Edition: June 14, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of June 14, 2022
JJ Johnson (County FM)

President's Message 
In late May, our Club sponsored Shawn Brown to attend the District 7070 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS), also known as RYLA.   An article in the June Rotary magazine sheds some light on the importance of the RYLS program, which got it’s start in 1959 in Australia, and became an official world-wide Rotary program in 1971.   Venues are coordinated at the District level, with a focus to develop leadership skills, instill a lifelong commitment to service, and empower young people to make the most of their lives.   An estimated 50,000 young adults participate each year.  We will be sure to get Shawn on the agenda for a future meeting to get his feedback on the 3 days at Ganaraska Forest Centre.  
On another note, June is Rotary Fellowship Month.   With over 1.4 million Rotarians, there are many opportunities for you to link with others who share your passion, wherever they may live in the world.   From bird watching to music to wine to quilters to curling, there are currently over 100 fellowships that are available for your perusal.   If interested, please check them out at www.rotary.org/fellowships, or get a bit more insight by reading the article in the June Rotary magazine.
Trudy Brown

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Last Week:  Wendy Mathews (County Kids Read)

The meeting opened with 24 members and 2 guests, Wendy Matthews and Mark Henry, present. After the check on member health, the Rotary Song, O Canada (much improved by use of a metronome) and the Royal toast, Dawn introduced Wendy Matthews of County Kids Read who ‘retired’ in 2007 after a thirty-four year career in education in a variety of roles including elementary teacher, Special Ed., administration and leadership of the Ontario Federation of Elementary School Teachers. Since moving to the County, Wendy has remained very active in many local projects and activities including the Arts Trail, as well as overseas connections to a Cambodian NGO. She serves on the Board of CKR and is working to promote literacy in young children, particularly those whose learning has been challenged additionally during Covid.

Wendy began her presentation by explaining how the idea of having books for children to read when attending vaccination clinics in Picton had spawned a number of similar initiatives around the County, including the creation of a reading or ‘book nook’ space in the Lehigh Centre which kids can enjoy when waiting, for whatever reason, at the Arena. In many cases, the books aren’t just loaned but can be kept by the children if they wish. CKR has been supported by the PEC Arts Council and other local educational and social organisations. It is participating with fourteen community parties including the PEC Family Health Team, Alternatives for Women and the Food Banks to reach the most vulnerable clientele who need the help most. Low high-school graduation rates are directly linked back to failure to acquire literacy skills in the early years. CKR is grateful for the help of Mary Magdalen Church, in Picton, for giving it a space for storage and access for teachers and their students, there. CKR is also partnering with the County Foundation and Shire Hall to identify areas of need. 355 books have been given to over 90 families in the recent past. These efforts are to address the additional impacts that Covid has had on young minds with over 73% of teachers seeing high levels of anxiety in many more students. Reading can help reduce anxiety as well as raise literacy levels. Much more information on CKR can be found at its website @ countykidsread.ca. Several members posed questions to Wendy which led to further information on the scheme being elicited. Wendy was thanked by Phyo who reassured her that the Club would continue to support CKR’s work for literacy.

MPres Trudy then introduced Mark Henry, formerly of Fields on West Lake, and still very much involved with the County Marathon. This event is returning after Covid and Mark wants to revive the long and positive support of the Club for this once-annual event, especially by providing marshalls for various jobs on the race day. This year, it will take place on Sunday October 2nd with 210 runners already registered including several overseas competitors. Some of the proceeds from the race will go the new PECM Hospital and that, as well as much more information about the Marathon can be found at info@countymarathon.ca. Mark was thanked by MPres Trudy.

In Club Business, Bill had urgent needs for the second shifts on Wed & Sat. Some of these were covered. PP Howard then reminded members of the Past President’s Dinner on June 21st. Most of the 50 attendees have paid and should bring their own beverages to the event. There will be a cocktail time beginning at 5.30. It is intended to have some special guests attend (at the Club’s expense) in order to make the big presentation to the Back the Build Campaign of the cheque for $308,000 that was pledged. Additional guests to the representatives from the PECMH Foundation may include Mark Armstrong and his wife and the anonymous donor of the £50,000 donation to the hospital that has been held in trust by the Club for several years. MPres Trudy then went on to thank those members who had already paid their annual dues of $200 with a reminder, to those who had not yet done so, how these may be paid. Volunteers for Canada Day activities should contact Lana to help prepare and sell Rotary Ribs in the Park. Someone to spearhead the Rotary Float preparation is still needed though a tow vehicle has been offered. July 5th emergency food packing is still happening at Loyalist College with any additional volunteers welcome - contact Pres Elect Ken. The Fall Fundraiser Committee met after the main meeting. Richard Todd’s birthday was congratulated and, after the customary formalities, the meeting closed at 8.23.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday June 15, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: John Inwood, Ted Nash, Ken Robertson, Alex Lacher (FoR)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Reg LaPierre (FoR)
Needed: 1 Cashier, 2 Sorter/Receivers


Saturday June 18, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: David McKinnon, Peter Campbell
Needed: 2  Sorter/Receivers

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trudy Brown, Phyo Kyi, Dawn Cutler, Christine Dimitris

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Jun 14, 2022 7:07 AM
County FM 99.3
Jun 21, 2022 7:01 PM
Evening of Celebration
Jun 28, 2022 7:07 AM
Club Business
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
John Wiens
(June 18)
 Member Anniversaries
Norm & Marilyn Dodgson
(47 Yrs, June 14)
Dave & Mary Robinet
(49 Yrs, June 16)

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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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