Edition: September 05, 2023

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Yvonne Buys

Club Bulletin for week of September 05, 2023
This Week:  Lyn McGown
(Club President's Discussion)


President's Message

I cannot believe it’s September already, and students will be returning to school this week. Anyone who was a teacher, or lived for any time with a teacher, becomes very attuned to the way the academic calendar divides the year into annually predictable blocks.

September, more than January for me, is a time for looking back and looking forward. The “carefree” summer season is coming to an end and new challenges lie ahead. Our club had three big wins this summer – the very successful Wellington Rotary Golf Tournament in June, followed by a great Canada Day parade and barbecued ribs in the park in July, and to top it all the fabulous Rotary Community Appreciation event in August.

Looking ahead, we have the “Dig It” Wellington Rotary Dinner/Dance/Auction in support of the hospital’s “Back the Build” campaign coming up in less than 2 weeks, on September 16. In October, we plan to assist with the County Marathon on the 1 st , there is Wellington Pumpkinfest Parade and Weigh-Off on the 14 th, the Rotary Foundation Walk on the 15 th and the District 7070 Conference in Oshawa from October 20-22.

If that isn’t enough, the next offering of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) starts on September 13. I took the 9-part program last year and have to say, I learned a lot. It is offered on Zoom, 1 ½ to 2 hours on consecutive Wednesday evenings from the comfort of your own home, no travel required. It’s a great way to learn more about Rotary.

Now, let’s enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Lyn McGowan
President, Rotary Club of Wellington
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Last Week: Club Forum

Meeting Notes by Barry Davidson


There were 27 members to attend our monthly admin meeting.

The correspondence report by Chris included:

  • An enquiry about funding a memorial bench which was passed to the County Operations department that is handling bench requests.
  • Correspondence from “Plastic Free PEC” resulted in a suggestion that they make a presentation to the Club.
  • A request for how to organize a “D&D Book” from the British Virgin Islands will be answered. This is the second such request recently.

Yvonne presented the financial report for July which is available in detail on our website. Ken moved and Mike seconded that the financial report be accepted. It was carried. Later in the meeting Yvonne moved and Peter seconded a motion to run a negative balance in this years’ budget to accommodate previous commitments to the hospital fund. Carried. 

Christine described improvements that she has made to “Jazz up” the website. Mike asked her to add access to the auction on our Facebook page.

Norm reported the Storybook Walk displays will be protected over the winter by covering them with a plastic bag. He was alerted that construction of the water truck line on the Trail will necessitate moving the stands to a different part of the Trail. Christine mentioned that the author’s launch that we had for the new book did not cost us anything, because it was done by her friend: normally we should expect to pay $300 to the author.

Dawn has agreed to lead the Wellington team for the Spelling Bee.

Although the Free Reading program is being used by CML Snider, he does not know why it is not as popular in other schools. He is working on it.

Two CML Snider students who were awarded scholarships when they graduated are not going to college or university after high school, so the scholarships are not been given. Following this announcement club members had a lively discussion about alternatives to meet our objectives. This resulted in a decision to have Norm prepare a proposal  for new criterion for discussion at a future meeting.

Peter reported the Board has considered Lois Brown’s application for membership and is recommending it to the members. Peter will advise members that if they have any objections to register them in the next six days.

Two people interested in joining applied to our booth at the Wellington town party, Lois Ward and Pauling Casanish. They are being invited to our meeting next week to see how they like the Club and how we like them.

We had two requests for financial assistance that were considered by the Board:

  • The Board recommends to the members that Music at Port Milford be given $1,000 for the Choral Program that benefits County children. Moved by Mike, seconded by Kim, carried.
  • The Board approved an annual donation of $500 to the Guatemalan Literacy Fund.

Lyn announced that next week’s meeting will be an update to the members’ satisfaction survey. This will include responses concerning paying $25,000 to the County for the naming rights to the Rotary room and renovating the electronic sign. In today’s meeting there were strong opinions expressed both for and against the payment. The decision will be considered next week.

Roger briefed the members on the “Wheelbarrow of alcohol beverages” lottery to be held at the dinner/dance. He asked members to make contributions of bottles by bring them to him next week. Bill P. will confirm what license, if any, is required to run this lottery for our “private affair”. It is considered “private” because we have sold tickets to it ahead of time.

David M reported that the Wellness committee is starting two initiatives:

  • Collaborating with the Wellington Community Association to present material to residents.
  • Asking Dr. Jane Phillpott, Dean of Medicine at Queens, and a former Ontario Minister of Health, to address our audience.

Barry had his 50:50 ticket drawn and he drew the ace of spades, but not for much since it had been won recently.


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If you haven't purchased your tickets, please do so this week.
Contact Trudy Brown

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday Sept 06, 2023

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Barry Davidson, Lari Langford (FoR)
Needed:  1 Sorter/Receiver


Saturday September 09,  2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Doug Henderson (FoR), Seth Madhaven (FoR)
Needed:  1 Rotarian Cashier

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Dave Wallace (FoR), Robyn Schultz (FoR)
Needed: 1 Rotarian Cashier


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Sep 05, 2023
Presidential Address
Sep 12, 2023
District Governor presentation
Sep 19, 2023
Atorkor, Ghana
View entire list

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays

- none -

 Member Anniversaries

Shawn & Julie Ellis
(4 Yrs, Sep 07)

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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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