Edition: August 30, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of August 30, 2022
Club Forum

                  President's Message   
Finally some rain, another great week in Prince Edward County started with a much needed 2 to 3 inches of rain. Farmers, grape growers, gardeners and people like me who like green grass are happy again.
A Visit from Sterling Club Rotarian Bill McKay and his wife Corey was very special this week. 
Some of our Charter Members explained the impact that Bill had on helping with the establishment of the Rotary Club of Wellington.   Comments overheard included, "Without Bill's guidance and leadership our Club would have never have got off the ground."   Thanks Bill, you should be proud of the great work that has followed since the club was formed 20 years ago.
The Wellington Rotary Club WELLNESS COMMITTEE was established this year with goals that include addressing the problem of the growing number of Orphan Patients in the County. (Residents without a local Primary Care Doctor)  This committee will also be working on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion initiatives and other creative solutions to local health care problems.  Their first order of business was to have local MPP Todd Smith speak at our meeting this week,  he shared some information on Provincial and Local health care initiatives.  Hopefully he will provide a contact from the MOH that will work with our committee.    Thanks to committee members David MacKinnon, Chris Compeau, Yvonne Buys and David Smith for your leadership.
Ken Robertson

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Last Week:  MPP Todd Smith

Pres. Ken opened the meeting in the usual manner with 29 members present at the Legion, joined by Bill & Corey Mackay, from the Stirling Club plus Tim and our guest speaker joining us via Zoom.

David Smith introduced Todd Smith (no relation) with a resume of his career and commitment to this region over 25 years. After working in broadcasting for 16 years, Todd was drawn to politics and has had a very successful career with the Ontario Conservative Party including the post of Deputy Prime Minister and other senior portfolios in the Provincial Government. He is currently Minister for Energy and, of course, our local MPP.

Despite his current portfolio, Todd’s topic was the crisis in health care in the Province and the government measures that are being taken to address this situation. He began by recognising and thanking the Club for its contributions to the new hospital, a project which he has been involved in and a supporter of, from its inception. Todd then went on to summarise the Government’s record on meeting long-term care needs, particularly the construction of new facilities, and efforts to increase the workforce in this sector, such as steps taken to increase the number of PSWs, doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners. He recognised the challenge that exists for primary care in the County as well as the connections to other issues like affordable housing that can act as a barrier to attracting and keeping medical professionals in our area. He also pointed out that the changes which are coming about will make demands on the provincial power needs.

Todd was asked several prepared questions on potential health care ‘solutions’, the difficulty of measuring the scale of the problem of ‘orphan’ patients, and what short-term steps might be required. He was also given an offer of help from the Club, particularly from our Wellness committee, to identify needs and support initiatives that address this challenge. Todd referred, in response, to the pilot project in Belleville to increase the number of nurse practitioners which is Federally funded and felt the best form of contact between the Club and the Ministry of Health would be through the Hastings Prince Edward members of the Ontario Health Team. Christine also raised the question of automobile electrification and the efficacy of high tech solutions in our local environment. Todd pointed out that there will be high-speed internet available by 2025.

Todd was thanked by David McKinnon whose career brought him into very close contact with Provincial health policies. He particularly thanked Todd for his work in making the hospital funding more equitable after years of underfunding as well as his support for the new hospital project.

In Club business, the membership of the Wellness Committee was identified as David McKinnon (Chair), Yvonne, Chris and David Smith. Norm’s golfing success was characterized as “sandbagging”. Bill’s bottle depot needs were addressed. PPTrudy announced a minor change to the Rotary Beach letter. Peter, as responsible for liaison between the Auction Committee and local producers, explained the connection with PECWA (Prince Edward Winegrowers Association) that we now have and how potential donor/supporters will be contacted. Colin gave an update on the Golf Tournament and asked for a few more volunteers for jobs on the day.

Colin and Shelley were congratulated on their 46th wedding anniversary.

The meeting closed after happy dollars, the 50/50 draw (not won yet) and the 4 Way Test at 8.20.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday August 31, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ken Robertson, Ted Nash, Colin Fredericks

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Roger Tessier, Christine Dimitris
Needed: 2 Sorter/Receiver


Saturday September 03, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Paul Denault (FoR), Sethu Madhaven (FoR)
Needed: 1 Cashier, 1 Sorter/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi
Needed: 2 Sorter/Receiver

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Aug 30, 2022
Sep 06, 2022
20th Anniv Founders' series
Sep 13, 2022
District Governor
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
David MacKinnon
(Sept. 01)

 Member Anniversaries
Bill & Nancy Pennell
(41 Yrs Sept. 05)

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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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