Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Aug 18, 2019
August 22, 2019: Rotary Fellowship and Membership BBQ Dinner,
 
The August 22nd meeting of the Rotary Club of Stratford will be a BBQ at the home of Katherine Hahn, 2879 Perth (Vivian) Line 37.  Social Hour will begin at 5pm with a BBQ dinner at 6. Smoked pork chops will be provided and we are asking members to bring as pot luck, either a salad or dessert. Beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. 
 
The cost is $15 per person. 
 
Please sign up so we may have a headcount. You are encouraged to bring a guest that might be interested in joining Rotary. 

Today at Rotary: Today’s Classification Speech was given by Lana Burchett.  Lana is the Executive Director of the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, she is also a veteran Rotarian and a world-traveller. 
 
Guest Speaker Lana Burchett giving her classification talk.  Introduced by Linda Bathe.
 
Lana was born in Picton, Ontario.  At that time Picton was not the popular winery destination that it is today, rather work was scarce and her parents’ search for employment landed them in Oakville along with their five children of whom Lana was the oldest. Lana’s father owned a gas station and it was the non-stop demands of that gas station that first introduced Lana to the concept of `service before self. ` 
 
After high school Lana attended Sheridan College taking a two-year course. College led to Toronto where she worked for a downtown Ad agency.  The industry suited Lana and she moved up the ranks.  She became a Certified Agency Practitioner and by 25 was a Media Director.  That position involved wining, dining, travel and business negotiations; and at some point Lana stopped to ask herself if maybe there was more to life.
 
So she quit her job, took a year off work and backpacked.  Her travels took her to Canada’s west coast, the US pacific coast, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. She climbed Ayer’s Rock in Australia with the man who was to become her husband. 
 
Finally, she made it back to Canada and she and her husband (Bob) settled in Stouffville where she started a family, went back to school studying corporate communications and eventually started work at the Markham Stouffville Hospital.  There she did a job that she thoroughly enjoyed – dealing with the public.  Lana believes that it was dealing with people on a daily basis where she unwittingly learned the Rotarian 4-Way test.
 
After Stouffville, Milton and more education. Here Lana became a Certified Fund Raiser and worked for a Long Term Care Facility.  Unexpectedly her husband lost his job and when he found one it was in British Columbia.  So Lana, Bob and their two children headed west.  Lana worked there in corporate communications for a local hospital. One day she was invited to a Rotary lunch and soon joined in a Not-for-Profit classification.  She has been a Rotarian ever since.
 
At the end of 2008, after four years as Executive Director of Family Resource Lana and Bob decided to travel once again.  They put everything in storage and purchased a one-way ticket around the world.  They ended up travelling through 26 countries in 24 weeks.
 
Ontario (Peel Region) was next as well as more Rotary.  Lana became President of her club while holding a full-time position at Victim Services of Peel.  Her goal for Rotary meetings was to start on time and to end on time.
 
In 2018 Lana answered the ad for an Executive Director of the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice.  She was selected for the position and moved to Stratford in November.   On July 3, 2019 the first resident moved into the hospice.  Since then there has been 14 residents and 9 deaths.   They are still hiring staff, there are currently 5 residents. 
 
There continues to be plenty of community support for the Hospice. This October a large fundraiser is planned (Handbags for Hospice) and it has sold out already.
 
Finally, it is important to note that there has been praise for the staff and the building from loved ones of the residents.
 
Scribe: John D. Wright
 
President Brent giving Jerry McEwin his 1100th  attendance ribbon.
 
Guests:  Today we welcomed Lucas Carvalho, Brazil   New Generations Exchange.
 
Draw: The prize today donated by Rick Orr, Gift Cert and R Thomas Orr book   and won by Mark Smith.
 
Make-ups: No report. 
 
August’s Attendance Committee: Mike Gruszczynski (I/C), Jim Hayes, Steve Monteith, Josef Frank, David Braye, Paul Roulston, Bob Gulliford, Norm Bird, Bryan Lapier.
August 22, 2019: Rotary Fellowship and Membership BBQ Dinner,
The August 22nd meeting of the Rotary Club of Stratford will be a BBQ at the home of Katherine Hahn, 2879 Perth (Vivian) Line 37.  Social Hour will begin at 5pm with a BBQ dinner at 6. Smoked pork chops will be provided and we are asking members to bring as pot luck, either a salad or dessert. Beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. 
 
The cost is $15 per person. 
 
Please sign up so we may have a headcount. You are encouraged to bring a guest that might be interested in joining Rotary. 

Today at Rotary: Today’s Classification Speech was given by Lana Burchett.  Lana is the Executive Director of the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, she is also a veteran Rotarian and a world-traveller. 
 
 
Guest Speaker Lana Burchett giving her classification talk.  Introduced by Linda Bathe.
 
Lana was born in Picton, Ontario.  At that time Picton was not the popular winery destination that it is today, rather work was scarce and her parents’ search for employment landed them in Oakville along with their five children of whom Lana was the oldest. Lana’s father owned a gas station and it was the non-stop demands of that gas station that first introduced Lana to the concept of `service before self. ` 
 
After high school Lana attended Sheridan College taking a two-year course. College led to Toronto where she worked for a downtown Ad agency.  The industry suited Lana and she moved up the ranks.  She became a Certified Agency Practitioner and by 25 was a Media Director.  That position involved wining, dining, travel and business negotiations; and at some point Lana stopped to ask herself if maybe there was more to life.
 
So she quit her job, took a year off work and backpacked.  Her travels took her to Canada’s west coast, the US pacific coast, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. She climbed Ayer’s Rock in Australia with the man who was to become her husband. 
 
Finally, she made it back to Canada and she and her husband (Bob) settled in Stouffville where she started a family, went back to school studying corporate communications and eventually started work at the Markham Stouffville Hospital.  There she did a job that she thoroughly enjoyed – dealing with the public.  Lana believes that it was dealing with people on a daily basis where she unwittingly learned the Rotarian 4-Way test.
 
After Stouffville, Milton and more education. Here Lana became a Certified Fund Raiser and worked for a Long Term Care Facility.  Unexpectedly her husband lost his job and when he found one it was in British Columbia.  So Lana, Bob and their two children headed west.  Lana worked there in corporate communications for a local hospital. One day she was invited to a Rotary lunch and soon joined in a Not-for-Profit classification.  She has been a Rotarian ever since.
 
At the end of 2008, after four years as Executive Director of Family Resource Lana and Bob decided to travel once again.  They put everything in storage and purchased a one-way ticket around the world.  They ended up travelling through 26 countries in 24 weeks.
 
Ontario (Peel Region) was next as well as more Rotary.  Lana became President of her club while holding a full-time position at Victim Services of Peel.  Her goal for Rotary meetings was to start on time and to end on time.
 
In 2018 Lana answered the ad for an Executive Director of the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice.  She was selected for the position and moved to Stratford in November.   On July 3, 2019 the first resident moved into the hospice.  Since then there has been 14 residents and 9 deaths.   They are still hiring staff, there are currently 5 residents. 
 
There continues to be plenty of community support for the Hospice. This October a large fundraiser is planned (Handbags for Hospice) and it has sold out already.
 
Finally, it is important to note that there has been praise for the staff and the building from loved ones of the residents.
 
Scribe: John D. Wright
 
 
President Brent giving Jerry McEwin his 1100th  attendance ribbon.
 
Guests:  Today we welcomed Lucas Carvalho, Brazil   New Generations Exchange.
 
Draw: The prize today donated by Rick Orr, Gift Cert and R Thomas Orr book and won by Mark Smith.
 
Make-ups: No report. 
 
August’s Attendance Committee: Mike Gruszczynski (I/C), Jim Hayes, Steve Monteith, Josef Frank, David Braye, Paul Roulston, Bob Gulliford, Norm Bird, Bryan Lapier.