Hospice Niagara receives the Howard Etherington Award for 2010!


President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
National Anthem: Kris Akilie
Toast to Queen & Canada: June Manning
Invocation: Jim Howes
Jason Pollock introduced Margaret Jarrell, Hospice Niagara and Scott McRoberts, Niagara Sports Commission.

Ed Telenko made a presentation of the Howard Etherington Award to Margaret Jarrell of Hospice Niagara. 

Howard Etherington was a charter member of our club. He was born in Grimsby and served in the second world war.  He was a pharmacist and manager of Potter & Shaw. Howard was a real driving force for getting our club started. He was instrumental in establishing big bingo in our area. He established Barnsdale for developmentally challenged children.  He started Skate-a-thon and Club 300, another big fundraiser. He developed a substantial reputation for community fundraising.  Whatever the board decided, he would back 100 per cent.  Sadly, later in his life, he was stricken with Alzheimer's disease.  Howard Etherington had a true Rotary spirit, and it is in honour of this spirit that the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South developed the Howard Etherington Award - $3,000 awarded to "any good cause."  Once the recipient is approved by the board, it does not have to be voted on by general membership.  
Today, this award goes to Hospice Niagara, represented by Margaret Jarrell, Executive Director, who is a tireless worker for our community. Coincidentally, Margaret was the very first recipient of the Howard Etherington Award.
Margaret thanked the club for its donation and advised that these monies will be used to purchase an industrial laundry service (washer and dryer) for Hospice Niagara. Margaret acknowledged that Hospice Niagara, which has been in operation for two-and-a-half years, was strongly supported by the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South.  Our club was instrumental in the establishment of Hospice Niagara.

John Teibert, serving as Sergeant-at-arms, advised members that contributions in the month of March will be directed to our Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY)initiative.
Paul Monaghan - happy $2 for being in Florida;
Dan Toppari - happy $5 for a good bingo;
Rob Kozub - happy $2 for being on the mend from his surgery;
Peter Snodgrass - happy $2 for being at the meeting. Sorry to have missed last week's meeting;
Sheila Bristo - happy $2 for each of her kids on the Western Rowing Team;
June Manning - happy $2 for her oldest son who is in Munich, Germany;
Kris Akilie - happy $2 for enjoying a great outing on Sunday at the Good Earth Cooking School. Attended a Fois Gras session with her son;
Jim Howes - happy $2 for participating in a Rotary bonspiel in Guelph;
Jean Holbert-Leighton - happy $2 because the weather is gorgeous;
Tom Schulz - happy $2, back from a big ship cruise;
John D'Ambrosio - happy $2 as with the nice weather he was able to polish his motorcycle;
Cathy Henry - happy $1 because she has a new granite counter top and garbarator due to water damage. That's why she can only give a loonie!

Club Assembly on March 15th
at Antipastos on Hannover Drive in St. Catharines. 5:30 p.m. start. A report is expected from all committee Chairs.
March 15th and March 22nd: no regular meetings.

March 23rd, Joint Paul Harris Fellow Night - all three St. Catharines Clubs - at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. 7:30 p.m. start. Appetizers and cash bar. Spouses welcome.
March 29th Regular Meeting.
April 5th, no meeting.
April 8th, joint meeting of the St. Catharines Clubs.  Nick Dixon, anchor of CHCH TV is the guest speaker.
District correspondence - Rick Stearn is the nominee for District Governor.
May 2nd Explore Niagara Road Rally - Cathy thanked her committee for getting things off to a good start. To Tom Schulz for sending out letters to our sponsors; to Keith Shaver for mailing the letters; to Ed Telenko for his creative work with the poster.  Whoever would like posters, please contact Cathy.
Cathy explained that this event will only be as successful as the number of pledges and prizes.  We need to know our numbers the week before the event (especially for the goodie bags).
The money raised through Explore Niagara will go towards our local and international support.
A tax receipt will be issued for any dollar amount over $10.
Visit the home page of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South for details on the Explore Niagara Road Rally.  The pledge sheet and application are available under the Downloads tab.
Cathy asked that everyone work their magic!
Greg McDonald announced that the selection committee has met and the board for the new fiscal year is in place. The new board will be introduced at the General Assembly meeting on March 15, 2010.
Paul Massuet noted that our fundraising efforts for Take it to Heart were written up in the Governor's newsletter (taken from our bulletin).

Matt Taylor. Due to his absence, his birthday will be celebrated at another meeting.
50/50 DRAW

Paul Massuet drew the two of diamonds.

Kris , Jean, and Christopher expressed their regrets to President Paul and our guest speaker and took early leave.
Scott MrRoberts, a native of Burlington, who attended Brock University and was a former personal trainer and tennis coach at White Oaks, started a sports business in San Francisco. He organized the NCWA basketball events. Now a resident of Niagara and a teacher at Brock, who has spent the last seven years in researching, Scott has started the Niagara Sports Commission.
Scott explained that in the United States, the government is behind sports initiatives. The Niagara Sports Commission is funded by a Trillium grant. It is a not-for-profit, regionally-focused commission with no political affiliation. A collaborative effort of Heart Niagara, Venture Niagara, Brock University and local business and community organizations whose ambition is to carve Niagara a piece of the sports tourism industry - that industry generated a whopping $2.8 billion in 2007 and is the fastest growing segment of the sport industry.
Scott is working with five organizations now on a sporting event and is assisting the VISA World Masters with volunteer management. Over 1,000 volunteers are needed in Niagara for the Pan Am games in five years time.  There are 17 municipalities involved in the bid process. Events will be disbursed through the Golden Horseshoe, including Niagara.  There will be Canoe-Kayak in Welland; Rowing in St. Catharines and rumours that we may get the Triathalon. Niagara Falls will have a housing welcome centre for athletes and their families. The benefits of hosting the Pan Am games: 15,000 to 20,000 jobs and the opportunity to showcase Niagara as sports tourism destination.  In Vancouver the average transaction for Asians was $465 per person/$100 per person American.  All three municipalities are receiving a $1 million grant to upgrade facilities, including the Henley. The economic impact will be over $2 billion for the Golden Horseshoe.  The training and acclimatization effect will have more significant impact than the Pan Am games themselves.
Scott stated that this is an exciting time for our region. In the next 14 days, there will be a portal on his website for volunteers to register.  Scott will be providing a monthly mail out.   
Paul Massuet thanked Scott and presented him with a token of appreciation from our club.
19 members and four make-ups for 70 per cent attendance.
As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul wished everyone a good week in Rotary and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.