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Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South 

October 23, 2006
Volume 10, Meeting 12

Lead the Way 


Reporter: John Teibert

OPENING THE MEETING

Welcome by President Matt Taylor

National Anthem: Andrew Bowles

Toast to Queen and Canada: Cathy Henry

Grace: Jim Hooper

GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS

Julio Batres introduced three visiting Rotarians: Paul Monaghan from the Niagara Falls Sunrise Club, Clarice West-Hobbs from the St. Catharines Lakeshore Club, and Ross McDonald from the St. Catharines Downtown Club; and one guest: Shane Thompson, guest of Andrew Bowles.  

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Pressed into last minute service - Dan Toppari. Because of the last minute nature of his appointment, Dan didn't have any dirt, so he took Happy Dollars.

John Teibert gave two happy dollars - Evelyn graduated from college on Friday. Bob McBride's grandson did very well in the past week's cross-country event representing Sir Winston Churchill and is now advancing to SOSSA. As well, Bob's granddaughter turned 16. Ron Kozub's business - Wine Garden of Pelham - has been nominated for a Small Business of the Year award. Ian Forbes was happy that his dealership sold a Ford GT and apologized for errors on our website. Lynda Baiano paid a happy dollar in recognition of our guest speaker - Warren Hoshizaki. Laetitia de Witt announced that she is attending a Rotary conference concerning Sustainable Development representing both our club and the District. Andrew Bowles introduced his guest, Shane Thompson. Julio Batres is glad to have a new cousin (or niece). June Manning paid a happy dollar for the support our Club has given Hospice Niagara, and Rob Welch paid a happy dollar for the support he has received from the club during his campaign for Mayor.     

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rotary District 7090 Foundation Dinner at Salvatore's Restaurant. Andrew Bowles is attending. If anyone else is interested in going, please contact Andrew or Matt Taylor.

District 7090 wants you! The District is looking for a Canadian representative to sit on the Community Services Committee. If you are interested, see Ron Kozub for details. 

The St. Catharines AM Club is hosting a Wine Tasting/Silent Auction event this Saturday. See President Matt.

Next Bingo - Saturday, November 11, 2006 - Greg is looking for volunteers. Calendar year-to-date, we have raised in excess of $4,000.   

October 30th, the District Governor, Dick Earne, is visiting. Please make a point of attending. He will be meeting with the Board of Directors at 11 a.m. prior to the meeting.

Roseanne Morissette has resigned from the Board of Directors due to work commitments. Ed Telenko has agreed to take her spot on the Board.

The Diamond Gala is scheduled for May 5, 2005 - mark your calendars. There is a strong committee in place, even Assistant for the Chair, but they need a Chair person. If you are interested, please contact June Manning. The first meeting is scheduled for December.

Winter Dreams VI (for Hospice Niagara's building fund). For those attending, get your money in!  Cathy Henry announced that Hospice Niagara has received a $1 million endowment. The annual earnings from the endowment will help offset the annual operating costs. She also announced that a local artist has pledged $14,000 of her art to the new building. On a final note, there is still one course of the Gala dinner to be sponsored. If you, or your company is interested in sponsoring that course, please see Cathy.  

50/50 DRAW

After a false start, Laetitia drew the Jack of Diamonds. There is now approximately $120 in the pot. 

GUEST SPEAKER, Warren Hoshizaki

Lynda Baiano introduced Warren Hoshizaki.

"Warren was appointed as Director of Education for the District School Board of Niagara effective September 2005. Prior to his appointment in the Niagara region, Warren served as Director of Education at Rainy River DSB and as a Superintendent at Bluewater District School Board and Bruce County Board of Education where he held a number of portfolios, including planning and curriculum.

Passionate about helping students become the best they can be, Warren focuses his energy on finding ways to improve student achievement and to assist schools and classroom teachers. His approach - trying to meet the needs of each individual student and tailoring programs to meet those needs - helps create a system focused on student success.

His down-to-earth, open approach, enthusiasm for what he does, and his commitment to the students and staff of the DSBN shines through and allows him to face the challenges of managing a school board of 45,000 students and 3,700 staff."     

Warren stated that his goal/focus is to create success for ALL kids. He started his profession as a math teacher and coached whatever sports they would let him. He taught in Dryden, Ignace, and Sioux Lookout.

The DSBN has 119 schools, including 22 secondary schools; has 5,000 employees, and 45,000 students. 

The Province's goals are to reduce class sizes for JK to Grade three, to include character education and physical education in the curriculum, and to achieve a 75% success rate in the standard testing and an 80% graduation rate.

To help meet these goals, within the DSBN, there are 97 elementary schools, of which 38 have literacy coaches. All elementary schools have 20 minutes of daily physical activity. Ninety-six per cent of the elementary schools (JK to Grade three) have a class size of 23 or less. The goal is to have 90 per cent of those classes with a class size of 20 or less. Character education/anti-bullying is a part of the curriculum.

This past year, $24 million was spent on school renovation projects.

Warren answered a number of tough questions by our group and was thanked by Bob McBride. 

ATTENDANCE REPORT

Jean Holbert Leighton gave the attendance report - 24 members, five make-ups, for 84 per cent attendance.

ADJOURNMENT

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