Jim Hooper, our Commitee Chair for Group Study Exchange and a Foundation Committee member, is featured in this week's Who's Who.     


President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.

National Anthem: George Fitzpatrick
Toast to the Queen and Canada: Sheree Taillon
Invocation:  Sheila Bristo

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Ron Kozub introduced four guests: Sheree Taillon, prospective member; and Norm Hauer, Phil Massuet, and Ted van der Zalm representing Wells of Hope.   
Special Note: The Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Sheree Taillon for membership in the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South. Her classification is Flooring - Retail. If anyone has any objections, please contact John Teibert. This is the second publication.
Brian Radford served as our Sergeant-at-arms.

George Fitzpatrick because he never misses fining Brian!  
Happy dollars from:

Paul Massuet - this is the first time he has had lunch with his son!

Roseanne - Greg and Roseanne attended the PerformanceCars Golf Classic on Sunday.  This employee golf tournament raised $635 for Take it to Heart. Roseanne presented the club with a cheque.

Greg McDonald - happy to have golfed yesterday - it was a great tournament.

June Manning - happy to be at the meeting.  Her new career will take her away from Rotary for a few more weeks. We will see June again in October.

Sheila Bristo - happy to have enjoyed a nice weekend in Deerhurst with her family. Her son played paint ball with Lindy Ruff, coach of the Buffalo Sabres and assistant coach for the 2010 Olympic Men's Hockey!

Jim Hooper, Committee Chair for the Club's Group Study Exchange and a member of the Foundation committee, is featured as this week's Who's Who.
Jim was born and raised in Sault St. Marie. He was an exchange student in Roeun, France for a year.
Jim attended Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
He started his career with the TD Bank in Windsor and was moved around a lot. Six years ago, he decided to steer his own ship and opened a State Farm office in St. Catharines.
Jim is married to Lynn, his wife of seven years, and they have a son Jackson who will be three years old in September and starting pre-school.
Other than his family, Jim is passionate about sports. He wrestled and competed provincially during high school. He also played baseball, semi-pro, while in France and has enjoyed many other types of sports activities.  

To answer the question, "Why did I join Rotary?" Jim advised that he grew up with 11 exchange students over the years and really wanted to experience everything they had gone through on his own. States Jim, "That experience changed my life and so I wanted to help the organization that made me who I am today."
Follow-Up on Board Meeting with District Governor Pravin Suchak:
President Paul thanked the Board of Directors for a great meeting with District Governor Pravin Suchak last week.
Thank You Card from Matt and Georgette Taylor:
Paul Massuet read a thank you card from Matt and Georgette Taylor who acknowledged the beautiful flowers the club sent and were grateful for all the kind words, prayers, and thoughts.
District Conference Project:
President Paul asked for a volunteer to spearhead the "Decorated Stool" challenge. Please email or call Paul if you are interested.  
August 31st regular meeting:
Our August 31st meeting will not be at the club. The location will be confirmed ASAP.   
There is a Bingo session on August 22nd. One more volunteer is needed. Please contact Sheila.  The next bingo session is September 4th.
EREY Challenge:
As a follow-up to last week's announcement about the EREY Challenge, Roseanne advised that the club has made the $100 per member donation already, but if every member of the club contributed something - even $25 or $50 - The Rotary Club of St. Catharines South would be recognized as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club.  
Paul Harris Fellow Awards:
Roseanne announced that the Foundation Committee plans to recognize Paul Harris Fellow recipients - a minimum of two individuals within the community and two members within the club. Nominations are being sought from the members by September 10th, 2009. Candidates must be community-minded and community-involved and exemplify the Rotary motto, "Service above Self".  A form will be sent to the members to make their nominations or members can email Roseanne with suggestions.

Debi Garneau, Cathy Henry, and Brian Radford celebrate birthdays this week. Members sang Happy Birthday and extended well wishes for a great year ahead.

50/50 DRAW
Matt had the winning ticket, but did not draw the winning card.
John Teibert reported 18 members and seven make-ups for 80 per cent attendance.
George Fitzpatrick extended his regrets to President Paul and our guest speakers and took early leave.    
GUEST SPEAKER, Ted van der Zalm, Wells of Hope  
Dan introduced the representatives of Wells of Hope:  Mr. Norm Hauer, Phil Massuet, and Ted van der Zalm.
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As there was no other business for the good of Rotary, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.