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WELCOME AND MEETING CALLED TO ORDER - Cathy

Welcome to the first meeting of Literacy Month for Rotary

Our National Anthem will be led by: Mark Beaudry

Our Toast to Queen and Canada will be led by Matt Taylor  

Our invocation will be led by Joe Pfeifer 

12:30 P.M. Our meeting was reconvened at 12:30 P.M.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS - Jeff Thomas
Guest is Shane Moon

SARGEANT AT ARMS - Sheila Bristo
Happy Dollars – Sheila, Marilyn, Jim Howes, Matt, Debi, Jim Hooper, John & Peter Snodgrass

BIRTHDAY AND ROTARY ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION:
Happy Birthday          
Marie Balsolm    March 5th
Bob Mahony       March 5th

Happy Anniversary   None this week
Rotary Anniversary - John Teibert  23 years  March 1, 1991
Keith Shaver 21 years   March 1, 1993   

50/50 DRAW: Jim won the draw but not the cash.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

It is with great pleasure that I announce for the second time our newest member’s name- Monika  Ovsonka- she was such a great sport last week at the Bowl a Thon- grass skirt and all.

Club Assembly- will be held on Monday, March 24th- it has been suggested that we have a dinner and Mike has very kindly checked with the DYC= they will open for us if we have 25 people attending-
At the Assembly- we’ll be inducting our three newest members- Dr. David Henry,Mrs. Sandrs Rothman and Mrs. Monikla Ovsonka.  Mark will set up the accept / decline on Club runner. We’ll also be discussing our By laws and Constituion changes that have been directed from RI- thank you to John Teibert and Frank Parkhouse for putting this together. As per our by laws- all changes will be forwarded, by Club Runner, to each member ten days before the meeting to read and have for discussion and vote on the 24th. We’ll also have a financial review- thank you Debi for preparing these documents.

Polio Plus Piggy-  Cathy- Please donate your nickels, dimes and quarters.

The article from The Rotary
As you may have heard- 11 Pakistani tribal police were killed while protecting the Polio Immunization teams in North Pakistan- it is imperative that the global family continue to support this program until we are truly polio free. Please remember that Polio Piggy is still here- we will be handing over a cheque from the three clubs to RI for additional support of the Polio Plus program at our joint meeting on April 7th.

Bingo-John Teibert- Thank you to the last week’s volunteers and we are looking for more volunteers for our next bingo on March 14th.  Join in the fun!

Explore Niagara-  MIke Gionet- Najeeb has generously become the major sponsor at the car rally. We are still looking for more sponsors, like a city sponsor.  The rally will depart and arrive at the golf club.  Volunteers are needed for set up and tear down that day so if you know any students who need their hours this would be a fun event for them to get involved.

Next Monday’s speaker, back by popular request, will be Bill Boehlen-Professor of Broadcasting at Niagara College who will be showing the complete video of  the South African documentary- let’s all attend to show him the support that is due to this wonderful program

Board meeting- Next Monday- March 10th at my house   4: 30 PM

There is a joint 3 club President’s meeting on Wednesday, March 12th at 8 AM

The joint clubs luncheon is on Monday, April 7th at Johnny Rocco’s. As our club is hosting it this year please plan to attend and show your club support for this very interesting event. The menu is superb- the speaker- tremendous and 4 of our club members will be receiving awards from the District Governor - the new Head, Hands and Heart Award. This award recognizes individuals who have served locally or at District level on committees, boards or as chairs and Directors. They have also been involved in programs that make a difference to the lives of people in the community and the world at large. They are considered leaders and participants in significant activities at the club and district level. 

The article for The Rotarian is being fine tuned- thank you to Laura and Jean for continuing to draft it for submission.


EARLY LEAVERS: Jeff Thomas

INTRODUCING THE GUEST SPEAKER: Dan Toppari

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Shauna  Arnott from the Business Link Media Group.  The Business Link opened in 2003 that is a business to business publication which is delivered to 35000 businesses from Fort Erie to Milton.  They also publish All in the Family three times a year and the Health, Wellness & Safety magazine 6 times a year.  The annual 40 Under 40 awards is on May 17th and if you have someone you would like to nominate contact Shauna.

THANKING THE GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Hooper

ATTENDANCE REPORT: 
19 Members, 9make ups, 3 guests, 70% attendance

Quote of the Day:

IF you can dream it- you can do it- Walt Disney

Jim went to PETS 1 and met some wonderful people.  Roseanne Morrisette sends her regards.

ADJOURNMENT: Cathy
Meeting adjourned at 1:30pm