If approached to serve on the board, say yes! Or volunteer to assume a position on the board. It is a rewarding experience!
 

President John called the General Assembly to order at 6:00 p.m.

National Anthem:  Roseanne Morissette

Toast to Queen & Canada:  Kris Akilie

Invocation:  Jim Howes

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS

No guests of visiting Rotarians.

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Bob McKay, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, fined Jim Hooper for not sitting with the ladies, and accepted happy dollars from:

George Fitzpatrick - who couldn't be happier having returned from a vacation where the shopping was good;

John Teibert - had a wonderful weekend camping;

Jason Pollock - hopes this will be a happy election - hope Kris is elected as school board trustee;

Ron Kozub - had a great time camping near St. Jacob's;

Najeeb Syed - happy to be traveling to Pakistan;

June Manning - her son Drew scored a nice goal for the Sabres;

Don Beard - good bingo - thanks to Debi, Dan, and Greg. Volunteers needed for October 29th;

Sheila Bristo - happy that her boys were home for the weekend;

Jean Holbert-Leighton - happy that her daughter is home for the week;

Cathy Henry - she accepted an award tonight on behalf of the May Court Club of St. Catharines whom the City has recognized for 75 years of service;

Jim Howes - happy that his youngest son and his wife are visiting from Kelowna;

Roseanne Morissette - was interviewed to be a team leader for the Rotary GSE to South Korea and happily was chosen;

Jean Stewart - happy hammering signs for Miss Akilie;

Beth Cockcroft - happy to be safe in Canada after an excursion to the US where she was interrogated by customs.

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. John Teibert is attending and offered to car pool with any members who are interested. June, Kris, and Jean Stewart expressed interest.

November 13, Take it to Heart Gala - Cathy advised that for the first time, we are not sold out so there is room available. This gala event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. The cost is $150 per person. The evening includes a wonderful gourmet dinner - every course paired with a lovely wine. 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. Also advertising space is available in the program starting at $100 for a donation that includes your name as a Friend of the Gala, $250 for a business card size 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. See Cathy, John Teibert, Debi Garneau or June Manning for tickets.
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 Club of St. Catharines have committed to raising $750,000 towards the catheterization lab. 

November 26 Rotary Curling Bonspiel at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. South Mouth has a team skipped by Howie Vant. Jim Howes asked for donations for the prize table - value over $25.00 requested.

January 8, 2011 Rotary Leadership Institute - if members would like to attend, please contact John Teibert or Sheila. As incoming President and President-elect, Sheila and Roseanne have registered.

April 28, 2011 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Buffalo - please see John Teibert if you would like to attend.

BIRTHDAYS

No birthdays in October.

50/50 DRAW

No winner.

GUEST SPEAKERS - DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS REPORTS

President's Report (John Teibert):

John reported that it has been a fun three months. John read a thank you letter from District Governor Karen Oakes, which stated that the commitment from our Directors is readily apparent. John advised that he and Evelyn will be having a Christmas open house on November 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. and they look forward to greeting all members. John reminded the members of Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY). John noted that there will be a joint remembrance with the other St. Catharines Clubs - one wreath has been purchased.

President-Elect's Report (Sheila Bristo):

In terms of the Membership Development and Retention, Sheila stated that we are lucky to welcome Jean Stewart and sad to say goodbye to Greg McDonald. Sheila is working on a joint membership night with the other St. Catharines clubs. More information on this at a later date. Sheila is still looking for two people to join the membership committee. There will be two Firesides this year - the first will be held November 25th at Cathy and Dr. Henry's house. Debi is providing the wine and Cathy the nibbles. The topic is "New Generations". With respect to the Strategic Plan, we could not proceed with a visioning exercise at this General Assembly because the facilitator was not available, but we will have a visioning exercise at the January 17th General Assembly. We now have a protocol for Sick and Visiting. The committee has been keeping in touch with Paul and Mimi.

Secretary's Report (Roseanne Morissette):

Roseanne thanked Ron Kozub for maintaining the attendance reports and roster. The Membership Development & Retention Committee will be reviewing the attendance report to see which Rotarians are missing more than three consecutive meetings and to follow up with those Rotarians. The Foundation Committee will be holding a Paul Harris Fellow ceremony on November 22nd. Four distinguished individuals will be honoured, and it is hoped that we will have a good membership turn-out in support.

Treasurer's Report (Debi Garneau):

Debi presented the year-end financial statements for review and approval.

Moved by Debi Garneau

Seconded by Don Beard

THAT the Treasurer's Report and year-end financial statements be accepted as presented.

All in favour. Carried.

Past President's Report (Paul Monaghan):

As Chair of the Nominating Committee, Paul will soon be presenting a slate of proposed Directors at the November board meeting. If you are approached by Paul, say yes! Or if you would like to volunteer for a position on the board, please contact Paul. It does take time, but it is a rewarding experience.  

Club Administration Report (Jason Pollock):

The get-together with spouses at Frescos went well. Our next social event is the Christmas Open House at John and Evelyn Teibert's house on November 28th. Jason thanked Dan Toppari for the excellent roster of guest speakers we have had. Jason also thanked Ron Kozub and Norris Brown for their ongoing great job at registration/reception. Jason asked members to send him any ideas they might have for social events.

Community Service Report (John D'Ambrosio):

John hasn't been approached yet for any donations. John is looking for a bingo chair to replace Don Beard. This is an important endeavour for our club as we raise approximately $10,000 annually through bingo.

Vocational Service and New Generations (Kris Akilie):

Kris advised that she has no updates at this time. Partnerships with Brock and Niagara College are being explored. Kris will have more information beyond November 1st when the election is finally over.

International Service (Laetitia de Witt - regrets):

President John spoke on behalf of Laetitia and the International Service Committee. The committee met on October 6th and is working with a budget of $12,500. The committee has put forward three recommendations at this time: 1) that two Disaster Aid boxes be purchased for Pakistan at $750 each; 2) that $2,000 be allocated for Malaria treated mosquito nets; 3) that $2,000 be contributed to the Guatemala Literacy project.

Moved by Sheila Bristo

Seconded by George Fitzpatrick

THAT two Disaster Aid boxes be purchased for Pakistan at $750 each;

THAT $2,000 be allocated for Malaria treated mosquito nets;

THAT $2,000 be contributed to the Guatemala Literacy project.

All in favour. Carried.

Public Relations Report (Cathy Henry):

A 10 x 10 tent has been purchased for use by the club. The Car Rally is May 1st and planning will start soon. MINI St. Catharines is the Regional Sponsor. Our starting point is CAA Niagara and our ending point is the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. The Take it to Heart Gala is November 13th - it is hoped that many members of our club will attend and support our major fundraiser. Our club has partnered with PerformanceCars and the May Court Club of St. Catharines to raise $750,000 for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab of the new Niagara Health System.

NEW BUSINESS

Peter Snodgrass is selling bracelets in support of Aplastic Anemia.

ATTENDANCE REPORT

Jason reported 20 members and 10 make ups for 100 per cent attendance.

ADJOURNMENT

As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President John wished everyone a good week in Rotary and before adjourning the meeting at 8:00 p.m. left the members with this thought for the day:

"Humour helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs?" - Author unknown.