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May 2021 Club Notes

 May 20, 2021 Meeting Notes
1.) Rotary International Convention - June 10th to June 16th, 2021
The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far.
You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

10-11 June Preconvention activities
12-16 June Virtual Convention
All Preconvention and Convention events are virtual!
The convention cost is a mere $65 to cover basic event costs.  Since the convention is virtual there are no additional travel, hotel or food costs….just great speakers, presentations and opportunities to meet other Rotarians from around the world.  To take a look at the program – click here.
Extra events that will interest you.
A wonderful set of 5 virtual cooking classes presented by The Gourmandise School are available each for only $25.00 per household.  Do you want to upgrade your BBQ skills – maybe you will want to attend the Classic Steakhouse cooking Class.  Or have you always wanted to learn how to cook with middle eastern flavours, or maybe recreate some of the delicious Global Street Food you’ve tasted on your travels abroad?  
Rotary Trivia
Challenge your Rotary knowledge and play our Rotary Trivia game. Games will be posted on the platform. Keep track of who is on the leaderboard and see if you can capture the top spot!
DJ Dance Party
Celebrate a successful virtual convention by dancing with your fellow attendees! DJ Etrayn will spin the music and host the dance party. The event is on Wednesday, 16 June at 17:00 CDT before the Closing Session.
Virtual Photo Booth
Visit the Virtual Photo Booth and take a picture using fun convention and preconvention themed frames and backgrounds. Share them on social media using #Rotary21.
Virtual 5K Walk-to-End Polio (Additional Registration Required)
Participate in our virtual 5K Walk-to-End Polio! Proceeds from this activity will go toward The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund. You can complete your 5K and log your time at any point during 10-16 June 2021 in the 5K walk app. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Register for the conference here.
2.) Rotary intentions for 2021-2022 year
Rotary International requires us to present our club list of Rotarians by the end of a previous Rotary year – last day of June.  We are asking all members of the Rotary Club of Grimsby to confirm their intentions to the club secretary, Marie, no later than June 20th, 2021. 
In the past, some members who did not return to our club did not make us aware of their intentions until into the new year.  The result was that our club had to pay their RI and district fees even though those individuals were no longer part of the club. 
Let’s make sure we do not have that unnecessary drain on our operating budget, and please confirm your intentions regarding membership in the 2021-2022 year with Marie as soon as you can.
3.) Dues for 2021-2022 year
The membership was advised your dues for next year will not be changing.  They will remain at $260 payable once by cheque or eTransfer or using the 2-payment method.
According to our constitution, the Board of Directors, through our Treasurer, will present the operating budget to the membership at our June 3rd meeting and a motion to vote on the budget will be presented.    If you are unable to attend, please contact Secretary Marie to set up your proxy.
Rotary Gives Back Locally – Upcoming meeting - June 3rd, 2021
Though we haven’t been able to generate as many funds to help the community as we might normally, we have helped out in a select manner, within our current means.
Some of the community recipients are joining us.  Representatives from The FORT, The Grimsby Public Library, Rose Cottage and Gillian’s Place will give a short update on their programs and how we have helped. 
Please continue our support of these wonderful organizations by letting them see you at our virtual meeting on June 3rd.
Seeing our friends at a distance - Last meeting of the year!
We need to see each other, at least at a distance, once during this 2020-2021 year of Covid-19.  Here is what we are planning.
A See Rotary in Niagara Car Rally.  We are still working out the details, but the general idea is to follow a ‘fun’ car rally route that will include two special features.  1) Seeing Rotary sponsored sites at various locations around the Niagara Peninsula (ie. parks, structures), as well as
2) drive by’s to wave and honk your horn to Rotarians from our past who can’t drive anymore but would love to see your smiling faces.
The event will take place on either our regular meeting night – Thursday, June 17th or another day or evening that suits the majority of club members (but before June 30th, 2021).
Other Rotary clubs, including our sister Rotary Club – Lincoln, have had successful car rallies, so we hope this will be a fun way to end a year of social distancing.  We will be abiding by all government suggested distancing protocols in effect on the date of the event.
We would love to have you join the planning and marshalling team.  Are you available and willing?  We will have a meeting to discuss specifics over the June 5-6 weekend.  Hope you can join us! Contact Liz at to be added to the volunteer list.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions 
One of Rotary’s most well-known recognitions is the Paul Harris Fellow.  The honour is bestowed on Rotarians and non-Rotarians who exemplify Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self.  The Rotary Club of Grimsby traditionally honors the recipients at a gala dinner, and they receive a special certificate, a gold pin, and a gold medallion on a blue-and-gold ribbon. 
This year, the Rotary Club of Grimsby pivoted to an on-line virtual recognition event honouring three community members and one Rotarian.  Over one hundred individuals, locally and from around the country, attended the event via Zoom.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition event was a combination of pre-taped presentations and live testimonials and acknowledgments.  Due to the lockdown, presentations were filmed separately and outside, ahead of the event. A video compilation of the recipients’ backgrounds and the community service they were being honoured for was edited by Grimsby Secondary School communication students.  Both videos were played for each recipient and then the recipients had the opportunity to share their comments and thanks live on Zoom.
This year’s community recipients are Ken Boichuk, for his leadership with The Grimsby Author’s Series supporting the Grimsby Public Library; Tony Joosse, for his leadership in supporting the redevelopment of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital; Bruce Mackenzie for his leadership in developing the former Biggar Sewage lagoons into the community-accessible Grimsby Biggar Lagoon Wetlands.  Rotarian and Assistant District Governor for Area 5, Jeanette Murphy was honoured for her service in that role and her years of support to Rotary’s Youth Exchange program.
President Liz was the MC for the event and acknowledged the group effort necessary to produce such an event.  The student videographers and editors, local volunteer video team members as well as the presenter, recipients and the Paul Harris Selection committee, Shirley, Wayne, George and Liz contributed to the event’s success.  Thanks to Roger for the invocation.
These four individuals in their special ways have contributed to the high quality of life in Grimsby and the surrounding community. It is an honour for all Rotarians to recognize their accomplishments.  Bruce, Jeanette, Ken and Tony have put community service above themselves, and we know the community will benefit from their commitment for years to come.
Link to presentations and background videos in the members only section of the website.  Thanks to Mike Williscraft at News Now for profiling our recipients with an article.
         You are invited to join us at our upcoming meeting - June 3rd, 2021
Meeting ID: 863 5641 9004
Passcode:  291547
Final 2020-2021 Rotary year meeting
"See Rotary in Niagara" Car Rally
June 17th. - Date to be confirmed
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