Edition: February 08, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of February 08, 2022
Dr. Anne Nancekieville 
(Dealing with Doctor Shortage)

President's Message 
By the time you read this on Monday morning, I will be basking in the sunshine on the beach in Cuba.   I am writing this on Thursday evening, as Phyo and I will be departing for Cuba Friday morning.  The date, February 4th, is ironically familiar, as it was 2 years ago on February 4th that we returned to Canada from our last international flight (from our Vietnam/Burma/Thailand trip).  It is truly hard to believe that COVID-19 has been impacting our lives for 2 years.  Although our lives have become restricted by this pandemic, it is warming to realize that Wellington Rotary has not sat still.   Here are some highlights of what WE have achieved over the last 24 months of COVID:  Diners & Duffers book sales …while they dropped a bit in 2020, they rebounded in 2021;  Rotary “red” wine sold out in 6 weeks in fall 2020; very successful online auction in fall 2020; popular maple syrup fundraiser in spring 2021 (which we will do again in 2022); wonderful community golf tourney in fall 2021;  we have seen a 75+% increase in revenues at our bottle depot operation; we have donated to many local charities; $180,000 was raised for the New PEC Hospital; and, 8 new Rotarians and many new Friends-of-Rotary have become part of our Club.  All in 2 years!   Well done Wellington Rotary!   
Trudy Brown

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Last Week:  Wade Watts (Accessible Beach Mats)

The meeting was opened by MPres Trudy on time with 17 members present in person for the first time this year and a further 14, including our guest speaker, joining by Zoom. After the usual formalities, Bill Pennell introduced Wade Watts of Watts Accessability Consulting Limited who has made a career of increasing accessability in all kinds of situations for everyone and especially for those with extra challenges of all kinds. A life-changing accident which led to Wade having to use a wheelchair set him on a new path quite different from his previous experiences as a combat engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces. However, he was able to pivot his expertise and determination to spearhead a range of mobility and accessability solutions. Wade’s PPT presentation (available at wfsi.ca) provided a thorough explanation of the materials, quality and characteristics of a range of products including the Mobi-Mat that can be installed over virtually all natural surfaces from sand to snow, ‘fencing’ that can protect pathways, dunes, etc and the floating beach wheelchair. Wade also shared how he uses drones to inspect sites that would otherwise be inaccessible and answered several questions pertinent to the possible purchase and use of one or more of the products at Wellington Rotary Beach, including stability and cost. Wade was thanked  by PP Phyo after offering a demonstration for the Club at a suitable time and it was announced that a Beach Committee would be struck to take this idea further.

In Club business, once Bill’s need for a replacement was addressed, MPres Trudy announced that a request for funding had been received from the organizers of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair. It was agreed to support this enterprise to the tune of $500 as in previous (pre-Covid) years. The exciting news that the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program would also resume with a three-day symposium in late May, with 30 places available, was well-received and members were urged to recommend potential candidates between the ages of 17 and 23 to John Inwood, asap. There was further in-camera discussion for donations to PECMHF equipment. MPres Trudy also shared an approach from the Picton Rotary Club enquiring if we wished to partner with them on improving vaccination uptake amongst youth in the County. Pres Elect Ken, added that there are no barriers to getting vaccinated at present and that, because of reduced demand, the clinics seemed to be winding down at present. As the situation is still fluid, we should keep our options open at this time.

The meeting closed as per usual after congratulating Pierre on his birthday, happy dollars, David Hawkins’s joke, the 50/50 draw and the Four Way Test, at 8.11.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week

Wednesday February 09, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ken Robertson, Pierre LeBrun

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Seth Madhaven (FoR)
Needed:  1 Cashier, 1 Sorter/Receiver


Saturday February 12, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Bill Pennell, Peter Campbell, Jacques Michaud

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Needed: 3 volunteers


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Feb 08, 2022 7:07 AM
Dealing with the Doctor shortage.
Feb 15, 2022 7:07 AM
Many Happy Returns
Feb 22, 2022 7:07 AM
Club Business
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
 Member Anniversaries

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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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