Super proud of what we accomplished working with the Rotary District 7090 on a matching grant program! We were able to supply Rose City Kids with four Apple iPads for use in their programming and administrative duties. #WeAreRotary making every dollar count in our community.
The Club presented Lori Grande of Pelham Cares with two donations at the same time earlier today!
We have again supported the Pelham Cares fall food drive financially and to their programming by donating macaroni and cheese meal packs for their client use.
The meal packs were prepared during the weekend's District 7090 District Conference held in Batavia, New York. Attendees (including from our Club) worked frantically to create 5000 individual meal packages, which is enough for 30,000 individual meal servings!
The meal packaging program was coordinated for the conference by the Iowa based charitable organization "The Outreach Program". To date they and their food program supporters have prepared over 400 Million meal servings! To see what amazing work this organization performs please view their website, www.theoutreachprogram.org .
Another GREAT example of our Club and Rotarians working with others to Serve Humanity!
$575,000 RAISED FOR WELLSPRING CANCER SUPPORT FOUNDATION.
One of Fonthill's finest, Rotarian Frank Adamson, Assistant Governor participated in this epic 7 day, 24 hour bike ride from Oakville, ON to Miami, FL covering almost 3000km to raise funds. There were 28 cyclists and 23 volunteers completed the Wellspring Peloton Challenge and by the time the riders crossed the finish line in Miami on September 30, they had each pedaled an average of 120 km a day, and climbed a total of 14,443 meters.
Greeting the team of riders and volunteers in Miami were a group of Wellspring Warriors – individuals who are facing cancer or who are cancer survivors, along with a large group of cheering family members and friends of the ride team.
Each rider committed to fundraising $10,000 and many have exceed this goal.
Since inception the Wellspring Peloton Challenge has raised over $2 million to help Wellspring continue to provide vital cancer support programs, at no cost, to people living with cancer and those who care for them.
Also, for the second time this year, 38 cyclists participated in the Wellspring Peloton Experience, a 1-day cycling event through Southern Ontario that launched the same day as the Wellspring Peloton Challenge. Participants had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to partake in the Wellspring Peloton Challenge without going the full distance. Cyclists completed either The Classic (60km) or The Turnaround (110 km) and collectively raised over $26,000 for Wellspring.
Welcome to Fonthill! A lucky 13 years after unveiling the first entry sign on Hwy 20 at Hurricane Road, we joined DG Marlee Diehl and members of Town of Pelham staff and council to unveil the new and improved version. Thank you all who supported this project.
Leon Von Ruden the German exchange student nominated by the Paderborn-Kaiserpfalz Rotary club arrived on Monday for his year-long Canadian adventure with our club! Once getting settled he was anxious to see his new school, E.L. Crossley ! The school also hosts a very active student Interact Club. Leon attended our Club’s meeting on today and was formally introduced as our guest of honour to the membership and received a gift of our club baseball hat from Assistant Governor Frank Adamson and Club President Paul Allen.
The Positive Impact of Club Meetings and Guest Speakers
What started out in May as a great human interest presentation by guest speaker Mrs. Gina Di Lorenzo of the Quilts of Valour- Niagara Canada Chapter (QOV) quickly offered an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Fonthill to get involved !
QOV is a registered charity, non profit, volunteer based national program that started in 2006. Since then, in honour of their service and dedication to our country, QOV has provided comfort to Canada’s veterans in their time of need by having donated over 5000 quilts!
Club member, President Elect Paul Snack was present during Gina’s club presentation and immediately identified a disabled veteran now living in a Long Term care facility who would be a worthy recipient of QOV’s generosity.
Wheels were put in motion by the club, to coordinate between the Niagara and Eastern Ontario QOV chapters. On Canada Day 2016, Major (Army) Jeff WILLIS was the surprise recipient of a gifted QOV quilt.
Jeff and his family were very touched and deeply grateful of the organization’s generosity and to Rotary for making this event happen! He wrapped himself in the quilt clearly feeling the love honouring a very dedicated man. His family also feels comfort that although Jeff is living in silence he isn’t living alone.
Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank
Frank Adamson (now our AG) of the Rotary Club of Fonthill had the vision to support the local food bank and he went right to work putting all the pieces together to make it happen. Needs were assessed, plans were developed and with the financial support of RBC Wealth Management and Rotarian Mel Groom the vision became a reality. In the sweltering heat of July, Rotarian Mike Taylor and the other strong backs at Youth Resources Niagara completed the garden framing and soil installation.
The gardens have already supplied tasty, nutritious, fresh produce to food bank patrons and some of the local critters!
Photos show – Garden being tended by Club President Paul Allen and cheque presentation by Rotarians Mel Groom, Paul Allen, Mike Taylor and the volunteers of Pelham Cares.
Ever Bearing Ever Caring Garden Dedicated at Pelham Cares Food Bank
Welcome to our newest member, Bruce Elliott (welcome back, for some of us!)
The Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed an end of year celebration of Frank Adamson's presidential year of the Fonthill Rotary Club and a kick off for Paul Allen's start as the new President. ...And a coming together of truly outstanding members that make it all happen!
WELLAND, ON – With tears in their eyes, José and Claudia, alongside their three young children, entered their newly constructed house as homeowners for the first time today. Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the first Habitat home in Ontario to be built in a modular style on a college campus, in this case in the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.
This past spring, the house was trucked to and assembled on its permanent site on Martin Street, with the final stages of construction completed at that time by “volunteer” builders from local companies and community groups (Rotary Club of Fonthill), with support from Habitat’s volunteer Site Hosts and Build volunteers. The house was built through financial and gift-in-kind support from across Niagara.
As part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the Niagara College Construction Techniques program, seventy students constructed this home over the past school year. The students learned highly sought after skills in today’s job market and have the satisfaction of helping build a home – and hope – for people living right in their own community.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill also presented to the Palma Family a beautiful quilt that was made and donated by two very talented women ... Jennifer Allen, wife of our President Elect Paul Allen & Maureen Larivee.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill celebrated its 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 11th, 2016 at Lookout Point Golf Club. Pictured are from left-right:
Gail Levay, Sgt. at Arms, and Charter Member, Joe Eigner, PAG, PP Rotary Club of Welland, Gail Baltjes-Bazinet, Charter President, Doug Burr, PP & Charter Member and DG Kevin Crosby.
Joe was the President of the Welland Club, who was the sponsor of the Club 25 years ago. Joe and his wife flew in from Edmonton for the celebration and was awarded another Paul Haris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Welland and made an honorary member of the Fonthill Club. Eighteen past presidents were in attendance and 6 Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded. A very special night for all in attendance.
25 years of Service Above Self was celebrated by our club!!
Need a little help on a snowy day getting excited about spring? How about this? Visit us and learn more about #PelhamMudfest 2016. Just a few more days to register for $65 each (then price goes up to $75) pelhammudfest.ca
The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently donated $3,000 from the Pelham Mudfest 2015! This donation will go towards Wellspring Niagara's FUTURE home in Pelham!
We are hoping this year's event will be even MUDDIER and even more successful! Come Play In The Mud on Saturday May 14 at the Pelham Mudfest Challenge!...
Run by the Rotary Club of Fonthill in support of Rotary International and local projects (including Wellspring Niagara’s Future Home in Pelham), the 6km mud-run obstacle course takes place at Bissell’s Hideaway in the heart of Short Hills!
Early registrants pay $65 to participate (before February 29th) while anyone who joins after pays $75. Participants receive admission to the Filthy Fun Obstacle Course, a T-Shirt, a Race Finisher Dog Tag, Beer or Wine, Lunch, Live Entertainment and a Chance to win some Fun Prizes!
We were privaliged to have Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack. Karen shared the following with us and we would like to share it with you ...
Can you imagine what it is like to be a hungry child?
Think how hard it is to concentrate or function. You feel tired and lethargic. Your head may hurt. If you’re having a difficult time generally, being hungry makes everything worse. Now imagine you are sitting in a classroom struggling to make sense of your teachers’ instructions as you battle hunger pangs and fatigue.
Every day in cities across Canada, elementary school children arrive at school with empty stomachs, trying to learn without the benefit of proper nourishment.
Blessings in a Backpack is a unique program designed to support schoolchildren who simply do not have enough to eat on weekends. Families who struggle with hunger or who are ‘food insecure’ rely on food banks and other resources during the week, but many cannot satisfy weekend needs. This is where we step in.
The program works like this: kids take home a backpack filled with food every Friday and return the backpack empty on Monday, ready to start their week. How does this simple act help? The benefits and impact are immediate: attendance and productivity soar; students report greater attentiveness and improved energy; teachers see improvements in study habits and demeanour; parents feel relief and support for their own family. Above all, communities grow – and lives are changed.
And the best part? Because Blessings in a Backpack receives discounted food from sponsors, feeding a single child on weekends throughout the school year only costs $100! And 100% of every donation is directed towards the program.
Hunger doesn’t take weekends off. Blessings in a Backpack is a simple, effective way to ensure kids come to school on Monday ready for the week ahead. Every child in Canada deserves that support.
Please support Blessings in a Backpack and make a difference to a child today. On behalf of every hungry child we feed, thank you.
Karen Green, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack stopped by today ...
The Rotary Club of Fonthill kicked of the new year with inducting two new members ... Our President Frank Adamson along with our Membership Chair Andrew Larmand were on hand to make the presentation. We are so proud to have Mel Groom and Paul Snack join the Rotary family!
Another successful auction has come to a close, but the warehouse at the Pen Centre is open for the next two days, 12 to 8 Monday and 5 to 8 Tuesday, for those who need to pick up their items. Thank you to all who made it a great success!
Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 1 December
Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Giving Tuesday, 1 December, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world.
You can support the cause by going online on 1 December to make a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month.
Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the district with the highest number of donors contributing to the Foundation on 1 December could receive a visit from Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith.
Support Rotary's Foundation on Giving Tuesday, December 1st
"The Rotary Foundation - District Celebration Dinner took place November 6th, 2015. Immediate Past District Governor, Jack Amico, was there to present our President Frank Adamson an award for "100% Sustaining Member Club" to name but a few ... There were also several District Foundation Committee Chairs that were recognized for their continued fine accomplishments of their Rotary Foundation commitments. The evening will featured the recognition of our club membership for their ongoing generosity and support as Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Clubs, 100% Sustaining Member Clubs, as well as individual leadership support from our Paul Harris Society members.
District Governor, Kevin Crosby stopped by our weekly breakfast meeting today. The Rotary Club of Fonthill was very happy to present to him some of the proceeds from the Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015. We are so very proud to donate to End Polio Now, the campaign that is soooooo close to eradicating Polio from our world! From left to right; our Treasurer Randy Momot, District Governor Kevin Crosby, and our very own President Frank Adamson.
We have a history of supporting peace education and conflict resolution. Ninety-four years ago our founder Paul Harris shared his goal of creating peace.
“Rotary believes that the better the people of one nation understand the people of other nations, the less the likelihood of friction, and Rotary will therefore encourage acquaintance and friendships between individuals of different nations.” — Paul Harris, message to the 1921 convention
Are you ready to count down to the LIVE event?! While Christmas might be 13 Fridays away, there are just 10 until Rotary TV Mega Auction time on TVCogeco! Mark the dates: Thurs Dec 3, Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5.
Oh what a view !!! what a beautiful start to the day to have breakfast looking out over this great view. The Rotary Club of Fonthill held it's first weekly breakfast meeting this morning at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club. Great start to everyone's day
The Rotary Club of Fonthill has grown in numbers and had made the difficult decision to leave Cafe on Main in Fonthill after 5 years! We would like to thank Patti Fagan, Cafe on Main for all of her hard work and dedication to the club. Thank you Patti!
The Rotary Club of Fonthill will now be meeting at the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club, 209 Tice Road in Fonthill. Our meet day and time remain the same, Wednesday at 7:15am. You are welcome to stop by, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and breakfast.
Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.
Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.
One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”
For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.
Piece by piece, we are getting closer to ending polio. Today marks one year without a polio case in Nigeria and moves us closer to a polio-free Africa. Get involved with Rotary: http://www.endpolio.org/donate
Pelham's 2015 Summerfest was a scorcher of a day! The weather was great, the music was great as was the atomosphere ... The Rotary Club of Fonthill was there to support the Town and it's community, keeping them hydrated!
The Rotary Club of Fonthill has a new President Frank Adamson who kicked off his first breakfast meeting today! This year's 2015 - 2016 theme from RI President K.R. Ravindran is to Be a Gift to the World. Frank also urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the world.
Frank Adamson kicks off the new year as our President
Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton (RMHCH) is part of a network of 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Itprovides a "home away from home" for families of children who are seriously ill and being treated at nearby hospitals. Built in 1993 and located next to McMaster Children’s Hospital, RMHH is independently owned and operated by Kid’s Care Oncology Central West Ontario and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, managed by a small staff team and supported by a full complement of dedicated volunteers.
RMHCH expanded from our original 15 bedroom home to a 40 bedroom house and reopened in the Spring of 2012 to serve more families in their time of need.
Try to imagine being a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness – frightened, hurting, questioning. Now try to imagine being a parent – short on answers, long on helplessness and scared beyond words. What both need most are each other. RMHCH provides families in crisis a home to everyday moments when life is far from ordinary.
On Monday June 29th, 2015 the Rotary Club of Fonthill was proud to not only help with a monetary donation but to participate along with Chef Sean in serving the families staying at RMHCH.
We were pleased as punch to celebrate Service Above Self in many ways at our annual Paul Harris Fellows celebration June 16 at Sparrow Lakes Golf Club. In fact, not only did we hand out five Paul Harris Fellows,
Congratulations to Rotarian Andrew Larmand, Designer Todd Barber, Community Booster (and yes, a Lion!) Gerry Berkhout, and Octogenarian Dorothy Rungeling (represented by Mary Beattie at the awards) as the 2015 Paul Harris Fellows. #WeAreRotary and we are humbled and inspired by their achievements.
Dr Richard Taylor, Honorary Member of our club, is a chiropractor with a practice in Fonthill, Ontario. He was one of the founding directors of FogQuest in 2000. His initial involvement in FogQuest was as a tireless supporter and fund raiser for the fog collection projects in Nepal. In recent years he has visited Guatemala frequently and has contributed greatly to the fog collection projects there. His contributions extend far beyond board meetings and include a strong desire to develop technological innovations to improve the fog collectors and the water measurements. He keeps himself very busy with his family, his business, home construction projects and his dogs. The Rotary Club of Fonthill were proud to be a part of this project.
FogQuest: sustainable water solutions, also referred to as FogQuest is a not-for-profit limited liability corporation that is incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is also a Registered Charity with the Government of Canada.
The frequent requests for projects to provide water in places where conventional sources such as wells, rivers and pipelines were not available, as well as the tremendous interest in the 1998 and 2001 International Conferences on Fog and Fog Collection, led to the formation of FogQuest. FogQuest was founded in the year 2000 by Sherry Bennett and Bob Schemenauer in response to these needs and has become actively engaged in projects and in fund raising since the completion of the second Fog Conference in July 2001.
FogQuest builds upon the experience gained in projects conducted since 1987, which, even with limited funding, had shown the viability and effectiveness of using fog collectors to produce clean water for people in the deserts of South America and Africa.
How FogQuest Operates
FogQuest is a small, all-volunteer organization. No salaries are paid. In addition, we make every attempt to minimize costs associated with the office, travel, publications, etc. In many cases, travel is paid or subsidized by the volunteers working on the project. This has allowed FogQuest to spend at least 90% of donations received directly on fog-water projects in developing countries. The Government of Canada requires charities to meet a disbursement quota for funds raised to show that they are spending funds on the core objectives of the charity. FogQuest has exceeded its mandated disbursement quota in each year of its operations.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill welcomed Lynn Jerchel, President of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara this morning ...
Lynn is a firm believer in supporting victimized children through volunteering efforts. Lynn is retired from the provincial government of Alberta as Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Branch. Lynn worked for the Alberta government for 24 years and has a background as a specialist in child care and working with children with special needs. This work included policy and program development for all legislation governing child care, supporting the service delivery of licensing, family day homes, child care subsidy and inclusive child care for children that have disabilities or special needs.
She also shared with the club some background and very informative information about the centre ...
The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a “safe place to help, heal and end child abuse” for children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring or were witness to violence. A friendly, caring team of professionals work together in a private, safe, child-friendly place. Children are able to provide information that aids in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators. Follow-up counselling for children and non-offending family members is provided. Partners are Niagara Regional Police Service, Family and Children's Services Niagara, Family Counselling Centre Niagara and medical professionals. Kristen French CACN is the first dedicated facility of its kind in Canada and serves all of the twelve municipalities.
When a child arrives at the Centre, they are accompanied by non-offending family members or caregivers. They are able to provide the details of their abuse in a private, comfortable environment that respects their vulnerability and offers caring support. Interviews happen only when the child is ready. These interviews are videotaped and aid in the investigation.
Niagara's approach to child abuse investigation is recognized as an evidence based, best practice model. Niagara is an early adopter, a leader in Canada, providing the first dedicated, stand alone facility where multidisciplinary services are coordinated in the best interest of the child.
Child Advocacy Centres have a real impact that is measurable not just in terms of benefits to victims and their families, but also in dollars. Research by the National Children's Alliance in the United States confirms that an investigation into a child abuse case in a community with a CAC is 45% less expensive than in a community without one.
Meet Lynn Jerchel ... President of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre
More than $900 raised in the first First (Annual?) AK Wigg Winter Classic! Congratulations to the EarlyAct Club at Wigg. #WeAreRotary and we are so super proud of your efforts to raise funds and awareness for those less fortunate in our community.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently welcomed a new member who is already familiar with Rotary’s objectives. John Julien joined the club as a transfer from the Niagara-on-the-Lake club, as a result of his family’s relocation to Fonthill. Andrew Larmand, left, Membership Chair, provides John with his certificate of membership. Welcome!
Dr. Madelyn Law gave a great interactive talk on Niagara Connects and its role and purpose within the region. She shared with us the “Living in Niagara 2014” report which has some really great information about our region.
Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.
The guiding Principles
Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara.
Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change.
Research and activities are guided by communities.
We GIVE and we RECEIVE. So we can GIVE again. We recently made a donation of $500 to St. John Ambulance to help with programming, and District Grant rep Karen Oakes recently visited us to provide us with funds from the District Grant program, which we in turn have used to purchase a cooler and freezer for Pelham Cares. Goes around, comes around. Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy?
Yesterday, February 23, marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary. Over our 110 years, Rotary members have created access to education, empowered communities, pushed polio to the brink of eradication and improved lives around the world.
Around the world, Rotary clubs are fighting disease by promoting prevention programs, improving sanitation, mobilizing communities, providing medical supplies and training heath care workers. We have reduced polio by 99% and are on the bring of eradicating this crippling disease. Get involved: http://ow.ly/Ji0Aj
Our club has the distinct pleasure of being on record as sponsoring the first, THE FIRST, EarlyAct Club in Canada. Yes, a humanitarian service club for elementary school children! Our EarlyAct Club now has 40 dedicated youngsters at A.K. Wigg Elementary School in Fonthill. They are planning their first fundraiser, a ball hockey tournament, for March 12. Will you support their efforts? We sure will!! #WeAreRotary
The Rotary Club of Fonthill enjoyed a great talk from a very inspiring young man … Devon Van Hoffen. Devon shared with the club his journey to Africa and how he got involved with the "Hands at Work" organization. Devon also shared stories of individual families that he met there and how they continue to inspire him to carry on. Devon will be returning to Africa for a 3 year contract. He shared with the club some of the ideals that the organization that he works with have and how they are similar to Rotary’s 4 way test. The 4 pillars are … Poorest of the Poor, Relationships, local Community Ownership and the 3 Essential Services if you would like to support Devon in his journey or the organization he is with you can reach him at email@example.com or handsatwork.org.
Did you know there are millions of people who have never even heard of Kiva? We need your help to reach them and show them how easy it is to change a life with a loan.
We have decided as Rotarians and individuals to help those in need through Kiva. Please consider getting involved! Micro-loans to those trying to help themselves in developing countries. We have put our focus on Honduras:
Pelham Mudfest Challenge will take place on May 23rd, 2015 at Bissell's Hideaway, in the heart of the Short Hills of Niagara, Ontario. Pelham Mudfest Challenge is being organized by the Rotary Club of Fonthill. Mark your Calendar and get training for Pelham's big event!!!
To thank our weekly guest speakers, we tell them that in honour of their visit, we will make a donation to the Pelham Public Library as a way to support literacy programs. Last week we lumped all those weekly donations together into a $500 cheque, presented to Amy Guilmette, Deputy CEO. #WeAreRotary and we support empowering people with literacy! President Tia Taylor and President Elect Frank Adamson also shown here.
Rotary Club of Fonthill supports local literacy programs ...
Frank Adamson, President Elect, and Tia Taylor, President of the Fonthill Rotary Club stopped by Pelham Cares Home for Good office recently to see the new commercial cooler and freezer. These items were purchased as a result of a donation of $4,000.00, 1/2 from ...the Rotary Club of Fonthill and 1/2 from a District Grant from Rotary International. This new equipment will help Pelham Cares to accept and store produce, eggs and other fresh foods for our clients. Tracy Holmwood, President of the Board of Directors at Pelham Cares thanked Frank and Tia for this generous donation!
Moooove over, facial hair pretenders…. The Rotary Club of Fonthill has Movember covered, and how! Some of these guys sport the big mo all year round… can you guess who?!? Congrats on your great showing for a worthy cause.
We recently caught up with those in our ranks who received recognition at the town's annual Pelham Volunteer Recognition Awards. Among those we salute are our weekly host, Patti at Cafe on Main, for corporate citizenship; Rotarians Gail Levay, Art Veldhuizen, Tia Taylor, Frank Adamson and Diane Watter. Frank Adamson was also honoured with the Peer Award. Congrats to all. So well-deserved!
Update from our own Zoey Lowes ... Youth Exchange Student
I just wanted to let you know I have been having a great time. I recently had my 2 week break in October. I had the fabulous opportunity to travel to Paris and London with my host family. WHAT A REAT UNFORGETTABLE trip!! Not only was everything we did so great but also the weather was pretty good other then the couple days of rain. Both of these cities hold a special place in my heart now and I hope to return to them one day. Sometimes it still doesn't feel real to me that I’ve been to these places and I thank rotary so much for making this possible. It's so amazing to see monuments that you've only seen in pictures come to life right in front of your eyes. To say that I’ve actually seen the Effie Tower, experienced the Paris amazingly delicious French Cuisine, adventured though Le Chateau de Versailles, seen Harry Potters dining hall, tried butter beer, enjoyed a sunset cruse through London, It's just been a priceless vacation .
MY PARIS ITINERARY
Day 1- Arc de triomphe, Av. Champs- Elysees, Luxor Obelisk, Tuileries Garden and Exterior of The Louver Museum
Day 2- Le Chateau de Versailles
Day 3- The Louver Museum and Eiffel Tower
Day 4- Museum of Orasy, Paris Opera House and Museum Gervin
Day 5- Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, boat ride through Paris, Notre Dame and Love Bridge
MY LONDON ITINERARY
Day 1- London Tower, Leadenhall Market, Kensington Palace and Harrods
Day 2- Harry Potter Studios and Covent Garden market
Day 3- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, St.Paul’s Cathedral, sun set boat ride, Big ben and Westminster Abby
Day 4- Platform 9 3/4 , British Museum and Camden Market
The Ode of Remembrance is cited on Remembrance Day followed by the phrase "Lest we forget."
The Ode of Remembrance
They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
In the First World War 61,000 Canadians died, in the Second World War 42,000 Canadians died. Many of these soldiers were dual citizens serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
On Friday, November 7th, 2014 our community will be celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day - Niagara This day has been earmarked by the Niagara Community Foundation as a day to recognize kindness and humanity in Niagara and surrounding areas.
My name is Diane Watters and I am a Nutritionist, I have been in the weight loss industry for over 23 yrs. I weighed 293 lbs. After the loss of my mother to Ovarian Cancer it lead me down a dark road and I turned to food for comfort. My sister KimLee introduced me to the process of weight Loss. She helped me lose 150lbs. My sister held the title of Miss Fitness of Ontario in 1993. With my sisters coaching I was able to lose the weight in a little over a year. It changed my life and I was hooked. I decided this was my calling and wanted to help other people change their lives as my sister helped me.
I opened up a Franchise called Roseglen Weight Loss and Wellness in Burlington. One of my first clients Merry Hayward successfully lost over 100lbs. With me before my program Merry suffered from several ailments including heart problems. Merry was seeing a cardiologist named Dr.Vakani. Dr.Vakani was shocked that most of Merry's ailments went away with the weight. Dr. Vakani and I developed a working relationship, he sent many clients to me with cardiac Issues. After several years I met a man who lived here we had a child and so I relocated to Fonthill.
Here I met Jayne Watson who I worked alongside with. We worked in a large Weight Loss company where we both have passion for helping others. We both had battled the scales. We had many years of FUN. We did theme days like Elvis, the 70's, and Lady Gaga just to name few. We had a big part in the Town of Pelham’s heritage tea for the Queens 60th Jubilee.
Together Jayne and I opened up DJ Weight Management. We wrote a weight loss program called The Smart Weigh.
The Smart Weigh is a unique program that is based on your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). It will guide you on a journey to successful weight loss and a lifestyle change that will help you achieve the desired healthy new you.
The Smart Weigh program offers
· Accelerates your metabolism with real food!
· No diet pills, prepackaged foods, injections or counting points!
· Individualized Programs
· No hidden weekly costs
· One on one personal counseling
· Proven results!
· Just Weight Loss!
Through my continued weight-loss success I was voted #1 Best Weight Loss Clinic.
Over several weeks Jayne and I hosted an Ovarian Walk of Hope event and raised over $14,000 for ovarian cancer research.
During my life I have always tried to pay it forward and apply the four way test and Service Above Self!
Congratulations to Paul Winkler, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, for becoming a multiple Paul Harris Fellow recently. We are finding ways to honour those with the means to support Rotary projects. Sincere congratulations and gratitude to Paul.
This year, from November 12-20, the last date being the FIRST day of the RotaryAnnual TV Mega Auction, there will be an opportunity to pre-bid online. Go to rotarytvauction.ca and check out the many items and gift certificates that go on auction LIVE with Cogeco Thursday and Friday evenings, November 20 & 21, 6-midnight and all day Saturday , November 22, 10 am-midnight.
Lots of great Christmas and/or personal shopping opportunities with values from $50 - $3000+. Be the first on your block to try out our FIRST PRE-BIDDING Season!!!!! Bid high and bid often. All proceeds go to Rotary projects in our communities.
Our speaker for October 15th was Jim Inman. Jim has a diverse professional background in both the public sector and private sector. He has been a business owner and entrepreneur. Jim was born and raised in Toronto until he attended the University of Windsor where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. From there he worked for the federal government, Manpower and Immigration and then Chrysler Canada in Management Labor Relations. Jim moved to Niagara in 1980 to become Personnel Manager at the City of St. Catharines and onto the City of Niagara Falls as Director of Human Resources. He joined the Niagara Regional Police Service as the first Chief Administrative Officer to provide civilian leadership at the level of Deputy Chief and assist the police service to restructure, update and modernize administrative services. For the last 12 years of his career, Jim was employed by Sun Life Financial as a Senior Associate Manager and Advisor in the insurance and investment industry. He retired five years ago and has been travelling outside Canada about half the year. Jim says he wants to come out of retirement because he needs a challenge and he has found an opportunity to serve his community on the Niagara Region Council representing The Town of Pelham. Jim is a candidate in the upcoming Municipal election.
Jim's presentation was entitled "Volunteerism - Different Strokes for Different Folks"- How being a volunteer has enriched his life through gaining knowledge, experience, opportunity and friendships. Jim and his wife Randie have been married for so long, he can't remember his anniversary date but it feels like almost 30 years. His son Rob and wife Laura and two grandsons live in Connecticut. His daughter Terrie and husband Eric are both OPP officers, stationed in northern Ontario. Jim and his wife have been residents of Fonthill, in Pelham for the past 25 years.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill will be hosting Pelham's Mayoral Debate on October 8th, 2014. Have you got questions ... then mark your calendar and make sure you are there.
All The three contenders who are searching to lead Pelham into 2015 are set to debate on Oct. 8.
Mayoral candidate newcomers, Mark Bay and Zachary Junkin, will try to unseat Dave Augustyn, as they make their first public appearance since entering the election race.
Mayoral candidates will have the opportunity for timed opening and closing remarks. There will also be timed responses to three prepared questions for the mayoral candidates. An opportunity to answer questions from the floor will also be on the card.
The debate, sponsored once again by the Rotary Club, will be hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
A record crowd is expected to attend the event. The three candidates will spar and debate hot issues that have residents seeing red over such issues as the planned new arena, construction and development in the east end, and lack of municipal transparency. Issues on construction often seem to have residents attend and this debate will be no different. Plan to arrive early as this debate, around town is touted as the hottest ticket to deciding the winner and loser in this year’s election
Dr. Tim Nohara from Accipiter Radar Solutions shared his journey of his 20 years in this industry, from its conception to where it is today and how he and his family have settled in Fonthill. A very interesting and informative talk.
Accipiter Radar, a North American company, sells, operates and supports affordable radar systems and wide-area radar information networks for homeland security, bird strike prevention, and environmental protection and defense applications globally. These high performance radars are designed and developed in-house and include sensors coupled with specialized target information systems that provide accurate situational awareness for professionals who keep us safe. Accipiter's commercial approach to delivering its patented M3™ multi-radar, multi-mission, multi-user solutions represents a paradigm shift in radar design that is necessary for addressing surveillance problems in the 21st Century.
Accipiter's solutions are information-centric and user-centric, as opposed to the sensor-centric solutions of the past. And the capabilities provided to operators are as different as their missions: from surveillance-to-intelligence (S21). Our Cloud Surveillance™ sensor networks provide real-time, wide-area situational awareness of targets of interest, including vessels, aircraft, vehicles, and even birds to users anywhere. And our Cloud Intelligence™ networks help users understand target activity patterns and behavior, enabling them to make risk-management decisions and focus their resources on priority situations.
We are dedicated to being innovators, leaders and educators in the field of radar engineering with headquarters in Niagara, Ontario and Orchard Park, New York
The Rotary Club of Fonthill's Youth Exchange Student Charlotta Palm from Finland celebrated her birthday today!
Charlotta comes from one of the bigger cities in Finland, but not big by North American standards. She finds Finland’s way of life very similar to Canada’s. Charlotta is from a family of five. She loves to play soccer and is looking forward to playing in Canada. Charlotta is very happy to just beginning her journey here and looks forward to sharing more with us later. Delicious cake was enjoyed by all! Have a great day Charlotta ...
The Rotary Club of Fonthill received a visit today from E.L. Crossley's Interact Club ... Future Rotarians in the making!
Founded in 1993, the Interact Club of E. L. Crossley Secondary School receives support from the Rotary Club of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, District 7090, and is essentially a Junior Rotary Club. While the contact with Rotarians provides an excellent opportunity for expanding an Interactor's horizons, it does not take away from the Interactor's sense of ownership of the club. The Interact Club is completely student run. Although we do have a staff advisor and a local Rotarian visits us at our meetings as well.
30 Hour Famine
Canvassing for Diabetes
Canvassing for Heart and Stroke
Terry Fox Run
Running events for Cancer research
Rotary Club events, such as the TV Auction, road cleanup, etc.
We also consider assisting any charities or fund raisers that we learn about. If you are interested in our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, at 905-892-2635. For more information on Interact Clubs, visit http://www.rotary.org/programs/interact/index.html
E.L. Crossely's Interact Club stopped by for a visit
WOW!!! I want to send out a huge thank to the rotary club, although I’ve only been here for 3 weeks I want to tell you I’m having the time of my life and I’m so happy and blessed to have this opportunity ...it truly is going to be a great year. I recently just had my first rotary weekend and can’t really express what a great experience it was. I had the chance to meet all the other students in my district ....there are 52 of us and only 3 from Canada. Just being around kids all going thought the same thing makes you feel at home. Only after knowing them for 2 days we are like a family and planning out the next time we can meet up. The opportune so far have been great too, Love my host family so much; I’m their first exchange student they have ever had, so that's very exciting. They have been taking me to do lots of stuff they've been making French meals and showing me different cities and village too. The past weekend with the distract we went to the biggest zoo in Europe which was really cool. Everything going really well, The language is difficult, especially not being able to speak well but I learning more and more everyday. I’m so excited for the year ahead and will send you more up dates as exciting things happen With much thanks, Zoey Lowes
#WeAreRotary and we support women's wellness initiatives in Niagara. We recently donated $4,500 ($1,500 each to 3 groups) raised during the club's annual summer golf tournament.
Hugh Graham, golf tournament chairman, third from the right, recently made the donation on behalf of the club to, from left: Gail MacLaurin, executive director, Elisha House; Ruthann Brown, executive director, Women's Place of South Niagara; Bryce Barlow, Operation Waterwings; and Diane Doneff, addiction counsellor, and Ken McKenzie, executive director of ARID Group Homes.
Bryce recently completed a solo sail across Lake Ontario in a 12-foot boat, to raise awareness and funds for Women's Place. The Rotary donation was made in his honour.
So proud to support women's wellness initiatives in Niagara
Paul Allen is one of Rotary’s newest members... Now retired, he was with the Toronto Police Service for 29 years and then supervised an investigative team for Aviva Insurance for another 10 years. Paul and his wife were inspired to move to Fonthill after their daughter met and married a local lad.
He reflected on his career as a Police Officer, recalling a time that took him away not only from his family but country too. It was important for Paul to “make a change”, in his life before he retired so he chose to embark on a journey, one for him that certainly resonates with Rotary’s four way test.
Through a Canadian Government organization known as CIDA, participation in the United Nations International Police Task Force (IPTF) was funded. The UN IPTF is a part of the civilian components that go on UN missions into war torn countries for the purpose of helping rebuild the post conflict institutions of criminal justice. After much paperwork and organizing Paul left to embark on a UN mission to Bosnia shortly after right after the war, along with 15 other people, all mainly RCMP officers. His research has shown since that there are now 13 clubs representing Rotary in Bosnia-Herzegovina. During his nearly year-long mission, his role was to oversee local law enforcement training, mentoring, improve their accountabilities, relationship building and compliance. During his time in Bosnia he was instrumental in bringing about necessary change to the Ministry of Public Security. Paul also informed the club that during the conflict, Bosnia-Herzegovina thousands of land mines were placed. As in many post conflict zones, people were constantly getting hurt and/or killed . Even today they have not recovered the mine, even though they have de-mining continues A highlight of his mission, was living amongst the local community. He had the pleasure to make friends with a local family, sharing some pictures of the family. He spoke of their struggles during and after the war. He offered to act as their immigration sponsor to Canada, as he felt that he they would be good immigrants and citizens for Canada. However, the family chose to remain in Bosnia-Herzegovina, so as to be close to family.
The Rotary Club of Fonthill hosted at Bissell's Hideaway Pelham's Mudfest 2 this weekend. Proceeds from this event will be benefiting Pelham Care's "Home for Good" campaign. Check out the muddy action from this weekend!
The Rotary Club of Fonthill was happy to have as a guest speaker this week Ms. Liette Vasseur, UNESCO Chair for Community Sustainability.
She is a biologist and member of Brock's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. Liette, a Biological Sciences Professor, has a wonderful background that she brings to her position including Thematic Leader for the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientist; and President of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Sciences, Trade and Technology. She is also a Minjiang Scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China.
Liette gave an informative talk on Community Sustainability, local to Global. She shared many topics from Ecosystems degradation and the solutions, Climate Control to Sustainable Development in many countries, such as China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Ecuador.
Steve Malone, Paramedic, and CEO of HHCF gave a slide presentation and update on his November 2012 mision to Honduras. Our local resident, Graham Pett, who with his wife, Edie, attended that mission, added his input about the wonderful job Steve is accomplishing, helping the poor in Honduras.
Rotary Club of Fonthill proudly presented Steve Malone with a cheque for $2,600, enough to build a little house for a poor family. Steve was very happy and thankful for that financial help. The houses are built about three feet above ground in order to keep the families dry during the rainy season. Local hands will have the foundations ready when Steve's group arrives. Steve holds health clinics the first few days, and then builds the house(s) with the help of group and local hands. For the next trip, (Steve's 31st. in a little over ten years), he has raised funding for three houses.
Our very own Rotarian, Frank Adamson, also a paramedic, owner of Kvik fit will be joining Steve on the April mission. Frank already has his air ticket and is very much looking forward to the mission. Have a wonderful trip, Frank and Steve. We are looking forward to Frank's return and further update on the mission.
Jenny Shickluna, Community Service Support Supervisor with the Niagara Region's Gatekeeper Program, did a presentation this morning.
'The Gatekeepers' was originally started in the US, by a group of concerned citizens. In Niagara, the 'Gatekeepers' also started out as a volunter group, run by neighbours concerned about their elderly neighbour's wellbeing. Today, Niagara Gatekeepers is funded by LIN. Niagara Gatekeepers is a silent partner of CCAC. CCAC has a call centre, and anyone can call and express their concern about someone in need . The program is free and the callers remains annonomous.
Staff will determine which service is required and make the connection. The call centre is open 12 hours a day, from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. They often provide same day service. Niagara Gatekeepers also have screened volunteers who will visit the elderly in their homes.
Thank you, Jenny, for enlightening us about the service Niagara Gatekeepers provide. It is comforting to know that there is some help available for the elderly who struggle to end their days in their own home.
Dr. Eleanor Johnston and Rev. Dr. W. Wayne Fraser gave a reading of their lastest book, 'Hemingways' Island.' The book is a novel about E. Hemingway's last days in Cuba.
The novel is full of suspence and humourous incidents, and also appears to be very well researched. Looking at the line-up to purchase the book after the reading, it appears others share my view. I look forward to reading it.
Thanks for your presentation, and best of luck with Hemingway's Island.
Ralph Winslade is one of our newer members. Ralph joined us last summer, and today we finally got to find out a bit more about Ralph. Ralph was born and raised on a farm in southern Ontario, and therefore it was no surprise to hear he grew up to be an Agronomist. He attended agricultural college in Guelph back in the days when the degree was granted out of University of Toronto. After a long career with the government, Ralph eventually ended up working out of Vineland, chasing grandchildren and retiring in Fonthill. Ralph has a wonderful sense of humour, and those of you who missed his life's story missed out on some hearthy laughter. Keep up your good humour, Ralph - we are so glad to have you.
Rory Butler, Founder and CEO of 'Your Life Counts,' spoke about suicide prevention Wednesday Morning. Rory speaks with experience and understanding about suicide prevention - and the lack thereof in Canada.
Canada leads worldwide with 4000 plus suicides annually. Many factors lead to depression, which can lead to suicidal tendencies - even drugs meant to alleviate depression can be the culprit. Teenagers being bullied are high risk subjects. Lack of self esteem, unemployment, and societal stigmas add to depression/suicide risks. Rory is making a most precious contribution with his insight and dedication, guiding people at risk towards a better goal. He is working with government agencies trying to set up a government Suicide Prevention Agency, under the Ministry of Health - something all other G7 countries have, but Canada lacks.
Canada has a 5% Native population, some of which live in harsh climate, with lack of sunshine, high unemployment, substance abuse, non of which leads to healthy happy living. In 2004, our government set aside 50 million dollars to help our native population with this endemic - the money disappeared, and the situation is worse than ever. Why?
Now, dedicating his life to saving the lives of others, young and old, Rory can be reached at his office at the Seaway Mall, or by Googleing YLC (Your Life Counts).
Rory, you are an inspiration to us all... Thank you for everything you do?
Kristin Baker from Pathstone NCC gave a presentation of 'Music Therapy' last Wednesday. To some of us, her presentation of the healing power in music, was an eye opener.
Music therapy is the skillful use of music by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal emotional values. Kristin Baker uses music to to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal develpment. Thank you very much for your presentation!
DG Rick Sterne, accompanied by ADG Dr. Rick Beifuss, visited our Rotary Club - a very special morning.
DG Rick Sterne did a slide presentation of what Rotary is all about - helping people around the world, where help is most needed.
After this presentation, Rotary of Fonthill presented DG Rick Sterne with a cheque for $2,200 for the Foundation, a cheque for $3,000 for eradication of polio (proceeds from our Golf Tournament), and yet another cheque for $370.00 towards eradication of polio (proceeds from sale of dolls made and sold by a club member).
DG Rick Sterne then had the special honour of installing three new Rotary Members to Rotary of Fonthill, and presenting a third Paul Harris Award to one of our members. The new members are, Frank Adamson, Kevin Bolibruck and Ralph Winslade. Our very own Annie Holtby is the recipient of her third PH award. We are very proud of you, Annie.
Congratulations to all!
Donna Cripps, CEO of the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network, presented to us Sept. 19th, 2012. Donna leads the organization that plans, funds, and integrates our local health care system, which goal is to provide the best possible care for the 1.4 million residents across Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and Norfolk counties.
Donna comes with a very impressive work experience background and leadership in Health Sciences through the regions. She has clinical background in physiotherapy, and has been President of St. Peter's Hospital, and Executive Lead Rehabilitation and Senior's Health.
It is Donna's belief that decisions are better made locally than in Toronto, and LHIN is allowed to have money at hand to make decisions happen. Her district covers 6.500 Sq. Km., has a higher rate of seniors, higher unemployment rate, higher smoking/drinking problems, and preventive deaths. There are over 200 LHIN health care workers in the Niagara Area. Their Wellness Supportive Living Program helps keep seniors out of hospitals.
Niagara College has a wing with several healthcare programs for seniors. Dementia is the key reason seniors enter institutions. Special training is offered, and mobile caretakers go out into the community. They offer foot care to diabetics and dialysis patient.
Now, we have a better understanding of where our 2.6 billion dollars are spent.
This was a very informative presentation, and very much appreciated.
September 12th, young Madeleine Wallace, accompanied by Mayor Dave, spoke about the Mayor's Youth Council. Madeleine spoke eloquently about MYAC and its objectives - identifying Pelham Youth issues and bringing them to council's attention for action on important issues. This is a great leadership experience for youth.
Ideally, there is one representative from each class at each school in Pelham. They hold road clean-up days, an annual skate and pumpkin carving contest at the arena. They brought in bands for Canada Day celebrated at Harold Black Park. They also displayed art work during Summerfest, and held movie nights at Peace Park during the summer.
This great bunch of kids raised $300.00 for the United Way, during the year, while having fun.
It was a pleasure to hear Madeleine speaking about MYAC with such enthusiasm.
Thank you very much Madeleine - Keep up your good work.
This morning, Steve Malone, President of Healthy Horizons For Children And Families, a Registered Charity reaching out to the poor in Honduras, gave a presentation of their past and ongoing work in rural Honduras.
After being involved with the organization for ten years, Steve is now getting ready for his 30th trip. He will be leading a group of volunteers, including Graham and Edie Pett from Fonthill, this November, and setting up medical brigades in rural areas. They will also build two 20' by 20' homes on stilts, each sheltering one family, with a pricetag of $2,500 each. Volunteers pay their own way...
On the last trip, the group saw 1200 rural patients, mostly children and women, in six days. One very sick youngster required heart surgery - surgery was arranged by Steve, as was funding for the surgery.
The organization also provide mainstay food and vitamins for 400 children under the age of five. Each visit, the orphanage/daycare centre is given a six month supply of rice, beans, powdered milk etc. Some of the children belong to poor working mothers, but other children must fend for themselves when the orphanage closes up at night -for lack of funding for staff. This is difficult for both young and old Canadians to fathom - kids as young as five with no bed or home to go to...
Steve Malone was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006 for his good deeds. I wish you and your team a very successful working visit in November, and may you raise the funding needed for your endeavour.
Many thanks for this interesting presentation, and thanks to Graham Pett for arranging it.
Vickie VanRavenswaay, Manager of Community Services, Pelham, spoke to us about the proposed Cultural Master Plan for Pelham. An application to the Ministry for financial assistance was made in the fall of 2011, and a grant of $15K has been received towards this project.
The town is presently reaching out into the community for input, and Sierra Planning and Management has been asked to oversee the project. Information gathered will be kept and used for future multicultural facilitites. Notice of open house meetings with regard to the Cultural Master Plan will be forthcoming, soon.
Thanks, Vickie. We had better put on our thinking caps!
August 1/12, Angie Geiss, of In The Orchard, Fonthill, received another $500 towards her good work with kids in our community. She showed pictures of two huge masks of migrant workers, made by her students. They looked well done.
Angie has recently received charity status for ITO, which means using a whole new reporting code. ITO has also expanded into four new sites in the the community.
A new 'Summer Heat Program' was started for eight schools in designated impoverished areas. Angie strongly believes teaching art helps kids get along socially.
Thanks for sharing your work with us. Good luck - and keep up your good work.
Rotary of Fonthill Donates $500 to In The Orchard.
Lezlie Harper Wells, from Niagara Bound Tours, St. Catharines, gave a presentation of the 'Underground Railroad, ' and it's many local monuments and historical places. The Underground Railroad is a reference to the secret paths used to smuggle run away slaves from the U.S. into Canada. The Niagara region is dotted with history pertaining to that sad era.
Lezlie herself is a descendant of run away slaves, and lectures with pride of her past history. Even Canada permitted slavery up until 1792, when it was abandoned by John Simcoe.
We look forward to have back in the future, Lezlie, as you have much more to tell us.
Thank you for your presentation.
Chair Yoga - a new experience for most of our club members.
On July 11/12, Elaine Beane, who teaches Yoga in St. Catharines, visited our club and gave us a presentation in Yoga, performed while sitting comfortably on a chair instead of the usual floor mat.
Speaking for myself - it was a comfortable way of doing stretch and relax exercises, without having to struggle getting back up from the floor.
Thank you very much for the demonstration, Elaine, and for your time with us. I found the demonstration interesting and think others did too. Now, let's do the exercises faithfully at home and stay fit.
July 4th, 2012, Barb Babij from the Rotary of Buffalo Sunrise Club visited us , with an update on the Musoma Clean Water project , which their club is undertaking in Tanzania, Africa, in partnership with 11 other Rotary clubs..
Barb informed us that the well has been dug, using a local contrator, to the cost of $8,500. Two large (5,000 gal.) holding tanks are also in place. Installation of a solar pump is the next step. Estimated cost for holding tanks and solar pum is $12,700.
Phase three, which includes latrines and health/sanitation education is also est. at $8,500.
With todays donation of $500 from Rotary of Fonthill Club, the Rotary clubs have raised $25,133 towards this valuable project. Another $4,567 is still required. The Buffalo Sunrise Club maintains communication with the ground crews to make sure the project proceeds on shedule.
For those of us who are lucky enough to live with built-in potable water and sanitation, it is difficult to imagine the hardship women and children endure in many third world countries. I mention women and children, as they are most often the bearers of water.
Where can Ontario's children and youth in distress turn for help? They can turn to the Child Advocacy Centre Niagara for help. Cindy Paskey, Executive Director for the CACN shared information about the centre at our breakfast meeting, Wednesday.
The CACN, located in St. Catharines, is the first recognized community funded Child Advocacy Centre in Canada. Here, children and youth who have been physically or sexually abused, become targets of the internet, or become unwilling witness of violence, can seek help in a safe, pleasant atmosphere among people they can trust - along with their family.
After the infamous 'Bernado' affair, local individuals came together and raised funds to establish the centre. Counseling is free, and there is no waiting time here. Only 15 % of their funding come from Regional partners like the Police, Families and Children's Services Niagara, Family Counseling Centre Niagara, and medical professionals. The remaining 85% comes from Fundraising Events.
The goal of CACN is to make the tragic incident as easy as possible for the child or youth, and they attempt to do that by putting the child through only ONE videotaped interview with trained staff. Cindy mentioned that teens are least likely to tell about sexual abuse. Such abuse can cause severe depression, often lifelong, without councelling. Talk about it - and it helps.
Cindy Paskey has presented to national sessions hosted by Justice Canada and is consulted by other CAC organaizations from across Canada. Manitoba apparently is in the process of setting up a similar centre, and is seeking advice from Cindy and her team.
I am very pleased that there is a place for our kids to seek help, because some of this is too heavy stuff for a child, or youth, to bear. Thanks to all, staff and volunteers, who work to make this a better world for the next generation.
Julia Smallman, third year nursing student at U. of Western Ontario, presented an outline of her up-coming trip to Tanzania, Africa. Julia will be leaving in June and returning in August after a nine week tour to Tanzania with four dental students, two medical students, and one other nursing student. The team of eight has worked hard during the past year to get themselves ready for this fantastic educational experience. They have also raised $55,200. so far. They will need $60,000 for the trip. A dental chair has been asked for and acquired for the cause. It is a 100% student run charitable organization. They have also collected medicine and clothing, socks in particular, because many children there can't afford to go to school as they have to wear socks, and schooling is not free either.
The group appears to be well prepared for the stint, as they have also spent six weeks learning Swahili. Julia, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm about MedOutreach with us. We wish you and your team all the best, and do enjoy your climb to Kilimanjaro. Have a little fun along with your hard work. We hope to hear from you again when you return.
Thanks for your presentation.
At the May 28th, 2012 Board Meeting, $500.00 was allocated for Julia's Tanzania Venture.
Wednesday May 16th, 2012, Mayor Dave Augustyn gave a brief update on Pelham's achievements over the last year. After all the major road work that took place last year, there still remains a few 'quirks' to be straightened out.
Presently, 20K is being spent on fixing the intersection at #20 Highway and Rice Road. There will be a median installed to 'calm' traffic, not to slow it down. Effingham Road, near Killman Road will see some straightening out. Some significant heritage features might be introduced in our community. Harold Black Park will get new bleaches. And 35K will be spent on a Dog Park, pending an appropriate designated location, possibly from the Region. Peace Park will be levelled out a bit to prevent concert patrons from tipping over in their lawn chairs. Mayor 'Dave' hopes all this will be done by Labour Day.
Pelham has received 50K from the province for cultural use, and 500K for breathing equipment for Pelham's Fire Department.
Staffing changes have taken place, but hopes are still high for a decision for 'Recreation Facilities' to be made by the end of this year.
New subdivision land has been added, and a new official plan has been approved.
Most recently, a new hospital serving the region has been put on the planning table. Mayor Dave, along with all the other Mayors in the Niagara Region are presently putting their heads together looking for an appropriate location.
It sounds like our city fathers have a busy year ahead of them. Thank you very much Mayor Dave for taking time from your busy schedule to share some of your insight with us.
Haley, from Women's Shelter painted a sad picture of the domestic violence taking place in the Niagara Region. We have a problem.
Family violence, which shatters lives and cost money is rampant. Women's Place had to redirect close to 200 women and children in 2008 due to lack of space. Since 1977, 18,000 women and children have lived at Women's Shelters. The phone line is open 24/7 and received 4,500 crisis calls in 2008. We have had 17 domestic related homicides since 1997. Four children have been left motherless as result of domestic violence.
Women's Shelters are the only safe emergency shelters for abused women and children in Niagara Region. The annual cost to operate the three shelters and support programs runs at 3.2 million dollars annually. Family violence eats up 10% of the Niagara Regional Police's 115 million budget.
Family violence costs an earth shattering 71 million dollars annually in the Niagara Region alone, through social services, education, criminal justice, lost labour, and medical expenses.
Abuse is about power and control, to isolate the victim from family and friends. The victim is often hostage in her own home. Abuse can be physical, psychological, spiritual, financial and sexual. Women and children make up 95% of the domestic violence.
It is everyone's business to break this cycle, as 75% of abused children have a tendency to become abusers or to be abused as adults. This cycle can only be broken via awareness and education - therefore it is EVERYONES' BUSINESS.
Haley, I thank you for this heart rendering presentation. It certainly was an eye opener for me.
Thank you very much for this presentation.
Wednesday, May 2nd, Regional Councillor, Bruce Timms spoke about a greater and more efficient Regional Council for Greater Niagara. He presented an outline of the current structure and a visional future structure, where local councillors would be full time councillors and also sit on Regional Council. The idea of an expanded Regional Council, and eventually getting rid of the small local councils appears to growing.
Last night I spoke with one of the first regional councillors, when Regional Council was first introduced, the then Mayor of Thorold, Dr. D. A. Mc Millan, who spoke very favourable of one greater Regional Council governing Greater Niagara. Councillor Timms is convinced it will be more efficient, have less duplication, and be better for all residents.
It was an interesting presentation, particularly for me, because I was around when Regional Council was first introduced and heard the public complain about 'duplication.' I see it as having gone full circle, and I hope it is for the better of the residents in the Greater Niagara.
Thank you very much for the presentation.
Rev. Dr. Paul Owen spoke about the unforgettable experiences he encountered visiting the Australian Aboriginees in Nyinyikay, N.E. Arnhem Land, in Australia.
Paul went on a 'World Experiences' Arnhem Land Marine Rescue Project. Ocean currents between N. E. Australia and Indonesia send trash, thrown overboard from fishing vessels and cruise ships, onto the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, endangering marine life, turtles in particular.
Having made a generous donation towards this project, Paul was invited to stay as guest with a family at Nyinyikay where he learned about the Yolngu culture. Here he spent two unforgettable days with the women and children learning about women's business; stories and history; plants used for bush medicine and food; weaving; painting and other handcraft. The men shared their history and took him on a spear fishing trip and dug for turtle eggs. Paul got to taste his first raw turtle egg, (and probably the last). The fishing took place in shallow water. Men walked in water up to their knees, only, because of the presence of salt water crocodiles. Paul was not successful playing the digareedo - but had more luck swimming. He swam in 'crock' infested water, totally unaware of the warning sign. He brought home a souvenir sign...
After witnessing the Yolngu people's deep spiritual connection with all living things, the cleaning up of marine debris started. Over three days, 1.5 tons of rubbish was collected. Drift nets were dug and pulled out of the sand with the help of a truck.
Paul was 'gobsmacked' (amazed) by the complexity of the Yolngu culture, and highly recommends this adventure.
I thank you for this most interesting presentation, and for sharing your insight of the Australian Aboriginees with us. THANKS.
This morning, Andrew Larmand, President of Rotary of Fonthill, presented Jane Gilmour, President of Pelham Cares, with a cheque for $500. Carol Petrie, Manager of the Canada Trust, Fonhill Branch, was present, representing her staff, whose wishes it were to make Pelham Cares the recipient of this good-will gesture.
Earlier in the year, our Rotary Club had offered a small gesture of appreciation to the staff at Canada Trust for storing 'stuff' etc. for us during the year(s). Instead, Canada Trust Staff suggested Pelham Cares as beneficiary. What a heart-warming suggestion! Kindness goes a long way - staff was pleased - we were pleased - Pelham Cares was pleased - and someone at the receiving end will be pleased.
Thanks, to Canada Trust Staff, for helping us helping others.
Alastair Davis, CEO for Habitat for Humanity, Niagara Region, presented a interesting overview of his organization. Alastair has seen some disgusting living situations in the Niagara Region, where 14% of our residents live in poverty. In our region, poverty affects one child in six. Presently, 5,578 families are on the waiting list for a decent roof over their heads.
Habitat for Humanity has built 35 homes in the Niagara Region, and over 500 thousands around the world. Finished homes are sold to the new owners at fair market value, with NO down payment, but new owners must spend 500 hours of labour on the house. Habitat for Humanity holds the interest free mortgage. Payments are geared to income. Payments, (including taxes and utilities) are calculated at 30% of income.
All cash donations to Habitat for Humanity go directly to Habitat for Humanity, and that money never leaves the Fund.
To demonstrate the positive facts of a family having a decent place to live, statistics show that: 36% less social assistance is required; 24% of parents go back to school; 33% move on to better jobs; 39% of the kids get better grades at school; and 53% of the kids become better behaved.
Habitat for Humanity hopes to build 15 new homes in the Niagara Region in the next three years. For every home built here they build another outside the region. Presently, Habitat for Humanity has 11 lots available in Welland - but none in Fonthill. Tax receipts are issued for donated lots at appraised value. Habitat for Humanity focus on children and youth.
The average cost for material to build a lovely three bedroom house is $85,000. A new owner is required to spend 500 hours of labour on the construction of the house.
The recycling depot in St. Catharines accepts used kitchen cupboards, and all sorts of computers and electronic equipment. (They receive $250.00 per ton of recycled el. waste). It all adds up.
Habitat for Humanity has a very positive impact on the community.
We, at Fonthill Rotary are thankful for this informative presentation.
Dr. Janice Geisbrecht, Director of Oncology at the Niagara Health System's Oncology Program, spoke favourably of the new Radiation Centre under construction, at fourth Ave. St. Catharines. The centre will be up and running fully within the year, and will serve most of the needs of the residents in the Niagara Horseshoe by then. Only a few specialized procedures will need referral to Hamilton for radiation treatment after opening of the Centre..Dr. Geisbrecht appeared pleased with the fundraising process. The sum of $40 million dollars is required for the finished project, which will bring almost all the cancer procedures under one roof.
Emphasizing lung cancer prevention, Dr. Geisbrecht advocated a healthy lifestyle - no smoking, healthy eating, weight control, and a physically active life.
Fonthill Rotary donated $1,000 towards the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Currently 15,000 Chemotherapy patients a year are treated in various regional hospitals.
Dr. Geisbrecht and Wendy Duek, Development Liaison for the Centre were most pleased to receive the cheque for $1,000.
Today it was was Frank Solich's chance to tell it all, but I suspect he still has a few secrets up his sleeve. Frank is our newest member to Fonthill Rotary, and we are glad to have him and his smiling face among us.
Frank was born towards the end of WW II in a tiny place called Priesen, in East Germany. (I tried to locate Priesen on the Goggle Map, and the arrow stopped in the middle of a field- so it really must be a small place). Anyway, Frank's parents were able to get out ahead of the Russians, and made it to West Germany, when he was just nine months old. Frank and his father immigrated to Canada in 1952. His mother followed a year later, and in 1954 his sister and grandparent arrived.
The first six years were difficult, and they moved just about every year, looking for work where they could find it, and at one time the family worked in the tobacco region (Western Ontario) picking tobacco.
The family eventually settled in Richmond Hill, where Frank graduated from High School. His first job was with Boyle-Midway Canada Ltd., as a merchandiser. After a transfer to Halifax, where he found his wife, Frank returned to Ontario and the Kitchener region as a top salesman. Frank does not strike me as a 'salesman' at all - it must be his pleasant smile that does it!
In 1982, Frank joined the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, where he served as President 1989 -1990. Frank has later started his own consulting and sales agency. He finally moved to Fonthill in 2007, to be nearer his son and grand daughters in Cleveland.
Frank has volunteered for Salvation Army in Welland, where he managed their food bank, and did some counseling. He still does some volunteer work for the Salvation Army.
We are glad to have you among us, Frank, and we hope you will enjoy our little group.
Kerry Thomas and Mike Knapp presented 'Rotary at Work' for our group Wednesday, Feb. 15th. Kerry, who is president elect for Rotary of Welland, has worked with people with disabilities since 1997, where he was employed by the Community Living, Welland/Pelham for ten years. He visited Serbia in 2010, where he took part in a Rotary International project bringing awareness to the plight of the disabled. Mike Knapp, owner of Mike Knapp Ford, Welland, has experience with hiring a person with a disability, and emphazised his pleasure of being able to provide a job for a disabled person.
The main goal for 'Rotary at Work' is to help find jobs for Ontarians with a disability. The statistics are astounding... In Ontario, 16% of the population are on disability pensions, costing the province 3.2 billion annually, because 49 % of the disabled are unemployed.
A study done by Dupont showed that over 50% of disabled people performed above average, when given a chance to work. When hired, they are 2-5 times more likely to stay at their job. Giving a disabled person a job has many benefits beyond income and independence - it gives them self respect, and a chance to make friends.
Kerry would be happy to partner any prospective employer with a person with a disability. Kerry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the presentation and for the heartwarming work you do, helping the less fortunate among us.
This morning, Lance Wiebe, Financial Planner and member of Rotary of Fonthill, gave an interesting lecture on how to multiply your money, when considering Charitable Givings.
Without magic, but by making use of improved government regulations, he demonstrated how one dollar can be turned into $5.60, when it comes to charitable givings, via tax credits. Tax credits on charitable givings can be claimed five years into the future.
Lance went into details on how this can be done, but I won't even attempt to explain it here. That explanation is best left for Lance - he is the expert. I might mention though, that Lance promoted the importance of having a will. Everyone should have one...
Great presentation, Lance. I hope people with a little extra cash on hand will seek your advice. It is a win, win situation for both donor and charitable organization.
Brian Kon, Executive Director of the HDSF gave us an insight of the fundraising needed to carry on the good work the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health Centre provides for our region. Government funding only covers the daily run of the centre, staffing etc. Funding of equipment and updating of services etc. is paid for by the community via fundraising. Each year, the Foundation receives a 'Wish List,' and that is when Brian Kon puts his gears in full swing.
Originally, the old Hotel Dieu Hospital on Ontario Street in St. Catharines was built as a 29 bed Maternity Hospital (I believe that was the old building now torn down directly opposite to what most of us remember as the Hotel Dieu Hospital). Then there was the Shaver Hospital on top of the 'San Hill,' on Glenridge Ave., opposite Brock University. It was first built as a TB Sanitorium, which later specialized in other lung diseases, Stroke and several other debilitating diseases. The twain have now combined to The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre. Both group therapy, as well as one on one therapy is offered. There are 134 beds for in-patients, five of which are for palliative care. As many as 100 out-patients are served daily. It is the Regional Centre for Speech Therapy, and they also have an Audiology Department.
There is a staff of 400 and several hundred volunteers. Patients are urged to encourage each other, and children and pets are welcome. Every effort is made to rehabilitate patients to resume as normal a life as possible. A woodworking shop and a patient kitchen serves that purpose. This years wish list will require $650.000 to fullfill.
Best of luck Brian! You have your work cut out for you. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
The Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Foundation.
Paul Morgan, a Niagara Business Consultant, presented a new product called'Meal 53.' Meal 53 is a raw, dried food supplement. It is food in living form, because the enzymes are still intact, (not killed by heating), therefore supposed to be 'blood cleansing.'
Mr. Morgan is looking for sales agents willing to sell this product, produced in South Korea, and has put together a half an hour handbook on the product. The product comes in powder form and consists of 14 grains, 22 vegetables, 11 fruits, five sea plants and salt. A box with a three month supply (90 pouches) costs $230.00, with a profit of $90.00 . Morgan claims taking this product will cure type 2 diabetes in just six weeks. He demonstrated adding contents of a pouch to his favourite juice, gave it a shake , or two, and drank it. He uses it as a lunch substitute, and claims to feel vigourated since starting it. I can't help feeling there must be some like me, who would rather sit down to a 'Danish Smørgås Bord,' candle lights, aches and pains, and cholesterol worries.
Mr. Morgan told an interesting story about science having established that Neanderthal Man suffered from arthritis, but Inuit didn't. Neanderthal cooked his meat over open fires - Inuit ate their meat raw. Inuit were formerly referred to as 'Eskimos,' a derogatory name given to them by North Western Indian Tribes, and also used to scare their kids off the sea ice. "Don't go too far out on the ice, kids, or you will meet the 'Eskimos,' meaning, 'the eaters of raw meat.'
During a 20 minute presentation, Architect, Dr. Ian Ellingham gave us some insight into his latest book, "Decision-Making for Sustainability."
After decades of designing and building, Dr. Ellingham has decided to spend more time teaching and writing. As partner-owner of Cambridge Architecture Research (CAR), closely connected with Cambridge University, he was contacted by the Royal Institute of British Architects to write a guide on 'Decision-Making,' focusing on project analysis. Since he and a co-writer had already published a book on project analysis in 2006, and since the word sustainability sells books, it was decided to write a book about, 'Decision-Making for Sustainability.' But what is sustainability?
Sustainability is most often linked with environmental issues. Many other definitions are in the eye of the beholder... But that is not what CAR has in mind. They think of human beings, their needs and how to improve their wellbeing. Different people have different needs. Locations, available resources etc. are important. Most importantly, it is not what you have, but what you do with what you have, that counts. Sustainability depends on present and future needs, as well as a mixture of economic, environmental and social issues. One of the most important aspects of sustainability is that we do not compromise our ability to invent, think, evolve and prosper.
Change comes about because of innovations, and innovations come about with education and free thinking. Dr. Ellingham warned about taking innovations for granted, and used the rise and fall of France, Italy and China, as reference. Global warming, for instance, has stunted innovations, by concentrating on GW, rather than alternate energy innovations.
How to make better decision, is not an easy matter, but that is the subject of this book.
A great presentation, as well as post-presentation chat. I can't wait to read the book. Thanks
Franco Olivieri, Vocational Chair, from the Rotary Club of NOTL , started off 2012 with information on Vocational Services. As Rotarians, we are supposed to reach out to people, including the physically and mentally challenged. He gave examples of professional people , who had become physically challenged through disease, or accident, but who with help from Rotarians, were able to enter the workforce anew.
"The goals are simple' said Franco, "give a professional who has lost his eye sight a job, and that job gives value to his life." Likewise, mentally challenged persons make good and cheerful employees. Franco suggested clubs contact their local Chamber of Commerce, and work through them. In Canada alone, 16 % of the work force live with a disability, costing Canada 3 1/2 billion dollars annually.
Thank you very much, Frank, for your time to present to us, this challenging, worthwhile cause.
Seven years ago, Jo Stewart, Administration Officer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock U., started a knitting club, which she called 'The Needle Knockers.' This group of knitters get together twice a month over lunch at Brock, knit, laugh and have fun - all for a good cause. Jo has since started another group, 'Sticks, Strings and Stewardship,' which meet weekly at Morgan's Point United Church in Wainfleet. They create knitted or crochet crafts for both fundraising and charities within local communities and beyond.
Jo presented a short, but interesting, history of knitting and its arabic roots. By the 1600, the art of knitting had spread all over Europe. Jo brought a large bag full of knitted items for 'show and tell.' She also tried her darndest to recruit new knitters from our male Rotary members, offering to teach them knitting from scratch.
When a third world family needed a house, the group got together and knitted items for sale, and thus raised the $1,400 required for the shelter. Nursing students from Brock took knitted toys and dolls to HIV orphans in Africa, and discovered that the grandmothers looking after these children were in need of shawls. Now shawls are knitted and sent over. Shawls are also sent to Native Reserves, or wherever there is need. Recently, a lovely blanket was created and raffled off for the benefit of United Way.
An ardent knitter, myself, I found the presentation very interesting, and hope to contribute to the group in the future. Thanks you very much for enlightening us about the history of knitting , as well as your group(s) hard work and achievements.
Our Club celebrated the upcoming Christmas Season with family and Rotarian Friends from the St. Catharines Sunrise Club. It was great to see many kids, both young and old, out at that hour of the morning. A warm 'thanks' goes out to the fellow Rotarian from the St. Catharines Club, who were able to join us. There were prizes for the kids, and trivia winners, all taken care off by our our generous members. The happy fellowship hour ended with a sing-along of Christmas Carols/Songs, led by Carolyn, with Randy plucking his guitar. It was a wonderful fellowship hour... Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special thanks to those who donated prizes, as well as gifts for our Sally Anne undertaking.
I also wish to thank all the members who bought some of my little knitted dolls and wine cork Christmas ornaments (donkeys). I am pleased to announce that your generosity helped raise $87.00 for Pelham Cares, which I hand delivered this morning. THANKS!
Sing Along with Family Members and St. Catharines Sunrise Club.
Today, Sabih Uddin, a semi retired pharmacist, and fellow Rotarian from Brantford, presented an interesting brief about his club's involvement with literacy in India and Pakistan.
Children from slum areas in India and Pakistan are deprived of schooling. Parents can't afford to send their kids to school. Through connections in Pakistan, Sabih has been able to partner with schools in Pakistan. They teach slum kids from age six - fourteen, to read and write, five days a week, for four months. Since parents can't afford to put them into regular schools, a special curriculum is set up by the local school board. Classes are taught with the children sitting on the floor, or on rugs (Non Formal Education). Hygiene is being taught along with reading and writing. Rotary of Brantford has teamed up with Rotary of Karachi South, and the local school board assists with guidance. Five thousand kids from the slums of Karachi have become literate since 2007, for just $22.00 per child via this worthwhile program. Clubs assisting with this project can apply for matching grants from the Rotary Foundation..
Sabih is proud to be part of this project, and I certainly understand why. Teaching a child to read, opens a door, hopefully the door leading that child out of poverty. A very enjoyable presentation - Thanks!
DG John Heise honoured us with his visit November 30. After being introduced by AG Vic Kerschl, DG John Heise proceeded to talk about Rotary's main goal, eradication of polio, and stressed just how close we are to fulfilling that goal. He gave us lots of encouragement, and praise, and appeared very pleased with our club's accomplishments, and goals. I am sure none of us minded that little pat on the shoulder, which also came from Vic, who stated that, "for a small club, you are one of the best."
DG John Heise usually travels with his wife, but as a proud grandparent, 'Grandma' had to stay behind and baby-sit. We thank you for your visit, kinds words, and your effort, getting up before the birds at 5 am, to get to get here in time for our meeting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Arthur Wing, Rotary Foundation Chair of District 7090, came and spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation, how it works, how we can tap into the funds, when asked to help out in desperate situations around the world. He stressed the need for assistance, and suggested small gestures like giving up 'a cup of coffee' and donating it to the fund, all adds up. He also suggested remembering the Foundation by leaving something for it in our Wills.
Our club was happy to present Art with a cheque for $1,000, which he gracefully accepted.
Rotarian, Annie Holtby, presented a slide show and talk about 'Five for Water.' Five for Water, is a Rotary Fundraising project started by five anonymous Rotarians, selling Fair Trade Coffee, using the profits to provide clean drinking water for third world families . These five have already provided several drinking wells around the world, with profits earned from the sale of Fair Trade Coffee.
The Fair Trade itself helps small coffee farmers in third world regions getting a fair price for the coffee they produce. Secondly, a percentage of the sale from each bag of coffee sold goes towards potable drinking water, again for third world regions. Thirdly, another portion of the sale can be used as a fundraiser by the club selling the coffee. Since most people drink coffee, this sounds like a win, win, fundraiser - increasing poor people's wages, providing clean drinking water to poor people and raising funds to help, where ever assistance is needed around the world.
Annie came armed with a box full of coffee bags, so let's bring granny a bag of coffee for christmas instead of a box of chocolate!
Thank, you, Annie, It was an interesting presentation.
Greg Warkentin, Salvation Army's Executive Director for the Niagara Region, and Rev. Cheryl More, presented to us, Wednesday October 26,2011.
Mr. Warkentin oversees four Niagara Communities in the Region, their Thrift Stores, and works with our local 'In the Orchard.' He sits on the board of the 'In the Orchard.' Mr Warkentin is also in charge of Fair Trade, and has traveled to Pakistan on Fair Trade business. The Salvation Army receives a 40 K grant, annually, to assist them with their good work. An emergency truck is sent out one night a week to a town looking for homeless people. When disaster recently struck Goderich - Salvation Army was there. Training takes place, groups are organized to work in tandem, when disaster strikes. This training was put in place after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina, in the U.S.
A program called the ' Red Cap Program' evolved out of the Salvation Army's Headquarter. The Red Cap Program is an Anger Management Program developed to stop bullying. The Rev. Cheryl Moore teaches children to confront bullies. Out of 36 countries, Canada ranks close to the bottom of the totem pole, when it comes to countering bullying. Rev. Moore stated that there is a lot of bullying going on among kids.
Rev. Moore teaches an eight - 10 week course, geared to kids from eight - 12 years of age, via games and role playing, during a 90 min. extended lunch hour at schools with problems. Teacher's recommend who could benefit from the course. This course is not just for low income areas.
The program requires a facilitator and two volunteers. They use the colours of a STOP light, (Red, Yellow, and Green) to teach STOP, THINK, and PROBLEM SOLVE. This teaches kids to be less impulsive... An after school program is also offered in Welland. Students are provided with free binders, a snack (usually pizza), and a RED HAT (cap), if they pass. The cost of running a 10 week course is $1,400.
I would like to extend thanks to both Mr. Warkentin, and Rev. Moore for enlightening us a little about some of the good work Salvation Army is involved with. I personally did not know about your 'Anger Management Program.' Thank you very much for presenting to us.
Richard Rybiak, our town's newest councillor, spoke about the value of volunteers, and gave us a little insight into the Community in Bloom Committee. The Community in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation, and the challenge of national competition. Our local group was formed in 2000, as a volunteer committee under the auspices of the Town of Pelham.
The volunteers fund raise and work hard planting and weeding around town. Most of the funding for the new clock on Pelham Street S., was raised by the Community in Bloom Committee. It is the recipient of the Trillium Award. It holds Garden Tours, Community clean-up days, etc. This year it is challenging business owners to get employees involved in the clean-up, starting October 20th. Vickie Van Ravensway is busy making up maps and hand-outs. Vests and garbage bags will be handed out to volunteers. Most schools are registered for clean -up October 21st, and Fonthill Rotary is registered to help with the clean-up October 22nd. There will be a luncheon barbecue at Centennial Park , following the morning clean-up on the 22nd.
Mr Rybiak, a former Rotarian, from Peace River, started with a heart warming rendition of the the destruction caused in Peace River by a massive flood some years ago. Homes and businesses were destroyed, but within hours, volunteers, lead by 12 Rotarians, had started a fundraising campaign to rebuild their town. Funds were released almost immediately in the form of loans, which were forgiven in five years time, if the business rebuilt and stayed. Mr. Rybiak's story was followed by applause, and the value of volunteerism reinforced.
Our October 5th meeting was a morning filled with laughter. We were treated to a great performance of Magic by Magician, Anthony Lindan, who does presentations to corporate institutions, using his talent as a fun teaching tool. He made money appear out of nowhere, but later, when showing us how to do the trick, he explained that you can't make money appear, without having money first. I am sure somebody in the crowd will attempt that trick...
Mr. Lindan did card tricks,and number tricks. He also made a $5.00 bill disappear, only to have it re-appear out of the centre of a freshly cut lime moments later. To a corporation having lost a lot of assets, Lindan will suggest that with a bit of ingenuity it is possible to get their lost assets back.
It was a fun filled presentation, which created lots of eye-openers and heartfelt laughter. What a great way to start a day. Thanks, Mr Lindan.
September 28th, 2011, Dr. Anthony Shaw, Brock University, honoured us with a knowledgeable presentation of Climate change. He spoke about climate change versus global warming, and the difference between long term and short term climate changes. Dr. Shaw referred to the Medieval Warm period, when the Vikings arrived in Greenland around the year 1000 - 1200, as well as the Little Ice Age a few hundred years later. Both of these were long term changes, created by solar forcing or lack thereof.
Although our earth has been gradually warming since the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago, what we are presently experiencing is a more rapid warming, globally. Weather changes from year to year, therefore no vintage is ever the same. Climate is calculated over 30 years, and in this region, warming has increased by .6 Centigrade degrees . Along with the increase in temperature, so has CO2 increased from 280ppm to 385ppm since 1880. Groving grapes depends very much on the amount of heat and the length of the growing season, more so, than on the actual soil. We had a short warming spell in the 1930's and 1940's, but by the late 50's and into the 60's temperature was dropping. With the local mean temperature at 8.5 C. degrees, we have seen the temperature rising .5 - .6 C. degrees since 1970. This has extended the growing season, and made the adaption time shorter, and more dramatic locally. In the Arctic, the temperature has increased by 10 C.degrees over the same period. With the increase in the temperature, growers rely very much on finding the right kind of grapes to plant, as what they plant now, will depend on their harvest forty years from now. This of course is where Dr. Shaw's expertise comes in.
Locally, the Wine Industry depends on cool climate grapes, tolerating -20 C. degrees. Colder than that, frost damage occurs. Fluctuations in temperature, are not good for the grapes, especially when they are coming out of dormancy. For Canada, GW is good - not so for Texas and Sub Sahara. Water, carbon dioxide, methane gas and nitrous oxide are the main components of greenhouse gases, and in that order. CO2 is not only contributed by burning of fossil fuels, but by warming oceans, volcanoes and arctic melts among others.
Individually, we can't change things around, but with government legislations we can make a change. It will be costly and create loss of jobs, so it is not an easy thing to change. Programs have to be in place.
Dr. Shaw could have kept on talking endlessly, but time ran out, and some of our members had to go to work. I have received wonderful feed back about this presentation. Thank you very much, Dr. Shaw.
If I ever heard of a group of busy 'Beavers,' the Interact Club at E. L. Crosley tops them all. The Past President, Charlotte Butko; and President, Erin Prysiazny; along with Brianne Morgen, Treasurer, presented a splendid review of their past year's performance.
They held so many activities, that I might not remember them all. They started out with a 'Terry Fox Run' and raised $350.00. Then came Halloween - and 130 kids were activated, going door to door collecting food for Pelham Cares. Imagine the surprize when the kids called for help picking up all the 'loot' - three SUV loads and then some...
At Christmas, the Interact group made up baskets for 30 families for Sally Ann. In the spring they held a Barbecue, raising $400.00 for 'End Polio Now.' During May and June, they collected good used clothing for RAFT. And then comes the best part - they loved every minute of it and claim they had an 'AMAZING YEAR.'
Well, kids, here is what I think of you. You guys are AMAZING. I can assure you that everyone in the room listening to you this morning are very proud of all of you. Your experience will always be with you - don't ever change. You are future Rotarians, and you truly are AMAZING.
Jean Bancroft of Fonthill, an exchange student to Sweden, 35 years ago, shared her experience with us this morning. Jean ended up staying in Nykjøping, near Stockholm, when at the age of 16. Noone spoke English in her exchange family home, so Jean had to struggle with both language and homesickness problems. She arrived at a home that was not used to having a girl, and the regulations in those days were such that you were not allowed contact with your parents for the first three months. This meant you had to grow up fast, and overcome any problems you might have
The host was an Olympian, so it helped that Jean had a keen interest in canoeing and biking. Being an Olympian, the host was known to the King of Sweden...
As usual, exchange students had contacts with other exchange students, and at one point Jean held a gathering in her room, where they put together a list of things they would like to do and see before leaving Sweden. One of those items was: they would like to meet the King of Sweden. The rest of the list didn't appear to be a problem to arrange, but to meet with the King of Sweden was another matter. Never mind, a letter was sent to his Majesty, and lo and behold, the King and his young wife Silvia, (newly married) invited them all for a visit to the Castle.
Jean was in Interact in her high school days, and later joined Ryla. She has nothing but praise for the Youth Exchange Program. It helps young people mature with a healthy interest in humanity. Jean has since hosted a girl from Tailand, and states it was a wonderful experience, giving back. Jean keeps in contact with this girl, who now has become a lawyer, working with a Not For Profit organization, and setting up 'fundraising programs' which does not appear to exist in Tailand.
Youth Exchange can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be a total failure, ending with a student being sent home. In Jean's case, it was a fantastic experience, both as an outgoing student, and hosting.
B. J. Armstrong, Educational Co-ordinator of Niagara Symphony's Youth Prgram spoke about their Classroom and Summer Camp Programs, which have been in place for 50 years.
In the classroom, they hold one hour work shops, believing strongly that music helps guide a child develop intellectually. They hold two classes per school and have four professional musicians who come into the classroom, where they teach students to read and compose music. The final piece is then played.
To get students interested, they are invited to three free concerts at Brock. Before a concert, they are taught 'Concert Manners.' During concerts, ensemble students showcase in the lobby at Brock. Armstrong revealed that we have phenomenal music students under the age of 18 in Niagara.
Niagara Symphony also offers students two week summer camps, and at the end of the two weeks the students play in a concert. Bursary funds are available for kids who can't afford camp, otherwise. Music builds up comradery for students who are not athletic. Kids as young as 18 months are taught rythm, and kids can read music by age six.
Even if the students don't progress to become professional musicians, the Symphony hopes to inspire a lifelong interest in music. An excellent program - always looking for sponsors.
Dr. Richard Mitchell , Sociology Professor, from Brock University spoke about Migrant Workers Children's Scholarship Program. Dr. Mitchell had noticed migrant workers bicycling around in our communities, and became curious about these people. He discovered that the migrant workers are all fathers, some of them away from their families eight to ten months of the year, while working the farm fields of Niagara, creating prosperity for our communities. He then wondered if there was something he could do for them.
At a Social Justice Forum held at Brock, he invited a group of migrant workers, and 'Yes,' there was 'something' he could do for them. First they had a request for some sort of protective clothing to wear, when biking after dark. Mayor Brian Mc Mullen of St. Catharines was contacted, and he willingly provided some reflective clothing for them. Secondly, they asked to be part of some cultural activities, and that was also arranged. Thirdly, when the Migrant Worker's Program was set up by our government, back in the 1960-70, the program required the workers to be fathers. Since they earn low wages, there isn't much money left for education for their children, after food expenditures etc. are met back home. Therefore, the Niagara Community Foundation set up the Niagara Migrant Children's Award Program, November 2010. The Niagara Region receive about 7,000 migrant workers annually.
Dr. Michell saw a perfect opportunity to give something back to these workers via scholarships for their children. He is presently working on raising two million dollars towards this goal, and hoping the region's wine industry will be financially supportive towards this worthwhile project. The cost per student will be about 50 K.
Educating the migrant workers' children will lead their family's way out of powerty. What a wonderful project.
Ron Dubciak, Executive Director of the Niagara Citizen's Advisory Committee, a non-profit organization, helping youths at risk, shared some of his visdom with us today. The organization was created by caring, willing people, with expertise in usefull skills, who saw the need for behavioral modification training, via teaching work skills to youths. It runs a 14 - 16 week training program for youths ages 16 - 18, dismantling and recycling old computers and other electronic equipment, except monitors. Up to 60 tons of discarded electronic equipment are processed weekly, earning them three quarter of a million annually. However, this training is expensive, and they do rely on some government assistance.
A very high percentage of the students have been removed from school, are active criminals, are without work experience, and without any support system ,or home address. Teaching these youngsters a skill gives them a chance in life that they otherwise would never have had. Many have returned to school.
The students get training in supervisory skills, group, as well as individual counselling, and first aid training. A 'Senior Mentoring Program' has been develloped, and the students respect seniors and perform well with them. Helping, and working in the community gives the students confidence to move forward. These students worked long hours, cleaning up after the Rotary Rib Fest.
The students have restored 15,000 computers and have sent them to Haiti, Nicaragua, and other third world countries. A bottle recycling undertaking went so well that they ran out of bottles. Recently, the Catholic School Board offered them acreage, on which to grow corn for bio-fuel. Proceeds from this project will go to a trust fund for some future endeavour.
What a delightful, positive rendition of how dedicated and caring people/teachers can turn our lost youth into good, productive citizens.
Robert Eamer, one of our newest members, and former Rotarian, has had an interesting career with the OPP over 36 years, and today he shared some tidbits with us. Robert retired as Chief Supt., Regional Commander for Eastern Ontario. During his career he met interesting (sometimes dangerous) challenges, as Forensic Officer, setting up Automated Fingerprinting, Planning of Police Training etc. As an Explosive Disposal Technician, Robert learned how to build bombs, before he could learn how to safely dismantle them.
As a former Rotarian, Robert has served in several Eastern Clubs. While at the Cataraqui - Kingston Club, he was awarded the Rotarian of the Year Award for initiating the Rotary Christmas Auction. He also served as President of the club from 2001-2002, and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2004.
In his retirement days, Robert is still active in many organizations, both inside and outside policing. Robert is also a Founding Director of the OPP Youth Foundation, for which he clearly displayed much love and enthusiasm.
Thanks to his wife, Rose, who has given Robert three daughters and several grand children,(some of whom live in this area) Robert was drawn to Fonthill and our Rotary Club. We are happy and thankful to have you among us, Robert!
When Carol Lloyd of Pelham visited El Salvador for three days, last January, little did she know that she would be introduced to poverty, first hand. A guided tour to a coffee plantation opened her eyes to 'Fair Trade,' and poverty. Carol, who owns and operates her own Coffee House in Pelham, could see a way of supporting 'Fair Trade,' and has now made other valuable connections with a group of Fair Trade supporters from Vermont. Through her tour guide, Carol was introduced to a nearby orphanage, with 75 small children, and another with older children. She found the conditions at the orphanages deplorable - only 15 bed for 75 kids. Kitchen, and laundry facilies were inadequate etc. Carol has since returned with suitcases full of medicine, via help from her doctor, and has also managed to bring 500 pounds of food to the orphanages. It shows what good will and action can do to help the poor and innocent. Great work ,Carol! I hope you will return and tell us more about your endeavour. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Deb Rollo, Coordinator of the Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative, presented an interesting talk and slide show this morning. Deb works with community leaders and retailers, to make our communities more accessable and senior friendly. Deb's educational background is in social services and business, so she has a superb grasp of what we older folk need, and who can provide it for our aging community. I discovered one amusing fact, that seniors are divided into three categories for needs - and that I am over the 'hill.' Thanks, Deb, for an interesting presentation. I am sure we shall all hear more about your good work, as we age in this beautiful community.
March 10,2010, our club was honoured to have Robert Morrow, Consultant with The Canadian Space Agency, as guest speaker. Robert is Project Manager for 'Tomatosphere' - a science project involving seeds sent into space. Along with interesting space pictures, we were treated to some information on the work involved sending man to Mars. Because of the time span involved, fresh food must be grown, both in transit, and upon arrival. Water was discovered on Mars, thanks to a broken front wheel on one of the landing vehicles. Because of the broken front wheel, the vehicle can only drive in reverse, but the groove the broken wheel made on the surface of Mars revealed water under the surface. Without the knowledge of water on Mars, man has no chance of surviving there. We were given control/test packages of tomato seeds,some of which had been subjected to radiation, and we were also treated to 'touch' a package of seeds that had travelled over nine million miles to outer space and back. For anyone interested in science, this presentation was a thrill. Thanks a million.
February 17, 2010, Angie Geiss, from THE ORCHARD GROVE, Fonthill's HAPPY PLACE, showed slides from her studio. Angie, an artist, and a native of Pelham, moved to B.C. after graduating, and started a clothing business. She returned to Pelham in 2003 and opened the art studio on Pelham South, in Fonthill. Two years ago, Angie turned her studio into a non profit organization, with the help of grants from Trilium and Many Hands. She also partners with Sally Ann, and the local School Board. Adults, teenagers and little kids come through her doors. She runs an after school program for kids, and a 'Youth At Risk' program, as well as art classes for adults. Angie is also connected with the John Howard Society, and enjoys getting teenagers involved with art and away from substance abuse. Her 'Earth Art Program' visits a re-cycling plant, with magnets and sifts out useful items for their art programs. The ORCHARD GROVE is presently under renovation, but normally has open nights every Thursday night. According to Angie, there are many troubled kids in our town, who need all the help they can get. She has a wonderful volunteer staff consisting of highly skilled professionals - but gets NO financial support from our town council. Hopefully , our town council will reconsider supporting Fonthill's Happy Place, when they see the fruit of this much needed program.
February 3, 2010, Julie and Stacey, both RNs with the Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Counties, working out of the St. Catharines Office, presented a slide brief, about the work CCAC does in the community. It serves 70 thousand people in our region. The care is free of charge. All you need is a valid Health Card. All their work is geared to assist in keeping the sick and needy out of institutions, and keep them in their own homes, if at all possible. Their task is multifaceted - and you no longer require a referral by a physician. CCAC is hard pressed financially, because people are living longer, and with age comes more health issues. Many questions were directed at Julie and Stacey. Guess we all have loved ones to worry about. Thanks for all you do, and for sharing your work experience with us.
January 27, 2010, Dr. Matt Taylor, who is a semi retired dentist, from St. Catharines, presented a slide show from his most recent (work) trip to Guatemala. This was his sixth trip doing volunter work among the poor in villages around beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Dr. Taylor finances his own trips, and travels with a generator and dental chair. He stated that the children drink a lot of coke in the region, and it is playing havoc with the kids teeth. He worked 10 hours a day for 20 days, filling huge cavities in the children's permanent teeth, and also extracted bad teeth on the adults. I can't begin to imagine the pain the children must suffer from the huge cavities shown. Another wonderful example of good work carried out by a Rotarian. Thank you for sharing your work with us. It was a most interesting presentation.
January 13, 2010, Cindy, from the Niagara Region's Child Advocacy Head Office in St. Catharines, gave a video presentation of their operations. Abused children are referred and arrive accompanied by siblings and/or adults. They are interviewed and videotaped in two small rooms, and those tapes are used for later court situations. Children up to the age of 16 are filtered through there. The building is a small renovated church, made very comfortable and friendly, with donated furniture, books, and toys. Rather than having the abused child repeat his or her story other places, plainclothes police and child care workers come to them, in order to minimize their trauma. Since 2008, 374 children have been interviewed there. It was a sad, but interesting presentation. Thank you very much, Cindy.
Jennifer Bennet from our local library came armed with story books and carrots, and entertained us with some Halloween fun. By the sound of the laughter, I can say that grown-up can also have fun with kid's stories. Thanks for the entertainment, Jennifer. Much appreciated. Laughter is good medicine!
September 16, 2009, Mayor Dave Augustyn spoke about the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, which fit right in with September being Rotary's 'Youth Awareness Month.'
Mayor Dave has personally visited all the grade 7-8 classes in Pelham, stirring up interest for the program.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) was established in 2004, and consists of students from grade seven through twelve, who attend monthly meetings during the school year.
The objective of MYAC is to keep our Town Council informed of matters affecting our youth, leading to the creation of meaningful activities for the youth, while also teaching the youth servitude.
Sitting on the MYAC provides an excellent leadership experience for kids, which in later years can be a valuable asset, when applying for either a job or a schoolarship. Employers and government agencies look favourable at youth programs. These kids wash cars to raise funds for The United Way. They help with parades, pumpkin carving contests, the Band Shell, Canada Day activities, etc. They also have a 'Reach-Out' program for seniors. Mayor Dave mentioned so many thing these kids were involved with, that I was truly amazed. What a wonderful way to keep our youth involved in our community. Thank you kids for all that you do, and thank you very much Mayor Dave for sharing this information with us during our 'Youth Awareness' month.
September 9, 2009, Ann Harrison, Principal of E. L. Crossley High School, presented a very interesting update on the challenges both she and her staff face daily. Great changes in our educational system have taken place over the years, and the challenges our young students face are also growing.
Our youngsters can no longer drop out of the educational system until they have reached the age of eighteen, or earned a high school diploma. Ms. Harrison's goal is to get every kid past grade ten. After that, she believes a student can more easily be directed towards one of the many avenues open to him or her.
They monitor kids who are at risk of dropping out. Today, a kid can't get expelled. Niagara College, for example, runs a 'Second Chance' program for troubled kids, and a 'Rise Program' is offered at the 'Y' in St. Catharines.
Some co-op programs are available at E. L. Crossley, but they do encounter transportation problems. Some of their rural co-op students work in local greenhouses or on dairy farms.
Tech Trade Programs are offered, and building skills have been put to good use helping 'Habitat for Humanity.' Eleven students recently went to El Salvador, C. A. (What an experience for kids - Great).
E. L. Crossley also offers a program for the hearing impaired.
Ms. Harrison stated that it is most often the school that has to seek out the business community for input on needed skills. She would like to see the business community coming to the school with new carreer suggestions.
It was a most enlightening presentation, and I see a lot of opportunities for our youngsters. Grab all the education you can, kids! You will need it in the future! Thank you very much, Ann Harrison. Have a wonderful school year!
September 2/09, Anna Balla from SAFE STOR, Records Management, 2704 Hwy 20, presented an interesting overview on her Record Storing Facility, and how she changed her profession from a totally different profession - Dentistry. Today, she helps busy professionals, from all over the Niagara Peninsula, storing their records at her state-of-the-art business in Fonthill. Let's hope professionals in the area, who stack away documents in musty corners of their basements, will take advantage of Anna Balla's establishment. Good luck with your endeavour. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
August 26, Tom Carter presented our club with a $1,000.00 gift for our up-coming Fundraiser Auction. Tom had won a lovely set of golf clubs, valued at $500.00, plus foursome tickets for Grand Niagara, valued at $400.00, which he kindly donated to us. To round off his gift, Tom donated $100.00 out of his own pocket for the 19th hole. What a lovely gift, Tom. Our club sends you a big, THANK YOU!
Our exchange student , Colin, who recently left for Brazil for a year, has reported home. Colin's mother, who joined us all this morning ,reported that Colin was with a wonderful family outside of Sao Paulo, and that the host family have both horses and 'chicks.' Now, I didn't get a chance to ask his mother if Colin meant 'feathered' chicks, or... ?
Stephanie Hall, this years successful RYLA applicant, reported that she really enjoyed the leadership seminar in Fredonia immensely. About 60 students took part in the leadership seminar teaching self awareness, public speaking etc. Stephanie holds a degree in biology from Guelph University, and is presently enrolled in her third year of Veterinary School.
All the best to you, Stephanie!
Linn - our Swedish exchange student has arrived with a big smile on her face. She and the host family, the Lowes family, all joined us for breakfast this morning. By the looks of all the kids faces, it spells for a happy and exiting year for Linn. Linn arrived on August 13, and has already made new friends in both the Lowes family, and in the Lowes' neighbourhood. Linn will be attending E.L. Crossley in September. We wish her all the best. May your learning experience be full of fun and wonderful memories of Canada. A big THANKS goes to the Lowes family.
Aug.5/09 - Amy Ball, President of Outfront Communication, presented a most interesting slide show and talk about her (courageous in my view) trip to Kurdistan. Amy holds a degree in political science, and went to Kurdistan on the invitation of the Iraqi Ambassador to Canada. This, her first trip to Kurdistan, was financed by Iraq. Her next planned trip in April 2010 will be self sponsored. Amy has started a 'NOT FOR PROFIT' Foundation, and will be bringing 20 doctors, medical supplies, and some sewing machines, with her on her next trip.
She reported the area fairly stable - people tired of war - people only want peace. Orphaned children are integrated in private homes, as there are no orphanages.
Xray Machines exists, but no protective Vests, therefore a high rate of cancer among health care workers using these machines. Kurdistan holds the largest Turkish population without a homeland.
Thank you very much for your most informative presentation. Good luck with your next trip. Safe journey!
July 29/09, Barb Babij from The Sunrise Club, in Port Colborne, spoke about her (and other club menbers) recent trip to New Zealand. The pictures were lovely. It sounded like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing them with us.