"This year's theme as you know was "The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands". Well due to all your hard work and belief in the Ideals of Rotary, our club is thriving and more importantly growing. The Future of OUR Rotary Club looks great!"   - Paul Monaghan
 

President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
 
National Anthem:  Roseanne Morissette
Toast to Queen & Canada: Cathy Henry
Invocation:  Rob Welch
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
Norris introduced one guest: the lovely Janet Monaghan, wife of President Paul.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Dr. George Fitzpatrick, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted happy dollars from:
 
Cathy Henry - happy and sad: in soccer pool and team got spanked! Cathy also congratulated Ed Telenko for his donation of paintings to the Niagara Health System Foundation;
Laetitia de Witt - happy because her daughter, who was in an accident, is okay;
Greg McDonald - happy because his new company received its first order today;
Najeeb Syed - happy because Rotary has its own stamp now - start using it;
President Paul - happy for a wonderful year. It was an amazing club to serve;
John Teibert - had a wonderful time at the Montreal convention with Dan and his wife. The convention was a great experience and they enjoyed great hospitality. There is now a Rotary club in Palestine;
Beth Cockcroft - enjoyed fireworks on July 1st - it was also her birthday;
Sheila Bristo - she and her husband enjoyed their visit with the Monaghan's. Sheila's son will be representing Canadian rowing in Hungary;
Paul Massuet - who told George to give him a joke in French next time!
 
WHO'S WHO, Don Beard
 
Don was born in Toronto (St. Mary's Hospital). His father ran a butcher shop in the Beach's area, which was established by his grandfather in 1905. A butcher shop is still operating there today.
 
Don's grandfather emigrated from England. His mother's family came from Poland in 1915. His mother was born in Winnipeg and she later moved to Toronto.
 
At age seven, Don and his family moved to Florida. They experienced a hurricane and returned to Canada six months later.  They settled in Odessa, a town that is 15 minutes west of Kingston. Don attended five different schools in one year! In Odessa, he attended a four-room public school. His high school consisted of three different schools. Don attended Ryerson and graduated with a diploma in Hotel Restaurant Management.
 
While at Ryerson, Don worked at the Granite Club. He served Foster Hewitt a bottle of red wine before he went to broadcast a hockey game!  After Ryerson, Don worked briefly at the Pine Valley Golf Club in Toronto and left when he found out that with the hours he worked, he couldn't play golf! He ended up at the Holiday Inn on Highway 27 (now a Ramada).  A friend was working in a hotel in Bermuda, so Don contacted him.  There was a job opening at the Belmont Hotel, and Don worked there for a year.  He then went to Nassau to work in a hotel along the Montague beach.  Don arrived the night the first black prime minister was elected. He planned to stay for five months and return to Canada for expo '67 in Montreal, where he worked at a temporary motel - 367 cabins.  After expo, Don returned to the Holiday Inn in Kingston.  He moved around within this hotel chain to Kenora, Chatham, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Oakville, St. Catharines, Oshawa, and back to St. Catharines. Don also taught at Niagara College for their hotel and restaurant management program. Lastly, Don worked at the Pillar and Post for three years and then decided to leave the business. It was not fun anymore. He joined the Investors Group, where he works today.
 
Don met his wife Audrey, who was born in Montreal, at a motel in the Thousand Islands. She dated his roommate that summer. While Don was in Bermuda, Audrey wrote him a letter. Her family visited Bermuda and Don and Audrey had their first date.  After that summer, Audrey returned to school and Don went to Nassau. He called Audrey and proposed, but, sadly, she turned him down!  When Don returned to Canada (expo in Montreal), Don and Audrey started dating again. Don proposed again, and this time Audrey accepted. They were married that spring.
 
Don and Audrey have two boys - Chris and Andrew - and two grandchildren.
 
Don has always believed that you should give something back to the community in which you live, and throughout his travels has served in the Lions Club, Jaycees, Kinsmen, Kiwanis, and now Rotary.
 
Don joined Rotary in Oshawa in the early 80s. When he moved back to St. Catharines, he joined the Downtown Club that met at the Holiday Inn. Alan Carr brought Don to the South Club. Ron Kozub was the President when Don joined.
 
Don has also served on the Niagara College Board of Governors, Press Theatre, the Hotel Advisory Counsel of Niagara College, and on the St. Catharines Minor Baseball Board. He coached baseball when his kids were little.
 
Don enjoys physical fitness and works out three times a week. He plays tennis three times a week and also plays golf, and is taking up bike riding.
 
PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
The Community Service Committee agrees to support the following:
-          The Vimy Foundation for $500
-          Gillian's Place for $500

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Club Business Cards - President Paul needs to know who would like some and at what quantity - 50, 75, or 100. For non-board members, there is a cost of $17 up to $20 for the cards.
 
Ribfest - last week in July. Jason will need volunteers July 30-31st to sell tickets on the 50/50 Draw
 
Hospice Niagara 5-Car Draw, August 2nd - Sheila asked for support in selling tickets.

Bingo in June - Greg thanked Beth and June for their help.
 
Bingo, July 9th - Sheila is in need of at least three volunteers.  Roseanne and Elizabeth offered to help. One or two more volunteers would be appreciated.
 
Take it to Heart Gala, November 13th - Cathy advised that 12 tables are sold. Sponsors and co-sponsors are needed for the meal. There are seven courses in total.  Jim Howes has secured 300 bottles of wine. The band is Special Edition.
 
Correction to last week's e-bulletin: Don Beard coordinated the club history book (special thanks to Don). President Paul also asked that if anyone notices anything that is missing or incorrect that changes can easily be made to the electronic version.
 
Artpark and Buffalo Bison Game - Dan would like to coordinate some social activities this summer for the club. Artpark has a free concert every Tuesday. There is a Buffalo Bison game on July 15th at 6 p.m. If you are interested in Artpark or the Buffalo Bison game, please let Dan know.
 
Dragonboat Race, July 24th - Arie has the pledge forms.
 
End Polio Now - John Teibert updated the club on the End Polio Now campaign. There are still some trouble spots, but we will witness the world being rid of Polio - we are that close.
 
BIRTHDAYS
Happy Birthday was sung for Jim Hooper (June 30th) and Bev Cockcroft (July 1st).
 
50/50 DRAW
Arie did not draw the winning card.
 
EARLY LEAVERS
Christopher, Najeeb, and George expressed their regrets to President Paul and took early leave.
 
GUEST SPEAKER, President Paul, Departing Speech 

Last year, on July 6th I started with several thank you's. Today, one year later is no different.

2009-2010 RI President John Kenny, asked that we as Rotarians continue on our journey to eradicate the world of Polio and to focus our service projects on Water, Education, Health and Hunger.

This year's theme as you know was "The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands". Well due to all your hard work and belief in the Ideals of Rotary, our club is thriving and more importantly growing. The Future of OUR Rotary Club looks great!

All Rotary members contribute to our club's accomplishments and for that I would like to say thank you to each Rotarian for a great year.  I would especially like to thank this year's Board of Directors for their, guidance, enthusiasm, commitment and friendship. Will the following please stand:  John Teibert, Greg McDonald, Sheila Bristo, Roseanne Morissette, Debi Garneau, Laetitia de Witt, Cathy Henry, John D'Ambrosio, Jason Pollock, Jean Holbert-Leighton. Rotarians, Ladies and Gentlemen the 2009-2010 Board of Directors.
 
I would like to thank my wife, Janet, for supporting me through the many meetings and preparation  time spent on Rotary matters. Thank you, Janet.

Next, thank you to my employer George Darte for supporting me and allowing my time and use of his facilities during this Rotary year.

Throughout the year, I get asked many of the same questions about Rotary and our club. So for the record here are my responses to the TOP TEN questions asked:

#10 - No
#9 - Actually there are four.
#8 - Thursday, officially at 12:15 p.m. .
#7 - 41
#6 - 11, about 28%
#5 - No, as confirmed last week by George Darte
#4 - No, but he might as well be.
#3 - Friendly, outgoing, committed, successful, and most of all fun
#2 - It is an opportunity for all of us to find out more about our fellow Rotarians.
#1 - Why are you a Rotarian?

John, those are most of the answers you will need. I suppose, however, it might help if I shared with you the questions!

Questions:

#10 - Do you belong to the Downtown or Main Club?
No, I belong to the South Club!

#9 - Is there more than one club in St. Catharines?
Actually there are four.

#8 - When do you meet?
Monday, officially at 12:15 p.m., although most members have pretty well eaten by then.

#7 - How many members in your club?
41

#6 - Are there any women in your club?
11, about 28%

#5 - Is your club the one that sings? 
No, as confirmed last week by George Darte. That is the Downtown Club.

#4 - Is Henry Becker is your club?
No, but he might as well be.

#3 - What is your club like?
Friendly, outgoing, committed, successful, and most of all fun.
I tell prospective members, come and take us for a test drive. Lunch is on us!

#2 - What's a Who's Who?
It is an opportunity for all of us to find out more about our fellow Rotarians, their upbringing, their family, education, employment history, what Rotary means to them, and their passions. This year I am very proud of the fact we have had 24 Who's Who plus 4 Classification talks.

#1 Question - Why are you a Rotarian?
Friendships, helping both our community and with world advancements, - like Polio Plus, Shelter Boxes in Haiti, changing the life of someone we will in all likelihood never meet - someone like little Noora, and by creating an opportunity to practice "Service Above Self".

It has been a true pleasure and an honour to serve as your President. Your faith and support is appreciated.

Finally, I would like to ask you to support President Elect, John Teibert. John like me has the advantage of serving as President once before and brings with him a kind of QUIET strength that can only benefit our club. John, thank you for agreeing to become our 2010-11 Club President. I look forward to serving with you and ask all Rotarians to welcome John as our President, as you did me.

Thanks!
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT
 
Norris reported 24 members, 11 make-ups and one guest 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 his last meeting at 1:30 p.m.