The Grapevine Newsletter
October 1, 2020 meeting

PLUS 
 
Additional Announcements 
 
This was a Virtual ZOOM meeting, with 24 Rotarians present, including 5 visitors from the Lincoln club and our guest speaker. 
 
The group enjoyed a lively social time before the official start getting caught up on everyone’s activities. 
 
President Liz welcomed our members and guests and brought the meeting to order shortly after 7 pm.
 
O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner anthems were played.
 
Katherine D. delivered the Invocation, which gave us some pause and encouragement during COVID.
 
President Liz led a Toast to the Queen and Canada, to the Office of the President of the United States and to Rotary International.
 
 
SPEAKER PRESENTATION
 
Jeanette Murphy, Assistant District Governor – Area 5 and our club member, introduced our Guest Speaker, Kevin Crosby.
 
Kevin Crosby joined Rotary in 2005. He is a member, and Past President, of the Rotary Club of Buffalo - Sunrise. Kevin served as District Training Chair from 2009 to 2013, District Governor in 2015-16, and District Membership Chair from 2016 to 2020. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Zone Coordinator for Rotary Zone 28, encompassing 21 districts including 7090, Chair the new Healthy Communities committee for our district, and Co-chair of the Rotary-Greenway partnership. For the last twelve years, Kevin has served as a faculty member of the Rotary Leadership Institute in our district. Kevin has received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition five times.
 
Kevin, who earned his Ph.D. in the field of Instructional Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, is a Partner at Full Circle Studios – a digital media production company in Western New York, celebrating their 21st year in business.  A native of Lockport, Kevin now lives in East Amherst with his wife, Nancy. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.
 
Kevin introduced us to the new district-wide “Healthy Communities” initiative.
This is a multi-year undertaking to encourage all Rotary clubs in the district to become actively involved in efforts to promote the overall health and vitality of their communities, based on documented needs, and in collaboration with other community partners. Our district will support clubs in this effort but will not prescribe what clubs should do. We hope to inspire clubs to embrace a role, or expand their concept of their role, as important contributors to the well-being of their communities and future generations. Ultimately, clubs will decide what Healthy Communities project or projects are most needed in their own communities.
 
Our club was the first to hear his presentation.  President Liz let Kevin know that our group will mostly likely support this initiative. Kevin answered some questions from the members.  He looks forward to returning to the Club to hear about how this Club has embraced this initiative.
 
Marshall Deeth, Past President, thanked Kevin for taking the time to come and speak to us.  He sees this project as an opportunity to refocus our club.
 
Kevin Crosby’s power point presentation will be available on the club website – members only section - shortly.
 
 
CLUB BUSINESS  
 
1. WORLD POLIO DAY - Pedal for Polio – Jim N reminded club members that the Bike ride takes place Oct 24, and the route now is from north east Grimsby, along the North Service Rd to the Tim Horton’s at Pudhommes and back - 22 km total.  He showed the group the fund raising page that has been set up, with 8 members signed up to bike.  The page makes donating easy and members are encouraged to support the team. 
 
Liz noted the town will declare Oct  24th, World Polio Day. There will be a Rotary Polio flag raising at the town-hall with the mayor and councilors.  Members encouraged to attend – the time will be confirmed once the town proposes it.
 
The town of Grimsby is including information about Rotary’s fight to end Polio as well as recognizing the Pedal for Polio initiative on their town web page later this month.
This is the link to the Fundraising page: https://raise.rotary.org/Jim-Noordermeer/challenge
 
2. Fantasy of Wreaths – Jim N mentioned that twenty wreaths and two trees will be available.  More information to follow.  Minimum membership participation will be utilized for safety reasons.
 
3. Vocational project - Katherine D  - The first series' theme is Music and we have 3+1 friends of Rotary working together - Adam, Colin, Shaun and Erin. The professional videography is taking place shortly. We are looking for sponsorships to help offset costs or production which have been kept to a minimum.
 
4.  Pumpkin Drive Thru – Nov 1st.  Liz confirmed that the town is 100% supportive of this initiative and the team continues with the planning. There is sensitivity regarding what the provincial directions regarding social distancing will be by end of month and all eventualities are being considered in the planning.  Members will have the opportunity to volunteer in the set-up, pumpkin carving and vignette decorating, traffic monitoring and take-down.
 
FYI, for inspiration for ideas for future years - Milton runs a drive through event, Pumpkins after Dark.  The link to their webpage is https://pumpkinsafterdark.com and members are encouraged to think about what can turn into a new wonderful fundraiser with community partners already on board.
 
5.  Tulips for the End-Polio-Now fundraiser have arrived and are at Liz’s.  She will arrange pick up with members who ordered tulips.  We have 2 extra boxes available - $25 each.
 
6. The club has received final approval from RI for our 2 district matching grant applications This will support the club’s FORT bathroom renovation and Wifi hot spots through GPL projects.
 
7. The board has approved several updated policies, which will be shared with the membership by email.  Writing, discussing and presenting policies and procedures is a work in progress, building on the work started last year.
 
8.  2021 is the 45th Anniversary of the Charter for the Grimsby club.  Liz has contacted and are working with some of the original Charter members to brainstorm as to how best to celebrate this milestone.  Members are invited to share their ideas.  Email Liz at evfisk5012@rogers.com or call at 289-235-8061 with thoughts.
 
 
HAPPY BUCKS
 
George – enjoying the nice weather, got a golf game in this week, birthday celebration with his sister
 
Bob – birthday week celebrations for his son and grandson. Encouraged members that Polio Bike Ride is a great way to support the Polio fund. Last year the money from the Christmas party went to Polio.
 
Jeannette – Again thanks to Kevin for his presentation and is very excited for this new Rotary initiative.  Encouraged Polio support, as she has an uncle who had polio as a child and watches even today the effects it has had on him.
 
Jim H – reached out and spoke with former members Shirley Martin and Paul Murphy. They are still very passionate about Rotary. Health issues have left them very isolated during COVID and would appreciate calls from anyone.
 
Andy – Happy family is all healthy
 
Thomas – Happy to see everyone
 
Marshall – just living the dream!!!!
 
Bill – enjoying the biking preparation.  Enjoying some face time visits with grandson
 
Joan – everyone Healthy
 
Clarence – Celebrated his Aussie son in laws birthday with a lamb chop supper
 
Ken – Lincoln club says thanks for allowing us to join in tonight and hear Kevin.
 
Katherine D – happy to hear of the approval of our grant requests
 
Brian – all is peachy, Thanks to Katherine for stepping in at the last minute to provide the invocation
 
Marie – thanks for Jim N for his work organizing the Pedal for Polio team.  Sad that the Blue Jays lost.
 
Matt – all is good, happy to be back at school.  Everyone is doing their best, and all is going well. About 200 of 900 students have opted for on-line courses.
 
Roger – doing well, FaceTimes with family in Toronto and Montreal.  Daughter has received a promotion to a Vice President position
 
Jim N – has made his Happy Bucks contribution on-line. After this meeting, having a Zoom call with Aunt and Uncle in White Rock, B.C. to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary
 
Liz – Thanks to Jim H for all of his background support for the financial matters of the club.  Enjoying the cooler weather and all the fall color.
 
Meeting was adjourned by President Liz
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
(a) E- transfer is  available for Happy Buck donations.  Set up the transfer to
 
(b) Lincoln Rotary Club invites our members to join them for their “Just for Fun Car Rally” on Saturday, October 17th, 10:30 am, rain or shine.  Entry fee is $5/car and will include about 2 hours drive time.  Pandemic distancing is being observed, bring your own lunch and we are invited to have a fun day.   Information PDF will be sent to all members.
 
(c) Rotary Foundation Moment
What is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor?
 
A Rotary Foundation Benefactor is a person who has notified The Rotary Foundation that they have made provisions in their final estate plans to Rotary for US$1,000 or more, or who has made an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin. They are listed in the Benefactor Report and identified in the Club Recognition Summary.
 
Clubs with 100% member support of Rotary’s Endowment are eligible to request a Rotary’s Promise Club electronic certificate. Qualifying support may be a commitment for a future gift to The Rotary Foundation in an estate plan or an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment.
 
A US$1,000 gift to The Rotary Foundation creates a legacy of helping people live better lives around the world. Today there are over 100,000 Benefactors worldwide.
 
Will you join them by making a gift of $1,000 to Rotary’s Endowment or by leaving a gift to Rotary in your estate?
 
Robert Morrow – Assistant Governors Coordinator
 
Special THANKS to Joan Whitson - Meeting recorder 
 
 
You are invited to join us at our upcoming meeting - October 15th at 7 PM.
 
Guest Speaker will be Kathy Belicki, PHD, MTS, Professor Emeritus - Psychology, Brock University. She will explore with us
Forgiveness That Brings Freedom.
 
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