Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South 

October 16, 2006
Volume 10, Meeting 11

Lead the Way 

Reporter: John Teibert


Welcome by President Matt Taylor

National Anthem: Jason Pollock    

Toast to Queen and Canada: Rich Cavers

Grace: June Manning


Jim Shannon introduced Paul Monoghan from the Niagara Falls Sunrise Club and Henry Becker from the Downtown Club.


After an arm wrestle with Brian Radford, Bob McBride won the honours. He fined Ian Forbes for being too successful at the Casino, Norris Brown for imitating a flasher and the Police noticing. his entire table who were giving lessons in CSL (Cursing as a Second Language), and John Klassen for advertising his parking lot as an excellent place to have your car stolen - four cars were recently stolen from John's parking lot. He fined his table a second time for being a "stag" table - no ladies.

Bob received Happy Dollars from: Ian Forbes, partly for his gambling success and the fact that his nephew, Patrick, was participating in the OUAA golf championships being held at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club - that's why Ian was an early leaver; from Elizabeth Spaan who was pleased to announce that a Fireside will be held on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 at a location yet to be determined. New members along with their sponsors are strongly encouraged to attend and not-so-new members are also welcome; from Rich Cavers who is glad to be back after a summer hiatus and was happy for the warm reception he received; from Cathy Henry whose daughter is working for the Starlight Foundation; from Matt Taylor who is happy to be back in Canada, alive! And from John Klassen whose son recently announced his engagement - John didn't even know he was dating!


Board of Directors Meeting will be this Friday, October 20, 2006 at 7:30 a.m. The main item on the agenda is preparation for the District Governor's meeting on the 30th. All Board members are strongly encouraged to attend and to be prepared with their reports.

The St. Catharines AM Rotary Club is hosting a Wine Tasting/Live Auction/Silent Auction event on Friday, October 28th from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. See President Matt for tickets.

The 2007 RI Convention is in Salt Lake City Utah. If you are interested, see President Matt.

Laetitia de Witt announced that one of this year's Nobel Prize winners was a Banker from Bangladesh. He was honoured for his Micro Credit initiatives. Laetitia reminded everyone that our club made a recent donation to a Micro Credit project in Ecuador.

June Manning announced that Winter Dreams VI, a gala evening in support of Hospice Niagara's building fund (hosted by our club and the May Court Club of St. Catharines) is sold out. Those that have claimed tickets are strongly encouraged to get their money in. That same evening, a diamond necklace with a value of $4,000 is being raffled off. The cost of each ticket is $10. Members are encouraged to get tickets from June and sell them. All of the proceeds are going towards the building fund.

Rotary International announced that Dong Kurn Lee, a Rotary Fondation trustee and a member of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Seoul, Korea, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2008-2009. 

The Rotary Foundation is holding its Annual Dinner at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant in Buffalo, New York, on Friday, November 3, 2006. If you are interested in attending, see President Matt for details.

Annual President's Christmas Open House - Mark your calendars. Matt and Georgette are inviting all members and their families to attend this annual event. It will be at their house on Sunday, December 3, 2006 from 2 to 6 p.m. See you there.

50/50 DRAW

Brian Radford drew the Ace of Hearts. There is now over $100 in the pot.

GUEST SPEAKER, Jean Holbert-Leighton, Classification Talk  

Ed Telenko introduced Jean Holbert-Leighton - our newest member. Due to a mix up in the scheduling of speakers, Jean was pressed into service at very short notice.

Jean is a retired teacher, who is very well travelled and now sells residential real estate.

Jean grew up, on of four girls, on a dairy farm - that's where she learned the value of hard work. It was while cat sitting, as a child, for friends that she got the travel bug. These friends would always return with small gifts from all these different places.

It was in grade school, a two room school house, where Jean got the teaching bug. Those students who finished their work early were allowed to assist other kids and that is what Jean did. When she was 17, her highschool had a pilot project that allowed students to be substitute teachers for 50 cents a class. It was that experience that led her to be an elementary school teacher.

Her teaching career in St. Catharines started at Victoria School (soon to be Women's Place). The hospitality there was amazing. At her next school, she had a meeting with a single parent of a problem child. That parent ended up being her husband.

This past year has been spent travelling the eastern US states to watch her daughter play hockey. Her daughter has now returned to Canada and attends the University of Western Ontario.

Jean is now enjoying a rewarding career as a real estate agent for Caldwell Banker Momentum in St. Catharines.

Jean was thanked by President Matt Taylor.

Ed Telenko took the opportunity to outline the Guest Speaker program for upcoming weeks:

October 23, 2006 - Director of the DSBN

October 30, 2006 - District Governor Richard Earne      

November 6, 2006 - presentation by the Buffalo AM Club    

November 13, 2006 - to be announced     

November 20, 2006 - Brian Hutchings from the Regional Government

December 4, 2006 - presentation by the Ontario Securities Commission


Deborah Garneau announced that there were 23 members in attendance, three make-ups, and two guests for 68% attendance.


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