Writer: Joe Huston
Terry Hepburn, North Rotary Club
Ana Cevallos & Jorge Subia, Introductory to Rotary
Pedro Garcia, International Exchange Student
Julia, International Exchange Student
Linda Simmons; Introductory to Rotary
Laura Tuohy; the Bruce Trail Conservancy & Guest Speaker
Pres. Ken; Joseph Brant Foundation will be holding a viewing of the new addition in May and Pres. Ken encouraged the membership to attend the viewing.
Peter French announced “Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner” will be held on May 3rd. More information to follow.
John Douglas announced the date for Python’s Pit will be April 26th at the Ron Joyce Centre on South Service Road. John encouraged the members to volunteer for the various needs of the organizers (The North Club) on April 26th and/or purchase tickets and attend, if possible. Python’s Pit was featured in the Field Notes on the last page of this month’s Rotary Canada.
Ron Woods announced that Rib and Lobster Fest will be held in Central Arena on May 31st. The website is up and running and corporate sponsorship/advertising should come in at about $11,000.00.
Frank Kent reminded the membership of the 4 Club Community Services Awards Breakfast Meeting on May 8th at the BGCC ; 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The recipients of this prestigious award are members of our community who make a difference by reaching out to lend a hand, being a friend, making the world a better place and by improving the quality of life. Frank has the tickets for the breakfast; $25.00 each.
Julia reminded us of the Rotoact Dinner & Fund Raiser on April12 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. She appealed to our members to support their project.
Bob Bosworth mentioned that the Donations Committee has contributed money to the Python’s Pit and the annual contribution to the Carpenter Hospice to support the 4K walk. Doug Ridpath encourages all Rotarians to support the “walk”.
Doug McNeil reminded everyone of the Wayne Evan’s Memorial Bonspiel this weekend at the BGCC commencing at 6:00 p.m. Doug outlined the various activities that would take place during the evening and emphasized that it was going to be a great “Fun Night”. Pam will curl the first rock that was dedicated to Wayne and Family by our Club. Wings will be the main menu of the evening along with a cash bar.
Karel Sury announced that Fellowship Friday would be held at the Carrigan Arms, Brant Street & Upper Middle Rd. on April 25th at 5 p.m. Bill Byrick has arranged to have live music available about 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.
Terry Boyko informed us that we have four candidates applying for membership with our club; Nancy Gilbert & Christina Oslund and Anna and Jorge. Linda Simmons has begun the Introductory to Rotary Program. Wayne Brown has informed the Membership Committee by letter that he has resigned from the club effective immediately. No reason was given.
Bob Wercholoz informed the club that Camp Enterprise, held in Grief at the Grief Convention Centre last weekend (Thursday afternoon until Sunday Noon), hosted 57 senior students from the high schools in Oakville and Burlington. The participants were actively engaged in a number of interactive activities through the efforts of volunteer guest speakers from business and commerce. Quote, “It was a fabulous camp”.
President Ken introduced our guest speaker, Laura Tuohy, Membership Coordinator of The Bruce Trail Conservancy with offices located in Hamilton. Laura, a self proclaimed “nature nut” holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of Toronto. Laura brings 10 years of experience working in the National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia to her present position. Born in Toronto, she eventually found herself back in Southern Ontario with the Bruce Trail Organization.
During the course of her interesting PowerPoint presentation we learned that the Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. Running from Niagara Falls to Tobermory along the Niagara Escarpment, the trail covers a distance of 885 km of manned trails with 400 km of associated side trails.
The entire trail is looked after by 9 Clubs of volunteers each Club having their region of responsibility including maintenance and stewardship. These groups are referred to as the Nine Regional Bruce Trail Clubs.
Laura emphasized that The Bruce Trail offers a myriad of ways to explore the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment from the cobble beaches, the steep rocky crevices, open meadows, old growth forests and awe-inspiring views.
As Laura progressed through her talk, it became very evident that she has a passion for the Conservancy of the Bruce Trail.
In 2017, the B.T. will be celebrating 50 years of public use. Laura Tuohy concluded her presentation by suggesting and encouraging members and their families to join the BTC; the cost is $50.00 per family.
Rick Carpenter thanked Laura on behalf of the membership and stated that our Club would donate money to Polio Plus on her behalf for sharing her experiences of the Bruce Trail and the purpose of the B.T. Conservancy with us.
Doug Ridpath once again collected fines and happy bucks from the members. Great job Doug
Cathy West’s ticket was pulled out of the “hat” by Laura and Cathy unfortunately picked the wrong card. Jim Baker reminded us that the “pot” is well over $1100.00.
President Ken closed the meeting.