President-Elect John Teibert was featured in this week's Who's Who program, implemented by President Paul Monaghan.   

 

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

Oh Canada: Paul Monaghan 
 
Toast to the Queen and Canada: Cathy Henry 
 
Invocation: John D'Ambrosio
 
ROTARY MINUTE

Paul Massuet read the history of the Rotary emblem. See related story.
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Ron Kozub introduced Sheree Taillon from Carpet Emporium, a prospective new member; and Steven Byer and Lynette Tobin, representing Aids Niagara.
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT

Norris Brown reported 26 members and three make ups for 95% attendance. 

50/50 DRAW

Cathy Henry had the winning ticket, but drew the Jack of Spades.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Dan Toppari told us we should be happy because:
a) the stock market is up; and 
b) the weather is good. 

Other happy dollars accepted from: 

Norris Brown - glad he's not Sergeant-at-Arms;
Cathy Henry - went to see Paul Potts in Toronto, who has a tremendous voice;
Kris Akilie - glad to be back and her son was accepted to Law School; 
Ed Telenko - paid five happy dollars because his beloved CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats are in 2nd place and have won two games in a row;
Tom Schulz - had a great 10 days of sailing;
Bob McKay - enjoyed watching The Doc at the Blue Jays game on Sunday;
Laetitia de Witt - glad to introduce the guest speaker, the reason established later;
Jean Holbert-Leighton - not happy about her car being hit in a parking lot, but happy that John D'Ambrosio's company fixed it; 
Paul Monaghan - glad he went on the garden tour and found his neighbour was one of the featured residences.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jason advised that there are still slots to fill for Ribfest. For the 50/50 Draw, volunteers are needed on the Friday and Sunday night. For the Glow Sticks, a volunteer is needed for Saturday evening. 

Pictures from the May Gala have still not been picked up or delivered. Would members please check the photos left over and try to deliver them.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE PINS  

Paul Monaghan and Greg McDonald presented perfect attendance pins to:

Jean Holbert-Leighton for three years perfect attendance; and 
John Teibert for seven years perfect attendance.

WHO'S WHO, featuring John Teibert 

John Teibert spoke about his family history from Romania. His grandfather was a career soldier in the Romanian army during World War II who had to flee when the Russians invaded Romania. He settled in a camp in Austria and then came to Canada.

John was born and raised in Niagara Falls. He graduated from Stanford High School and the University of Waterloo. He worked in Toronto (a co-op position) for McPherson Scott & Company. He then joined Crawford Smith and Swallow where he has worked for 25 years and is now a partner. 

John is married to Evelyn and they have two boys: Scott and Erik.                

Wayne Hobbs introduced John to Rotary.

John's passion is his family.
 
EARLY LEAVERS

Jason Pollock and Tom Schulz.
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUEST SPEAKERS

Aids Niagara is a community-based organization made up of dedicated and caring staff and volunteers, committed to providing support, education, and advocacy, in a safe and confidential environment, to all individuals who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.

Laetitia de Witt introduced our guests speakers, Steven Byers and Lynette Tobin from Aids Niagara. It became apparent why Laetitia was happy to introduce our guests as Lynette is from South Africa, and Laetitia welcomed her in the Afrikaner language.   

Steven Byers and Lynette Tobin spoke about the history of Aids Niagara; funding from federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government; presented some frightening statistics; and discussed the StreetWorks Needle Exchange Program, Housing Help Program, and the Newcomer Support Services with the migrant workers, Spanish and African immigrants. 
 
Ed Telenko thanked Steven and Lynette on behalf of the Club.

As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul adjourned the meeting at 1:20 p.m.