The Grapevine Newsletter
February 12th, 2021 Club News  
February 4th, 2021 meeting notes

(a)  2021-2022 Positions still awaiting candidates - We hope there are members who are willing to step forward and offer support to our club in the following positions:  President Elect (serving as President for the 2022-2023 year), a Vice President (serving as President for the 2023-2024 year) and Secretary.  Please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Marshall Deeth if you are interested.
(b)  Please consider making a 'Happy Buck' contribution to boost funds. This can be done by making a donation via an e-transfer into the Club Account using this link
(c)  Book/Film Appreciation Group - 'The Handmaid's Tale',  is the latest group selection for reading/viewing. It is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a strongly patriarchal, quasi-Christian, totalitarian state, known as Gilead, that has overthrown the United States government. The television series of the same name has 3 seasons available on streaming services. Happy Reading everyone.
If interested in reading and joining the discussions, please connect with Roger or Grant.
(d)  Paul Harris Recognition - at the request of the Board of Directors and due to conflicts with other civic activities in town during the last week of February, the date of the Recognition has been moved into March.
(e) Treasurer Richard reported that we have received a Covid rebate for our insurance.
(f)   Alan Goddard wanted to pass on that our community has quite a few large fundraising projects that will be launching ie, Hospital, High School Theatre and the McNally House Hospice, and should be something that the club keeps in mind for future planning. President Liz confirmed that all three organizations are or will be making presentations to inform Club members via the "What's Coming up in Grimsby" series.
(g)  Lending Library – each club has been challenged to have at least one little library set up in their community.  Grant Schaming is taking the lead on this for the club.
(h) Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup -  Week of April17 – 24. 
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090 service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Erie to a multi-district plan to focus Rotarians’ attention to all 5 of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them.  Our goal is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned and coinciding with Earth Day 2021 on the Great Lakes Watershed.  The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet.  It borders 8 states and 2 provinces and has 9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline.  So far 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands of Rotary volunteers have agreed to participate.  We will be joining over one billion people worldwide working on projects together in their communities on Earth Day.
Trash, plastics, and other littered items plague our waterways.  This trash poses a threat to terrestrial and aquatic life, often becomes micro-plastics and harmful toxins, and pollutes one of the most precious and limited natural resources.  Shopping carts, tires, furniture, trash, foam cups, plastic containers, and aluminum cans contaminate our waterways and greenways.  More than 22 million pounds (48.4 million kilograms) of trash and plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes each year.
Looking for volunteers looking to co ordinate our club’s participation.  Contact Liz if interested.
(g) District 7090 will hold a Virtual Conference March 16 – 20.  You will have received an email with registration details. March 16th session, the RI president elect, Jennifer Jones, from Windsor will be speaking.  Club members are encouraged to resister.  The registration is free this year.
(e) Donate and Dine - This Valentine  Called all Rotarians -   4-ways to support your club and your community.     
1.)  Please volunteer on February 13th between 4:00 and 7:30pm 
2.)  We hope that every Rotarian will order at least two entrees for the Valentine's dinner and encourage all friends and colleagues to also order the entrees or bid on silent auction items.  
3.)  Donate some bottles of wine for a few 'Friends of Rotary' Wine Baskets to include in the on-line auction.  We will pick up the bottles or you can drop them off.
4.)  Suggest names or encourage local businesses to donate items for the on-line auction
Results of the fundraiser to be presented to the club at its February 18th meeting.
February 18, 2021
Pamela Blackwood is the Executive Director of McNally House Hospice in Grimsby and an accreditor of Hospices in Ontario and a sessional professor at Mohawk College.  Previously, she was Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Brantford and District.
Ms. Blackwood's presentation will be the 2nd in our What's Coming up in Grimsby series and will focus on Hospice services in 2021 and the impact of Covid-19.  She will also share the plans for the new 10-bed Hospice planned for Grimsby and how they will be expanding their day programming. 
This was a Virtual ZOOM meeting.  Always great to hear all the conversations during the social time.  COVID has proven how important human connection is.   It has been a lifesaver for many; lets not ever take it for granted again.
President Liz welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. 
There were 13 Grimsby Rotarians present, 3 guests – Elaine Hughes, Marg Goddard and our speaker, Jonathan
Canadian National Anthem was played while enjoying the variety of landscapes around our beautiful country, O Canada, indeed!!
Alan Goddard led the invocation.  “A toast to the Queen and Canada”; “A toast to the Office of the President of the United States”; and “A toast to Rotary International” were given by President Liz.
Guest Speaker was introduced by Grant Schaming
Dr. Jonathan Kotwa is an AMMI/Biomerieux postdoctoral fellow at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Samira Mubareka. He received his PhD in pathobiology from the University of Guelph in 2019. His research focuses on emerging infectious diseases at the human animal interface and diagnostic technologies. Dr. Kotwa is currently researching environmental and air contamination with SARS-CoV-2 in the hospital setting as well as investigating COVID-19 and other coronaviruses in Canadian wildlife.
Dr. Kotwa’s presentation focused on SARS-CoV-2, the origins of pandemics, and how we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to help us be prepared for the next one.
SarsCOV-2 is the corona virus that is the cause of the current epidemic.  There are 7 known corona viruses that will cause severe disease in people.
 All corona viruses have their origin in animal species.  Zoonotic diseases are ones that spread between animals and people.  Research shows that there has been an increase of these infectious Zoonotic diseases over the last 60 years.
Drivers of the increase of these are: 
  • Deforestation and destruction of natural habitats
  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • Climate change
  • Intensification of agricultural and livestock practices
The theory of One Health is for a healthy relationship between animal / people / environment.  There is current research taking place to look at identifying other corona viruses in Canadian wildlife and to establish capacity for novel diagnostics.
Dr. Kotwa is also researching COVID patient’s hospital rooms for air and environmental contamination.
He is feeling optimistic for the future.  We all need to follow the guidelines for a little longer.
Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and DON’T Travel.
Vaccines are coming, the COVID variants are having little effect on vaccine efficacy.
Charles Daly thanked Jon for an informative presentation.  Presented in terms we all could easily understand.  Copies of Dr. Kotwa's presentation are available upon request.
Charles Daly – always happy 
Patrick – happy to have school re opening 
Alan – just happy they are surviving 
Grant – unhappy to have to see Charles next week for a filling 
Matt – happy to have the kids returning to school 
Clarence – was able to celebrate granddaughter’s 8th birthday, another granddaughter has received a scholarship from Queen’s
Rich – Barbados trip cancelled, so will be able to help out on the 13th 
Marie – enjoyed a nice day sledding with her grandson 
Bill – all going well, enjoying walking 
Liz – enjoyed walking the Bruce Trail with 2 friends last Sunday 
Joan – all well, happy kids get to go back to school 
Kathryn – ecstatic school for kids going back to school 
Andy – Happy – down 20 pounds in 5 weeks!
Special THANKS to Joan Whitson- Meeting recorder
You are invited to join us
at our upcoming meeting
February 18th, 2021 - Pamela Blackwood
McNally Hospice - future plans and services during Covid-19
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