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Rotary Club of Hamilton AM

Hamilton A.M.

"Making a Difference"

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
William's Fresh Cafe
47 Discovery Drive
Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4
Canada
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September  2020 Member Meeting Responsibilities
Date
Front
Desk 1
Front
Desk 2
4 - Way
Test
Invo-
cation
Intro- 
Speaker
Sergeant
at Arms
Sept
2
Irene
Stayshyn
Frank
Stechey
Marta
Stiteler
Tom
Tweedie
Michelle
Austin
John
Janisse
Sept
9
John
Baxter
Shayna
Beeksma
Anne
B
Yolanda
C-B
Lisa
Dunlop
Norm
Geddes
Sept
16
Mark
Ewer
Clare
Freeman
Norm
Geddes
Walter
Hardie
Ashi
Jain
John
Mokrycke
Sept
23
John
Janisse
Kerry
Jarvi
Cathy
Jeske
Martina
J-M
Jennifer
Kinnunen
Sandy
Marincic
Sept
30
Sandy
Marincic
Tim
McC
Janet
McN
Dan
Millar
Angelo
Misale
Paul
Lakin
 
           
October 2020 Member Meeting Responsibilities
Date       
Front
Desk 1
Front
Desk 2
4- Way
Test
Invoca-
tion
Intro 
Speaker
Sergeant
at Arms
Oct.
7
John
Baxter
Shayna
Beeksma
Anne
Bermingham
Yolanda
C-b
Lisa
Dunlop
John
Janisse
Oct.
14
John
Dalgleish
Mark
Ewer
Clare
Freeman
Don
Grennan
Cheryl
Gzik
Norm
Geddes
Oct.
21
Walter
Hardie
Ashi
Jain
John
Janisse
Kerry Jarvi
Cathy
Jeske
John
Mokrycke
Oct. 
28
Martina
J-M
Jennifer Kinnunen
Paul
Lakin
Sharon
L-C
Ruth
Liebersbach
Sandy
Marincic
 
 
         
Recent Breakfast Speakers and Activities
A second group of 23 refurbished laptops were presented on September 24, 2020 to Grade 8 students at Hess St School.  Once again, the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM benefited from the fine work of greenByte, a program of St. Leonard's Society Hamilton.  In it's last computer giveaway before closing early in September, greenByte prepared the laptops by installing new Windows 10 and Microsoft Office software.  The used laptops were generously donated by Hillfield Strathallen College.  greenByte chose  this Rotary Club because of an excellent partnership over a number of years.
 
Two Hess St School students show off their new laptops accompanied by Ryan Johnson, Executive Director of St. Leonard's Society Hamilton and Mark Ewer, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM who coordinated this event.  Special thanks go to John Bradley, principal of Hess St School and his staff for their support of this exciting event.
 
Thanks to greenByte, a program of St. Leonard's Society Hamilton and Hillfield Strathallen College, 9 refurbished laptops were presented on September 18, 2020 to Liberty for Youth (Lf Y).  LfY Executive Director Frederick Dryden offered his comments, “these laptops will help youth in our Bright Choices Program complete homework and achieve academic success.  We are very grateful!”
 
When Dave Gruggen decided to escape his pandemic quarantine, he did it in great style, by air!  What a great shot of parts of the harbour and the city.

In his caption Dave says he has never been able to see so far into the distance.  Less pollution over Hamilton for sure.  For more great shots go to Dave's Facebook page.
 
 
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On June 12, Paul Lakin was happy to bring "the big cheque" for $5000 to Hamilton Food Share but Celeste Taylor is even happier to receive it!  Club members donated funds they would have spent on breakfast meetings if not for COVID-19 resulting in virtual weekly meetings since March 18 of this year.  Hamilton Food Share is facing increasing demand for nutritious food for low income families so some members added a few more dollars where they could!  Previously, the club also donated funds to support the purchase of the truck prominent in the picture.
The February 26 guest speaker was Dr. Matt Wheeler, District 7090's first Rotary Global Grant Scholar.

Matt Wheeler is a a Maori/Indigenous doctor, he is a haematologist from New Zealand here doing thrombosis research. It is hoped that some of the skills in research methodology he learns  can be applied to indigenous health on returning home. 

In this picture, Matt is thanked for his very informative presentation by Past-President, Marta Stiteler.  Matt was given a certificate indicating that funding would be sent to Rotary International to immunize 25 children against polio.

The De Mazenod Door food program at St. Patrick's Church does an amazing job of feeding the homeless and hungry each an every day of the year!  When serving hundreds at a time, you need quality and high capacity equipment that is up to the task.  A recent donation of $10,000 by the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM provided funds to purchase a high volume, durable coffee system that would rival a Tim Horton's!  Club members are happy to contribute to such a worthwhile community program!
 
On Friday, February 14 about 10 Hamilton AM club members and family served the noon meal to the hungry and homeless at St. Patrick's church's parish outreach program called "De Mazenod Door".  Church volunteers and staff organize and cook the meal and the sponsoring organization supports the program with a $500 donation and enough volunteers to help with meal service.  It was a cold but bright, sunny day and the welcoming environment brought out a significant crowd; mostly adults but some families with children.  Club members added to the spirit of the day by baking approximately 500 Valentine's cookies earlier in the week and handing them out with drinks and chips.  A great example of Rotary "Service above Self" in action!

Our club was treated this morning with an interesting presentation from Nour El Shamy (@NourTheShamy), from the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (@macDTRC) at the Degroote Business School (@degrootebiz) about the Optimal Aging Initiative - learning how our brains work when stimulated - especially as we get older - see more at www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org.  Pictured below is our own Mark Ewer (@markaewer1) presenting a certificate to Nour confirming the innoculation of 25 children against polio - our gift to presenting speakers.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Hamilton AM is pleased to have been able to donate the sum of $5,000 to the De Mazenod Door Outreach for the purchase of new coffee urns.  The De Mazenod serves hot meals to 450 - 500 people a day - having heavy duty coffee urns is a must.  For more details on what goes on at De Mazenod, please go to:  http://demazenod-door.ca/  Pictured here is Sherrie Ramirez from De Mazenod, receiving a really big cheque from Anne Bermingham, president of the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM.
 
Once a month club members share fellowship at a Hamilton locale, often a new restaurant or venue.  This time we met at Pho Asparagus at 387 Barton Street East, Hamilton and enjoyed interesting new dishes (for most of us) and great service.  Thanks to Dave Gruggen for making the arrangements and ensuring everyone had a good time!  Photography by Cheryl Gzik.

Home Page News
Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985 and was a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.
 
Through decades of commitment and work by Rotary and our partners, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. 
 
In August, 2020, we learned that polio has now been eradicated from the continent of Africa (read more for details).
 
To learn more about what Rotary does to end polio, and to find out how you can help, go to:  https://www.endpolio.org.
 
 
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