Marie Belliveau, Aids Niagara, was our guest speaker.

President Paul opened the meeting at 12:15 p.m.

National Anthem: Rob Welch 
Toast to Queen and Canada: Norris Brown 
Invocation: Jean Holbert-Leighton

Norris Brown introduced:
Marie Belliveau, guest speaker, with Aids Niagara
Don Hetherington from the Downtown Club 
Bob Cross from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Club
Beth Cockcroft - new member inductee 


George Fitzpatrick, serving as Sergeant-at-arms, fined President Paul for being overly nice to him and then accepted happy dollars from: 
Don Hetherington - glad to be back from his trip to Bermuda;
Rob Welch - happy to see the Rotary Insert but not happy his picture was over the "old Boys Club" paragraph!
Beth Cockcroft - happy for no reason;
June Manning - glad to be back and was impressed with the radio media rotary spots running last week;
Cathy Henry - announced that May Court had celebrated 75 years of service to St. Catharines on Saturday and also mentioned that, in 1950, Rotary and May Court had joined forces to build the Children's Center, which is now up on the Brock hill; Cathy also admitted to assisting with the Rotary insert and apologized to Rob for placing his picture above the" Old Boys Club" paragraph;
John Teibert - only 11 more tax days;
Dan Toppari - happy to go the Buffalo game with Chris - Buffalo lost, but Chris and Dan won at the casino;
Paul Massuet - happy to get pledges but has four more spots on his pledge sheet;
Don Beard - glad that bingo was a success;
Ron Kozub - glad that his son Scott is starting a  new job in engineering on May 1st

Jean read a Snapshot of Rotary History on Council Legislation. In 1989, Rotarians voted 328-117 to admit women into Rotary clubs and by 1990 there were over 20,000 women in Rotary. To learn more about the history of women in Rotary, read The Rotary Video Magazine, volume 4 issue 3. 

President Paul asked for direction on printing the Rotary history book. The vote was split between PDF file on the website or a printed book. The cost for the book is approximately $700. For more discussion later.

No meeting next week afternoon due to the  joint Blaisdale/St. Catharines South meeting at Queenston Heights

Cathy spoke of the car rally, once again noting that this is the club's major fundraiser and we need full club involvement to make it a success.

Cathy spoke of Noors, the five-year-old child from Kurdistan that desperately needs facial surgery. She complimented Najeeb on his tremendous efforts to make this story come to success. A letter of request has been sent to our International committee for financial support, but if anyone wanted to privately support this initiative then they could contact Najeeb or Cathy. To date $4,600.00 has been raised. The surgery will be done at the Agha Khan hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. A letter of rquest for help will be sent to The Rotary Club of Karachi.

Sheila requested help for bingo on May 1st.

Bob Cross from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Club asked for support for their fundraiser- Shaw Festival play on May 15th, 2010.

Cathy mentioned that Niagara Hoe Down II is coming up soon on June 5th.

David Cooperman stated that the 36 annual joint meeting of Blaisdale and St. Catharines South clubs will be held on Monday, April 26th at Queenston Heights. The cost is $36.95 per person. Cocktails to begin at 5:30 PM

George Fitzpatrick,April 23rd; and Jason Pollack, April 24th.

50/50 DRAW

Norris Brown drew the two of Hearts.


George Fitzpatrick, Jean Holbert-Leighton, Sheila Bristo, and Don Beard. President Paul thanked George, Jean, Sheila, and Don for informing the guest speaker that they had to leave early.

GUEST SPEAKER, Marie Belliveau

Marie spoke about the history of Aids Niagara, which was founded in 1987. The board is made up of all volunteers. The mandate of Aids nigara is to improve quality of life, educate and support, and reduce the spread of HIV. Patients registered with Aids Niagara range in age from one year to 69 years of age. Unique programs to Niagara are for migrant workers, needle exchange, and First Nation education.

Jim Hooper thanked Marie for her informative presentation on Aids Niagara.


Ron Kozub reported 23 members, four guests, and eight make ups for 85 per cent attendance.


As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul wished everyone a good week in Rotary and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.