"Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand."

 

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

National Anthem: Kris Akilie
Toast to the Queen & Canada: Don Beard
Invocation: Jean Stewart

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS

Ron Kozub introduced three guests: Shirley Cordiner and Brian Bratt from Niagara Children's Safety Village, and Gary Tomlinoor.

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Arie Vrugteveen, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, contributed a happy dollar for seeing Paul Massuet back at Rotary, and accepted happy dollars from:

Don Beard - who thanked the bingo volunteers from Saturday night;

Paul Massuet - very appreciative to the Club for helping Mimi and himself through this difficult time;

Ron Kozub  - happy for the day off from the Rotary registration desk;

 

Sheila Bristo  - happy to be going to Jamaica for two weeks;

 

Dan Toppari - happy to be going to Myrtle Beach;

 

Jim Hooper - a sad $1 for his dad who isn't well. Jim went to Sault Ste. Marie to help his Mom;

 

Cathy Henry  - happy that Buffalo Bills continue to lose;

 

Roseanne Morissette - happy to announce that she will be going to see Chantal Kreviazuk in concert at the Shaw Festival Theatre on Friday. Performance Acura is the Concert Sponsor;

 

Ernesto Carrillo  - happy to have traveled to Greece with his son and happy to be back;

 

Paul Monaghan - just happy!

 

Najeeb Syed - happy about a new van;

 

Ed Telenko - unhappy dollar - Hamilton Ti-cats lost this weekend.

ROTARY MINUTE  by Elisabeth Zimmerman

November is Rotary Foundation month!

It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.

Our Rotary Foundation sponsors a broad range of Educational and Humanitarian programs that save and change lives here and abroad: Group Study Exchange (GSE), Ambassadorial Scholars, Polio Eradication, District Matching Grants and Health/Hunger & Humanity (3H) Grants, to name a few. These programs are the lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding through the lives touched by the programs. Ask any past GSE team leader or any Rotarian who has visited/worked on an international project about the difference made by these programs...there are many wonderful stories of saved and changed lives around the world.

Our contributions to The Rotary Foundation fund these Rotary programs. While our Foundation is quite healthy (one of the largest Foundations in the world), there is so much more we need to do. Your annual contribution and/or a contribution to the Foundation permanent fund (through a major gift or benefactor contribution) fuels our Rotary programs. A contribution to the Foundation is one of the best investments you can make with nearly 100% going to Rotary programs that save and change lives. I encourage each of you to learn more about The Rotary Foundation and make a contribution to continue saving and changing lives. These programs work and are a great investment for a better and safer world.

On November 22 our Foundation committee will be hosting the meeting and telling us more about the Rotary Foundation. Also at that meeting we will be presenting Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 5th Rotary Foundation Dinner - at Salvatore's Restaurant in Buffalo NY, Guest Speaker is Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson, Cost is $60 per person.

November 13th Bingo - Don Beard is in need of volunteers.

November 13th Take it to Heart Gala - For the first time in a while we are not sold out so there is room available. It's at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. The cost is $150 per person. The evening includes a wonderful gourmet dinner where wine is paired with every course. The meal is slow-served so that you can enjoy the band between courses and also make room for the next course. Port and Stilton is available at the end of the evening. See Cathy Henry for tickets. Advertising space is also available in the program starting at $100 that includes your name as a Friend of the Gala, $250 for a business card sized ad, and up from there. And finally raffle tickets are available for a necklace valued at $4,000. Tickets are $10 each. We would like all Rotarians to sell the raffle tickets to help support the event. Proceeds from the Gala, advertising, and raffle ticket sales go towards the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the new hospital. It is the goal of our our club, together with PerformanceCars and May Court Club of St. Catharines to raise $750,000 towards the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

November 24th Rotary Bonspiel. Jim Howes is looking for prize donations.

November 25th Fireside at Cathy Henry's starting at 7pm. The topic will be Vocational Services and New Generations. New members should attend as well as those who haven't attended in the past, and others are welcome. Sheila will be sending out an online registration so please complete so that we know how many will be there.

November 28th Christmas Open House at the Teibert's from 2pm - 5pm. 

January 8th, 2011 Rotary Leadership Institute - a new class schedule is available. If you would like to attend or to have more information, please speak with Sheila or John. Roseanne and Sheila have registered for the second level. 
                
BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to Elisabeth Zimmerman who celebrates her birthday November 6th. Elizabeth shares her birthday with Maria Shriver and Sally Field.

50/50 DRAW

$2/ ticket - Find one of two Jokers. Christopher Michael drew the 10 of diamonds.

GUEST SPEAKER, SHIRLEY CORDINER, NIAGARA CHILDREN'S SAFETY VILLAGE

It is the mission of the Niagara Children's Safety Village to provide safety education to the children of the Niagara region. Nearly 4,000 children experience the Safety Village on an annual basis.

The Niagara Children's Safety Village is a registered non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. They are located on land provided by Niagara College at the corner of Rice and Woodlawn Road in Welland. They do not receive government funding and rely on grants, donations, and sponsorships from individuals and businesses throughout the Niagara community.

The intent of the Children's Safety Village is to approach safety in a proactive rather than a reactive manner, using education to prevent unnecessary injuries, accidents, and deaths.

Matt Taylor thanked Shirley for an informative talk .

ATTENDANCE REPORT

Jason Pollock reported 24 members and six make-ups for 88 per cent attendance.

ADJOURNMENT

President John asked if there was any further business for the good of Rotary, wished everyone a good week in Rotary and before adjourning the meeting at 1:30 p.m. left members with this thought for the day:

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson