Barry Shainbaum was our speaker today, he is a professional photographer, speaker, musician and radio broadcaster. In addition to this he is the author of two books; “Hope & Heroes” and “Dancing in the Rain”. Barry's presentation today was "Dare to Dream"  



Rotary Club of St. Catharines South

AGENDA - September 19

12:15 p.m. Call to Order:        President – Sheila Bristo

1. National Anthem: Paul Monaghan

2. Toast to the Queen & Canada: Dan Toppari

3. Invocation: Matt Taylor

4. Lunch (reconvene at 12:30)

5. Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Jim Hooper – we welcomed Barry Shainbaum who will be introduced more fully later as our guest speaker

6. Sergeant-at-Arms: John Teibert

            John collected happy dollars from a number of Rotarians including Ed Telenko, art exhibit at Picture Framing Warehouse going well. Dan Toppari is inviting all Rotarians to his office location to enjoy the Grape and Wine parade this weekend. Cathy Henry was happy that her sports teams did well this weekend, there were others but your reporter was also sergeant and didn’t get a chance to write them all down.

7. Announcements:

A)    Bingo update – Derrick, Arie, John D, and Jean S have volunteered for the bingo slated for Friday, September 30.

President Sheila thanked Matt, Georgette and Ernesto for helping out with this past Saturday’s bingo. The Saturday bingo format has changed, players pay a flat rate of $35.00 for “all you can play” cards, so no counting, etc, really simplifies bingo. Raised $3,500 for the pool from 180 players.

Jim Hooper is looking for volunteers for the Saturday October 15 bingo.

B)    Monday September 26th is Celebrate Tour du Lac. This event is being held at the Dalhousie Yacht Club at 7pm. Admission is $15 per person. There will be a cash bar. Light refreshments are included - pulled pork, crab cakes, bruschetta and veggies. Riders are free. We have invited Performance Cars and MayCourt to join us. We are looking forward to an evening of Tour du Lac story telling and celebrating their success. Spouses and partners are welcomed to attend. RSVP to Tom Schulz

C)    Saturday October 1st, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore is celebrating their 25th anniversary by hosting a Gala at Club Roma. Cocktails at 6pm. Black tie is requested. Tickets are $65. Tickets are available at the Family Recreation Centre, 254 Ontario Street, or check out their clubs website at

D)    Saturday November 5th is the 5th annual Take it to Heart gala. This year’s event is at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre. Tickets are $150 per person and will feature a wine paring dinner that in Cathy Henry’s words “is to die for”. This year will also feature a silent auction of high end items. Raffle tickets are also being sold for a $4,000 necklace. Advertising space is available in the program – see Cathy Henry for details

E)     Membership update – Norris Brown has retired from the club. The Board of directors has approved Norris as an honorary member. Elizabeth and Beth have both requested and received a leave of absence until the New Year. Derrick Tomlinson has requested a transfer to the Niagara Falls Sunrise club due to work commitments, which has been granted.

F)     Roteract – our club has been approached by 4 RYLA students at Brock that are interested in forming a Roteract Club at Brock University. The Board has accepted their invitation and President Sheila will be approaching the Presidents of the other St. Catharines clubs to see if they want to get involved.

G)    We received a thank you letter from last week’s speaker, Kaila Raimondo, thanking us for allowing her to make a presentation about her trip to Kenya with Free the Children

8. Birthdays:  Paul Monaghan - September 27

9. 50/50 Draw: $2/ ticket - Find one of two Jokers – our guest speaker Barry drew his own number and then picked the 2 of Spades.

10. Early Leavers – there were two

11. Introduction of Guest Speaker:  Arie introduced our guest speaker Barry Shainbaum. Barry is a professional photographer, speaker, musician and radio broadcaster. He is the author of two books; “Hope & Heroes” and “Dancing in the Rain”.

It was Barry’s life long journey of living with and eventually overcoming bipolar disorder that led him to strive to live a life of meaning.

Achieving a life and career of authenticity required goal setting, calculated risk-taking and believing in himself.

Barry’s presentation this afternoon is called “Dare to Dream”.

Barry’s presentation was very inspirational and challenging us to “dare to dream”. Barry gave a few personal anecdotes of what he has achieved by following this idea. He organized a Tint Talent Time reunion, he published two books, and he has overcome his bipolar disorder. He encourages us to write down our dreams, believe in them, and take the steps necessary to accomplish them.

12. Thanking the Speaker: Barry was thanked by Cathy Henry

13. Attendance Report: Jim Hooper reported 12 in attendance and 12 makeups for 80%

14. Next meeting – September 26 at the Dalhousie Yacht Club – Please RSVP through Club Runner