Water, the source of life, carries death and disease in much of the developing world. One in six people in the world have no access to safe drinking water. With help from Rotary sponsored water and sanitation projects, like the Haiti Water for Life Program, Rotarians have helped thousands of communities globally.

Providing Clean Water is one of Rotary International's Six Areas of Focus.

Did You Know?
 
One of the first large-scale global grant projects under the Rotary Foundation's Future Vision pilot is providing clean water to thousands in Sierra Leone.


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

National Anthem:
Rob Welch
Toast to the Queen & Canada:
Michael Kevorkian
Invocation:
Rose Anne Morissette

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS


Ron Kozub introduced Rotarian Roy Sheldrick, our guest speaker, and his wife, Norma Sheldrick.


SERGEANT-AT-ARMS


Matt Taylor, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted happy dollars from Dan Toppari, Matt Taylor, Ed Telenko, Paul Monaghan, Rob Welch, Ron Kozub, Michael Kevorkian, Najeeb Syed, Roy Sheldrick, Debi Garneau, Sheila Bristo, Norma Sheldrick, and Cathy Henry


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Bingo
- John announced that Friday bingo was a great success. Thanks to Don Beard, Beth Cockcroft, Debi Garneau, June Manning, and Roseanne Morissette. Two volunteers are needed for March 31st.

District Appointment
- Jack Amico has been nominated to represent our district as District Governor for 2014/15. Jack is a member of the Rotary Club West Seneca.

Social Night
- Everyone received an e-mail from Dan Toppari about the Iron Chef Night being held March 28 at Johnny Rocco’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.

Five Club Annual Luncheon
- 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 next week . The cost is $26 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.

Car Rally May 6th
- Put up your hand up if you are entering a car in the car rally. Put up your hand if you have begun to get sponsors. So far, I have $120, pledged. Who is going to top President Sheila for a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Sheila?

Cathy requested that all members start gathering prizes for the prize table and to let Jean Stewart know who has been approached. Prizes can be dropped off at Jim Hooper’s office at Glenridge Plaza.


Joint Paul Harris Night Feedback
- A thank you letter was received from Mary Ann Edwards thanking us for bestowing a Paul Harris Fellowship on her. She greatly appreciates it and is honoured to be a two-time recipient.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday was song to Michael Kevorkian and Matt Taylor.


50/50 DRAW

John Teibert drew the seven of Diamonds. The pot continues to grow!


EARLY LEAVERS


No early leavers.


INTRODUCTION OF GUEST SPEAKER, Roy Sheldrick, Water Wells in Haiti

Cathy Henry introduced our guest speaker, Roy Sheldrick, who is legendary for his good work in establishing water wells in Haiti.


Roy is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Ancaster, a former Foundation Chairman, has worked on the World Community Service committee for 12 years, held the position of

Assistant Governor, has been the Grants Chairman, and is married to Norma Sheldrick. They have three children. Roy has worked with Canada Customs for 37 years.

Roy spoke passionately about his water project in Haiti - digging water wells in rural Haiti in a 600 square mile area along a river - supplying clean, sustainable water to approximately 400,000 people. To date, 230 wells have been dug at a cost of $5,000 per well. He spoke of how the project began - the clean water is now preventing the children from getting sick and dying, giving the mothers time to grow and sell produce, thus bringing economic growth to the valley. His team is also training local plumbers to repair the wells if they break down. The Rotary symbol is placed on each well and is greatly respected throughout the country.


President Sheila and our Director of International Services Najeeb Syed to be used toward the building of a well presented a cheque for $1,500 to Roy. With the previous donation made in 2006, our club has now paid in full for one well! Thank you to all members for “doing good in the world”.


John Teibert thanked Roy stating that Roy and his team are incredible and demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.


To learn more about the Haiti for Life program,
click here.

ATTENDANCE REPORT

Ron Kozub reported 15 members, seven make-ups, and two guests for 66 per cent attendance.


NEXT MEETING DATES

March 26th, Elizabeth Kovacs, Rotary e-club President.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein


ADJOURNMENT

As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Sheila wished everyone a good week in Rotary and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m..