"A great event takes a tireless pioneer." 
Sir Winston Churchill

Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South 

May 15, 2006.

Volume Nine, Meeting 32

SERVICE Above Self 

Reporter:  R. Morissette


Call to Order:
President Bob McKay
National Anthem: Andrew Bowles
Toast to Queen and Canada: Rob Welch
Invocation: John Klassen


John Teibert introduced the following guests and visiting Rotarians:
  Messrs. Ross McDonald, Sandy Peters, and Ron Bassett from the Downtown Club. 


Mike Grifa, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms,

Rob Welch for rumours of an announcement;
John Teibert for having his picture in a local business magazine. The article states 60 years of service when John doesn't look a day over 50!;
Don Beard, whose son was also featured in the same business magazine; and
Ian Forbes for "squealing" on members!
Mike Grifa, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted Happy Dollars from:

Rob Welch - an announcement will be made this week at the St. Catharines Walker Family YMCA...Rob will announce that he is running for Mayor of the City of St. Catharines!;
Jim Shannon who congratulated Rob;
Bob McBride who congratulated the gala committee on another successful fundraiser;
Julio Batres - the Folk Arts Festival is this coming weekend;
Ron Kozub - his daughter was recently featured in the Standard in honour of Mother's Day;
Tom Schulz who thanked Ed Telenko for designing the gala program and for helping at the event;
Mike Grifa who recently went on a cruise with his family and had a wonderful time.   


Error in May 8, 2006 South Mouth:

Laetitia de Witt noted an omission in the May 8th edition of South Mouth
. Under Guest Speaker, the opening sentence should have read, "Laetitia de Witt spoke on the success of the District Conference and the elevated profile that the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South enjoyed during the event." The word "South" was unintentionally omitted.

Diamond Studded Dinner Dance May 13, 2006: 

President Bob thanked the gala committee members for another successful fundraising event and noted that it was a total club effort. Special thanks to June Manning and Bob McBride, Norris Brown, Laetitia de Witt, Tom Schulz, Andrew Bowles, Julio Batres, Jim Hooper, Rob Welch, Ed Telenko, John and Evelyn Teibert, Don Beard, Keith Shaver, Jim Howes, Frank Strathern, Elizabeth Spaan, Paul Massuet, Dan Toppari, George Fitzpatrick, Greg McDonald, Howie Vant, Soren Harrison, and Matt Taylor.  

John Teibert noted that $13,905 was raised on auction items.  
Bingo Report:

Greg McDonald
reported that the next bingo sessions are Saturday, May 20th and June 10th. Volunteers are needed.     

Board meeting, May 19th, 2006:

There is a Board meeting on May 19th, 2006 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club

No Rotary Meeting, May 22nd, 2006 

Niagara Community Foundation Dinner, May 23, 2006, Club Italia:

Bob McKay advised that the Niagara Community Foundation has invited our club to attend a reception at Club Italia on May 23, 2006, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dan Toppari will attend to represent our club. 

Planning Meeting, May 25, 2006, Rotary Directors and Executive 2006-2007:

Through Ron Kozub, President Elect Matt Taylor has circulated the proposed list of directors, committee members, and executives for the new fiscal year. Please let Ron Kozub or your Committee Director know which committees you wish to serve on ASAP.    

May 26, 2006 Diamond Studded Dinner Dance Wrap Up Meeting:

Bob McBride announced that there will be a gala wrap up meeting on May 26, 2006, 7:30 a.m. at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

International Rotary Bike Trek, Saturday, June 10, 2006:

Paul Massuet reported that on Saturday, June 10, 2006, the "Best of Friends" International Rotary Bike Trek will take place. The route follows the scenic Niagara River along the famous Niagara Parkway recreational trail from Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls and back. There is also a route to Queenston and back for bikers who wish to enjoy a more leisurely outing. All riders are expected to raise pledges. Half of the money raised will come back to our club. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Club Picnic at Paul and Mimi Massuet's house June 25th, 2006, 3 pm:

Paul and Mimi Massuet will once again host a picnic for our club members on June 25th, 2006, commencing at 3 p.m.


Ron Kozub reported the receipt of two letters - one from "Not Just Tourists" thanking the club for its donation to Pakistan relief (Ken and Denise Taylor are involved with this organization); the second from Hospice Niagara acknowledging the receipt of $20,880.40 from our club - net proceeds from the November 2005 Winter Dreams gala. 

Club Runner:

Ian Forbes announced that the full page ad that ran on our club is now posted on our website - on the bottom right hand corner of the home page.

Ian also noted that there is a lot of incomplete member information - i.e. fax and phone numbers missing. Ian asked that all members go into their personal page to review and update information. Please let Ian know if you are having any problems accessing the page.  

Friendly Visiting:

If you know of any member of our club who is sick or who has a family member who is sick, please let President Bob McKay or President Elect Matt Taylor know.


Rob Welch and Mike Grifa were recognized for their birthdays. Happy birthday, Rob and Mike, and best wishes for health, happiness, and good fortune in the year ahead!     

50/50 DRAW

June Manning had the winning ticket, but did not draw the winning card.  


The following members expressed their regrets to our President and Guest Speaker and took early leave: Keith Shaver, Brian Radford, June Manning, Andrew Bowles, and Doug Foss


New member John D'Ambrosio of United Motor Collision gave his classification talk.

Ian Forbes introduced John D'Ambrosio noting he and Bob McKay co-sponsored John. Bob knows John through work-outs and Ian knows John through work. John services Day Ford's customer vehicles, and Ian's wife Mary has had her vehicle in John's shop on several occasions!  Ian noted that John runs a very professional business - the very best in terms of customer service and in listening to the customer. In the waiting area of United Motor Collision there is a collage of photos of John`s life, which really defines who he is as an individual and businessman. Ian concluded that he is proud to introduce John, who is a very fine gentleman.

John explained that he has always been interested in Rotary. He had read about it and, of course, had seen the Rotary symbol many times. His son received a Rotary medal in Grade 12.

John has three children - Lisa, age 23; John Jr., age 20; and Bobby, age 18. Both sons are attending Brock University and daughter Lisa will complete her final year at Brock. John has been happily married for 26 years.

John started in the collision repair business in 1976, partnering with his father in United Motor Collision located at the corner of Merritt and Glendale Avenue. At the time, it was a four-bay shop.  Today, United Motor Collision has eight bays and houses 35 vehicles. Road construction is now occurring at Glendale and Merritt. New businesses are going in, such as Sobeys. Traffic flow will soon be better, and John is patient for a better tomorrow.  

United Motor Collision hires top-notch body and paint technicians and ensures that they receiving ongoing training to stay up-to-date. The company has aligned itself with Niagara College (and Mohawk College) in order to provide guidance in developing programming and to recruit skilled trades. The company also takes co-op students and currently has two students from Kernahan Park and Holy Cross. John is an advocate of promoting from within. Many of his key people have come up through the ranks. Good tradespeople are few and far between. John believes that UMC is a good environment for body and paint techncians who are seeking a career. The company offers ongoing training, state-of-the-art technology, competitive wages and benefits, safety wear, and opportunities for advancement.     

Collision repair represents 80 per cent of UMC`s work, the balance is body painting. John noted that the collision repair business is facing a challenge with the insurance industry, who have scared the public into using their services rather than the body shop of the consumer`s choice. Some of these recommended repair facilities may not use manufacturer original equipment parts or may install inferior glass, for example. And because more people are paying out-of-pocket for collision repairs in order to keep their insurance rates from increasing, only partial repairs are being performed. Driver and passenger safety is at risk.  

John`s passion is cars. His father, with whom he was very close, was a mechanic by trade, and John learned a lot from him. John enjoys restoring vehicles and maintaining them as well as looking at vehicles and meeting the people who own them. He also enjoys cycling, boating, and spending time with family and friends.  

John would like to become more involved with Rotary and thanked everyone for welcoming him to the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South.

Ian thanked John for his talk and for sharing his background with the club. 

Norris Brown reported three guests, 26 members, and 13 make-ups for over 100 per cent attendance. 


As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Bob adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.