"Become a possibilitarian...raise your sights and see the possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."  Norman Vincent Peale

Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South 

May 8, 2006.

Volume Nine, Meeting 31

SERVICE Above Self 

Reporter:  R. Morissette


Call to Order:
President Bob McKay
National Anthem: Don Hetherington
Toast to Queen and Canada: Don Beard
Invocation: Jim Howes


Norris Brown introduced the following guest and visiting Rotarian:
  Mr. Sandy Peters from the Downtown Club. 


Doug Foss, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms,

Laetitia de Witt for making a sailor blush (no further details provided!);
Don Hetherington for being at the bar all night in the hospitality suite;
Dan Toppari and Julio Batres for being dressed up as Fred and Barney at the bowling lanes;
Bob McKay for not buying Laetitia a hot dog;
John Teibert for double dipping the vegetable platter in the hospitality suite;
Brian Radford for losing his shirt at Poker;
Norris Brown for donating the weight scale that has caused Doug to gain a pound a day; and
Matt Taylor for rummaging through Doug's house for old dental equipment during the recent University Women's house tour.

Doug Foss, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted Happy Dollars from:

Don Toppari - it was a great District Conference. The bowling event was fun. Saturday was a great day, and it was followed by a wonderful gala.
Paul Massuet - who met with a friend and fellow Rotarian from Etobicoke. Paul's friend is impressed by our club and our involvement in so many activities for the good of Rotary.
Bob McKay - who congratulated Ed Telenko for his good work on the club's public relations piece in the local newspaper.
Peter Snograss - who has now moved.
Keith Shaver - who survived another tax season and whose daughter rode in the early bird, place first, and qualified to go to Philadelphia. 
Don Hetherington - he and his wife traveled over the Easter holiday and had the opportunity to see Michael Douglas, his mother, and his lovely wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.   


Diamond Studded Dinner Dance May 13, 2006: 

Bob McBride reported that 275 tickets have been sold and 145 gifts donated. Bob thanked the members for their contributions and advised that it was a team effort. Special thanks to committee members: Andrew Bowles for ticket sales; Norris Brown for serving as recorder of the meetings; Laetitia de Witt for looking after all details at Club Roma; Jim Hooper for collecting and cataloguing gifts; Jim Howes for being the source of information from past galas and who assisted with cataloguing donated items; June Manning for handling ticket sales, the logging of names, the reverse draw, and who also served as Co-Chair; Tom Schulz, our computer man, who controls the job jar and executes the live auctions and reverse draw; John Teibert, our money man; Rob Welch who is our contact with the media and worked with Ed Telenko on our public relations; Don Beard, who looked after our brochures and the printing of our programs; Keith Shaver, who assisted with our mailings; and Frank Strathern, who is the source of the gala's history.  

Bob McKay thanked Bob McBride for serving as Co-Chair.     

Bingo Report:

Greg McDonald
reported that the next bingo session is Saturday, May 20th. Three volunteers are needed.     

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.

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.   

Public Relations Committee:

Bob McKay once again thanked Ed Telenko for his great work on our Rotary Club's awareness piece, which was published in the Osprey newspaper. Bob would like to see this page plaqued.

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.

Rotary Directors and Executive List, 2006-2007:

Through Ron Kozub, President Elect Matt Taylor has circulated the proposed Directors, committee members, and executives for the new fiscal year. Please confirm that you are happy to serve on the committees noted. Kindly provide feedback to Ron Kozub ASAP.   


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. 

Laetitia felt that the whole event was characterized by enjoyment and enthusiasm, fellowship and interaction. The opening ceremony was uplifting and set the tone for the weekend. It was wonderful to have student involvement. The theme of the District Conference was on youth and literacy. On Saturday, the luncheon speaker was motivational. Laetitia noted that her "take away" from this address was to "make your ideas your dream - to follow through - and to not let others discourage you." Throughout the conference, many ideas were generated on projects to run.

Andrew Bowles spoke on his experience as an ambassadorial scholar. He acknowledged how happy he was to be a member of our club. 

The Youth Exchange program was top-of-mind during the conference.

On Sunday, there was a memorial service and a district awards ceremony.

The Rotary Club of St. Catharines South received five awards: Highest Membership Attendance; The Lighthouse Award, 2005-2006; Greatest Number of New Member Inductions; Highest Membership, Net Growth; and the President's Citation.

Bob thanked Laetitia for her coverage of the District Conference and commented on how much he enjoyed the event.     

Laetitia presented President Bob with a special Rotary tie from the conference.


John Teibert was recognized for a belated birthday - April 15, 2006. Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in 2006, John! 


John Teibert reported 26 members, one guest, and 35 make-ups.


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