South Korea - the Republic of Korea - is a presidential republic consisting of sixteen administrative divisions and is a developed country with a very high standard of living. It is Asia's fourth largest economy and the world's 15th (nominal) or 12th (purchasing power parity) largest economy. The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, OECD and G-20 major economies. It is also a founding member of APEC and the East Asia Summit.

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

National Anthem: Kris Akilie
South Korean National Anthem: GSE Guests
Toast to the Queen & Canada: Cathy Henry
Invocation: Beth Cockcroft


Ron Kozub introduced Messrs Bob Gosselin and Don Hetherington from the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, and GSE members: Min Si Chung (Team Leader), Hyun-Kook Lee,Young Jae Choi, Eun-Jung Sim, and Bu Gil Bae

Arie Vrugteveen, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted happy dollars from:
Bob McKay - thought that the South Koran Delegation could teach us how to sing our anthem. Participated in the Henley Honda Gilllian's Place Car Rally, finished well and helped raise $7,500 for the Centre;
Cathy Henry - glad to be back. Enjoyed her grandchildren in Vancouver, but was tiring; Paul Monaghan - enjoyed a car rally with his son;
Bob Gosselin - is enjoying hosting the south Korean GSE Team;
Sheila Bristo - personally welcomed Ernesto to our Club;
Jim Hooper - is enjoying hosting the GSE Team, but was not amused by being stopped by one of our local finest;
Ron Kozub - has enjoyed his summer holidays in North Carolina and was glad to be not swimming on the beach when the sharks were feeding;
Ed Telenko - happy that the Hamilton Tiger Cats won their week-end game, but was not able to attend this week's game;
Jean Holbert-Leighton - happy to help celebrate her mother's 91st birthday;
Keith Shaver - happy to be empty nesters, but they always come back. Invited everyone to his office at 1 Church Street for parade day and to sample this year's harvest;
Dan Toppari - Also invited everyone to his office at 281 St. Paul after Keith's to continue sampling. 

September 24-26, District Conference in Delhi-Simcoe - Roseanne, Bob and Sheila will be going.        

September 25th Bingo - Don Beard is looking for volunteers - Elizabeth and Beth volunteered. 

September 27th - Kris Akilie will chair the regular luncheon meeting and will speak to her directorship of Vocational Service and New Generations. 

September 29th, Kurdistan Trade Delegation "Meet and Greet" 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club. A great way to meet people from other cultures. As the Rotary Club of St. Catharines is trying to facilitate the beginning of a club in Kurdistan, it is hope that many Rotarians will come to meet the delegation, however, this is not a sanctioned Rotary event.

September 29th Deadline for Paul Harris Fellow nominations. Rob Welch asked memers to submit names to himself or to committee members Jim Hooper, Elisabeth Zimmerman, Paul Massuet, and Roseanne Morissette. 

October 18, Club Assembly - Location to be announced by Jason. Sheila announced that on each table was a copy of the Club's Strategic Planning Committee report. She asked that each member read it for discussion at the Club Assembly. The document is also available on our website under Downloads.

November 13, 2010 - Take it to Heart Gala. Cathy reminded everyone that tickets are still available and anyone wishing to sponsor a course, business card ad, etc., to contact her immediately as the deadline is fast approaching to put the evening program together. Raffle tickets for the diamond and sapphire necklace are available. It is hoped that those Rotarians not supporting the Cath Lab will take five tickets to sell at $10 each.

Resignation of Greg McDonald - Sheila Bristo announced, with deep regret, the resignation of Greg McDonald. Greg's new business is growing. He has offered to continue to help with bingo until the end of the year.


September 22 - Keith Shaver. Keith shares his birthday with Joan Jett, singer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ("I Love Rock 'n Roll") and Scott Baio - Chachi.

50/50 DRAW

$2/ ticket - Find one of two Jokers. Norris Brown drew the four of Spades.


None to report.


Paul Monaghan exchanged Club banners with the delegation leader Min Si Chung. Each GSE member was introduced.

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All members stated, through an interpreter, how much they have enjoyed the hospitality of Canada and they feel very comfortable. They have seen Niagara Falls, been on the Maid of the Mist, visited Marineland, dined at The Skyline tower, and flown by helicopter over the Niagara region. Although our cultures are different,there are some similarities, such as our seasons and topography.

Sheila Bristo thanked the GSE delegation and presented a pen to leader Min Si Chung.


Norris Brown reported 19 members, two make ups and seven guests for 67 per cent attendance. 
Past President Paul wished everyone a good week in Rotary and left members with this thought for the day:

"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." - Author Unknown 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.