Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ceremony







Meeting started out wonderfully with our lunch serenaded by piano music, played most skillfully by Neils Pederson


Welcome and Call to Order by Rotary Foundation Chair Rob Welch


Canadian and United States National Anthems by Paul Monaghan

Toast to the Queen/Canada & President/United States by Jean Stewart

Invocation by Paul Massuet.




-      Bingo – Dec 10 is the next Bingo, Sheila Bristo is the chair and Ian Forbes has volunteered, 2 more volunteers are needed please contact Sheila.

-      Presidents Open House – Dec 3rd at Sheila Bristo`s home, kindly RSVP to the email invitation that went out last week as soon as possible so she can have an idea of how many people to expect.

-      Board Meeting – Dec 14th is the next regular board meeting


Rotary Minute: 3 Things every Rotarian should know about the Foundation, by Jim Hooper.

1.)        The foundation is working on our primary goal. Rotary’s top priority is to eradicate polio. The Foundation has contributed more the $1 Billion toward that goal.

2.)        The Foundation changes lives. Through the efforts of the foundation communities have access to safe water and health care and many other benefits that would otherwise only be a dream

3.)        You make it possible. The Foundation is supported solely by contribution from Rotarians and others who share our vision.

For more information on this and other topics regarding the Foundation please visit


Introduction of District Governor John Heise, by Roseanne Morissette


John Heise is a three time Paul Harris Fellow, he joined the Holley Rotary Club in New York State in 1982 where he served as Club President in 1988-89 and 2003-04.

At the District level, John served as Youth Exchange Chair, Director of Youth Services, Service Director, Assistant Governor, and area Foundation representative.

As retired school principal and Director of Instruction, John is in his eighth year as President of the local school board. He served three terms as a village trustee, was a Director on the board of the Lakeside Hospital Foundation and the Holley Community Free Library, and a member of the ARC of Orleans County, serving developmentally disabled citizens. John was honored with the ARC’s Best Friend Award for his fundraising efforts on its behalf.

John has been married to his wife, Sandy for 41 years. They have two children - a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Kevin, and a three-year-old grandson, Alexander, born on John’s birthday. 


Introduction of Willie Heidbuechel

Willie received his Business degree (EMBA) from the Business Academy Munich, Germany. He held various positions in the German construction industry over several years. In 1977, Willie joined the former Helicopter Division of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Glohm (MBB), in Munich, Germany and was Controller until 1984. Following the incorporation in March of 1984 of MBB Helicopter Canada Limited in Fort Erie, Ontario, Willy was appointed Vice President Finance and Administration. MBB and Aerospatiale of France merged their helicopter divisions in 1992 to form a new company, Eurocopter, and in 1993, Willy was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Eurocopter Canada Limited. In 1999 he assumed the position of Vice-Chairman. After many years in the aerospace industry he decided to change his career and in 2004 joined DONRO Financial.

Mr. Heidbuechel has been a long-time Director of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, and served on the Executive Committee as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. He is a Past-Director of the Ontario Aerospace Council, and served there for 10 years as Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive.

Willy is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Brock University, and has recently been re-elected to the position of Vice Chair. He is the Chair of the Planning, Finance and Human Resources Committee, Chair of the Investment Committee, and serves on the Pension Committee of the university.

Willy is a long-time member of the Rotary Club St. Catharines Lakeshore and is currently our Assistant Governor.


Greetings from District Governor John Heise and Willie Heidbuechel

As district governor and assistant govenor, John Heise and Willie Heidbuechel expressed their pleasure in being honoured to join us for our Paul Harris Fellow awards today.



Paul Harris Fellow Award Ceremony


By Rob Welch and assisted by District Governor John Heise, Assistant Governor Willie Heibuckel and President Sheila Bristo.

Individual presentations were made by members of the Club and Foundation Committee


The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honour in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of US $1000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, water, immunizations and shelter for millions of people. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe. Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and the mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.


As we move closer to a more peaceful world today the following individuals become Paul Harris Fellows:


Ian Forbes presented by Jim Howes

Cathy Henry presented by Ed Telenko

Jim Hooper presented by Paul Massuet

John Kelly presented by Sheila Bristo

John Teibert presented by Rob Welch


Please see individual awards presentation notes on the website,