In keeping with the goals of new Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith, Governor Karen Oakes would like District 7090 to be BIGGER, BETTER, and BOLDER one year from today.


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

National Anthem: Rob Welch

Toast to the Queen & Canada: Jean Stewart

Invocation: Matt Taylor 


Norris introduced three guests: Assistant Governor Willy Heidbuechel from the Lakeshore Club; District Governor Karen Oakes; and Wolfgang Lindemann from the Simcoe Club, partner of Karen Oakes.  


Peter Snodgrass, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms announced that on September 25th, he will be walking 5km as part of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon to raise money for the Aplastic Anemia and Myeolodysplasia Association in memory of his daughter Nicole, who passed away from the effects of Aplastic Anemia on May 31, 2010. You can support Peter on line by going to and click on charity and then pledge/sponsor, enter Peter's name and sponsor him. You will receive an income tax receipt.

Happy dollars from:

Don Beard - happy about the Investors Group participation in the October 3rd Car Rally for Bethlehem Place;

Norris Brown - happy for the Tiger Cats victory;

Laetitia de Witt - happy for favourable District Governor report;

Willy Heidbuechel - happy to visit our club with Karen, a great training experience;

Ed Telenko - happy about the Tiger Cat's victory and his successful art show;

Jean Stewart - Happy to be back after several weeks of holidays;

John D'Ambrosio - happy for a great weekend;

Beth Cockcroft - happy to get into the fall routine;

Bob McKay - happy that Ed was finally being drafted by Ti-Cats!;

John Teibert - happy to be traveling to England on vacation for this 23rd wedding anniversary. 

September 20, GSE delegation from South Korea.Past President Paul will be chairing the meeting.

September 24-26, District Conference in Delhi-Simcoe.

Bingo, September 25,  Don needs two volunteers - Elisabeth Zimmerman volunteered.

September 27, Kris Akilie will be chairing the meeting for Vocational Services and New Generations Month.

October 18, Club Assembly, location to be announced by Jason Pollock.

November 13, Take it to Heart Gala - see Cathy, Debi, or John Teibert for tickets to attend or ticket booklets to sell for the necklace.

Remembering our fellow Rotarians - Bob Mackay encouraged members to call Mimi/Paul Massuet for support. 

Ed Telenko inducted Ernesto Carrillo, a retired Human Resources Specialist for the Federal Government. Ed explained the Four Way Test of the things we say and do and the broader picture of Rotary.

Ernesto thanked everyone, adding how deeply honoured he is to be a Rotarian and a member of our club.


Happy Birthday was sung to Brian Radford and to Laetitia de Witt. Brian, whose birthday was August 19th, shares his day with Bill Clinton. Laetitia, whose birthday was August 24th, shares her day with Rene Levesque.

50/50 DRAW

$2/ ticket - Find one of two Jokers. Kris Akilie drew the Queen of Diamonds.


None to report.



Assistant Governor Willy Heidbuechel introduced Karen Oakes, our newly-elected Governor for Rotary District 7090 - known as the Best of Friends Distict - comprised of 73 Rotary clubs and 2,720 members crossing the US/Canadian border at Niagara.


As District Governor for 2010-2011, Karen's role is to provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to clubs in District 7090.    


Karen first joined Rotary in 1995 through the Rotary Club of Delhi, situated at the west end of District 7090 on the Canadian side of the border, and served as Club President for a two-year term 1999-2001. She became active at the District level in 2002, first as a member of the Rotary Foundation Committee and then chairing the District Permanent Fund from 2004-2008. She was Assistant District Governor from 2003 to 2006. A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Charter member of the District Paul Harris Society, and a Benefactor, Karen received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in 2007.


A lifelong resident of Norfolk County, Canada, Karen recently retired from a management position with BMO Bank of Montreal.

District Conference, Delhi-Simcoe, September 24-26:

Every club in our district contributes in a powerful way, both financially and in "sweat equity" undertakings, to build our communities, locally and internationally.  Please reserve your space at the House of Friendship to showcase your club's best venture in one of the 5 Avenues of Rotary Service.  Please work with your Club President to bring your ROTARY Service project to the Conference, and register as soon as possible to ensure that you are not disappointed, as all venues are first come. And yes, our doors are open in Norfolk, we want you and your family to join us in Delhi-Simcoe, and as outlined on the website under District Events (right hand side of the home page, click on the District Conference link), we are offering a variety of lodging considerations, including home hosting, RV camping, and terrific local Bed and Breakfast sites. Join in the fun and fellowship!  See YOU there!

The Official Visits are underway, and to date, we have visited 16 of the 73 clubs in our District.  Thank you cannot begin to express the appreciation that Wolfgang and myself feel for the generous hospitality shown to us by club Presidents, and members, Assistant Governors, and indeed, communities.  I am so honoured to note the efforts put forth to personalize the meetings with members wearing their own special ties, pins, and Rotary apparel, thank you. Your communities that you represent speak highly of each of the Rotary clubs that we have visited, as they should, as we view firsthand the work undertaken in the name of Rotary. Your signage to reflect your Rotary Club is most noted and appreciated.  The contributions to the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and to Polio Plus that you present at the official visit are filed with Rotary International in a timely manner with my sincere thanks.  The personal gifts of our time together are not expected, and when received, hold a special memory of our time together. I will not be sending an extensive letter, however I am sending a personal note to the President and the members to acknowledge our time together.  Our Assistant Governor team is stellar in their efforts to be there for each of their clubs, and I continue to encourage the participation of club leadership in all the area meetings.

In keeping with the goals of new Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith, Karen would like District 7090 to be bigger, better, and bolder one year from today.



·         2% net increase in membership per club.

·         Charter one new club (Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Early Act) minimum in each area.

·         Establish an eClub in the District.

·         100% participation in Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - each club to have supported one member in the RLI stream during 2010-2011.



·         Assistant Governor Team to hold quarterly meetings to develop the Assistant Governor role and to elevate the Assistant Governor role to a more rewarding and sought after position. 

·         Every club will designate an active New Generations Champion to tell the story of their club interactions with the New Generation.

·         Every Club to support The Rotary Foundation through participation in the programs and in giving to The Rotary Foundation.

·         Each area of clubs to hold one Polio Plus fundraiser or awareness event during 2010-2011. 



·         Each Rotarian to be alert to new opportunities to serve in our communities and across continents.

·         Awake our membership to new avenues of communication in Rotary.

·         Alive - we will celebrate all success - big and small - within our clubs, within our areas, and within our district.

John Teibert and Rob Welch thanked Karen, presenting her with a cheque for the Foundation at US $4,100 and for Polio Plus at US$1,000.


Norris reported 26 members and11 make-ups for 103 per cent!


President John asked if there was anything else for the good of Rotary, wished everyone a good week in Rotary and left us with this thought for the day:

"Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement. Put them to work today." -Wilfred A. Patterson