Rotarian John Klassen is featured as this week's Who's Who.
 

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

National Anthem: Cathy Henry
  
Toast to Queen and Canada: Norris Brown

Invocation: Laetitia de Witt 
  
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians 

Ron Kozub introduced Arie Vrugteveen, prospective member; Christopher Michael, prospective member; Ross MacDonald, Downtown Club; and Julie Stobbe, Guest Speaker.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms

George Fitzpatrick, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, fined Paul Monaghan for not introducing him properly as the Sergeant-at-Arms, Laetitia for speaking to much at the Grace, Brian Radford for being too loquacious throughout the meal, and John Klassen for being too loquacious with Brian Radford, and accepted happy dollars from: 
Jim Hooper - happy to be teaching ed about the Blackberry and going to Disney with his family;
Cathy Henry - had a wonderful week-end in China town and went to see Virtuosity - do not go to see it;
Najeeb Syed - happy to be back from his trip to Spain and Portugal; 
Sheila Bristo - happy to be going to Negril, Jamaica for reading week;
Bob McKay - happy to be "between assignments"; 
Norris Brown -  happy about  Brett Favre yesterday in the NFL;
Arie Vrugteveen - happy not to be considered one of the grey haired delinquents at the table and for being nominated for the Under 40 Business Man of the Year.
 
Who's Who, John Klassen

John Klassen is featured as this week's Who's Who.

Born in Germany, John's family emigrated to Canada in 1948. John's family felt that their life began when they landed in Canada. John feels that it is the best country in the world. The Klassen's moved from Halifax to Winnipeg (too cold) and then to Niagara. Although not fond of school due to language issues, John excelled in sports. He graduated from Parnell Public School to Lakeport to Brock University. John worked at Dofasco, then Exelon, then joined his father-in-law's construction business and felt very comfortable in his new chosen profession. John was introduced to Rotary by Rob Welch and Peter Grant in 1982. John has always felt that to give back to society was very important. His passion is training young people and recognizing that the most important thing  to see in today's world of business is people with people skills. John met his  
at Brock and fell instantly in love. John has been happily married ever since even though she beats him at most sports!
  
President's Comments

President Paul advised:    
Board Meeting - Thursday, Jan 21 at George Darte Funeral Chape 5:30 p.m.
Joint City Clubs Thesaurus Project meeting following the Board meeting to stamp our contribution to the program - the project will be launched in the Standard. 
 
Announcements

Bingo: Sheila requested two volunteers for Bingo - Najeeb and Bob offered. 
 
Shelter Box Program - Cathy spoke of the Shelter Box Program and how the media got involved by speaking to Debi Weibe who met with Meridian who started the local campaign. $5,000. has already been donated. Meridian will divide the funds between Shelter Box and The Red Cross. Cathy then asked Laetitia to come up and expound on the matching federal monies if donated within the next twelve days. Matt and Najeeb stepped forward to donate.
 
Ralph Mellenby - Dan mentioned that there were four more Ralph Mellenby books to sell.
 
Ellicottville Ski Day will be February 12, 2010

Birthdays

None to report. 
 
50/50 Draw

Laetitia drew a Joker - will speak to Debi Garneau. 
  
Early Leavers 

George Fitzpatrick, Jean Holbert-Leighton, Sheila Bristo. 

Guest Speaker, Julie Stobbe

Dan introduced Julie Stobbe who runs "Mind Over Matter," an organizational company. Julie holds a degree in Professional Organizational Skills of Canada. She is married with three children. 
  
Julie explained that the philosophy of Mind Over Matter is to take control of your life through organization of work, finances, and physical environment. To create systems that work for you and to reduce visual clutter that, in turn, reduces stress. Ask two questions of each object that you are considering to throw out:

1)    does it make money?
2)    does it bring you joy?

Anything that takes 30 seconds - do it now. Anything over that time period, schedule it into your day at a free time. Using the myriad of minutes in the day that you are driving, waiting for someone (read your emails to be answered later) walking, etc., can accomplish a plan for your day-to-day activity. If clearing a house, an office, etc., make sure that all relevant parties are incorporated into the purge system - no one should make decisions for the other person - they must decide what is important to them.

Purge, economize, and equalize! 
  
John Teibert thanked Julie for her interesting words of advice and presented her with a token of our appreciation.
 
Attendance Report

Norris Brown reported 25 members, two guests, and one make up. 
  
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.