Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South   

December 3, 2007

Rotary Shares


Call to Order:   President June Manning 


Guests and Visiting Rotarians:

We were hosted at Kernahan Park secondary School by Principal Barb Eade and her students. We were 18 "visiting Rotarians"


Sergeant-At-Arms:   Jim Hooper did the honours today collecting Happy Dollars. June was happy to walk in the Burlington Santa Claus Parade with St. John Ambulance. Jim was proud to watch his son walk this weekend! Sheila Bristo was pleased to announce her 6 month trip to the mother ship in Toronto as she will take on a role with the Attorney General's Office. She will still be attending Rotary meetings with us as she will be working here, at home and in Toronto. Congrats Sheila! Sheila also happy that Ian looked after her mother in law...Dan Toparri returned from a holiday and was happy to have a dollar left to donate! Jim and Nancy Howes were away on the weekend for a pleasant visit and happy to just make it back to Fonthill. Ian happy that today was son Tyler's 21st birthday - never thought he would he see the day!



Don't forget to register for the Christmas Luncheon Dec 17. Register online today!


Christmas project for winter coats starting to drag. We are at 25 coats according to Jean Holbert-Leighton. Our challenge from Elizabeth is 100 coats. The Innerwheel Club is joining us in this effort. Let's not wait until the Christams party to get the coats in because as the song goes...Baby, it's cold outside...


Our condolences to Georgette and Matt on the loss of Georgette's younger sister.


Our condolences too, to Keith and Anne Shaver. As previously announced Anne's father passed away four weeks ago and yesterday Keith's mother, Lillian, passed away from injuries suffered in a fall. Visitation Wed. 2-4 and 7-9 at the Niagara St. Chapel of the Butler Funeral Home, 424 Niagara St. (south of Scott). Funeral Service will be held at Welland Avenue United Church, 5 Henry St. Thursday, Dec. 6th at 11:00 A.M.


Board meeting this Friday at the Golf Club at 7:30 A.M.


Guest Speaker


We were priveledged today to hear from Barb Eade, principal of Kernahan Park Secondary School, our host for today's wonderful lunch. Barb spoke with passion and conviction as she outlined the renwal progress ijn the physical school, the goals and objectives of the school and some of the needs that they face.


The focus of the team at Kernahan is on Literacy, Numeracy and Character Development. Everything they do, wether it be a lesson plan or a major project must be assessed as to how it will further the student's development in one of these three core competencies. Subject content is a mere tool used as a means of interest in moving the students along in the continuum of learning. In senior years the academic offerings are reduced to English, Science and Math with the focus being in technical or trade areas.


Kernahan Park works in conjunction with a community based advisory committee in an effort to match the skill sets required upon graduation by the job market. Kernahan also has several community partnerships that are very important to the success of the school. We, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South, Habitat for Humanity, St. Catharines Parks and Recreation, Niagara College, Job Gym, and Niagara Nutrition Partners are acknowledged in a promotional brochure distributed by Barb during her presentation.


A copy of the Panther Post, the school newsletter, was available to read and demonstrates several of the ongoing efforts to meet the needs of the student body. These included such efforts as the "Panther Prowl for the United Way", Staggered September Start for different grades/groups, an After School Literacy Project, among others. A copy of the Panther Post can be found in our club document section of the website home page.


Barb was thanked for her presentation and for the student's efforts in hosting us by Sheila Bristo. The students responsible for food preparation and serving were brought out for our appreciation.