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Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South 

May 29, 2006.

Volume Nine, Meeting 33

SERVICE Above Self 

Reporter:  R. Morissette


Call to Order:
President Bob McKay 
National Anthem: Rob Welch
Toast to Queen and Canada: June Manning
Invocation: Peter Snodgrass


Norris Brown introduced the following guests and visiting Rotarians:
  Mr. Greg Pearson, guest of Doug Foss; Miss Samantha Green, participant, Slapshot Program; Miss Michelle Honsberger, participant, Slapshot Program; and Messrs. Ross McDonald and Sandy Peters from the Downtown Club. 


Doug Foss, Sergeant-at-Arms,
anyone wearing shorts or a tie!

Happy Dollars were accepted from:
Jim Hooper - who just came back from a vacation in Aruba;
Bob McKay - his daughter, who is in France, placed 5th in the world circuit as a professional tri-athlete;
Tom Schulz - for our two Slapshot students: Michelle and Samantha;
Laetitia de Witt - for the Chair of our Slapshot program, Tom Schulz;
Bob McBride - for the recent gala wrap-up meeting. Bob is hopeful there will be eager volunteers for next year's event!
Rob Welch - The Toronto Argonauts signed Ricky Williams.


Diamond Studded Dinner Dance May 13, 2006: 

Bob McBride reported that the gala date has been established for 2007. Proceeds to-date on our 2006 gala: $15,000.
Bingo Report:

Greg McDonald thanked Don Beard as well as Matt and Georgette Taylor for helping at the last bingo. Next bingo session is June 10th. Debbie Garneau has volunteered. Two more helpers are needed. Delta Bingo is now smoke free!     

International Rotary Bike Trek, Saturday, June 10, 2006:

Paul Massuet reported that on Saturday, June 10, 2006, the "Best of Friends" International Rotary Bike Trek will take place. The route follows the scenic Niagara River along the famous Niagara Parkway recreational trail from Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls and back. There is also a route to Queenston and back for bikers who wish to enjoy a more leisurely outing. All riders are expected to raise pledges. Half of the money raised will come back to our club. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Club Picnic at Paul and Mimi Massuet's house June 25th, 2006, 3 pm:

Paul and Mimi Massuet will once again host a picnic for our club members on June 25th, 2006, commencing at 3 p.m.

Director Slate and Committees for new fiscal year:

Ron Kozub will be emailing all incoming Directors for 2006-2007. Directors are to contact the various Chairs of Committees. Please let President Elect Matt Taylor know which members have expressed interest to serve on the various committees by June 7th. A new committee structure will be emailed to all members in advance of our club's new fiscal year (July).
Rotary Club Challenge:

During the months of June, July, and August, Canadian Blood Services in St. Catharines is launching the Rotary Club Challenge. Members and their families are encouraged to donate blood to help patients in need. Individual blood donations may save up to three lives.   

RYLA Application Deadline May 31st:

Deadline for RYLA applications is May 31st. Bob McKay explained that his daughters went to RYLA camp and had a wonderful time.

Upcoming Events:

June 5th - Rotary Medals
June 12th - Debbie Garneau's Classification Talk
June 19th - Paul Harris awards

Friendly Visiting:

If you know of any member (or family member) of our club who is sick,
please advise President Bob McKay or President Elect Matt Taylor.


No birthdays to report.  

50/50 DRAW

Bob McKay had the winning ticket, but did not draw the winning card. Total in the pot: $450. 


The following members expressed their regrets to our President and Guest Speakers and took early leave: Brian Radford, George Fitzpatrick, Doug Foss, Andrew Bowles, Ross McDonald, Sandy Peters


Tom Schulz introduced our two Slapshot program participants: Michelle Honsberger, a grade 11 student from Denis Morris High School and Samantha Green, a grade 11 student from West Park Secondary School.

Michelle Honsberger is the eldest in her family. She has two younger brothers. Her extra curricular activities at school include cross-country, track and field, tennis, badminton, ski club, student council, orchestra, and newspaper. Other interests include soccer, basketball, roller blading, and being outdoors. Michelle recently attended a weekend leadership camp in Bolton, Ontario. She hopes to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Samantha Green has three sisters. Her school activities and interests encompass basketball, volley ball, soccer, Think Bowl, Math contests, ball hockey, reading, and violin. She attended leadership camps in grades 9 and 10. Samantha hopes to attend the University of Florida on a volley ball scholarship where she will study Biology and English. 

Both young ladies spoke of their positive experiences with Slapshot, particularly the presentations and workshops conducted by Michael Tudor where they were able to learn more about their leadership styles and personality traits. Both ladies enjoyed the international scope of the program.

Tom thanked Michelle and Samantha for sharing their enthusiasm for the Slapshot program with club members. Our club also sponsored Andie Burwash, from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and Rachel Skellet from Thorold High School. 


President Bob shared photos from Rotary's 100th anniversary celebration in Chicago. Nearly 45,000 Rotarians attended this convention, which was held at McCormick Place.

Bob, Don Hetherington, and Dan Toppari had a chance to tour Rigley Field, the Chicago Museum, and the Art Gallery of Chicago; to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work; and to visit some very fine restaurants and night clubs. Most importantly, they had a chance to meet interesting people from all walks of life and from a myriad of countries.       

Bob noted that it was an exceptionally well-organized event and an amazing experience.                 

John Teibert reported 28 members and 10 make-ups for just over 100 per cent attendance. 


As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Bob adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.