Member-at-Large, Jean Holbert-Leighton was this week's Who's Who.

National Anthem: Rob Welch
Toast to the Queen and Canada: Cathy Henry
Invocation: Matt Taylor 

Ron Kozub introduced three guests: Arie Vrugteveen from "Retire At Home," a prospective member; Elisabeth Zimmerman, Exeutive Director from the YWCA and a prospective member; and Chris Michael from Niagara College, guest of Dan Toppari. 

Bob McKay, serving as Sergeant-at-arms, fined:

Paul Massuet - for bribery - Bob paid;
Cathy Henry - for showing trepidation to sit at the lunch  tables of male Rotarians.

Bob also accepted happy dollars from:

Sheila Bristo - who loved Jamaica;
Jim Hooper - who had a gender party on Saturday night - it's a boy!
Matt Taylor - happy for all the women in the club;
Norris Brown - happy for his new granddaughter - a home birth - mom and babe are fine;
Bob McKay - Laeticia is in South Africa for her daughter's graduation. His son is soon to make him a grandfather
Ron Kozub - loved playing jingle bells with his grandchildren. 

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Jean Holbert-Leighton advised that she is of German, Prussian, Dutch, Flemish, Irish, British, and Scottish ancestry. Her father's family has been in Canada since 1607 and the Bronx in New York City is named after her father's ancestor - Jacob Bronk. Her mother's ancestry can be traced from England and are of the Winston Spencer Churchill/Lady Diana Spencer family. Jean was born in Hastings County. She has three sisters and grew up on a dairy farm where she learned the value of hard work.

Jean started school at the age of five and immediately entered grade one. Her favourite teachers were found in grade one and grade seven/eight who instilled a drive for higher education and love of travel. Jean received her teaching certificate from Peterborough Teacher's College and was hired to work in St. Catharines. She taught at Victoria, Ferndale, Oakridge, and Applewood. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Education in 1977.

Jean met her husband Jim while a teacher at Oakridge school. They have been married now for 29 years and have a daughter, Lauren, who is studying for her PhD in Criminal Justice in the USA and is working on a research project in terrorism for Homeland Security in New York City.

In 2001, Jean retired, but felt the need to expand her horizons in a new career. In 2003, Jean received her real estate licence. She has enjoyed selling real estate immensely and is in the top 11% of sales for Coldwell Banker across Canada.

Jean's thoughts on Rotary are centred on volunteering, fellowship, camaraderie, and selflessness within our club. 

Her passion, after the love and respect of her family, is travel and there are still some countries to see. She has traveled to almost all the US states; every province in Canada, except New Foundland; Iceland, Trinidad, and Tobago. She would love to travel to the Scandanavian countries, Isreal, and Greece. 

President Paul thanked Jean for her very informative talk.

Norris Brown reported 26 members, three make ups, and four guests for 90 per cent attendance.  


Paul Monaghan reported:
December 14th Club Assembly at Dom's  Restaurant at 5:30 PM. There will be no regular meeting that day;
Board Meeting, Thursday, December 17th at George Darte Funeral Chapel;
Christmas Party, Monday, December 21st, This is the last meeting of the year. 
Next regular Rotary meeting, January 4, 2010 
District fundraising event
- Seneca Allegheny Casino - information on the web. 

Paul Massuet advised that Ross Elliott is feeling much better now. Paul has also asked that someone new take his position of Visiting Rotarian.

Don advised that help is needed at the next bingo. Volunteers include Sheree, Bob, and Howie.

Roseanne reminded club members about the Christmas party on December 21st. Children under five are free. Children age five to 12 are half price.

Keith Shaver advised that the Donations Committee is meeting at his house at 7:30 P.M.

Cathy Henry delivered best wishes from Julio Batres. 


Greg McDonald, December 12th; Sheila Bristo; November 16th; Don Beard, November 14th and John Klassen. 
50/50 DRAW

Kris Akilie- Jack of Diamonds 

Jason Pollock.


Dan Toppari introduced Sandy Annunziata, a retired football pro, now living in Fort Erie and serving on the Town of Fort Erie council.
Sandy shared championship rings from his days with the Toronto and Edmonton teams.

What he misses most from the game of football is the camaraderie, the travel, and team spirit.

His philosophy is to try and leave the world a better place.

His advice is to be true to your passions. Hard work will always be rewarded and always show love and compassion. Always be accountable, abide by the laws of the land, and maintain your integrity. Act justly and always give back. 

Sheila Bistro thanks Sandy for his inspiring talk.

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