Meeting Information

Goderich

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Harbour Hill Retirement Suites
104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
Canada
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WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF GODERICH
 
 
Rotarians are People Of Action, driven by a desire to create opportunities, strengthen communities, and find solutions to the tough challenges that affect people around the world.  Your time, energy, and a passion to improve your world are all you need to get involved with Rotary
 
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NOVEMBER IS ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH
 
 
The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
 

AREAS OF FOCUS

We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:

Promoting peace
Fighting disease
Providing clean water
Saving mothers and children
Supporting education
Growing local economies
 
 
HEADLINES
 
Erinn Lawrie (R), Executive director for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation is shown here with Club President Colleen McGregor. Erinn spoke at our Rotary meeting giving insight into the issues affecting Lake Huron, high lake levels, the pressures on the shoreline, the environment, effects of pollution and climate change.
 The Lake Huron Centre is a non-government charitable organization  whose goals are to protect and restore Lake Huron's coastal environment, and to support a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research projects.   The club gained a better understanding of the important work carried out by the centre.
 
We were thrilled to welcome three new members to the club. Shown left to right Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis with new members Mark Bennett, Carolyn Brown, and Vlorat Vitija  together with Club President Colleen McGregor.
The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
 
 
Pictured (L-R) President Colleen McGregor, Jodi Regier, Teaching & Learning Coordinator AMDSB
 
The Rotary Club has  proudly supported the ‘Read to Baby’ project for several years.  Thanks to Kids First Huron Perth Early Learning Network and the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, parents of every newborn from Perth and Huron counties have been receiving a ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle – a special gift given to new parents that is designed to engage little minds, bring support and tools to the parents and to help nurture the bond between parent and child.

 The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle consists of a sturdy and colorful baby book, a specially designed booklet of rhymes, songs and developmental milestones and a complete list of service and support agencies – all housed in a reusable cloth bag displaying tips for reading to baby.

We were pleased to have Jodi attend our meeting to share with us the  ongoing success of the project.   Approximately 1300 babies are born in Huron and Perth each year.  Research shows that learning begins at birth and good literacy skills, built from the beginning, provide children with the best chance to live happy and productive lives.  

The cost of one bundle is approximately $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle project is funded solely by way of community support.

 
 
(L-R) Rotarians Mike Henry, Mac Campbell, Rosemary Davis chat with Wendy Yamamoto- Chapman, Special Projects Coordinator  for Bluewater Recycling Association
Recycling and the environment are top of mind these days.  Members  had the opportunity to speak one on one with our recycling service provider at our regular meeting.  Bluewater Recycling Assoc was founded in 1989 as a non-profit corporation owned by the municipalities they serve which include Huron, Perth, Lambton and Middleseex counties.  The unique structure of the Association enables it to operate at arms length from its municipal owners providing a management environment similar to a private company focused on efficiency.  The Bluewater Recycling Association believes that in essence waste does not really exist. We prefer to think of all materials as resources that we may or may not have a use for, hence leading to their value determination as a commodity. The result is that we think in terms of resource management.
As markets for the materials change so too this changes what is considered recyclables and what is destined for landfills.
 
The club was please to host our DG Tony Sheard and wife Sylvia for his official club visit.
 
We had a great discussion about the clubs goals, accomplishments and how best to grow Rotary for the future. Seen here is (L-R) Sylvia Sheard, DG Tony Sheard, board member Bruce thomasson, Club President Colleen McGregor, Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis and Past President Doug Norsworthy.
 
We took advantage of the visit to induct our newest member Kristin Crane shown here with her sponsor Doug Norsworthy and club president Colleen McGregor as DG Sheard presented her with her rotary pin and new member toolkit.
 
 
 
     
 
The DG also had the honor of  recognizing several Paul Harris Fellows The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” 
 
 
Club President Colleen McGregor received her first Paul Harris Award.
 
               
 
Gary McRae and Brian Petrie each received a Paul Harris plus 1, meaning this is their second time to be recognized.
 
 
 
    Ross Barnett is shown being presented with a Paul Harris + 2 for his contributions.
 
The presentations culminated in the awarding of the Major Donor Status Level 2 to Mike Henry and to Janet Henry.     Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation are those individuals who generously contribute an outright or cumulative gift of at least $10,000 to the The Rotary Foundation.  The recipients receive crystal and Major Donor pins.
  
 
The club thanks everyone for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation who in turn advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 Arriving at Pearson International Airport August 28 is our newest exchange student, Helena Karczmarska.  Her home country is Poland. She is shown with Rosanne Field, Exchange Student Coordinator and initial host family.  The Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) lasts one year, during which Helena will attend school and live with several families here in the host country.  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens while meeting new friends and forming lifelong international friendships. 
 
 
Guest speaker at Tuesday's meeting Heather Boa, Public Relations Officer (R) for the  Huron and Area Search & Rescue organization.  Founder  Adam Seltzer envisioned the idea of a volunteer long term  professionally trained civilian search and rescue organization and together with Patrick Armstrong and Jamie Mitchell made that happen in 2018.  To date there  are 60 volunteers registered in various stages of training. The organization is overseen by a board of directors  and is made up of three areas of focus, Field support, Field operations and the Marine branches.  HASAR received its AdventureSmart accreditation this year and has deployed to help the Ottawa flooding as well as other activities locally.  HASAR is a member of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA).  The club is pleased to support this valuable asset in our community, presenting Heather with a $500 donation.
Dr Dean Nisbett, Optometrist with Rotarian Michael Strickland
Dr Nisbett shared with the club the highlights of his mission to Nicaragua last May.   Organized through Vancouver-based Ascenta Foundation Dr Nisbett and his two vision therapists Leslie Dixon-Rose and Laurie Donnelly of Huron Optometric Centre  together with a team of doctors, nurses,dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, translators, drivers, cooks and security people travelled to Riscos de Oro Nicaragua for a 4 day clinic.  Ascenta works in partnership with Calibre Mining Group, completing missions every three years.  Riscos de Oro is in a remote area an hour's drive from Rosita.  The makeshift clinic was set up in an old school.  They took just over 800 pairs of donated glasses from his clinic here in Goderich.  During the campaign, the overall patient count was 2,353 of which 1028 were seen by optometry and 413 pairs of glasses were distributed. The experience was life changing to the local residents, plans are being made to return to Nicaragua in another three years.
(L-R) Rosanne Field, Rotarian/Exchange Student Co-ordinator, Aurelio Henriques, Rotarian, Manuel Gutierrez. Agronomist
Manuel is our NGSE professional from Chihuahua, Mexico. he is an agronomist.   Arriving June 26 he has had placements  in Mitchell at the VanBakel farm, TLC Landscaping in London, and currently is at Alton Farms Estate Wineries near Forest for September.  Manuel will be with us until November and is interested in a 4th placement for October at an agribusiness or farm related business. He is very excited about his Canadian experience.
 
 
 
Speakers
Kristin Crane
Nov 26, 2019
Getting to Know Me
Izabela Jucha - Immploy Mentorship
Dec 03, 2019
Connecting employers to Immigrant Talent
NO MEETING
Dec 10, 2019
Tom Fincher
Dec 17, 2019
Great Reads
NO MEETING
Dec 24, 2019
NO MEETING
Dec 31, 2019
Nancy Simpson & Dan Stringer
Jan 07, 2020
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health
Business Meeting
Jan 14, 2020
Mark Bennett
Jan 21, 2020
Getting to Know Me
Vlorat Vitija
Jan 28, 2020
Getting to Know Me
NO MEETING
Feb 11, 2020
NO MEETING
Feb 25, 2020
 
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CLUB RECOGNITION
 
Of 61 clubs in District 6330  we were recognized for per capital giving by members to the Rotary Foundation.
Our gifts to the Foundation are turned into projects that change lives throughout the world.