SPEAKER THIS EVENING WAS SARINA LABONTE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES OF GRIMSBY AND SURROUNDING AREA. PICTURED IS DREW DULMAGE AND JIM HOWDEN PRESENTING CHEQUES TO SARINA ON BEHALF OF THEIR PURCHASE OF A HOYER LIFT FOR A 17 YEAR OLD DISABLED YOUTH WHO WILL BE VERY PLEASED WITH THE UNIT. ANOTHER VERY WELL UTILIZED DONATION TO THE COMMUNITY FROM THE MEMBERS OF ROTARY.
 
GRAPEVINE APRIL 3rd,2014
 
Gerry Vandermolen chaired the meeting.
 
Registrar’s report:
 
Allan reported 15 members present plus one quest speaker, Sarina Labonte
 
Announcements
 : Rotary Club of Lincoln golf tournament June 9th at Peninsula Ridge Golf Course.
 
: Grimsby Chamber of Commence Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Peninsula Ridge Golf course on June 18th.
 
: Grimsby Garden Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with a Garden tour being held on the July 5th.  Rotary agreed to be a sponsor.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms: Jeanette
 
Gerry; Happy to fill for the President despite being provided with the incorrect agenda.
Katherine; Happy to be assisting the Canadian Cancer Society with their daffodil fund raising drive for Cancer research.
Drew; Happy to have visited Lee Valley and was impressed with selection of Tools.
Jim; Happy to have attended Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Roger; Happy to report that Daughter’s wedding was a great success and everyone had a good time.
Don; Happy that wedding turned out well for Roger.
Shirley; Happy to report that the McNally House auction was a success with in excess of 20K raised.
Grant; Happy to report that Wedding was lovely.
Allan; Happy to report that he had a delightful time in Florida.
Jeanette; Happy to have adopted an Australian shepherd mix dog from the Hamilton SPCA.
Sarina, Happy to be invited to meeting and reported that she is a proud to have another grandchild.
 
Program:
 
Grant introduced Sarina Labonte, Executive Director of Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.
Sarina give a brief overview of the organization. Community Living provides programs for adults and children with a developmental disability to an  area that covers Lincoln, West Lincoln, Grimsby and a portion of Stoney Creek.  Children, adults and their families are supported through a variety of programs that includes adult day programs, 24 hour support at 12 residential homes for adults and one for children, children’s respite, family home share and special employment programs. Community Living has a gift store in Smithsville that sells items made by people in their programs, they operate the Sears and Purolator depots and have a small jam manufacturing business.
Community Living has approximately 350 people in their programs and is one of the largest employers in the area. They recently relocated to the corner of Kerman and South Service road in Grimsby to a completely renovated building. Sarina invited members to join her at the building for a tour of the building after the meeting.
 
Donna thanked the speaker.
 
Drew presented Sarina with a cheque to assist Community living with the purchase of a special lift required for one of their residents.
 
Grapevine Editor: Jim Howden