Edition: August 29, 2023

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Yvonne Buys

Club Bulletin for week of August 29, 2023
This Week:  Club Forum


President's Message

I was one of many County residents who attended the County’s Regional Water Supply public information session in Bloomfield town hall a week ago, in the pouring rain.  I was particularly interested in the population forecasts reflected in one of the display boards there, which was reproduced in The Times this week. It was unclear what time horizon underlay these forecasts. I don’t offer an opinion; the numbers speak for themselves.
.                                       Existing (2021)           Future (Buildout) 
                                    Serviced Population      Serviced Population
            Wellington                    2,248                            14,500
            Picton                           5,796                            32,600
The Times had extensive coverage of the issues around upgrading the County’s water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure, including numerous letters to the editor and op eds. This is obviously a topic of significant interest to many local residents, who have a lot of questions.
The next public information session, dealing specifically with the proposed 20-km pipeline from Wellington along the Millenium Trail to Bloomfield and Picton, will be this Thursday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington and District Community Centre.  I hope to see you there.
This has been my public service announcement for the week.
Lyn McGowan
President, Rotary Club of Wellington
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Last Week: Andy Janiskowski (Concerrt at Port Milford)

Meeting Notes by Barry Davidson


There were 31 members and one guest, Lois Brown, to hear Dr. Andy Janikowski speak about Music at Port Milford. He said that it is a hidden treasure in the County, established in 1987, to bring musical young people together. Doris McLaughlin and her daughter, Meg Hill, started it and Meg continues today as the Artistic Director. 

This year they had 48 students mainly from Ontario and the USA, being trained by the best professionals in Canada from opera and the Toronto Symphony. The emphasis is on chamber music; a “string” camp. Applicants must send in a demo tape of their performance for consideration and to determine for the successful ones, where their level is.The goal is to advance their music education while having fun at a summer camp with canoeing and swimming and games in their off-time.It is a serious camp with 3-4 hours a day of lessons and practise. In the four week course, for 12-19 years olds, they offer chamber, orchestra, voice and exposure to audiences. It opens up the world to the students.

COVID has cut the attendance (60 would be desirable) and reduced the funding donations. Classical living is becoming more tenuous and fewer people are going into the profession. However, the camp will provide bursaries and grants to those who need it and they are trying to make the students more diverse. A problem is schools dropping their music program. No County kids are developing their music ability to the level needed to attend this camp.

There is also a five day Choral day camp for PEC elementary students and a six day Adult Chamber Intensive for age 19 years plus. The latter is attended by 2/3 County residents. Funding these programs would be an opportunity for our Club to support this camp.

There were weekly Festival Concerts at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Picton by the teachers and there will be a Faculty Concert in September. Thus there is lots of opportunity for PEC residents to hear and enjoy world-class music.

Club Business:

Howard is taking orders for anyone needing a new Rotary ball cap. The cost is usually under $20.

A debriefing was held on the Wellington party on Sunday. Everyone agreed that it was a great party. Many thanks were given to Tim and Bill Mitchell for organizing it and putting it on. They, in turn, thanked all the Rotarians and their spouses who volunteered for the whole day to carry it off. Special mention was made of all the children who enjoyed the games, face painting, the balloons and candy floss. The drone picture of the crowd will be in this week’s The Times.

Bill Mitchell and Lyn reminded everyone that the Brighton Bar BQ and Karaoke contest, of which we are the defending champs, is being held Monday, August 28. Participants are asked to contact Lyn and Bill to see if we have a team to go.

Kim Lee had his 50:50 ticket drawn but he did not draw the ace of spades.


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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday Aust 30, 2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  John Inwood, Ken Robertson, Ted Nash, Norm Dodgson

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Lari Langford (FoR)
Needed:  1 Rotarian for Cashier, 2 Sorter/Receivers


Saturday September 02,  2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Dave Robinet, Seth Madhaven (FoR)
Needed:  1 Sorter/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Dawn Cutler, Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi


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Aug 29, 2023
Sep 05, 2023
Presidential Address
Sep 12, 2023
District Governor presentation
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays

David MacKinnon
(Sept 01)

 Member Anniversaries

Bill & Nancy Pennell
(42 Yrs, Sep 05)

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Rotary Grace

O Lord and giver of all good
We thank thee for our day food
May Rotary friends and Rotary ways
Help us to serve thee all our days.


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Four Way Test

       Of the things we think, say, and do:
        1.  Is it the TRUTH?
        2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
        3.  Will it build GOODWILL and better
        4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all 

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Rotary Song

R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
R-O-T-A-R-Y, is known on land and sea.
From north to south, and east to west,
They profit most who serve the best,
R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
Guest Editor: Mike Lattner, Howard Ziedenberg
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