New member Sheree Taillon is inducted to the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South.  
 

President Paul called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.
 
National Anthem:
  Kris Akilie
Toast to Queen and Canada:  Sheila Bristo
Invocation:  Matt Taylor
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND VISITING ROTARIANS
 
Norris Brown introduced two guests and one visiting Rotarian: David Reilly, President of PerformanceCars, guest of Roseanne Morissette; Debbie Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer of the Grape Growers of Ontario, guest speaker; and Caroline Latham, visiting Rotarian from Okinawa, Japan.
 
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
 
Cathy Henry, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms, accepted happy dollars:
 
Ron Kozub - his grandson celebrated his 7th birthday and stayed with Nana and Grandpa. At the end of the weekend, his grandson said, "Grandpa, this was the best birthday ever!";

Matt Taylor - enjoying the record number of sunny days on the golf course;

Sheila Bristo - her brother-in-law was named Grape King;

Najeeb - happy to be back after four weeks;

Norris Brown - at two year's old, his grandson is much younger than Ron's;

John D'Ambrosio - has done more boating in the last two weeks;

John Klassen - able to play 18 holes of golf;

Ed Telenko - Hamilton Ti-Cats are above 500 and might finish in second place;

Jean Holbert-Leighton - was in Texas for her mother's 90th birthday. Also, her daughter has started her PHD program in Criminal Justice;

John Teibert - was in New York City, and Caroline Latham made it to the meeting in spite of his bad instructions;

Bob McKay - the Buffalo Bills figured out how not to lose a game;

Greg McDonald - thanks to Debi Garneau, Matt and Georgette Taylor, a good time was had a bingo;

Caroline Latham - with an official Okinawa greeting, Caroline stated that she is happy and honoured to be here. President Paul was presented with a flag from her Rotary club;

Sheree Taillon - her brother recently retired and bought a place in Florida;

Kris Akilie - her brother bought a place in Fonthill;

Paul Monaghan - son is a Financial Analyst with GM whose job appears to be secure and he and his wife are expecting a child.
 
INDUCTION OF SHEREE TAILLON
       
Ed Telenko led the induction ceremony of Sheree Taillon. Proposed by Cathy Henry, Sheree's classification is Flooring, Retail.
 
Cathy Henry stated that she has known Sheree for 20 years. Sheree has helped raise funds at many galas - Hospice, our Diamond-studded, and Take it to Heart - by donating gifts in kind from her store.  She is already a Rotarian at heart.  

Ed explained that, worldwide, there are 1.2 million Rotarians and 29,000 clubs in 161 countries. Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self".  Rotary is over 100 years old and was started by Paul Harris and three other businessmen. Rotary is so universal, it is the largest single service club in the world. There are four principles: 1) the opportunity to make friends; 2) community service; 3) vocational service-the dignity of everyone's vocation and the enhancement and advancement of those occupations; and The Four-Way Test of everything we think, say, and do. 1) Is the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  In addition, Rotary has respect for worldwide cultures and the dignity of all humanity. It is non-political and non-denominational.
 
President Paul presented Sheree with her pin, certificate, and package of information on Rotary and the club.
 
WHO'S WHO, SHEREE TAILLON 

Sheree, who shared her background, career, and interests, thanked Cathy for her sponsorship and expressed how honoured she is to be part of our club. She looks forward to making a worthwhile contribution. 

President Paul thanked Sheree and everyone clapped and welcomed Sheree to the club. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Club  Assembly, September 28th, 2009, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dom's Restaurant, downtown St. Catharines.
 
Free Awareness forum on Male Health Issues, October 21st, 7 p.m. at Club Roma on Vansickle Road in St. Cathaines. Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, Niagara Unit and the Blue Ribbon Committee.  Guest speakers include Dr. Brenda Rempel of the Niagara Health System addressing Osteoporosis and Dr. Michael Greenspan of the Hamilton General Hospital addressing Aging Male issues.
 
Ron Kozub's Smacko Program is ending soon-there is still an opportunity to save on your wine making needs.
 
Club pop-up display banner - Cathy thanked Ed Telenko for creating the artwork for the pop up display banner now used by the club.   
 
Take it to Heart Gala, November 14, 2009 - Cathy asked club members to either purchase a ticket, take a business card ad in the program, or make a donation.
 
BIRTHDAYS
 
Keith Shaver - deferred until next meeting.
 
50/50 DRAW
 
Ron Kozub had the winning ticket, but friend Bob drew the Queen of Hearts.
 
ATTENDANCE REPORT
 
Ron reported 21 members and numerous make-ups for 200% attendance!
 
EARLY LEAVERS
 
None
 
GUEST SPEAKER, DEBBIE ZIMMERMAN, CEO OF THE GRAPE GROWERS OF ONTARIO
  
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ADJOURNMENT
 
As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul wished everyone a good week in Rotary and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.