"I am blessed to apply my university education on the job, each day I go to the office." - Christopher Michael, Niagara College.

 

President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
 
National Anthem:
  Roseanne Morissette
Toast to the Queen & Canada:  John Teibert
Invocation: Jim Howes
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS
 
Ron Kozub introduced two guests: Ross McDonald from the Downtown Club and Tracy Crowmeyer, guest of John Teibert.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
 
John D'Ambrosio, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, collected happy dollars from:
Matt Taylor
- happy to be back in Canada after an exciting trip to the Himalayas;
Ron Kozub - ha a nice holiday on Lake Huron;
John Teibert - had a glorious weekend;
Beth Cockcroft - happy for summer weather;
Cathy Henry - glad to be home also from Jamaica - Kingston is under Martial Law. We are fortunate to be in Canada. Thank you to Ed Telenko for the certificates for the sponsors of the car rally;
Bob McKay - happy that on Saturday, his son and daughter were home - his son has become a "bear attack expert";
Laetitia de Witt - happy for the summer and that she will be registering for the Bike Trek and riding also;
Paul Massuet - Paul Monaghan has been taking his Bike Trek pledges!
Dan Toppari - happy that last Friday he played golf and was successful at the casino. Happy to be in the Bike Trek as well;
Paul Monaghan - happy that his grandson Adam Carter was at his house on the weekend and that the club was so well represented at the Bike Trek;
Christopher Michael - glad to be back to the club - His son has turned one and was baptized yesterday;
Elisabeth Zimmerman - happy that this week, the YWCA Niagara will be hosting the National YWCA Conference;
Kris Akilie - happy that her son is in final negotiations with the Food Network for a pilot show;
Jim Hooper - has been out golfing more this year than last year;
Jean Holbert-Leighton - she and her husband celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary;
George Fitzpatrick - just happy.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Payment for Joint Rotary Meeting - President Paul asked those who attended to please pay Ron.
 
Project Noora - President Paul presented a $1,000 cheque from the Downtown Club for Project Noora. Cathy and Najeeb advised that Noora had her first surgery and is running around smiling for the first time. Plastic surgery is next to re-build her face. All expenses so far have been paid and there is enough money for the surgery in three months. The Rotary Club of St. Catharines South who donated $2,000; the Downtown Club, and the Rotary Club of Kirachi should feel proud. Laetitia thanked Cathy and Najeeb for all their efforts.
 
June 9th - Fireside for new members at Cathy Henry's house. It is an information night and new and existing members are invited to attend.
 
Canadian Tour Championship - $20 a ticket for a four-day event. Rotarians companies can be outlets for ticket sales. Let John Teibert or Paul Monaghan know.  $7.50 goes back to Rotary for every ticket sold.
 
June 14th - Club Assembly at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club.  5:30 p.m. start time $20 per person.
 
June 17th - Board meeting at Darte Funeral Home. 5:30 p.m.
 
June 21st - Rotary medalists.
 
June 29th - Awards presentation at Brock University and Club Roma for Denis Morris and Westpark Secondary School.  Jim Hooper volunteered to be at the Denis Morris presentation.
 
RYLA - Daniel Walker is being sponsored from Fonthill. Both parents are Paul Harris Fellow recipients.
 
Cathy advised that 650,000 books were collected through the Rotary Club of Jamaica.
 
Guatemala Literacy Project - 400 Rotary Clubs from 70 Districts have been making a difference since 1998. Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate in the western hemisphere. Over 100,000 students have been served. Clubs have been purchasing text books and computers. This has been set up as a sustainable project. Through Delivery Tours, Rotarians have a chance to see the program in action. With textbooks, grades improve by 30 per cent and comprehension by 70 per cent.
 
John Teibert reminded Chairs to complete the sign-up sheets for their committees.
 
BIRTHDAYS - none to report
 
50/50 DRAW
 
George drew the Queen of Hearts.
 
EARLY LEAVERS
 
Rob Welch and George Fitzpatrick expressed their regrets to our guest speaker and President Paul and took early leave.
 
GUEST SPEAKER, ROTARIAN CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL, CLASSIFICATION SPEECHNIAGARA COLLEGE
 
Dan Toppari introduced Christopher Michael.  Christopher's classification is CollegeAdministration.
 
Christopher finds his field very rewarding and feels blessed that he can apply his university education on the job, every day.  He is a graduate of the University of Victoria where he received his Masters of Arts in Economics and he is also a graduate of Trent University where he received an honours B.Sc. in Economics.
 
Christopher's working career spans over 13 years in higher education. He has had the opportunity to work for the Province of Ontario's Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities as a Senior Research Analyst; at Trent University as an Adjunct Professor, University Registrar and Director of Institutional Research and Planning; and, presently, he is Chair of the School of Academic Studies at Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
 
Christopher is married to Diane, an elementary school teacher. They have a son - Evangelos Christopher Michael. They have recently settled in Niagara and look forward to making this region their home for many years to come.
 
Did you know?
Colleges provide a supportive learning environment for people from all walks of life. Recent statistics show that:

- Almost two-thirds of college applicants come from the workforce or other post secondary institutions;
- More than one-third of college applicants have previous post secondary experience before entering college. 10 per cent had earned a college diploma and nine per cent had a university degree;
- Seventeen per cent of college applicants were not born in Canada;
- Five per cent of students report French as their first language;
- Four per cent self-identify as aboriginal;
- Twelve per cent use "Special Needs/Disability Services";
- Twenty-three per cent of 2008 applicants reported a household income of less than $30,000 and 52 per cent reported incomes below $60,000.
 
Ed Telenko thanked Christopher and noted that we are fortunate to have him in our club.
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT
 
Ron reported 25 members and nine make-ups for 100 per cent attendance.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
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.