Edition: August 16, 2022

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

Club Bulletin for week of August 16, 2022
The Hub (Susan Quaiff - Food Insecurity)

                  President's Message   
It was just wonderful to finally get a break from our summer heatwave.   While we all enjoy the summer sunshine, the hot and humid temperatures kept many people indoors.  I am happy to say i have now returned to my daily 4-5 mile afternoon walks.
Growing our Membership is one of Rotary Internationals objectives this year.   While we currently have two new members joining our Club we would welcome more.    If you have someone who you think would enjoy our Rotary Fellowship and support Rotary's "Service Above Self" invite them out to a weekly meeting.   We hope to increase our membership again this year, Membership Director Peter Campbell is leading this initiative.
Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign continues to be a priority and our Club donates funds each year to support this effort to eliminate Polio across the world.   Recent discovery of Polio infections in the USA and Britain is a reminder that our work is not done.    Back in the 1940s 35,000 children would be paralyzed each year in the USA, but as a result of the Polio Vaccinations they declared USA "POLIO FREE" in 1979.   Recent outbreaks are believed to be caused by unvaccinated individuals who contracted the virus while travelling abroad.
Wellington Rotary Club Fundraising Dinner and Online Auction plans are now underway for the major fundraising event that will conclude with a Dinner/Dance on October 15th.   Barry Davidson and Bill Pennell have kicked of the solicitation part of the project and they are looking for donations that can be included as part of the online auction.    If you want to support the auction with a donation or have someone who may donate items please contact Bill Pennell at wm.pennell@gmail.com.
Last Call for Orange T-Shirts that are being sold as a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of GOALS.  They will support Indigenous Charities from sales of Orange T shirts to celebrate September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day.   If you want a T-shirt ($24), let me know your sizes before the 17th of August.   I will collect payment when they are shipped to us.
Ken Robertson

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Last Week:  Ted Nash
(Wellington Rotary 20th Anniversary Charter Members Speech)

A returning Pres. Ken had solved a security issue that had been omitted from last week’s notes and he opened the meeting on time but with one of the most brutal renditions of O Canada ever heard at the Legion. 27 members were present in person and Christine joined by Zoom. Past President Ted Nash was the first in a series of Charter Members who will be presenting a twentieth anniversary Classification Speech. He gave a fascinating account of his experiences in Wellington with particular reference to how these had intersected with Rotary for the last two decades.

Ted began by giving a brief family history that included generations of Nashes, Coles and Greers which attested to how deep his roots run in the County and, particular, Wellington. Born in the ‘old’ ‘old’ Picton hospital, he attended what was then known as the Wellington Consolidated School which included all the grades that then existed (no kindergarten). At this time (in the 70’s) the local economy was still heavily focused on agricultural produce and the canning industry which gradually fell away as the millennium approached. There were large families and the schools were full. Ted attended the high school in Picton when there were around 1,400 students. There were plenty of employment opportunities including with big companies like GM, Defasco and Stelco which came recruiting to the County. Ted went off to university to, what was then, Ryerson, and is now Toronto Metropolitan. It was quite a contrast from what he had been accustomed to at home! There he studied Landscape Architecture. In the Fall of 1980, en route to Vancouver, he ended up in Calgary and, for romantic reasons, never got any farther west. He worked in Alberta for a very large landscaping corporation and gained tremendous experience, in the field, from some very large-scale projects. However, family and the County drew him back to become involved in the business that they had owned since 1905. He has been instrumental in the success of the enterprise which is now a local icon. Married to Donna for 39 years, with children Evan and Kristen plus unspecified grandchildren, Ted has also given untold support to his community especially the Wellington Rotary Club since inte inception in 2002.

Ted took up the story from when he returned to live in Wellington in 1982. The family business was cemented by buying the other pre-existing hardware store (Home Hardware) in 1988. At around this time, although there were recessions and the canning industry was disappearing, other enterprises were starting up, particularly grape growing (at first) followed by wineries and other similar craft-type businesses. A very significant turning-point occurred in 2013 with the opening of the Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington. There has since been an explosion of interest in the County both from tourists and those wanting to live here. Although the residential property boom was slow in starting (Wellington on the Lake was originally planned, in the 90s, for 385 homes over 4 years) it has exploded over the last few years.

Ted then went on to focus on our Rotary Club and gave details of how the decision was made to charter a new club, the other clubs and individuals who supported, joined and led the club. In November 2002, there were 21 members and Ted became the second president after less than a year of operation in July of 2003. John Inwood, Dawn Cutler and Bill Mitchell are the other charter members still active in the Club. From the first, the Wellington Club was more informal than many of its older counterparts but this worked very well with tremendous enthusiasm for events and activities like barn dances, volleyball, wine and beer fests, live music etc. Rapidly, the Club gained a very positive image in the community with many local causes and constructive involvements, including the Rotary Beach to name just one. Other activities included Texas Hold-em Tournaments, Diners & Duffers, the Spelling Bee, Parade involvement, Pumpkin Fest, the Rotary international Exchange Program (in which Ted’s children participated in Sweden & Japan, respectively). The Club was the first agency to plan the Wellington Beach area, at all, and as well as hiring professional planners and preparing a model, the Club built the boardwalk and other structures still in use today. For some years after the railroad tracks were removed for scrap in the 90s, the trail bed languished in abandonment until the idea for the Millennium Trail fired up members of the Club, particularly Barry Davidson, and led to what we have today.

In conclusion, Ted emphasized the need for communication both within the Club and with the outside community so that people know where their donations are going. The bottle depot continues to be a strong source of revenue and has facilitated our ability to take on big projects like the Back the Build donation. We have also been able to work with other clubs such as the Lions on the Wellington Gazebo. Ted was thanked by David Smith, Lyn and the entire Club.

In Club Business, Bottle depot volunteer needs were met and Barry announced that the On-line auction will be accessible from the 1st to 15th October. Those soliciting items need to start collecting if they have not already done so. The dinner/dance on the 15th will cost $75 each. Some golf prizes have already been donated and registration of players almost full. There are also hole sponsorships coming in.

Christine was wished a speedy recovery and return to normality. Volunteers were solicited to assist with the weighing at Pumpkinfest - also on October 15th. Ted was welcoming assistance with Storyboard painting. Bill had members sign up to attend the Brighton Rotary BBQ on Monday 15th.
Notes from Geoffrey Telling

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How Did Wellington Rotary Beach Get Its Name?

Contrary to a recent letter-to-the-editor article in the Wellington Times implying that Rotarians arbitrarily placed a rock on Wellington Beach with the Club's logo and name and called it Wellington Rotary Beach, it was the County of Prince Edward bestowing the name Wellington Rotary Beach in recognition of the Rotary Club's contributions to revitalizing the beach facilities in 2008.   Above is a picture of some of the Rotarians who worked on the Beach Project.

Click HERE to view the letter from the County of Prince Edward informing the club, after approval of the Recreation, Parks and Culture Committee and then by County Council, that "Wellington Rotary Beach" and the Rotary Wheel may be used on Beach signage. Dated April 28, 2008.


Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday August 17, 2022

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Michelle Kosoy, Christine Dimitris, RegLaPierre (FoR)
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver


Saturday August 20, 2022

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: David MacKinnon, Seht Madhaven (FoR)
Needed: 2 Sorter/Receiver

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

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Aug 16, 2022
Food Insecurity
Aug 23, 2022
PEC Health Care Issues
Aug 30, 2022
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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