Edition: September 13, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of September 13, 2022
Iosif Ciosa
(District 7070 Governor)

                  President's Message   
Summer of 2022 is over and we are now enjoying the wonderful fall weather hoping to see lots of warm days and cool evenings until after Thanksgiving.
Exciting week with the visit from our District Governor.   Iosif Ciosa is a Business Consultant in the Toronto area, he is the former President of Rotary Club of Etobicoke,   His leadership is an important part of the success of the Clubs in Rotary District 7070.   He will be our guest speaker on Tuesday and following the meeting our Board of Directors will give him an opportunity to visit our Bottle Depot, the Rotary Memorial Gardens,  the Rotary Story Book Walk and the Wellington Rotary Beach.
Rotary District 7070 is developing a special event to recognize the women who have provided leadership in Rotary.   They asked each Club to forward names of their first female President and I was proud to advise them we had Lesley Koopman as President of the Wellington Rotary Club in 2014/15.   Once again the BIG GOAL of President Jennifer Jones is to have women representing 30% of our Rotarian membership.  We are fortunate to have had great leadership from Presidents Dawn Cutler 2008/2009 and Trudy Brown 2020/2021 and of course we are excited that Lyn McGowan is our President Elect.    Well done everyone we appreciate your leadership....

Ken Robertson
As a preamble to DG Iosif's visit, the following was his message to Club Presidents and Secretaries last week:
Weekly message to D7070 AGs, Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents & Club Secretaries from DG Iosif Ciosa.   Please forward to your members!
Welcome to September! Hope everyone had a great Labour Day Weekend!
September is Rotary International’s Basic Education and Literacy Month. Rotary’s goal is to empower communities to support basic education and Literacy, reduce gender disparity in education and increase adult literacy. 
World Literacy Day is coming up on September 8th. Literacy Day serves as a reminder of the Importance of Literacy for individuals and society.
This Monday I was volunteering at the Drive-Thru-Ribfest with the Woodbridge Club. 
Update on the the 2022-2023 Strategic Plan
After a well-deserved summer break, September marks the month when Rotary clubs get back into full action in serving our communities – imagine what a difference we can make.
To help continue to make an ever greater impact, the District Leadership Team has been working to update the Strategic Action Plan for 2022-2023 (see attached).   Reach out to your Assistant Governor if you need help or have any questions. 
We have created a new Strategic Direction Role role this year to help with the tactics on how to reach our goals. Prince Kumar is the chair of the new role, he has been working with the DG and DLT to update the Strategic Action Plan . If you have any questions or need help please reach out to Prince at prince.kumar@rotarytoronto.com
Upcoming Events in our District: Check the District Website for more info
Regions 3, 4 & 5 Presidents and AGs meetings -Check the District Website for Details
Region 3 - Wednesday, 7th September 7pm
Region 4 - Thursday, 8th September 7pm
Region 5 - Tuesday, 6th September 7 pm
Ajax Family Funfest Saturday 10th September & Sunday 11th September
Port Perry Pedlars Sunday 11th of September 
3rd Durham Region Children's Business Fair Sunday 10th of September 
If you would like for Maggie and I to volunteer at your event, please send me the date and time and I/we will try my/our best to come out to help.
Wish you all a great week! 
DG Iosif
Final thought:
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. ~Bernard Meltzer


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Last Week:  John Inwood (20th Anniversary Speaker Series)

The meeting opened at 7:07 with 28 members present and two guests; Cathy Cavanagh, who is currently a member of the Northumberland sunrise club and Brian Barber, father of Jill Barber the musician and author of our current Storybook Walk book “Music is for Everyone” and Wellington resident.  Pres. Ken introduced our speaker in the Charter Member series of presentations, John Inwood. John then gave a lively account of his long involvement with Rotary and many of the highlights of his time, particularly with our own Club since its establishment.

John‘s first encounter with Rotary happened during his frosh year at Queen’s University. He had to do some community service as part of his studies and was picked up by a Rotarian and taken to a subdivision to sell Rotary peanuts in aid of crippled children. He was impressed by the Rotarian and the cause though there was then a hiatus of fifteen years in his involvement with Rotary (though he was a Kinsman & Lion at various times) until he came to Prince Edward County in the early 80s and was invited to join the Picton Club by Leo Finnegan. He became President of the Club in 1989. That was also the first year that the Picton Club inducted a female member, Lynn Markland, and the first Picton Rotary Golf Tournament that was part of raising $50,000 for work on the hospital and has since become established as the Wilf Harrison Memorial Tournament. Changes to John’s professional circumstances made it impossible for him to sustain the 75% attendance that used to be a Rotary requirement but, after his retirement in 2002, John was persuaded, by Leo Finnegan again, to be part of a group of Wellingtonians to set up a new club. An early involvement in the newly-formed Club, was Ways & Means which led to piloting a new initiative, the Diners & Duffers voucher/discount book which has continued to be a substantial and reliable source of income for participating local clubs. John chaired that project for the next 15 years, with the support of Reg Gemmel, Art Sinclair, Howard Ziedenberg, Scott Johnston, Cliff Deleon, Kristen Nash and Liz Bosma, to name a few. John was also heavily involved, particularly with his professional background, in the renovation of the Wellington Beach area including, of course, the boardwalk and the sun shelter which were built for the Club’s Centennial Project. Many hours and days were spent bolting together cribbing for the base for decking and hauling to the beach. John was helped by many Club members including Pierre LeBrun, Dick McArthur, Dean Westbrook, Chuck McWilliams and Kevin Conley. Not long after this, Wellington decided to hold a Waterfront Festival and the Club contributed by organizing a beach volleyball tournament with heavy equipment being used to level the sand and set up the DJ’s trailer powered by Pierre’s generator. The beer garden turned out not to be a big fundraiser but was a fun raiser. Another early fundraising idea was the Texas Holdem Tournament that looked very promising until shut down by the OLG. A curious Wellington Rotary Club artefact was recently revealed as an attempt to brand the Rotary logo onto park bench boards. It’s past belongs with the fairy lights hung in the Chadsey’s Cairns West Hay Mow for a Fall dance party that was held for several years. There were also some run-ins with the OLC in trying to hold a wine-tasting event in the former Dukedome. Amongst other memories were the scavenger poker run and the highly-remunerative Dave Wilcox concert at the Lehigh Centre for which several Club members gained their bar-tending certifIcation. Another major project for the Club became the Millennium Trail, initiated by Barry Davidson, but with a hugh amount of sweat equity from members and some very useful Hydro One contacts. John was also instrumental in installing the scoreboard at the Wellington baseball diamonds with key support from Pierre, David Baldwin and Tim.

John concluded his presentation by explaining his attraction to Rotary because of its weekly format, the informative speaker program and the role of the executive committee. He appreciates both local and international projects to follow our mission.

After answering some questions, John was thanked by Christine who is also a friend of his daughter.

In Club business, the inaugural event for the Storybook Walk was described and Linda was thanked for all her efforts on this project. Pres. Ken requested help to organize this year’s Rotary Foundation Walk which will take place on Sunday September 25th next. Lyn and Margo volunteered to work on that. Christine distributed some posters for the Auction/Dance event (HDAHA). 2 volunteers were needed for Wednesday at the bottle depot. Pres. Ken congratulated David McKinnon on his birthday and Bill and Sean on their anniversaries. PPres Trudy announced that the Wellington United Church were able to pay off the loan  of $25,000 incurred for shoreline repair, with the help of our Club and others. Colin thanked Lana, Pres. Ken and others for making the Golf Tournament ‘ready to roll’ so soon.

The meeting closed at 8.13 after happy dollars, the 50/50 and the 4 Way Test.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling
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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday Sept 14, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ken Robertson, Norm Dodgeson, Roger Tessier

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Michelle Kosoy, Dave Wallace (FoR)
Needed: 2 Sorter/Receivers


Saturday September 17, 2022

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

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

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Sep 13, 2022
District Governor
Sep 20, 2022
RYLS experience & Belleville Youth Centre
Sep 27, 2022
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
Liz Bosma Donovan
(Sept. 16)

 Member Anniversaries
Yvonne Buys & Chris Compeau
(32 Yrs Sept. 15)
Dawn & Bob Cutler
(45 Yrs Sept. 17)
Lana & Brad Whitteker
(34 Yrs Sept. 17)
Mike & Liz Lattner
(41 Yrs Sept. 19)

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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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