The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands 


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

National Anthem: Rob Welch

Toast to the Queen and Canada: Norris Brown  

Invocation: Jim Howes  

President Paul introduced Rotary Fun Facts, a new agenda item. Brian Radford spoke about the history of Rotary and Polio Eradication.   

Sergeant-at-arms: Laetitia de Witt  

Laeticia - happy that Rob began the National Anthem in such an impressive manner; 

Cathy - happy that her son bought a hybrid car and will be saving tremendously on gas and happy that her daughter had a documentary made by Shaw Media about her new career in jewellery making;

Don - happy that he got three pars and a birdie at golf;

Paul - happy that he survived tipping over in a go cart.   

Introduction of guests:   Chris Bangham and Alicia Arcangeletti from Hospice Niagara, and Heather Lofflemann, polio survivor.   

Who's Who? This is a new agenda item. President Paul would like each member over the course of the year to speak for five minutes on where you were born and raised, your family, where you were educated, your significant other, your profession, what brought you to Rotary, what Rotary means to you, and what you are passionate about. 

Sheila Bristo was the first speaker. She spoke about her background history of growing up, her family, her job description, and what she enjoys about Rotary.   


Hospice Niagara's 5-Car Draw - Chris Bangham requested support for the Hospice 5 car raffle. Tickets are $25.00 each. The draw will be held August 3, 2009 at Rib Fest.

Board Meeting  - to be held at George Darte Funeral Home on Thursday, July 16th at 5:30 p.m.

Rotary business cards - Paul requested that members contact him about the business cards. Only two members had contacted him so far so he is reversing the acknowledgments. He will be making business cards for everyone unless the member contacts him personally. He wants to know what telephone numbers/email etc to put on the cards.

Bingo - Greg reported that bingo went well. Don is looking for two volunteers for July 25th.

Rib Fest Volunteers - Jason mentioned that we will be holding two 50/50 draws at Rib Fest and glow sticks will be sold on Friday and Sunday. Jason circulated a sign up sheet for volunteers. 

Perfect Attendance Pins:

Greg's first duty as Past President was to present perfect attendance pins to the following members:  

1 Year - Paul Monaghan

2 Years - Sheila Bristo 

3 Years - Debi Garneau, Cathy Henry

5 Years - Bob McKay, Laetitia de Witt, Greg McDonald, Dan Toppari, Ron Kozub

8 Years - Jim Howes

Attendance Report: 

21 members, three make ups, three guests for 80+% attendance.    


Happy Birthday and best wishes to John D'Ambrosio

50/50 Draw:

Brian Radford had the winning ticket, but was unlucky in drawing the three of Hearts  

Early Leavers:

Rob Welch, John D'Ambrosio, and John Klassen  

Introduction of Guest Speaker, Heather Lofflemann, Polio Survivor:

Heather Lofflemann gave a very informative speech about the history of the polio epidemic in Barrie in the 1950s, her own personal history of the disease, and the incidence world-wide. Although we are getting closer to eradicating this disease, there have been new outbreaks and 25 countries have now listed cases.  

Paul Massuet thanked Heather on behalf of the Club.  

As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.