Edition: September 06, 2022

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Bill Mitchell

Club Bulletin for week of September 06, 2022
John Inwood
(20th Anniversary Charter Members' Series)

                  President's Message   
Sad to report Rotary Member Charles Lacey has passed.   Charles Lacey (Lacey Estates Wines)  joined Rotary in October of 2010.  He remained involved in club activities well into his 90s and was a regular attendee at our morning meetings until he was 96 years of age.  He passed away this past week just prior to his 97th Birthday, all members of our club will miss this special man.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kimball and Liz Lacey.   The Rotary Club of Wellington will have a ceremony later this fall to honor Charles in our Rotary Memorial Gardens.
Story Book Walk kickoff started with a bang on Friday September 2nd on the Millenium Trail in Wellington.   Special thanks goes out to Linda Donville who introduced the concept and provided the leadership needed to make this reading and exercise opportunity for young people become a reality.   Of course we need to thank Ted Nash for his hard work building the reading stands and Christine Dimitris for setting up the kickoff.     Can't wait to take my grandkids out to visit the 16 reading stations in our storybook walk.    
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones reminds all Rotarians of the importance of our Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives this year.   She also stressed the priority of putting members first reminding us how important it is to ensure our member enjoy their Rotary experience.  Finally she continues to reinforce the importance of Rotary's focus on empowering women and girls.   Rotary support for local women's shelters is just one example of how we can make a difference. 
Ken Robertson

Welcome, New Wellington Rotarian Roger Tessier

Roger Tessier is an accomplished long-time Rotarian and Past-President of the Coburg Rotary Club. He recently moved to Wellington and transferred to the Wellington Rotary Club.

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Last Week:  Club Forum

The meeting had a very sad opening to hear that long-time Club member, Charles Lacey had passed away, peacefully, at home the previous night. After several expressions of shock and loss from members who had known Charles so well for many years, all 31 members present held a minute of silence in Charles’s honour.

Pres. Ken then began the Club Forum with the investiture of our newest member, Roger Tessier, who was sworn in after his transfer from the Cobourg Club. Pres. Ken continued the program with a report on correspondence, principally expressions of thanks from recipients such as County FM, Community Care for Seniors, and the Zambian project. As part of examining dues paid to the District, the Club discovered that we, like the other clubs in our area, are giving $139 every year to the RADAR project, helping families to cope with the ravages of AIDS in Africa. Pres. Ken then addressed the matter of all members becoming more familiar with the Clubrunner software that can facilitate so many Rotary related tasks and provide information to members. To this end, Phyo has volunteered to give a presentation on this at a future meeting.

Yvonne then presented the Treasurer’s Report that is only reported in certain highlights here but is available to all members on Clubrunner. The bottle return continues to do well in July. The Rotary Ribs also did very well with a profit as well as all the fellowship and positive public relations fostered. There were some pre-expenses for the Golf Tournament. Dues have been received from 39 members, numerous charitable disbursements have been made as approved by the Club and some expenses such as bank charges and insurance have been covered. A motion to accept this report was made by Norm and seconded by Mike. This motion was passed unanimously.

Colin gave an update on the Golf Tournament and Lana spoke about items for the welcome bags. Things are also moving forward on the Auction-Dinner/Dance, “Happy Days are Here Again” with the acquisition of the liquor permit, though more items are still being sought for the auction. Posters are being circulated in a wide variety of media. The goal is to have 250 guests.

Our Communications point-person Christina reminded us that the official opening of the storybook walk was Friday, the 2nd of September, at 10:30 am. Our current membership stands are very healthy 42 with 26 Friends of Rotary. Under New Initiatives, Kate’s Rest is moving forward strongly on its Aquaponics pilot project and those who wish to visit should check with Phyo for the correct protocol. There is also some early talk of the possibility of bringing a splashpad to Wellington Park. Some very expert advice is needed for such an enterprise. PP Trudy brought the Club up-to-date on the 20th Anniversary Party arrangements. The Rec Centre at Wellington-on-the-Lake has been provisionally booked for November 22nd but alternate venues such as the Midtown Brewery and the Rotary Room in the Lehigh Centre could be used. From the Wellness Committee, David McKinnon referenced a very positive initiative involving Robert McMurtry to promote the training and qualification of higher numbers of nurse practitioners.

The Board had received two funding requests, one of which, from Steve Rutledge for the Clean Water for Laotian villages, for $1,000, was accepted (proposed: PP Trudy, seconded: Kim, agreed unanimously), the other for a Toronto Club was not approved.

After some discussion about whether any birthdays and/or anniversaries were due to be mentioned, David McKinnon and Bill Pennell may have deserved an official recognition from Pres. Ken but this is where he fell off the script (which he had mislaid). However, the meeting still closed at 8.13 with the inclusion of the 4 Way Test.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

Rest In Peace, Charles Lacey

With great sadness,  we mark the passing of our Club's oldest member.   Charles Lacey had struggled with health issues over the past few months, and he passed away peacefully on Monday night, with his family at his bedside.  Charles would have turned 97 on September 8th. 
Rotarians Trudy Brown & Lyn McGowan visited the Lacey home to convey our condolences, and delivered a potted lily plant and a sympathy card on behalf of the Rotary Club.   As his family said, Charles loved going to Rotary meetings, being involved in the events, and making many friends that made a big impression on him.   Each of us will remember Charles in our own special way.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date, potentially in the spring, that Kimball & Liz Lacey will alert us to.   The family says they don't need anything at this time, but they may reach out for our help with the grape harvest.  
If you wish to send condolences, the Lacey Estates Winery address is:  804 Closson Road, Hillier, ON  K0K 2J0

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday Sept 07, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ken Robertson, Norm Dodgeson, Alex Lacher (FoR)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Barry Davidson
Needed: 3 Sorter/Receivers


Saturday September 10, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: David MacKinnon, William Mulholland, Sethu Madhaven (FoR)
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Margo Langford, Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver

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Sep 06, 2022
20th Anniv Founders' series
Sep 13, 2022
District Governor
Sep 20, 2022
RYLS experience & Belleville Youth Centre
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Charles Lacey
(Sept. 08)

 Member Anniversaries
Shawn & Julie Ellis
(3 Yrs Sept. 07)

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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.
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