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             WEEKLY MEETING MINUTES                       December 9 – (Zoom-29)
ZOOMING: Christian Baranowski, John Cappa, Angela Carter, Bob Eamer, Hugh Graham, Mel Groom, Ann Harrison, Annie Holtby, Keith McConkey, Carolyn Mullin, Heather Scott, David Schulz, Paul Snack, Mike Taylor, Lance Wiebe.
  1. Open meeting: – welcome everyone - introduce guests
Give a special welcome to our newest member, Keith McConkey.Our own Rotarian, Christian Baranowski, is our guest speaker today.
  1. Land Acknowledgement: Dave
Note: Anishinabe - refers to the Ojibway nation and can be pronounced "A-nish-in-knob-eh"
Haudenosaunee - refers to the Six Nations of the Grand River Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora and can be pronounced " Hoe-dee-no-show-knee"
‘We begin this gathering by acknowledging the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today.  This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement.  Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.’
  1. Toast: Ann
To the Queen and Canada, To the Office of the President of United States, and To the President of Rotary International
  1. 4-WAY TEST: Lance
Of the things we think say or do
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
  1. Invocation: Bob
  1. President’s Report/Correspondence/Announcements:
  • Welcome Keith McConkey as our newest member – Hugh
We’ll do something more ‘formal’ when we start meeting again in person.
  • Correspondence- Hugh will send out Correspondence.
With regard to the request from Health, Heather suggested that it might be better to check with other clubs to maximize the money involved.
  • TV Auction – Annie
Thank you once again for the donations, the pickups and deliveries, the erecting of signs, the volunteer work at the studio and warehouse, and the bidding! Although our total compared to last year was less, the percentage of the value was 8.4% higher. Which is the direction we want to go! With the bidding plus the cash donations we have $14,736 this year. There will be a few expenses but it’s based on number of members which is helpful for us. So, given the pinch for many of our donors, I feel we’ve done well with the donors who could still participate this year. We humbly thank them!
Within the club, our top fundraiser was Hugh. Congrats, Hugh! And donations raised by the pods have Pod Two with Leader Bob Eamer with the highest total donations and Pod 1 with Leader Paul Allen with the highest percentage of Pod members participating @ 85.7 percent. (That’s 7 out of 8 for the non-math people)
So, very pleased with, and very proud of, our hardworking group. Truly the club effort it needs to be.
  • Financial component to Clubrunner – Dave
There’s an opportunity from the District (who is financing the set up costs), to be able to do Financial transactions such as loonies, membership dues, events. It can plug into our event organizer. It can still offer other methods of paying. Melissa Wells of the Welland Club is handling this work for the District.
  • I-CANTER lawn mower – Mel
We were successful in getting a District Grant to purchase a horse drawn lawn mower. We received $2500 and the District matched the $2500. I-Canter paid $5700 for the mower. The Wise Guys have also given them a grant
  • Pelham Municipal Grant – Hugh
In the original agreement, we get so many weeks of free meeting space at MCC. This grant will cover the second half of the year for the meeting space.
  • Rotary Club of Dhulikhel-Nepal – Hugh will send information
This Nepal Rotary Club was reaching out in friendship. They’ve been a very active club and sent a presentation so share their projects. Perhaps we will collaborate on a project in the future.
  • Presenting new member applicants for review/consideration
Kevin Vallier, Andy Glavac – Dave will send information. Both Kevin and Andy are transfer applicants as they have been Rotarians in the past but are not current members of any club just now, Kevin hails from St Catharines Main Club and Andy from the Welland Club. Our new member Keith works with Andy at present. Keith says Andy promoted Rotary in a very positive light. Hugh will send out a motion tomorrow (Thursday) and you can reply directly to Hugh or Reply to All. We’ll take the vote this week and invite them to join us next week. Recently Hugh held a Board meeting by email to deal with Motions. Everyone seemed to like the format. Dave noted that we will now have 4 members with these two new ones.
  • Socks For Change Sponsorship – Mike
Jody Vizza, former Rotarian with Fonthill, is now on Socks for Change board. She is again chairing the Socks for Change program and wondered if our Rotary Club of Fonthill would like to sponsor a school this year. Wellington Heights is looking for a partner.
Motion: to sponsor Wellington Heights School with a donation of $250.
Moved: Mike Taylor         Seconded: John Cappa                   Carried: All
  • Board/Director candidates for 2021-2022 year – Ann
Ann has sent out a letter to previous Board members and Directors about serving next year under her presidency. RI (Rotary International) requires the slate be ready before the New Year. She needs a President Elect before then as well.
  • Semi-annual dues and membership confirmation – Hugh
An email will be going out concerning semi-annual dues for January through June. It will also be asking if you intend to continue with Rotary in the coming New Year. January is when RI bills us for the next half-year and that is based on numbers which is why we are asking this question.
  • Canada Games – Paul Snack.
Canada Games has been set for August 2022. It wants all Niagara Rotary Clubs involved. They’ll do a ZOOM meeting in January. Right now Paul and John Cappa are our representatives. Frank is also very interested in Canada Games. Hugh responded that we were interested in being part of it but would leave it for now in their capable hands.
  1. Speaker: Christian Baranowski – Classification talk
Introduction: Hugh called upon Christian to make his presentation. Christian started with his first job at McDonalds. He then entered McMaster University and in his 2nd year going into his 3rd, he went to a job fair and was offered a job by BMO. At age 20, he accepted. He then moved to a CU in Hamilton and then Keith McConkey offered him a position at PenFinancial. Now he is at the Fonthill Branch as Branch Manager. He feels he is a positive leader. He’s also the proud uncle of his nephew and niece.  Christian has 4 courses to go to finish his University degree which will be in Sociology. He is also working on his Personal Finance Planning Designation.
He has a light air philosophy: when he walks into a room and there’s a bit of tension, he focuses on ‘light air.’  It then lightens things up! There were a few questions about where he was from and schooling before McMaster. Christian was born in Hamilton, did elementary in Grimsby and Hamilton and high school in Stoney Creek.  Has just bought a home there and plans to spend more time in Niagara environment.      
Thank you: Hugh informed Christian that a donation in his name was going to the Pelham Library, our traditional thank you to our speakers.
  1. December Birthdays: None
December Rotary Anniversaries: Hugh (Dec 30/00); Roy (Dec 31/98)
  1. Rotary Moment/Happy Loonies: Ann
A number of happy loonies centred on people’s experience in volunteering with the auction – meeting other Rotarians from other clubs and enjoying the event. Of special note was Ann’s Rotary moment, reflecting on her first year at EL Crossley and her introduction to Interact’s very positive force at Christmastime.She felt new members would appreciate the long standing relationship between EL Crossley and the Rotary Club of Fonthill. Crossley’s Band was recipient of $100,000 donation in 2005. $50,000 was generated through a Trillium grant for which Rotary applied and facilitated success. Our Rotary logo is on the BIG drum and we’re noted on the uniforms. Last Saturday, the Band marched on the Crossley field as part of the Santa Claus parade and the event was televised across Canada.
  1. Action items:
Correspondence items will be sent out with Minutes. Action: Hugh
David Schulz will follow up with Melissa Wells about expanding our Clubrunner to accommodate Financial Donations. ACTION: David
Kevin Vallier and Andy Glavac are being proposed as transfer members from St Catharines and Welland Clubs respectively. Please respond to Email re membership. ACTION: All
Follow up with Jody Vizza re our participation with Socks for Change with Wellington Heights. ACTION: Mike
Email is being sent re Dues are Due and Confirmation of Membership. ACTION: Hugh
Canada Games Liaison. Paul S, John C and Frank A will continue to stay in touch with Canada Games. Next Meeting is in January 2021 ACTION: Paul, John, Frank
Rotary Club of Fonthill
Meridian Community Centre, 2nd Floor
100 Wellspring Way
Fonthill, Ontario
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