Foundation Director Roseanne Morissette is featured as this week's Who's Who.
 

President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
 
National Anthem: Cathy Henry
Toast to the Queen & Canada:  John Teibert
Invocation: Jim Howes
 
ROTARY MINUTE
 
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INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS
 
Alex Makarski, Referral Formula, and colleagues Mark and Catherine; Arie Vrugteveen, guest of John Teibert; Doug Foss from the Downtown Club.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
 
Peter Snodgrass, serving as Sergeant-at-arms, gave the first happy dollar for a sunny day similar to mid-winter in New Zealand.
 
Other happy dollars from:
Dan Toppari - his cousin's twin boys turned one; 
Cathy Henry - she and her husband will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and her husband is taking her on a trip. Also, the gala is sold out!
Paul Monaghan - happy to show an artwork sample from Ed Telenko and to recognize Ed's talent;
Doug Foss - happy to remind everyone about Remembrance Day;
Paul Massuet - happy to receive the South Mouth and thanked Cathy and Roseanne for their efforts;
Ed Telenko - happy to have heard a tribute to Cathy Henry and her husband on the radio and thanked President Paul for his comment on the art show;
Najeeb Syed - happy to report that a street person received eye surgery and that his food bank is starting again. Please bring cans to Najeeb's office. He has 1,200 cans to give away;
John Teibert - happy to have turned the clock back and to see the sun shining;
Arie - happy to see such an excellent group and to see he is the youngest one;
Ron Kozub - Happy to present a cheque for $380 to the club from his Smacko program. Ron would like to repeat this next year, but to expand the program to include all Rotary clubs;
Jim Howes - happy that the gala is a sell-out, and that he will be delivering 34 cases of wine to the Crown Plaza Hotel.   
 
WHO'S WHO, Roseanne Morissette
 
 
Roseanne began by asking everyone if they remember the singer Lulu. Growing up, Lulu's "The Boat That I Row" was Roseanne's favourite song. The lyrics explain what she is all about.
 
Born in 1960 to Rita and Marius Morissette, Roseanne grew up in the Town of Beamsville. She is the youngest of three children. Her brother Louis and sister Blanche live in the City of Toronto.
 
Her parents, now deceased, were mix farmers from Saskatchewan who came to Ontario in 1957 to partner in a business - Peninsula Ready-Mix & Supplies. That business had a huge impact on Roseanne's life.
 
Roseanne is a descendant of one of four Morissette brothers who came from France to Quebec in the early 1600s. To answer a popular question, yes, she is related to Alanis Morissette, but sadly, her cousin never sends her any concert tickets!
 
A graduate of McMaster University where she studied English and History, Roseanne also has a Professional Writing Certificate from Niagara College.
 
Roseanne explained that loss has been part of her journey, but it has taught her what is precious. 
 
Perhaps due to the influence of her parents and their business, Roseanne has had an affinity for enterprise and entrepreneurs. Except for three years in the non-profit sector, she has worked for 22 years in the private business sector. For the last 12 years, she has worked for PerformanceCars.
 
Roseanne always wondered about Rotary and what the symbol meant. By chance, she had come to this club's meeting to thank its members for a donation made to VON Niagara. It was at this meeting that John Teibert asked Roseanne if she would be interested in joining. She became a Rotarian in 2004.
 
Roseanne noted what she is passionate about, but summarized that she would like her life to have meaning, which is why she is Rotarian.
 
PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS
 
President Paul thanked Past President Greg for chairing the previous week's meeting and advised that the board meeting is November 5th, re-scheduled from October 22nd, at the George Darte Funeral Home.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  
Take it to Heart, November 14th - Cathy advised that the gala is sold out with 320 guests attending. Twenty-four thousand dollars in cash donations have been received. Help is still needed to sell the $10 tickets for the gala pendant. Cathy thanked the club for its support.

Paul Harris Fellow Ceremony, November 23rd - Roseanne advised that the Paul Harris Fellow ceremony is set for Noon on November 23rd at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. There are six recipients-four external and two internal. We would like as many club members attending as possible. Spouses are welcome.
 
Batavia Rotary Club is hosting its Cinderella 61st Annual Batavia Rotary Show
. Information can be found at www.bataviarotary.com
 
Membership Workshop, November 24th - John Teibert advised that there will be a membership workshop at Niagara College on November 24th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Annual Rotary Bonspiel, November 25th - Jim Howes advised that the annual Rotary Bonspiel will be held on November 25th at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. There are 16 teams with room for 24. Prizes with a value over $25 are needed. 

BIRTHDAYS

 
None to report.
 
50/50 DRAW
 
Cathy had the winning ticket, but drew the King of Diamonds.
 
EARLY LEAVERS
 
Don Beard expressed his regrets to President Paul and took early leave.
 
GUEST SPEAKER, Alex Makarski, Referral Formula
 
Dan Toppari introduced Alex Makarski, founder of ReferralFormula.com and co-founder of RestaurantCommando.com, a restaurant marketing consulting firm. He has done work for various restaurant companies around the world, including McDonald's, Cara Operations, Prime Restaurants, RosInter, and Dana Hospitality.
 
Working with the large companies was fun, however, Alex's passion was in small business. So, in 2004, he resigned from his job and started his own consulting firm, teaching small business how to become not so.ahem.small. Alex teaches seminars and workshops in Canada and the United States showing entrepreneurs some unusual, kick-butt profit-building strategies. He recent tele-coaching class attracted over 3,000 entrepreneurs from five continents.
 
"Your network equals your net worth." - Donald Trump
 
Alex advised that it is important that people know what you do, so build a relationship of trust and affection with people you know.
 
The Golden Rule is that people will do business with people they know, like, and trust.
 
You need a system (save yourself time, energy, and money) that is repeatable.
 
Alex shared some referral tactics:
-          have a good database
-          meet new people every day
-          send out cards - holiday cards, joke cards
-          send out a box of brownies to anyone who gives us a referral
-          get rich in a niche (it pays to be a specialist)
 
Ed thanked Alex for an informative presentation.
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT
 
Ron reported 18 members and two make-ups for 67% 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.