Rotary Club of St. Catharines South

AGENDA – March 12, 2012

President Sheila Bristo

12:15 p.m. Call to Order:    March is Literacy Month in the Rotary Calendar

1. National Anthem: Paul Monaghan

2. Toast to the Queen & Canada: Jim Hooper

3. Invocation: Jim Howes

4. Lunch (reconvene at 12:30)

5. Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians: - Ron Kozub introduced Ross McDonald and Henry Becker from the Downtown club, Melody Cunningham from the Maycourt Club, Tana Silverland, Wendy Mecalfe from the St. Catharines Standard, Dennis Wilson and Nick from Gary Waters and two guest from the Cambridge Rotary Club

6. Sergeant-at-Arms: Jean Stewart fined everyone that was not wearing green (St. Patrick’s Day is coming up){Trivia question – who is the patron saint of Canada, and when is his day celebrated? Others gave happy dollars in honour of their Irish heritage, including reasons why their families were kicked out of Ireland

7. Announcements:

Cheque Presentation, Gary Waters(Nick and Dennis) Cathy Henry, Roseanne Morissette, Melody Cunningham. Gary Waters (Clothing Store) presented a cheque towards our Take it to Heart commitment in the amount of $2,000.


i. Bingo — Next bingo is March 16, Tom Schilz is leading this bingo, we’re looking for one more volunteer.

ii. Paul Harris Evening – On behalf of the club, President Sheila thanked Rob Welch, Roseanne Morissette, Paul Massuet and Jim Hooper –our PH committee.  We were part of a wonderful evening on March 6 where the 4 clubs jointly recognized members in our community who demonstrate the values of PH and Rotary. This committee oversaw this event plus our club’s PH lunch that was held in November. Thank you to each of you for leadership in both of these events.

iii. Wednesday March 28th – Everyone received an e-mail about the Iron Chef Night being held March 28 at Johnny Rocko’s.  This is a fun evening, based on the Iron Chef competitions as seen on the various food networks. Proceeds from the evening are going to Hospice Niagara. As per the feedback from the membership survey, this is a fun evening where we can get together with each other casually and have some fun while supporting a cause that we have supported in the past.  Spouses and partners are definitely welcome.  The cost is $65/person and begins at 6pm.  Let Dan Toppari know if you would like to join in on this and we will reserve a Rotary South table.

iv Tuesday April 3rd, The annual joint club meeting is being held April 3 beginning at 11:30 with fellowship, lunch at noon sharp at the Hilton Garden Inn at Glendale and the QEW. The theme is the Bicentennial for the War of 1812 and is being hosted by NOTL.  Ron Dale of Parks Canada will be speaking. Preregistration is required. We will collect money at the door for the next 2 meetings. The cost is $25 each. Guests/ spouses are encouraged to join.   Details have been provided through club runner and e-mail.  We need to provide NOTL with our number by March 29 and preregistration is required to avoid issues for the host club.

v. Joint meeting with Blasdell – After  discussion with the President of Blasdell, it was determined that it would be a struggle for Blasdell to have a solid representation at our interclub meeting.  The decision was made to cancel the meeting this year. It was originally set for April 23. If you did respond to David Cooperman indicating your attendance, please be aware that unfortunately after a 35 year tradition, the meeting will not be occurring.

vi. Sunday May 6 – Car Rally — You are all aware of my challenge.  So far, I have $100, pledged. Bring it on. Cathy Henry wants to remind everyone that they should start accumulating prizes for the rally prize table – anything from car washes, wine, anything to do with automobiles, dinners, spas, hair cuts etc. – Thanks a lot.

vii The Board has accepted the recommendation of the international committee to donate $1,500 to Roy Sheldrick’s well project. Most of you are aware of Roy’s project where he leads the digging of wells in developing countries and communities, most recently Haiti. Our club has donated to his project in the past.  In order to present Roy with the cheque next week when he is speaking at our club, this donation requires approval from the membership.  I will accept a motion for the donation of $1,500 to Roy’s Well Project, Motion – Paul Monaghan, Seconded – Peter Snodgras ….all in favour - carried

viii. Trees that Feed – Our Club has contributed $1,500 to this program. While down in Jamaica, Cathy Henry visited with the Ocho Rios East club, a newly formed club in Jamaica, that is spear heading the Trees that Feed program in Jamaica. Cathy presented President Sheila with a banner from the new club

8. Birthdays - No birthdays listed in club runner but we do have two people born into Rotary in March, John Teibert, 21 years and Keith Shaver 19 years

9. 50/50 Draw: $2/ ticket – Our guest from the Cambridge Club had the lucky ticket, but alas drew the Jack of Spades.

10. Early Leavers - there was only one

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker:
Dan Toppari introduced our guest speaker, Tana

Silverland, SOS Children

Tana Silverland was born and raised in the UK, but ever since becoming a permanent resident of Canada in June 2010, she has been on the road, pedaling a recumbent trike from town to town across the length and breadth of the country, raising awareness and funds for the charity SOS Children’s Villages. Tana deliberately set out with sponsorship and a support team, to highlight the precariousness of life for the millions of orphans around the world who similarly do not know where they will sleep or where their next meal will come from; like them, Tana is entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers for her survival during this journey, and this has brought her into contact with a huge number of wonderful people, many of them Rotarians. Her passion for SOS Children’s Villages is chronicled in her blog ay

Tana led us through a slide presentation that tells the Story of SOS Children’s Villages. The organization was founded after WWII in Austria. What makes the organization different is that it is based on a family concept – parents, brothers and sisters, a home and a village. It is not an orphanage, it’s a village. The organization is in more than 130 countries around the world. Their values are based on Trust, Commitment, Accountability and Courage.

From an article that appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on March 13, 2012

ST. CATHARINES - What started as a volunteer opportunity, has turned into a cross-country cycling crusade for Tana Silverland.

The U.K. native has pedaled nearly 12,000 kilometers across Canada to raise awareness about SOS Children’s Villages.

“This is not a charity providing the nice-to-haves, they are providing the absolute basics,” she said.

Silverland wheeled into St. Catharines on her recumbent trike Monday, where she spoke to local Rotarians.

She said she found out about the work the charity does while volunteering in Cambridge, England.

“The more I found out, the more blown away I was about what they do, how they do it and how dedicated they are,” she said.

She said the organization focuses on providing family-based care for orphans around the world.

As part of her cycling campaign, Silverland relies on the help of people she meets along her path.

“I am trying to highlight the sort of life orphans around the world have to lead by basically relying on the kindness of strangers for my survival,” she said.

She stays with host families and is often fed by the people listening to her presentations, which quite often include Rotary and Lions clubs and other service organizations.

She will speak to another group of Rotary members in Niagara-on-the-Lake Tuesday.

Strangers have made sure that at the end of each day she has a hot meal, hot bath and a roof over her head.

“So many kids around the world can’t say that,” Silverland said, adding whenever times get tough, she thinks of the orphans.

“Since I’ve started this journey, basically I’ve been running on passion,” she said.

Silverland started the campaign in June 2010, and she expects to complete it in November. By then, she will have visited every province except for Nunavut.

“Canada is full of extremely kind people,” she said.

While Silverland is asking people to donate to SOS Children’s Villages, the ride is focused on raising the profile of the charity. For more information, visit or check out her blog at


12. Thanking the Speaker: Cathy Henry thanked Tana for her presentation     

13. Attendance Report: Ron reported – 15 members, 7 make ups for 70%

14. Next meeting – March 19 -  Roy Sheldrick will be sharing his experiences with us from his numerous well projects and of course we will have a cheque presentation.


Quote of the day - Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill