Edition:  October 12, 2021

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Mike Lattner

Club Bulletin for week of October 12, 2021
Birgit Wartenberg

(Indigenous Peoples Partnership)

President's Message 
Happy Thanksgiving!   I hope that all of you were able to get together with friends or family to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.   The weather has been and looks like it will continue to be wonderful (for the most part) over the next week or so.  Let’s enjoy it while it lasts! 
Next Sunday, October 17, is the Memorial Garden Dedication Ceremony. Here is a little history on the garden:
After the passing of Gil VanSoelen, the Club assessed options on how we could memorialize members who had passed.  In February 2018, Past President Brian McGowan took the lead on the initiative to plant a memorial tree (with a plaque) along the Millenium Trail.  Many optimistic discussions with The County were held over the next 18 months, but approval on the tree planting was never received.  In November 2019, the committee was advised that the decision would be further delayed pending installation of a new sewer line along the Millenium Trail.  In April 2020, Barry learned that The County was unlikely to approve tree planting along the Trail due to the watermain work planned for this area.  So, a new committee, consisting of Barry, Bill M, Phyo & Ken was tasked with considering options. 
As part of the committee, Charter Member Bill Mitchell looked into what other Rotary Clubs have done for memorials, and proposed a garden.  The committee agreed, and the location by the kiosk on the Millenium Trail was approved.  Bill approached Carson Arthur to help with the design, and Barry coordinated the work effort to create the beautiful garden and structure.
Although the garden was completed in August 2020, COVID restrictions have prevented us from having the official opening sooner. 
The dedication ceremony will commence at 2pm on Sunday.  Please confirm your attendance with Past President Howard.
Trudy Brown

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Last Week:  Club Forum 
The meeting opened on time with 22 Rotarians present in person, with 4 others joined via Zoom, plus 3 guest speakers from PEFAC, Art Knight, Tom Faulkner, and Matt Smith.  The group sang O'Canada and toast to the queen.  Subsequently, Tom Faulkner was introduced as the guest speaker.
Tom provided an update regarding how PEFAC has fared during the last 18 months of the pandemic. He mentioned that most members were allowed to suspend their memberships while PEFAC was in lockdown. About 60 members continued their memberships to support the club and staff.  The club was able to keep a skeletal staff on payroll with the help of federal and provincial subsidies.  However, the subsidies are on a diminishing scale as we come out of lockdowns and the club is reopening at limited capacities.  Currently revenues for August 2021 are 55% down from same period 2019.  The club was totally closed down 3 times during the last 18 months for several weeks each time,  and is now re-opened with a limit of 10 people in the fitness area and 8 people in the weight room at any one time.  Video sessions via Zoom are offered for fitness classes.  People are asked to phone in reservations when they want to come in-person to the club.  In the past, our Rotary Club has sponsored an assistance program for members who are unable to afford the membership fees.  This program continued during the pandemic, and Tom asked that PEFAC would like to apply for our continued support. Approximately 15 people benefit from this program at a cost of about $20-$55 per month, which this program subsidized.   Tom closed his presentation by saying that PEFAC is not just about exercise & getting fit, but it is about community well being.  After a brief Q&A, Bill Pennell thanked Tom for his presentation.
In other business, Colin Fredericks provided an update on the Golf Day, estimating that we made about $3000 while having a great time bringing 72 golfers together for a fun 9 holes and dinner.  
Past President Howard provided an update on the memorial garden dedication ceremony planned for October 17.   He also mentioned that the rains on October 10 pre-empted the Friends of Rotary appreciation BBQ, but will be rescheduled for later.  Lana Whitteker announced that unused food for the event were resold to some who wanted the burgers and chicken dogs, but the rest would be donated to the FoodBank.
Bottle Bill Mitchell summarized the volunteer roster for the Bottle Depot for the week, asking for members to fill in the open slots.  Lyn McGowan announced that Wednesday & Thursday were grape picking days for Domaine Darius at HollyHill vineyard (Lyn's house), and that volunteers to help with the grape picking would be welcomed. Lyn would provide snacks and wine sampling.  David Gillingham from Domaine Darius has been an avid support of our Rotary Club and would appreciate the help.
The meeting closed at 8:00 a.m. with a four way test.
From notes by Phyo Kyi

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week

Wednesday October 13, 2021

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ted Nash, Linda Donville, Ken Robertson

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Barry Davidson.

Needed: 1 Cashier, 3 Sorters/Receivers

Saturday October 16, 2021
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  David MacKinnon, Chris Compeau
Needed: 2 Sorters/Receivers
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Bill Mitchell, Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver
Oct 12, 2021 7:07 AM
Indiginous Peoples Partnership
Oct 19, 2021 7:07 AM
Children's Foundation
Oct 26, 2021 7:07 AM
Club Business
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Peter Campbell
(October 18)
 Member Anniversaries
Robynne & John Heeringa
(5 Years October 15)
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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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