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Our 46th Meeting of our 77th Year by David Regehr
Our Mission: A service organization supporting local and international communities through projects that have a direct impact on community well being.
President Rod Hunter rang in to start off the meeting and asked Garth White to lead us in the singing of "Oh Canada".
Invocation: Kirsten Emmott
Door/Set Up Crew: Tony Woods & Deana Simkin
Greeter: Ken Grant
Visiting Rotarians: Assistant Governor Lana Eagle Anita Wachal
Guests of the Club: Dorothy Parker, Kathy, Hawksley Longland, Kyuss Longland, Rayia Newnes, Kate Thomas, Danielle Fortosky, Diana MacLaren, Carol Hunter, Garth White, Constable Nicole, Lisa Gaiga,
Our Vision: By fostering fellowship for our business, professional and community leaders, the Courtenay Rotary Club is recognized as a vibrant organization that thrives on the challenges of community and international projects. Our success comes from working in a fun and friendly atmosphere that is committed to Service Above Self.
Announcements by David Regehr
President Rod announced an Auction Committee debrief meeting Thursday, May 23 at Art Meyer's house at 6:00 pm
Birthdays/Anniversaries by David Regehr
Sgt At Arms by David Regehr
Sergeant At Arms
President Rod sad at the Leafs losing, happy at least they have something to look forward to, a team with something to build on. Wayne Anderson happy that the Leafs are golfing.
Mike MacLaren, happy his dog was unharmed after being run over by a pickup truck.
Donna Cloutier happy for the camaraderie and wine of envelope stuffing evening. Naomi Campbell happy that Rod knows now how it feels to be a Canuck fan.
Program by David Regehr
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Adventures in Citizenship
Vanier Interact President Kate Thomas, recently returned from a journey to Ottawa, where she joined 220 other young Canadians sponsored by their Rotary clubs to participate in the Adventures in Citizenship program. Kate spoke of how much she has learned being involved in Interact, particularly the leadership skills and the idea of global citizenship, and participating in this program has reinforced these additions to her resume.
The students billeted with Rotary families in Ottawa, had time to get to know participants from all areas of the country and met fellow leaders of tomorrow. The students spent their days with inspirational speakers, being awed by the Museum of Civilization, having a scavenger hunt on Parliament Hill (which Kate's group won), a cultural dinner across the river in Quebec, touring the House of Commons including meeting the Clerk and Speaker of the House and a rare opportunity to sit at the desks in the Lower Chamber. Kate said it was a sight to see these young people sitting in the House knowing that some of them will be the political class of tomorrow, adding "when they are your age".
The students spent time speaking to the Ambassador of South Korea and the Ambassador of the Netherlands. Kate was struck by their wisdom and enjoyed their thoughts on Canada and the world. Then on to the University of Ottawa for a tour and a visit with a professor, a former participant in Adventures in Citizenship, who spoke to them on the value of volunteering.
During their visit the kids carried out an election amongst themselves, splitting the group into parties, electing leaders, carrying out campaigns on social media and finally electing a Prime Minister. Kate is certain that the young man elected will end up in the political forum one day. They were also exposed to the importance of voting, of the young getting engaged in the process and how important their vote can be in making a difference.
On the final day the kids had the experience of attending a Citizenship Ceremony. The kids cheered and waved their flags as they watched these new Canadians attain their citizenship. Kate was struck by how happy these new citizens were and how proud they were of their new country.
Kate closed by thanking the club for sponsoring her and giving her wonderful experience.
You go girl!
Paul Harris Fellows
Assistant Governor Lana Eagle
"The presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow is the Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named after Rotary's founder Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started our organization along with three business associates. A world of peace and goodwill will come closer today and become a reality as each of you becomes a Paul Harris Fellow, whether your first or your multiple. Your generous gift to Rotary Foundation of Rotary International can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world. Improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding and bright hopes for peace.
In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow you join a remarkable company of individuals throughout the world all recognized for their devotion to the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. It is a goal of Rotarians the world over and one that resonates within each of you. It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Rotary Foundation to congratulate and to thank you for your commitment to Rotary International."
Past President Dale Pateman on "Why Become A Paul Harris Fellow"
Rotary International, through The Foundation has vaccinated 2.5 billion children against polio The Foundation has $750 million in net assets and receives $200 million a year in contributions. Without the support of the individuals in this room today The Foundation would not be one of the greatest humanitarian and educational organization in the world.
Why become a Paul Harris Fellow. Maybe it's a gift for which you get a tax receipt (works for Dale),
maybe you really appreciate what the Foundation is doing in the world, maybe you are doing it for a person who has done exceptional service for the community or the Club. But I want you to consider
some words from a past Rotary International President. He said "becoming a Paul Harris fellow can be much more personal. It can be done in memory of friend or a relative or and associate who has been an important part of your life. Maybe it's an expression of 25 years of great marriage or maybe it's the celebration of a new grandchild. Maybe one of your kids just got a job. Maybe it's a new career or retirement. Maybe there's some other happy event in your life that you want to celebrate".
I think I'm trying to say that becoming a Paul Harris fellow can be for anything you want it to be.
This way both the Paul Harris Fellow contributor and The Foundation are winners.
2012/13 Paul Harris Fellows Wendy Wiwchar Sponsor: Randy Wiwchar
Raya Newnes Sponsor:Derek Newnes
Danielle Fortosky Sponsor:Ted Fortosky
Garth White Sponsor:Dave White
Lisa Gaiga Sponsor:Rick Gaiga
Carol Hunter Sponsor: Rod Hunter
Multiple Paul Harris Pins
Derek Newnes PH+7 Audrey Craig PH+6 Harold Long PH+4 David Leith PH+3 Ron Schmidt PH+2 Rob Green PH+1 Bert Heringa PH+1 Randy Wiwchar PH+1 Diane Hawkins PH+1
Secretary's Announcements by David Regehr
Makeups: All make ups should be reported to Tony Woods. Email him at email@example.com
Online makeups can be done at a number of different e-clubs. Two can be found by clicking here or here.
Next Week's Editor: Judith Marriott
Next Week's Invocation: Robert Buckley
Next Week's Program:
Next Week's Greeter: Dave Regehr
MEMBERSHIP by David Regehr
If you happen know an ordinary person who might be interested in doing extraordinary things, let them know it's possible. Present them with the short four minute video at the other end of this link. It's about us.
Our Club's Elevator Speech: The Rotary Club of Courtenay is a thriving service club dedicated to prominent community projects. Our weekly meetings are fun, energetic and feature dynamic speakers.
Shhhhhhhhhhh. It's a Secret!!!! .....
.....One of the best kept secrets in Rotary is the Fellowships. They are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.) You can find a complete list of Rotary Fellowships on this page.
Door crew by David Regehr
Chuckle Of The Week
By President Rod
Handshakes and Welcome from Tony Woods and Deana Simkins
Contribute to your Paul Harris Fellow on a weekly basis. Just an extra $5 per week and watch your PHF grow!!
Weekly draw winner: Donna Cloutier
Rotarians at Work on the Rotary Trail - April 3, 2013 by Carmichael, Naomi