"I appreciate most that Rotarians are givers, not takers."

Our fellow member, Brian Radford, is featured in this week's Who's Who.

 

President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
 
National Anthem:  Rob Welch
 
Toast to Queen and Canada:  Norris Brown
 
Invocation:  Peter Snodgrass
 
ROTARY MINUTE
 
Laetitia read this week's Rotary Minute on Educational Programs and the Humanitarian Grants Program of Rotary International.
 
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INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS
 
Ron Kozub introduced one guest, Rose Smith, our guest speaker on the ShelterBox program.
 
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 third publication.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS  
 
Sergeant-at-arms this week is John Klassen.
 
Fined:

Paul Massuet for educating John on isotopes who, in turn, fined John for not wearing his name tag
Ron Kozub for going after censorship
Norris Brown for being a housing critic
Brian Radford for his empty-nest syndrome
Jim Hooper for watching five kids with a sore back
 
Happy dollars:
John Klassen
- it hasn't rained in the last hour
Peter Snodgrass - in July he attended four weddings and a funeral. Take that Hugh Grant!
Sheila Bristo - happy that John Teibert, Sheree Taillon, and Roseanne Morissette helped out at Saturday's bingo and that we made some money!    
Matt Taylor - golfed 87 at the sparrows
Rob Welch - nice to be sitting beside Ed Telenko
Ed Telenko - happy that everything he says is the absolute truth!
Roseanne Morissette - happy to be able to mow the lawn between showers
Jason Pollock - two more weeks before the kids go back to school
Laetitia de Witt - back from Vegreville Club in Alberta and brings greetings
Bob McKay - tried to participate in a show & shine with his '62 Corvette and it rained so much, he was late for it, but happy anyway
Paul Monaghan - went to his sister's cottage on the weekend
John Teibert - played golf in Welland on Friday and it only rained a drop
 
WHO'S WHO               
 
Brian Radford is featured as this week's Who's Who.
 
Sixty-two years ago, Brian arrived in St. Catharines.  He was raised on Maple Street and spent his summers on Irvine farm on Irvine Road - a mix farm with crops, cows, chickens, and pigs. Brian had an interesting and great childhood.
 
Brian was educated in St. Catharines. He attended Alexander School, entering kindergarten with his good friend, Ron Kozub!  He attended St. Mary's University in Halifax, which was run by the Jesuits. He later transferred to McMaster University in Hamilton. The summer he graduated, Brian married Danuta, whom he had been dating since she was 16 and he, 17. Brian attended law school in Windsor and fondly remembers all the good times - the many concerts and wonderful social get-togethers.
 
Brian returned to St. Catharines, articling with Miller, Wilson, Fullerton, Partington & Abbey. His wife, Danuta, worked also at Lancaster Mix & Welch. In 1987, Brian went out on his own, later sharing a practice with Gary O'Neil until Gary retired in 1997.

Brian's practice has been a general practice. He enjoys development work and does a fair amount of estate and corporate work.  He is fortunate to have made so many good friends and supporters along the way.
 
Brian and Danuta have four children - Andrew, 32, a world-class skier and entrepreneur; Steven, 31, an osteopath; Patrick, 18, an adopted child from Poland who will be attending helicopter school; and Michael, who is obtaining his Masters degree in education and will be returning from Australia very soon.  For a short while, Brian and Danuta were empty-nesters, but soon their home will be filled with kids and dogs again.
 
Brian has enjoyed his involvement with Rotary. He joined the club in 1980 after being introduced by John McEwen.  He has made some really good friends over the years and states, "I appreciate most that Rotarians are givers, not takers."
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
No Regular Meeting, August 31, 2009:
There is no Noon meeting on Monday August 31.
 
Special Tour and Dinner August 31, 2009:
Our Club is invited to tour Niagara Best Brewery at 6863 Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, starting at 6 p.m. followed by dinner afterward at Johnny Rocco's, which is located next to the brewery. 
  
No Regular Meeting, September 7, 2009 Labour Day
   
Regular Scheduled Meeting, September 14, 2009
 
Next Board Meeting, September 17, 2009
 
Bingo, September 4th:
Three more volunteers are needed. Please contact Sheila Bristo
 
GSE Team, October 13th to 16th, 2009:
A host family is needed for one team member from October 13th to 16th.
 
Letter from Hospice Niagara regarding 5-Car Draw:
Hospice Niagara greatly appreciated the support from our club through ticket sales and allowing a presentation at the weekly meeting.  Hospice Niagara provides compassionate palliative care to individuals who face a life-limiting illness, either in their own home or at The Stabler Centre. Hospice Niagara's philosophy is about caring with comfort and dignity, while providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support until the end of life.   
  
BIRTHDAYS
 
Happy birthday and best wishes were extended to Laetitia de Witt (August 24); Debi Garneau (August 18); and Dan Toppari (August 27).
 
50/50 DRAW
 
Ron Kozub had the winning ticket, but asked Bob McKay to draw. Bob drew the Joker and will split the pot with Ron.
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT
    
Norris reported one guest, 15 members, and six make-ups for 70 per cent attendance.
 
EARLY LEAVERS
 
Jason Pollock expressed his regret to President Paul and our Guest Speaker and took early leave.
 
GUEST SPEAKER, Rose Smith, for ShelterBox   
 
President Paul introduced Rose Smith, Ambassador for ShelterBox program.       
 
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ADJOURNMENT
 
As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.