Long-standing club member Norris Brown, who loved working on Youth Exchange, is featured as 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: John Teibert
  
Invocation: Jim Howes 
 
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians

Norris Brown introduced Val Fitzpatrick, wife of George Fitzpatrick; Tracy Barry-Depaz from Niagara Credit Union, prospective member; and Cindy Mewhinney, United Way of St. Catharines & District, our guest speaker. 

Rotary Minute

Jim Hooper read from "Happy 100th A Century of Rotary in Canada." Please refer to the January issue of Rotary Canada.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms

George Fitzpatrick, serving as Sergeant-at-arms, noted that he was glad to see Matt Taylor and accepted happy dollars from:
Cathy Henry - glad to see George back; 
June Manning - wished everyone a Happy New Year;
Paul Massuet - glad to have time with his son and family;
Greg McDonald - happy to be at the ladies table;
Norris Brown - happy to see Val;
John Klassen - happy to be living in the best country in the world;
Ron Kozub - finally having surgery on his shoulder on February 23, 2010;
Jim Hooper - happy to be able to play with his son Jackson in the snow banks;
Laetitia de Witt - happy to see George
Rob Welch - happy to see Cindy, our guest speaker. 
 
Who's Who, Norris Brown

Born in Kingston in 1947.
Sister, Debbie, 18 months younger, a retired school teacher.
Father was a pharmacist in Hamilton.
Enjoyed growing up in Hamilton - Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Graduated from the Collegiate in 1966 - entered the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Toronto - graduated 1970.
Started apprenticeship with Howard Etherington and Don Shaw of Potter and Shaw. Worked until 1973 when became a pharmacy manager with Crown Pharmacy at Lake and Carlton.
1979 - became manager of Crown Pharmacy at Pen Centre.
1989 - became Associate Pharmacist/owner Lake and Carlton.
Married Patti in 1975 - two children - all still living in Welland, plus two grandchildren.
Joined Rotary in 1981, sponsored by Howard Etherington.
Director of Community Service, President 1986.
Favourite committee- Youth Exchange.
Tremendous support from wife Patti.
Passions: Family, Profession and Rotary. 
  
President's Comments

President Paul read a thank you letter from Melody Cunningham for the support of Take It To Heart. President Paul also described the joint city Rotary Clubs initiative of giving a thesaurus to each child in grades 2-6, 24 schools, 1,400 books 
  
Announcements 
Buffalo Rotary  Club 25th Annual Wines of the World- February 26th- Kleinhans Music Hall- Buffalo
Dan said he had a few copies left of Ralph Mellanby;'s book to be sold
Cathy spoke of the car rally coming up on May 2- the club;s major fund raiser-
Greg thanked Dan and Matt for their help at Bingo
Shelia needs help for Bingo on Friday - Paul and June offered. Two more volunteers needed. 

Arie Vrugteveen and Elisabeth Zimmerman are proposed as new club members. This is the third publication. If anyone knows of any reasons why Arie or Elisabeth should not be recommended as members, please speak with John Teibert, Director of Membership.
  
Birthdays

Peter Snodgrass 
 
50/50 Draw

Debi - Ace of Spades. 
  
Early Leavers

George Fitzpatrick, Elisabeth Zimmerman, and Kris Akilie. 
  
Guest Speaker, Cindy Mewhinney, United Way of St. Catharines & District

Dan introduced Cindy Mewhinney, a certified fundraising professional with the United Way of St. Catharines & District and a Director of Resource Development. Cindy has worked with United Way for eight years and thoroughly enjoys community outreach programs, especially poverty prevention strategies. For example, the After School Program. Cindy is a member of The Rotary Club of St. Catharines and is a former Youth Exchange Student.
 
 
Cindy spoke of the Afternoon Programs offering homework help, computer literature, healthy snacks, skill developments, music, science, community involvement, and development. The purpose of these programs is to offer to children, who otherwise would not be able to afford them through cost, transportation, etc., to participate in improving life skills. There are currently three centres in St. Catharines, Beamsville, and Thorold. United Way is seeking program partnerships, workplace campaigns, and individual helpers. 
  
Greg McDonald thanked Cindy for her information talk and presented her with a token of our appreciation.

Attendance Report

Ron Kozub reported 29 members and five make ups for 100 per cent attendance.

Adjournment

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.