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

National Anthem: Paul Monoghan
Toast to the Queen & Canada: Cathy Henry 
Invocation: Matt Taylor


Ron Kozub introduced Judy Bullis, Publisher & CEO, Sun Media, Niagara, our Guest Speaker; and Daria Zmiyiwsky, Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.      


Arie, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, submitted a happy dollar as he is going on vacation and accepted other happy dollars from:

Sheila Bristo - congratulated Rob Welch, Jim Hooper, and Roseanne Morissette for a wonderful Paul Harris night;

Norris Brown - happy to cut his grass;

Matt Taylor - won at Rotary poker;

Daria Zmiyiwsky  - happy to be visiting with Judy Bullis;

Dan Toppari - had a great meal at Big Marco;

Cathy Henry - happy that the "Trees that Feed" tree planting in Jamaica went really well.

Ed Telenko - not a happy dollar as he was sitting by himself.

Jim Howse - curled in the 55th Enbridge Bonspiel. His team came second out of 21.

Paul Monaghan - sitting at a good table and celebrated his 40th anniversary.

Elisabeth Zimmerman - thanked everyone for supporting the event she had, which raised $5,000.

Peter Snodgrass paid a late fine as he came late, but happy to have attended a great obstetrical conference in Toronto.

John Teibert  - sorry to have missed the Paul Harris meeting. Spring is 14 days away!  


President John read out Dolly Parton's Foundation Imagination Library. Her foundation has distributed over 15 million books to need children in North America and the United Kingdom.


March 18 and April 2nd - Beth Cockroft is looking for bingo volunteers. 

March 10 - Board of Directors Meeting.

April 6 - Joint Rotary Meeting with the Area Rotary Clubs. Meeting at noon at the Parkway Quality Inn. The Guest Speaker is Faye Booker, Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission.

April 28 - Rotary Club of Buffalo's 100th anniversary. Tickets are $100/person or $125/person for a VIP Reception ticket. The Gala is being held at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency. The Guest Speaker is RI President Ray Klinginsmith. For more information see John Teibert or go to the Buffalo Rotary Website @

May 7 - Furniture Bank, furniture drive at Mark's No Frills on Lakeshore Road. Looking for volunteers to help assist with donation receipting, loading furniture on to the truck (9 to 2) and unloading furniture at the end of the day (2 to 4:30).All four St. Catharines Rotary Clubs are participating in this event. 

May 10 - Joint Meeting with South Shore Blasedell Rotary Club. 6:30pm at Ilio DiPaolo's Restarant. We've been holding this meeting since at least 1976 1977 Rotary year. More to come.

May 14 - District Assembly at Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls New York (The District Assembly is an important training event for all club officers, they will have a special track for Presidents Elect where we'll focus on the procedural aspects of your role as Club President. You'll learn more about District resources and District wide projects.)

June 3 - Rotary Club of Niagara Falls is Hosting a Gala with the proceeds going towards the purchase of Rotary House. Rotary House will operate Project Pathstone, an innovative treatment program for children and their caregivers that have mental and developmental health issues. The cost is $125/person. The gala is at Club Italia and the guest entertainer is Rick Mercer.

2013-2014 District Governor - Kevin Crouse from the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club has been selected as the 2013-2014 District Governor for our Rotary District 7090 

Newsletter - John has requested if anyone could please help to contact himself or Cathy Henry.

Car Rally - please start collecting prizes for the prize table.

50/50 DRAW

Jim Hooper drew the there of hearts.


Kris Akilie expressed her regrets to President John and our guest speaker and took eary leave.


Dan Toppari introduced Judy Bullis, our publisher with Sun Media. A graduate of Trinity College, Judy began her career with Sun Media in 1980. She became Publisher and CEO of the Ottawa Sun in 1999, becoming the first women publisher in Sun Media history. She is very involved in volunteer work - sitting on the board for United Way, Ottawa Carlton; Canadian Newspaper Association; Founding Partner of Youth Transition Council; On the Provincial Ottawa Carlton Early Years Steering Committee. In 2000, Judy was the recipient of the Community Builder Award. And for three consecutive years, Judy has been named Ottawa Life Magazine Top 50 People. Upon leaving Ottawa, Judy was officially recognized by the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario for a dedicated day and month in her name. She arrived in Niagara in 2009. She is now on the Steering Committee of the United Way Women's Leadership Council and is Honourary Chair of the Hospice Niagara Five Car Draw. She has a married daughter in Guelph and became a grandmother six months ago.

Judy talked about the changes in publishing today from online to actual hard copy paper and how the world has changed since 911. As a society, we are being bombarded with information and not all of it is correct. Fair, balanced, and accurate reporting is what Sun Media is committed to. The Blackberry is the biggest innovation in communication this century. They are committed to remain hard copy printing for the older generation who don't wish to read online. Per month - 350,000 views and 2.3 million page views. In May, Sun Media will be sponsoring the first annual food and wine convention.     

Tom Schulz thanked Judy for an informative talk and presented her with a small token of our appreciation .


22 members, 12 makeups and two guests for 86 per cent attendance.


President John asked if there was anything further for the good of Rotary, wished everyone a good week in Rotary, and, before adjourning the meeting, left members with this thought for the day:

"Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. " - Tom Wilson