Lest we forget...We pay tribute to the many Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in a country free from tyranny and governed by freedom, democracy and justice.

From the battle of Vimy Ridge, to the beaches of Normandy, to the dusty roads of Afghanistan, these brave men and women put our country's welfare before their own and we owe them and their families a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

 

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

National Anthem: Rob Welch
Toast to the Queen & Canada: Cathy Henry
Invocation: Jim Howes

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS

Ron Kozub introduced Bill Finley, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, Michael Dover and Kevin Dover. Michael is The Vimy Ridge Foundation Scholarship winner and our guest speaker.

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

John D'Ambrosio, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted happy dollars. Most remarks made in special memory of Remembrance Day on November 11th: 

Bill Finley - his father fought at Vimy Ridge and that is why he is a member of the Vimy Ridge Foundation and why the foundation is so important to him;

Matt Taylor - his father fought in the First World War and his brother fought in the Second World War;

Paul Massuet - fought in the Second World war and commented on the age of the Veterans;

June Manning - was interested in the student nursing aspect with the Veterans and commented on the young people keeping the memories and history alive;

Cathy Henry - celebrated her 41st wedding anniversary with David over the weekend and related that morning the region donated $50,000 to the re-building of Pazapa,the school for physically challenged children in Jacobel, Haiti.

Rob Welch - his Grandfather was a World War One Veteran and his wife had been to Vimy;

Tom Schulz - just returned from nine days in Barbados. No hurricianes, but the Barbadian President died while he was there and his camera was stolen;

Jim Howes - Nancy and he celebrated their 49th Wedding anniversary. His father fought in the 1st World War and won The Military Cross;

Ron Kozub - his Great, Great, Great Grandfather fought in the Feneans War in 1866. 
   
ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 11th Board Meeting at Crawford Smith and Swallow offices at 5:30 p.m.

November 13th Bingo - Greg MacDonald is running this bingo - his last one- and needs help.

November 13th - Take it to Heart - Cathy thanked everyone who is supporting the gala,  either through coming to the evening, selling raffle tickets, making a pledge/donation, or placing an ad in the program. There is still time to buy raffle tickets for the diamond and pink sapphire necklace. She also reminded all those that had tickets outstanding to return them to her for the draw on Saturday. Proceeds from the Gala, advertising, and raffle ticket sales go towards the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the new hospital. Our club together with PerformanceCars and May Court have a goal to raise $750,000 for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. We need full club commitment to reach our goal.

November 22nd Paul Harris Fellowship presentations - Meeting will be hosted by the Foundation Committee. The District Governor and Assistant  District Governor will be present to  participate in the presentations. Jim Hooper will speak about the Foundation.

November 24th Rotary Curling Bonspiel - they are still looking for a few rinks to join the fun and fellowship. Jim Howse thanked all members who have donated prizes to the prize table and requested more, if possible. 
 
November 25th Fireside at Cathy Henry's starting at 7 p.m. The topic will be Vocational Services and New Generations. New members should attend, others are welcome or those that haven't attended one in the past. An online registration has gone out, so please register so that we know how many will be there.

November 28th Christmas Open House at the Teibert's 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 30th Group Study Exchange - the deadline has been extended to November 30th so there is still time to submit names to participate. Roseanne Morissette is Team Leader.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday was sung to Ed Telenko, who celebrates his birthday on November 9th and who shares his special day with Lou Ferrigno, Carl Sagan, and Carl Perkins. 

50/50 DRAW

Jim Howes drew the Ace of Diamonds. John assured everyone that the two Jokers were still in the pack.

GUEST SPEAKER, MICHAEL DOVER

Bill Finley introduced Michael Dover, a 16-year-old student from Sir Winston who was one of the lucky 100 scholarship winners to go to Europe and participate in the ceremonies and visit the Canadian Memorial.

Michael captivated the club members with his passionate and well spoken history of his trip. He related his feelings when visiting Flanders Fields, seeing the War Museum in London  to keep the memories alive so that we all may never forget and learn from history. From crossing to Belgium, seeing the War Memorial, hearing the sad but pride- filled stories of those that had fought to free Europe. He spoke of Vimy Ridge, Juno Beach, Passendale, Normandy, Dieppe, Ypes and recognized that there are no more living veterans from the 1st World War.

He was truly a great Canadian student representative and conveyed to us all the  emotionalism of the wars. 
  
Ed Telenko thanked Michael for his very informative talk and recognized that students like Michael will keep the memories alive.

ATTENDANCE REPORT

Ron Kozub reported 19 members, nine make ups, and three guests for 75 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 1:15 p.m. left members with this thought for the day:

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field." -Niels Bohr, Danish physicist