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Club Bulletin for week of May 25, 2021
Club Forum 

President's Message

I can see the sunny days ahead where our lives begin returning to where we were pre-COVID times. Last week’s provincial announcement covering the vaccination rate phases for Ontario’s reopening was cheering since we’re entering the period of second doses.

I look forward to our return to normalcy where our Bottle Depot is reopened (very soon), and we resume meeting again at the Legion.  I hope to have a Bottle Depot discussion at Tuesday’s Club Forum session. 

In the meantime, I had the opportunity on Saturday to play a round of golf. It was very comforting to learn that my game hasn’t suffered due to the stay-at-home order, but my vaccination hasn’t improved my swing.

District Items:

District Conference - Five members of the target of ten have signed up to attend the morning’s District Conference (June 26, 9am to 12pm). If you don’t think you’ll be on Bottles, you may enjoy the Conference experience so please register at:

Helping India during COVID Crisis - Rotary International has partnered with PDG Nancy Barbee of Dist. 7730 and SEWA, an International organization with a 4-star charity navigator rating. They will be purchasing oxygen concentrators in places like Singapore and have them shipped to India.  R.I. Dir. Kamal Sanghvi, who is located in Kolkata, and the local Rotarians there will be involved in the distribution and transportation of these products to the most critical parts of the country.  Please send your donations to the foundation listed below. For a tax receipt, please ensure your email address is included.  Due to the urgency of the situation in India this project will be open till the May 24.

The Rotary Club of Essex Foundation

PO Box 42, Essex ON, N8M 2Y1

President Howard Ziedenberg
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Last Week:
Speaker: Peta Hall (Update on Atorkor Vocational Institute Project, Ghana)
The Zoom meeting opened on time with 30 present including guest (yr2000 Rotary Exchange Student), Kirsti Stubbs-Coleman, and guest speaker Peta Hall, who was introduced by Liz.
Peta is a local resident and artist who, herself born in Africa, has been working for many years on the establishment, construction and running of the Atorkor Vocational Institute in a small coastal Ghanaian town. She has also served on a number of prestigious Arts Councils and is active both creatively and vocationally.
Peta was able to share a series of slides which she accompanied with description to explain how the Institute was built with a lot of help from professionals in the County including major financial support as well as architectural expertise, funding of equipment etc. Opening with eleven students on the 11 Nov 2011, the Institute has been a tremendous success story attracting Ghanaian government support and emulation. It now offers a comprehensive range of training in all practical skills with all the necessary core subjects, delivered by a highly-qualified team of teachers and administrators. Peta’s talk was enthusiastic, inspiring and informative. She answered several questions on the cost of attendance and extra-curricular successes and was thanked by Yvonne.
In Club business, Bill shared details of his visits to Kate’s Rest, describing who is currently living there and what he has been able to help with. President Howard reminded the Club that we need ten members signing up for morning sessions at the District Conference on June 26 to qualify for the $500 Club grant. Barry shared that the Al Jazeem family had completed their quarantine and were moving to a house in Belleville that had been purchased for their use. Tim’s birthday and Howard & Dawn’s anniversary were recognised.

Meeting adjourned with the four way test.
Geoffrey Telling

Ontario Public Health Order Re-opening Framework

As President Howard mentioned in his address above, Ontario has introduced a revised and somewhat more comprehensive re-opening framework.  The criteria has changed from number of new cases and hospitalizations statistics, to percentage of population vaccinated and positive trends in hospitalization and ICU usage.  There also is no longer a hard and fast date upon which we can pin on reopening, such as May 22, June 2, etc..  It's somewhat like changing the finish line in the middle of the race, and in my mind, it is a little bit more complicated for the businesses who are prepping their operations for re-opening. 

But it's important to understand what the new criteria is.  So here is the link to the Reopening Ontario website to learn about the roadmap to reopening Ontario:



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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays
 - None -
 Member Anniversaries
 Ted & Donna Nash 
 38 Years on May 28

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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        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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