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GRAPEVINE: July 16th, 2020
This was a Virtual ZOOM meeting, with 17 Rotarians present.

The group enjoyed a lively social time before the official start getting caught up on
everyone’s summer activities. Happy to report that the entire group is safe and well.

Liz Fisk brought the meeting to order with a warm welcome to all. This will be the
change over meeting for our new executive.

Liz announced that Selina has agreed to take over as the Zoom moderator for the

O Canada was sung, with the background of numerous highlights of our great nation.
Jim Howden led the Invocation.

Marshall led us in a Toast to Canada, the Queen and Town of Grimsby
Considering the current pandemic and the public Health requirements, Marshall and
Liz put together a video of the passing of the “ball & chain” of office.

It was well done and a link to the video is provided below.
Congratulations to Liz as our New President of the Grimsby Club.

Liz presented Marshall with his Presidents pin and sincere thanks was passed on to
Marshall by the attendees for a job well done over the past year.

Liz and Bill Hughes provided some background on the actual chain of office that is
passed on year to year. It was given to Bill Hughes in 1983 by the Grimsby Club in
the UK and has been used for every president since then. Bill provided some
background on the UK club. It is an old fishing village on the North Sea in the county
of Lincolnshire. During the War of 1812, British soldiers remained in our area after
the war. That is why lots of the names in our area are derived from Lincolnshire.
Clarence delivered the “Executive Obituary” for Jim Howden. He joined Rotary in
2013 and has been a valuable contributor in all capacities since then. He has fulfilled
numerous roles ( 7 at least) in the club plus has never hesitated to step in to fulfill a
temporary void or absence. He is a tireless worker and has been involved in all of
our fundraisers. Through his other community involvements he has also introduced
many new members to our club. The club thanks you for past contributions and
look forward to your ongoing enthusiastic participation.
Grant wanted to stress how important the Treasurer position is to the club. It is the
person who has the handle on the pulse of the club. They keep finances under
control and in line with our ambitions. On behalf of the club he thanked Sharon
Rizzuto for the excellent job she has achieved providing excellent guidance for
Rotary during her tenure as treasurer.
Jim Howden brought thanks from the club to George Wagenaar for his immense
contribution to the organization over his 28 years as a member. He always does
more than his share of the work as seen during Fantasy of Trees every year as he is
often involved in all aspects of the project. He exhibits a great memory for details.
He enjoys the fun and fellowship of the Rotary Curling events and Jim believes he
has a “GPS” built in.
2020-2021 – Look Ahead
Liz introduced Frank Adamson as our new District Governor, who resides in Font
Hill. He is very anxious to get to all the clubs and will be our guest at the Aug 6 th
meeting. The theme for his year is “ Rotary Opens Opportunities”. He is hoping to
organize a cycling fundraiser for Polio and likely will bring more information to the
meeting. Quickly we had at least 6 Rotarians present that were interested in
President Liz provided her thoughts for her coming year for the Rotary Club of
Grimsby. She provided her outline in a power point and is provided as an
attachment with the Grapevine.
Some of her thoughts/ideas are highlighted below:
  • Possible partnership with Garden Club for a beautification project for the town
  • Offering of international scholarships for students to come to area for learning opportunities
  • Organizing a Vocational Series for high school students
  • Investigation local opportunities in the area of Mental Health
St Catherine’s Rotary will not be able to hold their Rib fest this year but has
contacted the 14 Rotary Clubs of Niagara to participate in the Big Backyard Event on
Aug 8 and 9 from 1 – 8pm each day.

The bands that were booked to play at the Rib fest will be providing live virtual
music during those hours. Participants are asked to log in to enjoy the free music,
and support local restaurants with take out orders. Each take out order will be
identified with a Rotary seal.
Happy Bucks
Bill Hughes
All well, his back injury is recovering with some physio. He and Elaine
are off to the cottage next week.

Happy for her Haircut and being able to see and visit with everyone tonight

Enjoying the library being open, golf and cycling

Selina and Dean
Celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary. Had some time with
friends in Muskoka. Dean was very happy and thankful for his strawberry rhubarb

Met new District Governor. He’s very enthusiastic and very involved.
Gardens growing well. Enjoying all the fresh fruit

All Happy and Healthy

Happy for haircut plus no line up!! Enjoying the weather but too hot to bike

Happy Curl Ontario released the new rules to play for COVID

Picking and canning cherries, also some home renos
Jim H
Being home in July more that usual this year and really enjoying the farmer market, brings back great Manitoba childhood memories
Quote from Mike Tyson – Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face

Enjoying some beach days with grandchildren

Ready to cycle for Rotary, enjoying time with his granddaughter and successfully assembled a swing for her.

Jim N
All healthy. Recently was the guest speaker for a webinar. Was his first experience speaking without the audience live in the room. Very different environment, when you are used to getting feedback from the people in the room.

Brought news that Katherine Fisher was hospitalized up north for an emergency appendectomy, she is doing well. Liz and Dave are off boating across the lake to Scarborough Bluffs for the weekend.
Selina will now be managing the Rotary Club of Grimsby website taking over from Jim Howden.

Jeannette led the group in again showing our sincere appreciation to Marshall for a job well done.

Next meeting August 6th , 7pm. Log on 10 mins or so before for social time.
Meeting adjourned.
- Joan Whitson, Recorder
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