved after 28 years…..with all of his 28 years of crap. Look out at the auction next week! Dave Carson was happy to receive a memo of understanding form St. Mark’s Church, where the community garden is now able to carry on ‘forever’…….Thank you to the church members for allowing this! Carl is ready to decorate the Christmas tree on Saturday and needs helpers over 5’5” to assist. He shared that Mary-Lou is recovering from an operation last week. Recuperation will take a few months, and we all wish her well in her recovery. Carl played a few games of golf……his golf balls visiting the water but, he enjoyed himself. Ralph shared an email from Mary Lou about her surgery and upcoming recovery. Ralph thanked David Kelday for being a ‘known arms dealer’ ha ha……. David continues to help Marie-Louise eat.
George needs to switch Meals that Heal for this Sunday, so please contact him if you are able to assist! His son will be playing at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto and George will be attending this instead.
Jessica was looking forward to coming today, happy to have Brandon Love (not her son's friend from high school…..case of mistaken identity or an episode of Bewitched!) Jessica shared her Ronald McDonald House experience where she had a blast chopping carrots and potatoes!
Jessica also wanted it noted that she and Marie Louise do not share a hairdresser! Shirley went to a baby reveal on Sunday and is excited for her daughter, who is expecting a daughter of her own. Ralph has Lobster Rib Fest tickets in time for Christmas – date for this is May 28th, 2016!
Bob Neibert – Foundation Chair – foundation month just came and went. Today is ‘giving Tuesday’, where "donationshare" is encouraged…..Bob reviewed how to donate. As a club, we have donated a total of over $10,000! 7 members who have made 2015/2016 donation. He would like to be an ‘Every Rotarian, Every year’ club. Important to have everyone behind us, no matter what the amount. The club has also donated to Polio Plus - Last year $1500…..this year $1000 so far.
Mieke Ewen – Community Service - Reviewed Committee members of Carl, Bill and Art. Focus for this year is to use large budget to assist various needs – some repeats of previous years and some new. Reviewed donations to date…..and some upcoming.
Jessica Brennan – Next week is Christmas auction…..please bring items for auction and money gathered goes to St. Matthews’s house. Remember to bring a friend, a partner and your wallets. Bruce will be the auctioneer. The following week, December 15th at 6:30 pm is the Christmas party – at the Dundas Museum. This year – the event will be free – Roger will bring in libations (Jessica will bring vibrations??) and we will have appetizers only this year – where members can contribute if they choose to. An email will go around regarding this. The club is looking for a younger family member who could perhaps serve appetizers if they are interested. Joan is doing music for the event, until we have all had enough liquid courage to join in the sing along! Duty Roster has done well – thank you to all for appearing for duty when it is assigned! New role is the recorder……Nic is on next week.
Ralph Montesanto – Membership and PR – There is no one in PR role currently, however Ralph is posting on First Light, Twitter and Facebook. Nic has been helping in this role as well. Ralph has sent articles to the district newsletter, Dundas Star, and social media sites. Bob Morrow also sent articles to the district newsletter and Dundas Star. For Membership – in 2012 we had a plan to have 8 members under 45 years old……would like still like an additional 2 members in this category. Another goal was to increase the number of women as well – ratio about 20/80 at present. Goal to increase classifications, which has been done as well. 42 active members currently. Letter provided to members to reach out to someone you know to invite them to the club…..trying to invite more people to attend.
Ken Beel – treasurer’s report. Available cash over $74000. Total accruals $21000. Money left for Eco park benches. Sign at rink……Carl working on this – city will pay, getting sign ready and making changes as well. Putting some history about the partnership on how the rink came to be etc.
Bob Morrow – International – We received a banner from the Croatian Rotary club that Vlad visits. We supported that club dealing with severe flooding in its community. Challenges with getting money to orphanage in Mexico but Ken and Bob are getting through this! Still looking for a big project, but no rush - looking at a number of areas for this project and hoping for a contact in the area of the project. The Canadian government also looking to bump up funding, but the process is difficult as well. Bob was most excited about his international scotch…..at a good cost.
Ross – Discussed liability insurance – especially when we work with children. As president elect, Ross is looking for individuals interested in vacant positions and as vice president. Other positions include Jessica as president elect, Ross as president, Dave Carson as secretary, Wayne as treasurer, and Shirley past president and director of the foundation. Dave reminded members that Invoices will be coming for next year subscriptions…….to be paid ASAP please!
|Meals That Heal Ronald McDonald House||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 29, 2015||
A great fellowship time as we support Ronald McDonald House. For a donation of $300 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was able to send 6 club members to help prepare the food for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while a child is at the McMaster Children's Hospital. The club and individual members contributed enough to send 5 other teams of six over the next week. Grant Armstrong, Jessica Brennan, Roger Stewart, Carol Campbell, Barb and Ralph Montesanto and chef Shawn Rocchi and Chris were today's team.
|Potatoes Potatoes Potatoes||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 25, 2015||
Rotarians work in great ways. Ralph Montesanto gets a call from his brother-in-law Brad Bates who works at Josling Farms in Carlisle. Brad knows Ralph is a Rotarian and can help. The farm has 15 000 ten lb. bags of potatoes it wants to donate. Ralph calls Shirley Molloy at the Salvation Army, gets her out of a meeting and voila, all 15 000 will be used for local food banks just in time for the Christmas season - 10 000 to Salvation Army and 5000 to Food Share Hamilton. Josling Farms even delivered 10 000 bags. Thank you to the Josling family and co-workers.
|Meeting of November 24, 2015 Paul Harris Dinner||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 24, 2015||
Social dress up evenings are always lots of fun. Fellowship at 6:30 at the Dundas Golf and Curling Club followed by dinner, an inspirational talk by Kevin Rempel and the awarding of six Paul Harris Fellows.
Use this link to see Kevin Rempel playing sledge hockey at the Sochi Paralympics.
|The Newest Paul Harris Fellows||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 24, 2015||
The club's annual Paul Harris Awards and dinner is a very special occasion when community and club members are honoured for their service efforts. Two community members, three club members and a past club member received Paul Harris Awards, the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow. The following are the recipients: Julian D'Angela for his ongoing work with Ancaster Film Fest and continued financial support of a variety of area charities; Jennifer Montesanto for being a foster parent to 5 dogs in training for the Lions International Foundation Guide Dogs; Ken Beel, Roger Stewart and Derek Price for their continued behind the scenes support of almost all community based club projects, fundraisers and fellowship events; and Alycia Moore for her great work as club Youth Services director the previous year.
Host Bob Neibert organized the dinner and introduced guest speaker Kevin Rempel.
|Kevin Rempel Sochi Paralympics Bronze Medal||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 24, 2015||
Sledge Hockey, the Sochi Paralympics and a bronze medal for Kevin Rempel.
What an inspirational speaker for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Paul Harris Awards! Kevin gave a history of his motor cross racing until the accident that ended it all. Then his turn to sledge hockey and the Paralympics in Russia. A great never give up story.
|Ronald McDonald House: Meals That Heal||Posted by Mieke Ewen||on Nov 16, 2015||
Catherine is new to Ronald McDonald House and her role as executive director. She feels the role has changed her. Her focus is on ensuring the home has everything required to help these families through their time. Growing up, her dream job was work in New York – Glamour Magazine! She has had a successful career which brought her to New York with a French magazine, where she thought this was it! She realized that ‘that’s not what it is all about’. She became affiliated with Ronald McDonald House through previous role and loved the amazing charity and felt like it changed her. Catherine started as interim director of donations…..looking to increase donor relations. Being in the home with families, changed her and she felt that this was an opportunity to make a difference and far more important that anything she had done previously. The opportunity to see families at time of diagnosis and life changing experience is shocking, and humbling. Approximately 1/3 of families have babies in neonatal ICU. Families are often confused and scared. Their lives begin a ‘not normal time’ and we want to make life seem a little more familiar. We are the only home in Canada with a chef and chef’s kitchen! Families can make meals, do ‘normal things’. Ronald McDonald House currently has a family right now who have been there for over 200 days from Timmins….parents and sibling. Previous family stayed over 1 year – all while their children are being treated at Mac. This is their home away from home. The Ronald McDonald House is on average at 80-95% occupancy. It cost’s the program about $159.00 per night to serve a family, however the families are charged only $12.00 per day. The program ‘Nights of Comfort’ supports families who are unable to pay this fee.
The program Rotary will be participating in is ‘Meals that Heal. Members have signed up for 6 meals. The families love ‘typical’ time like dinner……everyone comes together. Our team of six will have about 60-100 people served dinner that evening. We will tour the building and join the chef to help. Everyone will be given a duty. Greatest take away will be the interactions with families – who can’t say thank you enough! Meal time makes families feel happy, normal. Families who leave can often be their greatest donors as well. Families love the volunteers and try to say thank you. Not all stories have a happy ending…..but all families leave saying thank you for help provided and time they have with their children. The club made a donation to Ronald McDonald House/Meals that Heal in the amount of $2500.00 with donations from individual members and club.
Mieke thanked Catherine and presented her with $2500.
|Meeting of November 17, 2015||Posted by Mieke Ewen||on Nov 16, 2015||
Mieke Ewen - recorder, Harold Grunenberg - greeter, Ken Beel - desk and Ernie Romain - sergeant-at-arms. Guests: Catherine Bridgman, Lynne Morrow, Grace Correia
Ernie told of his ‘happy and sad story of the morning’ - celebrating his contribution during the Centennial year with his oldest daughter’s 49th birthday (as per Ernie – conceived on Valentines Day), however sharing the disappointment of loses by the Argos, his Alma Matter Western, Maple Leafs (not a surprise there), and the Raptors. Phil Wood was celebrating the 4th year anniversary of his ‘new’ knee that is still feeling great! Joe Guedes had a successful city inspection for his ‘never ending renovation’.
Steve Roblin has returned from golf adventure in Jacksonville with no sleep for 6 days – and wondering if it may be his last adventure as he announced his family is happily expecting their third child!! Bill Armstrong thanked Dave Carson for his enjoyable Spectator editorials and Ross B shared the newest possible Rotary fashion and is looking for feedback from members. Shirley is just happy, and reminding all members that next Tuesday is the Paul Harris dinner – therefore no morning meeting. All members and spouses are encouraged to attend this special annual event. Ralph apparently even dreams of Rotary, as he is sending his emails to Ernie at 5:20 in the morning. Bob Morrow brought his lovely wife Lynne to accompany him this morning, after returning from a great time on 5 week river and ocean cruises. Vlad was pleased to share news of a new grandchild, born last Friday. Jessica paid her penalty of forgetting to put name tag away after giving Grant the same lecture; and, Jan shared that the St. James Holiday House Tour has 5 homes and is occurring the first Saturday in December……see Jan for more details!
1. Shirley – received an invitation from the Dundas Civitan Club – November 28th 6:30 pm at Golf Club. More details to follow from Shirley.
2. Dave Carson – Grace visited from Conservations Authority/Eco Park – Conservation Authority was looking for someone to take lead on a Trillium Grant for a viewing platform near the industrial canal, looking for non profit club to put their name on it. They will prepare the application and the money will go to the Conservation Authority. Board okay with this – ensuring the whole club was as well. Motion made by Dave, seconded by Paul. All in favour vote.
3. Motion forward for Community Services donations – Motion by Mieke Ewen, Seconded by Bob Morrow. (Routes $1500, Wesley $1000, Community Services $1000, Salvation Army $2000).
4. Winter Carnival – Ken asked for volunteers for committee for the annual Winter Carnival. Also, sign damaged at the park. City will replace it…..with some changes – city will give us money to do this. Carnival generally set for the Saturday of Family Day weekend
|Remembrance Day Program||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Nov 13, 2015||
Shirley Molloy led our program. Members read aloud prepared written excerpts and Shirley showed video clips to provide information about Canada’s contributions to the wars in the last hundred years. Each of these “vignettes” set the stage for individual members to share personal recollections and family stories.
Remembering World War I:
George Gould recalled an uncle who had saved people from a bombed hospital. Ralph Montesanto talked about the powerful experience of being in Ypres and Passchendaele.
Shirley remembered her grandfather being active in the Legion and selling poppies every year.
Paul Clifford recalled his father-in-law who had been member of the Royal Flying Corps at a time when there were no parachutes. He survived though and even tried to enlist in World War II. Ken Beel worked with someone in Manchester who had been in the Royal Observatory Corps. He also described how in his city nobody ever talked about the First World War yet the damage to shell-shocked soldiers was evidenced in their shuffling manner.
Bob Neibert read the famous poem In Flanders Fields. We were reminded that the poet, John McCrae, had been born in Guelph in 1872 and went to the University of Toronto. The poem was written following the death of a friend who was buried in Flanders. McCrae himself died in 1918 and was buried in France.
Remembering World War II: Phil Wood talked about his father who tried to get into the Navy at 15 and was turned away. Waiting a year, he then joined the Air Force, becoming a tail gunner in a Lancaster Bomber. Paul talked about the horrors of the battlefield in Hong Kong and how so many young “green” troops were sacrificed. George related a story about his grandfather in a convoy throwing over lifeboats to those in the water after their ships had been destroyed. Ken reminded everyone of our legendary Rotarian Ken Turner’s senior position in the military and his accountings of the cost of war.
Remembering Afghanistan: Shirley outlined Canada’s part in the international efforts following the 2001 attacks on the United States. Forty thousand Canadian soldiers served from 2002 to 2014, with 158 killed. The presentation ended with a video clip of a military nurse’s recounting her experience in Afghanistan.
We concluded with a moment of silence.
|Meeting of November 10, 2015||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Nov 12, 2015||
Bill Armstrong greeted everyone and Bob Neibert took attendance. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
We all welcomed Randy Abel with hugs; very glad to see him following the difficult time he and his family have been through with the passing of his daughter and the recent fire at his house. Randy thanked everyone for their support, thoughts and wishes in the loss of his daughter, Lindsey. He also gave the members an update on the impact of the house fire.
Happy Dollars: Jessica gave Happy Dollars to celebrate her sister, Marion’s, 66th birthday and the 95th anniversary of her father’s birth. Wayne was happy that he, Ralph and their wives had attended a Rotary Foundation dinner. Scott was happy to report that his daughter has received honours two years in a row at Dundas Valley Secondary School, noting her 98% in History. Former History teachers Ernie and Art were pleased. George’s son received an excellence award in tutoring from University of Waterloo, named after Sir Sandford Fleming. Keeping on the history theme, Ernie gave George a pop quiz on Fleming. He was remembered as the inventor of Standard Time and retroactively promoted to Prime Minister. Shirley was happy because she’s always happy.
Appreciation: As it was her last day, we took a moment to thank, Cathy, for her service and support over the many months in attending to our breakfast meeting needs.
Announcements: Wayne presented recognition to Bob N. and Shirley from the Rotary Foundation for our club’s achievement in “every Rotarian, every year”. Bob N. reminded everyone that November is Rotary Foundation month and that donations can be made easily online. He also reminded everyone of our club’s Paul Harris dinner later this month on the 24th. Ken took us on the “long and windy road” to his and the club’s attempts to transfer money for one of our projects.
Mieke received a pin in recognition for her recruitment of our new member, Don.
Our club President, Shirley Molloy, then led us through a series of vignettes outlining Canada’s involvement in the wars of the last century as we observed Remembrance Day.
|EcoPark Greenhouse Art Metaphor||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 04, 2015||
The Dundas EcoPark continues on its path to completion. Grass and trees were planted, weeds cut and the greenhouse art decor erected next to the chimney, the only part left remaining from the Velduis Greenhouses. The two Dundas Rotary clubs agreed to donate $60 000 to help the Hamilton Conservation Authority with its long-term goal of the EcoPark.
|Migrant Worker Health and Safety||Posted by Ross Bannatyne||on Nov 02, 2015||
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers is funded through the Ministry of Labour Prevention Office. Michelle Tew is a nurse and works in that program in Hamilton. She explained that the influx of seasonal agricultural workers started in the 1960’s mainly because our population preferred full time rather than seasonal employment.
Typically some 35,000 agricultural workers come to Canada annually from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. The majority work in Ontario from Niagara to Leamington. These workers are subjected to long hours at minimum wage with no added compensation for overtime. Employment Standards need to change for this population which would also help Canadians.
In 2006 Agriculture came under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. While there is OHIP and WSIB coverage these migrants are hesitant to apply for fear of losing their job and being sent home. They cannot apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Michelle is focused on the plight of those afflicted with eye problems. Many of these migrants suffer from scarring over the cornea known as Pterydium also known as surfer’s eye. Others need corrective lenses but OHIP does not cover the exam unless the individual is diabetic. A worker may resort to buying glasses from the display at a drug store without seeing an optometrist.
Michelle is passionate about finding solutions for the problems these workers face including literacy, establishing clinics that are accessible as to time and location, prevention based workshops etc. As Michelle pointed out these workers come here to contribute to our economy and quality of life. What can we do for them in return?
|Meeting of November 3, 2015||Posted by Ross Bannatyne||on Nov 02, 2015||
Ross Bannatyne was the Recorder, Glen Mumberson the Greeter, Wayne Massey on the Desk and Ernie Romain the Sergeant-At-Arms. There were 24 members in attendance this morning plus three guests namely David Kelday (Marie-Louise's personal feeder), Barbara Montesanto (way too early for her) & our speaker Michelle Tew.
Happy Dollars: Ernie was celebrating the Leaf’s victory; Hugh announced that Dr. K. Shankardass received a Physician of the Year Award;
Steve Roblin was happy that he saw Steve Palmer on Halloween & had coffee with former member Alycia who promised to pay us a visit;
Ralph announced a fundraiser for Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health taking place on Nov 19th. Tickets are $30.00 so contact Ralph if you need some; Shirley paid a fine because she had to leave early; Phil enjoyed his bacon despite the advice of the World Health Organization; Paul commented on Dr. Shankardass’s award & the fact that he saw former member Rob Brown yesterday. Paul is still looking for his jacket; Mieke was happy to announce that her cousin delivered her first baby Brittany Jordan
Shirley announced the Memorial Service for David Lowery & other Rotarians which took place at the District Conference. Members were invited to sign the card which will be delivered along with a candle from the service to David’s wife.
Members were reminded about Meals that Heal & the sign up sheet was circulated. We need three more volunteers - one to cover Sunday, Nov 29th & two for Sunday December 6th. Please contact Ross to indicate your interest
Michelle Tew was introduced and thanked by Ralph Montesanto. Michelle, an Occupational Health Nurse, spoke on Global Eye Health Needs Right Around the Corner ie The Case of Ontario Migrant Farm Workers.
|Rotary in China: Randal Eastman Reports||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Oct 29, 2015||
A resident of Shanghai, China for 18 years, our guest speaker Randal Eastman is a partner in Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreats with 16 locations in China.
Randal grew up in Dundas, received his BA from McMaster in 1988 and his MBA from Western in 1993. He has facility in a number of languages: French, German, Russian and Mandarin.
A Rotarian since 1993, Randall is a Past-President (2009-10) of the Rotary Club of Shanghai China. He is also the Rotary International Special Representative to China, leading Rotary’s Service Club Development within mainland China.
Randal began his presentation noting that Rotary in China is almost as long as the history of Rotary itself. Randal’s club, the Rotary Club of Shanghai, China was chartered in 1919.
Rotary’s viability in China reflects the fortunes and politics of the country. At its height, there were 32 Rotary clubs. Randal showed us a picture of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, visiting China in 1935. However, during the Chinese Revolution of 1949, many Rotarians fled to Hong Kong and Taiwan and Rotary ended in the country.
Randal described the relatively recent and slow buildup of Rotary service in China. There are 7 clubs now and a promising future, with interest mounting as evidenced by the number of Rotaract and Interact groups, and four provisional Rotary clubs. There is also hope for legal recognition as Rotary develops a good reputation with local governments which are seeing Rotary providing excellent service in China. At present, Rotary membership is limited to ex-pats with Chinese citizens not permitted by the Chinese government to be members.
Randal also outlined the North Korean Soccer project from its origins to its impact. The project grew from an idea and the energies of a young Australian boy. Randall had a number of photos from a visit to the area. He thanked us for our generous personal and club donations to the project.
Randal concluded his presentation with a call to action. He asked us to consider continuing our support of the North Korean project with donations for soccer balls and uniforms but to also consider supporting the purchase of clean cook-stoves and solar water heaters for the same area.
Ralph Montesanto thanked Randal for his presentation and for the work he does on behalf of Rotary.
|Meeting of October 27, 2015||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Oct 28, 2015||
Today 24 of our members welcomed three guests: Marie-Louise’s husband, David Kelday; and, our guest speaker, Randal Eastman with his father, Bob Eastman. Everyone was greeted by Don Davidson and signed in by Mieke Ewen who pitched in at the last moment. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
Happy Dollars: Ernie gave Un-Happy dollars, listing all the Toronto teams that had lost over the week-end. Paul would be happy when the jacket he left at Art in the Park is located and returned to him. Our guest speaker, Randall, was happy to be at his first Rotary meeting ever in southern Ontario. Shirley was happy that she had been at the Rotary conference in Ellicottville, NY and to have been able to participate in the inter-faith service that recognized recently departed Rotarians, especially noting our very own David Lowery. Ralph was also happy that he had been to the conference, noting the workshops that were focused on personal development. Ross and Mary also attended the conference.
Marie-Louise was happy to be here, especially after breaking both her wrists. Her husband, David, was both her “right and left-hand man” helping her navigate eating her breakfast.
Joe was happy to be a Rotarian at our club because it is the only way he would know what the world looks like at 7 a.m. Dave was happy for the sunny days.
Announcements: Ross reminded people about Meals that Heal opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House. A sign-up sheet was sent around. Others are to email their availability directly to Ross.
Wayne Massey introduced our guest speaker, Randal Eastman, the Rotary International Special Representative to China. Originally from Dundas and currently a resident of Shanghai, China, Randal gave us an update on Rotary in China and specifics about the Korean Soccer balls project which our club had been involved in.
After the meeting Derek Price and Randal chatted about China.
|Scott Vance the Figure Skater||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Oct 21, 2015||
Punctuating his talk with photos, Scott Vance outlined his life in Dundas since 1968. His first photo was of his parents’ wedding day. Scott’s father was in law enforcement and grew up in North Hamilton. His mother was born in Scotland.
As a young boy, Scott played hockey but around 13 years old his father dared him to try figure skating after a remark Scott made about how easy his sister’s figure skating looked. Scott found out not only that it was athletically challenging but that he loved it and was very good at it. From 13 to 25 years old, Scott devoted his energies and talent to it, managing a gruelling schedule of school and on and off ice training. Ultimately, Scott participated at the highest levels, eventually coming in 5th in the Canadian championships in pairs skating. He competed at the time of the emerging pairs powerhouse of Lloyd Eisler and Isabelle Brasseur.
Then Scott worked for Litzen’s Sports for 10 years in their Mississauga office. That led to other opportunities to where he is now in optical sales. His current territory is huge but the potential market is large too, with an ever increasing aging population needing glasses.
Figure skating is still in Scott’s life with his daughters skating and his leadership in the Dundas Figure Skating Club.
Bill Armstrong, Scott’s sponsor to the club, thanked Scott for his presentation and his contributions to Rotary, reminding us that even Scott’s connection to Rotary comes through figure skating with the DFSC involvement at the Rotary rink in the Driving Park.
|Meeting of October 20, 2015||Posted by Jessica Brennan||on Oct 21, 2015||
Today our 22 members and one guest were welcomed by Nic Shultz and marked in by Steve Roblin. Our Sergeant-at-Arms was Ernie Romain. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
Happy Dollars: Ernie started off by listing a number of things he was happy about: his birthday, the Leafs win, the Blue Jays still being in the playoffs and the results of the Federal Election. Our guest, William Knox, was happy to be home. Bruce was ridiculously happy because his youngest daughter just got engaged with a lovely young man who actually asked Bruce for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Bruce was also happy because regardless of the election results he was happy to live in Canada and to be able to exercise his democratic rights. Wayne’s happiness was due to his birthday and golfing and having dinner with his children. George was just happy and did not elaborate. Steve was happy to have been at Game 5 of the Jays and Rangers series. Shirley was happy that there were more women at the meeting this week.
Announcements: Phil reminded everyone of the Chicken BBQ at St. Mark’s this coming Friday (October 23). Steve announced a community meeting for that evening on policing in Dundas.
William Knox, supported by his sponsor, Carlotta Cisneros-Knox, was inducted as a member of our Rotary Club by our President, Shirley Molloy, Ralph Montesanto and Paul Clifford. Following the ceremony, William was congratulated by the membership in attendance.
Shirley Molloy introduced our guest speaker, Scott Vance, one of our very own, who as a new member gave his Classification Talk, highlighting his figure-skating passion and career.
|Meeting of October 13, 2015||Posted by Ross Bannatyne||on Oct 13, 2015||
Recorder—Ross Bannatyne, Greeter—Paul Clifford, Desk—Harold Gruneberg, Sergeant–at –Arms—Shirley Molloy, Guests & Visiting Rotarians—John Henley
Attendance—19 plus Guest Speaker
Happy Dollars: Ralph acknowledged our lone female in attendance—Shirley; Steve Roblin spoke of his 9th Anniversary as well as his visit to New York City for the Global Citizen Festival; Vlad is back & we were glad to see him; Phil is happy to have a break from teaching this week; Paul spoke about scary politics; Glen is glad to be back from the cottage; Dave is looking for help this weekend in cleaning up at the Community Garden; George lamented that the flu bug struck his wife last week; Bob Neibert confirmed that Kevin Rempel will be the guest speaker at The Paul Harris Dinner on Nov 24th; and, Shirley is happy about The Blue Jays winning ways.
Announcements: Steve Roblin was awarded a pin by Shirley for bringing in Nic as a new member; Phil announced that he is selling tickets to the Chicken BBQ @ St Mark’s on October 23; Art announced the Routes Scrap Metal drive on October 17; and, Ross reminded everyone present about our 6 Meals that Heal commitment at Ronald McDonald House & circulated the signup sheet.
Ralph introduced our guest speaker, John Henley and thanked him for his efforts including coming in ahead of time to familiarize himself with the Club’s Audio Visual equipment.
|My Life in the Movies - The Sequel||Posted by Ross Bannatyne||on Oct 13, 2015||
John Henley return this week to present “My Life in the Movies Part 2”. He showed a 90 second trailer featuring him in “Arthur Moore and The Lone Wolf” which he explained was a Sheridan College Project filmed in the Rockwood Conservation Area. He then treated us to a display of magic featuring a rope trick.
Back to the film industry he remarked seeing the Support Group parked currently at St Mark’s United Church and the important role it plays in the Film Industry. He proceeded to show us a Call Sheet that details all of the activities for the day as well as the participants. Those involved often start their day at 5:30 am wrapping up some 13 hours later. This can go on for two weeks at a time.
John took us through his journey of more than a dozen of his favourites over some 80 appearances.
“The Lonely” was his most recent film shoot receiving an award at The Chinese Film Festival. He was also involved in a narration film earlier this year.
Lastly was a description of cutouts and dolls used as stand ins for actors. John quipped that a studio used the faces of some actors on these and subsequently had to pay the actors for the privilege.
|Meeting of October 6, 2015||Posted by Jan Southall||on Oct 06, 2015||
Our club is soon going to be known for its “comings and goings”!! We welcomed back Sergeant at Arms, Ernie, from his cottage and travels in California. Shirley returned from her Caribbean cruise and a well deserved rest and Ross is home from his final summer at his cottage, having decided it was time to sell. Ken is home from his holiday in Spain and France which included rock concerts and opera and Art enjoyed NYC, including an outdoor Metropolitan Opera concert in Times Square. But we also said farewell to Bob Morrow, leaving tomorrow for 5 weeks in England to celebrate his 50th Anniversary(with Lynne) and Barb, who leaves next week for 6 weeks at her Florida home.
As well as from all of the above, happy dollars were given by Dave C. for all the work Ken did to see the completion of our EcoPark project, by Bruce for his summer at the cottage and the celebration of his 37th Anniversary (with Claire), by Bill who bumped into Kevin Beagle who gave him a donation to pass on to the Abel family and by Carlotta who sadly told us of Marie Louise’s fall yesterday which resulted in broken wrists – we wish her a speedy recovery.
Reminders: Paul Harris Dinner is November 24th - save the date
Sign up for the Ronald McDonald House dinners
Routes Scrap Metal Drive is October 17.
Our guest speaker, John Henley, was introduced by Ralph.
The meeting ended with our thoughts and prayers for Peter and Sandra Dendekker.
|My Life in the Movies||Posted by Jan Southall||on Oct 06, 2015||
John Henley treated us to stories and pictures of his “Life in the Movies” as a background actor. This is a second career for John who performed as a magician from the age of 10 in England and continued his magical career upon immigrating to Canada, teaching his skills and performing to audiences, large and small. He described his acting career as an exercise in “hurry up and wait” and spends many hours on sets, sometimes doing crossword puzzles but also enjoying some roles working with well-known actors. John's presentation was well received and he is back next week for the sequel, "Life in the Movies 2".
|Meeting of September 29, 2015||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Sep 29, 2015||
Greeter for today was Don Davidson and covering the desk was Carlotta Cisneros-Knox. George Gould was the Sergeant-At-Arms and Barbara Busing was the recorder. We were a small group today with no guests other than our guest speaker.
Happy Dollars today were from Scott who was celebrating a birthday of 39+ years. Happy Birthday Scott! Paul Clifford gave a “concern” dollar and spoke to some serious concerns with the current election. Bob Morrow contributed and noted the club was sending $2500 to Ronald McDonald House, a mix of Club Service dollars and generous donations. As well one more window needs upgrading at Ellen Osler Home: can you help? Call Bob for details. Ralph Montesanto gave a Happy Dollar for his and Barb’s participation in a recent RI Zone meeting in Providence R.I. Dave Carson reminded us of the Food Drive this Saturday AT ST MARK’s……8am for set up if you can help. Art gave a Happy Dollar after returning from a 2 month vacation including the highlight of visiting Iceland. He also plugged the Routes Scrap Drive on October 16. George Gould is back at the work he loves: working with kids. He is at Cootes Paradise Elementary until Christmas.
Announcements: Besides the ones in the Happy Dollars section Joan Ballantyne joined us again to see if more of us wanted to attend the Dinner and/or Dance in support of Lindsey. It is happening this Friday, October 2. Contact Joan is you want tickets.
David Carson introduced and thanked guest speaker Grant Linney.
|The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Sep 29, 2015||
Today's guest speaker was Grant Linney a retired teacher with strong interest in his topic of Climate Change. The title of Grant’s talk, “The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue” tells you about one of the main messages he concluded with: Act now and vote (wisely) on October 19. Through his presentation Grant guided us to better understand the damage done by burning fossil fuels, resulting in a world that is heating up and causing multiple negative impacts on life/humans. He challenged us to consider that we need a second Industrial Revolution to focus us on solar and wind energy. He noted that Germany (solar) and Norway (wind) were being quite successful in transitioning away from fossil fuels. What kind of legacy do we want to leave our children and grand-children? We can no longer “pass the buck” and “download” to the next generation Grant noted as we are running out of time. These few pictures capture some of the key points he spoke about. The audience was very quiet during this talk. You could tell he had hit on a topic of concern to us all.
|Shredding Day October 3||Posted by ralph Montesanto||on Sep 19, 2015||
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|Art in the Park||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 14, 2015||
Diana Billings, one of the 30 artists at the 3rd annual Art in the Park, enjoyed her day in spite of the rain. Her bubbly character helped brighten the day.
|Don Davidson Inducted Into Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 14, 2015||
Don Davidson director of development and communication for St. Joseph's Villa Foundation was inducted into the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. Don is an Ancaster resident and recently started his position at the foundation. The induction ceremony was conducted by assistant governor Bob Morrow, club president Shirley Molloy and membership director Ralph Montesanto. Mieke Ewen is Don's sponsor.
|Stormwater Stewardship in Dundas||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 14, 2015||
Leanne Collett from the Hamilton Conservation Authority spoke of the need to redirect storm water runoff from the sewer system to a more natural drainage that puts the water back into the air and soil. In urban areas runoff is 55% vs 10% in forest areas. Redirection can reduce flooding, erosion and pollution if done correctly. She suggests unhooking roof drains from the sewer system, building pollinator and rain gardens that absorb runoff and using rain barrels to harvest roof water for irrigation. Leanne is passionate about storm water stewardship in Dundas and is available to come to resident homes to help plan what they could do to reduce excess runoff going into the sewer system. For more information contact http://conservationhamilton.ca/stormwater-stewardship-in-dundas.
|Pouring Concrete For EcoPark Design||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 05, 2015||
Derek Price, Ken Beel, Carl Fraser, Bill Stewart and Carole Beel prepare the concrete base that will support the large art piece representing a greenhouse in the new Dundas EcoPark.
The following week, Ken and Ralph added the next part of the pour.
|Rotary Clock Up and Running in Dundas Driving Park||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 01, 2015||
Thanks to the efforts of Keith and Christine Green of the Dundas Rotary Club and the sweat equity of Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotarians Ken Beel, Derek Price, Randy Abel and Roger Stewart (not in photo) the replacement Rotary Clock is up and running in the Dundas Driving Park.
|Ellen Osler Home Explained||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 31, 2015||
Marguerite Ward the executive director of the Ellen Osler Home and Chantel Malcolm the program coordinator informed us of one of the best kept secrets of Dundas. To most of our surprise, the home is a federal half way house for female prisoners. It is such a surprise because the women fit so well into the community and their rate of recidivism is extremely low. The home is run by the Salvation Army and has been in operation for women for 14 years. Before that it was for young men. The major focus of the home is to reintegrate women into the community. Some are there for 2 - 3 months while others are there for up to 2.5 years. The women face many barriers to integration and need to relearn everyday things like buying groceries, taking a bus or going to the library. Often employment and housing are difficult to find but they do succeed with help.
|New Members Inducted Into The Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 26, 2015||
Assistant governor Bob Morrow, district governor Kevin Crosby and club president Shirley Molloy induct Marie-Louise Kelday (sponsor Carlotta Cisneros-Knox) and Nic Schulz (sponsor Steve Roblin) into the club. Marie-Louise is a retired French language teacher and Nic is executive director of Corner Stone Standards Council.
|District Governor Kevin Crosby Brings Rotary International Theme to Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 26, 2015||
District governor Kevin Crosby brought his vision for District 7090 Rotary clubs. In order to, "Be a Gift to the World", he asked each Rotarian to use his or her passion to service to make the local and international communities a better place for individuals. He recognized that the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is vibrant and engaging for members and that we are actively increasing the number of females and younger business, professional and community leaders as members.
Club foundation director Bob Neibert presented Kevin with club donations of $5000 and $1000 towards the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and Polio Plus program respectively.
|Club Donates $700 to Accessible Learning Experience for Inner City Schools||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 29, 2015||
Art McCabe accepted $700 to support a classroom of inner city students to visit the Warplane Heritage Museum and take part in a day long learning experience.
Community Service Director Bill Armstrong made the presentation.
|Youth at SLAPSHOT and RYLA Make Us Proud||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 29, 2015||
Youth Services Director Alycia Moore introduced three of the five students the club sponsored to SLAPSHOT and RYLA youth leadership programs (Emma Louth-RYLA and Mackenzie Peirce-SLAPSHOT were unable to attend this morning's meeting).
Sahil Sawnani and Seye Oduyale both 4th year biochemistry students at McMaster University and co-presidents of the McMaster Rotaract Club attended the week long RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program in Fredonia NY. They both spoke so highly of the program, the friends they made, and the things they learned about leadership, trust and themselves and how RYLA was now a new defining moment in their lives. Both young men are planning to be doctors.
Abbey Lewis a grade 10 student at Dundas Valley Secondary School attended SLAPSHOT a three day leadership session held at Canterbury Hills in Ancaster ON. Through ice breakers, ropes courses, karaoke, personality quizzes and other leadership activities she learned about her leadership style and the many programs that Rotary sponsors world wide; and, she did this while building new friendships and having an amazing experience.
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a strong supporter of youth, with RYLA and SLAPSHOT being just two leadership programs and school awards that Youth Service Director Alycia promoted.
|Annual Fellowship BBQ||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 29, 2015||
Each year members of the club celebrate the end of the Rotary year with a BBQ. For the second year in a row it was at the home of Randy Abel and Joan Ballantyne.
Photos tell the story.
|Meeting of June 9, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 08, 2015||
Thank you to Grant our greeter and Ernie who ran the desk. Another 7 members paid their dues for the first half of the next Rotary year. President Bob passed around a sign up sheet for the end of year BBQ on June 23 at Randy's house. If you did not sign up please do so next week indicating the number attending and your choice of steak or salmon. President Bob then presented Bill with a Rotary Membership Award, level bronze, for sponsoring Scott Vance into the club. He also recognized Ernie and Wayne for their continued support of The Rotary Foundation.
Paul had happy dollars for his grandchildren's accomplishments. His youngest was accepted into the 6 week Advanced Sailing Program which is of Olympic caliber. He was 1 of 6 accepted. And yet another granddaughter chosen as 1 of 200 across Canada for another sailing program. Not finished yet living through his grandchildren he announced a granddaughter accepted into the Toronto Children's Choir.
Wayne completed the 23 annual Massey golf tournament and tied for first place. Ernie visited his 99 year old uncle who was in great shape attributing it to smoking and drinking. Ernie also had words to say about an 8 person Public Works Committee that investigated the wall in front of his home that was torn down over a year ago. He is still waiting for a resolution to repair it that is acceptable to both the city and him.
Jessica's son turned 23, graduated in music at Mohawk and was accepted into McMaster's music program. Still on the music theme, Jan announced that daughter Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Jan also returned from a great Mediterranean cruise; and, Meike took her kids to their first Ti-Cat game at Tim Horton's Stadium.
The program this morning was on Vocational Service. The guest speaker was our very own Derek Price who wore a guest badge to highlight the fact.
|Derek Price Tells His Story||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 08, 2015||
What a great life story. Derek Price started his classification talk with his birth in Wolverhampton, England during a WWII air raid. He first saw his father, who was in the air force, 4.5 years later. He, his younger sister, mother and father were a close knit family after the war and managed just fine during the post war rationing years. After taking his 11+ exams he was one of 3 out of a class of 46 who passed into the higher education stream eventually being hired by a large corporation that sent him off to school to become an engineer. After two years with Rolls Royce he decided to take his engineer ticket to go to sea but decided the tramp steamers he was offered were not what he wanted. However, he longed to travel the world.
After interviewing with a jobs placement agency he was offered positions in Rhodesia, Tasmania and Canada. He choose Westinghouse in Canada. Arriving in February he thought he was at the North Pole! Luckily things warmed up, he met Ann and they were married, eventually adopting a boy and girl.
After qualifying in Canada in the area of fluid dynamics he continued with Westinghouse until 1974 when he moved to Fischer-Ludlow in Burlington working his way up to company president. Derek travelled the world as president selling the company's catwalks and other steel wares in Turkey, Kuwait, and other middle east countries, each with a very different way of doing business. His interest in travel continues during his retirement and he and Ann are often in another land.
Derek's passion for soccer drew him to Dundas to play and eventually to live. He joined the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club 10 years ago, believes it is a unique club and that its members give hope to folks in need.
|Paul Harris Awards to Ernie Romain and Wayne Massey||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 08, 2015||
Congratulations to Ernie Romain for attaining the Paul Harris plus 7 level and to Wayne Massey for attaining the Paul Harris plus 2 level. Both Wayne and Ernie are regular supporters of The Rotary Foundation and are congratulated by club president Bob Neibert.
|Meeting of June 2, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 02, 2015||
A beautiful day with a great view of the golf course! SAA Bruce gave a quick review of the events for last month: shredding, fireworks and lobster rib fest. Yes, members were very busy planning the events and volunteering. They were all Saturdays too.
Birthday wishes were given to Paul, Derek and Glen. Glen then gave his happy dollar as a thank you to George and Mieke for working the bar at lobster rib fest. Derek said, "Being here is a happy day not just my birthday", as he surveyed the view of the golf course. Paul quoted a line, "Old men forget", and then proceeded to recall great memories from June 6, 1944. Thirty -two years later he first joined a Rotary club. Art found 3 keys at lobster fest, reminded us that he helped start the event 21 years ago and was no pleased that he could hand off the cooking to Scott Vance. Bill said the silent auction went well and Harold was just happy with the entire event. Joe returned to the building housing the old Valley City Manufacturing, a place where he worked 25 years ago. Now he is renting office space there.
Following happy dollars president Bob led the induction of Carlota into the club.
Following the induction we held a club assembly where each director gave an update. Community service director Bill explained that his entire budget of $13 000 will be spent this year with the last $700 sponsoring a a classroom of students to War Plane Heritage. He has also organized a club visit there for November 3 as part of our Remembrance Day theme. More information on this as we get closer to the day.
International service director Bob outlined the global grant of $2000 to go with the club's $3000 for the Mexican orphanage; and the $2500 that was wired to the Rotary club of Shanghai for soccer balls for North Korean children. He also reminded us that the club continues to set aside $3000 per year for a major international project in 2016-17. Bob also started a Rotary wine fellowship and advertised a motorcycle rally called the Cross Egypt Challenge.
President Bob gave reports for youth services director Alycia, vocational services director Marnee and The Rotary Foundation director Jan. The club sponsored 2 students to SLAPSHOT, 1 to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa and 3 to RYLA. June is graduation month and the club has two Ken Turner Awards of $500 each being presented by Bob Morrow. There are 4 grade 8 awards of $50 each and presenters are needed. We had one off site meeting this year with 2 being planned for next year - the new brewery in Dundas and the war plane museum. We were also reminded that each time a classification talk is given this is part of vocational service. Besides our individual giving this year to the Rotary foundation of between $3000 - $4000, the club gives 20% of its budget. This amounted to two cheques, one for $5000 and another for $3000 giving the club a total credit of about $12 000 - $13 000.
Treasurer Ken reported that we had $42 000 in this year's budget and all has been accounted for with a new total of $9000 into contingencies for an international project and $4000 in reserve. The wire transfers to China (2 tries) and Croatia (5 tries) were interesting. Since the club moved to the golf course attendance has improved and the administration account has gone from a deficit of $900 to $2000 on the good side. He did whine a bit, reminding all members to pay their $100 dues for July and January before the end of June and December. Why the whine? Because he got tired of chasing some of us.
Club service director Jessica reminded everyone of the upcoming BBQ on June 23 at Randy Abel's home. More information and directions to follow later. There will be no morning meeting that day.
Public relations and membership director Ralph gave a hand out of the various media coverage the club had the past three months. He also reported that we inducted 7 new members this year and lost 5 giving the club 40 active members at this time. Alycia has put in her resignation as living in Guelph is not conducive to being in a Dundas club.
|Carlota Cisneros-Knox Inducted Into the Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 02, 2015||
The club inducted its newest member this morning, welcoming Carlota Cisneros-Knox into the Family of Rotary. Her sponsor Grant Armstrong, club president Bob Neibert assistant governor Bob Morrow and membership director Ralph Montesanto conducted the induction ceremony with the help of all club members present.
Carlota's classification is Business Supplies: customer service.
|Lobster Rib Fest a Great Event||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 31, 2015||
From cooking, to serving, to eating, the 21 Annual Rotary Clubs of Dundas Lobster and Rib Fest was a great success drawing a capacity crowd of 750 to the Grightmire Arena.
Scott Vance and Hugh Boyd helped to cook the lobsters.
Platinum sponsor, Scotia Bank, prepared the pasta.
The many sponsors had a place of honour.
Rotarians and volunteers served and cleaned up.
And the crowd ate, visited the silent auction tables and danced the night away to the sounds of Banned from Heaven.
|Homeward Bound:How Educating Vulnerable Women is a Win Win for Society||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 25, 2015||
He is turning 83 but Paul Clifford continues to epitomize what it means to be a Rotarian! Paul visited Woodgreen Community Services in Toronto and saw first hand how an organization that provides wrap around services can help vulnerable women rise out of a poverty of hope and take on the challenge of completing an education. Through a screening process women are selected to attend one of George Brown, Seneca or Sheridan College for four years. They receive a subsidized apartment, full day free day care, school fees paid and social services to help if there is a problem. Over the four years they receive skills training, a formal education, internship and employment.
What Paul is trying to do is replicate this idea in the Hamilton area. He is spreading the message while talking to some movers and shakers in the area to determine if the concept will fly. It is not inexpensive, costing about $75 000 per year per family, but the end result for the Toronto Homeward Bound indicates a spending of $1 saves $4 in the future. Paul would like help. Contact him if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Meeting of May 26, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 25, 2015||
We welcomed Jackson Palmer, Stephen's son, and Carlota to this morning's meeting. Ralph presented Stephen with a special Rotary pin to acknowledge his sponsorship for Steve Roblin. SAA Bruce reviewed a Netflix and dentist flick tooth by tooth.
Happy dollars from Barb who was glad to be back from Florida (ya, right!), from Glen for the big push on wine for the draw and from David Carson who now has a big garden of his own to tend.
Ralph introduced Phil who was proud to be named to the McMaster Alumni Society. He will be the 22nd person so inducted. Go to http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/alumni-association-welcomes-phil-wood-with-honorary-membership/ for the full story.
Jackson Palmer will be off to Disney with his grandparents; and, Joe and Paul are celebrating birthdays.
Alycia was looking for help with giving awards in June to the elementary schools. Let her know if you could help. Bob Morrow will cover Dundas Valley Secondary School to present the Ken Turner Award. Alycia is also looking for drivers to transport RYLA students to Fredonia NY on June 14 and pick them up a week later. This is a significant drive; so, two different drivers would lessen the burden.
Steve Roblin asked, after the meeting, to send members information about Telling Tales. This will come as a separate article. And, the last four Rotary hats were given to ticket winners.
SAA Bruce then introduced Paul Clifford who spoke on a new project he is championing called Homeward Bound. Once again, when Paul took the podium he exemplified what it means to be a Rotarian!
|Telling Tales: Get Ready!||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 25, 2015||
Join us for this amazing event where over 20 Rotary Clubs work together to promote this amazing FREE festival and literacy throughout the year.
We have over 150 Rotarians that volunteer for this awesome and fun event. If you are interested in volunteering, or know of anyone (like those teens that need those volunteer hours) who would like to volunteer simply email Julie Shea at email@example.com.
Can't volunteer? Get the word out. All the details are in the piece below which was taken from the Telling Tales website www.tellingtales.org
A Day To Celebrate Stories – Sunday September 20th, 2015
This year’s illustration was created by Canadian illustrator Bernice Lum. Bernice was born in Toronto and is currently based there. She is a graduate of the Sheridan College Graphic Design Program. Bernice has illustrated for Oxford University Press, Chirp and Chickadee Magazines, Kids Can Press and Bloomsbury. She has had over 40 books published while continuing her commercial work with clients in the United Kingdom, North America, Japan and Korea.
An Inspiring Location
Take a step back in time at Westfield Heritage Village: host to Telling Tales Festival for the last seven years. Westfield’s natural surroundings and unique collection of historic buildings make it the perfect location to bring stories to life. Telling Tales performances take place at nine different stages throughout this picturesque village.
Authors and Illustrators & Storytellers… Oh My!
This year’s festival brings 30 of Canada’s top authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians together to share their stories and talents with children of all ages. There is truly something for everyone: from babies to teens, parents and grandparents, from beginning readers to avid readers, and even to reluctant readers!
Books really come to life when presented by these engaging authors. They are some of our most talented children’s authors in Canada, and they’re also some of the funniest and most entertaining too. Read along, play along, dance, sing and have fun!
Lots To See, Hear and Do
Nine stages invite you to roam around the Village, enjoying music, games, and historic characters. Pose for pictures and chat with Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and other characters from your favourite stories.
Books, Books, Books
Buy a book from the Bryan Prince Bookseller’s tent and have the author sign it – what a prize for your bookshelf! Add some books to your home library for only a dollar or two, or bring a gently used book and “swap” it for a different one! Either way, at our Giant Book Swap & Shop kids can take home a new-to-them book.
Play & Learn
For the little ones there is a bustling Children’s Activity Centre in the Large Meadow with a special focus on creative, literacy-based play. Exhibitors, the Library Bookmobile and a vintage fire engine are sure to delight kids young, and young-at-heart. As an added bonus there are lots of contests and prizes during the Festival!
Westfield Heritage Village is buzzing with activity. Check out the steam locomotive, buy old-fashioned candy at the general store and even see how horseshoes are made at the Blacksmith Shop. All of Westfield’s fantastic costumed interpreters bring history to life by showing you what pioneer life was really like.
Mark Your Calendar now for Sunday, September 20th, 2015.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552)
|Our Very Own Dr. Phil||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 25, 2015|
|Meeting of May 19, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 18, 2015||
We welcomed Carlota Cisneros Knox, Grant's guest, Denise Christopherson our guest speaker, and Claudia Canestrelli, youth exchange student staying with Barb and Ralph.
Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce thanked Ken and his entire team for the fabulous fireworks event this past Sunday. He also paid tribute to all the non-Rotarians, family and friends who volunteered.
Happy dollars from Phil who celebrates his 43 anniversary. He also reminded us of the upcoming bake,plant and garage sale at St. Mark's Church this Saturday, May 23. Art was pleased with glow stick sales which helped raise $2700. He also praised the 12 volunteers who helped sell: Roger and Carol, and Sue and Dave from our club. Art talked about World championship Hockey and the USSR which brought in Ernie and his comments that five players from the Whitney Dunlop team were from Timmins. That in turn brought in Jessica who was in Montreal where the population was mourning the elimination of the Canadiens from the Stanley Cup. She was in Montreal celebrating her sister's 60th birthday.
Vlad returned from Croatia and was pleased to report that the money the club gave his home town Rotary club was used to repair a school gym that was destroyed by floods. He also gave the Paul Harris Award presented recently at our Paul Harris dinner during the Croatian club's meeting. This is an all male club and the Paul Harris was given to a woman doctor from the community. It turned some heads but drew an at-a-boy from our guest speaker Denise.
Glen reported that ticket sales for the Lobster Rib Fest are continuing and money should be turned in to him by next week's meeting. He reminded everyone to bring in wine for the draw.
Ken, who does a lot of work for the Dundas Museum, promoted the museum's May 23 event which runs from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It is a family day with critters to pet, hot dogs, and old stuff - probably the kids' grandparents.
Bill announced the following message: Attention All Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Members and Volunteers
ISSUE Number #1
After our successful Sunday Fireworks event – our Lost & Found operation is not yet finished
We have acquired two pair of prescription glasses.
A. FOUND: One Pair of Ladies Dark Glasses and One Pair of Foster Grant regular glasses.
B. LOST: A Set of Jeep Car Keys (note: I have the name and number of the owner)
Several lost items were found and returned to their rightful owners that night (with thanks and no problems)
Thankfully we had no reports of injuries, incidents or lost children.
All’s well that ends well.
ISSUE Number #2
We are getting very close to the date of our Rotary Lobster Rib Fest. There are a few loose ends to tie up.
a. Ticket Sales info and money must get to Glen Mumberson ASAP
b. Wine for the wheelbarrow raffle is needed - to Glen Mumberson ASAP
c. Silent Auction items are still urgently needed by Bill Armstrong ASAP
d. Volunteer workers are still being recruited by Harold Gruneberg
Jessica introduced our guest speaker, Denise Christopherson, CEO of the Hamilton YWCA.
|EXCLerator Project: Denise Christopherson, CEO Hamilton YWCA||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 18, 2015||
Denise Christopherson, CEO of the Hamilton YWCA, outlined the many services the YWCA provides. Some of the services are child care, transitional living, developmental services, employment training and supervised access. The focus of her presentation was, "Why we need to invest in women." The Women and Diversity EXCLerator Project looks at women's representation in leadership positions in the local area. It gives initial data for nine sectors which will provide a benchmark for future progress. The key finding is that women remain underrepresented in all forms of senior leadership with only the voluntary boards and executive sector approaching parity with men. Women need commitments from organizations and government; they need role models; they need mentors and coaches; and, "Leaders must be reflective in analyzing their organization's recruiting and advancement practices internally and externally, and ask, are we doing enough?"
|Meeting of May 12, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 11, 2015||
We welcomed Carlota Cisneros Knox once again. Carlota is interested in becoming a Rotarian and is a guest of Grant Armstrong. Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce started off by congratulating the shredding volunteers for another successful event. It is a day that provides a service to the community and makes money for the club. Happy dollars from Stephen with the birth of his daughter Louise. All is well in the family of three and Stephen now has a bigger work load. Jessica reported that her son has recovered from his fall down the stairs and the ensuing concussion. Shirley was pleased to be at the meeting with no meds. Yeah. No back pain! And Bruce's grandson turned 2 today.
Glen asked for confirmation regarding actual lobster rib fest ticket sales. Please let him now how many tickets are confirmed and how many are not. Today if possible. He also suggested that for the next two weeks rather than a happy dollar members contribute a bottle of wine for the draw. Paul thanked the club for its ad in the HARRRP Dancing on Sunshine booklet. He also thanked Carl for the Aligned Capital Partners Inc. ad. Bill thanked donators for auction items for the lobster rib fest and asked for more. The auction raises significant funds during the event. Harold asked for more volunteers for the event. Please let him know what you, your family or friends would like to do.
This Sunday is the Victoria Day Fireworks. We expect close to 12 000 in attendance and need a full complement of volunteers. Let Steve Roblin know if you can work. We need folks just about everywhere - at the gate collecting donations, for security, for collections, etc.
Ralph held a draw this morning for Rotary hats. The winners were Ken, Bob Morrow and Wayne.
Jan gave Rotary Foundation stickers to Stephen (he left to take care of the children), Ross and Carl. She also reminded those members who have yet to donate to The Rotary Foundation to do so before the end of the Rotary year so that our club can be named as an Every Rotarian Every Year club. Even $10 will do. Every single member has to contribute for this to happen. We missed it last year.
Bob Morrow our assistant governor informed us that at the Waterdown Rotary Club's Paul Harris Dinner our very own Jan Southall received an award for the work she has done each year with their Rib Fest. He then took the podium as guest speaker talking about Rotary connections.
|Rotary Connections||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 11, 2015||
Assistant governor Bob Morrow spoke about how Rotary makes connections. He spoke from personal experience, highlighting the many countries where he has done make up meetings. His connections were Paraguay, Chile, China, Portugal and Mexico. Each of these make up meetings helped him make contacts for his occupation or gave him contacts to support his role as the club's international service director. He reminded the members that the club has set aside $9000 over the past three years in an effort to have the $15 000 required to apply for a global grant from The Rotary Foundation in 2016-17. One of the five countries will likely reap the benefit of the grant as the club learns more and decides which way to go.
|Another Successful Shredding Day||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 10, 2015||
The shredding truck arrived just before 9:00 AM to a waiting crowd. After an hour and a half 8000 pounds of personal documents were safely shredded. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club holds a shredding day each May and again in the fall. The community is very appreciative and although the fee is $6 per small bank box, many individuals make a further gift to support the many local and international service projects the club supports, including Rotary International's pledge to eradicate polio.
Peter Davis and his daughter Meredith are assisted by Rotary Youth Exchange student Claudia Canestrelli as they prepare their documents for delivery to the shredding truck.
By 1:00 PM over 9000 pounds of documents were shredded and sent for recycling.
|Designing the Hovercraft: Ron Ballantyne||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 04, 2015||
Ron Ballantyne is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He talked about designing the Sidewall Hovercraft, a prototype developed in the 1960s. This "air lubricated" vehicle was something new whose concept came from the floating Hoover vacuum cleaner. Ron walked the club through a stream of management vs engineer development issues that always came back to the fact that the engineer was right.
|Meeting of May 5 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 04, 2015||
We welcomed Claudia Canestrelli, Rotary Youth Exchange student from Italy, sponsored by the Hamilton Rotary Club and finishing her last two months at the home of Ralph and Barb Montesanto. As well, Joan Ballantyne was here to introduce our guest speaker, her father Ron.
Sergeant-at-Arms Bruce was back from Florida where he learned not to talk politics especially if surrounded by republicans. Barbara is off to Florida to keep the balance in tact. There were plenty of happy dollars this morning. Ernie spent a week in Phoenix where he golfed surrounded by rattlesnakes, cougars, coyotes and swarming bees. Bob Morrow thanked those who contributed to soccer balls for China and recalled his Kenya experience on the golf course where the local rule was a free lift if ball closer than 3 feet from a cobra. Paul Clifford was happy to meet past Rotarian Rob Brown in town. And, two retirements were announced: Wayne Massey sold his business and David Mattchett will golf his way into retirement while in Ireland.
Joe returned from 6 months away with most time spent in Arizona in his RV He thanked the bulletin editors for continuing to keep him in contact with the club while he and Anne were away. Glen is once again a great grandfather as he celebrated the birth of a great granddaughter. Part of his celebration was to remind us to bring in wine for the lobster rib fest. Also, bring money for your tickets to next week's meeting.
David Carson has officially opened the community garden and thanked the boy scouts for their assistance. Ken attended many Rotary club meetings while in Florida and was looked on poorly when he informed one club that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist. Nice going Ken! And Ralph was treated to the vibrant singing of Happy Birthday when he announced that this morning was the big day.
There were three announcements: Ralph asked for volunteers for this Saturday's Shredding Day and received a full complement; Bill distributed silent auction forms for the lobster rib fest and continues to look for donations; and, Jan distributed another three Rotary Foundation stickers to those who made recent contributions.
Joan then introduced her father Ron who graduated as a naval architect in Glasgow Scotland. Ron spoke about developing a new hovercraft back in the 60s.
|PAUL HARRIS DINNER||Posted by Robert Morrow||on Apr 28, 2015||
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary club held its 15th annual Paul Harris dinner and celebration this week. The event is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, who met with three other people for the first time in 1905; they "rotated" their luncheon location, giving the organization its now-famous name. The club honoured some Rotarians and also non-Rotarians from the community and made a special presentation to Susan Lowery, in memory of her late husband and Rotarian, David Lowery.
For their contributions to the Stars of Dundas, the club honoured Erin Bree Pierce LeBlanc and Joan Ballantyne.
For contributions to various community programs, awards were presented to Jim Sweetman (environmental – given by David Carson) and to Max Ratevosian and Melania Lawliw (arts – both given by Wayne Massey).
An award was presented “in absentia” to Dr. Anka Masek Tonkovic and will be given in Croatia to the recipient by Rotarian Vlad Veckie later this summer.
The club was honoured to have as its guest speaker, Glen Grunwald, the director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University. Glen was a former NCAA basketball player and captain of the 1981 champion Indiana Hoosiers. His career has involved General Manager's roles with the New York Nicks and Toronto Raptors. Glen's talk was an inspiration to the members and guests.
|Shredding Day May 9||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 22, 2015||
|Scott Vance Inducted into Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 20, 2015||
Bill Armstrong, Scott Vance's sponsor, president-elect Shirley Molloy, assistant governor Bob Morrow and membership director Ralph Montesanto shared a laugh as the rest of the membership formed a large circle for Scott's induction into the club.
Scott lives in Dundas and coaches figure skating. His full time occupation is in the "glasses business" where he is a wholesale distributor to optometrists.
|Meeting of April 21, 2015||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Apr 20, 2015||
Today was a busy day for the Club. First we thank Ralph for stepping in at the desk and for Jan acting as our Sergeant at Arms. We welcomed today our guest speakers Laurel Thompson and Helen Dam from Able Sailing.
Our first order of business was to install Scott Vance as a member of our club. Scott's classification is wholesale distribution. Bill is his sponsor.
HAPPY DOLLARS this week included some from Grant as he was not charged anything (!) by Eccles for some adjustments to his wife's car. Dave Carson was glad to make it safely back to Canada after a false start on a brand new plane. The flight was 4 hours delayed due to the triggering of an escape chute just before take off.
Safe flight once in the air thankfully. Laurel, one of our guests , thanked us for our $500 donation to Able Sail and Shirley was thankful for 5 good days. Ross was happy to be back and Mieke for her winning hockey team ( aka as the Habs…yeah!) . Wayne is pleased that the Income Tax Act which was temporary when first put out, is more and more complex and challenging for us non accountants! Phil was happy to see the greens being trimmed, Steve was hoping the Raptors will do better this next game he is attending, and Ralph reported he played 37- 9 hole games while in Florida, as well that Barb is recovering well. Never mind that his car wouldn’t start and is being towed today (Eccles?? Free? Let us know next week….Bruce you better get back here soon).
ANNOUNCEMENTS this week included:
FIREWORKS sign up sheets were circulated. Ken told us he was pleased to cultivate and share the good relationships with the City staff. 8 food trucks are lined up for the event giving us 10% of their revenues.…come hungry and eat at the vendors!
LOBSTERFEST WINE needed AND TICKETS for sale available to/from Glen. Sign up for duties on line or at the next regular meeting.
ECO PARK is starting up again with a planning meeting concerning the structure design (welcome back Vlad)
PAUL HARRIS DINNER with guest speaker Glen Grumwald, is next Tuesday. Bar opens at 6 pm. Event is being held here at the DVGC. Please pay Jan.
R I FOUNDATION Stickers available for those who have made a contribution to Rotary International this Rotary year. Everyone please give as you can. Steve Palmer you were absent for the presentation of your sticker, but Jan is not forgetting about you.
MOTION was presented by Alycia, supported by Bob Morrow and seconded by Art Samson and unanimously supported by the club members, to give $2000.00 to Telling Tales for the September 2015 event.
|Meeting of April 14, 2015||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Apr 13, 2015||
Ellen Boyce from the noon club was welcomed as a guest this morning along with Kevin Blain, Parks and Rec’s Supervisor from the City of Hamilton who has been very helpful to our club.
Today’s meeting got under way with an underwhelming number of Happy Dollars. George had to work the crowd hard! Thanks however to Jessica for noting she had a wonderful time at the District education program on Saturday with Shirley and driver Bob M.. Ernie thanked Bob M for resuming his humorous emails noting it is a sure signal that Bob has returned from his winter vacation in Portugal. Bob then reported good news on the biopsy report on the tissue removed from his arm in March. Art gave to the pot to remind us of the Routes Scrap Metal and Electronics Drive this weekend 9-1 at the Westoby Arena on Olympic Drive
We unanimously supported the new Rotary International Constitution at our vote this morning. President Bob noted that we will still be required to have our own By Laws .
Ellen Boyce and Bill Armstrong both spoke to the Lobsterfest event and the need for all member participation and sign up to assist in the varied roles: donating auction items, selling tickets, and bringing a bottle of good wine ( $15+ Please) for the raffle. As well securing donations for the auction from others, and/or sponsorships of the event. Please see Roger for more details on sponsorships which is an area of enhanced focus this year. FYI, thank you to our first Platinum level sponsor….Scotiabank! Besides signing up to help at the event there is also need for renewal of leadership which is shared with the noon club …..Art made an impassioned plea for younger members to take over the cooking job which he has been anchoring for 19 years and Ellen made the request for Volunteer Recruitment leadership to also change hands. So……please sign up yourselves and family members who can help out at this great community event which does not run on thin air ( which was really the message to us all!) and consider stepping up into a leadership role that may interest you.
Ken Beel then spoke to us about our Fireworks event and its history since 2008 when we took it over from the City. Thanks to their on going support ( $29,500 this year) and the 5 year agreement we have with them which runs to 2019, we have a major ‘feel good” community activity to be proud of. As Ken noted we have made $60,000 since 2008 including approximately $15,000 each of the last 3 years as the event has grown and attracted upwards of 10-15 thousand people annually. As well local not for profit groups ( e.g. fellow Rotary clubs, St John’s Ambulance etc.) have benefitted by our ability to pay them for their services and assistance. Volunteers are again needed….40-50 of them. Please sign up your friends and relatives who help us make this a fun, family friendly, safe event! See Bill Armstrong to volunteer for Security duties and Steve Roblin for Gate/Collection duties. No meetings attendance required
|Meeting of April 7, 2015||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Apr 06, 2015||
George is very proud that his 2 sons have been nominated for a music award and for one of them for getting a substantial scholarship for graduate school! Bob Morrow shared a thank you note from the Ronald MacDonald House for cheese we gave them after the Stars of Dundas event. As well he presented a banner from a Portuguese Rotary Club he attended and at which he spoke ( after ample samples of Portuguese wine we are told). Phil thanked Steve for his technical assistance this morning and Harold noted that we can all sign up for Lobsterfest duties while Glen remided us to bring in a bottle of wine for the wheel barrel. Our Paul Harris speaker will be Glen Grenwald, the Athletic Director at McMaster. Jan is happy to collect the money now or at the door for this event Bob Neibert thanked those who sponsored him for the ride last week and noted the teams collectively raised $40,000. Way to go Bob!
President Bob also welcomed our 3 guests from the City Tourism and Culture Department: Director Bridget McIntosh along with Kirsten and Sara her staffers. All three met with the fireworks committee afterwards to plan for the Victoria Day weekend event.
Community Services director Bill Armstrong and President Bob presented a cheque for $300 to Jeff Leder of the Dundas Little League. The club is a regular annual supporter of Little League.
SPEAKER for the day was our own "Dr. Phil". He spoke to us of the origin of the iron ring worn by Canadian engineers. After engineers were blamed for the collapse of a bridge between Quebec City and Levis, in 1903 and again in 1914, leaders of the profession banded together to suggest a creed for engineers and by 1925 the first 6 engineers were given a ring in a special ceremony. Rudyard Kipling was the author of many parts of the ceremony that is used to this day, that reminds engineers of their obligations to themselves as professionals and indeed of lessons for life. Phil told us that engineers are reminded during the ceremony of several important qualities they should always note; that: there are limitations to human knowledge, need for humility, ethical and professional behavior, pride in their profession, hard work, respect for their elder engineers and that these are also "life lessons". At McMaster's most recent ceremony, which only engineers or their designates may attend, there were 600 presented with this symbol of professional pride. This event takes place at all Canadian Universities near the end of the winter term. In our club both Dave Matchett and Phil wear such rings (N.B. not made of iron....some debate about proportion of metals used!) although those trained elsewhere in the world can apply to receive a ring if they so wish. Thanks Phil for sharing this background with us. Your pride in your profession truly shone through.
|Mieke Ewen Classification||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Mar 30, 2015||
|Meeting of March 31, 2015||Posted by Barbara Busing||on Mar 30, 2015||
|The Mustard Seed||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 24, 2015||
Dave Carson gave a talk on the Mustard Seed- a new community cooperative food retail store located on York Boulevard; Dave has recently become a board member there. The rationale behind the store is:
The Mustard Seed is a not-for-profit grocery store, placing member and community benefit alongside profitability as hallmarks of success. Its goal is to support the local community by encouraging local food producers and processors and to provide a place where local, healthy foods can be purchased at fair prices. It also seeks to encourage local employment and pays a living wage to all employees.
You do not have to be a member to shop there but if you are, you obtain discounts on your purchases and can take advantage of member specials.
|Club Meeting March 17||Posted by Dave Carson||on Mar 16, 2015||
We had a bright green St Patrick’s Day meeting, thanks to hats, bow ties, and badges provided by Jessica Brennan. We were joined by two visitors from McMaster Rotaract Club and Thie Convery and Kanwal Shankardass from the Noon Club. . Ernie Roman added to the Irish flavour by singing a song and dancing a jig. Not to be missed. Acting SAA George Gould collected Happy Dollars, starting with his own to celebrate his birthday and beer count of 530 different beers tasted. Derek was back from a UK trip, where the daffodils are already flowering. Barb celebrated grand-daughter #2. Alycia celebrated her new puppy – A Border Terrier and Jessica told us of her son’s successful graduation concert at Mohawk.
Announcements from Jan Southall reminded us to nominate Paul Harris winners from the Club or community for our dinner on April 28th. Bill Armstrong asked for volunteers for the May 30th Lobsterfest to give their names to Harold Grunenberg, and to start assembling Silent Auction items.
We had two speakers at our March 17th meeting, Taylor from McMaster Rotaract and Thie Convery from the Noon Club. Taylor described the work of his club in raising funds for the National Service Dogs and for Prostate Cancer through the Movember activity. He encouraged us to attend their Parisian themed Gala taking place on March 27th at the McMaster Faculty Club; tickets $60 with funds raised going to TrueVision Ghana, an organization helping children impacted by AIDS. If you go, take a soft toy for donation to Ronald McDonald House.
Thie gave us an update on End Polio Now which has raised $1.4 billion since inception in 1985. It has succeeded in reducing worldwide polio cases from 350,000 a year to 333 in 2014. Polio is now only occurring in 3 countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Funds raised by Rotary are now being matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.
Thie then promoted the Rotary District 7090 Million Dollar Dinner in which members are encouraged to make a pledge of $10,000 US to the Foundation, with many different ways to make the donation as a one time, multi-year or bequest donation. Contact Thie if you can consider this donation at 905—627-9970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Club meeting March 10||Posted||on Mar 11, 2015||
17 members and one guest (prospective member Scott Vance) heard some interesting stories with Happy Dollars. Steve Roblin avoided major losses in Las Vegas when his bank called to check on an illegal withdrawal. Barb Busing announced the birth of one grandchild and the forecast of another four in the near future. Jessica celebrated International Womens' Day last weekend.Paul Clifford distributed a quote from Ben Franklin - "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety" - and warned us of the implications of Bill C51 in this regard.
Jan Southall reminded us of the Paul Harris Dinner on Tuesday April 28th and that we had the opportunity of nominating a club or community member for a Paul Harris award. She also reminded us of the need for contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Bill Armstrong noted Lobsterfest there is a planning meeting tonight and George Gould (acting Sergeant at Arms) asked for volunteers on the Fireworks organizing committee.
|Roger Stewart Classification||Posted by Dave Carson||on Mar 09, 2015||
Roger Stewart entertained us with his re-classification after 13 years of membership. He reflected on his early life and events that influenced his development. They ranged from childhood bullying, a hit & run accident and his first job at a local garage. Baseball bat wielding robbers taught him life lessons about pain and fear. These events proved to be positive and life forming leading to his first career with the Post Office, his Presidency of the Letter Carriers Union at aged 21, marriage, family and life as a local property magnate by aged 28. This brief paragraph cannot do justice to the amusing stories Roger had to tell - so watch out for Part 2 at a future meeting.
|Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice||Posted by David Carson||on Mar 02, 2015||
Our guest speaker Trudy Cowan - Director of Volunteers at the Bob Kemp Hospice gave us a good overview of the many palliative care programs offered by the Hospice. She spoke with passion about the benefits of the work to those in need of palliative care and also how their family and friends benefited. She mentioned the many programs, not only the sort of residential care that our former member David Lowery enjoyed, but also the Day Hospice Program, the Bereavement Support group, the Healing Steps walking group, the Musical Therapy Program and their support for Camp Erin.
Following her talk, Community Service Director presented Trudy with a cheque for $1000 to support the Hospice.
|Meeting of March 3, 2013||Posted by David Carson||on Mar 02, 2015||
23 members assembled on another cold morning. We welcomed Trudy Cowan from the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.
Happy dollars were collected by stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms George Gould; Glen enjoyed his grandson’s 2nd birthday party, Steve was back from a trip to Turks and Caicos and told us how he had surprised his father with a painting of Taylor’s Tea Rooms which included a sign his father had painted. Roger offered to sell the whole building to Steve. Barb was glad to be back from a two month stay in her new condo in Florida while Vlad had a more realistic view of our winter and had been on a quick trip to sun in the Dominican Republic. Having reached 65 Phil was glad to report on half-price GO fares to Toronto. Shirley was happy to report that her daughter had just been awarded a Pan_AM contract.
Past President Jan Southall distributed Rotary Foundation badge stickers and encouraged members who had not yet made a foundation to make their contribution.
|Copy of Meeting of March 3, 2013||Posted by David Carson||on Mar 02, 2015||
23 members assembled on another cold morning. We welcomed Trudy Cowan from the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.
Happy dollars were collected by stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms George Gould; Glen enjoyed his grandson’s 2nd birthday party, Steve was back from a trip to Turks and Caicos and told us how he had surprised his father with a painting of Taylor’s Tea Rooms which included a sign his father had painted. Roger offered to sell the whole building to Steve. Barb was glad to be back from a two month stay in her new condo in Florida while Vlad had a more realistic view of our winter and had been on a quick trip to sun in the Dominican Republic. Having reached 65 Phil was glad to report on half-price GO fares to Toronto. Shirley was happy to report that her daughter had just been awarded a Pan_AM contract.
Past President Jan Southall distributed Rotary Foundation badge stickers and encouraged members who had not yet made a foundation to make their contribution.
|Meeting of February 24, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 23, 2015||
We welcomed Scott Vance from the Dundas Figure Skating Club. Scott is a guest of the club and considering joining Rotary. He was here with Bill Armstrong. Bob Morrow gave the invocation reminding everyone that this is World Understanding and Peace Week. Sergeant-at-Arms George called for happy dollars. Bob Neibert is off to OFSSA wrestling with 5 team members and then to England with his school's rugby team. Phil was happy McMaster basketball won big and the school's wrestling team did likewise. Alycia had tickets to her husband's Georgetown Rotary Club and won the door prize - a trip for two to the Myian Riviera in Mexico. Ernie survived 5 days in Timmins and will soon spend some time in Florida to warm up. Forty-eight years ago today saw Derek arrive in Canada. It was very cold that day too. Paul informed us that school bus drivers in the state of Missouri no longer need a licence to drive bus. And, Jessica invited all to attend the Routes Gala this Friday.
Following this, Jan introduced Alycia the club's youth services director.
|Youth Services||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 23, 2015||
Alycia Moore, club youth services director, outlined the various programs encompassed in the youth services directorate. Although Earlyact, Interact and Rotaract are not part of this club, we do support youth leadership activities and regularly send individuals to SLAPSHOT in Ancaster ON, RYLA in Fredonia NY and Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa ON. The club hosted its first youth exchange student, Nico Papp in 2010-11. Nico is from Argentina. Our first outbound was Claire Harkness who went to Australia. The next year Lisa Kammemer from Austria was here and Emily Hall visited Denmark. Alycia's main focus was on youth exchange, hoping to get the members reengaged in hosting in the future. Alycia herself was a youth exchange student 10 years ago with her placement in Germany where she learned to speak German.
Host Bob Neibert spoke of his family's experiences with Nico and Marnee Maroes spoke of Lisa's stay with her. Ralph Montesanto who hosted Nico showed a slide presentation during fellowship and breakfast of all four youth exchange students. He then turned the computer and projector over to Nico who was Skyped into the meeting from his home in Cordoba Argentina. Nico answered a list of prepared questions ranging from who he is and when he was here, to non host members who took him to their cottage, the zoo, hockey games or golfing. He then outlined the highlights of the program for him. Nico also give his view of the type of student who should be considered for youth exchange. He suggested he or she should not be shy, should be comfortable when away from home and should not be on exchange if there are significant issues in their own home. To close the session, Ralph turned the mike over to club members who had a number of questions for Nico, ranging from his Canadian football skills to his dream to open a wing and 7-Up restaurant in Argentina. Skyping Nico live into the morning meeting was a first for the club and with a two hour time difference Nico did not have to get out of bed too early.
|District 7090 Conference 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 20, 2015||
The District 7090 conference for 2015 is coming up this fall. Copy and enter www.rotary7090.org/Event/5fc8bcf3-779e-43a4-bad6-bba87e016d3a
into your browser and then click on www.DistrictConference2015.com#sthash.BWQeRTiA.dpuf to watch an interesting video. It's worth the watch!
|Meeting of February 17, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 16, 2015||
Ernie was this morning's Sergeant-At-Arms and collected plenty of Happy Dollars. He is off to Timmins and Glen paid so that Ernie remembers to come back. Phil had Valentine dinner at the golf club and said it was great, although nothing like the upcoming pancake dinner tonight at St. Mark's Church. Tickets are available at the door for $6 each. Derek is back from South America and enjoyed a temperature change from 30C to -27C. Shirley was glad to have husband Mike back from Guyana; Jessica's sister from Calgary and her long-time partner eloped to Las Vegas and saw Elvis. Dave Carson is back from skiing in Switzerland and David Matchett returned from Montreal and had his train break down for 12 hours. George reported that Stars of Dundas raised just over $10 000 and Mieke attended a family wedding on the Family Day weekend.
Carl was pleased with the winter carnival, the ice sculpture, the turn out and the many club members who helped out. He also said he was out of money so could not pay the happy dollar. Vlad paid it for him but could not believe that Carl was out of money! Wayne went snowmobiling in Rockwood where it was just as cold in the warming shed as outside. Paul remarked that after his talk last week he had contact with a number of folks from his past. Interesting how it all comes together. And Bob Morrow finished his last day with the Canadian Space Agency.
Ernie had another Happy Dollar, but not so happy. On the way back from a Raptors game in Toronto he hit a huge pothole on the Gardner Expressway that wrecked his car. He needed to be towed and his experience with scavenger tow trucks and the OPP was interesting.
Steve Roblin then introduced guest speaker Danielle Mably who brought us up to speed on the Youth Routes Centre.
|Routes Youth Centre||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 16, 2015||
Danielle Malby, program director of the Routes Youth Centre located in the Dundas Recreation Centre, outlined the various programs offered for 8 to 19 year olds in Dundas. Through peer tutoring, fun workshops, movie night, no electronics night and a wild card night of guest speakers, the program looks to provide a safe place and guidance for youth and help them find socially productive and satisfying "routes" to pursue in their lives and living. There are 121 youth in the program and each evening 10 to 15 come to the centre. Throughout the year there are special events like summer trips once a week, talent shows and various fund raisers like leaf raking or a scrap metal drive. The budget for the year is around $120 000 and it comes from a variety of donors including service clubs. The annual gala dinner this year is February 27 and tickets are available for $50 each. For more information go to the website http://routesyouthcentre.ca.
Club community services director Bill Armstrong presented Danielle with $1000. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a regular supporter of the Routes Youth Centre.
|Club Donates to Dundas Figure Skating club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 14, 2015||
At the club's winter carnival on February 14 Bill Armstrong, community services director, presented Scott Vance, VP of the Dundas Figure Skating Club with $400. Each year the club entertains at the Dundas Rotary Rink during the Family Day weekend Winter Carnival.
|Ice Carving at the Rotary Winter Carnival||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 14, 2015||
Iceculture Inc, a world class ice carving company had one of its artists carve Robear, the Dundas Rotary Ice Rink mascot. Carver Yen spent four hours working with three 300-pound blocks of ice. Starting with a chainsaw and working with hand tools, an electric grinder and a blow torch he created a master piece. Iceculture Inc. has created ice sculptures throughout the world and our club was very fortunate to have them on site February 14 during its winter carnival.
What a great job. Looks just like Robear.
|Paul Clifford 39 Years in Rotary||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 09, 2015||
Paul Clifford a charter member of this club and a Rotarian for 39 years gave a snap shot of his early years growing up during WWll and moving through various levels of education until receiving his doctorate in geology. Born in 1932 Paul was almost passed off to his aunt to be raised because his father was out of work and struggling to support his family. In 1940 Paul was evacuated from London to avoid the bombing raids and moved in with a farming family in Cornwall. He said this was good because there was food on the farm, not like the ongoing rationing in the cities. He learned to shear sheep and use horses to plow. At age 11 he took the usual scholarship exams and headed off to school in another city but moved again because of regular bombing. In fact a bomb landed less than 150 metres from Paul as he was looking out a window of the school. It blew out the window but did not harm him. He continued his education focusing on languages and just by chance read an interesting history book that led him to change to sciences and geology in particular. He came to Canada in 1954 and started teaching at various universities before settling on a 34 year career as a geology professor at McMaster University. Paul is a consummate volunteer giving significantly of his time and money to a variety of community organizations that help those in need of food, shelter, clothing and safety.
|Meeting of February 10, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 09, 2015||
Well, the morning started with plenty of excitement. The fire alarm went off at the club and the fire department was dispatched. Nothing serious but we ate five alarm bacon! Lynn Gates from Little Hats was guest of the club. Bruce thanked everyone who helped with the Dundas Stars show. There were 133 tickets collected at the door and the event was outstanding. Happy dollars from Bob Morrow who was back from a 9-day cruise; from Carl Fraser (who was absent) indicating there would be an ice sculptor at the winter carnival; from Art who again reminded us to think about attending the Routes Gala on February 27; and from Phil who had tickets to St. Mark's Pancake Dinner on February 17. Dave Matchett was off to Montreal to see the Leafs and Habs play; and, Jessica will be receiving the Legacy of Merit Award. Randy has two tables filled for the Rockton Dinner Theatre on March 21 but might be able to purchase more tickets if anyone else is interested.
|Little Hats Receives $400||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 09, 2015||
Community services director Bill Armstrong and president Bob Neibert presented Lynn Gates from Little Hats with $400 to assist with the purchase of materials. Lynn indicated that last year there were 400 knitters in Little Hats and they made 4436 hats, gloves and scarves for babies to adults. Most of the items were delivered to shelters and inner city schools.
|Dundas Stars Rock||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 09, 2015||
The annual Rotary Stars of Dundas presented a revue that appealed to all ages. Stephanie Eccles and sister Stacey Bishop returned for their 11th year awing the audience with When You Say Nothing At All, Poker Face and Say Something. The trio of Vocal-Tude kept us smiling with Peaceful Easy Feelings and Will the Circle be Unbroken.
Steven Andrews, a member of Vocal-Tude brought down the house with You Raise Me Up - so much so that he brought tears to the eyes of EmCee Bruce Eccles.
The young entertainers were amazing. Thomas Nunan sang a song he wrote, The Hero That You Chose, as well as Anything. Avery Schmalz’s voice was meant for the St. James Anglican Church acoustics, singing I found a Boy and People Help the People.
The dance trio of Julia Vance, Severn Keen and Audrey Ewen gave an Arabian Nights performance and Severn Keen a solo to Touch the Sky.
The baby grand piano filled the church with the sounds of The Entertainer and Fur Elise played by Adam Eldridge. And Elyssa Armstrong and Amy Goodes sang a duet of This is Where.
Nav Pooni rocked the room with his guitar, singing Suspicious Minds and Blackbird. And organist Richard Hansen reminded the audience that they were in fact in a church with his renditions of Jesu Joy of Mans and Introduction and Fugue.
Magician, Brandon Love preformed two acts that had the audience scratching their heads, wondering how he did them. Brandon also performed for individuals during the pre-show and intermission wine and cheese social.
During the event the two Rotary clubs in Dundas made a $5000 presentation to St. Joseph’s Villa in support of 12 new beds that recently opened.
The Stars of Dundas was produced by Joan Ballantyne. Besides choreographing the show, Joan put her powerful voice into singing For Good and Time To Say Goodbye. Stars of Dundas is an annual opportunity for the club to highlight local talent and raise funds for local and international service projects.
|Meeting of February 3, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 02, 2015||
We welcomed Tim Speed from Canada Warplane Heritage Museum and Bill Stewart a friend of the club who was the contractor for our ice rink. A happy dollar from George whose one son was accepted into the masters program at Waterloo and other son whose band is celebrating expanded recognition. David Carson was happy to head off to Switzerland to visit his daughter and 3 year old granddaughter and maybe do a bit of skiing. And Wayne and Helen will celebrate their 48th anniversary this week. Announcements from Art who was promoting the Routes Youth Gala on Friday February 27 and Phil who invited all to the St. Mark's Pancake Supper on February 17. Tickets for the events are $50 and $6 respectively.
Club Service Director Jessica introduced and later thanked our guest speaker Tim Speed. There were a number of follow up questions for Tim concerning the museum's High Flight Project, a possible club visit to the museum and even Paul Clifford's question about flying in a chipmunk.
Remember to get tickets and attend the Dundas Stars event this Saturday at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas.
|Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Feb 02, 2015||
Project High Flight is a learning experience run by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Tim Speed, a volunteer with the organization explained the program and how it brings inner city grade 6 students to the museum to give them an experiential lesson on the properties of air and the characteristics of flight. As well there is a program for grade 3 and 10 students.
Project High Flight is looking for sponsors, whether service clubs, corporations or individuals to provide $1250 that lets 2 classes of grade six students get bussed to the museum, take the classroom lessons and activities and have a hot lunch. More information is available at warplane.com
|Copy of A Bit About Steve Roblin||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 20, 2015||
Steve Roblin is one of the club's newest members and his sense of humour, positive attitude and easy-going nature were evident as he told us a bit about himself and his occupation. He is a consummate sales person, seeing the best in people as he brings them together to make deals. From his first candy enterprise in elementary school, through his efforts with the World Cycling Championships held in Hamilton, to running a travel company for students, to attending teachers' college in Australia, to a construction elevator operator in Italy, to this present day with Judy Marsales Realty, Steve loves the dynamics of sales and meeting people. His concern in real estate is how little effort folks put into selecting a sales agent for one of the biggest buying or selling opportunities of their lives.
|Meeting of January 20, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 20, 2015||
Following the usual fellowship before breakfast our morning greeter Alycia gave the invocation. We jumped right into happy dollars and there were many. Wayne, who gave a Toronto Leaf's shirt his dad had to his son said the last time the Leafs won a championship was the year he and Helen were married. Harold was happy to empty his pockets of change. Bruce was at his cottage and winter had taken its toll - no water, chimney broken and hydro disconnected. Vlad was just glad to be back. Dave Carson is arranging to go to Spain to see his daughter and granddaughter. Jessica wrote three music exams last year and received her ARCT in voice. Got an award too! Alycia returned from her honeymoon in St. Marteen and is looking forward to getting a new puppy from the east coast. Not sure how those two things relate. Derek's happy dollar was a suggestion to raise breakfast from $14 to $15 so we wouldn't need to keep giving the loonie change.
Randy is promoting a club fellowship event at the Rockton Dinner Theatre for March 21. Cost is $35 a person. Let him know ASAP if you want tickets because they go fast. George reminds all to sell the Rotary Stars tickets and let him know how many you sold so that food and refreshments can be ordered. He said we really need to sell more tickets as the numbers appear down to date. Paul distributed HARRRP notices of its upcoming gala at Liuna Station on February 27. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. He welcomes support of members. Cost is $100 per person.
|Winter Carnival February 14||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 14, 2015||
Come on out to the club's annual Family Day winter carnival.
|Meeting of January 13, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 12, 2015||
Peter Dendekker welcomed us this bright, sunny and cold morning on desk duty and Mieke Ewen gave the invocation. We welcomed Elysia Armstrong, Grant's daughter, who joined her dad before heading off to her grade 6 class.
After the usual fellowship, breakfast was served. Sergeant-at-Arms, Bruce was back from Florida where he just purchased a house. Derek too returned from his holidays in the south for his first meeting at our new location at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. Mieke announced that St. Joseph's Villa received its first resident into the new 12 beds that our club helped support and has committed to for the next two years. Bob Morrow was celebrating the birth of his daughter 46 years ago; and, Grant's oldest son celebrated his 14th birthday while Grant minded the store. Randy is back at teaching and Joan is glad to get him out of the house.
George was busy distributing more Rotary Stars tickets and Ralph encouraged all members to email their friends and neighbours inviting them to our 11th annual Rotary Stars event on February 7.
Community Services director Bill Armstrong gave a report outlining that the $13 200 annual budget has spent or committed $11 325. Money has gone or will go to Dundas Community Service, Dundas Valley Secondary School, Girls Dynamo Basketball, Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, Salvation Army, Routes, Wesley Urban Ministries, Dundas Figure Skating Club, Little Hats That Grew, and Able Sail. Bill has $1875 left in his budget.
President Bob asked members to think about what kind of monthly fellowship event would interest them. Randy suggested the Rockton Dinner Theatre in March would be a possibility and will look into acquiring tickets. Other ideas were a potluck at a member's home (one was held in December at Wayne and Helen Massey's), a wine tour or the O' Canada show in Niagara Falls.
President Bob also asked for suggestions to assist Vocational Service director Marnee Maroes in planning program. Suggestions included new member classification talks, mini classification talks from long serving members, off site visits (Peter will look into visiting his company, Aerloc Windows on Head Street) and career days at the high school.
Jessica Brennan, program coordinator, then asked members for speaker suggestions, handing out a month by month Rotary International theme calendar - September: Basic Education and Literacy, October: Economic and Community Development
December: Disease Prevention and Treatment, January: Vocational Service, February: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, March: Water and Sanitation, April: Maternal and Child Health, May: Youth Services. Jessica collected the suggestions and will accept more.
|Meeting of January 6, 2015||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 05, 2015||
President Bob was the greeter this morning and past president Shirley staffed the desk, collecting $14 as the new charge for breakfast.
We welcomed back Ernie and Paul who hammed it up for the camera. Glad to have you back!
A big crowd this morning as we gathered at our new location at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. As we entered Jessica provided hats and horns to add to the the festive nature of our first meeting here. Bob Morrow lead a well thought out invocation to us as Rotarians and to our new location. Announcements from George Gould who along with Randy and Joan are coordinating the Rotary Stars event. President Bob handed out tickets to be sold. If you were absent today please ask him next week for yours. This is a major fundraiser and ticket sales help generate revenue. Also, Shirley has tickets for the Dundas Community Services fundraiser on January 15. It is at the Dundas Little Theatre.
Happy dollars from Phil who was thinking of his father who passed away 25 years ago; from Harold who was excited that Canada won gold at the world Junior Hockey Tournament; and, from Stephen who recently met Marty, his University of Western Ontario co-writer of a play written 12 years ago whom he had not seen since university days. Paul was happy to be back after 7 months off and Art who informed the Dynamo Girls Basketball team that the head coach of the Canadian National Basketball team is Lisa Thomaidis from Dundas.
Past president Shirley then asked us, "What inspires you?" Here are the responses: George - the number of people in the club who are committed to doing a variety of things in the community; Phil - we are selfless and community minded. Humility and giving back is what it is all about; Grant - my family is my inspiration and I want my children to learn to give back to the community like my father Bill taught me; Bob Morrow - connections made through other Rotary clubs like the folks who helped me in Florida getting my car fixed or in Paraguay helping me find a translator; Ralph - the way Rotary can open doors to the world through travel to distant places where a big world is made much smaller by meeting Rotarians and their families; Jessica - just look at today. We have a new venue. Marnee brings her mother. We all volunteer eagerly. We recognize the talents of women like the girls on the basketball team; and, Shirley - I am inspired by each one of you in what you do and offer: friendship, community, making things happen.
|New Year & New Location||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 05, 2015||
Today was the first meeting of the new year and the beginning of our new location at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. The food was delicious, the room perfect and the view outstanding. Being the new year, club service director Jessica Brennan provided hats and noise makers as part of the celebration.
Some of the members:
Ernie Romain and Jan Southall;
Stephen Palmer, Mieke Ewen and Steve Roblin.
Randy Abel, Wayne Massey and George Gould discuss the upcoming Rotary Stars event of February 7.
We welcomed the Dundas Dynamo Girls Basket Ball Team to breakfast. The club has supported the team for several years. The girls are under 13 and play in tournaments throughout Ontario.
Pat Consoli from Dynamo accepted $500 from community services director Bill Armstrong.
Having the girls' team present was special because Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary is a proud supporter of youth in the community.
|Meeting of December 16, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 17, 2014||
We had a fabulous evening of fellowship and song at the annual Christmas party. Thanks to Jessica and her busy bees: Barbara and Norm, Ken, Bill, Roger, Randy and Joan, Ross, Bob Neibert and everyone else that had a hand in set-up and take down. The location is perfect and the food so abundant that the extras were dispersed that evening to a Hatt Street shelter. Thanks for all the toys and food. Bill looked after getting them to the Salvation Army.
Lots of happy faces.
Our club is what we make it. And, it is really great. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah.
|Annual Christmas Party||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 17, 2014||
Singing and fellowship were the order of the evening as the club held its annual Christmas party at the Dundas Museum. The karaoke machine was the crutch needed to get everyone into the mood.
The men and women took turns to see who could outperform the other. Voting tended to be polarized. This was the club's last get-together for the year. Starting in January the club meets at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club.
|Annual St. Matthew's House Auction||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 08, 2014||
Once again, the members and guests at the annual auction in support of St. Matthew's House came through. First, they donated the auction items and then proceeded to buy them back. With the able lead of auctioneer Bruce Eccles and his trusty side kick Roger Stewart $4503 was raised through purchases and donations. East Side Marios put on a great breakfast to give folks the strength to raise their hands and bid on items, usually way more than the items were worth. All to a good cause.
Steve Leighfield, the executive director of St. Matthew's House, shared in the good fun and was very pleased with the outcome.
|Meeting of December 2, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 01, 2014||
Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce called the meeting to order and Jessica welcomed the thirty-one members plus Waterdown Rotarian Norm Reed. This was a try-out of the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club for our breakfast meetings. The food was great and the room brand new and welcoming.
Barbara and Norm returned from six weeks in Florida and are ready to go back for the winter. Wayne said this was the last week he would need to pick up Bruce for the morning meeting as Bruce will soon be able to drive again. Bruce of course was pleased to get behind the wheel again. Bill reminded us of the St. Matthew's House auction at next week's morning meeting and to bring guests and more auction items. Carl returned from San Diego and six days of golfing.
Ken and several other members attended the celebration of life for David Lowery last Saturday and Ken was reminded of coal, horses and trains. Marnee bought some stocking stuffers at Barbara and Paul's sweater sale and Alycia is settled into her new house now that she and her husband built a bar in the basement.
Grant thanked everyone for their concern over Julie's hospital stay and said things were getting back to normal. He and Bill along with son Liam who was dressed as Robear attended the McMaster University Children's Hospital Christmas party on Saturday. A great experience for Liam, although after four hours he was sweating a lot in the bear suit. The kids really loved him. Phil and Robear pose for Grant's photo. The bear suit Carl bought to promote the Rotary Ice Rink gets a lot of community service work.
President Bob chaired the rest of the meeting and introduced community Services Director Bill who presented a number of motions to the members for approval. All were for $1000. Passed: Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, Dundas Community Service, Salvation Army, Routes Centre. As well, Bill introduced several other upcoming donations: Wesley Urban Ministries $500, Dundas Dynamo Girls Basketball $500, Dundas Figure Skating Club $400, Little Hats That Grew (knitting volunteer material) $500, Able Sail (disabled assistance) $500, and Dundas Valley Secondary School donation to support the play, "Spelling Bee".
President Bob presented treasurer Ken's proposal to put $20K into an interest bearing account and then introduced International Service Director Bob who presented 2 motions: $1750 for the Rotary Club of Osijek, Croatia for flood relief. Vlad contributed $1000 of this amount to support relief efforts in the community where he grew up. And, $3000 to assist with the purchase of beds and mattresses for the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico. This is contingent on getting a $2000 District Grant plus $500 from the Rotary Club of Manzanillo. Both motions passed.
President Bob gave a brief review of the Eco Park Tailgate fundraiser and will give a more detailed account in January. He also informed members that Rob Reid resigned from the club due to moving out of the area and being unable to make Tuesday meetings due to his job commitments.
Incoming President Shirley read out the proposed board for 2015 - 2016. Any TBD positions still need a candidate. If interested please see her. President, Shirley; President-Elect,Ross; Foundation, Bob Neibert; Secretary, David Carson; Treasurer, Ken; VP, TBD; Membership, Ralph; International, Bob Morrow; Community, Bill but looking for replacement; Vocational, Marnee; Youth, Alycia; Club, Jessica; PR, TBD.
The meeting closed with a reminder that next week is the St. Matthew's House auction. Bring guests (with money to spend) and more articles to auction off.
|An Update and a Little Practice on the Bulletin||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 29, 2014||
Hi Folks. The club is now on a new version of Clubrunner and I (Ralph) continue to try to learn it. To that end I am sending out another First Light, laid out a bit differently and with some photo links.
Also, this Tuesday we are meeting at the Dundas Golf and Curling Club at the far western end of Dundas, just before the railway bridge. East Side Marios through its most recent owner Mike has been good to us over the years but he is thinking of giving up the room we use some time in the future and the club is looking at the golf club as possible new meeting location. Please try to attend this Tuesday at the usual time as we will be making a decision whether or not the golf club is a viable option. There are other items on the agenda as well. See you around 7:10 AM December 2 at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club.
|Meeting of November 25, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 24, 2014||
Sergeant-at-Arms Bruce called on Mieke to say grace with 19 in attendance. David Carson expressed the club's sympathy for the passing of member David Lowery. Funeral arrangements will be forwarded to members once they are finalized.
Happy dollars from Phil for Mac's big win. He will head to Montreal for the Vanier Cup. Ralph announced that Barb's health is improving each day. George is finishing up his VP stint and will go back to painting houses. Mieke is happy her health test results showed everything is OK. Art praised hockey greats Oliver and Quinn who recently passed away.
Bill reminded everyone of the call for items to be auctioned for St. Matthew's House on December 9 and the need to bring a guest that day. Art asked if the tailgate party for the Eco Park should continue next year. The consensus was, wait until we find out what the event raised. Jan reminded everyone that next week's morning meeting is at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling club. Same time.
Jan then presented Bob Morrow with his Paul Harris plus 6 pin before introducing him as our guest speaker.
During Bob's presentation he called on Vlad to talk about supporting the Rotary Club of Osijek , Croatia regarding the serious flood experienced in the area; and Wayne to talk about supporting Casa Hogar, Mexico to purchase beds and mattresses for the 100 children cared for at the orphanage.
|Club International Service Possibilities||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 24, 2014||
Club International Service Director Bob Morrow reviewed Rotary International's 6 areas of focus and outlined how our club decides on a project. There might be a member who champions the project or has made contact with other Rotarians in the area to be served, or the club is continuing a previous project or is looking at The Rotary Foundation suggestions.
The club currently has put aside $6000 towards a base amount of $15 000 needed to access a Rotary Foundation Global Grant for 2016 - 17. The International Service Committee will examine four possible projects - Casa Hogar Orphanage in Manzanillo Mexico, a project for children in Arica Chile, a China water project for Tibetan farmers or a dialysis centre in India. Each of these suggestions has a club member or local contact associated with it.
|Meeting of November 18, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 17, 2014||
We welcomed Gary Caldwell from the Dundas Rotary Club and guest speakers Sharon Levy-Cohen from the Hamilton AM Rotary Club and Patti Cannon from Arts Hamilton. There were 28 in attendance this morning.
Assistant Governor Bob Morrow paid the club an official visit this morning. He informed us of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute taking place on December 5 at Mohawk College and encouraged members to go to the district website and register for this learning event. Our club will pick up the registration cost because it feels the training is worth taking. Bob also asked us to mark our calendars for next year's district conference on October 23 - 25 in Ellicottville NY, and the April 11 and May 2 district training events in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls NY.
President Bob informed us of the upcoming St. Matthew's House Auction on December 9. He encouraged us to look for auction items and to have some guests join us that morning to support the cause. The Christmas party is December 16 at the Dundas Museum starting at 6:00 PM. He also gave us the good news that the City of Hamilton has contracted with the club to host the May fireworks for the next 5 years. This event is now our major fundraiser.
Happy dollars from Ralph who reported that Barb is now home from the hospital and recovering from a serious bacterial infection. Randy who said the Air Force Club fundraiser is this Friday as is the tree lighting in the square at 7:00 PM. Steve Palmer who announced another child is on the way. David Mattchett who along with Sue visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Jessica who has been hired as a facilitator to train trustees through out the province. She also had a big 65 birthday party for her sister.
President Bob recognized Bruce and Ralph with special Rotary pins for sponsoring new members. Then he introduced our guest speakers and thanked them after their presentation on Imagine in the Park.
|Imagine in the Park||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 17, 2014||
Sharon Levy-Cohen from the Hamilton AM Rotary Club and Patti Cannon from Arts Hamilton spoke of Imagine in the Park, an arts festival for children aged 3 - 12. Since its inception in 2011 to this past year, attendance has grown from 1000 children to 2700 who participate in a variety of hands on workshops presented by various artists in literature, music, visual, dance and theater. The festival which takes place at Gage Park in Hamilton on the first Saturday of June is free. The $13 500 budgeted to run the festival comes from sponsorships ranging from $500 to sponsor an artist, $750 for an artist and tent, to $1000 for a complete workshop. Yes, Sharon and Patti would like financial support from our club or us as individuals but they would also like us to promote the event to our families and friends and actually volunteer the day of the event. For more information go to imagineinthepark.com
|Meeting of November 11, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 10, 2014||
A festive crowd met this morning as we welcomed past member Andy Coburn and on leave member Paul Clifford. SAA Bruce was in good spirits as he is rapidly recovering from yet another new knee surgery.
Lots of happy dollars this morning. Vlad returned from Myrtle beach playing golf; Bill's favourite three football teams won; Wayne is recovering from jet lag after being away in the Mediterranean area for a month; Derek who was just happy to see everyone return from vacationing; president Bob for all the returning members; Dave Carson, Paul and Peter for seeing Bruce; Carl for lending the Robear suit to McMaster Children's Hospital; Andy for just being here; Alycia for her new home in Guelph; and Bob Morrow who returned from a month cruise without needing a liver scan.
Bruce gave a great introduction for Paul who was the Remembrance Day speaker, honouring him for the fabulous work he does in the community.
President Bob thanked Paul with a personal letter and a donation to St. Matthew's House on Paul's behalf rather than the usual cup.
After Paul's talk members offered their own recollections for Remembrance Day. Ralph expressed his difficulty reciting In Flanders Fields while standing in the cemetery off John McCrae Way in Flanders. Bruce told of reading his grandfather's war records. Ken spoke of John Bertram's and John Craven's agreement to manufacture war machines to make gun barrels. Jan remembered that her father could not join the army because he worked at Bertrams. Carl saw a telegram in his grandparent's medicine cabinet saying their son was missing in action in Italy. Derek who was four at the time saw his father for the first time when he returned from Italy. And, David Carson recalled his dad wanting to meet a war buddy in Toronto who was with him during his training accident as a marine commando.
|Remembrance Day: A time to bring to mind or keep in mind||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 10, 2014||
Club member Paul Clifford gave a thoughtful, educational and timely overview of Remembrance Day. Started in 1916 by an army padre for the Unknown Soldier Cenotaph the day was designed to give us the opportunity to express collective grief and gratitude. Paul gave a history of the various cenotaphs throughout the world and reminded us that although we collectively honour the dead and living members of our military on this day, we should keep them in mind every day. Paul talked about the major wars, police actions and conflicts of our military but he also reminded us of all those everyday folks who supported the war efforts through their factory or farm labours. The recent loss of two Canadian soldiers (one from Hamilton) on home soil by terrorists reminded us that remembering to remember is heightened when things happen close to home. Following Paul's presentation many club members told short personal stories as they remembered.
|Meetings of October 14th and 21st||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on Oct 22, 2014|
|Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on Oct 20, 2014||
We all were as mesmerized as Jackson by Dr. Tom Doyle's presentation regarding 3D printing. Here Jackson is watching while the 3D printer that Dr. Doyle brought with him is "printing" a small smile-y face that Jackson later took home with him.
|Peter Dendekker, Vocational Talk||Posted by Marnee Maroes||on Oct 13, 2014||
Peter, as a newer member, introduced himself to our club. While we've been pleased to have him around regularly for the past while, it was great to get to know him better.
Peter's parents immigrated from Holland in the 50s. He and his family are active members of the Dutch Reformed community and Peter talked about the experiences of being part of a relatively new immigrant group in Canada. For example, he said that he and his community are now becoming more engaged with the community at large, which he is pleased to be part of. He is active on the board of his children's school. Peter and his wife have 4 children, ages 6 through 15.
Peter's dad bought the company he worked at. While Peter was at Queen's, his dad became ill and Peter decided to come home and help with the family business and has been there ever since. Though it is hard work, he loves the opportunity to work with his family (4 sisters, a brother, and his dad). Their company manufactures commercial windows, for example, for hospitals and schools. They are located on Head Street and employ 65 people.
Peter reminded us about being thankful for what he have and about giving back to the communities we are part of.
|Meeting of October 7, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Oct 06, 2014||
Jessica welcomed our newest member David Bakker and our soon to be inducted guests Steve Roblin and Mieke Ewen. Our Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce returned from California where he developed a taste for California wines. Today he celebrated that infamous day four years ago when he had his motorcycle accident. Next week he gets another new knee, that being his fifth operation in four years. Shirley thanked those who helped out with the food drive and promoted the 3rd Annual Hope in the City Breakfast on November 13 where Rex Murphy is the speaker and Susan Clairmont is the EmCee. Tickets are $50 each.
Carl had a stay in the hospital because of a racing heart. When he woke up the doctor had cauterized 5 extra nerves in his heart and now, no more racing heart! David Mattchett won the Trevor Garwood Jones Golf Tournament and Alycia and Matt purchased a new house.
Art congratulated everyone for their efforts with the Ti-Cat Tail Gate Party. Our club sold 210 tickets - all at $50 each. He also promoted the Routes Scrap Metal Drive on October 18 and the All You Can Eat Wings on October 25.
Dave Carson reminded everyone of the work days on October 18 and 25 for the Eco Park. Be there for 9:00 AM. Small tree planting on the 18th and path construction on the 25th. Bring a rake that day.
After the induction of Steve and Mieke President Bob lead a discussion on the golf course site. Pros and cons were discussed and a motion will go out to club members by email in the near future. After discussion on a previous issue of setting up an emergency fund for surprise expenses the members passed a motion that $2000 be set aside from the gross budget before each area of service receive its percentage.
|Steve Roblin and Mieke Ewen Inducted Into The Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Oct 06, 2014||
Steve Roblin and Mieke Ewen were welcomed into the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise and became the newest members of the club. Steve is a Real Estate Agent with Judy Marsales and Mieke is Assistant Director of Care at St. Joseph's Villa.
Ralph Montesanto, Membership Director and sponsor for Mieke, and Stephen Palmer, sponsor for Steve join Assistant Governor Bob Morrow and Club President Bob Neibert in the induction ceremony for Steve and Mieke. Following their induction members individually welcome them to the club.
|Rotary Day Event in Dundas||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Oct 04, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Dundas worked together to host a Hamilton Tiger Cat Tail Gate Party on October 4.
Over 300 party goers joined the festive afternoon for music, food and refreshments prior to the Tiger Cats vs BC Lions football game at the new Tim Horton's Field. Thanks to the Hamilton Air Force Association for partnering with the clubs, to Hillfield Strathallan College for supplying the buses to the game and to the Tiger Cat organization for a break on the price of tickets. Funds raised go towards the new Eco Park in Dundas.
The Ti-Cat Cheerleaders added to the scene and took part with Francis Manias in the football toss.
And the face painter worked her magic on Randy Abel getting him into the festive mood.
And what's a party without music.
And the Tiger Cats won!
|Meeting of September 23, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 22, 2014||
We welcomed David Bakker, Dr. Hugh Boyd, Jennifer Banks and Mieke Ewen from St. Joseph's Villa, and Danya Scime guest of Bill Armstrong. Happy Birthday today to David Mattchett and Happy Anniversary to David and Sue later this week. Wayne talked about a flier he received from an orphanage in Mexico that is expanding; Danya is grandmother to her 3rd granddaughter and suggested we watch Cable 14 to hear the various candidates running for town councillor; Vlad is back from several months in Croatia and raided his granddaughter's piggy bank to pay his Happy Dollar; and, President Bob thanked all the volunteers who made Art in the Park run smoothly on Sunday. He also offered special thanks to whomever had the rain go away so that the crowd of over 900 would show up.
Art reminded everyone to get the TiCat Tail Gate tickets sold and turn in the money to him. We are all in section 213 on October 4 and the ticket is for the tail gate party, the bus and the game. Shirley asked for volunteers for the food drive on October 4 and suggested that since many members will be busy that day at the tail gate party they could go to the food bank on Friday afternoon October 3 to help get the boxes ready.
President Bob then called all members to form a circle for the inductions of David Bakker, Dr. Hugh Boyd and Jennifer Banks.
Following the inductions there was a club assembly where each director outlined progress in his or her area of responsibility.
|Club Inducts Three New Members||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 22, 2014||
Three members of the St. Joseph's Villa Leadership Team were inducted into the club this morning. In a formal ceremony Ralph Montesanto the club Membership Director and sponsor for the three individuals, President Bob Neibert, and Assistant Governor Bob Morrow inducted David Bakker, Dr. Hugh Boyd and Jennifer Banks.
David is the President of St. Joseph's Villa.
Dr. Boyd is the Medical Director.
And Jennifer is the Director of Care.
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a long time supporter of St. Joseph's Villa, a long term care residence in Dundas and also the town's largest employer.
|$400 for the Dundas Civitan Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 20, 2014||
During Art in the Park club president Bob Neibert presented Pam Jurilj from the Dundas Civitan Club a cheque for $400. Members of Civitan join Pam and Bob for the presentation.
|Art in the Park a Great Success||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 20, 2014||
The rain cleared, the sun shone and the people came. The second annual Art in the Park drew a steady crowd. One of the visitors indicated that, "This is very good for Dundas."
Artist Fred Amalfi drew a steady crowd as he almost sold out his entire works.
|Meeting of September 16, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 15, 2014||
Where was everybody this morning? Even with visiting Rotarian Ellen Boyce from the Dundas club we had just 16 members.
Ellen informed us Selnick's Blinds at the corner of Governor's and Creighton Roads has given her club a number of blinds to sell as a fund raiser. If you are interested it's this Saturday. She promises good deals. Ellen also was promoting the Trevor Garwood Jones Golf Tournament on September 23 at Dundas Valley. If you are a golfer there is still room. Both Ellen and Art spoke of the upcoming Ti-Cat Tail Gate Party on October 4. If you have tickets please get them sold and bring the money to the September 23 meeting. This is a significant fund raiser for our two club's share of the Eco Park project. Also, volunteers are needed for the Tail Gate Party. Go on www.clubrunner.ca/dundas and click on volunteering and drop down to the event. Use Ellen's sign in name, Ellen Boyce (note the space) and use the password dundas1, then click "book" and enter your name. Remember to click "save". Randy suggested you promote the tickets on facebook, twitter or any other electronic means you have. Art was passionate! Sell your tickets.
Jan and Bill spoke of Art in the Park this Sunday. Our community services committee will be giving $1000 to the Rotary Creekside Parkette to be built next to Amica. Jan could also use some more volunteers that day.
Ralph thanked those who volunteered for Shredding Day on Saturday. Bob Morrow, Derek, Joe, Barbara, Bill, Wayne, David Carson and Ralph emptied enough boxes to shredded 4500 pounds of paper and sent it to recycling while making a lot of community members happy and netting just over $900 for the club. Jessica thanked Art, Alycia and Ralph for joining her at Telling Tales on Sunday. Along with financial support our club continues to have members do some sweat equity that day.
Dave Carson reminded everyone to put October 18 into their calendars. That's a work day when we build pathways and plant trees. Let him know if you are able to work.
Bob Morrow then gave a lesson on international service, one of the pillars of Rotary.
|International Service: Humanitarianism in Action||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 15, 2014||
Bob Morrow, club director of international services explained what World Community Services is all about and how our club can prepare for a major project in a developing country. In order to access a Rotary Foundation Global Grant our club must have a minimum of $15 000 that the District and Foundation can match. The club has been budgeting for this the last two years. There are, however, specific criteria we must meet to be approved. The project must benefit a large number of people, offer self help, meet one or more of the Foundation's six areas of focus, be Rotary sponsored with a Rotary club associated with the project location, and be self sustaining. The club International Service Committee consists of Bob Morrow, Wayne Massey and Peter Dendekker. Next month they will present some options for us to consider as we plan for a major international project which meets one of the long term goals of the club.
|Shredding Day||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 12, 2014||
A rainy day but we still shredded over 4500 pounds of documents. The community continues to thank the club for providing this service. Start getting ready for early May when we will be back.
|Meeting of September 9, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 08, 2014||
Geroge did the sergeant-at-arms duties this morning and started happy dollars with his own. He is back to school as VP at Sir Osler School and enjoying the ups and downs of school start up. Phil started back into teaching engineering at McMaster and still looks happy to be back. Bob Morrow celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first day of teaching. He has been retired from the job for a long while but retires from his last occupation with Tomatosphere this Thursday; and, Dave Carson heard from his daughter who is in Barcelona. Stephen spent his 5th anniversary in Boston and relished in the Feast of St. Anthony held there. Quite an experience! He also did some old fashion peach preserves and teased us with the possibility a jam for all. Alycia has now been married for a week and a half and in spite of the monsoons during photo time managed to get the pictures taken.
Announcement: From George about a possible date of November 21 for Stars of Dundas - Is the church available? Ralph got more volunteers for this Saturday's shredding day. He has enough now. He also reminded members of the "No Morning Meeting" on September 30 so that members can visit other clubs in the area. For those who missed district governor Jack's talk he will be at Caledonia on Sept. 30, Hamilton AM on Oct. 1 and Hamilton on Oct. 2. President Bob has more Art in the Park signs and needs more help on Sept. 21. Please see him if you are able to work that day.
The board meets Wednesday at Ralph's house at 6:30. Also, this Friday is second Friday and those interested in the usual social can gather at East Side Marios at 5:00 PM.
|Grant Armstrong||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 08, 2014||
Grant Armstrong was sponsored into Rotary by his father, Bill.
Grant said as a young high school student he was shy but acting in school plays let him pretend to be someone else. Well, it certainly helped overcome his shyness. He is now able to turn a two minute conversation into 15 minutes! As a university student he worked part-time in retail, later taking on a job in Vancouver selling hospital style modrobes. He then started working for Staples and is now the manager of the Waterdown store. He is very proud that his store received the Community Service Award from the Waterdown Chamber of Commerce. His is the first big box business in Waterdown to receive the award. Grant had a preconceived idea about Rotary from his dad Bill that the service club was all encompassing. He has since realized that each person has something to offer, some more than others at a particular time in their lives and that the strength of a club is based on the collective group. Grant is married, has three children and lives in Dundas.
|Meeting of September 2, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 01, 2014||
First day of school! Dave Carson covered as Sergeant-at-Arms for Bruce. President Bob re-circulated the sign up sheet for Art in the Park and asked anyone with posters to put them up or return them. Dave read a thank you note from Derek DeGelder. "Dear Sunrise Rotary Club: Thank you for sponsoring the Citizenship Award at the Sir William Osler grade 8 graduation. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness. I enjoy working with people and I will continue this throughout high school. Thanks again. Derek DeGelder."
Dave informed us that the Dundas Community Services Food Drive will be held on October 4. This is the same day as our Ti-Cat Tailgate Party. However, they could use our help in the morning before the tailgate party starts. Dave gave an update on the Eco Park and reminded us that October 18 volunteers are needed to build the pathways and plant the trees the club purchased.
Ken told us of the Lions clubs' ongoing useable glasses drive and suggested members might have old glasses around the house they could give to their glasses provider to be forwarded to this cause. Jessica, the club point person for the upcoming Telling Tales event on September 14, is looking for volunteers to join her and Art at Westfield Heritage Village. Although Ralph did not mention it, Saturday September 13 is Shredding Day. If you have not already volunteered and can, please let him know.
Happy dollars from Jessica who wished us a Happy New Year! Why? Because it was her birthday last week and now school started. Phil too is back to school at Mac, heading up the first year Engineering program. He also has a teaching assignment: second year Chemical Engineering. Derek was happy that the music at Mac is turned off at 11:00 PM. And Randy is back at Sheridan College as a professor. Bill's three football teams won: Saskatchewan, Hamilton and McMaster. Dave had a wonderful week with his granddaughter who with her family is off to Spain. And, Carl is meeting at city hall to present his 271 name signed petition to keep a leash free dog park open.
Dave then introduced President Bob who through the magic of his cell phone data plan brought us a TED Talk on microfinance.
|Microfinance TED Presentation||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 01, 2014||
President Bob Neibert brought the power of his cell phone to the morning meeting and created a hot spot so that we could watch Jessica Jackley on a TED Talk, www.ted.com/talks/jessica_jackley_poverty_money_and_love passionately ask us to engage poverty to help others and to listen to their stories. She set up the KIVA website, www.kiva.org/ and in less than eight years grew its microfinance budget from a half million dollars to over $150 million. She has talked personally to goat herders, seamstresses and farmers in developing countries and with loans of around $100 helped these entrepreneurs raise their standard of living. Almost 97% of the loans are paid back in full, far better than traditional lending institutions.
The Rotary Foundation also offers microcredits and matching grants, www.rotary.org/en/document/728 . As well, there is a Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development, www.ragm.org .
|Ancaster Film Festival||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Aug 25, 2014||
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club through Community Service is a sponsor for the Ancaster Film Fest. August 24th was the date for our sponsorship recognition and Ralph Montesanto and Bob Morrow represented the club at the film Belle, an excellent depiction of the beginning of the end of slavery in the British Commonwealth.
Bob is seen here with Julian D’Angela, (although not a Rotarian, Julian is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship…he also received a senior’s award from the City of Hamilton for his volunteer work.
|Meeting of August 26, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Aug 25, 2014||
President Bob reminded everyone of the upcoming “Art in the Park”, our first major event of the year scheduled for Sunday September 21st. A sign up sheet was distributed for assistance with set-up and collections.
Ralph Montesanto indicated that six to eight members are required for the September 13th Shredding Day. If you have some Saturday morning time available, please let Ralph know.
Barbara Busing contributed a happy dollar as a way of thanking President Bob for his excellent work in handing out Art in the Park information cards.
Stephen Palmer accomplished what only one in 12,000 golfers manage to do by recording a hole in one! While many of us will at least attempt a hole in one, not many of us will attempt to match Joe Guedes zip lining adventure. Clearly worthy of a happy dollar.
|IRYLA Claire Harkness||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Aug 25, 2014||
The International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held this year in Sydney Australia with Claire Harkness attending. IRYLA is a global leadership event in which young leaders, aged nineteen to thirty, from around the world connect with Rotarian teachers, mentors and facilitators. Claire began her presentation by thanking the club for providing her with this unique and outstanding opportunity. She shared with the members details of learning the true meaning of leadership, of values and passion and the implications of leadership in a multi-national and multi-cultural world. Claire indicated that she was particularly pleased to be able to work in a group tasked with Peace and Conflict Resolution. The trip to Australia was a homecoming of sorts as Claire had previously spent a year in Australia as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This trip provided an opportunity to visit her host town and to reconnect with her four former host families. Claire is returning to Centennial College for her second year in nursing. Great presentation.
|Tiger Cat Tail Gate Party October 4||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 20, 2014||
|Bermuda Triangle||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Aug 18, 2014||
Our presenter today was club member and Assistant District Governor Bob Morrow. Bob has enjoyed an outstanding career and has received numerous awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award. Suffice it to say, Bob knows geography. A quest lecturer, Bob has been a destination lecturer on cruise ships with a focus on Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska and South America. Club members thoroughly enjoyed his presentation on the Bermuda Triangle. Informative, entertaining, often humorous and as one would expect, very well presented.
|Rotary Day - Membership||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Aug 11, 2014||
Effective this year, the club has embarked on a plan to dedicate one monthly meeting as Rotary Day. To that end, and as August is membership month our Director Membership, Ralph Montesanto led the group through a membership exercise. Ralph presented the group with an excellent collage of photos taken over a number of years which served to highlight some of the significant and very real benefits of Rotary membership; community service (both local and distant) fellowship and the building of lasting friendships. In a workshop exercise, members were asked to identify potential new members and to commit to involving two of those in either a meeting or other Rotary activity prior to the end of the calendar year. Great exercise, well received by the membership.
|Helping the Young and the Aged in Arica, Chile||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 04, 2014||
Aldo Lombardi likes to help the disadvantaged. He says, "It feels good and is the right thing to do." Aldo is the owner of Canadian Tire Store #27 – the one in Dundas. He told us about his family background, his emigration to Canada in 1974 (about the time of the Chilean uprising and political upheaval), his businesses in both Canada and Chile … and his commitment to doing some “Rotary-style” work in his cultural homeland.
|Meeting of July 29, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 28, 2014||
We welcomed Stephen Palmer's son Jackson, noon club members Judy Shepalo and Thie Convery, and our guest speaker Dr. Brenda Vrkljan. Judy and Thie spoke of a project their club is doing to build a parkette next to Amica. The park is designed by Adam Bienenstock who plans interactive facilities. Adam has spoken at our club before. This one is for ages 8 to 88. The club is looking to raise a minimum of $400 000 (hoping to get $600 000) and already has $200 000. Judy and Thie are asking our club to consider assisting financially and also asking us to spread the news that funds are required.
Happy dollars from Bob Morrow although it started as a serious dollar because he said he had a sudden hearing loss for no reason. The happy part was the speed that the health system had to start dealing with the issue.
Carl was pleased to have a family visit, talking about Milverton, shaving a beard and getting married.
Young Jackson Palmer took the train to Toronto Island, Shirley has her Youth Exchange student safely back in Japan, Phil barely missed getting caught in a Tornado in Bayfield, Ralph enjoyed a great cottage vacation with the Masseys and Morrows, and Thie spoke of crewing for triple crown swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa who had a big article in today's Spectator.
Jan has registration cards for Art in the Park and asks us to distribute them if we are going to any art shows.
Dave Carson asks us to use this link to complete a SurveyMonkey questionnaire on club meeting location. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V8RKZRF
Phil introduced and thanked guest speaker Dr. Vrkljan.
|Dr. Brenda Vrkljan: Shifting Gears - Changing Perceptions About Older Drivers in Canada||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 28, 2014||
The media perpetuates a negative stigma about older drivers and Dr. Vrkljan's research through Candrive is examining the real facts.
Through a series of cognitive tests, computer GPS links to cars and in car cameras, hundreds of volunteers 70 and over are helping to amass data on senior driving habits. As well, she is putting her skills as an occupational therapist to research on vehicle design and aging. When a senior loses the right to drive there is a huge psychosocial impact, from depression, social isolation, loss of self esteem to an changes in the patient/doctor/clinician relationship. Many seniors who are forced to stop driving report it as worse than death or cancer. So, driving is really important to them. Her research is ongoing and anyone over 70 who wants to be part of the study is asked to contact her at McMaster University.
|Visit of District Governor Jack Amico||Posted by Dave Carson||on Jul 21, 2014||
Visit of District Governor Jack Amico.
The visit began with the induction of Bob Neibert as Club President; Bob followed with the induction of his new Sunrise Club Board.
Assistant District Governor Bob Morrow then introduced District Governor Jack Amico, who we learned was both a Sicilian and one of the worst golfers in New York State.
DG Amico thanked Bob for his sterling work as ADG and presented him with a special tie. He then told us that his inspiration to be District Governor from some of the great project work done by others in the District, such work in Haiti by Roy Sheldrick, immunization work in India and hospital building in Nepal. His theme was “Rotary attracts people who care” and all Clubs had the common thought of “They Care”
DG Amico went on to list all the great projects that the Sunrise has done in recent years and made particular mention of the contribution to the District and Rotary as a whole by Club members Wayne Massey, Ralph Montesanto and Bob Morrow.
We were then asked to build on RI President Huang’s theme of “Light up Rotary” in making Rotary work visible to everyone in the Community. DG Jack emphasised that “Peace through Service” comes from building up the basic needs of communities around the world with clean water, good housing, and healthy people. With these capacities, people do not need to fight.
DG Jack asked us to have a Rotary Day in the community to make ourselves visible and invited us to the Buffalo Club’s day on August 23rd, where we could watch the Blue Jay’s, hopefully improving, farm team.
Finally we were all invited to attend a new type of District Un-Conference this year, namely the Downtown Buffalo Rotary Bash on October 25/26 with great speakers and entertainment.
Shirley thanked DG Jack for coming to speak to us. President Bob and Past President Jan then presented a cheque to DG Jack for the Rotary Foundation. (Pictures below)
|Meeting of July 22nd||Posted by Dave Carson||on Jul 21, 2014||
Our meeting today focused on the visit of District Governor Jack Amico. After the introduction of Jack and his spouse Mike, Sergeant at Arms Bruce extracted a few Happy Dollars from Club Members before the formal part of the meeting.
Happy Dollars – from Phil who was looking for candidates for an Aging Driver Study being done by a McMaster researcher. If you know of an aged driver (or are one!), particularly one with arthritis or other health issues impacting driving, who is prepared to participate in a study, please let Phil know. Other dollars were from Shirley, who was happy to get a good night’s sleep as her husband was at the sleep clinic, Barb who was back from a week at the cottage, Derek who won in Dundas vs Rest of World Golf and Ken who told us of David Lowery’s planned escape from Bob Kemp Hospice for a drive out for coffee.
|Meeting of July 8, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Jul 07, 2014||
Our meeting this morning focused on youth activities. It was with real pleasure that we were able to welcome the four youth representatives who participated in sponsored activities this year, Jackson Holmes, Emma Lawson, Oonagh Burns and Mason Puppa. In addition we welcomed parents, Matt Holmes, Jennifer Lewis-Lawson, Brian Burns, Dawn Burns and Monica Caldwell-Puppa
Past President Jan presented Carl Fraser with a Rotary International pin in recognition of those who brought in new members. Jan also presented Jessica Brennan and Rob Reid with year- end awards for their great contributions in the past year.
Bob Morrow presented Jan the Rotary Presidential Citation, Member Engagement and Rotary Club Central awards.
Barb was more that pleased to point out that her son has returned from China with wedding plans upcoming.
Phil Wood has accepted a position as Director of first year Engineering students at McMaster. Phil is apparently not intimidated in his new role despite being outnumbered one thousand to one.
Ralph reminded everyone that the second Friday social event this month will be held at his house, 20 Highland Park Drive. Bring refreshments of your choice, some food to share and perhaps a lawn chair. The event starts at 5:00pm and ends when the neighbors complain.
Dave reminded us an event also scheduled for Friday pm (starts at 7:00pm) sponsored by the Dundas Club entitled “Lavender & Music”. Proceeds are to benefit the Eco Park.
Rob Reid contributed a Happy $ (?) to tell us that following yesterday’s heavy rain he was faced with a flood situation at home.
Barry Stoltz, in memory of his father.
Bill Armstrong and his wife have joined a Seniors Wellness Program at McMaster.
And finally, Shirley “Mellow” Molloy is well, mellow, following a week’s vacation..
|Celebrating Youth||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Jul 07, 2014||
Participants in Youth Activities, and parents.
Jackson Holmes, Matt Holmes, Jennifer Lewis-Lawson, Emma Lawson, Brian Burns, Oonagh Burns, Dawn Burns, Mason Puppa, Monica Caldwell-Puppa
Jack Holmes provided an excellent account of activities and lessons learned from his attendance at Adventures in Citizenship held in Ottawa. This program provides 200 youth from across the country an opportunity to explore shared values and the implications of freedoms we enjoy as Canadians. A tour of parliament hill and local museums,and a French Canadian meal (complete with square dancing) were enjoyed by all. Jack pointed out that hearing from a veteran of the Afghan conflict and a native community group in addition to the opportunity to meet many people from across the country provided participants with new and powerful insights. Great presentation.
SLAPSHOT – Mason Puppa and Emma Lawson
Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training
Mason Puppa and Emma Lawson attended this Ancaster event with 100 other participants. The weekend event provided high school students with personal and leadership development activities. The group included 50 Canadian students and 50 from the USA.
Mason and Emma provided club members with an enthusiastic and positive outline of their experience. Outstanding motivation speakers and trust building exercises in particular left participants with the belief that everyone can become a leader. Good lesson and a great presentation.
World Affairs Seminar – Oonagh Burns
World Affairs Seminar is the vision of Rotarian Dr. Dale Brock whose vision was to bring about better understanding of world problems among a select group of young people from around the world. Students from 14 countries attended this week long event at Carroll University in Wisconsin. The focus of 2014 was World Health – Issues and Responsibilities. Oonagh outlined for the members some of the highlights of what was clearly an outstanding experience. Seminar leaders such as well- known speaker Eric Plattsburg who spoke on how to achieve happiness in life and others who spoke on the benefits of meditation left a strong impression on the participants. Of particular significance were a group of speakers, one of whom was blind, another deaf and a third who is schizophrenic who spoke on how to be positive. Very moving. A presentations on how Rotary is very close to eradicating polio was also a feature. Apparently the week was not only educational and challenging, it was also a great deal of fun. Great presentation.
|Contributions to Sustainable Communities||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Jun 16, 2014||
Our presenter today was Maria Topalovic. Maria spoke to the group on Contributions to Sustainable Communities. Maria provided a most interesting an informative perspective into a topic that is of concern to all.
Maria, an environmental professional completed a Masters of Engineering and Public Policy at McMaster and is a resident of Hamilton. In addition to her work with Holcim Canada she is also Chair of the Hamilton Sustainability Network. Holcim Canada manufactures cement, aggregate and ready mix concrete and provides construction services to many of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects. Corporate social responsibility is a major force in this organization. To that end the company operates local Community Advisory Panels in communities where facilities are located. The company works alongside local communities on initiatives related to education and training, sustainable community development and improvements in local infrastructure. Maria suggests a typical day could a range of activities from taking field samples and data analysis to working collaboratively with a varied group of stakeholders.
The Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network (SPN) was established to engage both individuals and groups that work in or study the field of sustainability. The purpose is to provide networking opportunities to allow collaboration on projects and potentially to develop new projects to further sustainability in Hamilton.
|The Mac Wheelers: The best equipped wheelchair accessible exercise program in the country||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 02, 2014||
Spinal cord injury affects 86 000 Canadians with 4300 new cases a year. Over 50% are caused by traumatic events. Dr. Audrey Hicks is the founding director of the Mac Wheelers, an innovative McMaster University program that provides locomotor and strength training to the injured.
This twice weekly program helps develop strength, aerobic capacity and perceived quality of life. Individuals with spinal cord injuries who are inactive have increased risk of secondary health complications. Because it is linked to the kinesiology department at McMaster, a significant number of volunteer students are available to provide one-to-one assistance which is at the heart of the program. Manual and robotic assisted body weight supported tread mill training help improve the functional walking ability of the 65 weekly participants.
The Mac Wheelers program is integrated into both the academic and research streams at the university. Besides undergraduate student volunteers there are opportunities for kinesiology theses and research projects where the Mac Wheelers members serve as study subjects for numerous research projects each year.
There are challenges: sustainability and funding being the key ones. What is needed is a steady stream of money to continue the project which started in 1999. The equipment is expensive and although the volunteers are free, there is a cost involved in keeping them well trained to work with spinal cord injuries. As well, the program is expanding into the MS population.
Alternate sources of funding are needed and Colleen Cupido,the director of experiencial education and business development is tasked with finding these sources to keep the program going.
Go to http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pace/programs/mac-wheelers for more information on how you can be part of the program or help to support it.
|Meeting of May 27, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 26, 2014||
Twenty-seven members and guests were present this morning not including Joe and Irene who dropped by to make donations to the upcoming lobster rib fest. We welcomed William Playdon guest of Marnee, Pam Mulholland guest of Ken, and Kelton Freidrich our guest speaker. Happy upcoming birthday to Joe.
Bill asked for and received the members' OK to donate $1000 to Dundas Community Services. He also indicated that he had plenty of auction items but was still accepting more. Glen thanked everyone for the 40 or so bottles of wine for the draw. Please give him your ticket money and any unsold tickets. We need those unsold tickets to be sold at the door to walk ins. Don't just return the tickets to the meeting next Tuesday! Give them to Glen before the event starts.
Ken met a couple from Toronto at the Dundas Museum who purchased a house in Pleasant Valley as their "weekend home". They like the Valley Town so much that it is now a place for them to vacation. Shirley's exchange student is off to Algonquin Park for the leadership camp. That leaves she and Mike alone to celebrate his upcoming birthday.
Bruce went golfing for the first time this spring and was happy with his game. Probably not as happy as Barbara who recently retired and returned from vacationing in France.
Phil then introduced guest speaker Kelton Freidrich who was later thanked by David Carson.
|ExCell… A Model of Sustainability and Educational Integration||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 26, 2014||
A soon to be built engineering and student centre at McMaster Univsersity uses the integrated design approach rather than the traditional design approach. Kelton Freidrich, the project facilitator, says the approach starts with the architects and engineers as well as the other stakeholders working cooperatively from the onset of the project to cooperatively design the bulding.
The Gerald Hatch Engineering Centre for Experential Learning is all about the hands on approach from the original design to the building's actual use. The triple bottom line brings together the project, the people and the planet so that decisions are made to benefit all three.
The 20 000 sq. ft. complex is budgeted for $8.5 million of which Mac's engineering students are contributing $2 million and another $6.5 million will be donated. For more information go to eng.mcmaster.ca/excel
|Victoria Day Fireworks a Great Success||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 19, 2014||
Between 10 000 and 12 000 people attended the annual Fireworks at the Dundas Driving Park on Sunday May 18. Awesome! Outstanding! These were typical comments as the crowd made its way out of the park after the display ended. The bands entertained and the food trucks added to the ongoing family picnics that preceeded the fireworks. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club coordinates this annual event for the City of Hamilton.
Thank you to William Pleydon for his photos.
|Meeting of May 20, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 19, 2014||
Along with the usual breakfast this morning, the cook made a pizza with egg and ham. Different and really good. We welcomed Peter Dendekker, guest of Bruce, and Dr. David Galbraith our guest speaker.
President Jan started off by thanking everybody who volunteered for the fireworks. It was a very successful event that could not have happened without both the members and their family and friends. Special thanks to Ken and George for coordinating the event. George also thanked everyone and Ken indicated that we grossed around $14 000 from the gate, food trucks and 50/50 draw.
Thanks also to William Pleydon, Marnee's friend who took all of the above photos.
Jan reminded us of the June 10 meeting with the noon club. She needs to know if you will attend. No morning meeting that day. Board members please note the meeting on May 28 at Jessica's home. Glen asks that unsold lobster rib tickets be returned next Tuesday and that all money collected so far be handed in to him. Bill needs more auction items.
Happy Dollars from Shirley who brought three exchange students to work at the fireworks; Bob Morrow for his birthday; David Carson for his daughter's birthday; Phil and Barb who celebrate their 42 anniversary and Derek who is a great granddad. Ken also received a phone call from David Lowery who checked on how the club did at the fireworks. Even at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice David is thinking of us.
Ralph's unsung hero is Bill Armstrong who looks after security at all our events, manages the silent auction at the lobster rib fest,is on the board and marches in the annual Remembrance Day parade.
|The Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park System: Protecting our Remarkable Natural and Cultural Heritage||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 19, 2014||
Hamilton is greener than many think with fantastic urban forests networked throughout the city says Dr. David Galbraith, head of science for the Royal Botanical Gardens. As part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve the beautiful natural surroundings integrate people with nature. It gives us a sense of place where we can live, remember and renew our connections with nature.
With the purchase of the Peasant View property the area is now the only wetlands of the Great Lakes that are connected to the escarpment. The establishment of the Eco Park System has linked many different agencies together to help buffer against change while managing the development and natural areas. Egrets, osprey and bald eagles live within the city limits and the natural areas expand as regrowth returns. Engaging the community through stewartship and development projects like the Rotary Clubs of Dundas are undertaking in the Velduis property will help preserve and regrow the area of Dundas that was once part of the Desjardins Canal. People can live healthier lives through smart development.
|Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks Celebration||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 12, 2014||
|Meeting of May 13, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 12, 2014||
Today was a club assembly where the board gives a snapshot of the club's efforts over the past four months. There were 24 members and guests present. We welcomed Pete Dendekker and Charles Long guests of Bruce, and Sydney Van Bakel, Marnee's daughter who will use her architectural skills to help with the club's Eco Park project. We also welcomed back past president Joe Guedes who has been travelling with Anne for the past 10 months. This was the club's first opportunity to present Joe with governor Kevin's Head, Hands and Heart Award.
Bruce filled in as Sergeant-at-Arms with two jokes and then did a mini classification. We learned he was born in Ancaster, married in 1978 and started his business 30 years ago in 1984. We can also call him, "Stupid Canupid". Ask him why if you were not at the meeting this morning.
Ross also did a mini classification. He was born in 1944, attended Westdale High School and after a year at the University of Buffalo went into the insurance adjusting business. In 1979 he started Bannatyne and Company which grew to a staff of 15. Ross specialized in errors and omissions claims and sold the business in 2004. Ross and his grandson Thomas helped out at shredding day on Saturday.
Announcements: George needs more volunteers for this Sunday's fireworks. Please ask your friends to help out. Be at the park for 6:00 PM. Glen asks that you bring any unsold lobster rib fest tickets to next week's meeting. Also bring your money. He still wants more wine for the wheelbarrow draw. Bill is also looking for more items for the auction.
Happy dollars: Glen attended his grand-daughter's wedding; Joe is back; Wayne Massey played golf with his family; Bill was pleased Montreal beat Boston; and, Carl is back from New York City and his visit to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Club Assembly: Art reported the tailgagte party is planned for October 4 prior to the Ticat game. Tickets cost $50 each and will get you into the game as well as the bus there and back. This is an opportunity for the two Dundas Rotary clubs to raise $10 000 towards the Eco Park. Get you friends to buy tickets and share in the party. Bill reported that Community Services has given out $10 000 of its $12 000 budget. The last remaining donation will be made to St. Joseph's Villa Foundation at the Lobster Rib Fest. Rob had a written Youth Services report. The club has supported Slapshot, a student to the World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin, Claire Harkeness' registration to the International RYLA conference in Australia, a student to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. As well, there are elementary school awards for June and the Ken Turner Award yet to be presented.
Barbara's International Services report was given by Jan (Barbara is in France). The $8000 budget has spent $1000 for disaster relief to the Philippines, $1000 for Wells in Haiti and $250 for a student linked with the Mercy Foundation. $3000 of the budget will be set aside with last year's $3000 to build up a sinking fund for a future international project that meets The Rotary Foundation criteria of $15 000 minimum club contribution for a matching grant. The club continues its support of the Ripple Program with a $2000 donation for a new school in Los Tarayes, Guatemala.
Vocational Services director Irene is on leave but reports two off site visits: the Dundas firehall and the Dundas Museum. Shirley reported that the club and members have now donated just under $12 000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Dinner was a success, awarding five community PHF and one to club member David Carson. She also indicated the club wants to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club which means not only must the club give an average of $100 per member (club donations included) but each member must make a personal contribution, even as little as $10.
Treasurer Ken reported this year's budget set at $40 000 was increased by $5000 to accomodate the Eco Park contribution. So far $28 000 has been committed. To date we raised $11 000 towards next year's budget. There is $8000 in the club's foundation account.
Ralph distributed a report on Public Relations and a Unique Value Proposition follow up summary of the Membership workshop from January. He reminded everyone that it is the individual Rotarian who suggests names of possible new members. Please use the Unique Value Proposition summary when looking for possible new members. Ralph also indicated that the recent shredding day netted over $1300 and along with last October's shredding day brought over $2100 into the club. The community likes the service and is waiting for the fall shredding day.
|Donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 12, 2014||
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a regular supporter of the Dundas Food Bank. Shirley Molloy from the Salvation Army accepts $1000 from club Community Services director, Bill Armstrong.
|Community Shredding Day a Great Success||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 12, 2014||
The semi-annual shredding day was once again a great success and much appreciated by the community. Sydney and Adam Van Bakel assist Ray Dunmore place his documents in the shredding bin.
Sue Matchett watches as technician Shawn Mueller operates the shredding truck.
Besides providing a service to the community, the club raises funds for various service projects including the world wide elimination of polio. Here, president Jan Southall accepts payment from Mick and Lil Stewart. The fall shredding date is tentatively scheduled for September 28
|Meeting of May 6, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 05, 2014||
We welcomed our guest speaker, David Carter from Innovation Factory, as well as Bruce Eccles who returned from several months in the south. SAA Dave thanked Shirley and her team(Bob Morrow and Ralph) for organizing a great Paul Harris celebration. Dave also distributed donation cards from the club's visit to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice last week. President Jan followed up with a thank you letter from Tom Tustian one of the club's Paul Harris Fellows and a thank you from Sue Lowery for our visit to see David and the hospice. Jan thanked Bob Neibert for driving to the district assembly on Saturday and Wayne McHale, Bob Morrow and Ralph for attending with them. She circulated a flyer about a fundraiser for a young boy with a rare disorder. It is May 14 at Copetown Woods for anyone interested in going.
George and the club need volunteers for the fireworks on May 18. Please put your name and anyone else from your cirlce of friends who can work that evening on his list. We need close to 50 volunteers and our club does not have that many members!
Community Services director Bill moved that $1000 be donated to the Dundas Food Bank. Motion passed unanimously. Glen thanked all the wine donators but needs more for the draw at the Lobster Rib Fest on May 31. He has a few tickets left if you need more.
Shredding Day is this Saturday from 9 to noon at Eccles Uptown. There are 6 or 7 volunteers so far. Let Ralph know if you can spend an hour or so helping out. Ralph celebrated his birthday as did Alycia's fiancee Matt who turned 30, just 37 years younger than Ralph. Alycia and Matt have their Stag and Doe this weekend.
Ralph's unsung hero this week is Roger Stewart. He provided the trailer for our float in the Cactus Parade a few years ago, regularly does the wine and food for our socials and events, decorates the Christmas Tree at the rink, and provided the machinery and operator to build the Rotary Community Garden. Roger is always there to help.
Phil is off to university visits in the US and will take in a Pirates game. Carl is off to NYC where he will see the Mets play and Grant and family are off to a quiet and relaxing week at Disney World in Florida. Quiet and relaxing...yeah right!
Bob Morrow visited Olympia, Greece and ran (jogged, walked) the 212 m long track. And, Wayne Massey did his last, last minute income tax shortly before the deadline. He managed to get this done after planning a busy in-house retirement party for Helen on Saturday.
|Innovation Factory||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 05, 2014||
David Carter, executive director of Innovation Factory leads an organization that helps enterpreneurs make smart decisions.
Where else can an up-and-coming business or enterpreneur get free advice and improve the chances of succeeding? Innovation Factory is the catalyst to carry an initial idea through discovery, validation, efficiency and scale. As well, it can help small and medium sized existing enterprises expand product lines and improve operational efficiencies. By bringing together a variety of resources Innovation Factory builds an ecosystem that drives economic growth in the information and communication, health sciences, advanced manufacturing, energy and environment, and the social sectors. Using business and professional volunteers and executives in residence pitfalls can be avoided and money and time saved. Innovation Factory is part of the Ontario Network of Enterpreneurs. Go to innovationfactory.ca/ for more information.
|Paul Harris Annual Dinner Celebration||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 29, 2014||
A wonderful evening of celebration as the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club honoured community and club members with Paul Harris Fellowships at Copetown Woods Golf Club.
And the award winners are:
Tom Tustian presented by Lynne Morrow
Rob Roi presented by Barbara Busing and Kanwal Shankardass.
Wayne Gale presented by Mike Dixon, Bob Morrow and Ralph Montesanto
Sue and David Carson presented by club president Jan Southall and Ralph Montesanto
Barbara Montesanto presented by Bob Morrow, Ralph Montesanto and Kanwal Shankardass.
Before the Paul Harris presentations Bob Morrow introduced guest speaker Dr. Mike Dixon, project leader of the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture Program.
And club Rotary Foundation Director Shirley Molloy presented District Governor Kevin Crouse with a $1500 contribution towards The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus program.
|Meeting of April 29, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 28, 2014||
What a great meeting we had this morning at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. With the help of Kylie in the kitchen and several other volunteers the hospice put on a fabulous spread for breakfast. Way more than we were expecting. During the meeting the club affirmed the board's motion to donate $2000 towards this year's Telling Tales. As well, the following were again promoted: Scrap metal collection May 3 at Olympic Arena (electronics too), shredding day May 10 (Ralph needs volunteers), and silent auction and lobster tickets. After breakfast Jan Nichols gave a short history of the hospice and then a moving video featuring David and Sue. Afterwards, everyone took a tour with David as our guide.
David was in high spirits and sends you his greetings.
|David Lowery and the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 28, 2014||
Club member David Lowery has stage four prostate cancer and is staying at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. At his suggestion the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise held its morning meeting at the hospice. David and his wife Sue were in high spirits as they welcomed Bill Armstrong and club members to this outstanding palliative care home. Jan Nichols, the Director of Development and Community Relations, outlined how the hospice came to be and how the Rotary Club of Hamilton-East Wentworth donated $100 000 towards the building campaign. Seven years later, the compassion and care of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice helps individuals and families learn how to die a good death.
With 10 beds, a community outreach program of 100 volunteers and a new program for children at Camp Erin, the hospice supports those with life-limiting illnesses and charges nothing. As part of the club's visit members previewed a video for the upcoming Paint the Town Red Gala. Both David and Sue are highlighted in the video. Fundraisers and donations provide a significant part of the hospice's budget and along with the Paint the Town Red function there is the June 14th Dr. Bob Kemp Hike for the Hospice and a new, "I support the hospice because ..." donation card.
David was in such positive spirits that he even gave two bottles of wine to Glen Mumberson to go towards the upcoming Lobster and Rib Fest Dinner on May 31.
|Art in the Park September 21 Call for Artists||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 22, 2014||
|Meeting of April 22, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 21, 2014||
There were 20 members plus our guest speaker, David Heidebrecht in attendance. Bill Armstrong filled in as Sergeant-at-Arms for David Carson who was home doing grandfather duties for his second grandchild - a granddaughter. President Jan indicated that five members were going to the District Assembly on May 3. There is still room for more to attend and the club will pick up the registration fee. Jan also asked us to look for potential new members. We need to identify them and put their names forward to the membership committee. Jan also reminded board members of the meeting this Wednesday at Barb Busing's home, 46 Giffin Road in Dundas, just off Moss Blvd and Governors' Road
Art explained the October 4 Eco Park fundraiser selling TiCat tickets. On his committee are Grant, Bill and Ross. He is looking for a couple more. Ken reminded us that our Eco Park commitment is not just cash but includes sweat equity, our wisdom and the leveraging of our contacts for in-kind work or products. Ralph announced the shredding day on May 10. He will need 5 or 6 volunteers that day. He also indicated the special meeting on April 29 at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. Around a dozen members will be able to attend that morning at 7:15 to visit David Lowery and tour the home.
Bill reminded us that lots of volunteers are needed to make the Victoria Day fireworks event a success. Please ask family and friends to help. George Gould has the list of volunteer opportunities. Glen has Lobster Rib Fest tickets and asked for wine for the draw. Bill, of course, is still looking for auction items. Shirley indicated there is no morning meeting at East Side Marios next Tuesday because it is the Paul Harris Dinner at Copetown Woods.
International Services director Barb read a note of thanks from Roy Sheldrick for the club's $1000 donation to the water and sanitation projects in Haiti. On a happy dollar note, Barb retires next week. Randy had a sad dollar because his schedule change means he has classes for the next 8 weeks and will miss the morning meetings. Shirley is playing den mother to a Japanese girl who is on youth exchange at her husband Mike's Rotary club. Jan returned from a week of cruising in the Caribbean and Alycia will be off to NS and PEI for a conference; David Matchett returned from visiting his son in Vancouver; Wayne's Massey's wife Helen has retired; and Jessica's son Desmond is following his dream honouring his musical talent.
Ralph continued his "Unsung Heroes" happy dollars, highlighting Derek Price for his efforts with Art in the Park and the Eco Park. As well, Derek was also involved in other community work, helping to remodel the Dundas Museum and advising on the Grightmire Arena remodelling.
Following happy dollars, program coordinator Phil introduced guest speaker David Heidebrecht.
|Fostering a Collaborative Approach to City Building in Hamilton||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 21, 2014||
David Heidebrecht grew up in Dundas and attained a Masters degree in Globalization Studies at McMaster University. David's company, David Heidebrecht Project Solutions is based on the collaboration model. He travelled to Africa and India and uses photography to focus attention on a variety of issues from BC's Northern Gateway Project and the Sacred Headwaters to global health issues and the Stream of Dreams. Living in Hamilton, he wants to help shape the future of the city, from bike parks, to two-way traffic, to light rapid transit, to the Eco Park. He uses his blog and Twitter to share ideas and viewpoints and believes that McMaster University has a significant part to play in making Hamilton a better city. Based on the number of questions following his presentation it was clear that his passion for a better city is shared by club members.
Find out more about David on his website, DavidHeidebrecht.com
|Meeting of April 15, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 14, 2014||
We welcomed Kelly Biagi, our guest speaker and Roy Sheldrick from the Ancaster Rotary Club. Ralph collected for the upcoming Paul Harris Dinner on April 29 and Glen continued to disperse Lobster Rib Fest tickets. Ken returned from three months in Florida and immediately got into the Victoria Day Fireworks mode asking for volunteers - club members and their friends, relations and neighbours. Please put May 18 into your calendar when all hands will be needed.
Today is Wayne McHale's birthday and he is soon to have another grandson. Mary-Lou is also celebrating a birthday later in the week. Roy Sheldrick turned 80 last month and is now a great grandfather. George turned 60 in March and is glad to be back after several weeks absence. Wayne Massey was happy that his wife Helen has only two more days left until she retires.
Ralph had a happy dollar for a club unsung hero. He recognized Glen for all his work over the past years as coordinator of Entertainment Books, manager of Lobster Rib Fest tickets, and purveyor of wine for wheelbarrow draws along with a host of other behind the scenes activities that keep our club functioning.
Following Happy Dollars, program chair Phil introduced our guest speaker Kelly Biagi who was later thanked by Dave Carson.
|Club Donates to Water Wells in Haiti||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 14, 2014||
Roy Sheldrick from the Ancaster Rotary Club accepted a cheque for $1000 from International Services director Barbara Busing as the club's continuing effort to support the Water for Life project in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. To date Roy has raised over $2.2 million and drilled 252 wells that are managed by local community committees that keep them running, even after 17 years. Our support will go towards his latest Rotary Foundation grant to build cisterns in 16 mountain villages that are not accessible by roads. The cisterns will store rain so that villagers will not need to walk 4 - 5 hours to get drinking water.
|To the End of the Earth and Back: Exploring Antarctica||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 14, 2014||
Kelly Biagi, a masters student at McMaster University in the School of Earth Sciences completed a two week trip to Antarctica aboard the Ushuaia as part of the Students on Ice Program. After flying from Toronto to the southern most city of Ushuaia in Argentina she and a group of other students crossed the Drake Passage for nine days of exploration and zodiac excursions to Elephant Island and the Antarctic peninsula. As part of the trip she enrolled in an onboard course where she took water and ice core samples. She studied air and water temperatures as well as phytoplankton which is abundant around sea ice and icebergs and forms the basis of the food chain for krill, penguins and whales. Kelly talked about global warming, the greenhouse effect, the giant ozone hole above Antarctica and the fact that the peninsula has warmed 2.5 degrees C in the last 50 years.
Kelly had plenty of photos she took of penguins, whales, seals and ice bergs. She even had one of her taking the ultimate polar bear dip in water that was 0.3 degrees C.
|Meeting of April 8, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 07, 2014||
We welcomed guest speaker Bob Knuckle and Ralph's guests Premlata Rao and her daughter Sahana. It was great to see Barry Stoltz return after a long job related absence. A number of club members visited David Lowery at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice and David took the time to send an email to president Jan asking her to thank the members for thinking of him and for the flowers.
President Jan reminded everyone to look at the district website, Rotary7090.org, and register for the upcoming May 3 District Assembly - a chance to learn more about Rotary at both the club and international level. All members of the Lobster committee are reminded of the meeting at 5:00 PM today at the Dundas Museum. Glen has tickets for the event and everyone is asked to pick up enough for their group.
Art spoke of the October 4 fundraiser with the Tiger Cats. More about this later when the committee has details. This is tied to the Eco Park as a fund raiser. Derek indicated that the design is almost approved for the viewing platform at the "chimney" in the part of the Eco Park that the two Dundas Rotary clubs will be sponsoring.
Happy dollars from Glen who is a great grandfather for the third time; from Jessica who among other things loves the Quebec blood sport of politics; and from Grant. Grant talked about, "Just 3 kids". You really had to be there to get the full impact of what he was saying!
|Bob Knuckle: Playwright||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 07, 2014||
Bob Knuckle has written 11 books and 12 plays. He started in 1992 and actively chose to write in the style of Ernest Hemingway with simple sentences and less flowery language. He was so taken with Hemingway that he has read much of Hemingway's work. He wanted to write a play about Hemingway but the man was too enormous to get into a two hour play. So, he decided to look at one facet of Hemingway's life and now he is in the process of producing his latest play, Hemingway and His Women. Rehearsals have already started at Marion Hall in Freelton in preparation for the play's opening at the Dundas Little Theatre May 22 - 24 and May 29 - 31. The play is directed by Willard Boudreau and tickets are $20.
|Meeting of April 1, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 31, 2014||
Sergeant-at-Arms Dave read a number of facts he gleaned from the internet that must be true. By the time he read the third one Jessica remarked, "April Fools". Happy Birthday to Sue Carson and Randy Abel. President Jan asked all members to look at the District website for the upcoming District Assembly on May 3. It takes place at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls NY. All incoming club officers should attend as well as any other club member who wants to learn more about Rotary. The club picks up the cost. Jan also read a thank you note from Julie Densham of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Foundation for our recent contribution.
Glen has Lobster and Rib Fest tickets for sale. Please pick up enough for you and your invitees. The two clubs expect to sell over 800 tickets for this our major fundraiser of the year. Glen also needs wine for the raffle at the event. President-elect Bob Neibert promoted the Second Annual Art in the Park which is scheduled for September 21. He is looking for committee members for the event.
Ralph read notes from Joe Guedes who is still driving his RV through the southern states and from past youth exchange student Nico Papp who spent three months in California working in the hospitality industry at Lake Tahoe. Nico just became an uncle and is now back in Alta Gracia Argentina going back to university. Ralph also asked everyone to distribute the email flier of the May 10 shredding day to their circle of friends and acquaintances.
Shirley reminded all to remember to make their contributions to The Rotary Foundation and to attend the Paul Harris Dinner on April 29 at Copetown Woods Golf Course.
David Matchett visited David Lowery who is now at the Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton. David would welcome any club members who would like to visit him at the hospice.
There were a number of Happy Dollars this morning. Bill commented on Dave Carson's article in the Hamilton Spectator as did Derek who said his coffee group at Tim Horton's were all talking about it. Wayne Massey's grandson turned 17 today and Jessica celebrated her sister's 5th anniversary living with her and how upbeat David Lowery was at the Christmas party.
Bob Neibert made a donation to offset the carbon tax for his flights to Cuba and Alycia completed her marriage course at her church - a good sign that things are moving forward.
Following announcements and happy Dollars our program coordinator Phil gave a great introduction to Ryan Moran our guest speaker who was also president of the student union at McMaster University during Phil's tenure there. After Ryan's captivating talk, Phil thanked him.
|Allan Cup Tickets for Routes Youth Centre||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 31, 2014||
President Jan Southall and club Community Services director Bill Armstrong presented Charlotte Shipley from the Routes Youth Centre with a VIP package for the upcoming Allan Cup Hockey Tournament that takes place in two weeks. The package includes two tickets to all games, opportunities to meet the players and a hockey sweater. Charlotte said she would hold a draw to honour exceptional behaviour of Routes students and to encourage past Roots students to return for a visit.
|The Factor(e) and Hamilton Hive||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 31, 2014||
Ryan Moran is a very creative, young individual who is a marketing and media strategist. He captivated club members with his enthusiastic and research based information on Hamilton. Invention, innovation and creation are his buzz words. Ryan has two jobs. He works for Factor(e) a design studio on Lock Street that has 16 full-time employees who are focused on creative freedom, open collaboration and uncompromising quality. His second calling is Hamilton Hive a network for young people (15 to around 40 years old) that links young professional groups in Hamilton. He is confident that this group of young professionals has the ability to direct change in Hamilton. Hamilton Hive has four strategies for youth: Attraction, Retention, Engagement and Development.
For more information check out the websites, Factore.ca and Hamiltonhive.ca
|Lobster and Rib Fest May 31||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 31, 2014||
|Shredding Day May 10, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 27, 2014||
|Meeting of March 25, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 24, 2014||
Twenty members and our guest, Andrea Buttars joined us this morning. Announcements from Glen included distribution of Lobster-Rib Dinner tickets and a call for wine to raffle for the May 31 event. Barbara informed us of the thank you letter from the Ripple Effect Program for the club's recent $2000 donation to help with the construction of the Los Tarayes school in Guatemala. The club will also be making a $1000 donation to Water Wells in Haiti at the lobster dinner. Ralph took part in the 10th Annual World Water Day Walkathon with Roy Sheldrick. The event, a partnership with The City of Hamilton and the water department raised $20 800 this year combining to a total of $190 000 since 2005. Bill, who is chairing the silent auction at the May 31 event is looking to add to the three auction items he has so far. He indicated that the club will also donate several Allan Cup Hockey tickets to Roots. And, Carl and crew removed the last remaining lights and bulbs from the tree at the skating rink. He was pleased to announce that there were no black flies or mosquitos last Saturday.
Happy dollars from Phil who won the 50/50 draw which was reintroduced this morning and a Happy Birthday to Lynne Morrow. Randy is finishing of his acting stint at the Rockton Dinner Theatre and Bill has just about seen the completion of his bathroom renovations. With that our Sergeant-at-Arms Dave announced he is now a great uncle and turned the program over to Phil who introduced guest speaker, Andrea Buttars.
|Wesley Urban Ministries: Homelessness and Poverty in Hamilton||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 24, 2014||
Andrea Buttars, program director at Wesley Urban Ministries outlined the various support programs that help children, youth and families, regularly assisting 1250 individuals on a daily basis. Programs cover three areas: Children Youth and Family, Housing and Homelessness, and Neighbourhood and Newcomer Services. With over 30 programs in 19 locations the organization is committed to making a long term impact. Using evidence based research to plan and make decisions Wesley Urban Ministries works with newborns to seniors and is responsive to both individuals and neighbourhoods. In 2013 it launched the first social enterprise that offered interpretation and translation services for a fee with the funds used to help others. Another addition to the services provided is assisting up to 320 refugees a year that come to the City of Hamilton.
The organization has a full time and part time staff of 200 with an additional 150 providing relief services. The largest majority of funding is provided by various levels of government with smaller amounts coming from foundations, businesses and individual donations.
|Meeting of March 18, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 17, 2014||
Sergeant-at-Arms Dave welcomed Roger and Ralph back from extended vacations. President Jan announced that the Rotary Leadership Institute would be held on March 29 and if anyone was interested in attending the session near Lewiston NY that the club would cover the cost of registration. A number of club members have taken the courses and more are encouraged to do so. Shirley reminded everyone of the Paul Harris Dinner on April 29 at Copetown Woods. She is also looking for nominations both in the community and within the club to receive the award. If you have someone in mind please let her know ASAP. Dave also reminded everyone that rain barrels would be for sale on April 5 at St. Mark's Church. This Friday is the 10th annual World Water Day Walkathon. Roy Sheldrick, Mr. Water Wells in Haiti, welcomes all walkers to this 5 k event at the water plant in east Hamilton. And, Carl will be removing any lights and balls from the Christmas tree in the park that have not already been removed by collectors. Be there for 9 AM if you want to help. Shirley wondered if east coast time was that much different since it is now MARCH.
Happy dollars from George who celebrated his 60th birthday on the weekend. George wanted to drink 300 different beers when he retired three years ago and has already surpassed that number. How does he stay thin? Stephen saw George renting a carpet cleaner after his party and wondered if it had anything to do with the 300 beers. Jessica welcomed George into the over 60 club.
Alycia did a make up in Georgetown and was excited that her Rotary Exchange host sisters will be coming to her wedding. Bob Morrow who is Mr. Tomatosphere, wondered why the Barstow Pregnancy Clinic which is using the tomato seeds was unable to getting any to germinate. Seems odd. Ralph returned from Florida three weeks early to help look after his mother-in-law who was discharged from hospital but unable to return to her home and is now living with Barb and him. And, Phil was just happy that the temperature today would go above freezing.
A side note to board members: the board meeting you might have in your schedule for this month will not be taking place. Next board meeting is April 23.
Following announcements and happy dollars the 19 members in attendance welcomed Wayne McHale to do his classification talk.
|Wayne McHale Classification Talk||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Mar 17, 2014||
Wayne McHale has been in the club less than a year and already has stepped in to help edit the weekly newsletter. Next year he will take on the role of director of public relations for the club. It was clear from his classification talk that learning for Wayne is an ongoing expectation. He talked about his 35 years as a certified general accountant and how his various positions with Moore Corporation, a business form company, has been an ongoing apprenticeship - from working on the floor, to plant supervisor, to cost accounting and internal auditing through to plant controller. As the company restructured he became plant and logistic manager at one of the 19 plants operated by the company and then VP Commercial Print for North America and VP Operations and Logistics Canada. Eventually the 120 year old company was sold to a US company and Wayne's job was over. Following that he started a printing business acquisition company that ran for two years before becoming GM for Ricoh a company with head office in Japan. Wayne said the Japanese have a different style and are very good at what they do and he continued to learn from them. That was his last job as an employee and ended his 35 year career as an apprentice. He is now running his own consulting company, Wayne McHale and Associates, which provides small business mentoring and networking.
Wayne is married to Michelle, has two sons, Eric and Dan, and three grandchildren (with another on the way). Family is very important and they enjoy every opportunity to be together especially at their cottage in Quebec.
Wayne is a die hard Habs fan, loves to golf and travel and is extending his 35 year apprenticeship as he teaches himself how to play guitar.
|Meeting of March 11, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Mar 10, 2014||
Jessica Brennan reminded members that a duty roster to the end of June had been distributed.
Shirley Molloy - Paul Harris Dinner planned for April 29th will be held at Copetown Woods. Shirley also asked that members complete a form for nominations for Paul Harris awards and return them as soon as possible. Members are reminded that cheques for foundation (Every Rotarian Every Year) should be made out to Rotary Foundation of Canada.
Jan Southall reminded those present of a Lobsterfest meeting and to ensure that everyone sign up for volunteer activities in this most important undertaking.
Rob Reid provided an update on youth activities as follows:
Attending Slapshot Program in Ancaster, Emma Lawson and Mason Puppa
Attending the Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa – Jackson Holmes
Attending World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University, Waukesha Wisconsin – Oonagh Burns.
Dave Matchett reported on progress on the Eco Park initiative which is now at the design review stage.
Phil Wood – a contribution and a reminder that St. Marks Church has arranged a trip to Uncle Tom’s Cabin on April 9th.
Grant Armstrong – thanks to Dad to use of his appliances.
Shirley Molly – thankful that her appliances are working.
Derek Price – for a paperless society (tongue firmly in cheek)
Wayne Massey – wife’s retirement delayed..
Our guest speaker, Joey Coleman – happy to be here.
|Joey Coleman - Independent Journalist||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Mar 10, 2014||
Our guest speaker today is Joey Coleman. Joey is Canada’s first crowdfunded local journalist, covering all things Hamilton with a specific focus on civic affairs. He covers every single Council, committee, and major sub-committee meetings. In addition he covers Police Services Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Born and raised in Hamilton as a ward of the children’s aid society, Joey credits the East Hamilton Boys and Girls Club with providing a positive and impactful set of experiences. Follow a three year term in the military, Joey attended university and became active in student politics. He joined McLean’s magazine covering higher education and worked for the Globe and Mail prior to assuming his current role as an independent journalist. Joey is of the opinion that journalism is moving to a more public service aspect and away from sensationalism and appealing to advertisers and is in fact a pioneer in this movement.
|Meeting of March 4, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Mar 03, 2014||
Janet Southall suggested members set aside Sunday September 21st to attend the second annual Art In The Park event. This will be held at the Dundas Driving Park.
Janet also let the membership know that Claire Harkness has been approved to attend the Australia conference.
Harold Gruneberg passed around a Lobster Rib Fest volunteer sheet requesting that members indicate how they wish to contribute to this important event.
Happy $ were contributed by:
Carl Fraser – both Carl and wife Linda celebrated birthdays.
Phil Woods – reminding us of a pancake dinner at St. Marks United Church.
Shirley Molloy – reminder of the Paul Harris Dinner April 19th.
Randy Abel – who has taken on a role with the Rockton Dinner Theatre. Break a leg Randy!
Grant Armstrong – his store, which recently received a community service award will be the site of an International Women’s Day networking event.
Derek Price – just returned from (Rotary South) Florida.
Dave Matchett – in support of Canada’s Paralympic Team. Go Canada.
|History of Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Mar 03, 2014||
Our guest speaker today was Randy Kay. Randy provided a detailed history of the relationship between McMaster University, Royal Botanical Gardens (RGB) and the intended versus ultimate use of a unique landscape. Specifically, the talk dealt with land currently identified as McMaster’s parking lot “M” and its former identity as Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary. The land was purchased by McMaster from RGB in 1963. The land was deemed necessary to accommodate future parking requirements. As it turns out, the need was grossly overstated and to this day the lot remains significantly underutilized. The good news is that efforts to restore the land to its natural state have resulted in progress. This spring McMaster will be removing hundreds of parking spaces to create a 30m naturalized buffer between the creek and parking. This is a good start, but falls short of the potential to erase the footprint of excess parking and rehabilitate the beauty of this river valley to its more natural function; as a floodplain, as specialized habitat for at risk species, a natural system integral to the health of Cootes Paradise. McMaster researchers are interested in creating an on-campus outdoor research facility and are being encouraged to take the next logical step to make this innovative teaching facility a reality.
|Meeting of February 25, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 24, 2014||
Happy Birthday wishes were extended to Bruce Eccles.
Barbara Busing - International Report : $ 1,000 for Wells for Haiti and $ 2,000 for Ripple Effect approved by the Board and members present. In addition, a donation of $ 250 was made to Team Ghanna.
Jan Southall presented Barbara Busing with her “Head, Hands and Heart” award.
Claire Harkness would appreciate donations to help reach her goal of $500 for Relay for Life. The link to her fundraising page is provided for your convenience.
Reminder that April 29th is the Paul Harris Dinner which will be held at Copetown Woods.
Phil Wood and Wayne McHale in recognition of grandchildren’s birthdays.
Alicia Moore is pleased to report of a new career opportunity for her brother.
Bill Armstrong is pleased to report a Chamber of Commerce Award (Waterdown) was received for Son and member Grant’s Staples Canada store.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - apparently a great time was had by all resulting in Happy $ from Bill Armstrong, Dave Carson, Vlad Veckie and Shirley Molloy,
From Paul Clifford on having two grandsons who have now served as Pages in Ontario Legislature
Shirley Molloy, a difficult start to 2014, but thankful for the chance to complete a much anticipated vacation
Bruce Eccles in recognition of an outstanding effort from all members of Team Canada.
|Julie Densham HWDSB Foundation||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 24, 2014||
Our guest speaker today was Julie Densham. Julie is a Foundation Development Officer with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The goals of the HWDSB Foundation are to serve the Hamilton-Wentworth community with passion and commitment, with a shared vision towards excellence.
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Foundation is a registered charitable organization and is the charitable arm of the Board. Established in 1976, the Foundation is committed to enhancing the school experience by providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that nurtures personal achievement. The Foundation believes strongly that all students deserve an equal opportunity to reach their potential in educational and personal endeavors. For a large number of students in the City of Hamilton, poverty is a significant barrier to success. The Foundation works in tandem with donors and community partners to alleviate some of the short term effects poverty has on children.
|Guess who went to dinner?||Posted by Dave Carson||on Feb 24, 2014||
Saturday night "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was hosted at two of our members' homes - Bob and Lynn Morrow and Dave and Sue Carson. Surprise guests enjoyed fine food and fellowship and just a little wine!
Pictured below are the diners at Bob and Lynn Morrow's place.
|Meeting of February 18, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 17, 2014||
President Jan offered her congratulations to all those involved in a very successful Winter Carnival held on Saturday February 15th at the Dundas Driving Park. Carl Fraser commented specifically on the success of the Horse and wagon rides, the fact that 21 litres of cider were consumed and that next year he will not be a horses backside. A very successful, well attended event.
Art Sampson reminded everyone of the Routes dinner on February 28th.
Happy birthday wishes were extended to Ross Bannatyne
- Carl Fraser for the Winter Carnival success.
- Barbara Busing announcing her retirement.
- Bruce Eccles on just returning from Florida and on leaving next week for another 2 month stay
|Dr. Callum Peever Rotaract||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 17, 2014||
Our guest speaker today is Dr. Callum Peever, B.Kin., D.C.. Dr Peever spoke to the group on the Rotaract Club of Mississauga. The Mississauga club, chartered in 2001, currently includes over 50 members and is a winner of the Project of the Continent Award. This is a high energy club and is engaged in many activities in the community. Rotaract which was started in 1968 targets members in the 18 to 35 age group and currently includes over 8,700 clubs in 163 countries. Rotaract brings a number of benefits to Rotary including assistance with projects, youthful ideas and enthusiasm and help in sustaining Rotary clubs. In addition to involvement with the Rotaract Club, Dr. Peever is actively involved the community working to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Callum works out of the Westdale Chiropractic Clinic.
|Meeting of February 11, 2014||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 10, 2014||
President Jan welcomed guest Elinor Anthony. Elinor is a member of the Little Hats That Grew, a group dedicated to knitting hats, mitts and scarves for children. In 2013 a total of 5,354 items were knitted.
Bill Armstrong reminded everyone of the need for silent auction items.
Winter Carnival is this Saturday February 15th at the Dundas Driving Park. Horse and wagon rides, hot cider and a demonstration skate by the Dundas Figure Skating Club are all part of the fun. Bring your friends.
Jan reminded board members of the meeting scheduled for next week. Please cofirm attendance with her. Location is TBD.
Art Sampson has your ticket for the Routes dinner on February 28th. Ticket prices are $50.
Tickets for the HARRP dinner on February 21st can be obtained from Paul Clifford. Tickets for this event are $100.
The Dundas Rotary Club is presenting a travelogue on March 4th at 7:15 p.m. on Korea-Land of Contrasts. Tickets are $8.
Alycia wishes everyone a happy Valentines Day
Jessica, Vlad and Marnie all contributed due to duty roster issues.
|Alycia Moore Classification Talk||Posted by Wayne McHale||on Feb 10, 2014||
Alycia Moore Classification Talk
|Meeting of February 4th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Feb 03, 2014||
The meeting today took place in a newly decorated room at East Side Mario's - the walls being hung with dozens of pictures reflecting the Italian theme of the restaurant.
We were reminded of the following events that our members are involved with
Feb 15th – Winter Carnival in Dundas Driving Park – free, please advertise and bring kids, grandkids etc
Feb 21st HARRP Dinner – tickets $100, available from Paul Clifford
Feb 22nd Sunrise Rotary Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – free – still room to be a guest or a host, contact Dave Carson
Feb 28th Routes Dinner – tickets $50 , available from Art Samson
Wayne and Helen Massey celebrate their 47th anniversary today. Marnie returned an Orlando visit and cruise to find her driveway shovelled – a small consolation for the cold weather. Barb Busing also returned from cool Florida where at least there was no snow. Rob Reid was happy to recount his recent attendance at the Grocery Industry annual fundraiser where over $1M each was raised for two charities. Grant Armstrong was happy to have received a Community Service Award – watch out for him on TV next week. Dave has made his largest bowl ever at his pottery classes at Dundas Valley School of Art
|Phil Wood's updated classification talk||Posted by Dave Carson||on Feb 03, 2014||
Today’s speaker was our own Phil Wood who gave an updated classification talk which included his sabbatical year adventures. Phil began by telling us how he had spent a happy 31 years at McMaster University – first as a Professor in Chemical Engineering, then in academic administration as Director and Chair in Chemical Engineering and then Associate Dean of Engineering. In 2002 he made a career change to AVP of Student Affairs, a non-academic post responsible for developing students as growing citizens and running a wide range of services such as residences, athletics, food, career services. Some of his happiest moments were in sport – hiring coaches, winning a Vanier Cup ring and broadcasting Marauders Basketball.
In July 2013 he began a year’s sabbatical with a trip to the UK, seeing many famous sites and attending a wedding best described as “like Downton Abbey”. Another trip to California involved visits to Stanford and Caltech, both impressive institutions.
Phil is now back to more serious work while on sabbatical, participating in the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, developing methods to assess learning outcomes.
Phil ended by previewing our club speaker program for the next few months – he is lining up some prestigious speakers on very interesting subjects.
|Meeting of January 28, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 27, 2014||
A bitterly cold morning at -5F but it was warm in our meeting room. Today we inducted Grant Armstrong and immediately put him to work in one of the membership brainstorming groups that kicked off the clubs drive for more new members.
Reminders of the HARRRP Gala from Paul Clifford, the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner event on February 22 from Dave Carson and the Lobster Rib Dinner on May 31 from silent auction manager Bill Armstrong. A Happy Dollar from Jessica Brennan to formally pay for last week's; Randy Abel who is once again a grandfather; Bruce Eccles as a thank you to Ross Bannatyne for ordering new shirts; President Jan who just returned from Mexico and Ralph who is off to Florida. Dave Carson fined Ross for sending out a Youtube on the virtues of the proposed XL pipeline and then proceeded to give his opinion on why the pipeline is bad. He was immediately ganged up on and forced to pay a fine also.
|Membership Meeting - The Importance of Being a Sponsor||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 27, 2014||
The membership drive committee planned for a brainstorming session with club members to help them focus on the importance of sponsoring new members to the club. After inducting Grant Armstrong as the newest member, groups were assigned four questions: Why did you join the club? What is unique and valuable about membership here? Where do you think the best possible new members will come from? What should the club as a whole and you as an individual member do to bring in new members?
Ralph Montesanto facilitated the session and Glen Mumberson scribed to large chart paper. Many excellent ideas were generated and these will be collated and distributed to both the membership committee and club members. Today's session was the kick off to a membership drive.
|Grant Armstrong Inducted into the Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 27, 2014||
Grant Armstrong, manager of the Staples store in Waterdown, is the newest member of the club. Grant and Julie live in Dundas. Bill Armstrong, his father, is his proud sponsor. This is the first father and son team in the club.
|Winter Carnival February 15||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 25, 2014||
Rotary Winter Carnival February 15
Come out with your family for a fun afternoon as part of your Family Day weekend celebrations.
Saturday, February 15 at the Rotary Ice Rink in the Dundas Driving Park will see music, hot cider, horse and wagon rides and a demonstration by the Dundas Figure Skating Club.
The rink is open for skating and ice skates are available at The Pad food booth. Be there between noon and 4:00 PM.
|Community Services Donations||Posted by Bill Armstrong||on Jan 21, 2014||
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to report a number of our most recent Community Service donations:- The Dundas Routes Centre (A community based organization assisting local Youth)
- The Dundas Food Bank (A needed community service)
- Dundas Dynamo (A Bantam Girls basketball league)
- Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice (A safe healing program for bereaved individuals in need)
- Hamilton Association for Residential Recreational Redevelopment Programs - HARRRP
- St. Mathews House of Hamilton (In support of their efforts to address community needs)
- The Ancaster Film Festival (To assist in promoting enhancement of local cultural needs)
Additionally, the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club will soon be making other worthwhile donations, targeted to a variety of organizations that will assist those organizations in doing the good work they do for our community.
- The St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation (to assist with their Long Term Care Facility Expansion plans)
- The Salvation Army of Dundas (To assist in addressing a myriad of community needs)
- Dundas Community Services (A worthwhile community Service that actively tackles local needs)
Plus a number of other (yet to be named) community groups and associations who focus their volunteer efforts upon the Youth, Seniors and Needy within our community.
|Meeting of January 21, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 20, 2014||
We welcomed Mike Ulmer our guest speaker and soon to be inducted member Grant Armstrong. Upcoming events were promoted this morning. Dave Carson is organizing a Guess Who's Coming to Dinner for February 22. This is a fun evening not to be missed. Tell Dave if you are available for the February 22 social. Carl Fraser indicated that our Winter Carnival is scheduled for Saturday February 15 from noon to 4:00 PM. Music, hot cider, horse and wagon rides, skating and a Dundas Figure Skating Club demonstration. Tell your friends and family to be there. Art Samson and Paul Clifford did their thing for Routes and HARRRP. The Routes Gala is February 28 and costs $50 pp. Guest speaker is 1988 Canadian Olympic basketball player Barry Mungar. The HARRRP Gala is February 21 and costs $100 pp with a substantial tax receipt.
Happy Dollars from Jessica Brennan who completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Vocal Teaching Part 1. It was obviously a great deal of work because she threw in $10. Derek Price returned from Cuba; Stephen Palmer is out to dinner at Quatrefoil; and, Bill Armstrong is happy Seattle is going to the Super Bowl. Wayne Massey's wife Helen was asked to extend her retirement date to the end of April. Good news for Wayne because travel medical insurance is still paid for their upcoming trip to Florida. Vlad Vecki is going south and then cruising. Glen Mumberson tossed in a couple bucks just because we were short on cash to pay for breakfast.
And a notice from Ken Beel our treasurer who is in Florida. Membership dues for January to June are due now. So far only 11 have paid the $100. Please bring your money next week.
Dave Carson our SAA then introduced our guest speaker, Mike Ulmer. After his presentation Bob Morrow thanked him on behalf of the club.
|Supercharge Your Writing||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 20, 2014||
Mike Ulmer, worked as a sports reporter for the Toronto Sun and Maple Leaf Sports. His passion now is written communication and he outlined his ten commandments of effective business writing. 1 - You can do this. 2 - Do not try to sound smarter than you are. 3 - Let your verbs do the work. 4 - Do not use new or big words. 5 - Build your house. 6 - Do up your fly. 7 - Use simple punctuation. 8 - Vary your sentence length. 9 - Respect your reader. Proof your work. 10 - Print out your work. Have someone else read it.
Five and six need explanation. Build your house stresses that 50% of one's message comes in the first few sentences. Take care to make this happen. Do up your fly means don't look foolish. Watch words like it's and its, their and there, we're and were.
Mike stressed that we cannot afford to write poorly and poor writing never goes away. Members commented that social media is destroying good writing, reading aloud is a good way to proof read, and watch those auto correct features on word processors that change words and meanings.
|Meeting of January 14, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 13, 2014||
A small crowd welcomed DG Kevin Crouse and guest speaker Jim Sweetman. We heard some really pleasant news and some not so good news. Rob Reid indicated that Claire Harkness will be attending the RYLA convention in Australia. She will be a fabulous ambassador and the club will pick up her registration fee. Fred Amalfi will be recognized at the upcoming Real Estate Board Gala for 40 years in the business. Now the bad news for the club. Kathy Starodub, a long time member is joining the Ancaster Rotary Club. We are sorry to see her leave us but understand that she is no longer a Dundas High School principal and she does live in Ancaster. Barb Montesanto and Marilyn Amalfi are celebrating birthdays this week, Helen Massey will be retired come the end of the month, and Dave Carson returned from a week in Cuba.
If anyone finds an extension cord from Bob Morrow's block heater lost somewhere between his house and downtown Dundas please return it to him. And, if anyone is interested in coordinating a Guess Who's Coming To Dinner please tell Jan.
It was a special meeting as assistant governor Bob Morrow introduced governor Kevin Crouse who recognized a number of members with the Head Hands Heart Award. Barb Busing, Kathy Starodub, Joe Guedes, Bill Armstrong, Jan Southall, Rob Reid and Bruce Eccles were honoured. As well, at previous district events Ralph Montesanto, Shirley Molloy, Bob Neibert and Wayne Massey received the HHH Award.
|Civic Engagement and Municipal Government||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 13, 2014||
Jim Sweetman spoke of the importance of citizens becoming active in how their local government operates. His work with the Hamilton Civic League is one of his main foci now that he has retired. The HCL is, "an inclusive, non-partisan league of Hamiltonians dedicated to increasing community participation in local democracy, supporting an informed, involved, engaged electorate, and promoting transparent, accessible, accountable local government". The league's activities include community values and priorities surveys, promotion through Cable 14 and a finance sub-committee.
Looking over the last six years Jim gave a breakdown of voter participation by wards. Our own club's Ward 13 had the highest voter turnout of around 46%. The city's Elections Office does not believe it is its job to increase voter participation rates so this is one of the goals of the league. The finance sub-committee uses public data from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in order to help assess the city's financial health.
The next steps include a complete community values and priorities survey and the publishing of the results. Then, to publish a councillor accountability scorecard followed by candidate debates. To see and complete the survey go to www.CivicLeague.org
Members had a number of comments for Jim including the constant issue of the need for parity which causes taxes to rise and the need for open data from the city so that there is more transparency in how it operates.
|Head Hands Heart Awards||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 13, 2014||
Congratulations to the recipients of the Head Hands Heart Award. District governor Kevin Crouse presented certificates to Ralph Montesanto, Bruce Eccles, Jan Southall, Kathy Starodub, Bill Armstrong, Rob Reid, Joe Guedes and Barbara Busing. Wayne Massey, Bob Neibert and Shirley Molloy received their awards earlier at the district conference. The HHH Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions through their dedicated work in Rotary to their clubs, local communities, District 7090 and to the global community.
|Meeting of January 7, 2014||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jan 06, 2014||
A small but enthusiastic group this morning as we welcomed back Phil Wood from his leave of absence. Also welcomed was Norm Reed from the Waterdown Rotary Club and Grant Armstrong, Bill's son, who is interested in becoming a member of the club.
Our guest speaker, Catherine Lensen, was unable to attend this morning for her classification talk; so, Sergeant-At-Arms, Bruce came up with the idea that each member tell of the best thing that happened during 2013. We learned something new about each person. Here's a bit of what each said:
Bruce - Birth of his grandson Thomas. Barbara - Second son engaged after 9 years of courtship. Mary-Lou - A new transmission on a two-year old Volvo. Carl - Now has 53 reps in his new company, Aligned Capital Partners. Norm Reed - bought a place in Florida. Derek - Second grandchild is 26 and Derek is happy to be still around. Wayne Massey - Helped his daughter find a new house and then renovated it for her. Ralph - House exchange for nine weeks to New Zealand. Dave Matchett - Turned 60 and glad to be alive and able to visit Ireland. Bob Morrow - Saw his 600 000 Tomatosphere seeds returned from the International Space Station after two years on board. Wayne McHale - After 11 grandsons he now has a granddaughter. Bill - Saskatchewan won the Grey Cup and he got a new car. Art - Celebrated 50th anniversary, cruised New Zealand and Australia and got a new hip. Phil - Retired from Student Affairs at McMaster and going back as an engineer. Grant Armstrong - Hosted a Grey Cup party with his large family. Paul - He and Barbara have persisted! Bob Neibert - His son Michael has been guest speaker at a number of cancer survivor functions and been asked to speak at more. Ken - attended a number of work related funerals and pleased to see living colleagues he has not seen for a number of years. Ask him about his stint on a coroner's court. Ross - His niece had a child. Glen - Great grandson number two was born and is taking his first steps. Harold - Back to work full time and helped Julienne during here recovery from a knee replacement operation. Jessica - Three sisters got together in Dundas with their families for the first time in four years. Shirley - Great trip to Texas to the Johnson Space Centre, hearing about Chris Hadfield and feeling great about being Canadian. Jan - Her daughter returned to university and a great nephew was born.
Happy Dollars: Phil was glad to be back after an extended leave of absence. Bob Morrow used Ken's hat when painting a ceiling, Glen's sticky thing when putting back baseboard; and has already broken his New Year's resolution by not walking to Rotary this morning (-8 F). Wayne Massey's grandson turned 16 and needs a job. Shirley was happy Phil is back and Bruce told a funny fishing story involving a fish scale and a new born baby that weighed in at 21.8 lbs.
Announcements: Norm promoted the Waterdown club's upcoming Robbie Burns Supper at the Carlisle Golf Course on January 25. Cost is $60 per person and Bob Morrow has 16 tickets. Eight are already spoken for. Paul promoted the 3rd Annual HARRRP Gala on February 21. Tickets are $100 each. Not to be left out, Art promoted the Routes Gala on February 28. Cost is $50. Carl is working on Winterfest at the park and will have more information at a later date.
President Jan reminded board members of the meeting on Wednesday January 8, 6:30 PM at Ken Beel's home. Also, Governor Kevin Crouse will be at the club next week to present Head Hands Heart Awards to some of our members. Oh, and by the way, semiannual dues of $100 are due now.
|Annual December Celebration||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 16, 2013||
What a great job Jessica Brennan did as chair of this year's Christmas celebration party. Over 40 members and guests gathered at the newly renovated Dundas Museum to celebrate and party. And let their hair down they did! It was obvious that everyone was ready to just let loose.
A number of folks took advantage of a guided tour of the museum given by museum board member Keith Greene that began and culminated in the new auditorium/meeting room.
Joan Ballantyne our DJ and Randy provided the sound system and music while Roger Stewart and his team looked after the bar and the catering. Everything was great!
We sang, we laughed, we ate and drank.
Some even gave away little secrets.
It was wonderful to see David Lowery able to attend after a long stay in the hospital. As our choir of members sang, "Dancing around the Christmas Tree", we did!
|Meeting of December 10, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 09, 2013||
Today was the annual St. Matthew's House auction.There were 24 members and six guests present. The club welcomed Barb Montesanto, Helen Massey, Lynne Morrow, Colin Reed, Norm Reed and Cindy.
As festive as the morning meeting was, there was also sadness in the room as we remembered the passing of Wayne Migus who died yesterday after a short illness.
Before the auction, President Jan indicated that Telling Tales made a $9000 donation to Early Literacy, Summer Literacy Camp and Adult Literacy. She also noted that the club was kicking off a membership campaign with more information to follow.
Shirley is celebrating a birthday today and is also selling tickets to Dundas Little theatre to help support Dundas Community Services. Tickets to 39 Steps for the January 16 presentation are available for purchase at $35 each. This special presentation includes refreshments and hor d'oevres during intermission.
Please note that the next morning meeting is not until January 7, 2014. The Christmas party is December 17 at 6:00 PM at the Dundas Museum. Please let Jessica know if you will be attending. The cost is $25 per person payable at the door.
|St. Matthew's House Auction||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 09, 2013||
The members of the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise once again gave great support to St. Matthew's House through the club's annual auction during today's regular morning meeting. Members brought in a variety of items to be auctioned and through the skilled and humorous auctioneering of Bruce Eccles managed to buy back everything and raise $3415 in less than an hour. As well a number of members made personal donations totalling over $1500 directly to St. Matthew's House.
Special thank you to Paul Clifford for his continued liaison with St. Matthew's House. Paul and Barbara Clifford also managed to raise over $6000 during a show of knitted goods and special preserves held in their home. Thank you to our special guests and all the members for digging into their pockets to both purchase items for donation and then generously bidding.
|The Holiday Tree at the Rotary Ice Rink||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 06, 2013||
Roger Stewart attaches the star to the top of the Holiday Tree beside the Rotary Ice Rink in the Dundas Driving Park. While the tree was being decorated, Matt Stein from the City of Hamilton was busy flooding the rink in preparation for the new season of free skating. Skates are available at the food booth; so, come on out and enjoy the rink.
Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotarians and Ruthy rally around the decorated tree.
|Meeting of December 3, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 02, 2013||
We welcomed Wayne McHale who was later inducted into the club and Kamal Shankardass from the Dundas Rotary club. As well, Lynne Morrow and Barb Montesanto joined in to hear the presentation on New Zealand.
As part of the usual induction ceremony club members formed a circle to respond to the induction questions and shake Wayne's hand. Here are several who are standing in front of Christmas stockings. Who do you think will get a piece of coal for Christmas? Looks like a police lineup!
Happy Dollars from Jessica as she announced that she was named the Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board; from Carl who returned from a week in Florida golfing at Saw Grass. He drove towards the famous island green but went over into the water. Fred congratulated Jessica on her appointment but wondered if the board had a height requirement. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Announcements: Eco Park meeting on Wednesday December 4 at 6:30 at Ken Beel's house. Bob Neibert, incoming president, announced a partial slate of officers. Jessica reminded all of the Christmas party on December 17 at 6:00 PM at the Dundas Museum and of the upcoming St. Matthew's House auction on December 10 during the regular club meeting. Please bring items or services to be auctioned. Carl asked for volunteers to be at the ice rink on Saturday December 7 at 9:00 AM to help decorate the Christmas Tree. If anyone knows of a large star for the top of the tree please let Carl know. And, Ross made a last call to order golf shirts or fleece jackets with the Rotary and club name on them. By the way, if you are bringing guests to the auction please email Jan so we can have sufficient food prepared. Also, Jessica needs to know if you will be at the Christmas party. Same reason.
As a start to a membership drive president Jan asked everyone to write down some names of potential new members. Please start developing your lists. Following that, SAA Dave introduced guest speakers Bob and Ralph.
|Wayne McHale Inducted Into Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 02, 2013||
President Jan Southall and assistant governor Bob Morrow along with club Rotary Foundation director Shirley Molloy conducted the usual formal induction ceremony to welcome Wayne McHale into the club. Wayne is a management consultant and looks forward to serving the community as part of the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise.
|Rotary Programs and a New Zealand Experience||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Dec 02, 2013||
Bob Morrow and Ralph Montesanto used their recent trip to New Zealand to highlight the value of one of Rotary's nine structured programs. Using the Oreo cookie model they sandwiched the New Zealand trip between information on Rotary programs. The club's past experience with a Rotary Friendship Exchange in 2009 between New Zealand and District 7090 lead to a personal house exchange between Barbara and Fergus Cumming of Rotorua and Ralph and Barb Montesanto. Bob and Lynne Morrow who met the Cummings in 2009 and 2010 hosted them on either side of the house exchange and spent a month in New Zealand with the Montesantos.
Using photos taken during their trip, New Zealand's geography, geology, products and culture were highlighted - from plate movement that causes earthquakes, volcanoes and geothermal landscape, to sheep, dairy and deer farms, to logging, vineyards and kiwi production. Of course, Maori culture and All blacks rugby were part of the story.
The dormant volcano below was snow covered even though it was late spring in New Zealand.
The presentation closed with a review of another Rotary program called Rotary Fellowships with several fellowships highlighted that might interest specific club members.
|Meeting of November 26, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 25, 2013||
We welcomed guest speakers Fab Giuliani and Jo-Ann Savoie and soon to be inducted Wayne McHale. President Jan was absent this morning. Her mother, Wilma, passed away. Visitation is this afternoon from 2-4 and this evening from 7-9 at the Cattell Eaton Chambers Funeral Home in Dundas. The funeral is Wednesday November 27 at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas at 1:00 PM.
SAA Dave wished Lindsay Palmer a Happy Birthday before telling us the many dates in history the Tiger Cats aka Tigers lost the Grey Cup. Art mentioned some of their wins and Bill couldn't lose seeing that he is a Saskatchewan boy. Happy Dollars from Shirley because the TiCats made it into the Grey Cup. Barbara spoke with David Lowery who hopes to go home from hospital in a couple weeks. Ken will be visiting David on November 27. If you want to join him be at his house by 4:30 PM and ride with him. Barbara was also pleased to have babysat the last few days even though her daughter-in-law was in hospital. Wayne Massey returned from a vacation in Cuba where he played golf almost every day. Ken had a warm fuzzy for Wayne as he congratulated him for all his efforts with the program and advertising for Rotary Stars which turned a profit of just over $10 000.
Three motions were put to members, each requiring approval because the amount of donation was over the $500 limit for a director. Director Bill asked for $2500 for St. Joseph's Villa to go towards new beds; Director Rob requested $1000 to send another student to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa; and Director Barbara requested $1000 towards disaster relief in the Philippines. All three passed with the Philippines donation being further examined to see if it can be increased by a Burlington auto dealership's possible match.
Ken informed us of the meeting at his house on December 4 at 6:30 to discuss the Eco Park;and, the Christmas Tree decorating in the park on December 7 at 9:00 AM. Everyone was reminded to bring auction items next week to be sold at the St. Matthew's House auction on December 10. See if your friends or better still, a possible new member, would like to join you that day.
Next week will be the last day to order a golf shirt or fleece jacket with the club logo. See Ross for details.
|Habitat for Humanity and Women in Law||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 25, 2013||
Detective Fab Giuliani and Sergeant Jo-Ann Savoie from Hamilton Police Service introduced the club to the family and the first house being constructed under the Habitat for Humanity and Women in Law program. The family of eight presently lives in an apartment in Hamilton and having two disabled children and only recently an elevator has caused some mobility issues. The family was selected for a Habitat for Humanity house to be built at 7 Knapmans Drive at the Beach Strip. The City of Hamilton donated the land and the building permits are in the works as the organization works to raise $200 000 in cash and in-kind services.
As part of the process, the family must do 500 hours of volunteer service either for the house construction or at the Reuse Store. Habitat for Humanity holds the mortgage and the family makes the usual mortgage payments, albeit with no interest. After around ten years they will be able to sell the home under certain mortgage conditions.
Fund raisers like the upcoming Vegas Meets Hamilton Gaming Night on February 11, 2014 at Carmen's Banquet Centre will be pooled with service club, individual and corporate donations. Fab and Joanne are very excited about their roles in promoting the build and encouraged our members to get involved either financially or through in-kind donations of installation work or building products.
For more information go to www.WILBUILD.ca
|Meeting of November 19, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 18, 2013||
We welcomed Em Del Sordo our guest speaker and Wayne McHale a possible new member. Bill manned the desk and Kathy delivered the prayer. Shirley was acting SAA collecting a goodly sum of Happy Dollars and reverse reward prizes during her, "Did you know session". President Jan reminded everyone of the banners at the front which indicated the club's outstanding success within the district for EREY and a silver award recipient for contributions to Polio Plus. She and Shirley also reminded all that November is Rotary Foundation month and encouraged members to make their donations to the foundation. Jan also reminded board members of the meeting on Wednesday November 20, 6:30 PM at Ralph's house, 20 Highland Park Drive. Other announcements were the change of date for the Christmas party to December 17, and the St. Matthew's House Auction on December 10. Ross also had golf shirts and fleece lined jackets to examine. Next week too. Order yours from him.
Happy Dollars from Alycia who got engaged on the weekend as did Kathy's oldest son (not to each other); and, George whose sons won on the Rising Star Contest and will be on national TV December 28. Bill can't lose on Grey Cup day. You see, he hails from Saskatchewan and likes the Tiger Cats as well as the Roughriders. Paul received an email from Fergus Cumming that linked him to some friends he met in New Zealand many years ago; Ralph had a great time in New Zealand and is happy to be back at the club after nine weeks away; and, Jessica's partner is celebrating a birthday.
Bob Morrow would like to get a table of eight to the Robbie Burns' dinner put on by the Waterdown club on January 25. Barbara Busing will be travelling to Florida more often now that she and Norm purchased a condo there. Art was promoting Hamilton Rotary club calendars; and, Ken gave an update on David Lowery who has been in the hospital for several weeks.
Shirley's game was well received and all the losers were happy that the winners each had to pay one dollar - Now that is novel. Following principal Del Sordo's presentation, Kathy thanked him.
|Dundas Valley Secondary School||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Nov 18, 2013||
Em Del Sordo, the principal of the newly named Dundas Valley Secondary School spoke passionately of the new school that will combine the staff and students of Parkside High School and Highland Secondary School in a yet to be built/renovated school at the Highland site on Governor's Road.
The two schools have a great history in Dundas, replete with the passions and traditions built over the years. Em's vision is to work with the social and emotional aspects of closing a school, involving all of the students, staff, parents and feeder schools so that the transition to the new school will provide the best program for the 1100 students. Construction will begin in the spring of 2014 with most students attending Parkside except for those requiring the technical courses that Highland operates. In September of 2015, when construction is expected to be complete, all students will move to the new school, with new school colours, a new mascot, new sports facilities and science labs and maybe even an auditorium to make it truly a school for the entire community.
|Meeting of November 12th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Nov 11, 2013||
Today’s meeting was offsite at the newly renovated Dundas Museum on Park Street. President Jan began by thanking all those who contributed to the Dundas Stars event last Saturday. Many members were involved in making it a big success.
Board members were reminded of the upcoming meeting and asked to submit agenda items to Jan.
Wayne Massey (pictured below with halo! and Jan and Shirley holding awards) reported on his attendance at the Rotary Foundation Dinner where he accepted awards for the club recognizing both our meeting the Every Rotarian Every Year target and a Polio Plus contribution of over $2500. Member Ernie Romain was also recognized for his Paul Harris contribution.
Paul Clifford reminded members that the Christmas Auction is coming soon and asked members to bring auction items to club meetings over the next 3 weeks. The Auction will take place on December 10th and the Christmas Party on December 3rd at the Dundas Museum – this is a swapping of dates to ensure that our master auctioneer is available for the Christmas Auction.
Dave asked for members to contact him to participate in the working team that will plan the EcoPark project.
Happy Dollars were not collected as we moved straight into our Museum tour.
|Visit to Dundas Museum and Archives||Posted by Dave Carson||on Nov 11, 2013||
Curator Kevin Puddister gave us an excellent review of the history of the Museum and then a guided tour of the renovated facilities. Briefly the place in which we met was built in 1873 by Alexander Witherspoon and from 1912 until 1975 was the home of Dr & Mrs Pirie. The Pirie’s donated their orchard to become the location of the original museum which was opened in 1956. In 1974 Dr Pirie’s former office building was moved to the site and in 1975, on the death of Mrs Pirie, their home was purchased by the museum.
The recent renovation and expansion resulted in the Pirie house being incorporated into the full working of the museum (until recently it was rented out as a home), the construction of a new foyer, full accessible access and major new archive and display spaces. Funding came largely from a Provincial grant with some Fed dollars for the accessibility structures (elevator etc).
Pictured below is Curator Kevin showing members Wayne and Ross a topographic model of Dundas Valley.
|Meeting of November 5th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Nov 04, 2013||
Our November 5th meeting honoured Remembrance Day, which takes place next Monday. We began with the usual prayer, anthem and toasts, adding toasts to our Veterans and all who serve and have served in the Canadian Forces.
Donations of wine are still needed for the Barrow of Wine raffle at the Dundas Stars event next Saturday; please drop them off at Art Samson's, 30 Osler, Unit 6. Tickets are still available from Alycia for the event, please keep promoting and selling tickets.
Dave Carson told members of the new Dundas Fresh Food Fund, raising funds for fresh produce at the Food Bank. Please see him for Gift Cards.
Ken Beel was honoured by the Lieutenant-Governor for his work on the upgraded Dundas Historical Museum at the opening last week.
Alycia celebrated her birthday today and members tunefully sang their congratulations. She noted how great it was to have been a Rotary Exchange student as she had greetings from all around the world for her birthday. Bruce Eccles was happy to be back from his European cruise. Paul Clifford, on a sad/happy note, remembered the difficult times had by his father and two uncles during WWII, and that they all happily survived through it all.
President Jan reviewed the motion presented to all members last week on the donation of $30,000 cash and $30,000 in kind to the Dundas EcoPark project over the next two years. After a short discussion, the motion was carried.
In the place of the normal guest speaker, Bill Armstrong, Dave Carson, Steve Palmer and Bruce Eccles offered memories, photos, souvenirs and stories about the experiences of their parents and grandparents in the two World Wars. Paul Clifford had personal memories of his time as a young evacuee from London.
Pictured below is Steve Palmer wearing the wartime US Submarine officer's cap of his wife's grandfather.
The Remembrance Day Parade takes place next Monday in Dundas, from the Fire Station to the War Memorial at the Community Centre.
|Meeting of October 29th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 28, 2013||
A good group of members turned out on the first really dark morning, a preview of Halloween later this week. President Jan announced that members are invited to the re-opening of the Dundas Museum & Archives on Saturday at 11:15 am. There will also be a public open house from 1 pm to 4 pm on November 2nd and 3rd. Jessica stated the three finalist names for the amalgamated high school and asked for feedback on these; Dundas Secondary School, Dundas District Secondary School, or Dundas Valley Secondary School. Bob Morrow reminded members their Foundation contribution was due soon and started the process with his cheque. Visiting New Zealand Rotarian Fergus Cumming presented Jan with a badge from his Club and said his farewells, as he is leaving for home next week.
A joke competition was won, not surprisingly, by Fred Amalfi, who told us of the new Husband store being opened in the neighbourhood. He was presented with a magnificent trophy after a close round of judging.
The Club voted on, and approved, a motion to donate $5000 to the EcoPark project. A motion to support the larger project (a description has been circulated to all members) will be voted on next week.
|The history of Dundas Fire Department||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 28, 2013||
Rotarian Keith Green presented some fascinating pictures and stories of the history of the Dundas Volunteer Fire Department going back to its formation in 1833.Hand pumps and horse drawn fire carts were the start, with volunteers assembled by the ringing of a bell, which can still be seen hanging in Dundas. By 1898 the Fire Station was at its current location and in 1913, with the advent of electricity, fire alarm pulls were located in different parts of the town. Keith told us of some of the major fires that have occurred in Dundas - the 1881 fire in which a complete block was lost at Cross and King and others at Central School, the Golf Club, Valley City and St James Church.
Keith is shown here in front of one of his pictures of the people really attracted to fire trucks, the young people of Dundas.
Most interesting was Keith's work to restore old fire trucks and present them to the public. Through diligent work, many hours and dollars, he has assembled a collection of five former Dundas fire trucks models from 1929, 1937, 1947, 1956 and 1961, with the ultimate goal of creating a Dundas firefighters' museum. Keith can arrange to have fire trucks attend Rotary events.
You can see photos of the fire trucks at http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4037913-vintage-fire-trucks-back-home-in-dundas/
|Meeting of October 22nd||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 21, 2013||
Today we welcomed guests Anthony Cassano with Lily and Abbey from the Dundas Dynamo Basketball Club. They thanked us for our support and told us of their success in basketball - 5th in Ontario and in some fundraising they had done for the community. They presented President Jan with a thank you plaque.
Happy Dollars today started with a lot of athletic activity - Alycia Moore ran her first half marathon in just over 2 hours while Steve Palmer's young son make his first long walk - no longer a 40 lb carry. Shirley's daughter made the CN Tower stair climb in 30 minutes. Dave Carson was happy that the Community Garden was cleaned up and closed for the season. Bob Morrow was back from New Zealand, had given 3 Rotary talks and brought greeting from the Christchurch Club, still recovering from the earthquake in 2011. Visiting New Zealand Rotarian Fergus Cumming recounted his recent and extensive travels around the US and Canada.
Thanks were given to Ross, Glen and the absent Ralph for organizing the successful Shred Day last Saturday. Reminders to all on Rotary Stars November 9th - Buy your tickets and please bring wine to meetings in the next 2 weeks for the Barrow of Wine draw. Rob Reid presented a plaque received from the tri-athlete who recently ran in the London (UK) Iron Man race - we have supported his club.
The club discussed the motion introduced by the Board to support the Dundas EcoPark project. After a good discussion the original motion did not pass. A new motion was then introduced, and passed as follows "The Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise jointly supports the project with the Dundas Rotary Club subject to a satisfactory agreement with the Hamilton Conservation Authority". Jan/Dave/Ken to work with the HCA to obtain such an agreement to present to then club at which time a decision / vote would be made on the level of financial support and /or in-kind support to be given to the project.
|Fall Shredding Day Welcomed By Community||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Oct 20, 2013||
Another successful shredding day held by the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. The club holds the event twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. It gives the community a place to safely dispose of private documents while adding a few dollars to the club's services budget. Thank you to club members Ross Bannatyne and Glen Mumberson for ensuring the smooth running of the shredding day. Also thank you to Scott Eccles for the use of his auto services. Look for the next shredding day right after income tax season in 2014.
|Meeting of October 15th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 14, 2013||
Today we convened at the Hatt St Firehall – apparently the first time in the City of Hamilton that a Rotary meeting has been held in a Firehall. We were welcomes by Fire Captain Ralph Kerekesh and Safety Officer Jennifer Janicas,
Shirley had organized a Timmies breakfast for the small crowd. President Jan reminded us of Shred Day next Saturday and Rotary Stars on November 9th. Tickets can be obtained from Alycia Moore, please continue promoting and selling! Please also remember to bring wine for the Stars Wine Barrow draw.
Next week is an important Club Assembly as members are being asked to vote on a significant contribution of work to the Dundas EcoPark project.
|Hatt St. Firehall visit||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 14, 2013||
Captain Ralph told us a few facts about the Hamilton Fire Service and the Dundas Station
Fire Safety Officer Jennifer gave us some more statistics and fire safety food for thought.
Smoke alarms are now mandated one on each floor of a home, including the basement, If you don’t have this – get them installed.
This was brought home by a short video shown to us of a re-creation of a house fire where a life was lost because there was no smoke alarm on the ground floor – occupants had less warning and by the time they tried to exit the fire had spread and temperatures risen to unsurvivable levels.
|Meeting of October 8th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 07, 2013||
President Jan reminded all members to return the Engagement Survey this week.
We welcomed visitor Dr Kanwal Shankardass and congratulated Barb Busing and Bob Bell on their anniversaries this week.
Jan presented Joe Guedes with his Foundation Pin, reflecting the usual past-President job he has this year. Jan also reminded Board members of the meeting Oct 16th at Wayne Migus's home and to review the documents on the Eco Park as it represents a major undertaking by the Club.
Dundas Stars November 9th - Dave Lowery has tickets, all members are asked to sell, sell, sell! Art Samson is collecting bottles of wine for the Barrow of Wine Draw.
Shredding Day is October 19th - Please post the flyers ..see Glen for the times you can help.
Jessica thanked Steve Palmer and Dave Matchett for contributions to the new park at Dundas Central School. Bruce introduced "unhappy dollars" as a result of his experience in licensing his two business locations in Dundas. Dave Matchett reminded all of East Side Mario's 2nd Friday supper this week and Bill acknowledged Routes Centre Open House at their new location. No longer radio-active, Fred wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and told us he had a full-house this weekend. Derek noticed that the displays at the Dundas Museum looked the same as his house as a child, treadle sewing machine, black iron fireplace and so on.
|Jessica Brennan Classification talk||Posted by Dave Carson||on Oct 07, 2013||
Jessica's bio describes the training she offers in presentation skills, communications, media relations, political advocacy and campaign fundamentals. Jessica also offers her services as a voice coach and singing instructor. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
But Jessica did not spend much time talking about the things in her bio. Instead she gave us a funny and heartfelt classification talk which showed that the foundation of her work and her life was her family. She talked of her Irish background and the way her early life was imbued with the joy of singing in the family. She explained to us how she came to be such a passionate advocate for those who are under-represented - how her role was not so much to represent them, but to enable them to represent themselves. Politics was always discussed around the dinner table and Jessica has run for political offices federally, provincially (unsuccessfully) and as a school board trustee, successfully.
Jessica showed her character in action in getting the whole Club to join her in singing "The More We Get Together, the Happier We Are" to close her talk.
Jessica and Bob Neibert declared Tuesday "Purple Day" - and asked to be photographed showing purple shirt,tie, jacket and hair!
|Visit of Rotarian Fergus Cumming from New Zealand||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 30, 2013||
Today we welcomed Fergus Cumming who is exchanging houses, clothing and wine cellars with Ralph Montesanto. Fergus is a past District Governor and gave us a potted "classification" talk describing his ancestors, his youth and how he came to be a land surveyor, civil engineer and town planner. He told us of his recent trip to Newfoundland and how, knowing the National Anthems of all the Commonwealth Countries, he fits in at the Rotary meeting on his travels. We missed his wife Barbara (did he exchange his wife too??) with whom he spent many years working in Fiji - a country administered from New Zealand prior to its independence.
Fergus finished by doing a quick comparison between Ontario and New Zealand - in terms of sheep, people and land area - New Zealand only scores in the sheep department. He then showed a short movie of the some of the Rotary activities in Rotarua and pictures of the beautifully restored Rotarua Museum - a Rotary project. This is pictured below.
|Meeting of October 1st||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 30, 2013||
We welcomed our guest from New Zealand, Fergus Cumming and also welcomed back Barry Stolz from his shoulder surgery and recovery. Birthday greetings were given to Harold and to member spouses Michelle Stolz and Lise Gould;
Members were reminded of the following upcoming events
- Food Drive - October 5th; drivers needed; be at the Community Centre 8:30 on Saturday
- Shredding Day - October 19th; please contact Ross if you can help on this event
- Routes Youth Scrap Metal Drive - October 19th; drop your scrap metal off at Olympic Arena on you way the the Shredding event!
- District Conference Niagara Falls - October 26th - 28th; please let Jan know if you are going
- Dundas Stars - November 9th - tickets will be ready next week @ $30 each; start pre-selling!!!!
Jan distributed a survey (which will also be emailed to members) on Club Participation and Engagement. PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN TO JAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Bob Neibert had to leave early but left a Happy Dollar to help out the less wealthy members of the club. Art Samson was happy to report on the move of the Routes Youth Centre to the Dundas Community Centre, 15 years from the time it was first planned. Shirley had just enjoyed a relaxing week in New York City. Bruce told a joke about fisherman Fred. Fred Amalfi assured us he was not the fisherman in the story- but then told us how he had been taken in for questioning by US Homeland Security while crossing the border last week because he was still radio-active after a special blood test earlier in the week.
|Meeting of September 24th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 23, 2013||
A good crowd came out on a fine sunny September morning. We welcomed back Art Samson, man of steel, who was mobile again after a hip replacement 6 weeks ago.
President Jan congratulated the Club on the outstanding success of the Art in the Park activities. She thanked all the members who worked on it, particularly Ken Beel and Derek Price who have worked tirelessly for the past year to prepare the show. Pictures below are Auctioneer Bruce Eccles with his assistant Bob Niebert.
Bill Armstrong proposed two donations from the Community Fund - to the Routes Youth Centre and to the Dundas Food Bank. Both donations were approved by the club members present. The will be officially presented at the Dundas Stars event on November 9th.
Jessica Brennan reminded everyone that the Community of Dundas has been asked to vote on the name of the new combine High School. Please go onto the school board website and make your suggestions.
Art was glad to be back with titanium in his leg - Barb Busing said today would have been her mother's 100th birthday and she and her siblings were all talking and remembering today. Fred celebrated his wedding anniversary with a novel way of accumulating the number of years of marriage. We also celebrated Dave Matchett's birthday and the wedding anniversaries this week of Ross, Shirley, Dave (again).
References from Dave's talk.
Here are the sources for Dave's talk described below for your reading pleasure.
The Carbon Tracker Initiative
Canada’s Carbon liabilities.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Redrawing the Energy Climate Map
International Energy Agency
Energy, Finance and the end of growth
Tullet Prebon Wholesale Brokers
|Unburnable Carbon - the impact of climate change on energy company values||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 23, 2013||
Club Member Dave Carson gave a talk on the links between the growing concerns about climate change, the fossil fuel industry and the potential risk to pensions and investments.
Dave used the four way test to review climate change
The harm from climate change leads to the conclusion we need to de-carbonize our economies. Many organizations like the IMF, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency have identified that if we are to keep global warming below 2 degrees (and all governments have signed up to this need) then we need to leave the majority of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. The problem is that all the large scale energy companies stock prices are based on full valuation of all their reserves. Is there a "carbon bubble" that might burst, stranding the assets and causing a collapse of the stock value?
Dave proposed some policies that we should all support to help mitigate the impact on us
Dave also suggested reading some more and forming one's own opinion on this important subject, and provided links to a number of sources.
|Meeting of September 17th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 16, 2013||
There was frost on the rooftops as we convened today. We expressed condolences to Bruce Eccles on the passing of his mother. Several birthdays and anniversaries are being celebrated this week - Bob Neibert, Catherine Lensen and Dave Matchett all have birthdays and Paul & Barbara Clifford (56 years) , Bruce and Claire Eccles (35 years) and Barry and Michelle Stolz (10 years) celebrate anniversaries.
We had an email from Ralph who "tramping" through New Zealand and from Bob Morrow on the arrival of Fergus and Barbara Cumming, Ralph's home exchange from NZ. We debated whether to have our Christmas Party and St. Matthew's Auction on different days or the same night. The majority decision was to have them on separate days as in prior years. We were reminded of the Food Drive on October 5th, there is a need for help - the last food drive in the Spring did not yield the usual amount because of the reduced number of volunteers.
There is a Board meeting tomorrow at Bill Armstrong's.
Art in the Park on Sunday promises to be a great event - there are over 30 exhibitors. Rotarians were asked to wear black pants/white shirt - their Rotary badge will also be available along with a flower.
Paul Clifford "chequed in" to celebrate his 56 years, Glen celebrated that he was not having to push entertainment books this year and George recounted his Murphy in-laws party - quite the celebration. Everyone else kept their hands in their pockets today!
|Emily's year in Denmark||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 16, 2013||
Dressed in her red jacket covered in badges and key chains, Emily gave us an introduction to her year in Denmark on a Rotary Exchange. (She had originally been scheduled on an exchange to New Zealand but the island of Zealand in Denmark became her final destination.) We saw photos of her first exchange family - both their main home and their summer house. Distances in Denmark are much shorter than Canada - the summer home 2 1/2 hours away was considered a long way.
The view from her Rotary meetings was of the sea and the Swedish coastline so close. We were surprised to learn that the Rotary District she visited was the "largest in the world" because it included Greenland as well! Emily was impressed with Copenhagen - where all the buildings are 5 stories or less and many are painted very colorfully (pictured above). She also visited the Island of Samso where the people are self sufficient in food and energy - they even export power generated from their large wind farms (Picture below). Emily had so many photos to show us that she did not finish her talk and was invited back to show them some other time.
Emily was introduced by Rob Reid and thanked by George Gould.
Samso Wind Farm
|Bob Morrow on District Assistant Governor - and some Robert Service poetry||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 09, 2013||
Bob Morrow, dressed in his colourful Kenyan kaftan gave a brief talk on the role of the District Assistant Governor in Rotary.
But before this, to give us our money's worth - he talk of another Service and recited the poem by Robert W. called The Ballard of the Ice-Worm Cocktail.
If you missed it, you can read it at The Ballard of the Ice-Worm cocktail
We then heard about the ADG job which is devoted to helping to develop District Goals, particpating in the Foundation Program, visiting clubs on a regular basis and promoting District events. He encouraged members to attend the forthcoming District Conference in Niagara. Information on this is on the District website.
Then we were treated to another Robert Service poem recited by Bob, this one was the cremation of Sam McGee. Accompanying both poems were some interesting pictures of life in the Yukon gold rush. You can hear Johnny Cash doing a Bob Morrow imitation of this poem on Youtube.
|Meeting of September 10th||Posted by Dave Carson||on Sep 09, 2013||
The room was buzzing today with 24 members and one guest - Maggie the catering queen. It was probably the weather news that today was going to be the hottest of the year in Hamilton.
Jessica Brennan asked as many as possible to volunteer for Telling Tales at Westfield Heritage Village on Sunday September 15.
George announced the date of the Dundas Stars event this year - to be held on Saturday November 9th.
David Lowery reminded everyone of the need to make Art in the Park a big success on Sunday September 22nd - if you haven't volunteered, be ready for the call.
Fred was fined for bringing his mobile billboard and parking it outside East Side Mario's today. Joe was happy to have returned from his road trip but would not reveal the dent in his bank account from the all diesel fuel used by his palace on wheels. Glen was also happy to have returned from his summer cottage but a little perturbed to find his name deleted from the membership roll. Bruce said the Ancaster Rotary Golf tourney last Sunday was a fabulous well attended event - the 16th year with fine weather. Apparently Ralph has made it to New Zealand and was already sampling NZ wines when he woke Bob Morrow up at 5:30am this morning. Carl was happy to celebrate his wedding anniversary this week while George Gould was back at work as a temporary VP at school to pay for a new kitchen. Rob Reid was under pressure as he had just moved without enough preparation due to a vacation in San Francisco - and none of his furniture fits.
|Meeting of September 3, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 02, 2013||
We welcomed Jan Nichols, Sandra Strauss and Gregg Crealock this morning. All three are Rotarians and part of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice which was today's program.
Announcements. From President Jan: The Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar is October 5. Bob Neibert and David Carson will be attending. She also invited anyone else who wants to learn more about grants to attend. The Trevor Garwood-Jones Golf Tournament is coming up in September and she is looking for our club to put in one or two teams to support the Rotary Club of Dundas' new event. From David Lowery: The volunteer list for Art in the Park is filling nicely. There are just a few spots left so if you have not yet put your name down, now is the time. From Jessica Brennan: Telling Tales is just a couple weeks away on September 15. Jessica is collecting new and gently used children's books and has the list of volunteer jobs. Please see her if you can assist with either.
Happy Dollars. Wayne Massey's oldest grandson turned 19 and was entered in a smash-up derby. He is fine. The car is not. Wayne continues to work on getting his daughter's new home remodelled. Good news is it is almost finished and the dog he has been hosting has gone to another home. Kathy Starodub is off to Yellow Knife. Bob Morrow just came through Yellow Knife on his way back from putting his foot in the Arctic Ocean. Ralph is off to New Zealand and Shirley took her granddaughter to Spring Ridge.
Shirley then introduced guest speakers Jan and Sandra. The video on the club website does not come through to First Light. Enter the following into your browser to see the Camp Erin, Hamilton bereavement camp for children and youth. http://youtu.be/0bOE9jhzi64
|The Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice and Camp Erin||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Sep 02, 2013||
Jan Nichols, Director of Development and Community Relations for the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice shared the hospice experience. The hospice offers supportive bereavement programs to help individuals work through their grief. There are over 300 visiting volunteers who provide two visits a week to homes; there is a day program that gives a hot meal and entertainment; and a residential program with 10 beds.
As well, there is a new program for children and youth dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is Camp Erin Hamilton. Sandra Strauss is the director of the camp. She tugged at our heart strings as she gave examples of some of the 43 children who attended at the host facility, Camp Winona in Bracebridge. Every child there had experienced the loss of a loved one. Children and youth deal with grief differently then adults. Adults immerse themselves for a long period whereas children and youth are puddle jumpers. They jump back and forth from grief to play.
The video tells the story.
The Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice receives 61% of its funding from the Province of Ontario. The remaining funds are raised through sponsorships, support from individuals and service clubs, and special events. One of the events is a draw for a BMW 750i valued at $150 000. Budds BMW, one of the key supporters of the hospice was represented by Gregg Crealock who is also a director of the hospice. Club members purchased a number of tickets at $25 each or five for $100.
|Shredding Day October 19||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 31, 2013||
|Meeting of August 27, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 26, 2013||
Our guests this morning were Lisbie Rae and Doreen Crombie from Grandmothers of Steel and Alycia Moore who was inducted into the club. SAA Dave Carson highlighted birthdays of David Lowery, Art Samson and Jessica Brennan and the members followed with the singing of Happy Birthday. Also celebrating significant milestones are Stephen Palmer with 4 years of marriage and Cathy Starodub with 38 years.
Jessica asked for input about combining the St. Matthew's Auction with the Christmas party. If you have an opinion please let her know. She also is circulating volunteer sign up sheets for Telling Tales. If you are available please get your name on the sheet. David Lowery continues in his quest for volunteers for Art in the Park.
On Sunday the first annual Rotary Family Picnic was held at Randy and Joan's home. 49 Rotarians, partners, children and grandchildren attended. The weather was fabulous and everyone had a great time. President Jan thanked Randy, Barry, George and Ralph for putting it together, Chris Montgomery for the cooking and providing the RoomToGo, Barb Montesanto for the salads and Joan and her family for putting together the children's activities.
Happy Dollars from Jessica for being thrilled she has outlived most of her friends; from Fred Amalfi and Wayne Migus for their stay at Bruce's cottage; David Lowery for saying goodbye to his granddaughter after a month's stay; and, to Catherine Lensen who had her father visit from China.
One of the highlights of the club is the opportunity to induct a new member and we formally welcomed Alycia Moore.
Following the induction our guest speaker Lisbie Rae was introduced. After her presentation on Grandmothers to Grandmothers she was thanked by Barbara Busing.
|Grandmothers of Steel: Lisbie Rae||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 26, 2013||
In 2010, Lisbie Rae took part in a walk in Manzini, Swaziland jointly organized by the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Swaziland Positive Living along with 42 Canadian grandmothers, members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and thousands of grandmothers from 13 African countries who were raising funds and awareness about the AIDS pandemic and the role played by African grandmothers. While there she spoke of her meeting with a grandmother who lost 8 of her 9 daughters and was looking after all of their children. She is typical of African grandmothers.
Over 23 million Africans have AIDS and the Stephen Lewis Foundation has over 300 projects in those African countries, many of them dealing with orphans. The approach is holistic, melding education, accommodation and economics.
In Hamilton there are three Grandmothers to Grandmothers organizations - Lisbie's is called Grandmothers of Steel. Joining her this morning was Doreen Crombie its co-chair. For more information contact one of the following: www.stephenlewisfoundation.org, www.grandmotherscampaign.org, www.grandmothersadvocacy.org, or www.unaids.org .
|Alycia Moore Inducted Into Rotary Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 26, 2013||
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club inducted Alycia Moore as its newest member. Alycia's classification is Veterinary Services. Carl Fraser, her sponsor, informed members that Alycia was a Rotary Exchange student to Austria in 2005 and that her father was president of his Rotary club. As is the club tradition all members rise and form a circle with president Jan Southall , sponsor Carl Fraser and Rotary Foundation representative Shirley Molloy conducting the formal ceremony. Afterwards, Alycia shook hands with all members present who welcomed her into the club.
|Meeting of August 20, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 19, 2013||
Today's guests were Rotarian Joan Bell, executive director of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Alycia Moore guest of Carl Fraser and Allyson Wenzowski from the Dundas Rotary Club. SAA David Carson wished Bob Bell a Happy Birthday, Ralph and Barb Montesanto a happy 45th anniversary. He then wished he and his wife Sue a happy 40th anniversary.
Allyson was offering Cacti for adoption at $5 each with the funds going to support the EcoPark and David Lowery continued his quest for volunteers for Art in the Park this September 22. Carl Fraser contributed Happy Dollars for he and Mary-Lou Emmett who did the Edge Walk at the CN Tower on the weekend. They both showed photos of them dangling high above the city of Toronto. Dave Carson was happy his daughter was back from a 16 day canoeing trip with her husband and 18 month old daughter. And Barry Stoltz says Ralph and Barb have been married 7 years longer than his age.
President Jan reminded members of the 6:30 PM board meeting this Wednesday August 21 at Ken Beel's home. David then introduced our guest speaker Joan Bell.
|Joan Bell, Hamilton Conservation Authority||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 19, 2013||
Joan Bell, Executive Director of the Hamilton Conservation Authority outlined several opportunities for the club to consider if it decides to support the Dundas EcoPark. The Dundas EcoPark is part of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System that will connect 4700 acres of land already in the system and restore the former Veldhuis property on the Desjardins Canal.
Joan suggested that the club consider supporting Pod 6 and/or Pod 7 in the drawings of the Veldhuis part of the project. Pod 6 includes the chimney swift viewing shelter and Pod 7 is the hardwood forest and meadow. The estimated costs are $80 000 and $64 000 respectively.
She also suggested that the club might apply for an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $75 000 for a community planting event on the property.
The Hamilton Conservation Foundation has raised $800 000 of the $2 million needed to purchase the connecting lands for the EcoPark System and needs to raise $2 million to complete the Veldhuis Landscape Restoration Plan.
|Thirteen Years of Club History||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 12, 2013||
Do you really know what your Rotary club has done over the years? Who were the first members? What projects were done? Who were the presidents? How did the club raise money? Who has been honoured with awards or fellowships?
Well, this morning Shirley Molloy put members to the test, distributing 35 questions for each table of Rotarians to answer. Ralph Montesanto kicked it off with a slide presentation of the club's charter celebration helping new and senior members get ready for the questions.
Here are the questions? Do you know the answers?
1. Who was the founding member of Rotary? Added bonus: What year?
After giving each table 15 minutes to go through the questions, Shirley took up the answers. Every member, novice or experienced, saw a part of the club they did not know or had forgotten.
|Meeting of August 13, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 12, 2013||
We welcomed Wayne Sidsworth a past member of the club, Cooper Watt from Dundas Little League, Alycia Moore guest of Carl Fraser, Joanna Turchin from the Ancaster RC and Joan Ballantyne guest of Randy Abel.
Joanna thanked the club for its input with her club's efforts to built an Ancaster splash pad. Her club raised $250 000 to add to the city's $150 000 and the splash pad opened this summer. As well, she was selling tickets for the annual Cow Paddy Bingo. Jessica Brennan reminded everyone of the upcoming Telling Tales on September 15. Our club financially supports this literacy event and she is looking for volunteers and new or gently used books. David Lowery also asked for volunteers for the club's Art in the Park on September 22. Ralph reminded all of the upcoming first annual Rotary Family Picnic being held on Sunday August 25. It looks like about 40 adults and children will be attending at Randy Abel's home in Rockton. Last minute registrations are welcome to attend.
Ralph filled in as SAA for vacationing David Carson collecting Happy Dollars. Shirley attended her husband's Rotary club event in Burlington tasting many great foods and wines. Barry thanked everyone for their kind words and best wishes regarding his father's stroke. His dad is still in the hospital. Bruce was happy to see Wayne Sidsworth here today and is pleased that Wayne has moved back to Dundas and is considering rejoining the club. Ken said there are some fixing up jobs still to do at the Dundas Museum and asked volunteers to show up this Saturday, August 17 at 9:00 AM to help out. Bob Neibert is off to China with a group of HSA students and Fred informed us of his time at the Spectator when he helped supervise 700 students in Montreal during the FLQ crisis. David Lowery continues to enjoy his granddaughter's visit and their many trips to area shopping malls (yeah right!). Jessica is celebrating her 30th birthday 30 years later with her like aged colleagues and Randy started his full time job as a professor at Sheridan College.
Ralph showed photos of the club's charter celebration from the spring of 2000 and the pictures were a lead in for many of Shirley's 35 questions on the history of our club, the district and Rotary in general.
|Dundas Little League Thanks Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 12, 2013||
Cooper Watt from Dundas Little League thanked the club for its support of one of the 21 house league teams playing this year at Martino Park in Dundas. This is the league's 60th year in town. President Jan accepts the team plaque.
|Meeting of August 6, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 05, 2013||
We welcomed Kevin Beagle from the Rotary Club of Dundas and Alycia Moore, guest of Carl Fraser. SAA Dave wished Agnes Samson a Happy Birthday and did his, "On this Day" routine and told a couple of engineer jokes that got groans from most everyone. Happy Dollars from president Jan who spent a great week at a cottage in Southampton. Of course while there she attended their art show and promoted our upcoming Art in the Park. Wayne Massey was happy he worked at his daughter's new house.
Kathy Starodub announced that youth exchange student Lisa left on Saturday for home and returning student Emily would be presenting to the club in September. David Lowery continues to ask for volunteers for Art in the Park on September 22. Kevin Beagle promoted his club's first annual Trevor Garwood-Jones Golf Classic on September 24 at Dundas Valley. The cost is $200 pp and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Dave Carson brought in a fresh picking from the community garden to show members before taking the produce to the Salvation Army Food Bank; and, Stephen Palmer saw his old travelling friend who spent the last 10 years in India and Indonesia and returned this past weekend for a short visit. Following announcements and Happy Dollars Ralph introduced Stephen to do his classification talk.
|Stephen Palmer Classification||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Aug 05, 2013||
Rotary classification talks always give a great insight into club members and Stephen Palmer is an interesting guy! His mother is the daughter of an American submarine captain and was a black jack dealer when his father met her. They married and lived in Lynden where Stephen grew up. He attended Western University studying finance and philosophy. Working part-time at the Garden Gallery in Dundas he worked his way up just by chance to be the flower buyer for a multi-store greenhouse. He spent 3 years at this part-time job and travelled extensively throughout the world when he was not working. He loved India.
Upon his return to Dundas he bought a house, wooed his sweetheart and got a full-time job at Ippoloto Group in Burlington where he was a produce buyer specializing in asparagus. He is married to Lindsay and has two young children. Of course marriage, a house and children required an occupation that paid more; so, Stephen qualified to be a financial planner and was hired by CIBC Woodgundy. He has been with them for the past 3 years.
Stephen believes in continuous learning and relies on his "work dads" at CIBC and his uncles who are in the financial planning business to provide insights and guidance. His mantra is, "Ever increasing stream of income" and he puts that to good use as he helps area farmers who are retiring from farming to transition their farm capital to investments.
As a new member of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Stephen wasted little time to actively become involved, volunteering for most club events and fundraisers.
|Meeting of July 30, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 29, 2013||
We had a good crowd today including Keith Green from the Dundas RC, Alycia Moore a guest of Carl Fraser, Bernadette Curtis a guest of Art Samson, and Dayton Bell our guest speaker. SAA Dave Carson wished Barry Stoltz a belated Happy Birthday and did his regular feature, "On This Day". The 1966 event caught the attention of Ken and Derek who knew right away that England won the World Cup. Bob Morrow even knew the score was 4 - 2.
President Jan read letters from Olivia Schuir, the Parkside High School student who received the Ken Turner Award and from DG Kevin Crouse as a follow up from his club visit. David Lowery, recently returned from England asked for volunteers for Art in the Park; secretary Wayne Migus reminded everyone that dues are due and to remit next week if still in arrears. Ralph asked for a commitment one way or the other from everyone regarding the August 25 family picnic. There are still a few members who have not emailed him. He also informed members that Barry's father suffered a stroke on the weekend and is in hospital.
There were plenty of Happy dollars. Carl Fraser just returned from the east coast where he visited his mother in NB and then drove to NS to play golf on the Cabot Links golf course. Having a caddie is obviously not about the type of car he was driving! Keith Green thanked Ken, George and Derek for helping out at the museum renovations with their handiwork. He also said the Rotary firetruck is available for club use. Ken Beel, after hearing what Carl's caddie made decided he wanted to be a caddie. Barb Busing was pleased that her son is engaged to his long-time girlfriend; Irene Pasel's son just completed his MBA with honours; and, David Lowery has his granddaughter staying with him.
George Gould is in the good books with Lise. They watched the Bachelorette show and saw that the resort where the show was taped is the same one that they recently stayed at when celebrating their 25th anniversary. And past president Joe who has been away in Portugal most of June and July is off to NF in his newly purchased deluxe RV.
|Gerdau Steel Cambridge||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 29, 2013||
Dayton Bell, environmental manager at Gerdau Steel in Cambridge, gave an enlightening presentation on mini-mill steel making. Gerdau Steel is an international steel company that recently celebrated its 112th year in business. It has plants throughout the Americas as well as Europe and Asia. It is the 10th largest steel company in the world with 45 000 employees and produces 25 million tons of steel. The Cambridge plant has 245 employees and a capacity for 300 000 tons.
As environmental manager Dayton made contact with the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club through Dave Carson and the rain barrel sale. Dayton purchased a number of rain barrels for an employee draw as part of the plant's Earth Week program. Environmentally, the plant uses methane from an old city dump to mix with natural gas in the preheating of scrap metal used in the electric arc furnaces.
Mini-mills use electricity to melt scrap. He compared integrated mills like the large steel plants we see in Hamilton to mini-mills. Integrated mills have a huge capital investment, use coal (coke) and iron ore, produce several million tons of steel per year and need to be close to rail or ship transportation. On the other hand, mini-mills require a much smaller capital investment, use electricity and scrap metal, and produce smaller amounts of steel that are then rolled into a large variety of specialty sizes. The biggest difference in the steel produced is that integrated mills using iron ore have fewer impurities and can be rolled thinner.
The other big difference is an integrated plant cost millions of dollars to shut down and restart whereas a mini-mill can shut down and restart as part of its normal operation. In fact, the Cambridge plant works with its electricity suppliers to shut down when required to lessen the electrical load during high peak days.
Derek Price thanked Dayton for his informative and interesting presentation and said it was great to hear from an organization that was making money rather than asking for money.
|Dundas Driving Park||Posted by Dave Carson||on Jul 22, 2013||
Today's meeting in the Dundas Driving Park was an educational one. Instead of the usual speaker, members were subjected to a quiz about the Driving Park by Shirley Molloy. Scores were very low, and all members were encouraged to brush up on their Dundas history. After the quiz we learned some additional information from members; Art explained how Parkside School had originally been in the Town of Flamborough, that the border with Dundas ran between the school and the Park. Ken Beel gave us a great description of the symbolism of each part of the benches built be the club in memorial of Linda Powers.
For those that missed the test, or got the wrong answers, here is a selection of information provided by Shirley.
The Dundas Driving Park goes back as far as the mid 1860’s At that time is was one of Canada’s earliest race courses for harness racing. The property had been owned by George Rolph who was owner since 1822. In 1886 the Town of Dundas recognized the need for a municipal park. The property was purchased on Feb. 7, 1887 for $3500.00. A new bylaw, #388, was established setting care and maintenance for the new park, but the park, however was neglected for years. In 1905 a Citizen’s Committee was established to oversee the care of the park. Over the next ten years some major developments happened: Lawn Bowling, Grandstand/Bandstand and Wading Pool were installed.
In 1909 a log cabin was donated by Col. J.J. Grafton for use as a picnic kitchen. The cabin used to be owned by George Rolph in this profession of Justice of the Peace. The cabin burned down in 1964.
In 1911 the famous park gates were put in place. This quote was made by the of the day Mayor W.H.Moss (1907-08) “The finest park of any small town in this fair Domain”. In 1915 the park came under the care of the provisions of the Public Park Act and a Board of Management had to be appointed by the Town. Thus the Citizen’s Committee was disbanded.
1949 was eventful, a tennis court was added and a fire destroyed the grandstand. In 1953 the band shell was erected thanks to an anonymous donor. Last but not least, in 2008 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club added a major feature to the park – the Outdoor Skating Rink.
Pictured below is "Art in the Park" - member Art Samson by the Rotary Clock
|Meeting of July 23rd 2013||Posted by Dave Carson||on Jul 22, 2013||
Today's meeting was held on a fine morning in the Dundas Driving Park. Around 20 members were welcomed by a breakfast organized by Shirley Molloy.
Pictured below is the Driving Park statue; Ken Beel told us of the long and expensive process to get this statue placed in the Park.
President Jan Southall asked everyone to continue to promote Art in the Park on September 22nd. Colourful posters are available for posting around town. (Confusion continues with some members as to whether Art in the Park refers to a new statue in honour of our esteemed former Councillor Art Samson, or a show of artistic talent.)
Jan also asked for a strong level of attendance on August 20th as Joan Bell, from the Hamilton Conservation Foundation will be coming to present some possible projects in the new Dundas EcoPark that we may consider as a Club project. As this will involve considerable investment of effort and dollars by the Club, all members are asked to attend if possible.
A few Happy Dollars were collected along with several fines for those who forgot to wear their name badge. Dave Lowery had just returned from a vacation in Yorkshire, where the temperature was very hot for the UK. Joe Guedes also returned from his European Tour, ready to leave on a gas guzzling trip in his new motor home. Jessica Brennan informed us that younger members of the community think that she attends a fun event every Tuesday morning, the Sunrise Rodeo club. Dave Carson was happy to have power back after a three day outage, and reported on the fine crop from the Community Garden. The picture below has been submitted to the Dundas Star, and shows Aidan and Anna, the children of garden helper Jen McPherson from Dundas In Transition.
|District Governor Kevin Crouse||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 15, 2013||
|Marvin Caplan: Determinants of Health||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 08, 2013||
Marvin Caplan is a member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, an ex city councillor, and past president of the Social Planning and Research Council. While on city council he was dedicated to public health both locally and provincially, starting the Settlement and Integration Services Organization and the Community Action Program for Children.
Marvin believes Ontario does not have a health care system; rather, it has an illness care system where solving problems is rewarded instead of preventing problems. He says money determines health. Not provincial money but an individual's personal economic standing in the community. Children born into intergenerational poverty have a lower self image than children born into wealthier families where a positive self image has more to do with good health and success.
Poorer children never learn to "swim". Not swimming in the literal sense but acquiring the tools to positively navigate society. He says there is a correlation between social issues and poverty. He would rather see the provincial government put more money into teaching children to read so that when they are adults they would be more likely to get higher paying jobs and move out of poverty. Again - prevent problems rather than fix problems.
|Meeting of July 2, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 01, 2013||
Jan and her daughter Jennifer set each table with Rotary napkins, horns and noise makers and jazzy centre pieces to help usher in the new Rotary year. Guests today were Jennifer Evans, Gui Richard and Cathy Lensen.
Jan informed us that Dave Carson, this year's Sergeant-at-Arms, was absent this morning as he is in the hospital having his gall bladder removed. We wish him well.
Happy dollars from Irene who just returned from a Baltic cruise, and Barbara who was in Ottawa celebrating with family over the announcement that her sister will be receiving the Order of Canada. Barbara also thanked club members who volunteered for the Waterdown/Flamborough AM Ribfest over the long weekend. Bob Morrow noted that this coming Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the day he proposed to Lynne, and Paul thanked the golfers who played in the HARRRP tournament last week.
After the cheque presentation to Dundas Community Services and the installation of the new board, the club inducted its first new member of the year followed by President Jan's address to the club.
|2013 - 2014 Club President Jan Southall||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 01, 2013||
Assistant Governor Bob Morrow installed the new board of directors for the Rotary year 2013 - 2014 and then gave Jan Southall her President's pin. Jan, in turn, called all directors and chairs to the podium and presented them with pins to formally welcome them to their roles on the board.
Since this is the beginning of a new Rotary year, president Jan treated it like New Year with bubbly (non alcoholic), noise makers and flashy table decorations. In her address she praised the club and its members, noting that we are well respected in town and enjoy each other's company. She said it was healthy to disagree during discussions on deciding and planning events but once decisions were made our club comes together to get things done.
Jan's daughter Jennifer helped put together a brochure showing the board of directors, the president's goals for the year and the proposed budget for 2013 - 2014. Her four main goals are: to support and strengthen membership; to support our major events; to study possible multi-year projects with consideration of adopting one during the year; and, to support and maintain our club commitment to The Rotary Foundation.
She closed the meeting having us toss and catch several balls including a small globe, reminding us that many things go on at one time in the club as we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.
|Cathy Lensen Inducted into the Club||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 01, 2013||
President Jan and Bill Armstrong induct Cathy Lensen into the club as the first new member for the Rotary year 2013-14 which began on July 1. Cathy was a member of the Dundas Rotary Club which meets at noon but found the morning time of the Sunrise club more convenient.
|Club Donates to Dundas Community Services||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jul 01, 2013||
President Jan Southall and club community service chair Bill Armstrong present $1500 to Gui Richard from Dundas Community Services. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a regular supporter of DCS.
|Art In The Park||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 29, 2013||
Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is excited to be hosting “ART IN THE PARK” – September 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cove. Local artists will be showcasing their art. You will be able to enjoy wine and beer and contemplate that piece of art you want to add to your home! There will be a live art auction at 3 p.m. Local artists, Ivor and June Lynch and Bob and Sandra Greenwood have been offering their advice and expertise to the event organizers. All art will be original! The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is known for the Rotary Skating Rink in the Dundas Driving Park and for the Fireworks on Victoria Day also in the park. And now for ART IN THE PARK. Artists interested in participating can get information from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Meeting of June 25, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 24, 2013||
We certainly had a room full of guests this morning. Marnee emptied her house bringing her mother Eleanor who is visiting from Edmonton, husband Daniel Yeulett, children Sydney and Adam Van Bakel as well was youth exchange student Lisa. Lisa's host parent Lorraine Reid joined their table. As well, Judy Dolbec and Sharon Levy-Cohen from the Hamilton AM Rotary Club attended.
Judy Dolbec promoted her club's 28th annual BBQ and Auction. This year's theme is, Rotary Round Up, a cowpoke event held at the Ancaster Fair Grounds on August 16. Tickets are $95 pp. Contact Judy at email@example.com for tickets.
George thanked everyone for the support given him this past year as he planned various social events. Art took on the role of guest speaker. He spoke passionately of the renaming of the new high school asking us to write to the board and make sure the word Dundas is included in the name. He indicated that today the Routes Youth Centre is moving to the community centre. He also informed us that Merle Caldwell, wife of Dundas Rotarian Gary passed away on the weekend and a celebration of life will be held on Sunday June 30 at the Flamborough Hills Golf course.
President Elect Jan distributed questionnaires to those who have not yet completed them; Marnee was happy her mother is visiting and her son will graduate high school and turn 18; Barbara's youngest son and spouse returned from China; Rob is now the proud owner of a house; Bill and Marilyn celebrated their 44th anniversary; and, Jan and Irene will be having a birthday later in the week. Also, president Joe is in Lisbon at the RI convention.
Next week, Stephen Palmer is on desk duty.
After Lisa cut her cake and passed around slices, she summed up her year as our club's Rotary Youth Exchange student.
|Lisa Kammemer and Rotary Youth Exchange||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 24, 2013||
Lisa Kammemer, the club's youth exchange student, cuts the bon voyage cake as host sister Sydney Van Bakel and youth exchange director Rob Reid look on. This is Lisa's last club meeting and her chance to say goodbye as her year long exchange with the club draws to an end.
Lisa started at the beginning, noting that her mother was an exchange student and encouraged her to apply. She left Austria and arrived in Toronto where Kathy and Keith Starodub and Rob Reid met her at the airport. After several days with the Starodubs she moved to her first host family, Shelley Hall mother of exchange student Emily who is in Denmark this year. Following that she moved to Lorraine Reid's and host sister and brother Nicole and Andy. She went to her first football game and spent time at the Reid cottage on Lake Erie. Her next host family was Francis Manias and Thie Convery from the noon club. During her stay here she had two weeks at a friends cottage in Parry Sound where she spent Christmas. Then off to her last host family, Marnee Marose and Daniel Yeulett. She got to Toronto, Niagara Falls and Ottawa.
When she first arrived in Canada she was scared but everyone helped her feel welcome. Besides her first football game she went to her first baseball and hockey game, ate her first peanut butter sandwich and rode the first time on a yellow school bus. She loved her Highland Secondary School experience.
The Rotary District 7090 Youth Exchange program has students from 17 countries staying for a year in Ontario and New York. The group of students meets several times a year: in Algonquin Park for a winter leadership camp, Jamestown and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Buffalo and a trip to New York City. Her Algonquin experience included a sauna and dip in the lake through a hole in the ice.
Lisa's English improved greatly from her first introduction to the club. She spoke fluently and it was obvious that she is able to think in English. She became a bit emotional through her presentation as she recalled all the great people she met and the good times she had. She thanked Rotary International for its youth exchange program, her host club, the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and everyone who took time to house, feed and make her feel welcome.
Bill Armstrong thanked Lisa for a great presentation, asked her to keep in touch and said goodbye on behalf of the club. He presented her with a book of Dundas, signed by club members. Use this link to see Lisa's presentation:
|Meeting of June 18, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 22, 2013||
Of course, there was no meeting the morning of June 18 because we were meeting at Joe and Anne Guedes' home for the annual BBQ. Between setting his yard with tables and tents and then the next morning taking everything down, president Joe was packing for the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. He and Anne left shortly after clean up!
Club socials are always a great time to chat, eat and enjoy a little refreshment.
Or just let your hair down and have fun.
Fellowship is great. What a fantastic club!
|Annual End of Year BBQ||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 22, 2013||
Club members and significant others gathered at the home of Joe and Anne Guedes for the annual end of year BBQ and social. After tasty appetizers prepared by Maggie, a goodly amount of refreshments including great martinis, and a great steak dinner, president Joe thanked each director and chair for their efforts this past year.
Folks gathered under the tents,
or under the umbrella.
Youth exchange student Lisa was there.
The club's fellowship events are always enjoyable and help make the club stronger.
|Meeting of June 11, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 10, 2013||
President-Elect Jan, President Joe and Anne Guedes attended the district awards presentations and governor changeover luncheon at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant in Depew NY on Sunday. Jan received her president's pin from incoming governor Kevin Crouse and Joe accepted the Presidential Citation on behalf of the club from governor Rick Sterne.
At today's meeting we welcomed Kathy Lensen from the Dundas Rotary Club, Youth Exchange students Lisa and Claire and our guest speaker Bill Parkes.
President-Elect Jan distributed an Inventory of Interests and Activity and Project Development questionnaire to members and asked that everyone complete it and return it to her. She also displayed two posters for the upcoming Art in the Park on September 22 and distributed Art in the Park application forms and exhibitors information. Jan will give her year overview as president on July 2 and our new district governor Kevin Crouse will be visiting on July 16.
George reminded everyone of the upcoming end of year BBQ on June 18 at Joe and Anne Guedes home, 15 Fleming Avenue, Dundas. The cost is $25 pp. Please let George know if you will be attending. You can pay at the event. By the way, there is no morning meeting next Tuesday.
Joe circulated the Presidential Citation (only 28 of the district's 70 clubs received the citation from RI President Tanaka) and indicated that Wayne Massey and Ralph received recognition at the awards ceremony. Joe also reminded board members of the meeting this Wednesday at Dave Carson's home.
There were a number of Happy Dollars. Randy becomes a full-time professor at Sheraton College starting in August; Lisa is off to Niagara-on-the-Lake with the Youth Exchange students before heading off for a one month trip of the USA; Claire was excited that her mom got engaged; and, Phil finishes 11 years as VP at Mac and will be on a six month sabbatical during which time he will be on leave from the club.
Art is the proud grandfather of twins - a boy and a girl; Ralph gave Bob Morrow his name badge which makes it official that he is the new assistant governor for Area 3; Dave Carson was happy for the rain which keeps the community garden growing; Wayne Massey found time to see his granddaughter dance even though he attended five Rotary meetings in the last six days; and Derek is back from Europe.
Program chair Dave then introduced our guest speaker Bill Parkes.
|HARRRP Executive Director Bill Parkes||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 10, 2013||
Bill Parkes is the executive director of the Hamilton Association for Residential and Recreational Development Programs. He gave a brief outline of the services provided by HARRRP through its many free programs at the former St. Peter's Anglican Church on Main Street in Hamilton. This past year over 15 000 individuals took part in the various programs at no cost to them. Click on http://harrrp.ca to see the many varied opportunities for recreation that are offered. Funding is provided by the United Way, the Hamilton Community Foundation and the donations from individuals and service clubs. The charity continues to offer its breakfast program and is starting a new summer camp at the Benneto Community Centre.
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club donated $1500 to HARRRP last year to help pay for access ramps to St. Peter's.
|Club Honoured at District Awards and Governor Changeover Celebration||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 09, 2013||
Club president Joe Guedes accepted the RI Presidential Citation from district governor Rick Sterne on behalf of the club for meeting the criteria set out by RI President Tanaka.
Past club member Kevin Crouse, now from the Brantford A.M. Rotary Club, received his district governor pin from governor Rick Sterne. Kevin in turn presented Rick with his past district governor pin. Kevin takes over as District 7090 governor on July 1.
Incoming Governor Kevin welcomed the 2013-14 club presidents and presented each with a special pin commemorating their new position. Jan Southall, the club's incoming president is on Kevin's right.
Assistant Governor Wayne Massey completes his three year term this year and was presented with the first Head Hands Heart Award by Becky Crouse, Kevin's wife.
PDG Ralph Montesanto also received Head Hands Heart recognition for his district level efforts with club visioning, assistant governor training and Rotary Leadership Institute facilitation.
|Meeting of June 4, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 03, 2013||
Wow! The place was electric this morning with 33 Rotarians and guests present. We welcomed Jeff Neven our speaker, Reverend Paddy Doran, Kathy Lensen from the Dundas noon club and ex-club member Andy Coburn.
President Joe thanked the club members and the many volunteers for all their efforts to make the Lobster and Rib Dinner such a success. The arena was packed with 800 guests, many of them enjoying one of the four new pasta bars. This one was staffed by Norm and Barb.
Here Dave serves pasta overseer Fred.
Randy has several cases of wine left over and asked for buyers. Some of course will be used for the upcoming BBQ on June 18 at Joe's house. George reminded us that everyone should have that on their calendars as it is the end of the Rotary year party. It costs $25 pp.
Talking about the bar, Rotarian Chris Montgomery who we do not see often at meetings because of work commitments put in a full day tending bar at the lobster and rib dinner.
Many Happy Dollars this morning had the same theme, expressing delight that Andy was visiting the club. Supporting that cause were Bruce, Viola, Bob Morrow and Shirley. Wayne Massey competed in the 19th annual Massey Golf tournament and won. Jessica's son got a summer job making futons. She also was happy to have worked with Bill as his deputy sheriff for the silent auction. Viola managed to hold down two jobs to pay off a visa bill and Paul Clifford who is the club's oldest and longest serving Rotarian recognized three Rotarians in the room as his ex students.
Bruce never mentioned it but he is going in for more knee surgery tomorrow to remove a steel plate and some scar tissue. On Saturday he and Jan were busy selling bar tickets.
Before introducing guest speaker Jeff, the club made a presentation to Reverend Doran to help support the Canterbury Hills Conference Centre.
|Club Supports Canterbury Hills Conference Centre||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 03, 2013||
Ross Bannatyne, chair of community services for the club, welcomed Reverend Paddy Doran who is overseeing the day-to-day operation of Canterbury Hills Conference Centre in Ancaster. Each year Rotary District 7090 holds its high school leadership program called SLAPSHOT at the centre. Ross presented Reverend Doran with $1000 to help with the operation of the facility which also runs a summer camp for youth.
|Homestead Christian Care||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Jun 03, 2013||
Jeff Neven, executive director of Homestead Christian Care gave a brief history of this non-profit charity that focuses on providing housing for individuals with developmental disabilities. From its start in 1976 with one 7-bed group home on Locke St. in Hamilton to its present day, 220 units spread through 2 group homes and 6 apartments in Woodstock and Hamilton the organization continues to grow. The old Driftwood Tavern became 46 unit affordable housing and a community development centre called the Prinzen Flats and Perkins Centre. Thirty six of the residents were considered to be homeless, with most suffering from mental health issues and many experiencing addiction issues and physical and mental disabilities. Living under the philosophy of, "What are you good at?" and " How can you contribute?" over 80% of the residents have been in their units more than a year and have become involved with the centre's programs.
Jeff indicated the charity purchased a number of properties on Main St. E. with the intent of developing another 100 or more apartments across from the Perkins Centre. To help finance the cost, over half a million dollars was pledged in the last month as personal loans to help leverage government grants to build the structure. He invited anyone interested in earning 4% on their investment to consider being part of this new project to support affordable housing in downtown Hamilton.
|Victoria Day Fireworks Thank You||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 27, 2013||
|Meeting of May 28, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 27, 2013||
We had a small crowd on this rainy morning with only 19 members, Lisa and guest speaker Adrian Dieleman. Today was special for Joe and Paul as they were both celebrating a birthday. Of course, we all sang Happy Birthday to them. As is Paul's custom (as well as many others in the club) he made his donation to The Rotary Foundation on his birthday.
Ross asked for the members' OK to give $510 to Dave Carson for the community garden. We did this because Dave's request was over the $500 limit that chairs can commit without club approval. Dave also read a letter from St. Mark's thanking him and us for rain barrel funds given to the church to help cover cost of the water used for the garden.
Fred, who is looking after a pasta station this year at the lobster/rib dinner, asked his volunteers to be at the arena at noon on June 1 to go through a dry run. Fred was a little startled at how few volunteers were at today's meeting. If you are one of them or want to be one please email Fred and let him know.
Happy Dollars from Bruce who played a couple mid 80 rounds of golf last week and from Joe who is getting used to driving his new home on wheels. Dave then introduced our guest speaker, Adrian Dieleman, who spoke about Ontario Christian Gleaners.
|The Ontario Christian Gleaners||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 27, 2013||
Adrian Dieleman has been a volunteer with The Ontario Christian Gleaners since its inception in 2008. Their motto is, " Using Ontarios's surplus produce to feed the hungry". Over 750 volunteers help out each year with 40 - 80 at a time gathering each week day to sort, wash, dice, dry and package vegetables for distribution to needy areas such as Guatemala, Haiti, Ghana, Romania, Philippines and Sierra Leone to name just a few. Almost all the produce comes from growers with some coming from food processors and distributors.
Once the various vegetables are prepared and dried they are put together in fixed proportions to create a dried soup mix. These three pound bags are packaged four in a pail with 60 pails on a skid shrink wrapped together for world wide distribution. Once received the contents of each bag are placed in 25 L of water, soaked for 6 hours to rehydrate and then boiled for 1 h. After another 2 - 3 hours of simmering 100 bowls of soup are ready.
The plant is located at 1550 Morrison Road in Cambridge ON and Adrian says volunteers are always welcome. A shift is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and anyone from high school age up is welcome to just arrive at the plant to work.
One of the things they need are square plastic pails with matching lids in which the bags are shipped. The pails serve multiple duty once the soup mix is removed - from water haulers to cement mixers to tables. These types of pails can be found at the local deli, restaurant, coffee shop or any food preparation place.
Adrain indicated that the soup mix is given away at no cost and any expenses incurred are covered by church and community donations. For more information go to www.OntarioGleaners.org
|Thank You Letter From St. Mark's United Church||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 27, 2013||
Jim McDonald and Dave Carson harvest last year's crop. Below is a letter to Dave from the Chair of the St. Mark's United Church Board.
On behalf of the Congregation and Church Board, I wish to thank you for the cheque for $540 you recently presented to us on behalf of the St. Mark's Community Garden, the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club and Dundas in Transitions. We understand that this money represents a share from the sale of rain barrels.
As an "open and loving community" we value the continuing opportunity to partner with all of you in this community garden project.
Best wishes for another successful year
Andrew Cranbury, Chair of the Board
At the club meeting of May 28, members agreed to give Dave $510 to help cover the cost of fresh soil, 4 extra beds and deer fencing.
|Meeting of May 21, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 20, 2013|
|$1000 to the Salvation Army Food Bank||Posted by Shirley Molloy||on May 20, 2013||
Club member Shirley Molloy accepts a $1000 donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank from Ross Bannatyne, chair of the club's Community Services Committee. The next Dundas food drive is Saturday May 25. Volunteers should be at the Dundas Community Centre at 8:00 a.m. ready to pack food or go house to house.
|Adventures in Citizenship Participant Jake Northey||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 20, 2013||
Highland Secondary School student Jake Northey was sponsored by the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club to attend Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. The Rotary Club of Ottawa runs the program and this year 220 youth from across all provinces and territories of Canada gathered in Ottawa for four days of tours of the parliament buildings, mock elections, and inspirational speakers. Jake was billeted with a host family, got to sit in the Prime Minister's chair, listened to ambassadors from The Netherlands and South Korea, attended a new Canadian citizenship ceremony where he got to reaffirm his Canadian citizenship, and toured the University of Ottawa.
|Prostate Cancer - A Personal Look||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 20, 2013||
David Lowery has prostate cancer and wishes he were more aware of it back in 2008 when he was first diagnosed. He never thought about it prior to diagnosis, had regular digital rectal exams and was healthy. It came as quite a shock when he had his first PSA blood test that was very elevated; and, after 4 months of waiting for useful medical advice was sent to the Juravinski Cancer Centre for a biopsy that confirmed he was into the aggressive stage of the disease. At that point, intervention was started.
One in six males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer with 70%-80% having a slow growing version that will likely not cause death. The remaining 20%-30% will have the aggressive form and will likely die of the disease. David feels that at present the medical system is geared towards the 80% group during the initial doctor/patient contact. During his 4-month wait his PSA went from 30 to 50 as his condition worsened.
David says no one really knows what causes prostate cancer but men over 60, those of African descent and those having a family history are at higher risk. He suggests that men at risk regularly need to have both the DRE and the PSA test.
Since being diagnosed, David has started another career. His new career is dealing with cancer. It has become a full-time job, with doctor visits, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone treatment and recovery. During the four years he has had periods of remission but the cancer never went away and has now spread to his spine.
When David retired in 2007 as an engineer he joined the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise looking for a way to serve his community. He does that but his new career, one that he neither chose nor knew was coming, tends to get in the way.
|Meeting of May 14, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 13, 2013||
We welcomed Aleta Agpalo as a guest of the club. Aleta is working with membership director Derek as she learns more about joining the club. As well, Lynne Gates was present to accept the club's support for Little Hats That Grew.
Happy Birthday to Wayne Migus who also asked us for more wine for the June 1 draw. Bill reminded the lobster/rib committee of the meeting today at 5:00 p.m. at the Rotary Centre. Youth Exchange student Lisa circulated a sponsorship form for the Niagara-on-the-Lake event. Derek asked all volunteers to be at the Rotary Rink in the park by 6:30 p.m. on May 19, and Jan asked volunteers to wear the white jackets that Ken provided.
Joe asked board members to be at the monthly board meeting which is this Wednesday May 15. Note the location has been changed. It is now at his office on Moxley Road. Also, remember the June 9 awards dinner in Depew NY. Go to the district website and register if you are interested in attending. Fred informed us that there would no longer be mussels at the lobster dinner. This is being replaced with pasta stations.
And one big happy dollar from Bruce who has his first grandchild - Thomas Frederick.
Ralph thanked all the volunteers who helped with the Shredding Day on the weekend. A special thanks to Bruce and Scott Eccles who provided the site and the sign boards. The truck arrived at 8:00 a.m. and finished around 2:30 p.m. Here Bob, Derek, Ken and Joe wait for the shredding truck to return from emptying its load. The first truck was filled and another 2700 pounds went into the next load. When the invoice is in from Integra Document Destruction that donated the truck for the first four hours, we should clear around $2000 and made a lot of people happy that they could safely get rid of those personal papers.
|Little Hats That Grew||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 13, 2013||
It was a pleasure today to welcome Lynne Gates from Little Hats That Grew. And grow it did, from one person knitting 50 hats and gloves per year to 192, mostly women, knitting over 4600 items this past year. These are distributed through a number of charities and at needy schools in the area. Lynne said Little Hats is really a double charity. It serves the needy for hats, scarves, blankets, etc. but it also provides senior women with a purpose. They are often shut-ins and knitting for a cause gives them a daily purpose. Once a year the group gathers at Binkley United Church to hand in their wares and enjoy a potluck dinner. Lynne asked that anyone who knows of stashes of wool that are not being used should contact her and put the wool to good use.
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a regular supporter of Little Hats That Grew and today Community Service Chair Ross Bannatyne presented Lynne with a cheque for $500.
|History of the Tennessee Valley Authority||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 13, 2013||
Club member Paul Clifford gave a history of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a topic that few of our members knew about. From its start in 1933 until its present day the authority built and manages dozens of dams and various power generating facilities along the Tennessee River Valley and its many tributaries. Started by an act of the US Congress the
Back in the 30s most of the valley was well below the poverty level with fewer than 10% of the population having electricity. Because of the project that number rose to 90% in a few short years. The TVA helped the process by building transmission lines into rural areas and buying large stocks of appliances which it sold to the inhabitants for just above cost.
Now the TVA has over 12,700 employees with sales of $11.2 billion a year. When it was started in 1933 most Republicans voted against it. Today, President Obama is talking about privatizing the TVA and it is the Republicans who want to keep it.
For more information please go to http://www.tva.com/abouttva/history.htm
|Meeting of May 7, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 06, 2013||
We had a full house this morning with plenty of guests: Miranda and Pam Jurilj from Dundas Junior Civitan, youth exchange student Lisa Kammemer; Sydney Van Baker Marnee's daughter, Mac Carson from the Dundas Rotary Club, and Danielle Mably from the Routes Youth Centre.
Announcements: Paul Clifford promoted a golf tournament at Century Pines on June 26 at 8:00 am in support of HARRRP; Harold passed around sign-up sheets for the Lobster Rib Dinner Dance on June 1; Bob Bell asked for any unsold or not-committed tickets to be returned as there is a waiting list for the June 1 event; and Wayne Migus thanked those who had brought in wine for the draw but indicated he need more; and Bill needs more items for the auction. Ralph asked for volunteers for this Saturday's shredding event. If you are available to work and have not informed him please let Ralph know when you can attend between 8 am and 1 pm. Lisa Kammemer returned from a great youth exchange weekend in Jamestown NY and is planning to attend a June 15 event for exchange students in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She passed around a sponsorship form. Shirley reminded us of the community food drive on May 25 and encouraged all to make their donation to The Rotary Foundation either to her or online. And, president-elect Jan thanked the seven club members who attended the district assembly in Niagara Falls NY.
Happy Dollars from Bruce who returned from a long stay in Florida and was able to tell a funny joke; Dave Matchett who was pleased to see Vlad at the meeting looking no worse for wear after his medical scare; Art who returned from a month-long cruise around New Zealand and Australia; Bob Morrow who is invited to the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal to watch Chris Hadfield return from the space station to Kazakistan. Fred spent some time with Wayne Migus in a walleye fishing tournament. No fish were harmed because of their efforts. Visitor Miranda had a nice story to tell about special needs children under her care; and, Carl is off to Chicago for a meeting but will find time to attend a Cubs game.
Following Happy Dollars, Art introduced guest speaker Danielle Mably.
|Junior Civitan Club Receives $500||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 06, 2013||
Miranda Jurilj accepted $500 to help with the work of the Dundas Junior Civitan Club. The club assists individuals with developmental disabilities offering a number of social activities like Club 95, Valentine's and Hallowe'en dances. Members also do community work like helping plant gardens for seniors at St. Joseph's Villa. Miranda asked us to attend their Dinner in the Dark at St. Mark's United Church in Dundas on June 1. Cost is $15.
Ross Bannatyne presented the $500 to Miranda.
|Routes Youth Centre||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on May 06, 2013||
A safe place to help guide youth towards socially productive and satisfying lives. This is the mission and goal taken on by Danielle Malby the new program director for Routes Youth Centre. Around 100 youth, not all there at the same time, work on relationship building in this safe, caring, social environment. This is an after school program that involves a number of structured and unstructured activities. Those over 14 do dinner and discussion, boys night out, girls night out, and sports with each program designed to help kids talk, discuss and generally have fun. There is also a program for those 14 and under called kids talk where youth have an opportunity to eat, talk and learn appropriate behaviour. Of course there is also a drop in time when homework can be completed.
A number of youth start the program to complete community service hours because of group home and probation referrals. After completion of their mandatory time they often stick around because they enjoy what is happening.
Participants raise funds through a scrap metal drive, leaf raking and a canteen. More formal funding comes from patrons, grants, donations and corporate sponsors. The centre has been housed in the Salvation Army building but is actively looking for a new home for June.
Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotarians Bill Armstrong and Ross Bannatyne presented Danielle with a cheque for $2000. The club has supported the Routes Youth Centre for several years.
|Meeting of April 30, 2013||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 29, 2013||
We welcomed Claire Harkness and Chuck Waterman as guests this morning. Claire is the new poster girl for Juvenile Diabetes and will be participating in the June 9th walk at Pier 4. She was looking for sponsors and a number of members contributed with others to go online to make donations.
Announcements: Bob Morrow informed members of the Food Drive coming up on Saturday May 25. Ralph asked for volunteers for Shredding Day which is Saturday May 11. Please let him know by email if you can be there between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Wayne Migus is collecting wine for the Lobster-Rib dinner and Bob Bell needs unsold tickets returned because there is a shortage of them for sale. Derek is looking for volunteers for the May 19 Fireworks in the Dundas Driving Park. He needs all club members to be out that evening of at all possible.
President Joe put forth a motion that was passed at the last board meeting asking for $2000 for Telling Tales. This was passed by members present and will make our club a silver sponsor once again for this outstanding literacy event held in September.
There were a number of happy dollars. Jan is happy that George covers for her; Shirley spent a week in Texas with time at the Johnson Space Center; and, Dave was pleased with all the help last Saturday preparing the community garden. The photo shows Stephen Palmer's son helping fill a wheelbarrow at the community garden.
Wayne Massey is glad April 30 has arrived and tax forms will slow down. Barb Busing is also pleased for her husband Norm who also does taxes. Barb is getting ready to head to China this week and was happy Bob Morrow is doing a talk today on China. And, Kathy's husband turns 60 this week and they celebrated in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the weekend.
If you ever wondered what was under that covered plot in the community garden all winter, this was it. Carl harvested carrots and lettuce.
|Journey to China by Bob Morrow||Posted by Ralph Montesanto||on Apr 29, 2013||
Today we visited China through the camera lens of Bob Morrow as he recalled his recent visit to that country of over 1.1 billion inhabitants. As is Bob's usual custom, he wrapped the photos into a package of history, geography and civics. He talked about the huge changes over just the past 15 or 16 years as the country rushes from a rural to an urban society. In some cities, buildings over 15 storeys are being erected at the rate of 15 per week bringing with it traffic congestion and pollution issues.
The country's gross domestic product has increased to the point where most households save over 25% of their income. With this extra cash there is plenty of investment in the country and the standard of living is rapidly improving. Travel by the Chinese within China is on the upswing with many high tech roadways and super fast trains linking the country. His photos showed spectacular new high rise buildings with a young population in up-to-date clothing styles surrounded by leading edge communications technology.
Bob felt the country is successfully separating the concepts of capitalism and communism and working within them to become the number one trading partner in the world. His many photos showed the greening of China, the links with its past, the rural and the urban, and, the influx of international companies.
China is dealing with environmental issues of air pollution, garbage and serious erosion problems. As well, there are ongoing problems with other countries over boundaries. All these things aside, his photos indicate a country worth visiting and one which will soon move out of the classification as a developing nation.