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December 3rd, 2020 meeting notes

This was a Virtual ZOOM meeting as we continue to navigate this COVID pandemic.  This holiday season has all of us filling with hope that the vaccine will allow control of the pandemic.  Better days are ahead.
Conversation provided reminisces about the 1960’s Moon space race.  The Scotch market was well critiqued also.
President Liz welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. 
There were 17 Grimsby Rotarians present and 1 guest. 
Canadian National Anthem was played.  We heard Sarah McLachlan sing the Anthem at the Game 6 of the NBA finals of the Raptors Championship year.  What a proud Canadian moment.
Roger Bradley 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.
Mare Slovason introduced our speaker, a passionate hiker, Friend of Rotary, and an Ambassador for the Bruce Trail, Ruth Moffat.
After Ruth and Jim returned from living in the states, Ruth was looking for a new challenge and recalled many years ago her sister saying she wanted to hike the Bruce Trail. As luck would have it, the Niagara Bruce Trail Club was running their 80 km, 3 day End to End Event on the May long weekend.
How hard could hiking 80km over 3 days be? As it turned out, pretty hard! They both started with Jim completing two of the three days and Ruth just barely managing to pull it off. Yes, hiking is hard and Ruth didn't really return to hiking until a year later when the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club held their 4 day event. This time she was a bit better prepared and has not looked back.
Since that blister-filled weekend in 2013, Ruth has since hiked the Bruce Trail several times as well as many other trails in Ontario, other parts of Canada and abroad. She became a Certified Hike Leader in 2015 and a Certified Hike Instructor in 2019. In 2016 she joined the board of Niagara Bruce Trail Club and the Land Acquisition Committee for the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
Currently, Ruth is becoming more involved with Hike Ontario and when she is not leading hikes, she likes to read and also sits on the board of the Grimsby Public Library.
Ruth provided us with a delightful journey and education about this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that extends 900KM, from south of Queenston to Tobermory.
It was great to learn how the Bruce Trail is divided into sections and each have a “club” that helps maintain it. 
Lots of questions were generated, and inspired some members to seek out perhaps some of the easier trails in our area. 
Gerry Vandermolen thanked Ruth for her talk to the group. He was invigorated by her passion for hiking.
Update:  Ruth has agreed to lead our club members and friends on a hike at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area between Christmas and the New Year. Date to be confirmed.

(a)  Book/Film Appreciation Group – First book, The Girl On the Train has been delivered to all participants.  Tentative review/discussion date is December 17, 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

(b)  Walking Club - we have been having 3 –5 people join us each time.  Groups have given us positive feedback, good suggestions. The next walk scheduled for Friday Dec 4, at Grimsby waterfront trail at end of Casablanca BLVD, another walk in the Grimsby Beach area and one starting at the Grimsby Museum.
(c) Paul Harris Recognition – The committee is forwarding the following names to the board to be approved:
  • Ken Boichuk - Grimsby Public Library Author's series
  • Tony Joosse - Co Chair - Save West Lincoln Memorial Hospital
  • Bruce Mackenzie - naturalist - Grimsby rep on Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
Club members supported this list of recipients.  The event will be Virtual this year, likely near end of February, and will include a video of each of the recipients.  
(d) Holiday/Christmas Card writing campaign - Jeannette is the lead for a card writing event.  Cards are being supplied by Giant Tiger, Thanks Andy.  Goal is to reach 250 – 300 seniors living in seniors residences/LTC homes.  If you are interest in writing some cards, contact Jeannette Murphy.

Update:  over 300 cards were signed by 13 Rotarians + 2 family members.  An additional 500+ cards are being signed by GSS students to go out to more seniors in residences in Grimsby.

(e) Blood Donor Clinic - There is Blood donor clinic on January 9th, and George is leading the effort for the Rotary Club to do work as a team and give blood together.  E-mail Liz or George if interested.
(f) Fantasy of Wreaths – Jim Noordermeer reported that a meeting of committee is scheduled for Saturday to put together the wrap up plans i.e. for distribution of wreaths and pick up of trees.  The decision was made not to extend the timeline as this would cause lots of logistic problems.
(g) Holiday Celebration H - December 17th will include a ukelele performance, virtual Holiday Trivia and a Holiday Home Scavenger Hunt.  Plan to attend and invite your family members, partners and possible Rotarians.
(h) Nominating Committee Update - Marshall reported that Bob Martin has volunteered to be president for the 21-22 year and Directors: Joan Whitson, Andy Daniels and Kathryn Drury is staying on.
HAPPY BUCKS (rapid fire version)
Bill – just Happy
Liz – oldest granddaughter is accepted into the Junior Associate program at the Royal Ballet School in England
Brian – extended thanks to Andy Daniels and his Giant Tiger store for the amount of community support shown on a weekly basis during this season.
Joan – Happy, just holding breath to see if Hamilton is locked down this week
Marie – Christmas decorating, walking
Marshall – no golf, so nothing
Katherine Fisher – Decorating, helping out with grandchildren
Roger – Kitchen reno done, just need a refrigerator
Gerry – happy, was able to complete outdoor Christmas decorating before the snow came
Jeannette – got her book, really enjoyed Ruth’s talk tonight
Clarence – All is well
Kathryn Drury – Happy to learn more about the Bruce Trail
Bob – looking forward to the Grandkids decorating weekend
George – everyone safe and healthy
Jim Howden – was attending CPA awards evening – 2 recipients from Grimsby
Allan – happy, really enjoyed Ruth’s presentation
Meeting was adjourned by President Liz
Special THANKS to Joan Whitson - Meeting recorder
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December 17th - Happy Holiday Happening
January 7th, 2021 - Mayor J Jordan
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