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Meeting reports for March 2013
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday March 4th
Business meeting. 21 persons present: 20 St. George's Rotarians and visiting Rotarian Delano Ingham from Pembroke. 2 apologies received. Pres. Antoinette asked the directors to give their reports.
• PE Madeline advised that the meeting of Monday April 22nd has been scheduled as Youth Night. Each Rotarian will be expected to host a youth to expose his guest to Rotary. The cost will be $100.00, which will cover two meals, the raffle and a donation to our funds for youth activities. Rotarian Cathy enquired if the meeting could be opened up to disadvantaged youths from the Brangman Home (girls) and Observatory Cottage (boys) to expose them to normal living. This was agreed to provided a supervisor, who paid for the meal, accompanied the youths.
• PE Madeline advised that currently there are 6 applicants for the RYLA camp next month which is a joint project by all the Bermuda Rotary Clubs.
• Sec. PP Joan, speaking for Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill who was absent due to sickness, advised that the budget for fines is falling behind and encouraged all to donate for birthdays and anniversaries. If the cost is too much, a donation in full for birthdays and a donation of $20.00 for an anniversary was suggested.
• Sec. PP Joan repeated her request of a few weeks ago for a volunteer for the post of president designate for Rotary Year 2014/15. Two Rotarians have been approached but they declined. This means we must "recycle" a past president.
• Pres. Antoinette said we also need a volunteer for the vacant post of Director of Membership.
• Pres. Antoinette advised that to make the meetings more enjoyable a trivia question will be asked at each meeting concerning the history of our Club or R.I. Anyone with a question should submit it to the president or to an officer.
• Pres. Antoinette advised that the revised Constitution and Bye-Laws of our Club had been e-mailed to all and asked if there were any amendments to be proposed. A few questions concerning these new Bye-Laws were asked and answered and then the new Constitution and Bye-Laws were accepted as an official document and passed with no objections. Pres. Antoinette gave special thanks to PP Harry, PP Steve and PP Joan who spent a lot of time working on the revision of the document, which was converted from a written document (62 years ago) to a computer word document and revised.
• Pres. Antoinette then made a few comments about disrespectable behaviour from some Rotarians who continue talking after the bell has been run. She asked all Rotarians to respect our rules for good behaviour and enhance our good reputation.
• Visiting Rotarian Delano Ingham then brought up the zoning aspect of our Club and the other Bermuda Rotary Clubs. Our zone covers the east end parishes - St. George's, Hamilton and Smiths.
Sec. PP Joan held a raffle for a bottle of French red wine, which she won herself, and raised $142.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Henry and PP Richard. The meeting closed at 8.05 pm.

Monday March 11th
22 persons present: 19 Rotarians; Past Rotarian Van Swan and his wife Diane; and the invited speaker. Rotarian Cathy advised that she has arranged 10 prefects from Clearwater Middle School to attend our Youth Night on Monday April 22nd. Rotarian Cathy also advised that letters have been sent out to local firms requesting a donation and to shops requesting a prize, for our Youth Development Raffle to be held later this year. The target will be $30,000.00. The speaker for the meeting was Garth Rothwell, mayor of St. George's, who was introduced by Rotarian Donnie. Garth commenced his talk by reviewing the history of St. George's over the years ranging from the War of Independence 1812-15, military troops, the Civil War, U.S. Bases, tourism and now the lack of cruise ships and the closing of 30 businesses in the past three years. Garth continued by reviewing St. George's as a dormitory town - a nice quiet place to sleep, the widening of Town Cut and the difficulties of bringing a large cruise ship into St. George's, problems with the ferry service from Dockyard, manning of the police station and the introduction of security cameras. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PE Madeline and presented with a certificate of appreciation and a souvenir pen. A raffle was held for a china cup, which raised $125.00 for our funds. The winner was Rotarian Donnie who donated the cup back to be raffled off again at a later date. A joke was told by PP Miles and the meeting closed at 8.28 pm.

Monday March 18th
17 persons in attendance: 14 St. George's Rotarians, 2 visiting Rotarians - Jan Card and John Kesseram from Pembroke, and the invited speaker. 7 apologies received. PP Tjerk chaired the meeting. The speaker, John Cox, was introduced by PP Reg. John talked about his book 'Life in Old Bermuda - 2012' and gave examples of old Bermuda characters in a colourful and humorous way. The speaker was thanked by PP Harry. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of Liqueur and raised $100.00. The winner was Jan Card. A joke was told by PP Miles and the meeting closed at 8.08 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday March 25th
17 persons in attendance: 15 St. George's Rotarians; PP Delano Ingham from Pembroke; and the invited speaker. 6 apologies received. The speaker was Sharon Wilson, who was introduced by PP Harry. Sharon, in a long talk, spoke about Bermuda's black youth and presented her ideas on the circumstances leading to the problems being experienced today. In a PowerPoint presentation, Sharon, who is a painter, related her paintings of young children's innocent faces to show how they can change as a person over time, due to lack of support by the one's they come into contact with during their lives. Sharon said we are all part of the systemic problem which can only be solved if we all participate and be a solution to the problem, which she estimates will take 15 years to turn around. The problem stems from lack of parental image, especially the father - no father figure in the household - parents have forgotten how to be parents. Sharon said we all have to provide support for this younger generation. The speaker was thanked by Rotarian Erskine. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held his usual raffle for a mystery prize and raised $90.00. This was won by PP Larry Jacobs. There was no time left for jokes and the meeting closed at 8.47 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a speaker commenting on the state of St. George's Corporation vehicles
"That truck is so dirty the branches cannot reach the paint."
From a speaker
"The times when St. George's has been prosperous was when there was a war on."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during March 2013
PP Henry Hayward 52 years in Rotary
PP Phil Guishard 17 years in Rotary (second service)
Pres. Antoinette Foggo 5 years in Rotary
Meeting reports for February 2013
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday February 4th
Business meeting. 17 Rotarians present: no visitors or guests: 4 apologies received. Pres. Antoinette asked the Directors to give their reports:-
• Sec. PP Joan requested attendance numbers for the Valentine's special meeting on 11th February.
• Sec. PP Joan advised that Asst. Governor for area 4 Marilyn Masiero has been elected as DG for Rotary Year 2015-16 by a District Nominations Committee..
• Sec. PP Joan advised that there are currently two volunteers attending the Rotary Grants training session in Bermuda next month and enquired if there was any other Rotarian interested. Asst. DG PP Tjerk said he might possibly be able to attend.
• Treasurer PP Steve said we are currently on budget and all is in order.
• PE Madeline advised that all the information for the 4-Way Test competition and the RYLA project has been distributed to the schools for which our Club has the responsibility - East End Primary, Clearwater Middle School, Cedarbridge Academy and Mount St. Agnes.
• PE Madeline advised that the One Rotarian, One Youth project will be held at a meeting in April. The cost will be $100.00 per Rotarian to attend the meeting with a youth.
• PP Harry advised that he has converted our written by-laws into a Microsoft Word Document and the Directors are in the process of amending them as necessary.
• Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill advised that the one dollar per year contribution for birthdays and anniversaries has not been too successful recently and the Directors have advised that a donation of $20.00 would be acceptable if a Rotarian is unable to contribute the full amount.
• PP Richard said he is always looking for photos of Rotary events to publish in The Hub. These can be sent to him by e-mail. PP Richard was thanked by Pres. Antoinette for producing The Hub every month.
• Pres. Antoinette said the Club is in need of a Membership Director as the post holder has resigned. However there were no volunteers. To reach our goal for this Rotary Year we need 2 or 3 new Rotarians.
• Pres. Antoinette advised that we need a President Nominee for year 2014-15. A volunteer is required.
• Pres. Antoinette apologised for her recent frequent absences at meetings due to work related commitments. She said she had offered to step down but the Directors have asked her to continue in her role as President.
• Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill renewed his request for donations of gifts for the weekly raffle.
• Rotarian Jack advised that he will be unable to make meetings on a Monday evening due to other commitments and offered to resign. However Pres. Antoinette suggested he take a leave of absence and attend meetings whenever possible.
Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held his regular weekly raffle and Pres. Antoinette was the winner of a bottle of champagne. This raffle raised $146.00 for our funds, with an additional $126.00 donated in fines by PP Bill to celebrate his birthday and PP Tjerk to celebrate his wife's birthday. Jokes were told by PE Madeline, PP Fred, PP Henry, PP Harry, PP Bill and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 7.58 pm.

Monday February 11th
Valentines Night Meeting. Spouses and guests invited. 29 persons present: 17 Rotarians; 9 spouses; past Rotarian Van Swan and his wife Diane; and Victoria Davis, granddaughter of PP Bill and PP Joan. 4 apologies received. The meeting room was appropriately decorated for Valentines with red petals, chocolates and prizes for the games, thanks to a great effort by Pres. Antoinette and PP Joan. During the meeting fun games were organised by Pres. Antoinette with Rotarian Jack being the winner of Scramble Word, PP Steve the winner of Crossword and PP Harry and his wife Ann the winner of The Marriage Game. Sgt-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle and raised $160.00 for our funds. PP Larry Roberts was the lucky winner and he donated half of his winnings back to Rotary. Two more draws were held and PP Tjerk won a Valentines gift and Michelle Simmons won some chocolates. PP Fred told a joke. PP Richard thanked Pres. Antoinette for her efforts in making the meeting a great success. The meeting closed at 8.19 pm.

Monday February 18th
15 persons present: 14 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Antoinette welcomed back PP Miles who is recovering from his fall in December. The speaker for the meeting was Derek Tully, who was introduced by PP Henry. With a PowerPoint presentation Derek talked about Cultural Tourism. This PowerPoint presentation was prepared by The St. George's Foundation, Bermuda National Trust, African Diaspora Heritage Trail, and other organisations to show to tourists in our hotels. Also from this presentation a 30 second commercial will be made to air on overseas TV, entitled "Come visit with us, Bermuda, America's oldest ally." The presentation is aimed at tourists who visit Bermuda in the winter time and also to visitors who have connections to the old US bases here. Historical tourism was the theme and carried promotion for St. George's, the Maritime Museum, Bermuda National Gallery, the African Diaspora Trail and many more historical areas of Bermuda. The background music included cannon firing, depth charges exploding and The Star Spangled Banner." The speaker was thanked by PP Miles. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raised #105.00 by raffling off a prize that was won by Derek Tulley, picking his own ticket. Jokes were told by PP Steve and the meeting closed at 8.21 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday February 25th
24 persons present: 19 Rotarians; former Rotarian Van Swan and his wife Dianne; Andrew Roberts, son of PP Larry Roberts, and his wife Krystal; and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The meeting commenced with Pres. Antoinette presenting a Paul Harris award to PP Phil in recognition of his contributions to our Club. PP Phil, who was flabbergasted at the award, warmly thanked all for the recognition of his service. This was followed by the taking of a photograph of all Paul Harris recipients present at the meeting. PP Bill then led the singing of "You are welcome, Visitors" to greet our guests. Pres. Antoinette briefly reviewed our upcoming events which include a Pot Luck supper at PP Harry's home on Monday May 27th and a Fish Fry at the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club, tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 8th. The speaker for the meeting was Andrew Baylay, chairman of the Archaeological Research Committee of the Bermuda National Trust, who was introduced by PP Larry Roberts. Andrew, with the aid of a slide show talked about the history of Hen Island and the discovery in 2011 of a skeleton by Krystal Roberts. Andrew commenced by showing old maps of Bermuda which have Hen Island marked on them and then talked about the history of the island which includes farming, ship building and military use. Andrew then showed photos of the site where the remains were discovered and explained the difficulties in excavation of the site due to tidal flows and shifting soil. The grave site was originally on land but is now underwater due to erosion and sea encroachment. He explained the condition of the skeleton, which had the head missing, and the laboratory work carried out to determine that the remains were of a male, aged about 30. The identity of the remains are unknown but two possibilities are speculated. The remains could be Thomas Squires, whose house was destroyed by a storm in September 1812, or the husband of a lady known as Peggy who could have killed her husband and buried him on Hen Island. The speaker was thanked by PP Harry and presented with a certificate of appreciation and a souvenir pen. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of Chianti and raised $150.00. The winner was Rotarian Erskine. Jokes were told by PP Fred PP Miles and PP Richard. The meeting closed at 8.14 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the Sergeant-at-Arms
"one Rotarian present is not wearing a jacket." Replied the Rotarian "I have nice socks. "
From a Rotarian after being presented with an award
"It's a plot to make me come to Rotary every week !!!"

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during February 2013
PP Fred Ming 24 years in Rotary
Rotarian Donnie McLaughlin 9 years in Rotary
Meeting reports for January 2013
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday January 7th
18 Rotarians present: No visitors or guests. 5 apologies from absent Rotarians. Pres. Antoinette was away on business so the meeting was chaired by Asst. DG PP Tjerk. PP Tjerk welcomed all back after the holidays and hoped all had a good Christmas and New Year. There was no official business to attend to. Sec. PP Joan advised she had received New Years greeting from former Rotarian PP Paul Elliott. Best wishes were sent to PP Miles for a quick recovery from his injuries sustained from a fall down stairs on December 18th when he broke 9 ribs and damaged a lung. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a fruit cake baked by PP Fred and raised $190.00 for our funds. The winner was PP Tjerk. Jokes were told by PP Fred, PP Henry and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 7.48 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday January 14th
13 Rotarians present: no visitors or guests. All absent Rotarians sent their apologies. Sec. PP Joan chaired the meeting in the absence of Pres. Antoinette, who was still away on business. PP Henry advised that Erskine Adderley, who was president of our Club for Rotary Year 1978/79, had recently passed away. The speaker was Rotarian Todd, who was introduced by PP Henry. Rotarian Todd talked about his company Forensic First Limited with a PowerPoint presentation. Rotarian Todd's company performs forensic accounting to solve disputes in the field of accounting, such as finding answers for questions:- where did the money come from; where did it go; was it authorised, etc. Rotarian Todd said he trained with the Toronto Fraud Squad and has been involved in investigating Ponsi schemes and in assisting the Bermuda Police in an number of fraud investigations. Rotarian Todd then detailed some of the cases he has been involved in, where his job is to provide the evidence only. The speaker was thanked by PP Joan. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of Bacardi Light which was won by PP Steve. As PP Steve does not like Bacardi Light he donated the bottle back to be drawn again next week. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Fred and PP Bill. The meeting closed at 8.06 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday January 21st
20 persons present: 19 St. George's Rotarians and PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke Rotary, selling Pembroke Rotary Children's Fair raffle tickets. 3 apologies received. Pres. Antoinette extended her apologies for her absence for the past two meetings as she was overseas on work assignments. Pres. Antoinette also apologised for the absence of a speaker for this meeting. A few business matters were attended to:- • Sec. PP Joan advised that no date has been set yet for the Fish Fry project. PP Michael will be talking to the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club to arrange a date. • Sec. PP Joan advised that a Certification Session in Bermuda was being organised for the R.I. Grants programme for local clubs representatives. PDG Janet DiBenedetto will be arranging a training session for 3Rotarians from each Bermuda Club at her Time Sharing residence during her April visit, in order that Bermuda Clubs can qualify for RI Grants if they have a suitable project. • PE Marilyn reported on a meeting she had attended with other Bermuda Clubs representatives to organise the RYLA and 4-Way Test projects locally. Further information will be forthcoming at a later date. • Rotarian Erskine circulated a Sponsor Sheet for Rotarians to pledge to support a Bible Society Walk to raise funds. • PP Allan said he was looking for couples, young and old, to participate in the events of International Marriage Week from Feb. 7-14, which he and his wife are organising. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held his usual raffle and PP Steve was the lucky winner (again) of the bottle of Bacardi Light. This he sold to PP Richard for $10.00 and donated the money to our funds. The raffle raised $153.00 Jokes were told by PP Richard, PP Larry. PP Steve and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 8 pm exactly.

Monday January 28th
19 persons present: 16 Rotarians: former Rotarian Van Swan and his wife Dianne; Pres .Jack Durner from Sandys and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received. In the absence of Pres. Antoinette, away on business, the meeting was chaired by Asst. DG PP Tjerk. Treasurer PP Steve introduced former Rotarian Van and his wife Dianne. To honour our guests PP Bill led a singing of "You are Welcome, Visitors." Sandys Pres. Jack Durner invited all Rotarians to attend Sandys Rotary Gala Black Tie event to be held on Saturday February 16th at the Southampton Princess Hotel, where the guest speaker will be talking about investment strategies. Ticket price to Rotarians is $200.00. He also was selling raffle tickets at $100.00; the main prize being a safari for two in Tanzania. (a bit of a difference in price to Pembroke Rotary raffle tickets at $5.00 each !!!) The speaker for the evening was Dr. Jheri Wade, an orthopaedic surgeon, who was introduced by Rotarian Erskine. The speaker talked about the obstacles he encountered whilst doing his clinical training after obtaining his MD. Dr. Wade highlighted problems in obtaining practical experience in provision of care in the U.S., and went to a medical school in Canada. Immigration rules for foreign students were changed during his stay there so he went to a UK medical school and later to another in Trinidad and Tobago. He said the post graduate training lasted 8 years. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PP Winston and presented with a certificate of appreciation and a souvenir pen. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a package of wine bottle stoppers and raised $100.00. The winner was PP Larry Roberts. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill then encouraged Rotarians to donate raffle prizes as there are none left for the next meeting. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Steve and PP Bill. The meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a Rotarian, who arrived very late, to the Sergeant-at-Arms
"If you are going to fine me a dollar a minute for being late, I shall stay home next time."

From a speaker
"The average life expectancy in Bermuda of a male is 77 years and a female is 84 years."
Quipped a Rotarian
"I must be eating my last supper then."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during January 2013
PP Mike Gringley 47 years in Rotary
PP Richard Fogden 27 years in Rotary
PP Larry Jacobs 18 years in Rotary
Rotarian Todd Boyd 3 years in Rotary
Rotarian Jack Harris 1 year in St. George's Rotary
Meeting reports for December 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday December 3rd
Business Meeting. 17 Rotarians present. 4 apologies received. There was little business to discuss. Sec. PP Joan talked about the arrangements for the Christmas Dinner meeting next Monday. Sec. PP Joan again circulated the signup sheet for speakers for the remainer of the Rotary Year. Pres. Antoinette held a discussion concerning proper dress code for male Rotarians during the Winter months and it was decided that a shirt with a collar and a jacket would be required. A tie should be worn on special occasions. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill repeated his frequent request for raffle prizes. PP Harry advised that he is still working on changes to our by-laws but is having trouble transferring the old by-laws on to his computer. Pres. Antoinette read out a letter from St. Peter's Church thanking us for our recent graveyard clean up. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for two tickets to the St. George's Sea Cadets Christmas Dinner and raised $107.00 for our funds. These were initially won by PP Henry who returned them for a redraw and PP Larry Roberts was the eventual winner. Jokes were told by PP Miles, PP Larry Roberts and PP Steve. The meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

Monday December 10th
Christmas Dinner Meeting. 39 persons present: 19 Rotarians and 14 spouses; PP Gilda Furbert and PP Delano Ingham from Pembroke Rotary; Major Wendy Broom and Major Allan Broom from the St. George's Division of The Salvation Army; Brandy Foggo, daughter of Pres. Antoinette; and Dejun Denbrook. Pres. Antoinette welcomed all to our Christmas celebration. PP Tjerk introduced Dejun Denbrook, our Tom Davies Memorial Scholarship winner for this year. Dejun was the winner out of 112 applicants, of which only 15 were males. Dejun thanked Rotarians for the award and said she is studying for a teachers degree in history. The meal was an excellent buffet which was enjoyed by all. After the meal a couple of Christmas games with pictures and words were played, which were won by Major Allan Broom, Karen Esdaille and Sharon Jacobs. This was followed by the singing of Christmas songs led by PP Allan with his Karaoke equipment. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle and Adriana Roberts was the winner of $170.00. Pres. Antoinette then presented all the children's toys, donated by Rotarians, to the two Salvation Army Majors as our donation to their Christmas toy collection project for children in need. A competition was held for the man's best tie and Rotarian Erskine was the winner. A competition was held for the best dressed couple and this was won by PP's Bill and Joan. Pres. Antoinette and Sec. PP Joan were thanked by PP Richard for organising a great Christmas meeting. Pres. Antoinette expressed Christmas and New Year wishes to all and the meeting closed at 8.36 pm.

Monday December 17th
No meeting due to the General Election activities.

Monday December 24th
No meeting. Christmas Eve.

Monday December 31st
No meeting. New Year's Eve.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a Rotarian during a discussion on dress code
"I am not wearing a grass skirt." Commented another Rotarian "With your legs, I am very glad."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during December 2012
PE Madeline Hayward 2 years in Rotary
Meeting reports for November 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday November 5th
Business meeting. 14 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 5 apologies received. At the last meeting (October 29th) PP Joan advised that she and PP Bill met up with retired PP Betty Ann Lewis and her husband Doug in Toronto. They are both now retired from The Salvation Army and Betty Ann has joined the Barrie Rotary Club. They both send their warmest regards to our Club. Pres. Antoinette announced that PP Allan has resigned as Director of Membership for personal reasons and she is now looking for a replacement director. Pres. Antoinette also advised that the budget for the Rotary Year has been approved by the Directors. At the end of the year we shall be donating our funds to Meals on Wheels, PALS, Sea Cadets and the St. George's Foundation. At the Christmas Dinner meeting on Monday 10th December we will also collect toys for donation to The Salvation Army Christmas programme. Rotarian Cathy advised that Brown and Company have a programme for donating books at Christmas and require funding to carry this out. Pres. Antoinette said we have work to be done to raise funds as our programme for the remainder of the Rotary Year includes a Fish Fry, Pot Luck Supper, a Youth Night and the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility Afternoon Tea project. Other items brought forward included: • Rotarian Cathy was asked to send information out to school guidance counselors on the RYLA programme. • PP Harry is working on revising our by-laws to include Associate Membership. • Rotarian Cathy advised that a letter has been sent out to the St. George's area schools asking them if they will participate in the Youth Development Raffle again next year. All the schools confirmed their participation. The next step is to send out letters to local businesses requesting donation of prizes or monetary donations for purchase of prizes. • Pres. Antoinette said that the Tom Davies Memorial Scholarship has been awarded but the recipient was already away at college. The presentation will take place upon her return to Bermuda during the Christmas break. • PP Winston suggested a relaxation of our winter dress code (jackets and ties for men: for women !!!!) to encourage Associate Members to attend our meetings. • PP Reg advised that former Rotarian PP George Outerbridge is currently in a nursing home in Southampton and is wheel chair bound. He hopes eventually to be accommodated in the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility in St. George's. • PP Phil said he recently attended a meeting of the Grand Cayman Rotary Club and presented Pres. Antoinette with their club banner. He also talked about how they conducted their meeting and their fund raising projects. • PE Madeline advised that she is now a Pastor and will officiate at the First Church of God on Angle Street. • Pres. Antoinette thanked the nine Rotarians who turned out last Saturday to clean up St. Peter's churchyard. She also thanked PP Fred for supplying refreshments Acting Sgt.-at-Arms PP Phil collected $68.00 in fines and raised another $36.00 by auctioning off more avocadoes donated by PP Steve. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Harry and PP Steve. The meeting closed at 8.03 pm.

Monday November 12th
Remembrance Day Public Holiday. No meeting.

Monday November 19th
14 persons present: 13 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 8 apologies received. Pres. Antoinette was overseas on a business course and Asst. Gov. PP Tjerk chaired the meeting. PP Tjerk advised that we can nominate a candidate for DG for Rotary Year 2014/15. Hamilton Rotary President Averylon Simons will be going to the District nominating committee meeting as the Bermuda representative for the four local clubs. PP Tjerk advised that there will be no meeting on Monday 17th December due to the general election activities. PP Tjerk advised that the subject of the winter dress code will be discussed at the next Director's meeting. Rotarian Jack brought up the subject of the Bread of Life campaign to feed needy people in the St. George's area. This is being carried out in other areas of Bermuda. There was a discussion about this possible project - a location with kitchen facilities and parking would be needed and volunteers every week (or month) to run the operation were some items mentioned. The speaker for the meeting was Pastor Terrence Stovell, who was introduced by PP Winston. The subject of his talk was 'Strength of a Vision." In a talk about making our lives enjoyable pastor Stovell related some of his childhood experiences and how they shaped his future. They gave him focus and direction for his personal, home and work life. He said the strength of a vision is the motivation to encourage us to face our challenges in life. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PP Harry and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a mystery prize, which turned out to be an automatic jar opener. The raffle prize was won by PP Tjerk and the raffle raised $85.00 for our funds. Another $45.00 was donated by PP Harry celebrating an anniversary. Jokes were told by PP Richard and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 8.15 pm.

Monday November 26th
18 persons present: 15 St. George's Rotarians; DGN David Del Monte; Pres. Averylon Simons from Hamilton Rotary and Rotarian George Cook from Hamilton. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. In the absence of Pres. Antoinette the meeting was chaired by Asst. Gov. PP Tjerk. Acting Pres. Tjerk introduced DGN David Del Monte (DG for Rotary Year 2014/15) who is in Bermuda to visit all four Clubs to talk about the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year, $100.00) project. Sec. PP Joan advised that Monday Dec. 10th would be our last meeting this year and meetings will resume on Monday January 7th. The Dec.10th meeting is our Christmas Dinner meeting to which spouses and guests are invited. All Rotarians are asked to bring a toy gift to be donated to The Salvation Army Christmas appeal. The Tom Davies Memorial Scholarship award will be presented during the meeting to Dejay Denbrook, the winner who is currently away studying. The 'Speaker List' for the next 6 months was circulated for Rotarians to sign the date for their speaker. DGN David Del Monte was introduced by Asst. Governor PP Tjerk. DGN David is District Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Annual Giving subcommittee (the EREY project) and he talked about the statistics for our District and encouraged every Rotarian to contribute annually. Our Club was 15th on our District list for 2011-12 with an 88% contribution rate. DGN David went on to talk about the RI new grant model named Future Vision which will commence in July 2013. (details are printed in the November edition of The Rotarian ). In order for Clubs to receive money for grant projects all clubs need to be certified. District training for two Rotarians from each club will be carried out in Tarrytown, NY, but it may be possible for the Bermuda Club's representatives to be trained locally. In conclusion DGN David said he will donate a EREY $100.00 contribution to a raffle winner. Asst. Gov PP Tjerk said he will do the same. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill organised the raffle for a bottle of wine, which was won by Asst. Gov. PP Tjerk, who also won his contribution to EREY. A second draw took place and Pres. Averylon Simons from Hamilton won the contribution to EREY donated by DGN David. The raffle raised $190.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Richard, PP Allan and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 7.52 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a Rotarian during a discussion on our winter dress code
"Do not even try to define what the ladies should wear."
From an Immigration Officer to a visiting Rotarian
"Rotary in Bermuda is a big deal."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during November 2012
PP Miles Outerbridge 44 years in Rotary
Meeting reports for October 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday October 1st
Annual visit of the District Governor. 19 persons present: 18 St. George's Rotarians and DG Greg Arcaro. Apologies 4. BBQ arrangements for next Saturday were reviewed by Pres. Antoinette, Sec. PP Joan and PP Bill. DG Greg Arcaro was the designated speaker and he was introduced by Pres. Antoinette. In his address to our Club DG Greg said that there are 3 things for Rotarians to remember : 1. Whatever we do, do with Rotary in mind. 2. Rotary is all about the Club. 3. Promote Rotary. Get the message out that we have great meetings and great service. DG Greg said all Rotarians should enjoy Rotary, its friendship and all leads to Rotary Service. The 5 avenues of service are Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service and New Generations Service. If we do all these people will come to Rotary because they enjoy it: donations will come because people will want to contribute: leadership will come because people want to provide 'Service above Self.' He went on to talk about the success of Polio Plus with the Bill Gates challenge and the World Fund for International Projects. In response to a question concerning women in Rotary DG Greg replied that RI has never taken a stand on this issue. It is up to each club to decide their policy. DG Greg's final message was "Enjoy Rotary." The DG was thanked by Pres. Antoinette. Sgt.-at -Arms PP Bill held a raffle and raised $175.00. The DG drew his own ticket and kindly returned the prize to be drawn again next week. PP Miles celebrated his youngest granddaughter's second birthday and donated $2.00 to our funds. In conclusion Pres. Antoinette presented DG Greg with a Bermuda photo book as a memento of his visit. The meeting closed at 8.08 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday October 8th
18 persons present: 16 Rotarians; speaker Jeremy Johnson Sr. and his wife Dolores. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Antoinette asked all Rotarians to remain behind after the meeting for a business report on the BBQ. The speaker for the meeting was Jeremy Johnson, owner/manager of The Village Carpentry Shop, who was introduced by PE Madeline. Jeremy said he started carpentry work 40 years ago and always wanted to own his own business. He started work at age 16 and worked for a Mr. Trott at the Village Craft Shop. He acquired his own tools at age 22 and started work on his own. Some years later Mr. Trott asked him to take over his business, which Jeremy did. Jeremy used to make a lot of cedar dining room tables and chairs and cedar doors but the demand has dropped off drastically over the past three years. He also makes souvenir items from scraps of cedar in order to keep the business going. Nowadays he has no problem in obtaining cedar as people need cash and are willing to sell their cedar. The speaker was thanked by PP Bill. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a cedar onion donated by Jeremy Johnson and raised $160.00 for our funds. The winner was PE Madeline. Jokes were told by PP Bill and the meeting closed at 8.03 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

BBQ Report for Saturday October 6th
Pres. Antoinette congratulated and thanked Rotarians for making the BBQ a great financial success. She said that Blake and Trudy Simmons were very happy to arrange the cooking for us. Sec. PP Joan advised that the BBQ netted about $4,600.00 for our funds. 170 meal tickets were collected, the auction held by PP Bill raised $872.00 and the selling of fish chowder by PP Fred raised an additional $80.00. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday October 15th
17 persons present: 15 Rotarians and visiting Rotarian Bill Gangloff and his wife Joan from Thomaston, Conn. 6 apologies received. There was no guest speaker available due to another commitment. Pres. Antoinette advised that the BBQ has raised $4613.00 for our funds. Pres. Antoinette held a quiz on our vision statement, which no Rotarian could quote absolutely correctly. Discussions were held about our future projects for this Rotary Year, including RYLA, Youth Night, and the Youth Development Raffle. PP Henry advised that staff members from a visiting company had painted the outside of The Deliverance, a couple of weeks after the timbers had been caulked. However the aft deck needs replacing due to rotted wood. Acting. Sgt-at-Arms PP Phil extorted donations to our funds at great length from Rotarians and raised $205.00. PE Madeline told a "whistle" story. Jokes were told by PP Allan and PP Richard. Visiting Rotarian Bill Gangloff talked about his club's projects and the meeting closed at 7.50 pm.

Monday October 22nd
16 persons present: 14 Rotarians and one visiting Rotarian Graham Peters from Jordans and District, Bucks, UK and his wife Mary. 8 apologies received. Visiting Rotarian Graham was invited to talk about his club. His club also meets on Monday evenings and has its first lady president. Rotarian Graham presented Pres. Antoinette with his club's banner. Pres. Antoinette apologised for the non appearance of the scheduled speaker, who had been taken ill. Instead Treasurer PP Steve talked about his recent cruise on the Rhine River from Basle, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, Holland on board the river boar River Navigator. This vessel carries 144 passengers and 50 crew. PP Steve talked about the advantages of travelling on a small boat rather than on a large cruise ship. The river boat visited mainly German towns, Breisach (for the Black Forest), Karlsruhe, Rudesheim, Remich (Luxembourg),Baden-Baden, Cologne and one French town Strasbourg. The trip also included a 4 day cruise along the Moselle River where many vineyards were passed. Asst. DG Tjerk advised that DG Greg Arcaro inquired if he should hold his District Conference in Bermuda. Asst. DG Tjerk said he was asking for input from all the Bermuda clubs before replying. Some Rotarians present expressed concern about the cost of travelling to Bermuda and accommodation problems. Arrangements for next year's Youth Development Raffle were discussed with the organisation scheduled to commence early next year. Other items discussed were an International Soup Night during the cooler weather of the winter months, a Health Fair and Family Fun Day and a Fish Fry. The conclusion was that there is a lot of work to be done and all Rotarians must come together and be proactive. Acting Sgt-at-Arm PP Phil auctioned off avocadoes donated by PP Steve and raised $41.00. Fines raised another $44.00 and Asst. DG PP Tjerk donated $85.00 to our funds. Jokes were told by PP Steve and the meeting closed at 8.18 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday October 29th
20 persons present: 19 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received from the absent Rotarians. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter from the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda seeking donations to sponsor their annual Christmas Holiday celebrations for the patients in the Continued Care Unit. Treasurer PP Steve suggested that all proceeds from this meeting's raffle should be donated to this cause. This was agreed to by all. Sec. PP Joan also advised that St. Peter's Church would be celebrating their 400th anniversary on Sunday November 18th with a special service, attended by the Bishop of London, The Rt Rev'd Dr. Richard Chartres. There would also be a celebration Gala Banquet held at the Rosewood Tucker's Point hotel on 16th November at a cost of $200.00 a ticket. PP Henry then suggested that our Club could assist the church by cleaning up St. Peter's graveyard, behind the church, as a community project. This was agreed to and was arranged for Saturday 3rd November at 8 am. The speaker for the meeting was Tarik Christopher, Principal Water Engineer with the Public Works Department, who was introduced by PP Allan. Tarik gave an informational slide show presentation of the Bermuda government's water infrastructure. Tarik said that 41 per cent of government's water supply comes from rain catchments and the balance from brackish wells and water extraction. With the aid of slides Tarik explained the operation of reverse osmosis plants and the methods of extraction and filtration for contaminants. Tarik then talked about water quality monitoring in the distribution system. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PP Miles and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a small food grater. This was initially won by Rotarian Erskine, who returned it and asked for a redraw. Then, absolutely amazingly, the next 4 tickets drawn were held by PP Winston, who repeatedly returned the prize for redraw. Eventually PP Winston donated the grater to Pres. Antoinette. The raffle raised $80.00, fines raised $10.00, and the sale of two bags of avocadoes, donated by PP Steve, raised $27.00. A cheque for $117.00 will be sent to the Hospital Auxiliary. PP Allan welcomed back PP Mike after his recent medical treatment in New York. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Fred, PP Bill and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 8 pm.

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during October 2012
PP Tjerk Neijmeijer 6 years in Rotary
Meeting reports for September 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday September 3rd
No meeting. Labour Day public holiday.

Monday September 10th
Business meeting. 19 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 3 apologies from absent Rotarians. Pres. Antoinette apologised for her long absence due to family bereavement and illness and thanked the Directors and especially 'recycled' PP Allan for keeping the Club running during her absence. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter of thanks from Lita Kendall for the use of Hen Island for her family during the Cup Match holiday and enclosed a $350.00 donation to our funds. PP Phil presented Sec. PP Joan with make-up cards for attending other Rotary Club meetings during his recent absence. PP Phil also talked about the activities of Sandys Rotary and read excerpts from a recent edition of The Rotarian on how to involve a Club in community projects. Sec. PP Joan talked about the arrangements for the upcoming BBQ and catering. This led to a heated discussion concerning the variety of meats being offered (steak, ribs and chicken) and the number of different priced tickets to be sold to cover this choice. At the end of the discussion it was agreed that all Rotarians must work together to make this project a success. Sgt-at-Arms PP Bill sold tickets for a raffle prize of a bottle of white wine and raised $161.00 for our funds. PP Steve sold avocadoes picked from his tree and raised $25.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Tjerk, PP Henry and PE Madeline. The meeting closed at 8.25 pm.

Monday September 17th
24 persons present: 19 St. George's Rotarians; 4 Pembroke Rotarians - PP Gilda Furbert, PP John Kesseram, Rotarian Jan Card and Hon. Rotarian Max Abend; and the invited speaker. 3 apologies received from absent Rotarians. PP Bill led the singing of "You are Welcome, Visitors" to greet the visiting Rotarians. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter from PP Fred apologising for his outcry concerning the catering arrangements for the BBQ at the last meeting and asked all Rotarians to work together for this project. A discussion took place concerning the selling of tickets and advertising. The speaker for the meeting was Major Wendy Broom, the recently arrived Salvation Army officer in charge of the St. George's Division. She was introduced by PP Henry. Major Wendy is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris award recipient and hopes to join our Club soon. Major Wendy talked about her last Club in Oakville, Ontario. This club has 40 members and is very active in fund raising and is also community minded. Their projects include an Award for Business Excellence, fund raising dinner for scholarships for high school students, charity golf tournament, a Moonlight Madness scheme selling ice cream waffle sandwiches and a dream flight program to Disneyworld for one day on a charter plane for youngsters. Major Wendy presented a banner from Oakville West Rotary Club to Pres. Antoinette. The speaker was thanked by PP Bill and presented with a certificate of appreciation. PP Henry advised that The Deliverance has recently had its planking caulked by local volunteers and a group from a visiting pharmaceutical company has volunteered their services in painting it this week. However The Deliverance still needs continuous maintenance to keep it ship shape. Sgt.-at Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle and the winner was PP Tjerk. He kindly donated his $130.00 winnings back to Rotary, A joke was told by PP Henry and the meeting closed at 7.56 pm.

Monday September 24th
22 persons present: 19 Rotarians; Visiting Rotarian Chris Bishop and his wife Lesley, from March Rotary Club, Cambridgeshire; and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Antoinette presented our Club banner to visiting Rotarian Chris who responded by extending best wishes to our Club from his club's president. Sec. PP Joan then dealt with various issues concerning the upcoming BBQ. These included ticket sales, money collection, food donations, catering arrangements and donations of items for the auction. The speaker for the meeting was Jeremy Madeiros, Terrestrial Conservation Officer from the Department of Conservation Services, who was introduced by Rotarian Donnie. Jeremy gave a second report to our Club concerning the Bermuda Petrel/Cahow project. Jeremy covered the discovery of the cahows in the 1500's to their believed extinction up to 1951when a couple of nestings were found and, upon further investigation, 17 pair were found. Jeremy went on to describe the recovery plan initiated by David Wingate and continued by himself after David Wingate retired in 2000. Currently there are 30 nesting pairs and the cahow was declared Bermuda's National Bird in 2003. Jeremy talked about the nesting habits, breeding habits, egg laying and incubation period, fledgling period and their flights out to sea up to 2000 miles. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PE Madeline and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of wine and raised $175.00. The winner was Pres. Antoinette who returned the bottle to be drawn again next week. A joke was told by PP Harry and the meeting closed at 8.39 pm (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during September 2012
PP Harry Ingham 28 years in Rotary
PP Joan Davis 14 years in Rotary
Rotarian Cathy Bassett 7 years in Rotary
Meetings report for August 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday August 6th
17 persons present: 12 Rotarians; visiting Rotarians James Cushner and Susanne Sheppard from Inwood Rotary, Manhattan, NY; Major Wendy Broome from the St George's Division of The Salvation Army ; Lily Oatley, a Paul Harris Fellow award recipient of our Club; and PP Jimmy Brock from Hamilton. 9 apologies received from absent Rotarians. In the absence of Pres. Antoinette the meeting was chaired by PP Tjerk. Visiting Rotarian James was invited to talk about his Club and presented with one of our banners. Major Wendy Broome, who has recently arrived in Bermuda from Canada for a 4 year stay, talked about her job with The Salvation Army. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow. This meeting was scheduled as a business meeting but due to the absence of Pres. Antoinette, there was no business to discuss. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill collected $10.00 "donations" from Rotarians present and raised $130.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Henry, visitor James and visitor Lily. PP Allan sang a Cup Match song celebrating Somerset's win. Rotarian Cathy thanked waiter Alphonso for his excellent service. The meeting closed at 8.04 pm.

Monday August 13th
19 persons present: 16 Rotarians: former Rotarian Gerry Ardis, guest of PP Miles; Victoria Davis, guest of PP's Joan and Bill; and the invited speaker. 5 apologies received. In the continued absence of Pres. Antoinette, the meeting was chaired by PP Tjerk. PP Phil, recently returned from the London Olympic Games, gave a short report on the Rotary Clubs in London where he 'made-up'. Sec. PP Joan read out a proclamation from Ashley Rotary Club in Brisbane, Australia, who sent us greetings and had raised a toast to us at a recent meeting. We in turn raised a toast and signed a Club banner which will be sent to them. PP Bill led a rousing chorus of "You are Welcome, Visitors" to greet our guests. The speaker for the meeting was Natham Kowloski, CFO at Anchor Investment Management Ltd., who was introduced by PP Harry. The subject of the talk was Bermuda Government Debt - A Growing Concern. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation Natham talked about Bermuda's lower revenue income and higher expenditure outgoing, an unsustainable situation. He covered areas such as cost of borrowing, growth rate, long term potential, unfunded liabilities, inflation, productivity growth and shrinking potential labour force. An interesting question and answer period followed. The speaker was thanked by PP Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle which raised $196.00. The winner was PP Tjerk who kindly donated his winnings back to our funds. PP Miles celebrated a birthday recently and made an appropriate donation to our funds. A joke was told by PP Bill. Sec. PP Joan expressed dismay at the prolonged absence of PP Antoinette, with whom contact has been lost, and wished to appoint a temporary President from the PP's in order to get our programmes underway for this Rotary Year. PP Allan kindly volunteered to act as temporary President. PP Phil then suggested that the Directors hold a meeting and discuss our programme arrangements. This was agreed to. The meeting closed at 8.18 pm.

Monday August 20th
18 persons present: 16 Rotarians; guest Victoria Davis and the invited speaker. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The meeting was chaired by Acting-President PP Allan. The first duty of the Acting President was to welcome back PP Mike after his long absence recovering from a fall down stairs in his home. Acting-President Allan advised that the Directors have held a meeting concerning some projects of our programme for this Rotary Year. They have decided not to hold a Youth Development Raffle this year as it is now too late to prepare. Next year the planning should start in April or May. A BBQ will be held on Saturday October 6th at the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club. Further details will be forthcoming at the next meeting. The speaker was Mark Jennings, assistant VP in Financial Services Management at Lines Overseas Management Ltd, who was introduced by PP Steve. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation Mark spoke about 5 steps in building a financial plan - budget, set goals, develop a plan, implement it and monitor progress. During the presentation Mark covered subjects varying from time and compound interest, dollar cost averaging, diversification and cost of attending college. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PP Miles and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of wine and cooler donated by PP Fred, and raised $110.00 for our funds. The winner was Sec. PP Joan who gave it back and asked for a redraw. This time PP Harry was the winner. Jokes were told by Rotarian Jack, PE Madeline, PP Fred and PP Steve. The meeting closed at 8.05 pm.

Monday August 27th
14 persons present: No visitors or guests. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The meeting was chaired by Acting-President PP Allan. A discussion took place on how to address the acting president and 'recycled president' seemed a popular choice. Acting-President Allan talked about the BBQ to be held on Saturday October 6th. Arrangements will be a little different to those in the past. A choice of steak and/or ribs and/or chicken will be available with different price tickets according to the choice. A flyer was distributed to all to take away. The tickets (colour coded for the appropriate meal) will be distributed at the next meeting. The cooking will be done by chef arranged by PE Madeline and the Dinghy Club will run the bar. PP Bill will hold an auction of donated items after the meal. The speaker for the meeting was Rotarian Jack Harris, who was introduced by PE Madeline. Jack talked about avoiding stress in our daily lives. This can result in related illnesses such as depression. He talked about setting up support groups called Depressions Anonymous to partner against physical and emotional depression and encourage quality living programmes. Jack suggested that church groups and Rotary could become involved in a start-up programme to train persons in depression management. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by AP Allan. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raffled off a bottle of wine, which was won by PP Reg, and raised $80.00 AP Allan raised an additional $30.00 by selling avocados donated by PP Steve. Jokes were told by Rotarian Jack, PP Henry and PP Bill The meeting closed at 8.10 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a visiting Rotarian talking about his club
"It is difficult to keep members. - People move."
From a Rotarian talking about the problems of growing older
"Your memory is the second thing to go. I cannot remember the first."
From a Rotarian after returning from a long trip
"I made-up three times" Quipped a curious Rotarian "At Rotary !!!!"
From the Treasurer whilst giving apologies at the commencement of a meeting
"Either you are here, or you are not."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during August 2012
No service anniversaries during August
Meetingsreport for July 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday July 2nd
20 persons present. 15 St. George's Rotarians; PP Tracy Adams, Sandys Rotary; Rosemary Kendell; Pearl Outerbridge; Victoria Davis; and Gladys Medeiros. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk introduced PP Tracy Adams from Sandys Rotary. Pres. Tjerk presented Gladys Medeiros from Meals on Wheels with a $1000.00 donation from our funds raised during the last Rotary Year. Gladys talked about Meals on Wheels, which serves 180 meals a day on 4 days a week. Our donation will cover the meals for one person for one year. Pres. Tjerk advised that the last donation of $1000.00 will be made to the Bermuda Zoological Institute for continued research by Mark Outerbridge into native Bermuda terrapins. Pres. Tjerk then talked briefly about his duties this year as Assistant Governor for Bermuda in District 7230. Pres. Tjerk advised that only 78 cases of polio have been reported this year, mainly from Nigeria. This is the smallest number ever. Rotary International has raised over $200 million for eradicating polio and exceeded the challenge from Bill and Melinda Gates. Pres. Tjerk then handed over the ribbon of office to incoming Pres. Antoinette and wished her all the best in this new Rotary Year. Pres. Antoinette thanked all for their support and said plans for this year for our Club are being developed. Sec. PP Joan circulated a "Speakers List" for Rotarians to sign up for dates to bring a speaker to Rotary. Sec. PP Joan then asked all to improve their attendance at meetings as our attendance figures have been falling off. If you cannot make it you can always make up on a Rotary web site. Also please send PP Joan an e-mail advising of your absence. PP Harry thanked Pres. Tjerk on behalf of all present for his services as President during the past 12 months. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of Ice Wine, which was won by PP Winston. A large bunch of Bermuda bananas was raffled off to PP Larry Roberts for $20.00. This bunch was given to Gladys Medeiros for use by Meals on Wheels. Jokes were told by PP Steve and PP Tjerk and the meeting closed at 8.07 pm

Monday July 9th
27 persons present: 20 St George's Rotarians; PDG Janet DiBenedetto; Past Assistant Governor Keith Clifton; Pres. Barbara Edwards from Pembroke; Liz Keller, guest; PP Delano Ingham, Pembroke Rotary; Brandy Foggo, daughter of Pres. Antoinette and Victoria Davis. 2 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Sec. Joan repeated her request of last week for Rotarians to attend more meetings or make-up for missed meetings. Pres. Antoinette announced that there will be no "On-to-Bermuda" visit in October this year by District Rotarians. DG Greg Arcaro will make his official visit to our Club on Monday October 1st. PDG Janet DiBenedetto was introduced by Pres. Antoinette. PDG Janet talked about matching grants from RI and how they are managed in our District and the changes scheduled to take place in 2013. She also talked about changes to the Group Study Exchange programme and also to the Ambassadorial Scholarship programme. PDG Janet finished her talk by saying "This is the year of the Club: get your Club strong." PDG Janet was thanked by Pres. Antoinette. Pres. Antoinette then introduced her board of Club Officers for this Rotary Year - see separate article. Pres. Antoinette announced the winners of the Vision Statement competition. These were PP Steve and PP Larry Roberts, who shared the prize of a free Monday evening Rotary meal. The winning statement was a combination of their entries. Pres. Antoinette then outlined her programme for the year. This includes incorporating Associate Membership; bringing back the "You are Welcome, Visitors" song when visitors are present; fund raising to include a weekly raffle, BBQ, Fish Fry, Pot Luck supper and a 'Fair on the Square". Pres. Antoinette also issued a challenge to increase our membership - "Each one, bring one; try to make it a young one." Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle which was won by visiting Pres. Barbara Edwards. This raised $140 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Fred, PP Henry, visiting PP Delano Ingham and PDG Janet. PP Fred brought greeting from former Rotarian PP Earl Kelly, who he had recently visited in Montreal. The meeting closed at 8.04 pm.

Monday July 16th
14 Rotarians present. 9 apologies received from absent Rotarians. There was no speaker available for the meeting as the speaker who was to replace the scheduled speaker, was also unable to attend as he found he had a previous engagement. The Speaker List for the first half of this Rotary Year was distributed. Sec. PP Joan repeated her remarks about lagging attendance and failure to make up. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter of appreciation from Linda Johnson of the Bermuda Zoological Society thanking us for our recent donation. Sec. PP Joan also encouraged Rotarians to donate prizes for the weekly raffle as this week there was no prize available. Pres. Antoinette outlined some of the projects she has in mind for our Club this year. The first one will be a BBQ. A discussion followed concerning the location and the date. Pres. Antoinette also mentioned topics which have been discussed at an inter-club meeting of the 4 Presidents of the Bermuda Rotary Clubs. Working together was the main theme. Pres. Antoinette said that The Deliverance maintenance proposal was one area in which other clubs could participate. Other projects included Marketing PR for Rotary to make young people aware of what we are doing, matching grants and the revival of the Rotary Clock project. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill fined all $10.00 for being present and raised $140.00 Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Harry and PP Fred. The meeting closed right on time at 8.00 pm.

Monday July 23rd
13 persons present: 12 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 8 apologies received. PP Tjerk chaired the meeting in the absence of Pres. Antoinette. A few moments silence was held at the beginning of the meeting in memory of Pres. Antoinette's mother, who passed away earlier in the day. PP Tjerk talked briefly about the Bermuda Rotary Leadership meetings, which will be attended by current Presidents, immediate PP's and PE's of all four Bermuda Clubs. The purpose will be to co-ordinate and announce Rotary functions in Bermuda. PP Tjerk also advised that a memorandum of understanding will be signed by all the Bermuda Rotary Clubs formalising cost sharing of a Bermuda representative attending the annual nomination meeting for a DG in the U.S. Also other costs which may be shared are the annual 4-Way Test competition, RYLA, Youth Exchange and DG visits. Sec. PP Joan advised of a display of historical and contemporary artifacts from St. Peter's Church which will be on display at The Masterworks Foundation from July 27th to August 29th. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter of appreciation from Elizabeth Jones from Meals on Wheels thanking us for our recent donation. The speaker for the meeting was Lise Outerbridge, an epidemiologist from the Dept. of Health, who was introduced by Sec. PP Joan. Lise talked about the myth of the flu vaccine. Using an interactive talk she covered the symptoms of the annual flu, the length, ways of contracting the flu, vaccine effectiveness and length of recovery. The most effective method of prevention is to wash your hands frequently. After a discussion on vaccination and diseases the speaker was thanked by PP Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill fined all $10.00 for being present and raised $115.00. An additional $90.00 was kindly donated by PP Larry Roberts, who became a grandfather again recently. Jokes were told by PP Steve and PP Harry and the meeting closed at 8.07 pm.

Monday July 30th
No report available.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a male Rotarian during dinner
"Show me a man who is not under orders and I will show you a man who is not married."

From the late arriving outgoing President
"despite my lateness we will be out of here very early."
(The meeting finished late !!!)

From a Rotarian when he found he had to pay an increased fine
"I was going to contribute five 'happy dollars' but now I have to pay ten and so am miserable."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during July 2012
PP Steve Kendell 34 years in Rotary

CLUB OFFICERS FOR ROTARY YEAR 2012-2013

PRESIDENT Antoinette Foggo
PRESIDENT ELECT 2012-2013 Madeline Hayward
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT PP Tjerk Neijmeijer
SECRETARY PP Joan Davis
TREASURER PP Steve Kendell
ASSISTANT TREASURER PP Richard Fogden
DIRECTORS OF MEMBERSHIP PP Allan Hunt
DIRECTOR OF FUND RAISING PP Mike Gringley & PP Tjerk Neijmeijer
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS PP Harry Ingham
SERGEANTS-AT-ARMS PP Bill Davis
ROTARY FOUNDATION PP Steve Kendell
EDITOR 'THE HUB' PP Richard Fogden
Meeting reports for June 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday June 4th
Business Meeting. 14 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 11 apologies received. In the absence of Pres. Tjerk, PE Antoinette and Sec. PP Joan the meeting was chaired by PP Harry (also Acting Treasurer). There was no business to discuss. PP Phil acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and raised $115.00 in fines and raffles. Jokes were told by PP Allan, PP Rex and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 7.44 pm. (Many thanks to PP Larry Roberts for the report)

Monday June 11th
15 Rotarians present: visiting Rotarian Paul Jarvis; and the guest speaker. 8 apologies received. Pres. Tjerk advised that our Club is only $200.00 short of our 100% target for the Rotary Foundation "Every Year, Every Rotarian - $100.00" fund raising scheme. We are 10th in our District. Pres. Tjerk advised all Rotarians to log into our District website and update personal information. Pres. Tjerk advised that DGD David Del Monte will chair our Districts New Generations Committee. Pres. Tjerk advised that Rotary's Group Study Exchange team will be going to Japan in 2013. Non Rotarians interested in joining the team are invited to apply. The team leader must speak Japanese. Pres. Tjerk advised that he will be the Assistant Governor for Bermuda for our District during the next Rotary Year (2012/13). The speaker for the meeting was Malik Bassett, son of Rotarian Cathy. Malik was the student we sponsored to the annual RYLA meeting in April in Alpine N.J. Malik talked about his positive experiences in the various group activities. He established close ties with the other students and learned about leadership, different ways of thinking and about the values of others. PP Phil acted as Sgt-at-Arms and raised $115.00 in raffling off a bottle of wine, which was won by Pres. Tjerk. Jokes were told by PP Miles. The meeting closed at 8.02 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday June 18th
No meeting. Public holiday.

Monday June 25th
21 persons present: 15 Rotarians and 6 visitors and guests. These were Hiliary Ottley from the Brampton South, Ontario, Rotary Club and his guest Bereford Haynes; PE Barbara Edwards from Pembroke Rotary; PE Avelylon Simons from Hamilton Rotary; Evelyn Young, wife of PP Reg; and Michael Frith from St. George's Sea Cadets. 3 apologies received from absent Rotarians. This meeting was scheduled to be the presidential hand-over meeting, but due to the absence overseas of PE Antoinette this was carried over to the next meeting. PP Rex was presented with a plaque by Pres. Tjerk to commemorate his time as President of St. George's Rotary. PP Rex's work permit is up and he will be returning to Canada on 1st July. Pres. Tjerk wished him all the best for the future. PP Rex thanked all for the Rotary camaraderie he has received over the past years. Pres. Tjerk advised that our Club is at the top of the list of Bermuda clubs for donating to the RI scheme of "Every Rotarian, Every Year - $100.00" Visiting Rotarian Hiliary Ottley was invited to talk about his Club and was presented with one of our Club's banners by Pres. Tjerk. The distribution of funds raised during this Rotary Year was also scheduled to take place. However only one representative of the recipients was present. Pres. Tjerk presented Lt. Michael Frith from the St. George's Sea Cadets with a cheque for $3000.00. Donations of $1000.00 each will be made to Meals on Wheels and the Bermuda Zoological Society at a later date. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle to raise funds. Rotarian Donnie was the lucky winner of $150.00, which he kindly donated back into our funds. There was also a prize of a bottle of champagne, which Pres. Tjerk won. Sec. PP Joan talked about attending a Rotary meeting in Boston where there were more visitors present than members. The president did everything, including collected the money. In reply to a question from PP Allan, Pres. Tjerk advised that Associate Membership of our Club is not a dead issue and will be dealt with by incoming President Antoinette. Jokes were told by PP Richard and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 7.58 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the President disappointedly at the change-over meeting
"I cannot hand over as there is nobody to hand over to, tonight."

From a Rotarian who was elected to the Corporation of St. George's and was asked if he had paid his fine
"I do not get paid."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during June 2012

PP Reg Young 36 years in Rotary
PP Bill Davis 20 years in Rotary (second service)
Meeting reports for May 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday May 7th
Business Meeting. 15 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 7 apologies received. There was very little business to discuss. Pres. Tjerk talked about the arrangements for next week's second clean-up at Hen Island. The main problem is that more lawn mowers are needed as all that is left to do is the grass to be cut on the main camping area. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of white wine - "made in China" he claimed. This was won by PP Rex. The raffle made $160.00 for our funds. Additional funds of $319 were raised by Rotarians Pres. Tjerk, PE Antoinette, PP Phil, PP Rex and Rotarian Erskine all celebrating special occasions. The meeting closed at 7.50 pm.

Monday May 14th
Second Hen Island Clean-Up. 8 Rotarians with 3 lawn mowers and PP Harry's weedwacker. The remaining grass was cut and the cuttings stacked up. That was all that was left to do. As there was no food prepared all were back in St. George's around 8 pm. PP Larry R kindly operated the boat in PP Miles absence.

Monday May 21st
21 persons present: 17 Rotarians; visiting Rotarian Mark Jennings from Pembroke Rotary; and 3 speakers. 8 apologies received. Pres, Tjerk announced that, according to DGN Matts Ingemanson, we are number 6 amongst our District clubs for donating to the 'Each Rotarian Every Year 100 dollars' fund raiser for RI with an average of 88 dollars per Rotarian. However Pres, Tjerk is contesting this figure as it is closer to the 100 dollar mark due to an error with the District recording more Rotarians in our Club at the commencement of this Rotary Year than we actually had. Pres. Tjerk advised on the passing of PDG Chuck Katze of Yonkers Rotary who served as our District Governor for two terms in 1996-1998. Sec. PP Joan distributed a nomination form to all present for our Board of Directors for the next Rotary Year under the presidency of PE Antoinette. The Board was accepted unanimously as presented. Sec. PP Joan also distributed a Suggestion Form asking Rotarians to write down ideas for our Club's future activities. The 3 guest speakers were introduced by Pres. Tjerk. The first to speak were Sandra Butterfield and Dr. Ernest Peets about the counseling service 'Focus'. This organisation helps people who have become addicted to alcohol or drugs and tries to turn their lives around with motivation, group counseling and a medical and holistic programme for recovery. Unfortunately this year government has cut off their annual grant and they are seeking funds to continue their work. The last speaker was John Layfield, who talked about a programme for youth called 'Beyond Rugby'. The object of this programme is to prevent youths from becoming involved in gang violence and to encourage friendship amongst their peers. The speakers were thanked by Pres. Tjerk and two received certificates of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of white wine and raised $155.00 for our funds. The winner was PE Antoinette. Other funds were raised by Rotarians donating for having special occasions in their lives. Jokes were told by PP Steve and PP Henry and the meeting closed at 8.20 pm.

Monday May 28th
19 persons present: 18 St George's Rotarians and PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke. Apologies included Pres. Tjerk and PE Antoinette, who both had a problem with sickness in their families. problems. The meeting was chaired by Sec. PP Joan. There was no speaker as he also was unable to attend. The meeting should have proceeded quickly with Rotary Fellowship but due to very slow waiter service dinner was not served until 7.20 pm. Acting Pres. Joan welcomed PP Gilda to our meeting. PP Gilda advised that Pembroke Rotary were holding their Paul Harris Dinner on Thursday evening at the Four Ways Inn. PP Gilda also gave a report on the 4-Way Test competition, recently held in Bermuda. Sec. PP Joan advised all Rotarians present of their Rotary ID number so they could update their profile on the District 7230 website. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for two hands of local bananas, which raised $175.00. The lucky winners were PP Bill and Director Madeline. PP Bill sold his bananas to Rotarian Erskine for another $5.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Allan, PP Henry and PP Fred. Coffee was served at 8.10 pm and the meeting closed at 8.17 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a speaker talking about a rehabilitation programme "There really isn't any work in Bermuda for the graduates from our programme." and "Don't drink; Don't do drugs; Go get a job. Everybody is hurting in our current economic climate."

From a female speaker
"Men can live together better than women can."

From the President introducing a speaker "He is well known, but I have never heard of him."

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during May 2012
PP Larry Roberts 24 years in Rotary
PP Winston Esdaille 21 years in Rotary
Rotarian Erskine Simmons 8 years in Rotary (second service)
Meetings reports for April 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday April 2nd
Business Meeting. Very small attendance. 12 Rotarians and visiting Rotarian Bill Gangloff and his wife Joan from Thomaston, Conn. 8 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk advised that the last week's Youth Night was a great success with the students from Clearwater and others brought by Rotarians. $625.00 was raised for our RYLA fund to send Malik Bassett off to the annual camp. Pres. Tjerk advised that we have received a letter of appreciation from the St. George's Foundation for our help at their Family Day last Saturday. Sec. PP Joan advised that our tea party project for the residents of the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility will take place at 3 pm on Saturday April 21st. Pres. Tjerk advised that PDG David Sullivan will carry our proxy vote to the District Foundation meeting during the annual District Conference. Pres. Tjerk reminded Rotarians about the Rotary Leadership Training which will take place in Bermuda. 8 participants from all the Bermuda Rotary Clubs are required for the training to take place. Currently there are three participants from our Club. Jokes were told by PP Fred, PP Steve, PP Richard and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 7.43 pm.

Monday April 9th
18 persons present: 15 Rotarians; Thad Outerbridge, brother of PP Miles; Victoria Davis, granddaughter of PP Bill & PP Joan; and the invited speaker. 7 apologies received. In the absence, on vacation, of Pres. Tjerk the meeting was chaired by PP Rex. The speaker was Kelly Barbey, who was introduced by PP Miles. Kelly, spoke about the mysteries of Hedge Funds, an area in which he has had many years experience. Kelly will be starting up his own fund in Bermuda, and handed out a general information pamphlet. He talked about the background of hedge funds and went on to discuss the differences between various types, asset management and diversification. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by PP Larry Jacobs and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sec. PP Joan reminded Rotarians of the tea party for the residents of the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility and requested that Rotarians supply sandwiches and cakes. PP Joan and PE Antoinette carried out a raffle for a bottle of red wine which was won by PP Rex. They then fines every Rotarian $5.00 if they did not have the 4-Way Test coin with them. The meeting closed at 8.15 pm.

Monday April 16th
20 persons present: 16 Rotarian; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke; visiting Rotarian Don Hetherington and his wife Ann from St. Catherine's, Ont. and the invited speaker. 6 apologies received. The speaker was Jon Beard, who was introduced by PP Reg. Jon spoke about the NatWest Island Games 2013 which will be held in Bermuda from July 13th to July 19th 2013. Jon advised that an estimated 2000 athletes from 24 islands will be competing in 14 sports. These will include track and field, badminton, basketball, football, volleyball, swimming, tennis, shooting, sailing, triathlon, cycling, golf gymnastics and squash. He talked about travel arrangements, accommodation problems and sports venues. These games will require at least 200 local volunteers to assist the organisers and he sought the participation of Rotarians. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sec. PP Joan reminded Rotarians about upcoming events - the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility afternoon tea and the Hen Island clean-up. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill organised a 50/50 raffle and PE Antoinette was the winner of $135.00. Jokes were told by PP Richard and PP Fred. The meeting closed at 7.55 pm.

Monday April 23rd
32 persons present: 14 Rotarians: PP Jimmy Brock and PP George Cook from Hamilton Rotary; former Rotarian Mary Malone; 11 visitors from Lyme Regis accompanied by 3 local residents; and the invited speaker. 8 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk welcomed the visitors from Lyme Regis, who are visiting Bermuda for the annual twinning celebrations of St. George's with Lyme Regis and to attend The Peppercorn Ceremony. Pres. Tjerk advised that at the recent District Conference our Club was awarded a District Governors citation in support of our efforts for New Generations, especially in relation to our Youth Development Raffle. Pres. Tjerk also referred to a fund raiser from The Bronx Rotary which involves a travelling painting, with which Rotarians can have their picture taken at a cost of $20.00. Further information can be obtained from the website http://www.travelingpainting.com Sec. PP Joan thanked all 13 Rotarians who showed up to participate in the afternoon tea project for the residents of the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility. The project was a great success and there was a lot of food left over for tea on Sunday. Sec. PP Joan circulated a Get Well card for PP Mike, for all Rotarians to sign. PP Mike has injured his shoulder and neck during a fall down a flight of stairs in his home. PP Joan also talked about the arrangements for the Hen Island Clean-Up project next Monday evening. Pres. Tjerk advised that Malik Bassett attended the RYLA meeting in the U.S. last weekend and will be coming to tell our Club all about it at a later meeting. Pres. Tjerk also advised that his family is now hosting an exchange student from Belgium until she returns home in June. The speaker for the meeting was the Hon. Gerald Simons O.B.E., president of The Argus Group of Insurance Companies, who was introduced by Pres. Tjerk. Gerald talked about the reasons for annual increases in health insurance premiums and how this can be mitigated. He talked about the loss of premiums from expatriate workers who have left Bermuda, our aging local population, and unhealthy life styles. Gerald went on to talk about increases in local hospital costs and changes in the health care system - in fact a very challenging issue. After a question and answer period the speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk. Sec. PP Joan organised a raffle for a bottle of red wine, which was won by former Rotarian Mary Malone. This raffle raised $160.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Miles, PP Fred and PP Richard. The chairlady of the Lyme Regis Twinning Committee thanked Pres. Tjerk for our hospitality and the meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

Monday April 30th
Hen Island Clean-Up. 11 persons in attendance: 10 Rotarians and the husband of Director Madeline. The area adjacent to the building and cook shed had already been cleaned up in advance by cub and scout volunteers, as per last year, and most cleanup efforts were concentrated on the camping area where the grass and cane grass was knee high. With just two lawn mowers only half of this area was mowed in the time available. PP Fred, standing in for injured PP Mike, did an excellent job cooking hamburgers, chicken burgers and hot dogs. Cold drinks were supplied by other Rotarians. PP Miles ran the usual boat trips from St. David's and St. George's. A good time was had by all enjoying Rotary Fellowship during a community project. Photos kindly taken by Director Madeline are shown below.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a speaker
"To manage building a house in Bermuda is more challenging than managing a hedge fund."

From a visiting Rotarian during a political discussion
"Beware of a naked man who offers you his shirt."
and
"We are not the Titanic but this government is trying to steer us into an iceberg."

From a speaker
"Spring brings in kites, longtails, whale watching and increases in health insurance premiums."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during April 2012
PP Allan Hunt 12 years in Rotary
Meetings report for March 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday March 5th
Business meeting. 19 Rotarians present. Apologies received from 5 absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk advised that the annual general meeting of the District Rotary Foundation will be held in New York on Friday April 20th. Pres. Tjerk also advised that India has been polio free for one year and has been removed from the Rotary polio endemic list . This leaves Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria still on the list. Director Madeline talked about the Youth Night to be held on Monday March 26th. 15 male and female students will be attending from Clearwater Middle School in uniform, kindly arranged by Rotarian Cathy. The students will be informed about Rotary programmes for youth and what Rotary is all about. The cost to each Rotarian will be $100.00. This will cover meals for the Rotarian and a student, a donation of $25.00 to our youth programmes (RYLA) and a purchase of a raffle ticket. Sec. PP Joan circulated a sign up list for Rotarians to volunteer to assist the St. George's Foundation during their annual Family Day on Saturday March 31st. This assistance will be in lieu of a donation to their funds this year. Pres. Tjerk advised that he will be holding a wine tasting evening at sometime this Rotary Year but a date has not yet been agreed upon (with his wife). PP Allan requested that our Club send a letter of congratulations to the Pearmans in St. George's who have recently celebrated 71 years of marriage. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a certificate for a round of golf, including cart, at Riddles Bay Golf and Country Club. This raised $175.00 for our funds and was won by Pres. Tjerk. PP Henry congratulated PP Richard on producing The Hub monthly and said he was happy that the bulletin is sent to his office and not his home due to the photo in the last edition (where PE Antoinette was thanking him for donating to her his raffle prize of an alarm clock.) PP Henry again brought up his request if Rotary was interested in assisting in the maintenance of 'The Deliverance'. Pres. Tjerk said he will be in touch to find out what Rotarians will be required to do. PP Miles advised that the main job is the removing of old caulking on the deck and replacing with fresh caulk. The meeting closed at 8.07 pm.

Monday March 12th
18 persons present: 16 Rotarians; visiting Rotarian Gordon West from Mississauga, Ont.; and the invited speaker.7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. One item of business mentioned by Pres. Tjerk was the annual meeting of the District Rotary Foundation, in April. This body wishes to change its regulations but to make a quorum needs one Rotarian present from every Club in our District. It has been unable to make a quorum for the past three years. The speaker was Geoffrey Smith, environmental engineer from the Dept. of Environmental Protection, who was introduced by Rotarian Erskine. With the aid of a slide show the speaker talked about the responsibilities and functions of the Environmental Authority, which are detailed in the Clean Air Act of 1991 and the Water Resources Act of 1975. Geoffrey specifically mentioned construction permits required for controlled plants which may emit fumes and gases into the atmosphere. These include sewage treatment plants, hazardous waste, spray paint facilities and asphalt and cement plants. Water Rights are required to abstract water from wells and to dispose of water into boreholes. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sec. PP Joan read out a card from Malik Bassett thanking us for choosing him to be our selection for this year's RYLA meeting. Sec. PP Joan acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and raffled off a certificate for Brunch for Two at Grotto Bay. This was won by Director Madeline. The raffle raised $125.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Henry and PP Allan. The meeting closed at 8.14 pm.

Monday March 19th
19 persons present: 16 Rotarians; visiting past Rotarian Rev. Tony Hollis and his wife Linda; and the invited speaker. 6 apologies received. Pres. Tjerk first dealt with a few business items. He again reminded Rotarians about the District Conference and District Rotary Foundation meetings to be held in Westchester during April 20 to 22. Pres. Tjerk then talked about his trip to the U.S. for his Assistant Governor training last week. He also mentioned that there will be Rotary Institute Leadership training in Bermuda on May 12 if there are a sufficient number of Rotarians interested in participating. The speaker for the meeting was Jeremy Madeiros, the government Conservation Officer, who was introduced by PP Allan. Jeremy gave a very interesting near hour long talk about the project to establish new nesting colonies for Cahows (or the Bermuda Petrel) on Nonsuch Island and to determine their oceanic range. With the aid of slides he described the nesting habits of these oceanic birds which spend 90 per cent of their lives over the open ocean and only nest in Bermuda. He described the efforts to re-establish nesting sites on Nonsuch where the birds arrive in late October. Jeremy then went on to talk about their range and movement. To feed their chicks they will fly away on a 9 day trip to the cooler waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to feed shrimp and krill, which they then bring back to the nest. During the summer they will live off the Azores feeding on squid. There movements are recorded by micro trackers attached to their legs. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. PE Antoinette held a raffle, in the absence of Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill and raised $130.00 for our funds. The winner was PP Winston who won a french-fry maker. Jokes were told by Director Madeline and PP Allan. The meeting closed at 8.37 pm.

Monday March 26th
Youth Night. 40 persons present: 16 St. George's Rotarians; visiting Rotarian Bill Gangloff and his wife Joan from Thomaston, Conn.; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke Rotary; 18 students (16 from Clearwater and 2 as guests of Rotarians); Levyette Robinson, Principal of Clearwater; Eliose Panton, M3 Team Leader; and the invited speaker. 6 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The arrangements for this special meeting were excellently arranged by Director Madeline and Rotarian Cathy. Pres. Tjerk commenced by welcoming the teachers and the students and explaining that they will learn about Rotary and also the Student Youth Exchange programme during the meeting. Director Madeline also welcomed all and said they will find out what Rotary does for youth and what is available in Bermuda such as RYLA and the 4-way Test competition. Pres. Tjerk and Director Madeline then talked briefly about Rotary. After a great buffet meal Director Madeline introduced the speaker, Sgt. Kenton Trott from the Bermuda Police Service. Sgt. Trott is a former Rotary exchange student, who spent a year in Quito, Ecuador about ten years ago. Sgt. Trott, in an excellent inspirational talk, spoke about people who motivated him into making a success of his life and encouraged him to be responsible for his actions. He urged the students to go the extra mile in doing things, believe in themselves, make good choices, find their passion and never give up their dreams. The speaker was thanked by PE Antoinette and presented with a certificate of appreciation. All the students then received a certificate of attendance, a copy of the Rotary Code of Conduct and a pamphlet titled 'What's Rotary', explaining the purpose of Rotary, what Clubs do and Rotary programmes around the world. Amali Smith, Head Girl, on behalf of all the students, thanked our Club for hosting them and explaining Rotary. PP Joan held a raffle for a Rubis gas certificate and raised $130.00 for our funds. The winner was - - - PP Joan. PP Joan reminded those Rotarians who had signed up to assist that the St. George's Foundation Family Day would take place on Saturday afternoon. The meeting closed at 8.19 pm.
Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians, who also paid for the students and teachers meals, an amount of $625.00 was raised to assist our Club in sponsoring Malik Bassett as our student to attend the RYLA course this year.

LITERACY PROJECT
The following article was sent to The Royal Gazette by Rotarian Cathy with a request to publish, back in February, but to date has not been published.
The St.George's Rotary Club recently presented books to the Bermuda Government children's clinics in both Hamilton and St.George's as part of its endeavours to enhance literacy on the island. The books ranged from Science non-fiction to easy to read books designed to teach concepts and entertain children, while waiting to see medical practitioners in both medical and dental departments. Other literacy projects hosted by the St. George's Rotary Club include taping of children's stories on CD's to accompany books for primary school age children in need of support As a result of this venture scores of struggling readers and non-English speaking learners improved in reading skills and developed a keen interest in books. Rotarians and families spearheaded this effort which was coordinated by prominent audiovisual producer, Mr. Barry Richardson All Rotary Clubs have embarked on Literacy projects throughout the world to increase literacy and enhance reading and writing amongst both adults and children. All Rotary Clubs on the island have embarked on numerous projects and fund raisers to purchase books and assist schools in perpetuating a love for reading. In the last three years the St. George's Rotary Club presented close to seventy thousand dollars to all public eastern schools as well as The Sea Cadets. Much of the funds reportedly went to support Literacy programmes. Contributed by Rotarian Cathy Bassett

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the President talking about a Rotary function
"I have not agreed on a date with my wife yet"
Asked another Rotarian
"Does she know about it yet ?"

From the President quoting from a session at the Assistant Governors training session
"If you have been in Rotary for more than 15 years then you are here only for the fellowship."

From a speaker
"The female Cahow decides on the nest."
Quipped a Rotarian
"That is no different to us people."

From an inspirational speaker
"I did not love my job when I had to direct traffic at Spurling Hill in the pouring rain."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during March 2012
PP Henry Hayward 51 years in Rotary
PP Phil Guishard 16 years in Rotary (second service)
PE Antoinette Foggo 4 years in Rotary
Meetings report for February 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


FEBRUARY EVENTS IN REVIEW

Monday February 6th
Business Meeting. 19 Rotarians present. Apologies received from 4 absentees. President Tjerk talked about the Rotary Foundation. He said the annual goal of the Every Rotarian/Every Year - $100.00 campaign is to raise $104 million. So far this Rotary Year $46 million has been raised. He also mentioned the Rotary Future Vision Plan which comes into effect in the 2013 Rotary Year. This reduces Global District Grants from 12 to 2 - Six avenues of Service micro grants & basic needs of the world grants. Pres. Tjerk advised that PP Cathy's son Malik has been accepted for the RYLA camp in Alpine, NJ, later this year together with other applicants from Bermuda. Pres. Tjerk announced that he has accepted the position of Assistant Governor for Bermuda for District 7230 for the next Rotary Year. Pres. Tjerk advised that the Youth Development Raffle donation cheques to the schools and Sea Cadets were handed out at lunch time today. Hopefully photos will appear in The Royal Gazette in the near future. A discussion took place concerning fund raising for the remainder of this Rotary Year. One event will be a wine tasting night to be held at Pres. Tjerk's home on a date to be determined. Another proposed event is a Youth Night for March 26th when every Rotarian will be asked to bring a youth to learn all about Rotary, RYLA and youth programmes. This project is in the planning stage. PP Cathy advised that on a recent visit to the Victoria Street Children's Clinic she noticed that there were no books available for the children to read. She has purchased a number of children's books from The Barn and requested assistance in delivering them. Several Rotarians volunteered their services and this is scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday 8th. (The books were donated to the Children's Clinic and a report was featured in The Bermuda Sun - see below). PP Bill held a raffle for an alarm clock and raised $215.00 for our funds. The prize was won by PP Henry who kindly donated it to PE Antoinette, who was in need of an alarm clock in working order. PP Bill also made a healthy donation to our funds in celebration of his birthday Jokes were told by PP Fred, PP Miles and PP Bill. The meeting closed at 8.10 pm

Monday February 13th
Valentines Night celebration. 36 persons present: 19 St George's Rotarians with 9 spouses, relatives and friends; District 7230 DGN Matts Ingemanson with his wife Sundra Lee and DGD David Del Monte; PDG David Sullivan from Sandys Rotary; Pres. Barrett Dill from Hamilton Rotary; Asst. DG Keith Clifton; and Honourary Rotarian Vance Swan and his wife Diane. This was a Rotary meeting for fellowship with spouses and friends to celebrate Valentines night. In addition 2 officers from District 7230 were visiting Bermuda and attended the meeting, accompanied by local Rotary officials. The visiting Rotarians, spouses and friends were all introduced. DGD David Del Monte was first introduced by Pres. Tjerk. DGD David is Chairman of the New Generation Committee and Governor Nominee for 2014-15. He talked about the District New Generations Service, including RYLA and Interact. DGN Matts Ingemanson was next to be introduced. DGN Matts is the Chairman of District 7230 Annual Giving Subcommittee and he talked about what RI is doing with our Every Year Every Rotarian - $100.00 donations. These are used for Student Youth exchange programmes, Saving Life of Children's programmes, improved family hygiene and literacy skills programmes for children. A portion of the donation also comes back to the District for District projects. DGN Matts presented Treasurer PP Steve with a second Paul Harris Fellowship award, which was achieved through his donations to RI. PP Fred then served chocolate covered strawberries, which he had prepared, to all the ladies present. Pres. Tjerk expressed our condolences over the passing of former Rotarian Shawn Pitcher and advised that the funeral will be held on Wednesday at the Holy Trinity cathedral. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of red wine, which was won by Pres. Tjerk, and raised $275.00 for our funds. PP Bill then auctioned off a dinner with wine for two couples at his house, to be cooked by himself. The highest bidder, with a $500.00 bid, was Pres. Tjerk. Jokes were told by PP Henry and DGN Matts. The meeting closed at 8.20 pm.

Monday February 20th
16 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. The invited speaker arrived late due to other commitments. There were 5 apologies from absent Rotarians. In the absence of Pres. Tjerk the meeting was chaired by PP Rex. Sec. PP Joan talked about a couple of upcoming events. • On 31st March our Club has volunteered assistance to the St. George's Foundation in supervising their Family Day. This will be in lieu of a monetary contribution this year. A Seniors Tea cannot be held, like last year, as the (tea) room is now occupied by Second Hand Rose store. • On Monday 26th March our Club will be holding a Youth Night when each Rotarian will be expected to bring a youth aged 12 to 18 years to hear a presentation about youth in Rotary - RYLA, 4-Way Test etc. A list of available youths will be made available at a later date. The cost for this will be $100.00 for each Rotarian - $70.00 for two meals; $25.00 donation for our youth development projects and $5.00 for the raffle. The speaker for the meeting was Rev. David Raths, vicar of St. Peter's, who was introduced by PP Bill. Father David talked about the 400th anniversary of St. Peter's Church, the oldest Anglican church outside of the British Isles. One of the special events to be held will be the intituling ceremony designating St. Peter's as "Their Majesties Chapel" on March 18th. Father David related the story of this new designation for the church, unique because it occurred during the reign of William and Mary, the only time of an English dual monarchy. A set of communion silver for St. Peter's was requested from English church authorities, but because St. Peter's is located outside of the British Isles, the request had to be approved by the monarchy and the phrase was used in the official documents. Father Raths went on to talk about the programme of other celebrations during the special anniversary year. The speaker was thanked by PP Henry and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raised $128.00 with a raffle for a "His n'Hers" cosmetic bag, which was won by PP Harry. PP Harry donated this back to be raffled off a later meeting. Jokes were told by PP Richard and PP Rex. The meeting closed at 8.20

Monday February 27th
21 persons present: 17 St. George's Rotarians; 3 PP's from Pembroke - Gilda Furbert, Max Abend and John Kesseram; and the invited speaker. Apologies received from 4 absent Rotarians. PP Gilda went around selling Pembroke Rotary Children's Fair Raffle tickets which have some very attractive prizes. Pres. Tjerk advised that our Club is seventh in our District for the amount of donations we have made to the Rotary Foundation this year for the Every Rotarian/Every Year - $100.00 project. Pres. Tjerk also advised that PE Antoinette will soon be going to New York for the PETS meeting and he will also be going for Assistant Governors training . The speaker for the meeting was David Pitcher, who is the Aviation Security Officer at the L.F.Wade Bermuda International Airport. He was introduced by PE Antoinette. David used a slide presentation to accompany his talk. He said the purpose of the airport security is to prevent sabotage of aircraft and airports. He explained the rules for carry-on luggage and talked about screening of luggage, both carry-on and hold luggage. David told stories about security breaches which have occurred at the Bermuda airport and then went on to talk about selectee lists for person pulled aside for more thorough searches and how to have your name removed from the list. After a long question and answer period the speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of champagne and a door knocker and raised $191.00. The champagne was won by Rotarian Jack and the door knocker was won by PP Henry, who donated it back to be raffles off at another meeting. PP Henry enquired if any decision has been made about our Club assisting in the maintenance of the "Deliverance." Pres. Tjerk advised that this will be discussed at the next Director's meeting. Jokes were told by PP Steve and PP Bill. The meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH

From the President to a particularly noisy table
"Be quiet for a second. I know I am exciting to listen to."

During a discussion on future fund raising events
"I had a wine night - I hope you all enjoyed it."
"We did - we drank all your wine. It was a good evening."

From the President
"On Valentines I had better be careful what I say."

From a DGN
"If you are the average District Rotarian then you have no intention of attending the District Conference.
To encourage you the District is giving away the second night hotel room free - 4 to a room !!!!"

From a Rotarian to a speaker who has been very busy scheduling special events
"How are you feeling now that it is all going to take place ?"
Replied the speaker
"Totally exhausted."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during February 2012
PP Fred Ming 23 years in Rotary
Rotarian Donnie McLaughlin 8 years in Rotary
Meetings report for January 2012
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday January 2nd
No Meeting. New Year's Public Holiday.

Monday January 9th
No report available.

Monday January 16th
Complete report unavailable.
The speaker was Mr. Patrick Talbot from the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo, who talked about the new Madagascar exhibit. He was introduced by Rotarian Cathy and thanked by PP Harry.

Monday January 23rd
15 Rotarians present: 14 St George's Rotarians and Rotarian Jack Harris from Pembroke who has transferring to our Rotary Club. 8 apologies received from absent members. There was no speaker present as the scheduled speaker had fallen sick. Pres. Tjerk made apologies for Secretary PP Joan who was also sick. There was no raffle held as there were no tickets available. Pres. Tjerk acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and collected $180.00 in fines for our funds. Treasurer PP Steve had donated a mystery package which will now be raffled off at a later meeting. Jokes were told by PP Fred, PP Steve and Rotarian Jack. The meeting closed at 7.49 pm

Monday January 30th
15 Rotarians present. 7 apologies received from absent members. Pres. Tjerk advised that the R.I. 200 million dollar Polio Challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has reached its goal and raised the 200 million dollars worldwide. The Foundation has now added its promised 400 million dollars and also an additional 50 million to the fund to assist in the eradication of polio. Pres. Tjerk also advised that despite the adverse current financial conditions the Youth Development Raffle raised $19,170.00 after expenses. This will be distributed as follows:
• Clearwater Middle School - 3,100.00
• East End Primary School - 5,300.00
• St. David's Preschool - 450.00
• St. David's Primary School - 4,200.00
• St. George's Preparatory School - 1,100.00
• St. George's Sea Cadets - 800.00
This distribution is in proportion to the number of tickets sold by each school. Additionally St. George's Rotary will retain $4,200.00 with $3000.00 earmarked for the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary and $1,200.00 for an exchange student, if we host one for the next Rotary Year. Pres. Tjerk extended thanks once again to Rotarians Cathy and Donnie for organising such a successful raffle. The presentation to the schools will take place at noon next Monday on the steps of The Royal Gazette building. The speakers for the meeting was PP Henry and PP Miles, who spoke on the subject of PP Henry's proposed cruise ship pier in Murray's Anchorage, at the northern end of the Khyber Pass road. PP Henry spoke about the physical aspects of the plan with the aid of an enlarged map showing the pier, access road and provision for fast ferries, taxis and buses. PP Miles spoke about the technical aspects of designing the pier and also, in his opinion, the wrong conclusions of the report on widening the Town Cut Channel. The estimated cost of the pier project would be about 35 million dollars and could be built within a couple of years. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raffled off a bottle of ice wine, which was won by PP Henry (he drew his own ticket). This raffle raised $160.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Henry and PP Harry. The meeting closed at 8.22 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
An exchange between Rotarians after one had arrived really late, after the meal had been served.
"Are you going to eat ?'
"No, but I think I will have a cup of coffee."
"Hope they won't charge you $35 for it."
"Then I shall send it back."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during January 2012
PP Mike Gringley - 46 years in Rotary
PP Richard Fogden - 26 years in Rotary
PP Larry Jacobs - 17 years in Rotary
Rotarian Todd Boyd - 2 years in Rotary
Meetings report for December 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday December 5th
Youth Development Raffle Draw. 20 persons present: 18 Rotarians; prospective Rotarian Charlie Grant and Salvation Army Captain Tony LeDrew. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Sec. PP Joan circulated a sign-up sheet for speaker arrangements for the rest of this Rotary Year, and also counted numbers for those attending the Christmas Dinner meeting on Monday 19th. The draw for the prizes in the Youth Development Raffle took place after the meal. 21 prizes were drawn (see attached list which appeared in The Royal Gazette on Wednesday 14th December). Only one (prospective) Rotarian was lucky in the draw - Charlie Grant, who won a Rubis gas certificate.. Pres. Tjerk thanked Rotarians Cathy and Donnie for their excellent services in again organising and running the raffle. Rotarian Cathy in turn thanked all Rotarians who assisted in selling the tickets and arranging prizes. Rotarian Donnie advised that currently $17,285.00 had been collected from the sale of tickets and there was still more to be accounted for. There was no raffle for Rotarians at this meeting. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Steve and PP Richard. The meeting closed at 7.57 pm.

Monday December 12th
19 persons present - 17 Rotarians and two potential Rotarians Charlie Grant and Jack Harris. 5 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk advised that the Youth Development Raffle had grossed well over $17,000.00 but no net figure would be available until all the costs were in. A short discussion followed about the lessons learned this year about the smaller number of tickets sold which was attributed to the contraction of the Bermuda economy and some teachers leaving the schools involved. The next order of business was to induct Charlie Grant as a Rotarian. Rotarian Charlie was introduced and 'pinned' by PP Henry. Charlie is now retired but has an insurance business background. PP Henry then took Charlie around the room and introduced him to every Rotarian in turn. The speaker for the meeting was Treasurer PP Steve, who was introduced by Pres. Tjerk. PP Steve showed slides of Rabaul, a place he visited whilst on his World Trip on the Queen Mary II last year. Rabaul is a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean off New Britain. It has been destroyed three times, twice by volcanic eruption and once by the Japanese during WWII. PP Steve showed slides of the damage caused by the Japanese invasion forces and also the island and town covered in volcanic ash from the last eruption. PP Steve was thanked by Pres. Tjerk. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for two prizes and raised $200.00 for our funds. PP Bill won a bottle of red wine and Pres. Tjerk won a spice rack. Jokes were told by PP Steve and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

Monday December 19th
Christmas Dinner Meeting. 31 persons present: 17 Rotarians; 9 spouses; 3 children and grandchildren; and Rotarian Jack Harris from Pembroke and his wife Maya. 6 apologies received from absent Rotarians. This was an evening for Rotarian fellowship and no business was discussed. Crackers were placed on every table and all had great fun pulling them after the meal, reading the jokes and wearing the hats. PP Fred kindly brought along souse for those brave enough to enjoy it. Some Rotarians brought toys to be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to needy children. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raffled of a Christmas cake donated by PP Fred and raised $280.00 for our funds. President nominee Madeline was the lucky winner. Pres. Tjerk wished all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year and the meeting closed right on 8 pm.

Monday December 26th
No meeting. Boxing Day Public Holiday

Photo of President nominee Madeline congratulating Malik Bassett, Rotarian Cathy's son, upon his selection as our student to attend the RYLA course in 2012

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the Treasurer returning after a long absence
"My name will not be included in the apologies."

From a Rotarian acting as the speaker
"My talk will not be a long one." Replied another Rotarian "Then you will not get a certificate of appreciation." (and the speaker did not)

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during December 2011
Director Madeline Hayward - 1 year in Rotary
Meetings report for November 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday November 7th
No report available.

Monday November 14th
14 persons present: 13 St. George's Rotarians and Jack Harris from Pembroke. 8 apologies received. There was a long wait for the meal to be served. The speaker for the meeting was PP Larry Jacobs, who was introduced by Pres. Tjerk. PP Larry spoke about the Bermuda Cruise Ship Policy, with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation. The policy objectives are:- Cruise Ship Industry Considerations (this includes deployment decisions); Sustainability: Transportation (including shore excursions): and Activities and Attractions. PP Larry explained the reasons for Carnival cancelling their scheduled cruise for next summer. These were less than desirable berth availability (at weekends), less than desirable passenger on board spending whilst in port (casino closed) and transportation for passengers problems. PP Larry also showed a slide concerning the availability of small cruise ships which can enter St. George's and Hamilton harbours. Out of 165 cruise ships in the world, 136 are too large to enter the ports and the smaller ones are mostly luxury cruise ships on world or expedition cruises and do not participate in repetitive cruises. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk. Pres. Tjerk acted as Sgt.-at-Arms in the absence of PP Bill and raised $150.00 in the raffle of a bottle of Italian Chardonnay wine. PP Miles was the winner. There were no jokes to be told and the meeting closed at 8.20 pm.

Monday November 21st
21 persons present: 16 St. George's Rotarians; Asst. DG Keith Clifton from Hamilton; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke; Mildred Hunt, wife of PP Allan; and two invited speakers. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The meeting was chaired by PP Rex in the absence of Pres. Tjerk. Sec. PP Joan had nothing to say !!! (nothing to report) The speakers were Chris West and Jeremy Spencer, who were introduced by Rotarian Donnie. With the aid of a slide show the speakers talked about the idea of a boutique hotel and marina on the waterfront in St. George's. The conceptual design of the hotel on the site of the town's main parking lot and the marina at the eastern end of Ordnance Island were shown on the slides. The hotel would have 60 rooms and the marina 125 berths for both local and visiting yachts. Parking spaces would be retained where they now exist as the first floor of the hotel would be raised up one level. The current fast ferry landing would be moved to Pennos Wharf opposite the World Heritage Centre. Financing is estimated at 90 million dollars maximum and still has to be arranged. Further info can be obtained at www.georgehotelmarina.com . The speakers were thanked by PP Henry and presented with certificates of appreciation. Sec. PP Joan acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and raffled off a goody bag from 'Another World.' This raffle was won by PP Miles and raised $170.00 for our funds. Joked were told by Director Madeline and PP Henry. The meeting closed at 8.15 pm.

Monday November 28th
17 persons present: 16 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received. Pres. Tjerk talked about our December schedule:- a. Our Christmas Dinner meeting is on Monday 19th. Spouses and friends are invited. Rotarians are requested to bring a present for a small child, which will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution. b. Next Monday December 5th is the meeting for the Youth Development Raffle draw for prizes. Currently this raffle has raised nearly $11,000.00, which is about half of that raised in the past two years. This is a reflection on the Bermuda economy. In an effort to boost sales the tickets will be on sale outside of the Market Place at Shelley Bay on Saturday and volunteers are required to sell tickets. c. Director Madeline will be preaching at the First Church of God on North Shore Road on Sunday in the absence of her bishop and Rotarians are invited to attend. Rotarian Donnie then gave a run down on the activities which will be taking place in St George's over the coming weekend. The speaker for the meeting was Andy Bermingham, who was introduced by PP Winston. Andy talked about the wonderful history of prisoners of war who were held in captivity in St. George's. In a very interesting talk he spoke about American prisoners captured during the War of 1812 between Britain and America, who were housed in military barracks and private accommodation. He told the story about Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale and about prisoners from the USMC and West Indian Regiment. He went on to talk about prisoners from World War II sea battles. Andy was thanked by Director Madeline and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle which was won by PP Rex. PP Rex kindly donated his $115.00 winning back into our funds. Jokes were told by Rotarian Erskine and PP Henry and the meeting closed at 8.10 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH

From the President after a long wait for the meal to be served
"The serving of food is not swift."

From the President inviting Rotarians to attend a church meeting
"There will be seating for us right in front - for 3 hours. I can't come !!!!"

From the President during a discussion about arrangements for the Christmas Dinner meeting
"I don't want to burn my fingers a second time."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during November 2011
PP Miles Outerbridge 43 years in Rotary
Meetings report for October 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday October 3rd
Business Meeting. 19 persons present: 15 Rotarians and 4 visitors. These were Mary Towne from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Vince and Jackie Hill from Spring Township, Pa. and PP Delano Ingham from Pembroke. 7 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The first order of business was for Pres. Tjerk to announce that Rotarian Cathy has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Directors for her services to our Club, especially in the area of educational objectives where she and Rotarian Donnie have been most active in organising the Youth Development Raffle for the past two years. The presentation of the award was made by PP Rex. Rotarian Cathy was extremely surprised and then expressed her thanks to all. The visiting Rotarians were asked to talk about their Clubs. Rotarian Mary said her club has about 110 members and raises money for RotoCare and to run a free Health Clinic for people who cannot afford health care. Rotarian Vince exchanged banners with Pres. Tjerk and said his club holds a chicken BBQ to raise funds and arranges an annual cruise for Rotarians. His wife Rotarian Jackie said the Spring Township club was formed in 2005 and has 25 members. Once a year they join with 9 other local clubs and hold a casino night. Business matters attended to were :- 1. Pres. Tjerk said World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th. Next week a collection will be taken up in memory of the late PDG Walter Maddocks, who was the executive director of the Polio Plus campaign some years ago. Our Club will make up the donations to $1000.00 and donate this amount to the current Polio Challenge in memory of PDG Walter. 2. Sec. PP Joan advised that the St. George's Sea Cadets have gone through a change in command, with Michael Frith taking over from Mark Guishard as the officer in charge. 3. Pres. Tjerk advised that currently there are 16 visiting Rotarians and spouses and 3 exchange students coming to Bermuda for the On-to-Bermuda week. Due to the small number of visitors and an expensive quote from the hotel for holding a BBQ like the one held last year, this year on Monday October 24th the meeting will be a normal one with possibly a fancier meal such as a buffet. 4. Pres. Tjerk said he is still looking for more quality prizes for the Youth Development Raffle. 5500 tickets have been distributed and over $2000.00 in ticket sales have been received so far. 5. PP Larry Roberts advised that his son has found a human bone in the water just off the beach on Hen Island from what appears to be a grave site. This area will be investigated by archaeologists soon. 6. PP Miles advised, in response to a question from PP Richard, that he did not know if the lady who wished to use Hen Island during the summer for a BBQ during her tour boat rides actually used it. He will try and find out. 7. Sec. PP Joan advised that former Rotarian Hector Cammock has completed his forensic course in Jamaica and obtained his degree. He has become a member of a Jamaican Rotary Club and sends his regards to all Rotarians in his first Club. PP Joan acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and held a raffle for a portable tea caddy together with 2 boxes of different flavour tea bags, which was donated by PP Winston. The winner was Pres. Tjerk and the raffle raised $185.00 for our funds, together with a $20.00 fine paid by another Rotarian. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Harry and visiting Rotarian PP Delano. The meeting closed at 8.15 pm.

Monday October 10th
23 persons present: 20 Rotarians and 3 visitors and guests. These were Rotarian Bill Gangloff and his wife Joan from Thomaston, Conn. and potential Rotarian Charlie Grant. 3 apologies received from absent Rotarians. PP Henry introduced a potential Rotarian Charlie Grant from St. George's. PP Larry Roberts advised that he sent out an e-mail this afternoon to all Rotarians containing photos of the excavation of the bones from a grave discovered on the beach on Hen Island. The remains are believed to be those of a soldier injured on the island during a lightning storm 175 years ago. (articles about this were featured on the front page of two Royal Gazettes later during the week.) Pres. Tjerk advised that as no speaker had been arranged he would discuss the arrangements for the visiting Rotarians from our District:- 1. The meeting of October 24th will a buffet instead of a BBQ due to the expensive price asked for by the hotel. It is expected that DG Helen Lynch accompanied by 18 Rotarians and spouses will attend the meeting together with 3 exchange students from the District and 4 from Bermuda. We are expected to pay for all the exchange students meals. 2. The Governor's Banquet on Friday 28th October will honour the late PDG Walter Maddocks and Director Madeline will be the guest speaker. 3. There will be 3 Rotarians from our Club attending the Rotary Leadership Institute training courses on the Saturday. 4. Pres. Tjerk will play host to a visiting exchange student in his home after Christmas. A collection to be donated to the current Polio Challenge campaign in memory of the late PDG Walter Maddocks was taken up and raised $587.00. Our Club funds will make this up to $1000.00. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a salad bowl and a bottle of white wine, which raised $215.00 for our funds. The winner was PP Harry. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Bill and PDN Madeline. The meeting closed at 8.13 pm.

Monday October 17th
18 persons present: 13 Rotarians and 5 visitors and guests. These were Bill & Joan Gangloff from Thomaston, Conn., on their last visit to our Club this year, potential Rotarian Charlie Grant, retired PP George Outerbridge and the invited speaker. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk welcomed former Rotarian PP George, who was president of our Club in Rotary Year 1984/85 Pres. Tjerk advised that, following our donations of last week, $1000.00 has been forwarded to the current Polio Challenge campaign in memory of PDG Walter Maddocks. Pres. Tjerk also advised that an X-Box prize has been obtained for the Youth Development Raffle. Pres Tjerk then went over the arrangements for the visiting District Rotarians during the On-to-Bermuda week and the DG Banquet on the Friday. The cost of our buffet will be $45.00 per person and the cost of a ticket to the Governors Banquet will be $95.00. The speaker was Gill Outerbridge, who was introduced by PP Henry. Gill, with the aid of a slide show, talked about the Friends of St. Peter's society. This was started 5 years ago and Rotarian Rev. Erskine Simmons is the chairman. Gill reviewed what the society has accomplished and what the future plans are. Gill showed several slides on the recent renovations of the church clock, which is 200 years old, and cost $110,000.00 to renovate. Slides were shown of the Midshipman Dale's annual remembrance ceremony and also slides showing the reburial service in the churchyard of the bones of Governor James Brewer which were discovered buried under the floor of the church. Gill also talked about the display of artifacts in the church vestry. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and a certificate of appreciation will be forwarded to her when Sec. PP Joan returns from vacation. PP Rex acted as Sgt.-at-Arms in the absence of PP Bill and raised $170.00 in the raffle of a portable gas stove, which was won by the speaker Gill (who drew her own ticket.) Jokes were told by PP Henry and PP Fred and the meeting closed at 8.17 pm.

Monday October 24th
Annual visit of the DG and the On-to-Bermuda District Rotarians. This was the 56th year of the On-to-Bermuda visits by District 7230 Rotarians from the USA. This meeting was a buffet meal held in the main dining room due to the large number of Rotarians expected to attend. Unfortunately attendance was very low and our finances took a big loss due to the minimum number of meals we had to guarantee to the hotel. Only 37 persons were present: The visitors were DG Helen Lynch accompanied by 12 District Rotarians, 11 St. George's Rotarians, potential Rotarian Charlie Grant, two spouses, PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke, exchange student coordinator John Cooper with 7 exchange students and visitor Jack Harris. Apologies received from 2 absent St. George's Rotarians. Pres Tjerk welcomed DG Helen and the visiting Rotarians. The exchange students, who came from as far away as Australia and Germany, introduced themselves. DG Helen gave a short talk about the current Polio Plus campaign, changes in Rotary funding for matching grants and Paul Harris Fellowship awards for the second time (a sapphire is added to the badge). DG Helen also circulated a model clock tower reporduction from Yorktown Rotary which they had received from the Preston, UK, Rotary and is used for fund raising activities. DG Helen concluded by saying that Bermuda is delightful and she was glad to be here. DG Helen was thanked by Pres. Tjerk. PP Rex acted as Sgt.-at-Arms and ran a 50/50 raffle. The winner was PP Larry Jacobs who won $150.00 which he kindly donated to our funds. A visiting Rotarian told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.28 pm.

Monday October 31st
No report available.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a waiter
"In order to turn the lights up - I have to turn them down first !!!"
From a concerned Rotarian
"You cannot disturb a grave on Hen Island. This would affect the widening of Town Cut." >br> From a speaker talking about the condition of the wind vane on St. Peter's Church
"From a distance the rooster looks good but close up it looks like a painted chicken."
From the President at the commencement of a meeting
"The Secretary is not in Bermuda so I shall have to do it all myself."

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during October 2011
PP Rex Brontmeyer 5 years in Rotary
Pres. Tjerk Neijmeijer 5 years in Rotary
Meetings report for September 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday September 5th
No meeting. Labour Day Public Holiday.

Monday September 12th
20 persons present: 16 Rotarians; one spouse Andre Hayward ,a visiting Rotarian Canda Vcer from Istanbul, and the Tom Davies Bursary winner accompanied by her mother. 5 apologies received from absent Rotarians. This meeting was held in the dining room off the main dining room as our regular meeting place was being renovated. Prior to the commencement of the meeting Rotarians enjoyed Hashed-Shark canopies prepared by PP Fred. Visiting Rotarian Canda Vcer, from Istanbul Turkey, exchanged banners with Pres. Tjerk. Canda is working in Bermuda for a period of two years and may possibly apply to be transferred to our Club during his stay. He is the youngest Rotarian in his club which has a membership of 250. Pres. Tjerk introduced our important guest Jasmine Cooke, the winner of this year's Tom Davies Memorial Bursary. Jasmine thanked our Club for the bursary and gave a short talk about her studies at the University of Southampton where she hopes to receive a degree in Advertising, which will also involve studying Photography. Rotarian Donnie advised that the new Principal of Clearwater Middle School has agreed to the school to continue participating in the Youth Development Raffle. Rotarian Donnie then distributed raffle tickets for Rotarians to sell. Sec. PP Joan acted as Sgt.-at-Arms in the absence of PP Bill and raffled off a bottle of Ice wine donated by PP Bill. This raffle raised $160.00 for our funds and the wine was won by Pres. Tjerk. The meeting closed at 7.57 pm.

Monday September 19th
Paul Harris Night. 19 persons present: 14 Rotarians and 5 spouses. No visitors. Apologies received from 6 absent Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk thanked PP Fred for bringing Hashed-Shark canopies to the meeting last week. Pres. Tjerk advised that he made a presentation to Jasmine Cooke, the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary winner, today in Hamilton with a Royal Gazette photographer present. Hopefully a photo will make the newspaper. This did on Wednesday 21st - see below. A minutes silence was held in remembrance of PDG Walter Maddocks, who passed away recently. PDG Walter was a Past President of Hamilton Rotary and was the Rotarian in charge of the Polio Plus campaign during the 1980's. This was a meeting to honour Paul Harris Fellows and several Rotarians present wore their insignia. These were PP Henry Hayward (date unknown), PP Larry Roberts (1995), PP Richard Fogden (2002), PP Joan Davis (2005), PP Bill Davis (2001) Charlotte Ming (date unknown), PP Fred Ming (1998) and PP Harry Ingham (2006). Missing were PP Mike Gringley (1992), PP Steve Kendell (2002) and PP Miles Outerbridge (2006). Pres. Tjerk and PP Bill gave a brief history of the Paul Harris Fellowship award. PP Rex then awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Donnie for his services to our Club in organising the Youth Development Raffle successfully for the past 2 years. Rotarian Donnie was so surprised that he was almost lost for words. Pres. Tjerk advised that the Directors have also decided to award a Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Cathy for her services to Youth through the Youth Development Raffle. Due to her absence at this meeting the presentation will be made at a later date. Then to his great surprise , Sec. PP Joan presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Pres. Tjerk. Pres. Tjerk qualified for the award due to the contributions he has made to RI since being a member of our Club. In other business Pres. Tjerk advised that the arrangements for the visit of DG Helen Lynch and District 7230 Rotarians (The On-to-Bermuda group) were on-going but presently only about 4 couples have signed up to accompany the DG. This year the group will be staying at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and the Governor's Banquet will be held on the Friday night (28th Oct.). Pres. Tjerk also talked about a recent Bermuda President's meeting where it was agreed to put in place island-wide committees with members from all four clubs to develop projects such as New Generations, RYLA and 4-Way Test in Bermuda. Our representative on one committee will be Director Madeline. There will also be a PR committee. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of wine and raised $210.00 for our funds. The red wine was won (appropriately ) by Rotarian Donnie. A short discussion was held concerning our location in the hotel for this meeting. This was downstairs underneath the main lobby due to renovations taking place in our usual dining room, and there was a strong musty smell which upset some Rotarians. PP Bill told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.05 pm.

Monday September 26th
19 persons present: 16 Rotarians; two guests - Pearl Outerbridge and Dorothy Fogden; and the invited speaker. This meeting was also held in the downstairs meeting room as no others on the main floor were available. The speaker for the meeting was Andrew Stevenson, who was introduced by PP Harry. Andrew showed a segment from his film documentary "Where the Whales Sing." This was filmed underwater on Challenger Bank and showed marvellous footage of hump back whales cavorting around, taken within 4 to 15 feet of the 45 feet long ocean mammals. Andrew said that Bermuda is the only place in mid ocean where the social behaviour of hump back whales can be studied. These whales pass by Bermuda from their breeding grounds in the Caribbean en route to their feeding grounds in the colder waters off Nova Scotia. Andrew said that each whale can be identified by the distinctive pattern on its fluke. The speaker will have a book titled "Whale Song" on sale in local book stores shortly (in time for Christmas). He also had a supply of DVD's of the film documentary available for purchase. The speaker was thanked by PP Rex and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of wine which PP Miles won. This raffle raised $160.00 for our funds and another $20.00 was raised in fines. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Bill and PP Fred. PP Henry advised that he has had a discussion with the St. George's Sea Cadets, who undergo a change in command at the end of the week, over the maintenance of the replica of the "Deliverance" on Ordnance Island, and they have expressed an interest in becoming involved. The meeting closed at 8.11 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the President after awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship to a Rotarian "Do you wish to make a speech." Replied the Rotarian "I am speechless."
From the President during very slow meal service "In an effort to get the food arriving I shall start something."
From a Rotarian to another after the waiter had accidentally turned off the electrical supply to the computer/projector "Can you turn it on again." Replied the other Rotarian "I can try." - (It worked again after 5 minutes

CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during September 2011
PP Harry Ingham 27 years in Rotary
PP Joan Davis 13 years in Rotary
Rotarian Cathy Bassett 6 years in Rotary
Meetings report for August 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday August 1st
Business Meeting. 14 persons present: 13 Rotarians and former Rotarian Roger Williams. 7 apologies. Business matters:- Sec. PP Joan read out a letter of appreciation from Meals-on-Wheels thanking us for our recent donation. Pres. Tjerk asked for ideas for prizes for the Youth Development Raffle. This year there will be fewer prizes but they will be larger. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a salad bowl and tongs. This was won by Pres. Tjerk. $130.00 were raised for our funds plus an additional $60.00 in fines paid by PP Larry Roberts. Jokes were told by PP Harry, Director Madeline, PP Miles, PP Steve and visitor Roger. The meeting closed at 7.52 pm.
Monday August 8th
13 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 9 apologies received from absent Rotarians. There was no speaker scheduled and little business to discuss. Pres. Tjerk advised that he is still waiting for Youth Development Raffle permit to be issued by the Cabinet Office. He also advised that he will be meeting on Saturday with District Governor Helen Lynch who will be in Bermuda this weekend. The Monday October 24th meeting will be a BBQ for the visiting On-to-Bermuda group of Rotarians and guests from our District 7230. PP Henry advised that the reproduction of the S/V Deliverance on Ordnance Island is in need of maintenance and suggested that our Club might like to become involved, as a project. He has already approached the St. Georges Sea Cadets and is awaiting their response. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a bottle of white wine and won it himself. This raised $130.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by PP Henry (political) and PP Steve (adult) and the meeting closed at 7.50 pm.
Monday August 15th
14 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. 9 apologies from absent Rotarians received. There was no speaker available and Pres. Tjerk gave a brief report on his meeting with DG Helen Lynch and other District officials last Saturday in Bermuda. Four St. George's Rotary Directors were present together with a few Officers from the other Bermuda Rotary Clubs. District matters were discussed as well as declining attendance in Rotary. Few younger members are joining and so the average age of serving Rotarians is increasing. Pres. Tjerk said he is still waiting for the permit for the Youth Development raffle to be issued, hopefully this week, and the printing of the raffle tickets has been delayed until the new principal of Clearwater School is appointed. When this is announced the new principal can be asked if Clearwater wishes to participate in the raffle this year. Pres. Tjerk announced that interviews with the 4 chosen finalists for the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary were held on Sunday by the selection team. The winner of the bursary is Jasmine Cooke. Jasmine is studying at the Winchester (UK) School of Art, which is associated with the London College of Fashion, and is majoring in Graphic Art. The bursary is worth $3000.00. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill conducted a raffle for a prize of glass lanterns, donated by PP Larry Roberts, which was won by PP Steve. PP Steve donated the prize back to be raffled off again at another meeting. The raffle raised $170.00 for our funds and $15.00 was raised in fines from 3 Rotarians who arrived late. Jokes were told by PP Henry, PP Steve and Director Madeline and the meeting closed at 8.03 pm.
Monday August 22nd
16 persons present: 13 Rotarians, visiting Rotarian PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke, Ashley Lowe, a guest of the speaker and the invited speaker. 8 apologies received. The meeting was chaired by PP Rex in the absence of Pres. Tjerk. The speaker was Darius Richardson, who was introduced by Director Madeline. Darius is the Director of the Main Support Group from the Centre Against Abuse and in a passionate presentation he talked about the purpose of the Centre and his experiences in counseling persons involved in relationship abuse. Darius talked about anger management, support for victims and their children, coping in a crisis, programmes for abusers and temporary safe shelter programmes for women and their children. Darius went on to talk about the Centre's brand new 27 bed facility and his personal experiences in dealing with abuse of people. The speaker was thanked by PP Rex and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held his usual raffle and PP Larry Jacobs was the winner of a gas voucher for Dowling's service station and marina. This raised $115.00 for our funds with an additional $141.00 in fines coming from PP Harry and PP Richard celebrating special occasions. Rotarian Donnie talked about prizes for the Youth Development raffle, some of which will be travel vouchers and a flat screen TV . Jokes were told by PP Rex, PP Fred and PP Steve. The meeting closed at 8.19 pm.
Monday August 29th
20 persons present: 17 Rotarians, Victoria Davis and Jesse Godfrey, guests of PP's Joan and Bill and the invited speaker. 6 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The speaker was Frank Williams, a VP of BAS/Serco. Frank enjoys rebuilding old planes and he talked about Project Luscombe. The speaker was introduced by PP Rex, With the aid of a power point presentation Frank talked about the discovery of Wing Commander Ware's old Luscombe Silvaire plane which had been abandoned after being damaged by hurricane Emily in the late 1980's and was destined for the garbage dump. With the assistance of friends the pieces of the plane were taken down to the old NASA facility on Cooper's Island where the reconstruction is taking place in a building. Frank also talked about another Luscombe Silvaire plane owned by Colin Plant from Cavello Bay, parts of which are in better shape than the first one. Frank showed slides of photos of the Luscombe planes when they first came to Bermuda in the 1940's and were used for training pilots for the RAF during the Second World War. He also showed slides of Bermuda taken from the air in the 1950's from Colin Plant's plane. The speaker was thanked by Pres. Tjerk and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Pres. Tjerk expressed our Club's condolences to PP Allan over the death of his brother. Sec. PP Joan read out a thank you letter from Lita Kendall and family for the use of Hen Island over the Cup Match holiday. A donation of $300.00 to our funds was enclosed. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a Chip & Dip Bowl and raised $205.00 for our funds. The winner was PP Fred. Another $140 was raised in fines thanks to PP's Bill and Joan celebrating an anniversary and PP Miles a birthday. Jokes were told by PP Allan and PP Harry. Rotarian Donnie advised that the raffle tickets will be printed this week. The permit for the raffle has, at last, been issued by the Cabinet Office. PP Reg mentioned that Bermuda stamps from 1974 were reproduced in an article in The Rotarian magazine for August, which featured stamps from around the world carrying the Rotary emblem. Sec. PP Joan advised that Monday September 19th will be a Paul Harris night with all Paul Harris recipients requested to wear their insignia. Spouses are invited. This meeting will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the charter for our Club. The meeting closed at 8.24 pm. QUOTES OF THE MONTH From a Rotarian during a mention of postage stamps from 3 decades ago "If they were in the Canadian Postal Service they would still be in circulation. The letters would just about be being delivered."

SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES
None celebrated during the month of August.
Meetings report for July 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday July 4th
Business Meeting. 16 Rotarians present. 5 apologies received from absent Rotarians. This was the first meeting to be chaired by Pres. Tjerk. Pres. Tjerk advised that the list of 32 applicants for the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary has been reduced to 4 potential successful applicants. A committee comprising of PP Joan, Director Madeline and Rotarian Cathy will commence interviews during August before the students return to college. Pres. Tjerk also repeated the remarks made at the last meeting by Asst. DG Keith Clifton that the Rotary Leadership Institute course to be held in Bermuda on October 29th is important to all Rotarians and as many as possible should sign up to learn more about Rotary - "You cannot be old enough." Pres. Tjerk, in the absence of Sec. PP Joan, read out an invitation from The St. George's Foundation for all Rotarians to attend the official opening of the 'Second Hand Rose' shop in the Foundation's Pennos Wharf building on Saturday July 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. Fund raising was the next item to be discussed. The Youth Development Raffle will again be held this Rotary Year. However more Rotarians will be involved and a committee of Pres. Tjerk, PE Antoinette, PP Rex, PP Harry, Rotarian Cathy and Rotarian Donnie, was formed to do the planning. Fewer raffle prizes, but bigger, is one of the suggested changes as well as the participation of more Rotarians in the organisation of the project. PP Rex acted as Sgt.-at-Arms, in the absence of PP Bill, and raised $171.00 in 'Happy Dollars.' PP Richard told two jokes supplied by PP Steve. PP Reg advised that a photo appearing on the front page of The Royal Gazette showing the bronze medal winning Bermuda team for sail boarding at the Island Games, held in the Isle of Wight, featured David Kendell, son of Treasurer PP Steve. PP Allan Hunt talked about the collection of recyclable items and the meeting closed at 8.12 pm.

Monday July 11th
21 persons present: 16 Rotarians; visiting Rotarian Wilmer Pulido from West Ontario with his wife; Victoria Davis, granddaughter of PP's Joan and Bill; and two invited speakers. 4 apologies received from absent Rotarians. Sec. PP Joan read out a letter of appreciation from PALS thanking us for our recent donation. Pres. Tjerk talked about arrangements for the Youth Development Raffle and asked for volunteers to assist in visiting schools to distribute raffle tickets and collect the money. The visiting Rotarian Wilmer from West Ontario talked about his club, which has 80 members, and raises about $50,000.00 annually with a project of selling chrysanthemum plants throughout the province. Wilmer then exchanged banners with Pres. Tjerk. The speakers for the meeting were Jason Cook from Butterfield Private Banking and Neal Churchill from Butterfield Asset Management, who were introduced by Director Todd. Jason talked about what Private Banking is and how it operates as a conduit to other banking departments for its customers. Neal. with the aid of slides, talked about BAM investment opportunities. He predicted that interest rates will not rise for at least another 12 months due to the unemployment rate in the U.S. and said that investors should look outside of cash investments. He reviewed in-house mutual funds, advisory brokerage services, discretionary management portfolios and Butterfield's On-Line Trading Platform. The speakers were thanked by PP Rex and presented with certificates of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill made a request for donation of raffle prizes from all Rotarians then went on to hold a 50/50 raffle. Guest Victoria Davis was the lucky winner of $130.00 with $130.00 going into our funds. PP Steve told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.23 pm.

Monday July 18th
17 persons present: 16 Rotarians and the invited speaker. 5 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The speaker was Dr. Derek Tulley, recently retired deputy head of Clearwater Middle School, who was introduced by PP Larry Roberts. Derek, who has supervised the building of a cedar model of the sailing ship "Patience" by his students, talked about the historical research for his book "A Man of Patience." In an amusing talk he explained his theory that construction of the "Patience" commenced where the Black Horse Tavern is now situated on St. David's Island and how it was taken to St. George's to be fitted out with spars and rigging salvaged from the "Sea Venture." The "Patience" sailed from Bermuda with the "Deliverance" to Jamestown after being man-handled through a shallow narrow channel (now dredged and widened and called Town Cut) from St. George's Harbour into the open sea. Derek continued to talk about Sir George Somer's arrival in Jamestown and how he returned to Bermuda to claim it as a colony for the Crown. The speaker was thanked by PP Harry and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill asked every Rotarian to bring two prizes to be raffled off during this Rotary Year. A raffle was held for a copy of Derek Tulley's book and, together with fines, $220.00 was raised for our funds. The winner of the raffle was Director Madeline. Pres. Tjerk gave an update on the arrangements for the Youth Development Raffle and said the date for the draw would be Monday December 5th. PP Steve told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.23 pm.

Monday July 25th
Spouses Night. 30 persons present: 16 St. George's Rotarians; 9 spouses; PP Jimmy Brock from Hamilton; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke; Victoria Davis, granddaughter of PP Bill and PP Joan; and the invited speaker and his wife. 6 apologies received from absent Rotarians. The speaker for the meeting was past Rotarian Roger Williams, accompanied by his wife Annie, who were introduced by PP Henry. Roger left Bermuda in 2006 when he retired from his post as Director of the Bermuda Weather Station. He and Annie moved to Tobago where they now live. Roger, who is visiting Bermuda with Annie, in an amusing talk, showed slides about the building of their new home and the experiences they went through with the builders. The home is built on a hilltop near the village of Muriah and has spectacular views of hills and the ocean. Roger went on to show some slides of beaches and scenery in Tobag and talked about his and Annie's involvement in the local community. The speaker was thanked by PP Larry Roberts and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill raffled off a Sony E-Reader donated by PP Steve and raised $315.00 for our funds. The winner was Michelle Simmons. The meeting closed at 8.14 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From a speaker
"You have to explain everything to children so they can understand - just like Rotarians !!!"
From a Rotarian introducing a speaker
"I could tell you many stories about the speaker. It might be more interesting than his talk."
CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during July 2011
PP Steve Kendell 33 years in Rotary
Meetings report for June 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday June 6th
Business Meeting. 18 persons present: 17 Club Rotarians and visiting Rotarian PP John Kesseram from Pembroke. Apologies received from 4 absent Rotarians. Business matters attended to were:- • Sec. PP Joan thanked all who had brought speakers to meetings during this Rotary Year and handed out a signing up sheet for the July to December period. PP Joan also reminded all that the Rotarian responsible for the speaker should pay for the speaker's meal and encourage any speakers guests to pay for their own meal. • PE Tjerk advised that some 33 applications have been received for the Tom Davis Memorial Bursary this year. The applicants will be screened down to 2 or 3 to be interviewed and a decision made for the successful applicant by the end of June. • The Directors have decided to proceed with the Associate Member programme for our Club during the next Rotary Year (2011/12). • Treasurer PP Steve reminded the Club that on June 18th we will reach our 60th anniversary and suggested that we hold a spouses night to celebrate. Sec. PP Joan said she will put an appropriate night in the calendar of events as soon as possible. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a DVD player, which was won by Pres. Rex, and raised $145.00 for our funds. Donations for birthdays were also received and raised another $100.00. Jokes were told by PP Steve, PP Fred and PP Bill. The meeting closed at 8.02 PM (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday June 13th
16 St. George's Rotarians present. Apologies received from 5 absent Rotarians. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill proposed a toast "To Our 60th Anniversary." Pres. Rex commented that he had seen PP Henry, dressed in a period costume, chasing a wench around St. George's Town Square recently. The wench was eventually "ducked." (for the amusement of visitors.) In lieu of a speaker Sec. PP Joan asked all Past Presidents present to make a brief comment about their presidential year. Eleven PP's responded. PP Henry was the first (1968/69) and he stated that he could not remember back that far. This prompted a Rotarian to comment that he could have said anything as no other current Rotarian was there at that time. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle for a Robertson's Drug Store gilt certificate, donated by Director Madeline. This was won by Pres. Rex. The raffle raised $170.00 for our funds. Jokes were told by Director Madeline and PP Fred and the meeting closed at 8.15 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)

Monday June 20th
No meeting. Public Holiday.

Monday June 27th
Presidential Change-Over Meeting. 33 persons present: 20 St. George's Rotarians; 3 spouses - PP Sharon Jacobs, Ann Ingham and Evelyn Young; visiting Rotarian John Davies and his wife Christine from Tunbridge Wells, UK; Assistant DG Keith Clifton from Hamilton Rotary; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke Rotary and 6 guests to receive our fund donations to charity. Apologies received from 2 absent Rotarians. Visiting Rotarian John Davies talked about his club in Tunbridge Wells and exchanged banners with Pres. Rex. Assistant DG Keith thanked Pres. Rex for his co-operation during the past Rotary Year and his interaction with the other Rotary Clubs in Bermuda. Assist. DG Keith then went on to stress the importance of Rotarians attending the Rotary Leadership Training Courses to be held in Bermuda later this year. Pres Rex distributed our funds to the selected charities:- PALS $1000.00 Accepted by Diana Simons Meals on Wheels $1000.00 Accepted by Gladys Madeiros Admiral Somers, St. George's Sea Cadets $1000.00 Accepted by Shalita Steede Salvation Army, St. George's $1000.00 Accepted by Capt. Tony LeDrew In his acceptance speech Capt. Tony LeDrew said he will be joining Rotary in September. Pres. Rex then gave a short summary of our Club activities and achievements during the past year. These included a donation of $2000.00 to the Rotary Polio Plus campaign, $2000.00 to the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary recipient and $20,000.00 to local East End Schools, raised from the Youth Development Raffle. Pres. Rex thanked all the Directors for their support, especially Sec. PP Joan, and thanked all Rotarians for participating in Club activities. Pres. Rex then passed the ribbon of office to incoming Pres. Tjerk. Pres. Tjerk said a few words about the upcoming Rotary Year. Topics covered included declining membership, youth projects, Polio Plus, and the Tom Davies Memorial Bursary. Pres. Tjerk said youth activities will be a prominent feature of the programme and selection of the Tom Davis Bursary winner will commence soon. His goal for membership will be to find 3 new Rotarians. Pres. Tjerk then presented PP Rex with his PP pin. PP Rex then presented incoming PE Antoinette with her PE pin. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a 50/50 raffle and Ann Ingham was the winner of $160.00 with the other $160.00 going into our funds. Another draw was made for a basket of fruit and PP Fred was the winner. Guest McKay Steede told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.15 pm.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From PP Rex upon being presented with his PP Rotary pin
"At last we shall have an immediate past president." (The last president of our Club still a member is PP Harry Ingham from 2005/06)

CONGRATULATIONS To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during June 2011
PP Reg Young 35 years in Rotary
PP Bill Davis 19 years in Rotary (second service)
Meetings report for May 2011
by A. Richard Fogden


Monday May 2nd
Business Meeting. 18 persons present: 14 Rotarians and 4 visitors. These were ex Rotarians Richard and Valerie Radford and their friends Alex and Betty Spiers from North Bay, Ontario. Two apologies received from absent Rotarians. Visitor Valerie gave an update on the career of her ice skater son Eric. Business Matters • Treasurer PP Steve advised that we have approximately $6,000.00 in our funds at the present time. • Sec. PP Joan said that the Hen Island Clean-Up last week was a great success and there is no need to return next week. PP Joan especially thanked PP Mike for his cooking hamburgers for all. Future projects will include a Pot Luck supper at PE Tjerk's home and the Seniors Tea Party at the Sylvia Richardson Elderly Care Centre. • Sec. PP Joan said she has received an e-mail from a District Governor Nominee concerning a cruise to Bermuda in 2013. He is hoping to fill 250 cabins on the cruise ship and as they will be in port (Dockyard) on a Monday evening he was looking for Rotary hospitality. It was decided that this matter can be attended to closer to the date of their arrival. • Pres. Rex advised that he attended Pembroke Rotary's meeting last Thursday and met the visiting GSE participants. Pres Rex also advised that the Directors have decided to go ahead with a pilot project for Associated Membership and Director Antoinette is working on this. • Pres. Rex advised that our Club had been asked to support PDG David Sullivan's nomination to the District Council on Legislation. PDG David Sullivan's nomination was successful and he was duly elected for a 3-year term. A raffle was held and Director Todd was the winner. This raffle raised $135.00 for our funds. PP Steve told a joke and the meeting closed at 8.12 pm.
Monday May 9th
21 persons present: 20 Rotarians and the invited speaker. Apologies 3. PP Fred advised that he has recently visited with Honorary Rotarian PP Les Barrett, who is keeping well. PP Joan read out an invitation from Pembroke Rotary for all Rotarians to join them in celebrating their 30th anniversary of the founding of their Club. The speaker for the meeting was John Kyle, who was introduced by Sec. PP Joan. John is employed by Gateway Systems Ltd. but his talk was about the re-opening of the St. George's Golf Course by the Chamber of Commerce. This is scheduled for May 18th but a lot of maintenance of the existing course is required. Membership is being offered at $1000.00 for corporate membership and $300.00 for individual with no green fees for a year. Individuals can play at $60.00 a round. The golfers will have to walk as there will be no carts. John said the St. George's Club visitors have been eagerly looking for the re-opening of the course and there is also a demand from residents of St. George's. The speaker was thanked by Treasurer PP Steve. Sgt.-at-Arms Bill ran a 50/50 raffle and raised $130.00 for our funds. The lucky winner was Pres. Rex who donated his winnings back to the Club. Treasurer PP Steve advised that he had received donations of $50.00 and $70.00 from Rotarians celebrating birthdays. Jokes were told by Director Madeline and PP Steve. The meeting closed at 8.12 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)
Monday May 16th
15 Rotarians present. No visitors or guests. Apologies received from 4 absent Rotarians. Sec. PP Joan advised there were no business matters to attend to. The speaker for the meeting was Treasurer PP Steve who was introduced by PP Richard. PP Steve presented a slide show about the island of St. Helena, where he visited last year during a voyage on the Queen Mary II. PP Steve said the island is one of the most isolated in the world, is 16 by 8 kilometers in size and has a population of 4,255 persons. It is Britain's second oldest colony and the island where Napoleon was exiled to and died in 1821. PP Steve showed slides of the port dock, Jamestown the capital, forts, monuments and churches.. One of the most interesting features was a series of steps (699 in all, which PP Steve climbed) leading up a steep slope to Fort Ladder Hill overlooking Jamestown. PP Steve said the population were proud to be British and Union Jack flags were flying everywhere. PP Steve was thanked by PP Richard. Sgt.-at-Arms PP Bill held a raffle and PP Phil won a collapsible chair donated by Rotarian Donnie. This raffle raised $220.00 for our funds. PP Steve told a joke earlier during the meeting and PP Fred told a joke to close the meeting. The meeting ended at 8.19 pm.
Monday May 23rd
18 persons present: 16 Rotarians; Oswald Ellinger from Austria, a guest of PP's Joan and Bill; and the invited speaker. 5 apologies received. PP Miles read out a letter from a Wanda Booth, who is planning to run a tour boat operation during the summer for tourists and wishes to use Hen Island as a stop for swimming and a barbeque lunch. After a discussion it was agreed that she will have permission to use the island whenever no other group has it booked. Sec. PP Joan advised that John Cooper, the organiser of incoming exchange students, is urgently looking for accommodation for two male students in September. PE Tjerk has agreed to host a female student for 3 months at his home. This led to another discussion concerning exchange students being allowed to ride motorcycles. PE Tjerk said that years ago RI gave permission to Rotary Clubs in Bermuda to allow this provided the students parents signed a waiver. The difficulty in finding host families was also discussed. The speaker for the meeting was Savannah DeVent, who was introduced by Director Madeline. Savannah runs the Medilab Ltd. laboratory service in Hamilton which provides blood testing and diagnostic facilities for physician Savannah talked about testing the lab carries out for diabetes, coronary/cardiovascular, kidney, diabetic, arthritic, cholesterol and many other medical problems. She talked about the importance of blood testing and also the causes of some abnormal results. She also talked about blood groups and blood transfusions. Questions were raised and answers given. The speaker was thanked by PP Phil and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Sgt-at-Arms PP Bill ran a 50/50 raffle and raised $120.00 for our funds. The lucky winner of the other $120.00 was PP Winston. PP Steve told a joke provided by PP Fred and the meeting closed at 8.20 pm. (photo contributed by Director Madeline)
Monday May 30th
15 persons present: 13 Rotarians; PP Gilda Furbert from Pembroke and the invited speaker. The speaker for the meeting was Cheryl Chew, chairwoman of the East End Division of the Chamber of Commerce, who was introduced by PP Larry Jacobs. Cheryl talked about the economic position of St. George's. Some of the subjects she talked about were Market Nights in St. George's, the progression of the new hotel on the Holiday Inn site, widening of Town Cut and the Ordnance Island Marina and Boutique Hotel on the main parking lot behind the Town Hall. Cheryl then went on to talk about the Central Chamber of Commerce. The speaker was thanked by her father PP Henry. PP Henry then mentioned the proposed revamping of the St. George's Golf Course and about 10 members indicated support for a corporate group membership. PP Bill held a raffle for a box of Austrian chocolates, which was won by Rotarian Donnie. The meeting closed at 8.20 pm. (contributed by PP Larry Roberts)
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
From the President talking about business matters "The Secretary has nothing to say." Quipped her husband "That is a change."
From the Secretary happily announcing "Nobody got sick from Mike's cooking on Hen Island." Replied a Rotarian "There are a lot of Rotarians missing from this meeting tonight."
From the Treasurer when asked to introduce guests and present apologies "I am not going to tell you who is here, because you can look around you. I am not going to tell you who is absent, because you can look around you" Note: But he did. !!!!
CONGRATULATIONS
To Rotarians who achieved the following performance during May 2011
PP Larry Roberts 23 years in Rotary
PP Winston Esdaille 20 years in Rotary
Rotarian Erskine Simmons 7 years in Rotary (2nd service)
Past Club Presidents
by Neijmeijer, Tjerk


All our Presidents since St. George's Rotary Club started in 1951.

1951-52             Stewart Granville Spurling

1952-53             Geoffrey George Lamacraft

1953-54             Cecil Montgomery Moore

1954-55             John William Stowe

1955-56             James Alfred Mann

1956-57             William Eugene Meyer

1957                             Frederick Charles Dale

1957-58             Frank Edward Gurr

1958-59             Frank Edward Gurr

1959-60             Thomas Haskins Davis

1960-61             Joseph Vincent Harmon

1961                             Kenneth Gutteridge

1961-62             Frederick Gilbert Roberts

1962-63             Thomas Frederick Davies

1963-64             Roy Appleby Taylor

1964-65             Otis Riall Henry

1965-66             Robert Andrew James

1966-67             Charles Dudley Lewis

1967-68             Colin Cameron George

1968-69             Joseph Henry Hayward

1969-70             William Keith Hollis

1970-71             Colin MacKenzie Henderson

1971-72             Andrew Wright Ramage Sloan

1972-73             Leonard O. Gibbons

1973-74             Michael Gringley

1974-75             Brendan O'D. Hollis

1975-76             Thomas R. Mahoney

1976-77             Robert S. Lewis

1977-78             Charles F.H. Williams

1978-79             Erskine E. Adderley

1979-80             Daniel W. Outerbridge

1980-81             David Ralston

1981-82             Miles E.H. Outerbridge

1982-83             Alwyn McKittrick

1983-84             Nel Furbert

1984-85             George R. Outerbridge

1985-86             Rodney R. Richardson

1986-87             Stephen R. Kendell

1987-88             Leslie Barrett

1988-89             John Dickinson

1989-90             Charles H.B. Ingham

1990-91             Andrew Richard Fogden

1991-92             Larry Roberts

1992-93             Earl Kelly

1993-94             Frederick Ming

1994-95             William Davis

1995-96             Brian Richardson

1996-97             Harry Ingham

1997-98             Winston Esdaille

1998-99             Larry Jacobs

1999-00             Phil Guishard

2000-01             John Gregory

2001-02             Joan Davis

2002-03             Grace Rawlins

2003-04             Alan Hunt

2004-05             Reg Young

2005-06             Harry Ingham

2006-08             Mariea Caisey

2008-09             Paul Elliott

2009-10             BettyAnn Lewis

2010-11             Rex Brontmeyer

Polio PLus and Bermuda
by Tjerk Neijmeijer


Bermuda has a surprisingly strong link with the early Polio Plus program

When the Polio Plus program started back in 1985 to eradicate Polio, Rotary International committed to raise USD 120 million. They actually asked Bermudian (although originally an UK lawyer)Walter Maddocks to head this up. Mr. Maddocks was a Rotarian and a past District Governor (7230) and headed up the program until the first million was raised. To date the Rotary International financial contribution to the Polio Plus program amounts to USD 1.2 billion! The Rotary Leadership inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate Polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. When this initiative started, wild polio virus was endemic in more than 125 countries on five continents, paralyzing more than 1,000 children every day. By the end of 2006 only four countries remained which had never interrupted endemic transmission of wild polio virus (Nigeria, India, Pakistand and Afghanistan). In 2006, fewer than 2,000 cases were reported world wide.