Edition: June 21, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of June 21, 2022
Past Presidents Dinner
(No Meeting)

President's Message 
First off, a community announcement about Canada Day:  The Strawberry Social at the United Church WILL be happening on July 1st, as a take out service (no dining in the church).  And, the Community Market will be operating.
Second, a reminder to all that there is no breakfast meeting tomorrow (June 21) at the Legion.   Instead we will be gathering around 5:30/6:00pm at the WOTL Community Centre for the Past Presidents’ Dinner.
We haven’t had a Past Presidents’ Dinner since 2019 due to COVID.   For those of you that are new to the Club, it is a celebration of the end of the Rotary year where thanks is given to the outgoing Club President, and the incoming President (Ken Robertson) and Board members are introduced.   It is also a time to recognize the successes of the Club over the year, and to announce the Rotarian of the Year.   Last but not least, it is a wonderful social event for our Club members and guests to get together, share some stories, have a few laughs, and enjoy a delicious dinner.  
The evening also recognizes all of the Past Presidents of our Club.  I am the 20th President …following is a listing of those that have preceeded me.
The Rotary Club of Wellington
List of Presidents
Jim Bancroft
Ted Nash
Dawn Cutler
Bill Mitchell
John Dulmage
Doug Wilson
Dawn Cutler
Butch Riddell
Mike Lattner
Art Sinclair
Howard Ziedenberg 
Brian McGowan
Brian McGowan
Lesley Koopmans
Mike Lattner
Alex Latcher
Phyo Kyi
David Robinet
Howard Ziedenberg
Trudy Brown
Trudy Brown

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Last Week:  J.J. Johnson (County FM 99.3)

The meeting opened with 26 members present plus one guest and after updates on some absent members’ health and the customary rituals, our guest speaker, J.J. Johnston was introduced by Colin. “JJ” (his familiar moniker) has had a long career with many roles connected to ‘the media’ and particularly local radio as well as running a successful consulting business. A leading light at County FM, JJ was instrumental in the establishment of the Station, ten years ago, has also worked in education at different levels and is a long-standing member of the Picton Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow).

JJ began his presentation with a reference to a connection with one of our long-standing Rotarians, Margo Langford, with whom he had worked some years ago on copyright issues in the Music Industry. He then went on to explain how his early education and career led him to become a professional coach for those involved in the media. When JJ came to the project of establishing a local radio station in Picton, although some equipment had been acquired, $150,000 had to be raised and many volunteer helpers sought to decide on policies and even dig the trench from the studio to the antenna. Becoming the interim General Manager, JJ was able to put together a very able team to whom he gave individual credit and thanks for getting County FM to a successful start and the ‘rest is history’. Currently, 65% of running costs come from advertising and the rest of the budget is fund-raised. Over the past few years, the station has laid increasing emphasis on news coverage, especially local, and the informational feature of the Grapevine. County FM is also a mouthpiece for all the non-profit initiatives with free advertising for that kind of enterprise. Questions from members then elicited further information including the fact that the station only has three fully-paid employees but relies on the help of over 120 volunteers. The common denominator, as JJ informed us, is the desire to keep the County informed. There are currently 45 different ‘shows’ being presented. JJ was thanked by John Inwood.

In Club business, some bottle depot vacancies for Wed. & Sat. were filled. MPres Trudy then gave the Club more information on the upcoming Past President’s Dinner, including the fact that representatives from ‘Back the Build’ would be joining us to receive the remainder of the $300,000 + donation pledged several years ago, as well as Mark and Sarah Armstrong, Asst Gov Brenda Hillyer and the anonymous donor of $50,000 to our fundraising effort. She also went on to explain that because the cost of the AER machine we promised to pay for is less than anticipated, we can use the savings to purchase an ECG machine too. The Club voted unanimously to repurpose the relevant funds to this new goal. More information regarding Canada Day was shared, including barbecues needed by Lana. Pres Elect Ken informed members that the second shift for packing emergency food supplies on July 5th was full but there were still places from 12 to 2 pm at Loyalist College. There will be no morning meeting next week. There were six anniversarians to congratulate: Norm & Marilyn Dodgson, Dave & Mary Robinet, and Bill & Karen Hurst. John Wiens is also having a birthday.

After the 4 Way Test, the meeting closed at 8.26.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday June 22, 2022

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Barry Davidson, Dave Robinet, Sethu M.  (FoR), Glen Bailey (FoR)


Saturday June 25, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Chris Compeau, Dave Wallace (For), Ken DesRoches (FoR)
Needed: 1 Cashier

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi, Doug Little, Brenda Little

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Wellington Rotary Supports CML Snider School Programs
Wellington Rotary provided $1,000 in support of CML Snider's breakfast program and Track & Field programs.  
Pictured below, receiving the donation is CML Snider School Principle Tina Jones (left) from Rotarian Christine Dimitris (Centre) and President Trudy Brown (Right).
Jun 21, 2022 7:01 PM
Evening of Celebration
Jun 28, 2022 7:07 AM
Club Business
Jul 05, 2022
New President's Inaugural Address
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
David Hawkins
(June 25)
Margo Langford
(June 28)
 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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